Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Skulls and Skeletons

So...I like to have money. And I like cookie cutters. It's a tricky business combing those two things, really. A few days ago, I was looking at a clearance rack of a local store. They had the usual textbooks from 2 years ago, expired bread, random candles in scents that NO ONE wants to smell....and then I found some cookie cutters! Well, really, it was one cookie cutter but there were 3 of them. To make this find even more exciting, let me just tell you that in the year I've lived in Korea, I have only seen 5 or 6 cookie cutters. So, you know, this was a big deal to me. It was a cookie cutter. And it was on clearance. Forget about the fact that it was a tulip cutter, and I have no immediate reason to make tulips. None of that mattered. It was a cookie cutter, and I was actually touching it. At a store. And I wasn't dreaming. So I did what any normal person would do and I bought one. And then, I did what any normal cookie making person would do and I bought the other two.

And then I dropped the cutter on the floor while trying to keep my little girl from crawling out of the cart. And it landed upside down. And the world of possibilities opened wide. And it became my new Halloween girly skull cutter.


****** GIVEAWAY CLOSED *******

And then I decided to give away the other two cutters. And a tiny little whisk. Because -- HELLO! It's tiny. That makes it adorable. And you want one.  So, because this is just a little giveaway (little -- get it?) you only have 3 days to enter. Leave me a comment telling me the best thing you've ever found on clearance. Or your favorite color. Or the best thing to serve with a grilled cheese sandwich. Just make sure I can contact you and leave your comment before midnight Pacific Standard time on Saturday, September 3, 2011.

Oooh. I forgot to add that there will be two winners. Each winner will get one cutter and one whisk and my children's fingerprints all over the package. 

63 comments:

Jessica said...

It was quite a surprise for me to learn that there is an apparent shortage of cookie cutters in Korea! I am glad you were able to find some tho AND a way to totally use them for Halloween cookies! Personally I love a hot bowl of tomato soup with my grilled cheese sandwich :)
Jess @ oceansidedaydreams.webs.com

Tammie said...

I also love cookie cutters so I understand how you feel! I one time found a whole set of flower cutters on a clearance and of course they came home with me! Love you pictures!

Lorraine said...

I love your story and the giveaway. The best thing I got on clearance was a BABYSTYLE blue with white polka dot satin maternity top that was originally $70. I got it for $7 dollars. If I still had it I would give it to you. I love these cookies too! I hope I can win! Lorraine @ Lorraine's cookies - email- salome78@aol.com

stam said...

Bandalino heels for $15! Blue! Fountain soda! :) can be reached at notstam /at/ gmail..... :)

Katie of Katie Creating said...

Best thing I ever found on clearance... also cookie cutters. I was at michaels and there on the clearance shelf was the wilton set of 3 graduation cutters. And it was marked .75. Pumped. But what makes it better is I got to the register, and it rang up for a PENNY!!!! Deal of a century! 3 cookie cutters for a penny!

Heidi said...

I absolutely love your blog. You are hilarious! The best thing I ever got on clearance....well, I don't really remember. But my favorite color is blue & purple. And the best thing with grilled cheese is tomato soup, of course! Email is heidi2277@comcast.net

Mosiphine said...

Ok I love any oppourtunity to bargain brag! Just today I got a Cricut Cake machine plus accesories, full price it all would have cost $600.00, but I scored it all for $50.00! I'm so excited!!
Mosiphine @ gmail . Com

Erin Anners said...

The best thing I ever found on clearance might be the $100 birks that I got for $20 when I was in college. Or maybe the $15 pajamas I got my son for $3 last year (did I mention it was a mix-and-match set with 4 pieces). Or maybe the $160 Aero bed I got for $30. I don't know that I have a best-of list, but maybe I should make one because shop clearance A LOT! Anyway. I'm always up for winning something.

Chuck said...

