If you know me from my porcelain beads, which is where most people know me from, you might not realize that I have a line of terra cotta ornaments that I make as well. They are on the website, but if you are a beady sort, you probably just get lost in the pages and pages of beadies, and miss the one page of ornaments.
I do not make a lot of retail sales of these cookie ornaments, but I do a pretty large amount of wholesale on them. You see, I have always been a bit of a bath product junkie. I am really not a glamorous girly girl, I am not into cosmetics and frilly things at all. But I do love a good bath, an at home foot spa, or at very least a wide variety of fancy soaps and lotions for a little daily pampering.
I love things that are scented like a bakery (vanilla and chocolate especially) or like fruits and spices. For a long time it was hard to find these scents that were not geared towards little girls. Now with so many great indie shops, I have my pick of these great scents in grown up products! Now almost everything I use smells like cupcakes, or bananas, or chocolate and caramel. I even have candles scented like a bakery. LOL, Chuck often comes downstairs from his studio and wonders if I have been baking, but no...I just took a bath! Which kind of disappoints him, because I made him want cookies, and there are none.
Anyway, so I love these products and the packaging that some of the indie shops have, so I developed this line of ornaments to go along with their products. I designed all the cute little snack images and had rubber stamps made. I had a lot of fun with designing them, actually! And now I also do custom stamps, so these companies can have their own images or logos, which fills a really unique niche, I think.
Terra cotta is a very dark, iron rich clay, as opposed to my usual porcelain, which is very white and fine. The two really need to be separated, so when I make cookies, I just do that for the day. I have a separate tray and tools devoted to making cookies, so I don't contaminate my porcelain. Since they are bigger than my beads, I get the chance to dig my hands in the clay and get it under my fingernails. It's a lot of fun for a change of pace. I have a few orders today thanks to a post on a popular soap board, so tonight is cookie night!
oops, sorry Charlie, not that kind of cookie...