Monday, April 9, 2012

Where, oh where are you Alice in Wonderland?

Where, oh where are you Alice in Wonderland? My friend, Karrie, asked me to make Alice in Wonderland cookies for a baby "sprinkle" that she was hosting for her TWO sisters that are both pregnant at the same time! How cool is that?! Do you know what a sprinkle is? I hadn't heard of it before, but maybe it's pretty normal and I'm just out of the loop. According to a Google search, a baby sprinkle is a baby shower for a 2nd or 3rd or more baby and generally is just for the family. Personally it seems silly to not have a full-out baby shower. A baby is a baby and everyone wants to share in that excitement and joy right? To me it doesn't matter if it's the first child or not.

Anyway, so I was asked to make Alice in Wonderland cookies. I knew it would be a daunting task, but I had it on my wish list of "to do" items. I bought an Alice in Wonderland book and cut out the pages and scanned the images that I wanted to the sizes that I wanted for the cookies. Here are just a few that I came up with.

 It would have been smart to pick a couple of designs and run with it. I wasn't that smart. In all, I made 19 different designs and about 27 colors for 30 cookies. The Cheshire Cat alone had 6 colors. Crazy. 
 The cookie bag toppers read "Thanks for being MAD with us!" as it was a Mad Hatter Tea Party theme. Cute huh! This Alice was my very favorite cookie design in this project. I loved her.


















 I had bought pretty pink boxes since both babies are girls, but the cookies didn't quite fit, so I had to go with these pretty blue boxes that were larger and I added a pink ribbon to girl it up.
So why is the title "Where, oh where are you Alice in Wonderland"? These cookies got LOST. Can you even imagine? I worked on these cookies til 4:30am several nights in a row. I became obsessed with these cookies and all their details and put my heart and soul into these cookies. On Tuesday I shipped them to Florida and on Thursday they were delivered to... NEW HAMPSHIRE! What??? I don't know why. My friend hosting the baby shower called and I gave her the news of what had happened. My intent was to console her and apologize and she ended up consoling me (!) and being super supportive and incredibly kind. I found out that she used to be a Disney Princess.... I can see why. She is perfect for the part! Then after we hung up together, I got a phone call from her husband who also consoled me and told me that he has had many run-ins with the Post Office making similar mistakes. They were both incredibly kind and supportive.

After many phone calls to the United States Post Office (nearly impossible!) and online searches and panic attacks, I was able to contact the Post Office Saturday morning directly in Jacksonville, Florida and asked them to contact the mail carrier and re-direct them to make it in time for the baby shower. The baby shower was at 12:00. The cookies arrived at 11:37. It sounds like an incredibly happy ending doesn't it? I was so excited that it all had worked out and finally went for a bike ride for the first time in a week. I felt light and happy and relieved. Then when I came home 5 hours later, I had received an email from my friend. The cookies were delivered, but the party was at the beach and the hosts and the family and the guests were already at the beach and didn't receive the package until AFTER the baby shower. Unfortunately not a happy ending at all and everyone involved was very disappointed.

I spent all morning on the phone with USPS today and they won't let me issue a claim because the cookies DID arrive and even though I paid extra insurance, they are not guaranteed. It doesn't matter that they were re-routed to the other side of the country or that it took 5 days. I worked so hard on these cookies and they didn't make it for the baby shower. Today my heart is broken, but tomorrow will be a better day. I'm going for a bike ride.


My Alice in Wonderland background for today:

10 comments:

  1. Although your heart is broken today, please know that your cookies are beautifully done!!! I can tell you spent oodles of time working on them and can't imagine the frustration you must feel dealing with the post office. I hope when you return from your bike ride you will feel a little bit better. You do beautiful work!

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  2. Oh man I would have just been BESIDE myself too if that happened to me. Luckily they were very understanding and not blaming you.. that's my worst nightmare!

    The cookies are just darling! Details are so cute and WOW that's a lot of colors!!

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  3. You already know how I feel--I think you're great and I've sent virtual hugs your way. Anyone who does cookies knows how much we put into our cookies. We all get what you're feeling. The end result may not have been what you dreamed it to be but the cookies are some of the best Alice in Wonderland cookies I've seen. You're talent does not go un-noticed. Your blog background is so adorable. I love the rabbit! Oh and the pics of the individual cookies are fab! They really show off the details.

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  4. How frustrating! You worked SO hard on these cookies! Hopefully the endorphins were firing after your bike ride and made you feel better.
    The Alice cookie in the middle is my favorite too:)

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  5. The cookies are beautiful and I'm sure your friend who ordered them will make sure that everyone at the shower receives one. Such a shame that the post office messed up the original deliver route but still in all, they did arrive at their destination. Late but still I'm sure, to be eventually enjoyed by those all your excellent hard work were intended for.

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  6. The Alice collection is amazing. How heartbreaking that they took a detour and did not make it for everyone to enjoy. They showcase your incredible talent! Standing ovation on these!

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  7. oh my goodness, cristin!! what a nightmare! i would have been equally as devastated as you but it really does sound like they were completely understanding:) i dont think you could have wished for better customers:) ive had my fair share of problems with the post office too which is why i use UPS now. they always guarentee their packages and are really great about refunds if things dont go as planned. but the cookies are lovely and i cant get over all of the details...you did a beautiful job!! i especially love the different versions of alice!

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  8. !!!!!!!!! I can't believe that! What a roller coaster of emotions. I'm so sorry you had to deal with all that stress and disappointment. Thank goodness you have pictures of all your hard work and they are absolutely stunning! You really outdid yourself and they are amazing. Awesome job on the cookies! you always blow my mind with the amount of cookies and designs you do!

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  9. Ah Cristin, this post was so long ago, I know, but as one of your biggest fans, I believe this collection is my absolute favorite. Heartbreaking story accompanying it, but gorgeous nonetheless. I have a question: Were these iced with royal icing, before you decided to make the change to glaze? The details are so perfect!!!

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    1. Thank you Joni. This Alice in Wonderland set is still a thorn in my side ;-) I've ALWAYS been a glaze gal. The only time that I tried Royal Icing was as an outline. Since these were a year ago, the black outline is royal icing (including the numbers on the clock and the "drink me"), but everything else is glaze icing.

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