The Sweetapolita Bakebook and Blog Hop Giveaway!

Sweetapolita Watercolor Eggs by Sweetsugarbelle

Good morning, friends! Today is a very special day because I have some very exciting news to share. Rosie Alyea, my friend, and the beautiful face behind Sweetapolita, is releasing her first book, The Sweetapolita Bakebook! I have known Rosie since the early days of her blog (and mine), and I've long been a fan of her dreamy, elegant designs. I've gotta admit, I have waited for this book for years. The moment I opened it, I felt as I always … continue reading

Decorated Peeps Cookies…in Disguise

Peeps in Disguise Cookies Sweetsugarbelle

Okay, okay, I admit it. I love Peeps. And not just the marshmallow kind, I love cookie Peeps too. As a matter of fact, I love them so much that this is third time I've made them on this blog. Just when you thought you'd seen every possible spin on this old fave, I'm back with a new twist. Peeps cookies, in disguise! Once upon a time, if you wanted to make Peeps cookies, you had to get creative. These days, Wilton has you covered. You can now … continue reading

Easy Decorated Burlap Cookies

Burlap Easter Bunny Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle

To most people, these probably look like burlap Easter bunny cookies.  But when I look at them, I see so much more.  I see victory! Seriously though, I've been experimenting with decorated cookies that look like burlap for years now.  I've piped them (total hand-killer), tried stencil after stencil, and even toyed with using actual burlap, but none of these methods produced the effect I had in mind. Then, after about four years of thinking, … continue reading

How to Take Apart and Clean Your Airbrush

Airbrush Parts

My relationship with my airbrush has not always been an easy one.  My first attempt went well, but after that it was all downhill.  A few years and several guns later, I'm finally have a better understanding of how my machine works, and what went wrong all the times before. Most of my beginner airbrushing woes were the result of two things, the improper care and cleaning of my equipment, and not being able to reassemble a gun once I had taken … continue reading

Decorated Rose Cookies for Valentine’s Day

Decorated Rose Cookie Close-Up

I don't know if I should be ashamed or proud, but it's amazing the ways I come up with to avoid work. Usually, cookies are the exception, but lately I've become L-A-Z-Y. Rose cookies have been on the agenda since January, but in the last few weeks even the simple version seemed like too much effort. So, I came up with an even simpler design. Behold the most recent result of my total lack of motivation...even simpler Valentine's Day rose … continue reading

Snowman Cookies with Earmuffs

Snowman with Earmuffs Cookie

For years I've heard that creativity ebbs and flows like the tide but I never really understood what that meant until I started recording my thoughts online. Most of the time, my head is full of ideas and plans to execute them.  But sometimes they don't fall into place as quickly and easily as I'd like. These snowman cookies are a perfect example.  Believe it or not, they were inspired by a penguin hat that Old Navy carried a few years … continue reading

How to Airbrush Cookies with White Gel Color {Guest Post}

SB - Close Up

When using an airbrush to decorate cookies, the most typical approach is to apply a darker color over a lighter base.  Until recently, creating the opposite effect (white over a dark base) was limited to white icing, or disappointingly translucent bright white airbrush color. I don't know about you, but this has always left me feeling a bit limited when it came to certain cookie designs.  You can imagine how excited I when I scrolled though my … continue reading

How to Make Dark Black Royal Icing

Black Royal Icing 8

Black royal icing seems pretty simple, but in reality, that's not always the case. If you've ever struggled with creating the perfect shade of black icing, this post is for you. Today I'm sharing my best tips for black icing success. When I make black royal icing, I begin one of two ways...with Super black Americolor gel, or with black icing leftover from other projects. As a general rule, when starting from scratch (meaning with pure white … continue reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Cookies

Hola, everyone!  It's 2015 and I'm obviously a little late to the party. Usually, I'm on top of a new year...I love new beginnings and clean slates, but this year I needed some downtime.  After three weeks of Christmas cookies, I was ready for a break.  Who knew I'd ever look forward to cleaning house? After getting our living space in order (or as much order as possible with four kids) I spent some real, (unplugged) quality time with my … continue reading

Twelve Days of Giveaways Extravaganza: Grand Finale

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Well folks, here it is, after eleven days of awesome prizes...the grand finale!  Are you ready? Today's prize is one of my favorite cookie decorating luxuries, a Kopykake Projector!!!  (Is it just me, or am I beginning to sound a lot like a game show host?) One lucky reader will win a Kopykake 300XK Projector.  Yes, you read right...a Kopykake Projector! To enter, all you've got to do is leave a comment telling me the best gift … continue reading