We had the good fortune of connecting with Cami Logan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cami, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
To be honest when I was younger I never considered myself to be a creative person, I had a specific view of what a creative person was supposed to be like and it wasn’t me. However, as I grew up I discovered that being creative can mean so many different things not just one. Being creative is all encompassing and can’t be fit into one single box. Now, here I am years later pursuing a creative career that I love. What it comes down to for me is that I want my career to provide financial stability while also being something that brings me joy, something I look forward to, not dread. I am pursuing this creative career because of the joy that comes from having the opportunity to express myself in an artistic way every single day. Being artistic is such an important aspect of my life and I have found that for me personally I am happier and more excited about life when I have a creative outlet. Throughout my life I have found myself constantly in the midst of some sort of project or craft because it gave me a way to express myself and was almost like a break from life, just ask my mom, who has seen them all. This ranged from finger painting, to sewing, to drawing, to baking, to making my own stickers, all the way to creating art on a cookie canvas. Through the years I knew that I wanted to focus on one creative outlet, yet, I struggled to find the one perfect for me and I kept bouncing from one idea to the next. Then I found the art of decorated sugar cookies. I was able to take my passion for baking and my passion for art and combine them together to create a career that makes me happy and excited every single day.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is decorated sugar cookies and I feel that what makes my art special is the fact that my canvas is a cookie, something that everyone can enjoy and then eat. I have a lot of people tell me “it’s too pretty to eat” and I love that compliment, but actually that’s exactly what I want everyone to do. Eat them! While I put a lot of time into making the cookie as a whole look beautiful, I feel like the plain cookie itself is also a huge part of my art. I have been decorating sugar cookies for about a year and a half now and a lot of my time has been poured into not only learning the techniques and how to’s when it comes to decorating sugar cookies with royal icing, it is definitely not as easy as I originally thought, but also coming up with and perfecting my vanilla sugar cookie recipe. One of my goals for my business is for every client who orders my custom cookies for their special event to not only love how they look but also how they taste!

The journey to getting to where I am today has been an amazing experience so far but it has definitely included some ups and downs. I feel like something a lot of people struggle with when starting their own business is fear of not being good enough or fear of failure and I was definitely one of those people. In fact I still struggle with this and probably will for a while. This was probably the first challenge I faced when I started to put my art out there for all of the world to see. My art is my way of expressing myself and it’s scary to put it out there for anyone to see and have an opinion on. Especially since there are so many other talented cookiers out there. Yet, in the process of overcoming this fear I have learned that there is always going to be someone who is more talented than me or who has been doing this longer and has more experience, but that doesn’t mean that my art is any less because of that. Additionally, I have discovered that the cookie community is not only a lot bigger than I could have ever imagined, but it also includes some of the most supportive and community driven people I have had the privilege of meeting! I have been able to learn so much and create amazing relationships through this community once I stopped letting my fear lead me. Another challenge I have come across was finding a work life balance that fit my schedule. I have been a full time student since I started making decorated sugar cookies and for a while I was struggling with burn out because I was simply doing too much. I was pushing myself to the max and my health suffered for it. This showed me how important it was for me to start creating a schedule and sticking too it, to set a limit for the amount of orders I could realistically handle with my schooling, and to create time for myself to do something that wasn’t school or cookie related. Every single up and down I have gone through was worth it for me because I had to go through it all to end up here, doing what I love, decorating sugar cookies on a daily basis.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many amazing places I would love to show my best friend if she was visiting me for a whole week! When going to visit different places my friends and I love to find great food, fun coffee shops, and places to explore. I am located in Phoenix and have some amazing local coffee shops around me! We would start our mornings at some of these coffee shops such as Luana’s, Lux Coffee, or Sip Coffee. For food I would be sure to do brunch at Hash Kitchen and then go for dinner at Joyride Taco House on Taco Tuesday, for great tacos and drinks! As for places to explore I love watching the sunrise at the Hole in the Rock and then riding Bird Scooters at night around downtown Tempe! Then, if there is time I love taking friends on a day trip to Sedona to walk around and hike! I feel like life doesn’t ever slow down enough for me to take the time to stop and really enjoy the city. Therefore, when friends come into town it’s the best excuse for me to take a break from life and do all the things I have been wanting to do. I get to connect and spend quality time with my friends and also explore my city!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I believe that my story started when I was a child and constantly wanting to help my mom in the kitchen, so my shoutout goes to her and the rest of my family. While my mom claims my artistic ability didn’t come from her, she did teach me almost everything I know about cooking and baking. I owe her a huge thanks for not only helping me find my passion but for constantly encouraging me to pursue it. My mom, my dad, my brothers, and my sisters are some of my biggest supporters. They always want to see what I’m working on and are also great about listening to me constantly talking about cookies, my business, and all the ideas I have for the future. They are here for me all the time and I couldn’t do what I do without their unwavering love and support for me and my dreams.


Website: https://www.camiscookieco.com/

Instagram: @camiscookieco

Image Credits
Mariah Hope Photography – Kitchen photos Rachel Kulla Photography – Western cookie photos Jess Warsen – Behind the scenes with gloves

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