Tuesday, August 28, 2012

And The Winner Is.... (and some really nice comments revealed)

On August 10th, Cristin's Cookies hit the amazing milestone of having 2,500 fans on Facebook. I am so thankful and humbled that 2,500 people are interested in seeing my cookies and being a part of this fun cookie adventure with me! So I decided to host a give-away! eCrandal was INCREDIBLY generous in donating 3 gorgeous copper cookie cutters to sponsor the give-away. It has been such an incredible week during the give-away. Little did I know that this give-away would be my saving grace on a very difficult week. We were out of town all last week taking my last baby to college. My little heart was breaking and I was so worried that I would be a puddle of mush. One of the entries to the contest was to "say something nice". Wow! You guys said the nicest things anyone could ever imagine. You kept me pumped up and filled my broken heart with all your kind comments. I can't tell you what those kind comments meant to me!

Ok, I know, you're super excited to know who WON this amazing give-away! Me too... Out of 2,601 entries, the rafflecopter came up with this winner:


Congratulations to Denise A.S.!!! I will be sending you an email today to get your shipping address for the 3 beautiful cookie cutters from eCrandal!

and for all those that were so sweet in writing "I want Cristin's Cookies!" and all the other super fun comments about how you REALLY DO want my cookies, you seriously made me smile! Rafflecopter came up with this winner:


Congratulations to Leslie G.!!! I will be sending you an email today to get your shipping address for cookies that I will make next week. I haven't decided on a theme yet, but I'm excited to come up with something special for you!

Thank you everyone for playing along in this give-away. Thank you all for your incredibly kind and inspiring comments! Thank you to eCrandal for sponsoring my 2,500 fan give-away!

Here are some of the inspiring and wonderfully kind comments that I received. You can bet I'll be referring back to this if I have a bad day! Thank you so much for your kindness everyone! 

