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Becoming Better, Creatively: Decorating Cakes & Cookies

Hey Sweeties,

Its week three of the 5 Things to Help You Become Better, Creatively.

If you’ve read the first post >>CLICK IT>>5 Things to Help You Become Better, Creatively<<READ IT<<, and the second post >>CLICK IT>>Becoming Better, Creatively: Baking & Understanding It<<READ IT<< you’re in the right place.

If you haven’t, don’t spoil it for yourself, go back and check them out before finishing up here.

Decorating Cakes

This is my favorite part. The best part of the things you love to do, is your favorite part. Especially when its your day off, all other chaotic things are out of the way. You get in the zone.

You might ask, Thelisha, why didn’t you talk about the brainstorming, planning and getting it done before this? That’s because we’re not ready for that. There is a time and place for everything and now ain’t the time or the place. You have to know for sure if you want to love this or not. We all see things that look fun and say, “Oh, I want to try that!”. We go out, get all the stuff, start it and be like, “Nah uh.”

You then ask, “Well isn’t this doing the same thing?” No, its not. When you put yourself in a space to take your time, you use what you have to practice. Before I started decorating cakes, I always had flour, eggs, salt, granulated sugar, powdered sugar baking powder, butter, milk, and vanilla. Thats because I was always a baker and there are other uses for a majority of these things. I already had cake pans, a hand mixer, and so on. All I needed to do was learn to make icing and decorate cakes. I had a lot of practice working in a bakery, but I wanted to make my own stuff. I wanted to step away from the store bought icing. I didn’t want to buy boxed cake and I didn’t really want to buy my kids cakes from the store anymore.

It’s a thing now. I bake and decorate cakes and I’ve been doing so for some time. That’s where The Sweets by Thelisha came from.

Decorating Cookies

I never wanted to decorate cookies. My mom tried to convince me for two years. She even bought me a beginners book. I looked at it and put it away. Two people asked me to make cookies for them, I tried it and I hated it. Not only was I horrible at it, but royal icing was the worst thing I ever touched. More time went by and I never thought about cookies again.

…some time later…after that more time going by…

My mom then found Julia Usher on YouTube or Pinterest. She showed me a baby rattle video made from cookies. She bought me the mold, I binged on Julia’s videos, I joined cookie groups, and I made the rattle. I got the hang of royal icing and started loving what I saw other cookie decorators do. Not long after that, I started selling cookies. I even got a call to audition for one of the Christmas dessert shows on Food Network. I didn’t make it, but it was fun to make cookies and do the interview.


Cookies, cakes or something else you love. The point here is to take it on. There are many things I want to try or have tried. Many of those things stuck with me or I left it alone. Don’t be afraid to make changes and try new things. You don’t have to like everything, you don’t have to master everything. Everything is not going to be your cup of tea. Don’t lose your focus. Learn from it. You can always take something from. Never think of it as a waste of time.

Check out some of my videos in the Thelisha Bakes Playlist on my channel. Soon I’ll have videos up on my new The Sweets by Thelisha channel. I won’t stop posting on the Where Baking & Craft Meet Channel, but the more detail videos will be posted on the other. All baking and decorating, all the time.

Join me next week for the next topic, Where Baking & Crafting Meet. Subscribe to the blog if this is your first time here and be sure to check my YouTube channels to see how I use my creativity in different ways.

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What’s December Really Looking Like?

Hey Sweeties,

It’s December 1st, and it’s time to get the ball rolling. There are so many things going on this month. We have The Cookie Club, the Makers Creative Collab with P.M. Artist Studio, giveaways, and the upcoming Ephemera Swap for January. Let’s break this down in order.

The Cookie Club

The Cookie Club’s theme is The 12 Days of Christmas. For those participating, I’ll be videoing each cookie design. I may use stencils, my projector, and I may even freehand it; who knows. Either way, it goes; something is going on the cookie. I’m going to keep it sweet and simple. There may be a bit of artsy stuff going on there, but it’ll still be fun.

You have until December 20th to sign up and get your box. Be sure to check the pinned Cookie Club post at the top of the main blog page to sign up.

The Makers Creative Collab

If you haven’t been keeping up with it over the last three months, you have no idea what you’re missing. In the Makers group and on YouTube, creatives are showing their stuff. So, without giving too much away, I’ll be making another cookie! Yay! Just like the cornucopia, this is something I never made before. Mixing baking and crafting is fun and challenging when combining the two and creating something entirely edible.

Holiday Giveaway

Shannon from Hot Mess Crafting on Facebook is having a giveaway. I’ll be one of the small businesses giving away a prize to her one winner or one of her winners (don’t quote me in the number of winners. lol).

The Ephemera Swap

I’m hosting a swap in January where those participating will make ephemera and swap with a partner. There is no minimum amount of pieces to be made. Partners can discuss that. Be sure to check out the PICS page for more information. If you have any questions, feel free to fill out the contact form on the Support page.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions about the events above, visit the Support page and fill out the contact form. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Makers Creative Collab: Stuffed Stuff

Hey Sweeties,

Today is the day for the Makers Creative Collab hosted by P. M. Artist Studio. This is the third collab I participated in. The first two being a simple project using specific items and the Spooky Scrolls.

This project was almost an inedible project that I would do at my desk, but some time last week, I decided to whip out the baking skills and go cookie.

I felt it would be best to make a cornucopia. I never done it, didn’t know how I was going to do it, or if it was going to work. I just did it. I started off with making two boxes, but decided against it.

100% edible. All cookies, icing, and food coloring. My kids are going to enjoy this one.

Here’s the playlist for the collab: Makers of Mixed Media Art/Artist #makerscreativecollab