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I have missed you all SO MUCH!! The 4th quarter, 2019, was busier for me than it's ever been before! I was burning the midnight oil many a night in order to meet deadlines. Consequently, I missed a lot of beautifully decorated cookies here . CC is one of my favorite sites and I visit as often as I can to see everyone's beautiful work!

I love baby shower cookies! Many thanks, Julia, @Julia M. Usher for your woodland stencil that was perfect for creating a tropical environment.  I simply added a monkey tail around one limb and stenciled the message.

The texturing technique is something I learned from Amber Spiegel, SweetAmbs, several years ago. It creates the illusion of dimension for fur on the central monkey character.

Pricing is never easy for me. I find it difficult to accurately estimate decorating time so that I can price my sets and make some $. I've read and re-read posts here and on other sites about pricing but still find this area difficult. With how busy my schedule was over the holidays I find myself in the position of needing to nail down this aspect of my business, and fast!

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful year ❤️

So sweet, Carol, and I love how seamlessly you integrated that stencil!

Yes, while (if) you have a lull, take some time to nail down your labor standards (time spent doing various activities) - they will help you figure out more profitable pricing on custom jobs. Crucial to do, or soon you'll be resenting working for pennies (I know - I've been there, and still sometimes go there!)

Heather Bruce Sosa posted:

And also, thanks for sharing your heart! I appreciate and learn so much from your humbleness and sincerity. 🥰

You are always beyond kind dear Heather ❤

Heather Bruce Sosa posted:

So cute!! Love the different expressions on those monkey’s faces!😄❤️

Thanks so much dear Heather @Heather Bruce Sosa!! I liked the different expressions, too, even though it took more time. I think it's the extra little details that my clients like the most.  ❤❤

Sweet Prodigy posted:

These are so adorable, Carol. I always love all of the detail work you put into your sets. Definitely worth a premium price. ❤️❤️

 Thank you dear Christine @Sweet Prodigy!! It means a lot that you've really looked at the detail in my work. Thank you for your kind comment ❤❤❤

Icingsugarkeks posted:

OMG!! Carol, that's are sooooo super cute baby cookie set!! Really great my cookie friend!!! Love it!!! 😘❤️  @Cookies Fantastique

You are always so very kind dear Gabi @Icingsugarkeks!! Your comments always put a smile on my face. Thank you my dear cookie friend ❤❤❤. Hugs...

Julia M. Usher posted:

So sweet, Carol, and I love how seamlessly you integrated that stencil!

Yes, while (if) you have a lull, take some time to nail down your labor standards (time spent doing various activities) - they will help you figure out more profitable pricing on custom jobs. Crucial to do, or soon you'll be resenting working for pennies (I know - I've been there, and still sometimes go there!)

Thank you for your words of experience Julia @Julia M. Usher ! Yes, I definitely need to look at everything seriously once I'm caught up on orders. Working for pennies is right on the mark in my experience.  It's too time consuming to design and decorate custom cookies and then end up with so little $ to show for it. .  I love hard work but am not currently satisfied with the minimal return on that work while trying to run a small business. Thanks for all your support ❤

Dolce Flo posted:

Fantastic set dear Carol...the monkey on the left is sooo sweet!!!

Oh thank you my dear friend for your kind words @Dolce Flo! You always make me smile with your comments ❤❤❤