You are my idol! - Norma
Baby Abigail is Gorgeous - Jan
Love Cristin!!!!! - Angela
Your work is so gorgeous! I love being inspired by others. - Diana
I'm happy to see you smiling next to your son! Can't wait to see the cookies you will be making to send to your son and his new friends! - Claudia
You are the Organizational Queen! I bow down to your highness and hope to someday achieve your level of organizational dominance - Debbie
FYI: You DO NOT look like you have a child in college! - Gabija
Love your blog! - Sarah
Your granddaughter is so precious! I also love the coordinating outfit and cookies! - Denise
Today's the day! Stay strong...Nick will be fine..and so will you! Hugs and Love! - Kimmie
Thinking of you this morning now that Nick has been dropped off at school. Keeping busy I hope - Susan
I love your pink hair and wish I could pull it off. Thanks for all the cookie advice you give:) - Heather
your cookies are simply amazing.. - Vickie
Your hair is awesome. I love the pink. I have added a little red to mine, but you sure know how to rock the pink. - Jennifer
Good luck to your son in College!!!! - Theresa
Love ya, girlie!! - Lene
You make the cutest cookies! - Dawn
I love the pink in your hair!!!! - Sandra
Since Michele wrote a poem I felt like I should do a limerick but I don't know any clean ones . :/ So, instead I'll just say that I hope you have a fabulous weekend and a safe trip home! - Laurie
Love, love, love your cookies (and your granddaughter is adorable!!) - Penelope
You do such an amazing job w/ your glaze icing...I wish I could get the hang of it like you! - Melody
Abigail Cristin is BEAUTIFUL!!!! - Stephanie
Still thinking about you lady! I hope you are staying strong..but I know you are in tears...but that is ok...that is what a good mom does when she leaves her baby. Hugs! - Kimmie
Ecrandal cutters are so shiny - Samantha
When life gives you a low moment, remember that very first smile of your baby!!! It makes the day so much brighter!! - Neha
you're the best cookie decorator! - Norma
Roses are red, violets are blue, I really really want some cookies from you. - Michele
Good Morning I can't wait to see your next set of cookies - Lisa
Love the pink hair! - Nancy
Go Portland Pilots!!!! ;) - Laurie
You are an amazing cookie decorator. - Rhonda
Thinking about you Cristin..I hope you are staying strong! Hugs! - Kimmie
I like your website layout. - Vickie
Love your princess cookies! - Emily
Love your hair - Dorene
Thanks you for inspiring new bakers! - Donna
This is the most incredible giveaway EVER!! - Tami
Love the new back ground of your blog - Theresa
You raised a great young man! - Adrienne
I love your Pink Hair...I wish I was that brave - Jan
your cookies are wonderful! - Norma
You inspire me! - Angelique
You are so cool! - Maria
My favorite cookies are your food and Christmas creations!!! - Jenny
Looking at your cookies makes me happy! - Christine
I hope your son loves his college! - Nancy
I think you are one of the kindest people I have met in CookieLand. - Heather
I love your pink hair! So cool and fun - Sarah
I love your passion! Passion for cookies, your kids, bike riding, and your new grandbaby! - Jamie
I cried when I read about your son going away to college... - Melissa
We love you! - Barbara
Your cookies rock!! :) - Patti
I love your cookies and posts! - Leslie
Wow, what a summer for you...a new Grandbaby and Nick going away to college. God Bless - Jan
I love my Grandkids, how are you liking being a Grandma? - Christine
I love reading your blogs! I do need to try your cookies one day too! - Nikki
I've been there I was a mess anytime anyone even mentioned My Baby leaving for school but it gets easier the second year you will be packing for him and asking him when do you go back to school trust me even if only in your head lol and you must have done a great job couse like you said Hes ready - Lisa
your cookies are awesome! - Maria
you are one of the best cookie artist i have seen. - Angelique
I love that you ride your bike! - Nancy
You're inspiring!! - Cheryl
I LUV your cookies! - Barb
I love your cookie work - Khandra
I love your cookies! AND your hair!!! - Jennifer
Thank you for the inspiration that you are! - Sarah
Love, love your pink hair! - Marlena
Cute website design :) - Jessica
I can tell you are the BEST of moms! It is so obvious how much you love your kids as you talk about your son going to college and your new granddaughter! And the pictures of you doing activities with your kids! You're awesome! Tomorrow will be tough ... I'll be thinking of you! - Laurie
Love you Cristin....and safe travels on your trip! HUGS! - Kimmie
Your granddaughter is adorable! - Nancy
I love all the beatiful cookies you share as well as the stories about your life. - Missy
love your logo pic! - Natalia
You make cute cookies! - Gwenn
You granddaughter is one very lucky little girl to have you for a grandma!!! - Laura
I love your work and I learn a lot form you thanks - Liliana
Sweet life, with sweet people, is having sweet cookies!! - Neha
You have an easy listening voice for video :) - Laura
I love all your cookie designs! - Jenny
You have the most beautiful smile! - Cindy
Love your cookies! - DeDe
Your castle cookies are among my favorites! - Cindy
Love our cookies! Wish i was half as good at decorating mine! - Christina
i love your cookies! - Rose
I found your site a few month ago...I stop by every day to see if omething new was posted. Congrats on your new Grand daughter - Jan
Cristin, your cookies are Beautiful! - Angelique
Sending you lots of strength and blessing while you help your son pack for college. - Claudia
I love your pink hair. ; D - Jennifer
I love your love of bike riding, wish it could rub off on me. - Natalie
your're awsome! - Norma
Can't wait to taste some homemade cookies by Cristin! Good luck to your son at college - Theresa
i love your logo its so fun and pretty - Amanda
Love your work!!! - Jenny
Im happy that ur giving away these cookie cutters. I like cookie cutters. - Lillian
I love your work!!! - Jane
Your tutu cookies are super cute! - Valerie
