Tuesday, December 31, 2013

postheadericon All Units Prepare to Copy a Broadcast...

Be On The Look Out for...

A female white, slim fit build, long brown hair, wearing fabulous clothes, and glowing personality.  This subject is to be considered armed (with wit) and dangerous (to low self esteem).  Subjected is known as Marie Forleo.

Have You Seen Marie?

If you do not know Marie Forleo, and you are a small business owner, you are missing out on some great vibes and views!  Marie knows her stuff and gives of her knowledge freely!  

I have been following Marie for about 2-1/2 years now.  The MOST important thing Marie has helped me learn is to be confident in myself and MY skills.  I stopped comparing myself to others and just enjoy what I do.  

Her motto is "Have a life & business you love" and I truly do now.  I have learned to set goals that are attainable, but not give up on those BIG dreams!  

Wanted For....

Marie is wanted for making my YEAR!  She gave me a shout on her weekly MarieTV episode today!  Nothing like having your idol say your name to 96,000 peeps!  Check out her video here...

Sugar Beez clear...

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

postheadericon Happiness Cannot Exist Without Possibility

Something to Do

Not much is going on at the moment, and that is a good thing after the frenetic cookie'ing (you have my permission to use my cool new word) that happened in December on top of trying to do the everyday things like work, take care of hearth, home and family, AND Christmas preparations!  PHEW! 

We are enjoying the quiet slipping away of the old year.  Which brings us to thoughts of all the glittery potential of the New Year. 

The focus for Sugar Beez in 2014 is to just keep doing.  We had a lot of growth in the last quarter of 2013 because we were out there moving, learning and socializing.  The goal is to keep it up.

Something to Love

I love decorating cookies.  And it loves me back.  Nothing is better than getting an e-mail from someone who has purchased cookies from me saying how much the loved the cookies! 









Something to Hope for

My hope for 2014 is to have enough sales to support adding at least one employee, at least part time.  Small steps forward so I don't trip and fall running!

Happiness

I wish all my followers, clients (past, present & future), my family, my friends and my coworkers (did I ever mention I work as a police dispatcher?) the Sweetest Happiness 2014 can afford!

Sweetly,
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

postheadericon The Story of Why We Leave Cookies for Santa

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Milk & Cookies

How many of us grew up leaving a glass of milk and a plate of cookies for Santa, and carrots for the reindeer?  Then we of course passed the tradition on to our children. Obviously, Jolly Old Saint Nick enjoys the treats, but why do we do this? 

During medieval times in Western Germany what they called a Paradise Tree would be decorated with gifts of fruit and cookies.  The folks began to notice that the gifts would be snacked on, presumably by St. Nick, during the night (my guess is more likely mice).  Then with the introduction of Christianity to Europe, the Paradise Tree became the Christmas Tree but the tradition of decorating the tree continued. 

After many years (about the 1800s) German immigrants in American began to use ornaments to decorate their trees.  The Christmas tree began to catch on in America, decorated with lights, ornaments and strings of popcorn.  The cookies began to find their way to plates placed by the fire place, Santa's entrance to deliver gifts, by good children as a thank you to Santa for all his hard work on Christmas Eve.  And of course, what considerate family would not leave a glass of milk to wash down the cookies?  

It is said the tradition of leaving carrots for the reindeer began as a result of naughty children trying to bribe the reindeer to stop for a treat and Santa being so pleased with the child he would leave a gift. 

Most popular Cookie?

Did you know the most popular cookie to leave for Santa is the Oreo?  Mmmmm! 

Growing up, in my family we always left Santa cookies and milk on a paper plate and Santa always wrote us a note of thanks on the paper plate!  

What is your Christmas cookie tradition?  Do you have a special plate?  A certain cookie?  Or libation you leave for Santa? 











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Sunday, December 15, 2013

postheadericon How Sharing Increased My Productivity


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Colleen of Royal Icing Diaries contacted me recently to ask me questions about my photo cookies.  Colleen is new to cookie decorating and lays out all the ugly truth about starting out on the journey to become a great cookie artist on her blog...check it out!  She will show you that cookie decorating may not be for the faint of heart!  And she proves...she has HEART! 

There might be some people out there that would cringe at the idea of sharing information with other cookie decorators.  Not me.  I learned by others sharing with me when I asked questions.  There are decorators out there that do not sell cookies, and they are gracious enough to share with us what they know so that we can better ourselves.  Here are just a few of them show share whether they sell or not. 
I do sell cookies, but that does not stop me from sharing.  I make a pretty decent amount of dough, and money (ha ha ha, couldn't resist the pun) and I see no reason why I should try to keep all the business to myself.  I have seen proof time and again that sharing only brings you more success.  Callye is the perfect example of that.  A couple years ago (I have been following her a long time) she was selling cookies, and some grinch out there turned her in to the health department.  She had to shut down her cookie for profit production.  But she did not give up.  She began doing tutorials and now she is one of THE most well known and successful cookiers.  And I am pretty sure she still does not sell cookies! 

Sharing has increased my productivity because I have had more orders since I began sharing what I know.  Keeping the knowledge to myself would only make me feel anxious trying to protect by spot in the sandbox, when actually the playing field is way to huge for me to worry how many of us play on it...in fact, the more the merrier!  

The cookies above are photo cookies I created for Fado Irish Pub this week.  

Leave a comment below and weigh in on the topic of to share or not to share! 


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