"I'm going to make cookies."
In 2014, while on vacation, Stormi Davis (pictured right) purchased a rolling pin. It's rainbow colored ends that allowed for adjustable rolling height was unlike any rolling pin Stormi had seen before and she knew she had to have it. When her husband asked her what she was going to do with her new rolling pin she simply stated "I'm going to make cookies."
And that's exactly what she did.
Stormi began spending her free time learning everything she could about the art of cookie making and decorating. She spent hours browsing Pinterest and watching YouTube and Craftsy videos. She started with decorating cookies as donations for her kid's school events but it didn't take long for people to notice her cookie decorating skills and began requesting to pay her for custom orders.
Kimber Timmerman, (pictured left) whose children also attended the same school, was amazed by Stormi's cookies. "They were so beautiful I didn't want to eat them!" she said, "I then told her that if she ever needed help to let me know." Stormi decided to take Kimber up on her offer and began teaching her everything she knew. "That was in December," Kimber recalled, "And she had me making cookies by that February!"
And Cookies Are My Canvas was born.
In the beginning, all the cookie making and decorating was done in Stormi's kitchen in Rio Dell. "It was around Christmas time in 2017 and my kitchen was just too small," Stormi said. "We really needed more space to handle the amount of cookies we were making."
"It was the perfect place at the perfect time."
The two women decided to lease 341 Main Street in Rio Dell, which some may remember housed the old Cinnamon Jack's bakery a couple decades prior. Although previously a bakery, the building had not been kept up and had been used for storage. It required a complete overhaul before any cookie baking or decorating could be attempted. Even though it took several months of remodeling, painting, plumbing, and flooring until Stormi and Kimber were able to move their cookie operation into the new bakery in August of 2018, they both stated "It was the perfect place at the perfect time."
The new bakery not only offered the two women more room to make, decorate, and store cookies, but also allowed them room for baking equipment (such as mixers and ovens). They even have space to host cookie decorating parties and workshops.
But they aren't stopping there.
Both Stormi and Kimber have hinted that there may be more to come for Cookies Are My Canvas.
You can keep up to date with Cookies Are My Canvas by following them in their amazing cookie decorating journey via their Facebook and Instragram pages.