Guest Post: All hail the Queen of Bows!

Arty: I've known this gorgeous and talented blonde for several years now.  The thing I love about her work is that sometimes I don't know it's hers, and I mean that as a huge compliment.  If it has incredible bows, it would clue me in, (because she is flipping' famous for her signature bows! and for good reason), but when it was revealed that her entry into the CookieCon sugar show several years ago was that sea turtle... I was shocked!  That's not Delorse!  But that is the rad thing about Delorse... it IS Delorse.  Delorse is so many things from elegant to humorous, or whimsical and cute, she is a master of royal icing and she always creates beautiful work that has such range.  She is the sweetest and a great friend. Meet Delorse Sword:

Delorse and her daughter, Megan

Delorse and her daughter, Megan

Hi cookie friends! I'm Delorse Sword from Sword's Sugars and I'm so excited to have been  invited to spend a few minutes here on Arty's awesome blog to talk cookie and give you a little glimpse into my cookie world.

See that cute, laughing girl in the picture above? That's my daughter Megan. She hates that picture, but I insanely love it.  She makes me laugh every single day and she's the reason I began my cookie journey.  She's my "mini me" and my biggest fan.  She pushes me, listens to me, laughs at me, and when I tell her I 'can't do that on a cookie', she tell me to figure. it. out.

I decorated my first set of cookies with royal icing in October of 2012 for a Mom's Weekend event with Megan's sorority.  I wanted to make something I could take to the first night's activity.  As Megan and I were searching the web for all things Chi Omega, we ran across a picture of some cute owl cookies.  I thought, 'Hey, I think I might be able to make something like that', and the rest, a they say, is history.  Little did I know then that those little red and yellow owls would lead me to an amazing cookie community full of amazing people like you!

One of Delorse's more recent owls

One of Delorse's more recent owls

I spent the next year researching the art of cooking decorating by reading cookie blogs and books, watching video tutorials, joining and interacting in FB cookie groups, building a supply cabinet (or two, or three!), and teaching myself how to ‘cookie’. I practiced what I was learning on cookies for the girls in the sorority, and their enthusiasm about the platters of cookies I made for a couple of their events made me want to perfect my skill and opened a door to a creative outlet that I didn’t realize I needed or wanted at that time in my life. And then another great thing happened. I learned about this thing called Cookie Con. What?! A convention centered around decorating cookies - is that even a thing?! Oh, it is, and I went to my first one in March of 2014! It was a fantastic experience and only furthered my interest in the cookie world and all the wonderful people in it.    

A cookie featuring one of Delorse's famous bows!

A cookie featuring one of Delorse's famous bows!

Fast forward, and that’s exactly how I feel my cookie journey has progressed, to today and I'm still amazed at where that little owl cookie has led me.  I enjoy designing and creating cookies for my family and friends and sharing those creations with all of you. I’m inspired daily by all of your work and hope that a little of what I do, inspires you back.  I will be forever grateful for people like Arty who has willingly shared her art and her love of cookies and has encouraged me to develop my own.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of cookies/cookie sets and yes a lot of them are bows! You  KNOW I love them!!!  

If you’ve made it this far in my ramblings, thanks for reading and looking.  I’ll see you on the Facebook (as my mom calls it) and the gram and if you ever need my help or have a question about anything I post, PLEASE feel free to contact me.  I’d love it!