The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle in 2019
Happy New Year, everyone! I can’t believe it’s already 2019! Once upon a time someone told me: “The days are long, but the years are short.“ I didn’t quite get it at the time, but as I type this post, finally I understand. Despite more than a few REALLY long days, the last ten years have really flown by.
If you’ve followed my blog from the early days, you might remember it’s original name, “The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.” I chose that name because in the beginning, I really had no idea what my blog was going to be. The “adventure” allowed me to figure it out as I went along. At the time, I had no idea how perfect the name would turn out to be!
Ten years, five houses, two towns, three jobs, one baby, countless friends, and tens of thousands of cookies later, it’s still an adventure, albeit very different than the one I imagined when I published my first post in 2009.
In the last decade, I’ve shared so much of myself. Ideas, inspiration, heartbreak, and a dream bigger than I’d ever dared to dream come true. I’ve gone from home baker to blogger and finally, product developer, which is when things really began to change for me.
Over the last four years, my transition into product development has really taken center stage. It has been one of the hardest, most amazing, heartbreaking, intriguing, terrifying, and rewarding rollercoasters of my life. It has taken every ounce of my focus and strength to get to this moment, with no shortage of bumps along the way. In the midst of it all, I’ve learned so much about myself and others and done things I never thought I was capable of!
For a very long time, I struggled to balance the Sweet Sugarbelle line with my passion for blogging. To say it hasn’t been easy is a gross understatement! I used every ounce of my creative energy on what I was trying to accomplish and the rest trying to care for my family, and at the end of the day, there just wasn’t anything left. Worst of all, I was unbelievably hard on myself for not being able to do everything.
Now, after a few long years, I’m finally able to look back on what I’ve accomplished with a peace that eluded me as I adjusted to my new role. As I become more comfortable with the ins-and-outs of product development, I’ve also fully realized how much I miss my blog, and I’m ready to refocus my energy on my passion for sharing my ideas with the world.
The beginning of a new year feels like the perfect time to recommit myself to this blog and communicate what it is that I most want to convey as I share my craft. The following four things are what, Sweet Sugarbelle, the person, AND the blog are about, and what I want you to leave with each time you visit:
- Inspiration – Whether you decorate cookies as a hobby or to support yourself, it’s been my goal to make your journey a little easier by using my my experience and style to develop a catalogue of cookie decorating knowledge and inspiration. I post my recipes, ideas, and designs for people to use, and nothing makes me feel more like I’ve done my job than when you do.
- Practicality – I’ve pretty much come full circle in the ten years I’ve been doing this, and I have really embraced practicality. I’ve spent way too much money and time on tools and designs that didn’t make sense for me. My goal, especially now, is to stretch my budget and myself by using basic cutters and tools in as many ways possible, and to inspire you to do the same.
- Creativity – Like I said before, my designs are for people to use. I don’t expect you to come up with your own creative spin…BUT I’m over the moon if you do! Not because I don’t like sharing my designs, but because of the next thing…
- Confidence – Even if you aren’t interested in designing every single detail of each cookie you make, my goal is to give you the confidence to identify what appeals to you so you’re able to incorporate your own style and solutions into your work, making it something all your own.
I don’t have it completely figured out just yet, but I’m determined to make my way back to the place where this crazy adventure began. I am eternally grateful for everyone that’s stayed by me through it all, because I have a feeling that the best is yet to come!
Welcome back, friend! I’m looking forward to what’s to come! Best wishes! ~ Kristien V.
Can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2019, the best is yet to come!
You have been my inspiration over the years! I enjoy your positivity to help all of us find our own balance and creative approach within ourselves! The Path of Life is a Journey!
So excited for everything you will create and share in 2019
I started following you just recently whem I discovered the beautiful world of cookie decorating. This post reminded me of how much I loved reading blog posts before social media kind of took over. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media, specially Instagram, but the posts are not the same. I feel like a blogger can pour out their soul better into a blog post.
I wish you the best for 2019.
Yay! I can’t imagine how you balance it all, but am so glad that there will be more to read here. I ha e gone back and reread many of your posts numerous times and often walk away with something new again. Can’t wait to see more.
You are the Cookie Queen and can’t get Wait to see what you have up your sleeve in 2019.
This post makes me incredibly excited! Welcome back. I CAN’T WAIT!
Welcome back. Your cookie designs inspired me greatly from day one.
I am so excited to hear this news! You were a constant source of inspiration as I ventured into the wonderful world of cookie decorating. I was taught by my neighbor and continued teaching myself, discovering that I adored creating cookies for others. You continue to be my go-to gal for my own creations and also to help others who want to get started. I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings!