I love your site and congrates on being a new grandma - Lisa
Love your cookies, blog and fb page :) - Juliana
You are awesome because we have the same name <3 - Richie
Your cookies are beautiful! - Marcia
You are amazing and nice!! - Natasha
You ROCK you sexy grandma you! - Nicole
Your cookies are the bomb-diggity!!! :) - Debbie
I have enjoyed following Cristin's Cookies for a long time. It has been a pleasure to read about your family as well as your seet creations. Congrats on 2500. - Donna
Your cookies are beautiful! - Kristin
I love how you are so creative with your cookies. It inspires me! - Beatriz
Being a grandma is the best thing in the world!! Congratulations on your new addition. - Tami
i am one od your 2500 fans i love you - Pam
Congratulations on hitting over 2500 fans! No one deserves it more! ;) - Christine
You're cookies look great - Jessica
i love to see pics of your decorated cookies and i wish i could make cookies like yours! - Kim
your granddaughter is adorable! - Maria
I LOVE your cookies! - Julie
I always love getting my emails saying you've posted! - Elizabeth
You da best! XOXO - Elizabeth
Congratulations on your 2500 Likers! Your cookies are Fabulous xo - Lindy
Don't forget to say something positive to yourself before you fall asleep tonight. Keep positive thoughts in your mind even while you're sleeping. - LaDonna
Love your page - Dorene
I love your cookies! - Samantha
I love your cookies and your organizational skills!!!! - Lorraine
You have such an awesome attitude! I love it! - Jennifer
I love your cookies Cristin! - Theresa
I love your pink hair!! :) - Lindsey
Your Cookies are Awesome! - Laura
Congrats on the new addition to your family! - Amy
You know I adore you and your amazing cookies - Lexy
You are one of my favorite cookiers! - Anne
love your cookies! - Linda
you work is wonderful.. when I grow up I want to be just like you :) - Vickie
you're grandbaby is gorgeous - You're
You are fabulously talented!! - Brenda
Love the fact that your a new Grandma!! Welcome to the fun. - Tami
I've been signed up for a while and I love your emails!! - Pam
your bicycle cookies are so adorable, realllllly !! - Salpie
They look YUMMY! - Richard
Your cookies rock!!! - Elizabeth
I am so glad I found you! Another super young grandmother who is as obsessed with cookies as I am. YAY! Thanks for the inspiration! - Patti
Your grand baby is a doll!! - Kim
Your cookies are awesome!! - Tracy
Your cookies are unique. Oh, you need to show us more pictures of your beautiful grandaughter. - Rita
your cookies are beautiful! - Shani
I love your pink hair, I wish I was brave enough to try it. - Monica
You inspire me to make better cookies and to get on a bike and get healthy :). Good combo uh. :) - Heather
I love your cookies! :) - Melissa
I thought it was really nice that Ecrandal donated THREE cutters for a giveaway! - Valerie
I'm so glad I found your page! You do awesome work! - Andrea
I can't wait to decorate some great looking cookies with the help of your spectacular cookie cutters and ideas!!! : ) - Andrea
Love your cookies! - Jodi
I love your cookies! Very talented!!! - Lisa
i love ur cookies! - Yoselin
congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter and sending you strength for when your son leaves to college. - Claudia
Love, love, love your work!! - Penelope
Your cookies and your webpage are absolutely lovely :-) - Kelly
I LOVE LOVE your logo! It's adorable! :) - Wendy
I love those just married cookies!!! Too cute!!! - Kara
i love your cookies and your hair...in that order, i think. :) - Michele
love the pink! - Elizabeth
These cookies look too yummy to eat!! They are artwork! - Karen
Your website is sooo incredibly fun and bright! - Megan
I love your cookies! - Jennifer
Awesome giveaway....thanks so much for the chance(s) to win. :) - Kimberly
your cookies taste yummy!! - Chelsea
You are awesome! - Denise
You are the cookie goddess! - Anita
I always smile when I think of you and your pink hair - love it! - Jill
Thanks for sharing your natural gift. - Marta
You're and awesome & very cool Grandma...AND....I value our friendship! - Ansa
pretyy website! - Elyssa
What an amazing cookie maker! - Leslie
cookies are beautiful - Sabrina
I love that you love pink!!! - Deena
I'm inspired by your creations! - Carolyn
I love cookies! I really, really love cookies! - Courtney
Your cookies are an inspiration to those wanting to decorate cookies! - Sylvia
You make amazing cookies!! - Dana
you make wonderful cookies! - Tina
you make beautiful cookies - Kathy
love you! - Karen
love your cookies - Lisa
cant wait to your beautiful cookies - Molly
Your new granddaughter is beautiful! - Jennifer
I LOVE your Alice cookies! - Sheena
love your cookies - Francine
Your cookies are awesome! :) - Debbie
You're one of the most amazing women I know! - Stephanie
thank you for doing a givaway and promoting products i may never had heard of. huge fan now - Tina
OMG I don't know how I was never signed up to follow you through email. I guess because I stalk you often :) - Melissa
Hope to win, I love Ecrandal's cutters! - Glory
I love your love of pink! :D - Kari
You are the best! - Melissa
I really enjoy to see Cristin's Cookies Facebook page, to check out her work. If se has some new Cookies done. - Maria
Your cookies are adorable - Sandy
Glad we "met" and excited for you being a grandma! :) - Janis
I love your blog! :) It's so fun! - Danielle
I love that you love pink. And that in your blog avatar you have pink hair! :) - Christine
I love your cookies they are great! - Natalie
You're awesome! - Brandy
I LOVE your cookies sooooo much!!! I would love to spend a day with you and pick your brain. - Kim
Your beautiful smile lights up my day every single time I see one of your posts!! And I'm not just sucking up! - Laurie
Your sweet and fun and happy go lucky and talented. :) - Susie
I love looking at all your beautiful cookies! - Christine
Referred by The Painted Cookie & fell in love love love with Cristin's work! - Vicki
Cristin's Cookies Inspire Me <3 - Vicki
Love your work, you have some seriously awesome cookies. - Julie
You radiate happiness! :-) - Cindy

