Monday, July 22, 2013

Bubbles for Summer Fun and 5,000 Fan GIVE-AWAY Celebration

Remember when your kids were little and cute and played all the time with no concerns? Remember how they blew bubbles into the summer breeze and life was easy and carefree? Yaa me too. So when my youngest came home for the summer from his first year away at college, I threw him a welcome home party. I thought about all the different fun possibilities of cookies and decided on BUBBLES. Feeling a little nostalgic huh ...
I made a set of cookie cutters for this fun project. A bottle of bubbles, a bubble wand, and a couple of different bubbles. I've had a lot of people ask me for this cookie cutter set and I've finally made it available for you too. You can get the cookie cutters for this bubble blowing set here in my Etsy shop.

 The top is filled in with purple because I almost forgot to get a photo of these cookies outlined for you. As always, you can right click on the photo and save it to use for your own use in decorating your cookies.







I had A LOT of fun with this set and it was really fun to package the set all together in one cookie bag.



I made some cookie tags for you too (without Cristin's Cookies on it). You can download them for your own use here or by clicking on the photo below.

Nick is a really well adjusted and responsible kid, but he faced his share of challenges away at his first year of college. Nick got Mono and was horribly sick for a couple months, even losing almost 30 pounds during finals. His roommate was expelled and Nick was alone for half the school year. Nick has to pay 1/3 of his tuition (our choice to make sure he is personally invested in his education) and one of his classes turned out to be too difficult to handle with Mono and he had to re-take the class. Did you know that we learn and grow the most when life gives us challenges to overcome?
But there were lots of positives too. Nick learned that he was exactly right at choosing his major because he absolutely loves his Engineering classes and is in the top 10% of the class. He learned how to juggle school work, new friends, extra curricular activities and a long distance girlfriend. And his mom got really good at Skype when she was missing her baby boy ;-)
So for my Nicky, bubble blowing cookies were a fun choice for his welcome home cookies.
Last week my little Cristin's Cookies Facebook page hit the very exciting mark of having 5,000 fans! I am so incredibly honored that 5,000 of you want to see my cookies and enjoy my ramblings. I appreciate each of you so very much. I love to make cookies and new designs and it's so much more fun having you join me on this journey! So I'm doing a give-away. Go to this Rafflecopter app to access the give-away for 3 free cookie cutters OR 8 Cristin's large COOKIES. I haven't had any extra cookies all summer because you know, that boy is home from college ;-) but I promise to hide a few of them just for the give-away winner.


Enter the give-away through this Rafflecopter app:


I hope you're all enjoying your summer and time with your children. It all goes so very fast.

Bubbles blog background for today:

82 comments:

  1. Thanks for such a great give-away!

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  2. My youngest daughter had mono her Freshman year of college also! It was tough. I told her if she made it through that year, the rest would be a piece of cake. It wasn't exactly a piece of cake but she graduated with a BSN in May.

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    1. Kathy, glad your daughter made it through okay. It was really scary seeing Nick so very thin and lifeless. Thankfully he got to come home for Christmas vacation and he was home for a long break and we were able to get him completely well again before sending him back to college.

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    2. Oh, Cristin, it's so hard to see our kids sick at any age. I remember crying and telling my husband that I either had to go bring her home or move into her dorm room to take care of her. Of course I was being totally irrational, and luckily she was only an hour away so she could come home for the weekends so she could sleep in her own bed, get some rest and let momma take care of her, but it was a tough year for both of us. I'm so happy Nick survived his first year of college. It's been fun watching his journey through your blog here. I can tell you've raised a wonderful young man.

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    3. Thanks so much Kathy. Yes, Mono was really rough. I've heard so many people say how it has affected their kids or even how they remember having it as a child. I think we were really lucky and it was nice to have him home to get him well during the holidays. My husband was actually ready to not let him go back after seeing how sick he was!

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  3. I think my new favorite cutter is the wedding dress!

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  4. I really love the slice of cake...or the s'more...or the pretzel...oh Cristin, don't make me choose my favorite, LOL!
    P.S. I just love the way you write. What a sweet post about your son. I'm glad he's home healthy and happy. My son starts his senior year of high school this fall, and I'm SO not ready for him to leave for college! Whaaaa! :(

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    1. Oh Melody, I don't envy you. The senior year is by far the busiest year for the child AND the parent. All the college apps and the amount of mail of the colleges wooing the kids and trying to stay on top of all the deadlines. College will be a piece of cake after senior year at high school ;-)

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  5. Love them all but having to choose just one cookie cutter, would go for the truck.

