Saturday, October 26, 2013

How did I get here? oh and a Halloween Freebie!




Now, that post title is not a negative thing. It is in fact a declaration of complete happiness. It has taken me many a year, maybe over a decade to say I am "completely happy." Some people can live an entire life with never uttering those words. So I say them now. I am blessed. With a life of love and happiness. So how did I get here… (don't worry, this post will come around to cookies- this is not a therapy session.. or is it?)

If you have read my bio, you may know that I have not always been a cookie artist. I started my "career" in another end of the art field.

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to draw. When I was about 10, my father gave me a book entitled "The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation." That was it. All I wanted to do was animate for Disney. I drew and drew and drew. Probably to the dismay of a private life. But it became who I was. My parents supported me more than you could imagine. So much so that they supported my wish to move all the way from my home of Ontario, Canada to the tropics of Orlando, FL at the age of 22. 

As a parent now, I have trouble dealing with the fact that my first grader is aloud to walk from her classroom to the washroom alone!! So how my parents coped with me being a thousand miles away is beyond me! My Mom would probably say- many a long night awake. Remember this was before  EVERYONE had a cell phone!  Can you imagine?! But they did this because, they knew how much I wanted it. 

Mom, Dad, I am so sorry I did that to you. But I love you for your NEVER ENDING SUPPORT and love! It was with this support that I was able to achieve my dream of working at Disney Feature Animation Florida from 1994-2004, when the studio shut down. It also gave me the crazy strong will to shoot for the stars. 




Which brings me to where I am today. Since then, my awesome, loving, supportive husband and I settled in the midwest where we are raising our two little crazy kiddos. That was my new career. Mom. But like many Mom's, I missed that other part of "me." Don't get me wrong. I LOVE being a Mom but needed more. I missed being creative and I loved baking. This is how Cookies with Character was born. I guess it was a form of therapy. An outlet of sorts. I started making cookies for my son's birthday, started a Facebook page and as they say, the rest is history.

And here we are at the total happiness part. Because I have been blessed with such a supportive Husband, I am able to pursue all these new paths. Drawing in our little family is like breathing. With my husband also a talented artist, our kids, especially our daughter is ALWAYS drawing. On anything and everything she can get her hands on. Even her garbage can. Paper and craft supplies are not lacking in our house that is for sure. She even has been known to "art direct" my cookie designs at times. As I was making these cookies, she was right behind me, literally, drawing her own!



Although I still miss drawing. Pencil to paper, to be exact. Yes, I do draw a lot of designs on my cookies. But not as much as I would like. So I have decided to "branch" out a little. Appealing to my drawing side and offer my designs to you!


Here is the FREEBIE part. You like that right? I'm offering these Halloween Clip Art Images I made, for a free download. They are designed for use in a KopyKake Projector and they should be sized relatively appropriate for use on a standard sized cookie. Resizing may be needed slightly after download. 

They are not only for cookie use!  They can be used to make Royal Icing Transfers, stencils, cut outs or just copy and paste them into various Halloween Printables, cards etc. All I ask is that you credit where you got them from if you use them. (See printable) 

But most importantly… Have fun!!!!

I am hoping to have a lot more for you in the upcoming months. Any feedback would be much appreciated. If there are any designs in particular you would like, please let me know. 

Have a look and enjoy your Halloween Festivities!!!

Click these links to download here:
Halloween #1- Cat, Witch, Bats, House
Halloween #2- Happy Halloween, Ghost, Spider
Halloween #3- Pumpkins

18 comments:

  1. Thank you thank you thank you for these!! I have been in complete awe of your cookies for so long now--they are just amazing! That is so generous of you to share these! I have been taking a little "break" from making cookies but seeing your gorgeous cookies and the clip art you're sharing with us makes me want to take a break from taking a break ;)

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    1. Awe, Thanks Libby! It is always good to take a break and come back refreshed and energized! The point is to have fun. If it isn't fun- its not worth doing. :)

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  2. Your happiness is infectious and is totally reflected in your artwork!

    Jill FCS

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  3. Fabulous post, Krista. I loved reading more about your story. Your designs have always been awe-inspiring to me and I'm so excited to download some of your incredible art! Thanks for being so awesome!

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  4. Love it! Thank you for sharing....so looking forward to what is yet to come!
    Kimberly ~ Sooieets

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! I am looking forward to this new path as well. :)

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  5. Oh, Krista, the pumpkins are hilarious! Love!!! Thank you so much for the downloads! Can't wait to make them for the grandkids!!! I have always wondered what it would be like to draw for Disney. I'm so glad you're sharing your talents with us now. Sharon @ The Plaid Cookie Co.

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon! Glad they will be put to great use by your talents!!! Have fun!!! :)

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  6. You are so talented, and I've always loved your cookies! Thanks for the fabulous free printables! What a blessing it is to be "completely happy" and sharing it through your cookies:)

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  7. Oh! What a nice surprise. Thank you so much for your generosity, offering a free printable. And I really enjoy seeing your beautiful cookies.

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  8. I can't believe how adorable the black lacy work is around the silhouettes...and your airbrushing perfection and PLEASE do not EVEN get me started on the adorable designs. You are beyond amazing in every way Krista!

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  9. Love them you are so talented! Looking forward to so Christmas ones....can' wait!

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  10. Thank you so much ....LOVE your work and will have to follow your blog as well!

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  11. Your cookies are ALWAYS amazing Krista! I love seeing your work!

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  12. Thank you Krista! Unlike you, I cannot draw very well so I'm so happy to be able to share in your talent! I love your vision!!!

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