If you ever worry that you're little heart might be breaking or you're having a difficult week, ask someone to say something nice. It works like a charm to fill your day with positive energy. I love you all!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Off to College He Goes

My job is done. Ugh and the tears begin as I'm writing this first sentence. Ok, deep breath. Lets try this again.... my. job. is. done. Breathe. I have raised my children to be independent, self-sufficient, caring, loving, hard working, responsible, young adults that find the good in situations and the goodness in people. My friends have told me that the way for me to get through this heart-breaking phase is to know in my heart that my son is prepared. I've done my job well. There isn't anyone that could dispute that. I take comfort in knowing that I did right in parenting. If I did nothing else right, I did that right. I know that as my last child leaves the door this morning for his next adventure (college), he is prepared. That will be my mantra the next few months as I adjust to becoming an empty-nester. He is prepared. I did good.

While my first job as a parent is to teach my children everything they will need to know in this world to become independent, capable adults... I'm also one of THOSE moms. You know the kind. The ones that  hold on with all their might. Yes, that's me. I'm the one on the right. I've ALWAYS been the one on the right. 
Everyone tells you that the kids become horrible little monsters as teenagers so that when they leave, we don't break in half. We are happy to see them go. Well Nick never went through that phase. So hopefully you'll be understanding as I sit here with my heart broken in half and I feel like all the parts of me are coming out of my tears and my nose. Yep, that's me. I am who I am. Thankfully my kids get it. They say that I don't embarrass them, but they're so kind that they probably just don't tell me if I do.

Well, my Nicky is leaving for college today. After 18 years of having the bedroom next to my office where I can hear him laughing in his room playing with his friends or laughing during online games. His laugh makes me laugh. His joy brings everyone around him joy. Yes I will miss him terribly, but I've prepared him well. He is ready.

So we had a going away party for him. The school color is purple and the mascot is a river boat captain. I made purple nautical themed cookies. Everyone enjoyed some time with Nick before he takes off into the big world. And we had some cookies...






















My little boy, my youngest baby, is now a young man. And I couldn't possibly be more proud of him. 
Uncle Nicky with Baby Abigail Cristin before he leaves for college. Please join me in saying a prayer for Nicky to do well in college and make a place for himself in this world. Oh and maybe a prayer for his mom to not be a complete puddle of tears :-)
Nick has been finding me in my office or in the kitchen or wherever and just putting his arms around me and giving me lots and lots of looong hugs. I'm sure it's for my benefit, but he says it is for both of us. How could a mom be sad when she is this blessed?

