Today we’d like to introduce you to Elise Lowery.
Hi Elise, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
It all started with my sister’s baby shower. I wanted to make some snowflake cookies to go with our winter wonderland theme and figured I would give these a try. I really enjoyed it and mentioned to a good friend that I wanted to learn more. She just happened to have taken classes from a local cookier and recommended I check her out.
I went to several classes with Summer Deepe of Summers Sweet Shoppe and was totally hooked. I mostly made cookies for family, friends, and co-workers. During the pandemic shut down, I spent lots of time practicing and learning new skills through online classes and content. In December of 2020, I made my first sale and began working on what would become Frosted in Franklin in February of 2021.
Today, I offer custom sets, birthday/decorating parties, teach classes monthly at a local independent school, and offer lots of fun holiday presales. You will also find me working my “day job” full-time as Director of Finance and being a mom to a sweet 5-year-old girl, Emilia.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Overall I would say it was relatively smooth. Developing the technical skills was quite challenging. Time, practice, and patience are really what is needed when learning to cookie. That in itself is difficult! I definitely had a learning curve to work through like icing consistency, hand positioning when using a projector and just the right ingredient mix for no-spread cookies. I also built a website (www.frostedinfranklin.com), this was probably the biggest challenge! I found a few local cookiers who I have really connected with and we encourage and help one another. The cookie community is really a great one.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Custom cookie sets is the main product I offer. I love taking a client’s invitation or inspiration board and creating something totally unique on a cookie canvas. Selecting the cutters, designing the artwork, mixing the perfect icing colors, this is truly my creative outlet. My favorite part is the look on faces when cookies are delivered. That really makes it all worth it.
I am most proud of the classes I teach for children. We started a cookie club last year at a local school. 3rd-6th graders could sign up to come to learn how to decorate cookies with me. I would prepare fun sets, give them samples, and walk them through the steps. Then, they would just blow me away with their creativity. Children are just not bound by the mental constraints of an adult and they see things totally different and in ways, I could never imagine.
From making shapes into something totally different, or mixing the most random gel colors together for some gorgeous icing, kids will really inspire you to think and try something different.
Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I am very risk-averse. Taking risks is hard but sometimes necessary. I have to spend alot of time evaluating the facts of the situation and thinking through various outcomes and impacts of the possible outcomes.
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