Thursday, February 17, 2011

give it away, give it away, give it away now

so, with my cookie giveaway winner deferring her prize till april (which is totally fine with me - it's up to her as to when to cash it in), i still haven't gotten a chance to test out my packing/shipping capabilities.  huh.

but then we learned that our friends mr. & mrs. client are super duper excited grandparents-to-be.  mrs. client asked me to help her dream up a really cool invitation for the baby shower, and to keep her posted as to how my cookies held up when shipped.  i decided to use her as a guinea pig of sorts and threw in a few baby-related cookie shapes in my valentine's day bakingstravaganza.



i packed them up into a small priority mail box with a bunch of colorful tissue, shook the shit out of it to make sure i didn't hear or feel any movement in there, and took it to the post office.  i didn't tell her i was sending it, so i'm waiting to hear from her any day now.

although this still doesn't really solve my original dilemma.  that was a measly handful of cookies - not the full dozen i want to try shipping.  i really want to know if my packing skillz = no breakage, and whether or not the cookies really stay fresh through their journey.  i've read that sugar cookies decorated like those, with royal icing completely covering the surface, can last up to two weeks and even longer.  well, they never last long enough in my house for me to test that theory.  but at least someone can tell me if they hold up well through the shipping process.

methinks it may be a good idea to do a second giveaway - with the prize to be sent within a week after picking a winner.  same prize as last time: a dozen sugar cookies, your choice of vanilla, lemon, or chocolate, U.S. only (sorry, international friends - i can't afford the shipping!).

you know the drill, folks.  leave me a comment with a way to reach you and maybe an idea or two for shapes/designs.  i'll pick a winner using random.org by...say, tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. PST.  extra bonus entry if you tweet a link to this post and mention me (@luvbabyb).

and...GO!

73 comments:

  1. Yay! I'd love to be your tester. I'm all the way in New England and I think a cross country test is the way to go! I'm so sick of the snow and would love cute happy spring cookies! You can reach me at n.rongner@gmail.com

    (PS- I'm nestie Jerseysunrays)

    I'm going to tweet this too (to my 7 followers.. haha)

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  2. Wan,

    I have been drooling over your yummy looking cookies for months now so I guess I better enter for a chance to win. I would be interested in St. Patty's Day themed cookies or dog shaped/themed cookies (Weimaraners specifically). I hope I win!

    kelly72206 (nestie)

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  3. I would love some cookies that look like basketballs. I coach a girl's team and will be having our end-of-the-season party in a few weeks. What a cute surprise it would be to give them a basketball cookie!
    You can reach me at beav1279 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  4. Cookies! I don't have any major events coming up, but I'd love some fun spring-y cookies. Or cookies shaped like a chihuahua head. Or something anniversary-themed, since mine is coming up (and I still like him!).

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  5. Well I dont have anything coming up too soon.But I'm always down to b celebrated as a princess! How about cookies shaped like princess crowns?

    ochousewife at g mail

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  6. i'd love some high heel and martini shaped cookies for a bachelorette party!

    nataloo314 at gmail

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  7. I would love any kind of cookies, but something spring-y would be nice. Maybe tulips or daisies?
    gsudanielle @ gmail

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  8. I'd love some that either look like cameras or cocktails! Here's my blog: http://throughmylenscoco.blogspot.com

    and my Twitter: @CocoMayPhoto

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway.My daughter will be 2 soon and she will be having a lady bug party.Lady Bug cookies would be so cute!
    twils2001@yahoo.com

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  10. i too have been drooling over your cookies and admiring your mad decorating skills! I am celebrating "no silly spending month" in March and would love some $$$ cookies. will help me stay in budget as well as the cookies will be free! :)

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  11. I love to help with your experiment, you'd get cross country delivery, cold, and a mail man that throws boxes. Spring or St. Patrick's Day cookies would be cute.

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  12. Guess I'd better get on the bus to cookie land. Love your cookies!

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  13. I'd love to be your guinea pig! I'm in the middle of the country, a perfect place to send cookies. Events I have coming up are my husband's 30th birthday, a wedding shower and bachelorette party I'm throwing for a friend, and a college graduation party I'm throwing for my brother. Or any basketball themed cookies would be awesome, as the NCAA tournament is about to start. Email is robynfulks@gmail.com. Thanks!!