I am so excited to see the renewed focus on your blog! I know these past few years have had their difficulties, but I cannot wait to see how you’ve turned those lemons into lemonade. Much love to you! ?
This is so exciting to me!! I used to click on your blog DAILY to see if there was an update!! YOU TAUGHT ME COOKIE DECORATING!!! I love cookies, I love my small business with a lot of the thanks to YOU!! I’m so excited about your blog news.??????
Thanks for always sharing! Im happy to know you through your blog and social media! You are such and inspiration to me. I agree, the best is yet to come!
You are such an inspiration! I love your tutorials and reference them to others often. I also love your writing style and how your personality shines through. I can’t wait to read more! I appreciate what you wrote about creativity and confidence. I’m finally to the point where I know my cookies look good, now I want to work on being more original and creative. Happy 2019!
I am looking forward to reading your blog. I would here and there but I am just over a year into this fulfilling crazy business. I love what you bring. I love that you want to help us (home bakers) to become artistic masters in cookier. I love that you encourage us to bring our own as well as take the advice when given. You are not secertive or get senstive that someone “used” your cookie. I think that’s what I love most about you. We live in a world where things can look prettty ugly. Make a cookie and it truly brightens someone’s world even if it’s just for a moment. Happy New Year!! Looking forward to some good reading!
Confession. When I tell people about you I always say The Adventures of….I guess because I’ve been around so long. I remember the first time I met you (crazy cookie party Louisville ?) you have come a long way! So proud of you!!!!
Aww this is amazing!! I would brag on you to an aunt who moved to Odessa. When your designs first hit Michael’s and I would say, “I know her!!” Lol! She brought it up over the weekend and I told the story of how I found your blog in 2011, when you were shut down, how you helped pass the cottage food law, and to now having your own label!! I’m so happy and excited to see where everything goes! Cheers to feeling better and finding a balance. You deserve all the success you receive!
In early September of 2013 is when I first found your blog. My then almost 2yr old loves Dora. I was looking for cake inspirations and I saw these adorable Dora cookies. I thought, there is no way I could make those, BUT cookies in general, why not try?! So I made my very first, non chilled, sugar cookie. THANK YOU FOR THAT!! And for the the very first time made royal icing following all of your advice. The results, number 2 cookies to go along with a Dora themed cake. Since then, I’ve made countless cookies using your recipes and decorating techniques and became Sweet Sumthings! Thank you so very much Calleye for all of your tips, tricks, products, inspiration and sharing of yourself with all of us! I can’t wait to read the next blog post and see what 2019 has in store.
You have always been a source of inspiration to me. I am an awe of your vision, and how you can put it into a cookie to make it cute and adorable…a fan forever!! <3
I just adore you. This makes me happy ?.
You know you’re technically one of my “ride or dies,” even though I am way too old to ever use that phrase! We’ve been at this for a LONG time!
Can not wait to see what 2019 brings– so nice to hear such honesty!
Oooh I can NOT wait, Callye! You always find my comments & respond back to lil ole ME! You know you’re my “Soul Sista,” right?
XOXOXOXO soul sistas!
I came across your blog in 2010 and learned everything I needed to know about cookie decorating from you! I look forward to to your next “adventure” in 2019!
I have all your cutters and I use them more than any others. You made it possible for ordinary folk to creat extra ordinary cookies that delight young and old alike! Thank you. Thank you thank you!!!!
So glad to read your post. I’m happy for your success and hope that you can continue to find balance. Your blog is filled with useful information and provides so much inspiration, I look at your older posts over. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet you electronically on FLIKR and in person at Spring Flng. I wish you continued success and happiness.
I’ve followed forever it seems like. So proud of you! Welcome back ?
I’ve been following your blog for years and love all your inspiration and tips. So excited to see what 2019 holds for you and for us…. your avid fans.
Callye I love this post so much!! I’m so grateful for you and I’m excited for what 2019 has in store!!! It’s an honor for me when I message you and you reply. I have so much fun following along your journey, and looking back at your old blog posts. I find such inspiration from you! Your energy and creative reminds me to think outside the cookie cutter (ha!) I just really appreciate you!! Happy 2019 to you and yours! Xx
Fabulous! I’ve missed you.
I have missed your posts, but 8 also love your cutters!
How do you make the white polka-dots on your ‘2019’ numbered cookies come out exactly the same size and without PEAKS? If you can advise or direct me to a tutorial on this detail, it would be appreciated. Thank you.
So exciting to watch you over these years! Can’t wait to see what will come to us from your blog postings again! XOXO Sweetheart!
