Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosy Araujo.
Hi Rosy, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
OC Sugar Momma’s journey all began September 2020, six months into the pandemic. I had just began working at my dream organization as a Paralegal. My life was a paradox — I was taking a step forward in my career yet felt stuck. I was scrolling through Instagram one evening and saw a random cookie decorating video show up on my home page. I thought it was the cutest thing ever. I had never seen a sugar cookie being decorated before and it didn’t seem too difficult – I was so wrong! I became obsessed. I began watching YouTube tutorials and Instagram videos on how to decorate cookies and ordered all the supplies I needed! I jumped into it – not knowing if I would succeed or not. 13 months later and here I am, I have not looked back. I continue learning from my fellow cookiers every day.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Sugar cookie decorating may seem easy when you watch a video that is sped up 8x-16x. In real life, cookie decorating is expensive, messy, frustrating but at the end of the day – rewarding. Undercooking or overbaking cookies, overmixing royal icing, putting too much food coloring in icing, getting icing consistency wrong, etc. I went and still go through it all. I had no idea royal icing took over 8 hours to dry. I didn’t know all the supplies that were needed and how expensive everything was. Time management was a huge problem for me. Royal icing is a beast, and if something goes wrong, an order can take over three days to complete. So many sleepless nights. All worth it. Would not be where I am today without all of these obstacles/challenges that allowed me to learn and grow as a cookie artist.
We’ve been impressed with OC Sugar Momma, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am OC Sugar Momma! Paralegal by day, cookier by night. I am known for my decorated sugar cookies and cookie cakes. I believe what sets me apart from others is the detail and love I put into every single cookie I make. I am just one person and am not able to take every order that comes my way. However, if I accept your order, I will pour my heart and soul into it. I plan a custom set for about ~1-2 hours, research the theme, pick out/order cookie cutters, make dough, bake cookies, mix all royal icing colors, decorate, let one layer of icing dry before adding the other and repeat. I do all of this after my 9am-5pm job. I am exhausted, but my customers keep me going. I would love for everyone to know how much work goes into each decorated cookie – so much thought and love – and I appreciate everyone who sees OC Sugar Momma’s worth. I am a people pleaser, and a satisfied customer is a satisfied OC Sugar Momma.
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Risk taking for me is thinking outside the box, being uncomfortable yet rolling with it! Portrait/character cookies are the riskiest cookies I can decorate – so much can go wrong! Yet, these are my most liked and well-received cookies. Now, this is me talking about taking risks as OC Sugar Momma — 13 months in. But the greatest risk I took was believing in myself at the very beginning of it all. As mentioned before, I became OBSESSED with learning about cookie decorating and never looked back. I ordered a dehydrator, projector, airbrush machine, stencils, a million cookie cutters, meringue powder, flavorings, a heat sealer, bakery boxes, tons of gel/powdered, food colorings, etc. without knowing if I would even be good at decorating cookies. I took a major risk, and gladly, it worked out. Investing in yourself is the greatest risk and I am glad I did that for myself and found a hobby that I will forever cherish. As a person who deals with anxiety on an everyday basis, this risk was well worthwhile as it takes my mind off all my worries. I am able to express myself in a way I never thought possible. I thank all my friends, family and customers for continuing to believe in me. It has truly been a humbling experience I will never take for granted.
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