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  14. hey wan,

    fyi, i've ordered sugar cookies in the past & the gal i ordered from wrapped each cookie in its own bubble wrap, with a bunch of tissue (or paper) on the top & bottom). each cookie came from the midwest to CA just fine. in the seller's feedback, everyone raves at how there is never any breakage (ppl who order hundreds of cookies from her).

    hope this helps. :)

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  15. with a bunch of paper on the top & bottom OF THE SHIPPING BOX, that is.

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  16. My Better Homes & Gardens cookbook has a whole page dedicated to packing and shipping cookies - it involves bubble wrap and, er, I dunno what else.

    You can hit me up on FB if I win :)

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  17. No major events, but like everyone else, I would love to welcome spring with your adorable cookies!

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  18. How about some dalmatian cookies or Monsters Inc ones? An eyeball cookie would be really cute.

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  19. I'll let you choose any design you are wanting to try out.

    I made icing covered cookies for an event on the 7th. They tasted great through last week. I tasted one last night (16th), though, and it was time to toss the remainders. The taste had become altered by now, although the texture was still good.

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  20. Turtles would be fun to make--you could do a side view, a view from the top looking at the shell, and a view from underneath looking at their soft bellies. :-)

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  21. I'd love to have a second chance at winning some fabulous cookies!! You really have me itching to try baking. I attempted sugar cookies over Christmas and I think I rolled the dough too thin. Oh well. Anyways, my son's 2nd birthday party is March 5 and I'd love some cookies in the shape of a dump truck!

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  22. How about the earth? Blue with some green continents? Checkerboard print in any colors would also be fun. A cookie that looks like a sliced pizza pie would also be fun. Off to tweet...

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  23. My FIL and I share a birthday in early March. It would be fun to share some party-themed cookies with him that day -- maybe party hats, bithday candles or mini cakes.

    07marylynn at gmail dot com.

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  25. Yum! Cookies!

    I would love some Angels baseball themed cookies. :) I also bought some awesome space themed cookie cutters from a Japanese store (purchased in Hong Kong) that I would love to lend you ;)

    Yummm!

    nabumbah (at) gmail :)

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  26. me me! my shower is march 5th and sports themed...can you make cookies with a logo I made that looks like the Golden State Warriors logo? I'd LOVE them to be for favors!

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  27. Send the cookies to FL, you want to know how they ship to a warm location :-)

    Btw, how about some spring time themes? My email is citychocoholic at gmail.

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  28. I think cool cars would be great for a boy's party.

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  29. Mmmmm.... sugar cookies sound like perfect 4th birthday goodies for The Miss! Especially with purple icing ;)
    kmrvse at gmail dot com

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  30. Expecting a baby boy in the next few weeks so any baby related cookie designs would be great!

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  31. your cookies look amazing and I think sending some cookies with our engagement invites would be super cute like a ring or a wedding cake. I retweeted your tweet too @lisamgallegos

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  32. please feel free to test on ME!! as for ideas..hmm..it doesn't really matter, surprise me ;)

    a_guardado@yahoo.com

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  34. I am in two weddings this year and throwing a ton of bridal showers and bachorette parties coming up and would love something to go with those themes.

    you can reach me at wahine@tikikustoms.com

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  35. What about a St. Patrick's Day line-up? Shamrocks, Hats, Green lips w/ Kiss me I'm Irish, Beer mugs, pots o' gold...

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  36. yayyy cookies!

    I'm flying home to Virginia next month for my bachelorette party/bridal shower and think margarita shaped cookie cutters would be a *fab* little treat for me to bring to my ladies!

    HINT HINT!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    shelbygalvin@gmail.com

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  37. I need cookie because I'm pregnant and always hungry. I don't really care what they look like, I just need them in my belly. I suppose I could share if you wanted to make them like Madi's team mascot (cherry bombers) or Elsa is turning 2 in a couple weeks - she loves Ni-Hao Kai Lan. Oh, and I just found out I'm having a boy so you could make me penis shaped cookies... hmmm, or not.

    Horseshoes are fun and would be appropriate for May (Kentucky Derby and all)... you could even make hat shaped cookies with giant flowers on them.

    you know how to reach me :) xoxo

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  38. I SO wanna win!! Come on random.org.