You are such an inspiration to so many people, myself included. Thank you for all you’ve done for the cookie world, especialy in the state of Texas. One of the reasons I chose to become a cookier (instead of a caker? Or cupcaker?) is because of passionate, loving, and kind people like you who were so willing you share your ideas and give advice. Thank you, Callye. And, welcome back to your blogging days. We love you.
I’m super excited!!
Holy smokes, Callye; I thought for sure this post was a farewell to your blog & my heart sank! Boy, am I glad it went in a whole different direction; I literally sighed in relief….WHEW! You were the FIRST cookier I started following when I began making decorated cookies back in 2010. So hard to believe it’s been almost 9 years! I have learned more from you about cookie decorating than anyone else. You feel like an old friend to me. It’s been SO exciting watching you grow your brand, but I am incredibly happy that we’ll be seeing more of you in the blog. Thank you for everything you have given us in the world of cookies, Callye!
I’m one of your “The Sweet Adventures Of Sugarbelle” fans and students. Many many years ago I found your blog and I read and reread (many times) every word and watched your videos over and over again. You taught and inspired me to make amazing cookies. You are my original mentor and I still use your awesome cookie recipe. I admit I try a different one now and then but nothing comes close to the taste and texture of yours. I’ve followed your journey of moves, family (including a baby) and becoming an amazing business woman producing your own products. I’m so proud of you and impressed with your courage to step into the scary unknown and become a huge success. I can’t wait to read about your new sweet adventures and to continue to learn from your wisdom. Welcome home Callye!
Yay! I’m so happy to hear this. Like a lot of other people said, you’re what started it all for me doing cookies! You’re hands to my favorite cookie blogger and your cookies are the best! I’m so happy for you and your product line and I look forward to hearing more from you in 2019! (But don’t you ever feel an ounce of guilt for not posting!!)
I’m excited! Terrific news! As always, I thank you for your generous spirit. You have helped me in so many others. Thank you.
Yay! I have been following you for years now, wondering how you have done all you have done! Your amazing!!!
I have followed you for many years, thanks to you I learn how to not over mixed my dough. You are humble and caring . Thank you for all you do, Can’t wait to see more, GBY ?
Welcome back Calley, I’m so excited to see all the new stuff for 2019! I learned cookie decorating from you many years ago. I love your talent and creativity along with your kindness and niceness!
So excited for you. You are such a creative and talented lady. So extremely kind of you to share with us.
I love this post! So, so glad you are back! You hit the nail on the head as to why I look at your blog every. single. day. in hopes you’ve had a chance to post something. Your sense of design and vision of whimsical/darling makes me smile each time I look at your blog!! It is also the reason 80% of my cookie decorating supplies have your name on them <3 Can't wait to see what this new year brings!!
So happy for all you have accomplished ~ I have bought most of your products!! On the flip side, I have missed your posts on your blog! So let me say WELCOME BACK!!!
I started decorating cookies with you and with the confidence you gave me I blossomed out. I now have a very successful (my husband is not happy) cookie business. I owe you alot. So glad you will be coming back I have missed you.
Thanks Callye for taking us on your journey. You’ve been an inspiration to me and thousands of other woman and men. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the new year and many more to come! Glad you’re back!
You’re an amazing woman and inspiration! I’ve said this before, but you made me fall in love with cookies and I want to thank you for that!
I’ve been following you almost since the beginning and to watch the many blessings of your growth have been inspiring. You have an amazing talent and I thank you for sharing with us. My five boys have grown up knowing your blog and now using your products too. Thank you for brining my family together in the kitchen and being a part of the smiles and laughs we have shared for years. We have missed you and look forward to seeing what else you have to share soon.
You have made the start of 2019 so exciting. Looking forward to your awesome creativity using what we already have! Congrats on everything you have accomplished over the years and for what will transpire!
Wow!! I’ve been a fan since the beginning! I still have an email saved and flagged in my inbox from you personally when I asked you a question about cookies AND you responded! It was like talking to a celebrity! I love seeing your products in michaels when I go down the cake aisle! 2019 is going to be an awesome year and I can’t wait to keep reading about you and all your adventures and ideas!!
Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with the world! I am excited to see what you come up with next.
You have done more for the cookie world than anyone else, Callye. I’m proud to have known you since nearly the beginning of your “adventure”. I’m sticking with you and look forward to whatever lies ahead!!
Your talent and unique style have always inspired me! Thank you for all the hard work you’ve done <3 Look forward to hearing from you more!
