Sunday, October 13, 2013

Forest Animal Cookies for Baby Aidan & New Cutters Too

Did I tell you my daughter is pregnant? As in, very pregnant?! As in due next month?! And little 14-month old Abigail is going to be a big sister! That is so weird to think. My daughter and son-in-law are going to have their hands full to say the least. Personally, I can't even comprehend it. When little tornado, I mean Abigail, comes over, my house looks very different and now there will be two tiny ones coming to visit. Can't quite wrap my brain around it just yet.

So this weekend we had a baby "sprinkle" for Mellissa. My mom and step-daughter, Sarah, hosted the fun event. We played silly games like suck on a pacifier and spit it out and the person spitting the pacifier the farthest won a prize and draw a baby on a paper plate while the plate was on your head and you couldn't see what you're drawing. Lots of giggles and sillyness. And I made cookies.
The theme was originally forest animals because that is the theme of baby Aidan's nursery, but then Sarah and my mom changed the theme to include "No Pink Allowed" hmmmmmmm.... I basically have two things in my closet that are not pink - a SF Giants shirt and a Black Belt shirt. That's it. So I stayed with the forest animal theme for the cookies. So there ;-)

You can get the forest animal cookie cutters by clicking HERE
You can download the tutorial cards by clicking HERE
You can download printable cookie tags HERE and HERE

My personal favorite is Fearless the Fox available here

 Randy the Raccoon available here

Omar the Owl available here

David the Deer available here

 Hubert the Hedgehog available here

 Bernie the Bear available here

Brinkley the Bunny available here

 Scooter the Squirrel available here

 The whole set of forest animals
and I made some cute forest animal COOKIE TAGS that you can use too. Just download them here and here the first set has the hedgehog, fox, raccoon, bunny, owl and squirrel. The second set has the deer and the bear since I couldn't fit them all on one cookie tag page.

Isn't Mellissa so adorable?!
Abigail is going to be a big sister!
 My daughters Mellissa & Sarah playing one of the silly games at the baby shower
 We are trying to draw a baby on a paper plate - on our head
 Coloring cubes for Aidan's nursery

Another muse coming soon...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Go Bo Memoriam and Bake Sale Fundraiser

Bo Johnson was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia and he lost the battle against Cancer on September 28, 2012 at the very young age of 13. Before he left this world, he inspired the nation. The disease did not stifle his spirit or his courage. He taught us all to live life to the fullest and enjoy each day. Bo reminded us to love each other, help each other, and to have our neighbor's back. He shared that if you see someone in need, even a stranger, reach out and help. He told us that the entire world is a better place when we care for each other and when we help each other. Bo reminded us what true courage means and how one boy can inspire a multitude with nothing more than a smile and a dream to help others.

In Door County, Wisconsin, where Bo's family is, there is a huge bake sale going on in memory of Bo. All proceeds benefit the Go Bo Foundation paying it forward. 204 cookie decorators in all 50 states and 8 countries have donated 4,547 decorated cookies all coordinated by the incredible Jill of Jill FCS. I am very proud to be one of the cookie decorators that joined this effort.

Donated cookies needed to be 3" in size and in Halloween or Fall theme designs. So I put away my bright colors that I like to work with and made some smaller size cookie cutters and started with some pretty fall colors for my cookie donation.
 I started with some fun owls

 and then I decided to do some trees for Fall

 and some pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns for Halloween

 and some Cancer ribbons too

Then I bagged them all up with a note thanking those that were supporting the fundraiser
and I boxed them safely for their long journey to Wisconsin

As most of you know, I lost my father to Cancer and it's been excruciating for me. But to lose a child. I can't even imagine that kind of devastation that Bo's parents went through. I did pretty well while making the cookies, but I was a mess while bagging them. I was flooded with emotion thinking about Bo and his parents. My heart goes out to the family and to the community. Bo's journey touched so many and he will be missed by all. 

I can't even imagine what Jill's world looks like right now with all these cookies, but she has given us a few sneak peeks :-)

Thank you to all the cookie decorators and to the absolutely amazing Jill FCS that coordinated this huge effort. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of Bo's legacy.

and a special thank you to Amy of Happy Heart Studios Etsy Shop for making the custom Go Bo digital paper pack for me to use for my blog post today.
Do something nice for someone today and pay it forward.

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