Love the girly skulls! Best thing I ever got "on clearance" was actually given to me for free. I worked as a designer for a commercial interior design firm (I designed workstation cubicles & office spaces), and we were moving to a new space with all new furniture. The owner just gave me some components from my workstation (high-end stuff) -- some nice filing drawers on wheels, an awesome bean-shaped table on wheels that I use as a crafting table, and a really cool perforated metal partition that you can hang stuff on, like whiteboards, corkboards, filing trays, etc. Score! Best way to eat a grilled cheese is make it Italian -- use sliced mozzarella & sundried tomatoes, butter it, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Serve with quickie Italian tomato cheese soup -- can of tomato soup, can of cheese soup, can of water & Italian seasoning. YUM! skucera@gmail.com

Stacy said...

BTW, the comment above was not from Chuck (my husband)...I was accidentally signed in on his account, LOL.

Marguerite said...

Great story. My favorite color is charcoal gray. Veronika_79@yahoo.com

Samantha said...

I found an AMAZING red dressa t Banana Republic originally $120 for $13 on clearance. It was the last one and in my size. I LOVE it and people always ask me where I go it :)

Cute cookies! I love the clever girly skulls :)

<3 Samantha

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I got a whole bunch of stuff at William-Sonoma (like, 4 different things) for under $25 recently at their sale. I was so giddy at that purchase!

My email is crazyforcrustblog (at) gmail (dot) com

Chris said...

I love the skulls and skeletons! So the best thing I got on clearance....a pair of jeans for $1.97. Seriously! I couldn't believe it. It was such a good deal that I bought both my sisters and my daughter each a pair. I didn't want to try them on in the store so I bought 2 different sizes because I wasn't sure what size would fit. I love clearance sales!!!

Felicia Ferrigno said...

I love the fact that you bought all three cutters in a shape you thought you wouldnt need. That is JUST what i would do! I always buy all the after Christmas cutter, to "use on gift packages" the next year, but my gift list has whittled down to hubby and kids, my siblings and my inlaws! They already have all those from me! I think they give them back to me over the next year in my presents! I LOVE your Halloween tulips. I try to make santas out of different shaped cutters. Maybe a tulip Santa?

Kim The Cookie Puzzle said...

I scored TONS of Christmas decorations, ornaments, swags, cookie cutters, cookie bags, cookie trays, bows, bags and tons of other stuff at Hobby Lobby last year for 90% OFF! I loaded up 3 shopping carts! I was weeks after Christmas, so I packed it all away, it will be a suprise when I unpack it this year to see what I got!

The A Team said...

Just yesterday I got a mattress pad on clearance at macys! Woohoo!
383.Richards@gmail.com

CorazonableCreations said...

I love the color pink!
My most exciting clearance purchase I've made was a $140 pair Michael Kors heels for only $35.
Best way to eat a grilled cheese is with a nice creamy tomato soup =)

Stephanie said...

The best thing to serve with grilled cheese is another grilled cheese.

Grilled cheese might happen to be one of my favorite foods and it is a crime to only eat one.

Also, love how you used the cookie cutter differently!

Anonymous said...

Very cute... I would have never thought of that. The best thing i good on clearance was the 12 Christmas mini cookie cutters for 50cents...and the best thing to serve grilled cheese is with Mac and cheese and broccoli...yum.

blink1217 said...

The best thing I found on sale was a coat that was $400 marked down to $25 :) I love me a good deal!

drsnawab at gmail dot com

Het Thuisproject said...

I've bought my little girl an adorable nightgown with a teeny tiny one with it for her baby doll for 2 euro. She loved it!
(email: thuisproject@gmail.com)

Deanna said...

Love, love, love the girly skeletons!! Outrageously cute!! Favorite color...Azure Blue. Best deal...two antique porch rockers for $15! (email: dswito@yahoo.com)

Susie said...

I'm still fawning over the black cookies which I made into cookies for my daughters team (black white and purple are their colors) and can I say they rock!? You opened up a whole new world to me. And I discovered if I bleach my teeth while I make them I won't eat all your chocolate cookie dough!

Suzi said...

Cookie cutters are like puppies...they are all cute no matter their shape or size:)

"How much is that cookie cutter in the window?
The one that's shaped like a snail
How much is that cookie cutter in the window?
I do hope that cutter's for sale"

Suzi said...

OOOpps email...suzisweet88@aol.com

Michelle said...