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  6. I love the cutters and my favourite ones are the bee ones. :D

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  7. Your cookies are AMAZING!! I'm so glad my friend steered me in your direction!

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    1. Thank you so much Judy! You made my day! :-)

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  8. So many great ones to choose from. As of today ;) my favorite is the "Chubby Pencil" cookie cutter.

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  9. I would love to get your birthday candle, bathtub, and superman/diamond cookie cutters and your cookies too!!!!!!

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  10. My favorite cutter is the zebra/giraffe!

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  11. My favorite cutter is the zebra/giraffe!

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  12. My favorite cutter is the zebra/giraffe!

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  13. My favorite cutter is the zebra/giraffe!

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  14. My favorite cutter is the confetti...either one....they are next on my wish list!

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  15. Cristin - Your bubbles were just adorable -- as are so many of your cookies!! It is so generous of you to offer FREE cutters in your giveaway -- I absolutely love your D-Fence cutter!! My husband coaches football - on the defensive side! - so this cutter is definitely on my wish list!!

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    1. I love that cutter. So many people don't "get it" ;-) It's definitely a fun one for hockey and football and other sports!

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  16. Abigail baby girl is one of my favorites. Ty for this giveaway

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  17. 3.5" Shoe Stiletto COOKIE CUTTER

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  18. I love the Cow cookie cutters, they are so adorable!!!!

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  19. I love my boy like you love your boy! My boy too had mono. He leaves home next year. I'm already a wreck, even though we have the first child back in town, married with grandchild #1, but I do love that boy! And I love your cookies, cutters and blog about your life! Grandchildren are also! Congrats on 5000!

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    1. It's SO hard when they go away to college. I think I cried all of senior year in anticipation of him leaving. It doesn't help that he was the last one at home too. You'll get through it though Felicia and with grandbaby #1 that helps a lot!

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  20. You REALLY want me pick my favorite cutter. Well, since I've been waiting for this set since Nick came home, it's the bubbles

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    1. :-) This was a really fun set! Thanks Sherry!

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  21. My favourite would be - the Birthday Boy with baloons.... no wait - the racoon... no - the giraffe,...no - the relax -bathtub one, the science beaker...the watermelon with a bite taken from it.... ooh - the three tier cakes...and...

    You want me to pick ONE? Really? They're all awesome. :)

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  22. Hard to choose I like all the cutters. I wish I had the bubble cutters I just did a bubble cake for "bubble man"

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  23. I'm sharing, I'm pinning...I'm loving this contest Cristin! I love this set! Congrats to you on getting to 5k and beyond. And congrats to Nick for finishing his first year of college! You both blow me away with your awesomeness!

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  24. Ask us to chose our favourite cookie cutter, what sort of a question is that?!!!!! I got down to the stiletto and the cake stand and I cannot chose between them!!! Lovely designs and you make lovely cookies to match! Erin

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  25. I don't know that I can pick a favorite cutter! I really like the picket fence. But I really like the dress and cross cutters too. Of course the horseshoe and birthday candle are great sizes. But the confetti and milk bottle are so original. So there ya go. The best I can narrow it down :)

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  26. I really love a lot of your cookie cutters but thinking of the latest you've made I will say the cotton candy one

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  27. I love all your cutters Cristin! I've been trying to figure a way to send you pics of the tiara cookies I made with the cutter I got from you & the bumble bee cookies? Any hints? Thank goodness my cookie decorating skills don't match my computer skill :)

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    1. Oh Lisa, I'd LOVE to see your tiara cookies and bee cookies! I made myself a tiara cookie cutter from your design just yesterday, but haven't made the cookies yet and haven't offered the cutter in my shop yet. If you're on Facebook, you can post to my cookie page: www.facebook.com/cristinscookies If you don't use Facebook, you can send them to me in email: cristinscookies@gmail.com. You can also attach a photo when you leave feedback on my Etsy shop, but that just shows me a very small photo I think and it doesn't notify me when it's there. I'm excited to see your cookies Lisa!

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  28. There are so many I can't choose a favorite...

