I’ve always considered myself a bit of a “black sheep“. I was an outgoing, artsy, friendly kid who grew into a quirky, artsy, somewhat “different” dressing teenager. In high school I was bullied (badly) by a group of tough, mean girls who apparently did not like my periwinkle, uneven hem, puff skirt as much as I did (I got a lunch milk carton thrown at my head the day I wore that skirt).
Strangely enough in college, I found myself in a similar “black sheep” role… this time because I wasn’t quirky enough… I was labeled “too Jersey” and my wearing of everyday makeup did not go over well either. (Who would have ever guessed R.I.S.D. students were against wearing makeup?)
What a difference age and perspective makes. Like most people who are “black sheep”, the qualities that made me quirky and different then, make me the unique person I am today. It’s not bad to be different, in fact, its kind of fun!
In 2005, the marshmallow wooly sheep cookie was the first cookie I ever decorated on air with Martha. It was one of Tamara and my favorite cookies and she pitched it to Martha’s producers at the time. I don’t remember which of us came up with the mini marshmallow lamb “wool” but it was a huge hit both for cuteness and deliciousness.
I have since designed my own version of the sheep cookie cutter since I always pictured the shape to be a bit more cartoony and puffier. This cookie has become a bit of a mascot for Sweet Dani B and this “wooly” sheep is a fun and fabulous cookie to decorate all year round- especially for Valentine’s Day.
My Mom recently sent me an article about a book titled “Dear Me, Letters to my 16 Year Old Self“. I found it absolutely fascinating. I’m still working on my full letter but I have it started…
Dear Me, (and any other “black sheep”) One day you will realize the things that are making mean girls throw milk cartons at your head, are the very things that will make you “unique” and will allow you to be creative. So, if it makes you happy, wear the periwinkle puffy skirt (duck next time!), sleep on the floor next to your bed instead of in it (true story), stiff stuff your hair as big as you would like in the 80’s (the photos will crack you up one day) and wear makeup every day in college (eventually they will start wearing it too). It’s not bad at all to be a black sheep, in fact, its pretty sweet!
P.S. This might sound completely crazy, but one day you will have a cookie business!