The title refers to a special friend who recently became a United States citizen. Andres is my hairdresser and one of the most genuine persons I know. We met three years ago when he began styling my hair and, as with many of his clients, a friendship evolved.

Born and raised in South America, he knew from a young age that he was born to cut hair. Much to his sister’s chagrin he cut and styled the hair of her dolls. At age 9 he was doing hair for ladies in his neighborhood. As a young adult he went on to train as a stylist and colorist, although for him it came naturally and schooling was simply a formality. Years before trends become popular in hair design they are already part of his repertoire. He eventually made his way to the States, worked in various salons and then his dream … to open his own salon. Last spring he opened a newly-designed shop with a chic, modern decor and state-of-the art equipment. Did I mention he designed every detail? He did not allow obstacles to stand in his way but maintained his laser-sharp focus to achieve his aspiration. Along the way he found a true, lifelong love, created loyal friendships, inspires his clients and now is an American citizen.

The shooting start cutter is from the graduation collection but can be used for any occasion,  including St. Paddy’s Day. An assortment of pastel colors were used on this cookie for a baby shower theme.

Shooting Star Cookies
Shooting Star Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Yellow with Wilton Ivory and Wilton Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Pink with Wilton Ivory and Wilton Pink
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Green with Wilton Ivory, Wilton Brown and Wilton Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Violet with Wilton Ivory, Wilton Blue and Wilton Pink
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Meringue Powder
Yellow Sanding Sugar

Outline starburst with #2 tip in yellow icing.
Flood starburst with yellow icing. Let sit 20 minutes.

Outline and flood middle section of rainbow in pink. Let sit 20 minutes.

Outline and flood end section of rainbow in violet.

Outline and flood end section or rainbow in green. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp meringue powder and 1½ tsp water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to cookie. Sprinkle starburst with yellow sanding sugar.
Gently shake off excess. Let dry 45 minutes.



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  1. This is such a beautiful story, it really touched my heart.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Also, I am pinning this and you know we all would love for you to share this with at Thoughts of Home on Thursday too.

    1. Hi Jemma, Thank you for dropping by to visit and I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I appreciate the pin and I hope to attend the link party. Have a nice weekend.

  2. These are beautiful! I do understand about the friendship that is formed with your hairdresser too. His story is really inspiring. I'll be sharing this on Poofing the Pillows Facebook page today. Thank you so much for joining us. :)

    1. Hi Stacey, Most of us go to the same hairdresser for years so it is easy to become friends. I think hairdressers tend to be good listeners too. Thank you for your kind words and I appreciate the FB share.

  3. These are just gorgeous and I imagine delightfully yummy! Congrats to Andres on his huge accomplishment. I know he is thrilled!

    1. Hi Lisa, thank you for stopping by from Hospitable Pursuits. Yes, Andres is happy to have his own salon and he is so fortunate to love what he does. Have a nice weekend.

  4. These are cute cookies and I love the pastels. I could see them in school colors for a graduation. Good tutorial. Amy

    1. Hi Amy, Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I agree; this design would be fun for a graduation from kindergarten to college.


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