This was the finished result... Most of those cookie piles are stacked three or four cookies high! As a side note, don't expect to see any more pictures of me on my blog for a few months.... I may gain twenty pounds in the next month and will need time to burn it off.
This was about 1/3 of the ingredients we used, and this was a list of the types we made.
Of course we had to have some wine with our cookies. ;)
So what's a girl to do with all these cookies? Give them to her neighbors so they can look at you like you're trying to poison them, of course! Haha. The first year I moved to North Dakota I was pretty lonely so I decided to have a cookie bake to make friends. Since I didn't have friends, that didn't turn out so well because everybody flaked on me and I was left with a whole heap of cookies that I dutifully delivered door-to-door with a smile. People looked at me funny. I think my neighbors are now beginning to catch on that I am determined to be their cheerful, friendly next door girl, gosh darnit!
I went to the local thrift store and found some fancy old-fashioned tins. Then I wanted to make a bunch of tags to further fancify my cookie giving experience. (And you were just beginning to think this post had nothing to do with crafting...)
I started by making a tag and using a brand new Tim Holtz stencil I've been dying to play with. I also got a jar of Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste and I spread that through the stencil to create dimension.
Next, I glittered the ever-loving gee willikers out of that paste and dried it with my heat gun to create even more dimension!
I added another tag in green and embossed a sentiment.
Then I added a silver charm. I love this thing and I'm sad I only have one because it came from a garage sale! I've been hoarding it like a mad woman, but if there's any time to give, I guess it's at Christmas right? Even though it only cost me a quarter, I am going to regret giving it away. Haha!
Look at the dimension on that embossing paste!
If this doesn't solidify my neighborhood friendship, I don't know what will!
I'd like to support the following challenges (and thank them for giving me ideas!):
Just Us Girls Challenge - Sparkle
Merry Monday Challenge - Gold, silver, white, and one other color
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Use a Charm
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Celebrate the Season
I will leave you with one last laugh.
I made my boyfriend take a silly picture of all the caramels we unwrapped. We had to triple the recipe for two kinds of cookies that called for caramels: Caramel-stuffed gingersnaps and Turtle delights. On the third package, I challenged him to an unwrapping contest. He kicked my butt and was gloating so I said, "Honey, who's the real winner here? You unwrapped all my caramels!"
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