Callye, I have learned so much from you and it was through your tutorials that I learned cookie decorating. Thank you! I have cheered for you and I am very happy for your success. It seems many cookie bloggers have discontinued their blogs in the last few years. So, I am thrilled that you plan to do more blogging. I look forward to your creations and inspiration. I wish you all the best in 2019.
I’ve followed your blog since about 2011, you given me so much inspiration and the day you accepted my friend request I was over the moon! I cant wait for what is to come with you and your dreams! Hugs my friend and thank you!
So excited to see what 2019 will bring!!!
Im so excited for you and all of your followers. You’re the reason I started decorating sugar cookies 9 years ago. Also the reason I got my nickname “Grandma Cookie” from my sweet granddaughters. I recommend your website to everyone who asks about my cookies.
This makes me so happy, Callye! My first blog post was also in March 2009. I had 4 grandchildren then, and nowI have 12!
I miss my blog, and blogging! Somehow, my posts started dwindling in 2016, and then the computer was causing problems, coinciding with finally getting a Smart phone and starting IG.
I got a new laptop for Christmas and am looking forward to blogging again, my own little home on the internet(I hope I remember how to blog). I miss visiting other “homes” too, and all my blogging friends, though I do enjoy IG and the connections there.
Thanks for the inspiration, my friend, once again, and always! XOXO!
I literally cried happy tears in the craft store when I first saw your beautiful product line but I have missed your posts so much! I am so anxiously awaiting all the good things 2019 may bring!
Love this!! Sometimes we must get a little lost to find the best path. Best of luck to you!
I couldn’t have said it better myself! I often describe the experience in exactly the same way. I thought I knew where I was going, and confidently took a fork in the road, only to find myself hopelessly lost. I am so glad I kept going and found my way back.
I love your products. Cutest ideas!!! I love the way your sets make everything so easy. I’ve been wanting to learn how to do this for 3 or 4 years and finally tried this Christmas. Your YouTube tutitorials are wonderful. I made about 200 cookies for gifts for family and neighbors and several people have asked me if they could preserve them somehow. My family just had so much fun picking which decadent delight they wanted to eat next that I didn’t think that some people might want to keep them. Is there a way?
What a blessing you are to all of us! I can say you have been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for all you do.
Fantastic. Wishing you continued success. You do inspire and help a lot of cookiers. Thank you .
Overjoyed with excitement! I’ve been following you for a few years and was sad to see you stopped posting but refreshing to follow you on social media! This just made made my whole year… your the best and I wish continually success on your future endeavors 🙂 … and thank you for sharing sooooo much of your gifts with world
Love this, love you and excited to see what 2019 brings!
I’m so excited to be able to read you writing voice again! Wishing you a wonderful happy 2019 full of everything and every dream you want.
Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing your experience and ideas with all of us around the world Callye…can’t thank you enough!
I have been following you for the past year as I become interested in decorating cookies. I love your inspiration that keeps me going. I fill many days what am I doing i’m Not good enough to do this.
Keep your posts coming!
Happy to hear you’re back. thank you for all the help.
Hooray! Good for you. I cannot wait to read and see what you have to share. I have missed your blogging, but never gave up looking to see if you posted something new! Blessings to you and your family for their support of you. I love your shapeshifter cutters and guides so I look forward to what 2019 has in store for all of us.
I’m also a newbie at this craft and your generosity shines through with all the tips, lessons, creativity and happy kind thoughts that shine through like a Beacon! Best wishes to you and your family this year. I have learned a ton from you and love, love your products and especially all the lessons! You have a true gift and I appreciate you sharing it with us all.
I started decorating cookies in the fall of 2013. I came across your blog from a Pinterest picture and instantly fell in love with your style. By that Thanksgiving, I was cranking out your adorable turkey platters and by Christmas of 2015, I was sitting in my kitchen floor on Christmas Eve sobbing because I’d made so many cookies, stayed up till 3:00am every night all month & I had cracked. I was a stay at home mom that never saw my kids except from the other side of the baby gate that protected my cookies. I stopped baking that spring to spend more time with my them & regroup.
Just this week I’ve decided to make my website go live & make another push! You’ve been my inspiration and teacher all along, and all I can say is, “Thank you!” http://www.soonersugar.com
I was just wondering how many cookie cutters you have after all these years making cooki
You are my absolute favorite cookier! Every time I set out to make a new cookie, I check to see how you made it first! Such inspiration! I love your products too, especially the squeeze bottles from michaels. Can’t live without them. Thank you!!!
Love your products, your post and your sharing of information!! I only just started making cookies but you are my go to when I need information!! Great job and thanks so much for sharing your talents and passion!!