Thursday, July 26, 2012

How To Use a Cookie Tutorial!!!

Okay, so you've been reading lots of cookie blogs and you've learned a thing or two.


You've used what you've learned to make some super cute new cookies!!!

(Woo-Hoo!  Good For You!)

(I used FABULOUS tutorials by Sugarbelle, The Bearfoot Baker and Lilaloa....
more on them later!) what do you do?

The questions start forming...

1.  "Can I post these pictures?"

2.  "Do I need to say that I used a tutorial?"

3.  "How do I let people know that I used a tutorial?"

4.  "Did the baker who posted the tutorial already give me permission to make these cookies and publish the photos, just by publishing the tutorial?"

Well, there aren't any easy answers, and I'm certainly not the expert, but I would say...

1.  Yes, with some extra words of thanks.

2.  YES!!!!  (it's the right thing to do)

3.  Lots and Lots of links to the original tutorial and website!

4.  Make...Yes.  
Publish as your, no.

Do tutorial writers want you to use these posts and pictures to make your own cookies? 

That's why we write them!!!  

We love making cookies, and realize that for new decorators
 (and experienced ones) some techniques are daunting.  

We LOVE to help and answer cookie questions.  

(quite frankly, we could talk about cookies all day long and these blogs 
save our friends and family from having to listen to us babble)

If you're not sure when to give credit, think of it like a research paper.

There's always a bibliography, and sometimes footnotes, 
giving credit to the original idea, author and source of information.

Here's how I like to do it....

Did I use a tutorial?

Yes I did, in fact, I used three!!!!

Thank you Sugarbelle, Bearfoot Baker, and Lilaloa!!!!

okay, did you notice that?  

I mentioned the tutorials, thanked the bakers by name, 
and then created links to their blogs when you click on their names.  

If I knew how to do image-mapping, I would create a link on the photo.  
Something Swanky has a tutorial for that!

A few weeks ago Sugarbelle and The Bearfoot Baker created tutorials 
on creating a 'cake on a cake stand' cookie by using two different cutters
 and piecing them together.  

These are two of my favorite bloggers and bakers. 
 I always learn so much from them!

(plus, they are super nice in real life too!)

I made sure I said which part of the cookie they helped me with,
and provided links to the exact post 
so that my readers know where to go to learn the same thing!

I've done candles before and I usually use a wet-on-wet technique
to achieve the two-toned flame.

But these are little tiny candles.

No room for a wet-on-wet fill here!

What to do?

Hmmm...didn't I see Lilaloa do something like this with her candy cookies?

I sure did!  

Lilaloa is another favorite of mine.  
Not only does she make beautiful cookies, she is hysterical!

I always enjoy her writing and often laugh out loud reading her words.

I changed this technique a little by putting yellow and orange 
side-by-side in the same icing bullet.  

I was feeling lazy. It was the very last step before finishing these cookies.

 I think it worked out great!!!

Even though I changed the method a little, 
I still got the idea from Lilaloa and made sure to tell everyone!!!

I also emailed these ladies, letting them know I would like to use their tutorials in a post and got their permission to do so.

So there you have it.  It's not hard really.

1.  Just say thanks!
(who doesn't love a thank you)

2.  Make sure to add links to your posts so that your readers 
can have access to the same great tutorials you learned from!!

3.  Email the blogger you learned from.

It's not always necessary to get permission beforehand (although its nice), 
but definitely send the blogger an email with the link to your post.  

By doing this, you are making sure they know you gave them credit
 as well as giving them an opportunity to request that you change a link
 or make a correction.  

Who knows, maybe they need to give credit to someone for teaching 
them the same thing and want to make sure that baker gets a 'shout out' too!

(Added'll most likely make a new cookie friend!
Most cookie people are super nice...
how can we not be, we play with cookies all day!)

Thanks again ladies for all your help!!!

Are you wondering why there is a '100' on that cake up there?

Because the birthday girl turned 100!!!!

Happy Linking!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lizy B

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cookies for Snack Time!

(These cookies were originally posted early last year, but they are still some of my favorites!)

I was thinking about making cookies the other day 

(so maybe I think about this everyday) 

and I thought....

I've been making so many sugar cookiesthe boys are probably pretty tired of them.

I really should make something else....

And then I giggled....
and I thought...

'oh, that would be funny'

'oh...that might really be cute!'

and then this happened....

Chocolate Chip Cookies!  and Peanut Butter Cookies!

but....hmm....missing something....what does this need.....

Oh yeah!!

Got Milk?

Thanks for stopping by!

Lizy B
(still giggling)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Baptism Cookies for a Sweet Little Boy!

Congratulations Augustino Mancici!!!!

This Little Man was baptized last May.

These rosary cookies are my very favorite to make for any religious occasion

The design is by Sweet Pudgy Panda and she has graciously given me permission to recreate them.

(Thank You!!!)

You can see more of her lovely creations on FLICKR,

or you can follow her on FACEBOOK

I always love a monogram.

Have to have a few crosses, of course.

Congratulations to his parents as well,

and to his Godparents, Tracie and Marcus.

Thanks for stopping by,

Lizy B

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tennis cookies!

Happy Birthday Emil!!!

My husband's second oldest brother, 

(Joe is the youngest of 5 boys and yes his mother IS a saint)

had a VERY important birthday recently.

Sorry, can't tell you which birthday.

I am quite fond of my brothers-in-law 

and since they tolerate me pretty well,

 I'd like to keep it that way thank-you-very-much.

I'll just say, it was an important enough number that 

lots of fun people came to visit and

helped finish off a fabulous amount of margaritas...

....and wine....

...and some Croatian beer too....

.....and gin and tonics....


Emil loooooooves tennis.


So it wasn't hard to decide to what to make for him.

According to his lovely wife he practices his serve all day long.

He's lucky enough to have his regular tennis partner live in the neighborhood.

They get together to play a few times a week.

I've never asked Emil which one of them was a better player....

but I figure if he was having a particularly rough day and couldn't quite beat him....

...a little distraction wouldn't hurt.

Hope you had a great birthday Emil!

(Hope your head didn't hurt....)

What was that?

Oh yes....that is a giant sugar cookie tennis court.

Would you like a bite?

(construction pictures coming soon...)

Thanks for stopping by,

Lizy B

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