My name is Leila and I am a baker/graphic designer/photographer/all around geek. Come for the cookies, stay for the riveting nerdish conversation.
I've been baking and decorating cookies/cakes/cupcakes as far back as I can remember, and a bit ago people started asking if I'd ever made them to sell. I hadn't; baking until that point was a way to relieve the stress of everyday life and make people happy at the same time.
But then I started thinking:
What job could be better than bringing people a little bit o' happiness?
We all have stress, we all have setbacks and hurdles and speedbumps, but we also have celebrations and joy. A cookie is a perfect little representation of happiness. It doesn't exist for any other reason but to make you happy, and that's the beauty.
I usually work alone, but am fortunate to be surrounded by massively talented people who help out on occasion. My brother Ira has a degree in painting and sculpture, and his skill is unrivaled when it comes to using painting techniques on confections. Brother Geoff, sculptor and illustrator, provides all the titular "Creatures." And we all snicker at the word "titular."