Oh and don't forget to enter the GIVE-AWAY for free cookie cutter and free cookies! The give-away ends on Monday, August 27th.

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Lots more cookies to come. I have to send cookies to Nick in college don't I?!

Cookie Dough Rolling TUTORIAL

Okay so I know you're going to laugh at the video, but it's just me sharing what works for me, so be kind ;-) As you know, I make lots and lots of cookies. I'm no expert by any means, but I have fun with what I do and that's what really matters, right?

So I had this great plan of asking you what rolling pin that you think I use and then creating this video. I shared the picture of all my rolling pins and then collected data on the consensus and then I made the video and what happened? You know it... my granddaughter was born 3 1/2 weeks early! So the video had to wait. Then we ran into problems that the video was only showing a black screen and my baby girl (new mommy) had to try to fix it by replacing drivers and that took some time too. So anyhoo the video is much later than expected.

So first decide which rolling pin you think that I use:
then enjoy the tutorial video. On the bottom right side of the video, it says YouTube. If you click on that, you can watch it directly from YouTube and it shows much larger for easier viewing if you prefer.

If you haven't already entered the give-away, make sure to check it out here. One lucky winner will win THREE copper cookie cutters from eCrandal and for those that aren't cookie decorators or even if you are, there is a second give-away for cookies from Cristin's Cookies. The give-away ends on Monday, August 27th. And did I mention that you can enter the give-away EVERY DAY?!

And just in case you haven't heard, I'm a GRANDMA! I'm ALMOST as in love with this tiny little angel as I am with my own angel that made me into a grandma! She is the sweetest little thing you can imagine. Her name is Abigail Cristin and I'm in love...
I'm having so much fun with this little sweetie. Thanks everyone for the well-wishes! I made cookies to match all of her little outfits, so many more to come :-)

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Monday, August 20, 2012

2,500 Fan GIVE-AWAY Sponsored by eCrandal AND Free Cookies by Cristin's Cookies!

Are you ready for this? My heart is beating super fast just to tell you about this AWESOME give-away! About a week ago, my little Cristin's Cookies Facebook page hit the milestone of 2,500 fans! Isn't that amazing! I have the most wonderful, kind, supportive followers. My goal is to make really fun cookies and upload the pictures to my Facebook page and to this blog, but what often happens is I make tons and tons of cookies and the pictures sit on my computer and then I go make more and more cookies. Even with that, the Cristin's Cookies followers don't give up on me and I'm so very grateful. 

So with 2,500 fans I thought we should do an AMAZING GIVE-AWAY and Jamie & Eric of eCrandal were happy to support this milestone. So they offered not ONE, not TWO, but THREE gorgeous copper cookie cutters to the winner of this give-away! Now your heart is really beating isn't it! If you've ever bought a cookie cutter from eCrandal, then you know they are top quality, gorgeous, hand-crafted cookie cutters available in many different sizes and very exclusive designs. Want to see what one lucky person is going to receive? Okaaaay I'll show you... Here they are:
The Just Married Car cookie cutter! I have one of the eCrandal just married cars (mine is a tiny bit different model than this one) and I love it. I used it to make wedding cookies for my daughter's wedding last year.  
 and the Hayley Tutu cookie cutter! Oh I love, love, love this cookie cutter and it's very unique design! I bought this one when I found out that my daughter was going to have a baby girl :-)
and the Hoot Owl! I don't have this one yet (if you see it missing from the winner's package, you'll know why), but I think it's one that I will need to add to my collection. I love owls and this design is so adorable. I happen to know that Jamie designed this Hoot Owl herself!
So one lucky winner will win these THREE beautiful cookie cutters from eCrandal. Lets start with the RULES to enter the give-away.

* I will only ship within the United States. I'm sorry to all the Cristin's Cookies fans in other countries, but I'm shipping these myself and lets see... college tuition or shipping fees. Yep, I'll only ship in the United States. Thanks for your understanding.

