The era of rotary phones, transistor radios and gas-guzzling family cars is a bygone era. Today's pocket phones, satellite radio and fuel efficiency are definitely changes for the better. While our world is constantly evolving with improvements through knowledge, innovation and technology, I wonder if some of the simple things are fading away such as handwritten notes and letters. With long commutes, extensive work hours and endless 'To Do Lists' in our hustle-bustle world, are we missing out on something as special as a handwritten note or letter? I doubt most of us think about it but I've got to write something on this blog!

It's much faster and easier to send an e-card greeting, text and e-mail. We all do it every day as an instantaneous form of communication but it leaves no trace. We’ve all heard stories of descendants finding love letters of ancestors and missives written on the battlefields sent home. The digital greeting will not be there to discover in the old chest stuffed with memorabilia, in the dusty corner of Grandma's attic.

To open the mailbox (the one on the sidewalk or porch) and find a greeting among the bills makes my day. I can hold it in my hands, read it years later and keep it forever. I'm sentimental and keep all birthday cards, notes and letters going back to my teen years. Although, I cannot remember the last time I wrote a letter, probably decades ago. I still send birthday cards and write thank you notes, no matter the cost of a postage stamp. Perhaps nostalgia for the personal touch of handwritten correspondence will become popular again someday. I hope a trace of this custom remains and does not disappear completely. What's your take?

Mason Jar Cookies are the rage on Pinterest. Some are filled with fireflies, jelly beans and even monograms. These are decorated with my favorite stencil and brightly-colored shades of airbrush in a Lilly Pulitzer design.

Mason Jar Cookies
Mason Jar Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Bright Green with AmeriColor Electric Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Elegant Teardrops Stencil
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Royal Blue, Deep Pink, Orange, Lemon Yellow)
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing
Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe lines with #2 tip in green icing.

Pull toothpick through the icing to create marble design.

Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie. Spray with airbrush color. Gently lift stencil. 

Let dry 20 minutes.

Pipe detail of mason jar with #1.5 tip in white icing. Let dry overnight.




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  1. I don't write letters anymore but send greeting cards for birthdays. On my birthday, I always enjoy getting birthday cards in the mail. These cookies are cute and cheerful. Thanks for the tutorial. Suzy

  2. These are nice and colorful summer cookies! Michelle

    1. Michelle, Thank you and I love to use bright colors for summer cookies.

  3. amazing!
    Both the sweet cookie idea and your commentary - what a blast!

    1. Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

  4. You constantly amaze me !! Beautiful!!
    Chicago Kathy

    1. Thank you, Cuz! I truly appreciate your comments and support of my blog from the very beginning. Hugs...

  5. I don't know how you do it - your cookies get prettier and prettier! LOVED what you wrote about handwritten notes - it's sad, I agree. I knew my mother's handwriting as well as my own. I don't think my son could identify mine! I, too, have letters written years ago. They are precious mementos!

    1. Amy, thank you for your sweet words and you are so right! I love to see pretty handwriting but I always print because I never liked mine. I plan to check out your weekly link party today and thanks for gathering together so many talented bloggers.

  6. Love this bit of sugary happiness. I've been thinking of you and wishing you were closer. My son has his Eagle Scout ceremony on the 25th and I want cute cookies for the party favors. :)

    1. Thanks Laura. Congrats to the Eagle Scout ... that's awesome! There is likely a cookie decorator in your vicinity. I suggest doing a search for your area.


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