Cookie Jigsaw Puzzle- A step by step photo essay.

Hello Everyone!! It’s been too long, again.  One of my New Year’s cookie resolutions was to post more on the blog. I talked about my cookie resolutions, my cookie puzzle process and my real job and family in a really in-depth interview with Julia Usher on Cookie Connection this month.  If you don’t already know more about me than you want to, you should check it out!

I am starting this year’s blog adventure with a post I meant to do months ago.  You know, like before Christmas? It’s a photo essay showing the process from inspiration to completion and beyond of my Christmas jigsaw puzzle for Springbok.  (In a total aside, if you have done the puzzle would you please consider leaving a review on their website?).

The thing I didn’t realize until I put it all together is that in typical Cookie Architect form, I did not get good photos of the ornament and bird cookies while they were in process. That’s because I did most of them in a single sleepless weekend where I barely ate, let alone took photos and that sort of thing.  I do from time to time get to share the whole process, but this time there is that little gap!  Otherwise, lots of never before seen behind the scenes cookies!

I’ll have another blog post very soon- some fun announcements to make about…classes!!  You guys are the best! Leave me a comment and let me know you stopped by. 🙂

 

Note: these last two photos are from my favorite blogger of all time (yes, including myself!), Catherine Newman of Ben and Birdy.  They love puzzles, and I love them, so I sent them my puzzles. They are even going to tackle my enormous Spring Flowers puzzle!  I am kinda starstuck!

For the Birds

Did I mention that I just finished up a top secret project?  Shhhh.. It’s true!

And I’m not here to tell you about it or show it to you.  Totally top secret.  Instead, I will share this random collection of bird-themed cookies I just made to celebrate the seemingly miraculous advent of Spring. Yes, spring in the North Country happens in May.  And by happens, I mean, the temperature is consistently above freezing and it’s even been this thing I’ve heard of called…warm?  And sunny, and dry.  A miracle and I’ll take it.

I made a birdhouse, and a couple of birds. Both birds kind of go with the birdhouse, but not with each other unfortunately.  So, you’ll see we have a couple of different birdy vibes happening, some more realistic than others.

But first, the birdhouse.  I love this and it turned out much better than I expected.

Birdhouse in a Tree | The Cookie Architect

The main thing you are wondering about, based on previous comments alone, is the finish. The carefully hand painted  (or was it etched?!?) crackle paint finish.

Hahahahahahahahahaha!  Guys! It is so much better than that.  Why? Because it was a stamp.  Like, a rubber stamp.  Seriously, the fastest, easiest, coolest cookie finish.  And it took me three minutes.  I LOVE IT!

I was inspired by a gorgeous Easter set by Baked on Briar that I loved, so I went looking for a crackle stamp, and found this one instead.  Even better for what I had planned! And while I wasn’t ready to break the bank with stamps….let’s just say that when you go looking for a stamp like this, you will find more options than you ever dreamed of.    Here is the one I used:

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

And just in case I haven’t dispelled enough of the cookie magic, let me just also say that the scrollwork perch is a fondant mold.  I didn’t pipe that.  Though now I want to try.

I made one bird cookie where I went for realistic, with the painting help from a fabulous tutorial from Honeycat Cookies (like this, but you know, ten times better!!) I came up with this guy:

Bird on a Branch | The Cookie Architect

 

And last but not least, I have a kind of epic silver dragee collection going now, largely thanks to How Sweet is That, so I was also inspired to make this super realistic, super safe to eat bird!

Shiny Bird | The Cookie Architect

By the time I finished all these cookies, they were minimally edible, so I let my brother eat them.  He assured me that it was fine that I stuck them in this tree for photos.  In case you were worried.

So there you go! Spring is here!  Blessing on all!!!