Do you want to know how to enter the give-away? Here you go:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

AND if you are not a cookie decorator and just want your own give-away or if you're a cookie decorator, but you want both, I'm offering ANOTHER GIVE-AWAY to thank my 2,500+ fans of Cristin's Cookies. I know what you want... COOKIES from Cristin's Cookies!
 Same rules as above (United States only please). Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks everyone for playing along and being a fan of Cristin's Cookies! Coming up tomorrow (hopefully if all goes as planned) a TUTORIAL!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Vendor Round-Up

Today I want to share some vendors that I've been using and very happy with. I have about a gazillion cookies to show you too, but I'm just not in the mood to watermark my photos today ;-)

I ordered hand-painted gorgeous glasses from Renee at Kudos Kitchen By Renee on Etsy. Oh they are beautiful!!! One of my favorite cycling friends was getting married and I just knew I had to ask Renee to make me the perfect wedding gift to give to them.
 Aren't they INCREDIBLE! Just like my friends John and Molly. I loved how she even added their hair color and their bike color. Everything was so personal and special. I gave Renee a few details and knew I wanted something with a bicycle and she just started formulating all kinds of incredible ideas! Oh to have that kind of talent!
 I asked Renee to add a pink tree. Okay I strong-armed her into adding a pink tree...
So I sent her this picture 
and this one to help her see that it would be beautiful. Besides I knew my friends would EXPECT there to be some pink in my gift!
Thank you Renee for the absolutely perfect gift! You're such an incredible artist and my friends absolutely loved the gift. I felt like the best person in the world to give such an amazing gift thanks to YOUR talent!

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My son's leaving for college in 15 days. Fifteen days. Yes, I'll keep saying it. Maybe it will help me to get ready for it. ugh... We are going to have a going away party for him. It will be a nautical theme party since the mascot for his college is a river boat pilot. So I will get to make lots of fun nautical theme cookies. I also ordered these nautical theme cupcake toppers from Shelly at Sweet Sambolina Etsy Shop. Aren't they so cute! Shelly shipped them super fast and the best part is that she customized them for me. Since my son's school color is purple, she took away the regular red & blue theme and made it purple for me. I asked her if she could add in a few other nautical items and she was glad to do it. What a sweetie and beautiful work! I can't wait to see them in the cupcakes!
You should check out Shelly's Sweet Sambolina Etsy Shop and see all her fun animal print party decorations! Fun!

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And I ordered another Lazy Susan turn-table from Paul's Specialties Etsy Shop. I told you about his wonderful turn-tables before. Now I have two of them so that when my daughter is able to come and help decorate cookies, she is all set too. I used to have the large Wilton turn-table, but I didn't like that I had to keep moving my cookie constantly and so I sent a message to Paul asking if he would consider making me a smaller turn-table and he was more than happy to make me an 8" lazy susan and I never have to move my cookie and it spins so nicely. You can see a video that I made about my turn-table here: http://www.cristinscookies.com/2012/05/today-lets-talk-about-couple-things.html

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As you know, last month we celebrated Nick earning his Eagle Scout rank through his Court of Honor. One of the many touching moments is when the Eagle Scout is presented with a flag. Nick received two flags. He had one presented to him from the troop and they had flown it over the Nation's Capital. The Troop Committee Chair teared up a little when she presented the flag to him. It was very sweet. Then he was also presented with my dad's flag. I wasn't able to say anything without falling apart into a puddle of tears, so my husband presented the flag to Nick and he got choked up too. My father lost his battle with Cancer 4 years ago and this is the flag they put over his coffin from being a veteran serving in the Air Force. 
I ordered this brass plate from Mindy at AwardsEtc. Etsy Shop. She has done a few beautiful plates for us. She also made the one that is attached to the benches that Nick built for his Eagle Scout project which he dedicated to his grandfather.
Thanks Mindy! Your work is always impeccable!

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Nick and I made a cookie baking video to share with you, but I'm having a difficult time getting it to show both audio and video so it needs some more tweaking. In the meantime, I'll pacify you with this gorgeous little girl :-) 

Back to work on cookies...