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  39. oooh I want to win! I say you make some stella and dot themed cookies! ;)
    lynn.danchuk@gmail.com

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  40. I'd love to win the cookies! We are having 80 degree weather today (after a few weeks of snow), so I'd love something springy. Maybe butterflies or ladybugs? I'd take whatever, though.

    angelica.craig@yahoo.com
    @rustysgirl8

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  41. Oh, and I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/rustysgirl8/status/38394510325063680

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  42. The little one is turning 4 in March and we're having a princess tea party. What would be more magical than a dozen Wan-derful chocolate cookies!

    She wants princess crown & princess wand shapes. Little tea cups would be adorable too!

    *fingers crossed*

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  43. So wanna win. So <3 cookies! Anything to get my mind off of school would be awesome (cocktails/martini shapes, fun stuff, nothing Masters related!)

    Yay for giveaways!!!

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  44. nom nom nom!

    We are teaching E sign language, so what about cookies in the shape of fingers doing letters?

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  45. yum yum yum! I would love to see some state-shaped cookies, particularly Massachusetts!! I'd also love some birds and bees.

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  46. Pick me, pick me! The H and I celebrate March birthdays. However, I have had Wonderhusband on my mind and wonder if he wouldn't like a batch of random sweetness.

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  47. Pick me! Pick me! I'm already kicking around ideas for my boys' first birthday. Rocketships? Trucks? Trains? Anything cute for twin little boys.

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  48. i'm doing a huge event at the santa anita race track in march the pink parlour..i'll be selling my bows so how about some cute bow shaped cookies to give away to my customers... i'm gonna tweet this too...

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  49. next week is my daughters first birthday so some cute birthday cookies would be a great way to test your shipping :)

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  50. Some St. Patrick's Day cookies would be so fun! You can reach me through my blogger profile.

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  51. Love the cookies! They look great. I would love to get any baby themed cookies or think spring shapes like flowers would be great. My email is sara.buhl at gmail .com

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  52. I'd love to send some engagement cookies to my bff in CT. Rings, hearts, wedding dresses, that sort of thing. :-)

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  53. I am in Kansas city and I would love some sunny spring cookies

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  54. I would love to win some cookies! maybe basketball themed with March madness coming up?
    beth623@gmail.com

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  55. Ooooh, I missed the last one, so I totally wanna enter this one! Umm, we're potty training right now, so how 'bout some potty shaped cookies? (I'm serious! LOL)

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  56. i'm pretty sure a cross country allll the way to FL test shipment is what is necessary to truly know if the cookies are safe. and, i love cookies. and, yours are pretty:)

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  57. I'm a teacher and would love to share some cookies with my co-workers. I'm not sure of all the shapes you have, but apples would be cute. Or pencils! :) STAR testing (CA state test) is coming up soon too, so starts would be fun.
    Really, anything would be great, I'd just love to try some cookies!

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  58. I love sugar cookies. And with Spring hopefully around the corner, some fun Spring themed cookies would be awesome!

    beth.ann.allison@gmail.com

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  59. I'm all the way in Louisiana so that would be a great distance and also test sending cookies to a warmer climate!
    Mardi Gras is coming up that would be a cute theme or Easter cookies.

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  60. I want in! Some ladybug cookies just because!

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  61. All of your cookies look so delicious!

    I don't have any big events right now, but some Spring cookies would be adorable. Birds and flowers, maybe?

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  62. I love me some decorated sugar cookies! Hubby's BIG 40th b-day party is being planned and I think I need some inspirational 80's themed cookies! ;)

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  63. Your stuff always looks SO great!

    Well, I'm working on launching a small line of organic skincare products, so maybe a green leaf or flowers, or your favorite, the lipstick?

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  64. You've got some serious decorating skills, m'dear! Those cookies are really cute!
    No preference on the kind of cookies, I just want to eat some! ;)

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  65. I almost forgot to comment on this post! I saved it and then almost missed the deadline. I would love to see what cute decorative cookies you could come up with.

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  66. Pick me! Since I live in Florida, you could make me flamingos, suns, beach balls, sunglasses or something like that.

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  67. If I win I would like your delectable goodies to be sent to my BFF in Sacramento. She's in need of goodies since they are quite scarce in the boonies.

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  68. Holler for giveaways! I'll eat any cookies you make, but some fun ideas might include beer-shaped cookies for st. patty's day, and/or cabbage and whatever the horrendous food is that people traditionally eat :)

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