COOKIE CUTTER CHRISTMAS
4th in the series
“This is from the Cookie Cutter Christmas series. The inspiration for this one was my love for baking and sweets. I still use my grandmother’s old aluminum cookie cutters, so that was the inspiration for the little shadow boxes where the characters live.
I grew up in Chicago and I raised hamsters, birds and gerbils because we couldn’t have bigger pets. I used to make shadow box scenes and handmade outfits to create a whole world with little characters living in a big world. Dreaming of sugar plums is something I did all the time as a kid—I’ve always been crazy about candy.”
“I inherited the Noelville series from Linda Sickman in 2012, so I’ve done the last four gingerbread houses. Since they’re all gingerbread houses, once again I’m working with sweets.
This one is a clock shop, which is personal to me because my dad used to collect clocks. I’d go to auctions and antique shops with him, and he’d buy clocks that were in disrepair. He’d then come home and clean them all up and get them working again. I did this ornament in a cuckoo shape because my dad had a lot of those types of clocks. Plus, I have birds at home.”
“I grew up in the city, but I have memories of going berry picking with my two sisters and my mom. I thought it would be a cute idea to have two strawberries in an old-fashioned basket, like two friends who picked each other.
The friend I would give this ornament to is my mother. She’s my best friend, she’s my confidant…she’s just amazing. Even if she weren’t my mother, I’d still pick her as a best friend.”