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  29. This bubbles cutter is awesome! Love it!

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  30. Congrats Cristin! I am so happy for you and proud to call you a friend! My favorite cutter,hmmmm, the puzzle, Collin the Cow, the Dump Truck, cupcake, candle, I a could go on and on!

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  31. my favorite cookiecutter is the girl bear with the slice of watermelon,and the racoon!

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  32. I love your cutters, Cristin!! And you KNOW I love that bull head. It is the exact mascot for my kids' high school and I used it a ton this year and they were perfect! But you have so many ones that I love!!! :)

    Congratulations on the 5000!! What lucky people to have found your page! ♥

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    1. Thank you Laurie and congratulations to you too on hitting the 5k mark! :-)

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  33. Congrats! Thanks for the giveaway. Love all of you cookie cutters.

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  34. I love these cookies1 ALL your cookies are just adorable, and I think that this new bubble set is my new favorite :)

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  35. These are so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. I love that gown cutter, the one I said I was going to order but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe I'll win it! I had mono when I was 10 years old (back in the 60s) and missed almost 2 months of school. It was in the spring and I can remember all my friends would be outside playing after school but I was stuck inside. I watched a lot of Jeopardy and I Love Lucy, among other shows, on our black and white TV!

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  38. Congratulations on making it to 5000!!!! Thanks for letting us all join you in your cookie journey and for making adorable cutters!!

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  39. I love your bubble cookie cutters! Very cute!

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  40. I have had such fun looking at all your cookies and all your cookie cutters---Oh my goodness!! Who (OBVIOUSLY not ME)could pick just one for a favorite! Such delightful shapes and wonderful decorating!! I love em all! Starting a new list of favs with bubbles on top! Thank you so much!

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    1. Thanks Marti! Your order shipped today. You're going to have TONS of fun with your new toys :-)

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    2. Oh. My. Goodness!!!!!! I got my pretty box of cutters -- all wrapped in pretty pink tissue inside-----Oh my!! I am in LOVE!!! I LOVE them all ---- and I want MORE!! Thank you so so so much! SQUEEEEEEEL!!!! I am so delighted with them all!!

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    3. Glad you got your order Marti! That was a big box of happy coming your way! You'll have lots of fun with your new toys!

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  41. I would have to say the new bubbles are my favorite! They made me say "No she didn't!" out loud! LOVE those!

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    1. :-) I have a new wrinkle from smiling so big from your comment Nikki :-)

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    2. Those are the BEST wrinkles to have! I'm smiling so big too because you named your son after me!! He's adorable! I never win anything, and I mean anything, but I'm sure going to give the winner an extra entry to compete against. Good luck everyone!!

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    1. Come home. For the first time all summer, I have 2 cookies left over from the batch I just finished decorating AND Nick isn't home. If you want a cookie, now is the time ;-)

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  43. I love the wedding dress one, thank you for a chance to win this great prize

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  44. So hard to choose a favorite cutter!

    I'm thinking the rain boot. I've been wanting one and yours is so cute!

    Thanks Cristin!

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  45. I think this bubble set is my favorite. So cute!

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  46. My favorite is...I can't decide! I like them all!! :D

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  47. My favorites are the dresses....oh shoot I like them all.

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  48. all your cutters are great, and your decorating too!

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  49. These are adorable! What a great idea!

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  50. I love the whole etsy store...i can rob it :) but my new love is bubble and i dig u cookie cutters...having a little boy i have to have those..:)

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  51. I love the 'multiples' - like the multiple letter cutters. And your cool birthday candle cutter. And NOW, what can I say, the bubble set is toooooo cool (esp. for a grandma!!) You are Awesome Cristin! Congrats on 5,000! :-)

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  52. I would say my favorite cutter is Beast from B & B set. I love the whole set but he's my fav!

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  53. I absolutely love them all, but I think my favorite is the Facebook thumb!

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  54. I absolutely love them all, but I think my favorite is the Facebook thumb!

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  55. That bubble set is just darling!! <3 it!!

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  56. I adore ALL of your cutters, but my VERY favorite is Barry the Bee Boy!

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  57. I love the draped cross and soooo many others!!!

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  58. Cristin, I think I am going to HAVE to purchase your bubbles cookie set! SO CUTE!

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! I love hearing from you! Cristin