Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kookies for Kaile a.k.a. Sugar for Sugar

 I spent some time with a friend of ours, Debbie, and she mentioned that she was heading to Vegas this week to visit her sweet granddaughter, Kaile, also know by her grandma as "Sugar." My girls and Kaile are friends and try to get together whenever she comes here to visit.

As soon as I heard Debbie was heading over, I immediately knew we wanted to send some cookies as a gift for Kaile and her family....

...and c'mon! Perfect title for a blog!!

After talking a little more with Debbie, we established that Kaile likes pink and that she would be happy with some cookies that reminded her of Maui. I decided to stick to some bright complementary colors like the yellow and blue and some fun shapes like the little whale and the sun. I also finally got to use some of the yellow ribbon roses I made a while back and thanks to Loren of The Baking Sheet and one of her latest video tutorials on piping leaves , I got to try out some leaves for myself. (Love Loren...shes awesome! Check her out!) That was fun and now I have a new technique to play with :) I think these are a perfect fit for a special little girl :)

Debbie and her husband Dave hadnt gotten a chance to taste our cookies yet, so I cut out some minis for some samples for them...okay, maybe not "some"...more like a lot!! I always am amazed how many minis can come from just a little bit of dough!!

I went with pink and straight edges for the Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Yellow with curves for the Lemon Poppy Seed. Then I added come dots to some and some flowers to the others with the brush embroidery technique...which you know we love! I put some minis in a jar and added some ribbon...adorable!!

The cookies headed off to Vegas...I hope Kaile loved her gift :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ekolu's "Simply for Love" CD Release Party

 When we found out it was time for Ekolu's CD Release party at Mulligans for their new album "Simply for Love"album, we knew it was time for a very special batch of cookies!! We set out to find a good picture of their logo and their name and got to work developing the stencils. It took a couple tries but the logo ended up being a layer of 3 stencils and we were really happy with the results. We also stenciled their name because we wanted to make sure everything was just right.

 We figured we should add one more design and after looking at the album cover, realized that the silhouette would be a great place to start.

So here is the variety we came up with!!

Number One: We went with the red, yellow, green background (all reggae bands need red, yellow!!)  featuring their signature logo.
(Tahitian Vanillla Bean with Royal Icing and Black Food Writer)

Number Two: We picked a color similar to one  from the album cover and used that as the base. We then used the silhouette stencil and simple lettering as the cover had.
(Lemon Poppy Seed with Royal Icing)

Number Three: We really like how this one came out! It was nice to have one color section for each word.
(Tahitian Vanilla Bean with Royal Icing)

Number Four: The band's name is very distinctive as well so we made sure to stencil it so it was accurate.
(Tahitian Vanilla Bean with Royal Icing and Black Food Writer)

Number Five: Love this one!! The stencil we created for their name was the perfect size to fit right in the middle of the stencil we made for their logo. Sometimes you gotta just try things and this worked out great!! 
(Tahitian Vanilla Bean with Royal Icing and Black Food Writer)

Numbers Six and Seven:  We wanted to have a good variety so we tried out the logo on the blue as well as the name and half logo on the other...just to spice things up a little!


The band loved them! We presented them to the lead singer Lukela (far right) before the show and got to take some pictures with him and the other band members such as Makapu (next to Lukela)  and Mikey (far left). After the show we got a pic with Ka'ala's brother-in -law, Tom (far left in the picture on the right) , too.

Overall this project was a HUGE success and we are glad to have stepped up for the challenge. The evening was lots of fun, the music was AWESOME and it will definitely be a night to remember!!

Much "Mahalos!" to the entire Ekolu family for all the love and support!! They have posted about us on Facebook and the response has been amazing and much appreciated!! Check them out on Facebook and over at their official website You can find out more info about the band there as well as purchase their new "Simply for Love" Album!! Go get it!!

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