Friday, January 16, 2015

Basketball, Field Hockey or ?

My office is almost all cleaned out. After Nick being home for a month and lots of cookie and baking and a whole bunch of playing, there were piles and piles of "TO DO" stuff in my office. It was so out of control, that I set up my computer in another room to get the necessary stuff done since I couldn't find a usable work surface in my office. Crazy. So I'm really proud of myself that all this week, I've hunkered down and worked and worked and worked. The negative with that is that means I've had NO time for me. No bike rides. No relaxing, no me time. So my office is organized and work done, but I'm bloated and grouchy from sitting on my tush all week. Thankfully I'll be going for a long bike ride tomorrow and that will remedy all. In the meantime, I made some field hockey cookies. I have a sleeveless jersey (actually it's a cheerleader dress) that I've been using for field hockey cookies, but it's too narrow and you know, we like big cookies here. So I made my own design of a sleeveless jersey that works great for field hockey and basketball and what else? Tons of stuff I'm sure.

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 Sleeveless Jersey is great for field hockey or basketball or? Cookie cutter available HERE

 and I used a circle cookie cutter for the "puck"

Do you have your very own cheerleader for your business? If not, you really should. They can be paid in hugs and snuggles and just look how cute they are in their very own Cristin's Cookies cheerleader dress?! I feel a strong urge to squeal when I see this photo :) I know, I know. I MUST make cheerleader cookies.
 and little Monster Aidan with his beautiful mommy too

Now to finish that boring office work... is it actually possible to ever get caught up?

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Whoooo Likes To Do Crafts With Kids

My daughter has a craft day once a month at her house and invites a bunch of kids from their Las Madres group. The toddlers paint or do foam crafts or seasonal activities and make gifts from crafts. I found a really cute owl made out of foam pieces that the kids peel and stick to put together and then they use a stamp pad to use their fingerprint as accent on the owl for a personal touch. It was so cute that I decided to make cookies to match and bring them to the playdate.

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
This is Finn the Fall Owl. The kids all thought he was so fun after making a craft project like him. You can get your Finn the Fall Owl cookie cutter HERE 

 Then I made a mini fall leaf as accent cookies for my cookie platter You can get a mini fall leaf cookie cutter HERE
 Aren't they so cute together!
 I made a bunch of the owl cookies for Mellissa's playdate
 and I bagged them up with "Whooo enjoys doing Fall crafts? We do! Thanks for coming!" Note: you can download some fall owl cookie tags at the link at the top of the page, highlighted in yellow.
 It's fun to do things for kids and the parents always appreciate my cookies. Feels good.

Here is the craft that Abigail and I made

Hubby and I went to babysit Abigail one night and I brought a paint your own cookie. I had never made one of them before, but I figured it would be fun. I started by outlining a simple rectangle cookie.
 After the white flood icing fully dried (you can also do it while it's wet, but I wanted lines for Abigail to paint within), then I drew in a caterpillar with black icing and let that fully dry
 Then I painted on regular gel icing colors in yellow, green and pink and let that dry.
I showed Abigail to dip her paintbrush (brand new paintbrush for cookies only of course) into a mini cup of water and then dip it into the color block and paint on her cookie.
and a short video clip of Abigail painting her cookie

I'm hoping to squeeze in a bike ride today now that my house is back in order and today's blog post is done. You should go make some owl cookies and share pictures. I can't wait to see them!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

An Elephant Never Forgets - Cookies & Cookie Cutters

I bought the cutest ever elephant dress for little Abigail. Seriously just adorable! The cool thing is that the elephant was almost identical to my Ellie the Elephant cookie cutter. All I had to do was add a crown and it was an exact match. So I used my existing cookie cutter and then I took it a step farther and made an elephant cookie cutter with a crown and made a mini crown to make the cookies 3 different ways. Scroll to the bottom to see Abigail in her new dress.

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 This is Emma the Elephant cookie cutter with crown. You can get yours HERE

So cute huh! 
If you already have my other elephant cookie cutter, Ellie the Elephant, then here's how you can make her have a crown too. I used my Ellie cookie cutter and made a mini crown cookie cutter to go with her. You can get Ellie the Elephant and mini crown cutters HERE 
 As you can see, I cut off the right side of Ellie's bow on top of her head. I left the left side up to use to hold on the mini crown.
 and I made these mini crown cookies for accents on the platter and for use with Ellie the Elephant. You can get the mini crown cookie cutter HERE
I outlined the crown in pink and added white small candy dots (or you could use icing) to the tips of the crown
and I put a little dollop of icing on the left side of the bow to hold on the crown to Ellie the Elephant.
 This is Ellie the Elephant with Bow. The one with the crown is Emma the Elephant. You can get the elephant cookie cutters HERE

It was fun to make her in pink & grey and to make some plaid accent circle cookies to go with her. You'll see why in a minute...
I just loved how these came out and I had so much fun making them.
and here's my inspiration. Little Abigail in her new elephant dress from Grandma. I know she's cuter than the cookies, but I try ;)

I was hoping to get out for a bike ride today, but I'm so behind after the Christmas holidays that I'm lucky if I get in a shower! My office is over-flowing. Hoping to get caught up soon.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Penguin Cookies with Cookie Cutter In Two Sizes

Nick went back to college Sunday night. I miss him already. We did a lot of fun things together, but the month with him home from college felt like a matter of days. I really like it when my kids are home. I have to remind myself that he is where he is meant to be and it is for his future. We had a going away "party" get together for him Sunday night. My house looks like a tornado hit it! Still. Food and dishes on every surface of each counter in the kitchen. Still. I'm trying to get caught up on some work before delving into the dishes and cleaning. I bought an adorable penguin dress for little Abigail for this winter season. Every time I see her in it, I want to squeal. So I made some cookies. Cause you know, that's what I do.

Cookie Cutter Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags HERE
 I made this penguin cookie cutter available in TWO sizes so that you can make a mom and a baby. The mom measures 4.75" and the baby measures 3.75" I named her Erin. You can get Erin the penguin cookie cutter HERE

 Two sizes available to make mom and child penguins

 I also made fun snowball cookies for my platter picture. The kids love it when I make mini cookies to go with the platter picture because they get to eat those up in one quick bite. To make the fun swirl cookies that look like snowballs, I used white flood icing and while it was still wet, I put some blue in a question mark pattern around the edges of the round cookie. Then I used my boo-boo stick (the yellow thing or a toothpick will work fine) and swirled it in a circular motion.
 Aren't they so cute together? I just love penguins and had so much fun with these.
and in case you don't believe me that my house is a huge mess after Nick's going away party. You can see here there is no open space on any of the counters in my kitchen! This does not work well for a neat freak like me!
but seeing smiles from Abigail and Aidan makes everything okay.

Now that Nick is back at school, I have to get caught up on the piles in my office waiting for me and then get a bunch of cookie designs out of my head. I've been hearing from other cookie decorators that I'm not the only one that is not caught up after the holidays. That makes me feel better. How about you? Are you back on regular schedule yet? Or still feeling a little overwhelmed? 

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