Inspiration

Always a Good Year

Happy 2016! Woohoo!

Happy 2016! Woohoo!

Happy new year! 2015 was a good year for me… coined “my year of yes” (me and Shonda Rhimes apparently!), I not only kept busy with cookie orders and workshops, but closed out the year busiest I have ever been. Thats a lot of love spreading and I enjoyed every minute! As KF put it, another year we are here, enjoying life, laughing and having fun with the ones we love is “always a good year”.

The irony of the way my last cookie set of the year turned out, however, was not lost on me. I spied this adorable Baby New Year cookie on CopperGifts website right after Christmas. Knowing it would be tight to decorate in time, I ordered it anyway. If you look closely you can see the evidence of how many times I scraped this cookie. As adorable and fun as the shape is, technically it was such a challenge! I declared it a “fail” around 12am on New Year’s Eve eve and vowed to master it by next season. Maybe even a how-to-ice video will be in order depending on how the final turns out (but this is not it)!

Baby New Year Cookie- Not a full fail but not quite there yet.

Baby New Year Cookie- Not a full fail but not quite there yet. Back to the drawing board!

With Baby New Year I also ordered this NYE party clock. Super fun, but alas, I dropped it while placing on drying rack!! It could use some fine tuning as well.

Wishing you love in this new year! And no broken cookies!

Midnight strikes and its time to party! OR drop your cookie and crack it!

At about 1am on New Year’s Eve eve, I got the message. I had decorated enough cookies in 2015. Time to call it a year! Both my gingermen and hug monster cookies learned how to hug (thanks to Food52 for the inspiration) and 1 out of 3 is not bad!

BIG COOKIE HUGS!!!

BIG COOKIE HUGS!!!

As I look out onto the canvas of a blank new year I could not be more excited. Our goal list is set and I can’t wait to see what sweetness is on the horizon. Thank you for all of the support and love you showed us in 2015! I know 2016 will be even more sweet! HUGS and HAPPY happy new year! Life is sweet! Xoxo Dani

Still Never Forget

NYC Skyline View from our rooftop. 8:52 a.m. September 11, 2015

NYC Skyline View from our rooftop. 8:52 a.m. September 11, 2015

14 years later I’m still so sad on this day… The trending hashtag of the day #neverforget is so ironic to me- as in how could we ever?”

While looking for an image to post this morning, I did a search for NYC on my laptop and so so many images came up. Photos, snapshots, artwork, clippings… NYC has been both inspirational and aspirational for me since I was little. I posted this cartoon panel of Spot Fiori looking out at the skyline. Waking up and looking at the NYC skyline view has always been so amazing and hopeful to me. We have appreciated it for years and years.

I posted this cartoon of Spot Fiori looking out at the skyline this morning. Its a panel from one of our "How to Have a A Happy New Year" Cards. This drawing was from our first card in the series. I did the drawing the KF colored them up.

This drawing was from our very first “How to Have a A Happy New Year” Cards. Its actually the very first panel which read “Remember that each and every sunrise brings the gift of a new day… Isn’t that amazing?” Today it is so sad and bittersweet. I am always grateful for every single sunrise I get.

Yesterday a rainbow was seen over the Freedom Tower. Last night the tribute lights filled the sky. This morning, the sky was filled with somber clouds but around 8:50 a.m. the sun began to break through… I will always take time to reflect on this day.  I will never, ever forget.  Xo Dani

NYC September 11, 2015  8:51 a.m.

NYC September 11, 2015 8:51 a.m.

Love you, NY. ❤️

Love you, NY. ❤️