I Now Have Something In Common With Dagwood Bumstead

December 2, 2013

Remember that I told you a few posts ago that I was working on something and hoped to share with you soon?  Well, it’s almost time but not quite.  Hopefully early next week.  I can tell you that I’ve be getting ready for this *little something* since early in November and part of the prep for it was to make myself an apron.  I have lots of aprons but I needed a brand spanking new one, in white.  So I sewed one myself.  When you make things yourself you are able to make them exactly as you need them to be.  For me, all my aprons should have pockets…I love having pockets in most of my clothing and especially in my aprons.  When I made my white apron I made it with four pockets.  Here is the bottom half of my apron with the waist ties tucked into the third pocket (or second pocket depending on whether you are counting from left to right or right to left!)

Bottom of 4-Pocketed Apron

The top is a bib top and once I finished sewing it I took it to my local embroidery shop, Elite Engraving and Embroidery in Perth to have them embroider my logo on the top.  I emailed them a picture of my blog header and from that they digitized the image and before you could say “The Vanilla Bean Baker”  they finished my apron just perfectly for me. What do you think?

The Vanilla Bean Baker Embroidered Apron

So, about Dagwood Bumstead.  When I walked into the Elite Engraving and Embroidery shop, there on the bulkhead that overhangs their work area was what I thought to be a painting of Dagwood Bumstead.  When I commented to the owners that Dagwood’s image would make a great cookie, they agreed and then proceeded to tell me that the image was actually not a painting of Dagwood but rather an embroidery stitch-out they did for a client who wanted an embroidered pillow for her husband’s den (a big fan of Dagwood obviously) .  When I left the shop I knew that I would soon be making Dagwood Bumstead cookies for the owners and on Friday I delivered them.

Dagwood Bumstead Cookies

To make these cookies I did the following:

1.  Piped and flooded the cooled cookies with white royal icing and left to set overnight.

Dagwood Bumstead Piped and Flooded

2.  Used a black edible image marker to trace the image of Dagwood Bumstead on to the cookies using my KopyKake.

Dagwood Bumstead Image Traced onto Royal Icing with Black Edible Image Marker

3.  Used black piping icing to pipe over the trace lines.

Dagwood Bumstead Image Piped with Black Royal Icing

4.  Flooded the bow tie with red royal icing and the jacket and hair with black royal icing.

Dagwood Bumstead's Hair, Jacket & Bow Tie Flooded

5.  Then flooded the face and ears with tan royal icing and the collar with white royal icing.  Left cookies to set overnight.

Dagwood Bumstead's Face Flooded with Tan Royal Icing and Collar Flooded with White Royal Icing

6.  Using a black edible marker, completed the facial details including the ears.

Dagwood Bumstead Cookies Detailing Completed

6.  Delivered cookies to owners Jim and Susan Buker of Elite Engraving and Embroidery, Perth Ontario whose embroidery work of Dagwood Bumstead  inspired these cookies.

Owners Elite Embroidery Perth ON receiving Dagwood Bumstead cookies inspired by their Dagwood Embroidery Work

So you now know what Dagwood Bumstead I have in common.  We’ve both been stitched beautifully by Elite Engraving and Embroidery.  Jim & Susan, I love my apron and you were both such a pleasure to deal with.  Thanks so much!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Gail December 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

LOVE Dagwood! So adorable, Paula!


Paula December 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Thank you Gail. *He* was truly a fun cookie to do.


Jacquee December 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

These are perfection, Paula! OK, so I had to Google Dagwood and found out there is a sandwich in his namesake, which made me hungry, so I ‘m back for dessert. :) Love the apron! You are one talented lady. xx


Paula December 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

You always make me smile Jacquee. Hope you have a wonderful week.


Joan - My Cookie Clinic December 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

Paula, Love your apron! What a nice thank you with these adorable Dagwood cookies. Thanks for sharing.


Paula December 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thank you for stopping by Joan. Always appreciate your visits.


MAria Balderas December 7, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Paula, this cookies are adorable!!! I have never used a Kopykake, The cookies look so polish and very beautiful!!!


Lora December 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

LOVE your apron and these super Dagwood cookies are a blast from the past. Would love to see the Blondie version :-)


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