Oh....adorable cookies! Those would be good for our girly themed pirate party we are planning for my almost 7 year old. I once found a Wii remote on clearance for a quarter...crazy, right! You know I snatched that up. :)

Glora said...

You are SO creative. I would have NEVER come up with these! Awesome job! My favorite clearance deal was a darling little sweater dress for my daughter for 50 cents. Seriously 50 cents. I was in heaven!!!! Hugs- Glora

me(at)glorajean(dot)com

Aurora mama de Jordan said...

I found the most amazing pair of shoes!!! their original price was over $150 and I got them for 25!!! and it's not like they look like from two seasons ago, no!!! they are something you can wear proud!!!

Mel said...

I love clearances and I love pink !

I also love love love your cookies. They are too cute !

Eli said...

I am totally in love with your blog! I'm not sure how I stubmled upon it - but so glad I did!

The best thing I bought on clearance would have to be almost of all of my kids christmas presents for this upcoming christmas. Took advantage of the 75% off toy clearance and stocked up on over $400 worth of toys for $85.00. Now I'm pretty much ready for the holidays and even have stuff to spare for the occasional kids birthday party here and there!

My email is edible.elegance@yahoo.com

reindeergal said...

What a funny story! I know what you mean about being excited to find something. I just got a cookbook on an auction site that I had listed on my wishlist on a book site. It was over $30 on the book site, I got it for 25 cents and $3 book-rate shipping. I was very happy!

Susan said...

my favorite color is red!
love these cookies, so cute- my sister is hosting a book club for World War Z (z for Zombie) how about a zombie cookie next!? :-)

*Susan
http://soozind.blogspot.com

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

You are so creative. I have that same tulip cutter and all I've ever done with it is make tulip cookies. Seriously, I would have never thought to create this adorable girlie skeleton with it.

jrzuber said...

My favorite colors are green and pink and I am soo happy I found your blog a few months ago! :)

jrzuber said...

And my email is jrzuber@hotmail.com. :)

Wendy5420 said...

It also looks a bit like a bunny rabbit! (The cutter, I mean.)

Chandler said...

I once got a coat for $7 that was originally $80 because the tag was torn.

Renee said...

Grilled cheese are best with a glass of Wild Cherry Pepsi and sunchips!! :)
So glad you were able to find some cookie cutters...I'm totally addicted to finding them and can't imagine not being able to do so!!

Renee D
osuwife@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite color is blue and purple, and green. And I love to hunt for clearance stuff...
Thank you for giveaway,
Tatyana
sunnyfarm at inbox dot ru

Connie Babe said...

my favorite color is maroon...i like grilled cheese best when someone else cooks it for me...my favorite thing to find on clearance is..everything!

PLEPOMA said...

I am adicted to bargin hunting. Can't pick a "best deal"
Favorite color is RED.
Love you humor.
plepoma@aol.com

cattails said...

I LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches and a glass of milk. Just talking about it makes me want them.
On sale or clearance applies to just about everything I buy. If it's not on sale, it's not for me.
jackie
cattails100@hotmail.com

Kerry Phillips said...

I would love to make these cute girly skulls for the girls on my block for halloween!! So here goes...The best thing I found on clearance was an Ed Hardy backpack at Ross' for $12.99(actually my wonderful hubby spotted it!) I use it for Zumba! My favorite color at the moment is BLACK (cause it makes me look skinner...LoL) and the best thing to serve with a grilled cheese sandwich is Hot Cocoa (my grandpa used to make it for me for breakfast)
*fingers crossed* Kerry Phillips
kerryphillips@live.com

Courtney L said...

My favorite color is pinkgreenbrown. Cuz I don't have one favorite.

courtneyelizabeth_90@yahoo.com

Andrea said...

Grilled cheese is best with chili. My high school used to serve the BEST grilled cheese and chili. I miss it so much! I can't wait till my son is old enough to go to school so I can have a mother/son lunch day just so I can experience some of the good food again lol. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! My email is cheyenne_katal@yahoo.com

Elain Ponce De Leon said...

