I quickly decided to use the squeeze bottle technique I saw on the Martha Stewart Show with Dani Fiore. It makes the task quite easy for beginners and allows for better control and less mess when you have a group working together. I've been using her method since I saw the show in February 2011 and rarely do I need to break out the piping bags and tips. I felt certain I could impart Dani's wisdom to our little class.
I arrived at ArtSpace at 9:30 with a box bulging with 27 squeeze bottles of red, green, white, blue, and yellow royal icing and about 40+ different kinds of sprinkles, sugar balls, sparkly sugars, M&Ms, shredded coconut, snowflakes, stars, etc. I brought along some tweezers, ramekins, and toothpicks (my best friends when decorating) and actually met Ann at the door with her sprinkles, more ramekins, little plates, papertowels, etc. We were ready to get the show on the road.
There are a lot of photos and I'm posting a lot of them because I can't choose and each one has something different to offer. Really clever and fun cookies - each one carefully created by the cookie artists around the table.
Amazin' Walter had a penchant for the tie-dyed look (no surprise there) and Nancy and Ann worked on some Christmasy sea-life (perfect for the island). It was the quietest craft day I've ever attended...people industriously working on their cookie creations while we listened to Christmas music.
The holiday party was wonderful with a great turn-out. Walter brought milk to go with the cookies...and there were snacks and wine for folks as they wandered and chatted and admired the gorgeous ceramics, artwork, decorations, and textiles on display (and for SALE!!!) at ArtSpace. I didn't know the artists when they were just "Craft Camp"...but their evolution into the artisans and classes at ArtSpace is unique and perfectly "South Padre"...people working together to create a space where beauty is created from raw elements. I love being there and I love the people I have come to know from being there. Thanks for having me demonstrate - it was just a great day!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!