New! Cookie Design Webinar!!

Cookie Architecture: Building up your cookie inspiration, design and style.

A webinar about creativity & design, how to get and stay inspired, principles of design, the design process, and building and applying your own style.  All taught through the medium of sugar cookie decoration.

Succulents Framed | The Cookie Architect

Sometimes it feels like creativity is not for the weak!  How many of you sometimes get stuck while designing? Feel like you are not creative?  Like you don’t have your own style and wouldn’t know how to find it? Like inspiration is something that happens to other people?

Well, I know that as an architect, I struggled to be creative, while juggling so many other business and engineering concerns.  That is, until I discovered cookie decorating, and the tools I learned and used there taught me how to bring my creative A-game to everything I was doing.

My cookie projects are often over the top, but trust me, these tools can be used for all your cookie design needs, even if it is just hobby baking for your kid’s parties, or busting out corporate orders in bulk.

If any of this resonates with you, I think you would enjoy this webinar!

Succulent Detail two | The Cookie Architect

What it is:

A fifty minute online video talk by me about all of the above, with a follow up question and answer session on live video.  Included is membership in a secret Facebook group where you can re-watch the video, or watch later on your own time, and continue to ask questions for the next few months.  I’m happy to talk with participants about developing their own style further, and to give detailed pointers on any of the design topics that come up in the lecture.

The live video presentation will May 6th at 4:00PM EST. Replay will be available if you are unable to watch live.

Cost for the webinar and membership is $30. If you would like to sign up, send me an email at rnlarch@usa.net with your name and I will send you the Paypal link. I will also need your email address so that I can invite you to the Facebook Group, so please email me from your preferred email address for that. If you do not want to be on Facebook, I can invite you to the video separately, but the chat will be available in the Facebook group only.

NOTE: This talk is the talk I gave at Cookie Con 2017, so if you were an attendee, I am happy to give you this webinar at the discounted rate of $15, so that you can take advantage of the question and chat features, as well as re-listening to the video if you want! I am happy to extend this offer to vendors and those who worked the Con and thus weren’t able to attend my presentation during the event.   For this option, please email me at rnlarch@usa.net with some sort of proof of attendance, whether your ticket, or some sort of photographic proof. Thank for your understanding.

Succulent Angle | The Cookie Architect

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Team Cookie: Cookie Con Design Seminar EDIT: CLASS FULL

I can’t tell you how excited and honored I am to be part of the next Cookie Con, taking place in September 2015 in Salt Lake City.  I went last year and couldn’t have had more fun meeting all my cookie friends and checking out the cookie happenings!  Last year, there were only class offerings during the regular Cookie Con schedule, but this time, they have extended the time a bit to allow people to sign up for some more advanced smaller cookie classes!  Myself, I am teaming up with two of my best cookie partners-in-crime, Kari of Yankee Girl Yummies and Melissa of Melissa Joy Custom Cookies, to offer some classes that we really hope that you will be interested in!  Read on to find out all about it.

Cookie Design Seminar

(September 23rd and 24th, 2015)

Have you ever wondered how to get from the beginning of an idea (or no idea!) to a full fledged cookie set?

How to get from the thought of Nantucket Cookies, to the reality of my Nantucket set?

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Or how to go about designing all the details for something like this amazing set by Yankee Girl Yummies?

Yankee Girl Yummies Flower Mandalas

Or how to proceed from the kid-friendly fun of tic-tac-toe to the genius of Melissa Joy’s cookie tic-tac-toe?

Melissa Joy Cookies Tic Tac Toe Cookies

In this two part seminar, our team will show you how we do it!  We will give you pointers and experience in cookie design that will have you pulling together cookies like a pro in no time!  Read on for all of the class details, but first, let me tell you a little bit more about Team Cookie!

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Here we are having a blast at Cookie Con 2014!!  We are so excited to do it all again, and meet even more cookie friends!

You all know about me, The Cookie Architect… I’m the brunette in the middle here. So let me introduce you to my friends!  The lovely lady on the left (my right haha!) is Melissa “Joy” Lacasse.

Melissa has always had a passion for baking just about anything, but something clicked once she received a cookie decorating kit years ago. Her pastime started as holiday cookies for family and friends, but eventually turned into a small business and Melissa Joy Cookies was born. While Melissa enjoys the creative outlet that cookie decorating brings, she finds that sharing with others, whether via bakery box or virtually, is always the most rewarding part of her journey. Her work can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and her blog, melissajoycookies.com.

Melissa is also a member of #teamallboys, with two school age sons. It is something that I share in common with her, and with the gorgeous girl on the right in this picture, Kari Arroyo of Yankee Girl Yummies!

Kari started decorating cookies four years ago, after deciding to take a break from nursing.  She learned the ways of royal icing by reading tutorials and LOTS of trial and error (sound familiar? Me too!!) .  There are links to her many cookie decorating tutorials on her website as well as Facebook. When she’s not decorating cookies, you can find her chasing after her two busy boys! Find her at  www.facebook.com/YankeeGirlYummies and www.yankeegirlyummies.com

These ladies have been with me since the very beginning of my online cookie journey.  Kari was the very first cookie page to “like” my cookie page on Facebook, and Melissa was the very first page to share one of my cookies!  They are the best cheerleaders and sounding board a cookier could ask for, and super sharp cookie designers, so I could not be more excited for the class we are teaming up to do together.

So without further ado, here is what we’ve lined up:

Session I: September 23rd

For the first session of our seminar, join our cookie team and design a cookie set right on the spot. That’s right, this cookie design charrette will have us all working together to create a set of cookie designs with the help of a full array of tools and techniques. We’ll share all the secrets of Pinterest, how to use your KK for more than piping, and how to work within design constraints — like pesky client requests 😉 — while getting and staying creative and inspired.

Come tap in to our years of design and art experience, and learn how to design everything from intricate to simple in your own style!

Cost for session $125 per person, (specify Wednesday Morning or Wednesday Afternoon, 12 person limit per section)

Session II: September 24th

Part Two of our seminar happens the next morning. In this session we will be doing some hands on cookie decorating and you will get a chance to be in a smaller group with each of us as individual instructors. Cookies and materials will be provided, and our two design sections will be joined together, so that you will get a chance to meet even more cookie friends! Each of us will work with you for an hour, on a set that will be designed by us to tie together, and hopefully teach you some fun things. We hope to have a little time at the end where we can answer questions as well, and you’ll leave with a tasting sample of our favorite cookie recipes that you’ve decorated, and a few decorating goodies!

The Thursday group decorating seminar will be for both of the Wednesday groups together. It is optional to go on to do it, but it is open first to participants of the Wednesday design seminars. If there is availability, the class will be opened to others as well, for a maximum of 24 (3 groups of 8). Cost for the decorating class is $150.

Now, Cookie Con tickets  go on sale March 23rd.  The cost of registration is NOT included in the cost of the seminar.  Per the request of the Cookie Con organizers, we will be selling tickets starting March 24th, to ensure that all those who sign up for our class are definitely able to come to the event.

To register please email Kari at yankeegirlyummies@gmail.com and give her your name, Paypal email and which sessions you are interested in, and she will put you on the waiting list.  On March 24th, we will issue you a Paypal invoice. You will have 48 hrs to reserve your spot by paying your invoice.  Then we will move down the list if there are still people waiting!!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you everyone for your interest in our class!

Payment is due at registration. Cancellation is possible prior to July 15th, all but $15 will be refunded. If you find after July 15th that you are not able to attend, we will refund your payment (minus $15) only if we are able to fill your spot.

If you have any questions- don’t hesitate to ask me or anyone on the team!  

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