I found the cutest little pink fuzzy leg warmers on clearance for $1. They were size 0-3 months so they didn't last very long but they were the cutest things ever!
And my favorite color is pink.
And my favorite thing to eat with a grilled cheese sandwich is either potato salad or kimchi!
LOVE your girley skull!!
poncedeleonfamily at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

I love your writing, it makes me smile every time! And the best thing to go with a grilled cheese (other than ANOTHER grilled cheese) is tomato soup. Mystery solved!
And my best buy on clearance were single cupcake boxes. They were from a holiday gone by, regularly $1, on sale for 90% off, yes 90% off!! Really? 10 cents?? I still have a HUGE bag of them, waiting to be filled with cookies of course! lol

I'm Michelle at:
thecookiecutters@rochester.rr.com

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. It makes me laugh. You live in Korea ? No cookie cutters , why ? Favorite color : purple. Toasted cheese and baked beans for me. I would have never thought to make a skull out of a tulip cutter, thanks. lputm@hotmail.com

Linzy said...

OMG! I love love love them! Girl you are rockin out the adorable cookies lately!

Kimberly Armstrong said...

I am a sucker for the chocolate molds, cookie cutters too, really anything that has to do with baking. Cookie cutters are not just for cookies either, my kids love to open their lunch boxes at school and find their sandwiches in all sorts of different shapes :)

ladyteej said...

I like anything that deals with cookies and cookie packaging (scrapbooking supplies are good for this). Tomato soup is a great combination with grilled cheese.

ladyteej@hotmail.com

Malinda said...

I would love to send you some cookie cutters. I so enjoy your blog and you are such a great artist. Send me a address and I will send you a little thank you box of cutters. Really

CookieD-oh said...

Dill pickle slices. For grilled cheese, not on clearance.
gsmith66@me.com

Jennifer said...

I adore clearance items, i try to never pay full price for anything (although that doesn't always work.) I think these little skulls are adorable! Plus you crack me up!

my email is jennifer@memorablemomentseventplanning.com

Keisha said...

You are a genius!! And I must win this cookie cutter because those are the cutest freaking cookies ever! I gotta say...I kinda forget about the clearance bins :o/ I did score a $40 coat for $9 at old navy last year LOL
Keisha keisharoo@gmail.com

Jei said...

I would love to get this. It will br an awesome project for me and my sister to do together. She is 12 and I am loving every moment I sound with her teaching her how to bake. Jeioaliza@gmail.com

Chiquis said...

This will be great for my little sister dance team Chiquis.me@gmail.com

donna said...

first of all, you so totally keep me laughing so hard with your comments. we HAVE to be sisters from another father! lol!
next, just go ahead and proclaim me as winner winner of the next set! i am probably the newest member of the "cookie cutter-holic club"! haha! example: i go into a local store thinking i don't have "enough" fall sugar colors,sprinkles, etc., cookie cutters, etc....you know how it goes. well, i come home and discover i probably have more of those things than i do of easter and christmas COMBINED! well, guess who better get around to a better organizational system and soon? hmmm? so yes, i NEED your give-away b/c 1) i don't have that and 2) it would fit in with my granddaughter's second halloween theme. she loves pink and i think pink bows on top of the skulls would be adorable for her! just sayin'.
as for grilled cheese - we love pickles with ours and being from the south, 'tater chips. lol!

Kati said...

OHH!!! Love these girly skulls!!! Best "deal" I have ever gotten is any drug store deal where they pay me! HA! :) My absolute favorite color is RED....anything and everything RED! I would love this cutter!! My email is katiskookies (at)gmail.com

Amanda Seevers said...

i one time found a gorgeous cake stand :)
seeversa@gmail.com

Alexis said...

The best thing I ever found on clearance was cookie cutters! I was at michaels and the graduation 3 pack of Wilton cutters was marked to 34 cents so I got super excited. Then when the cashier rang them up they came out to a penny!! A PENNY!! For 3 cutters!!!! So I forced my mom to buy the other set. Even though my brother and I are done with college and there is no need for her. How could you not!?!? So that was my best deal ever. Obviously I'm excited since I wrote a novel here. Sorry :)

Brittani said...

I just came across this post and had to share! The tulip cutter used is a little different but with a quick cut it should work just fine. http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/blog/2011/09/pinterest-cookie-d-owl-cookies/

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