Thank you Giveaway!!!

July 27, 2012

When I decided to begin my cookie adventure way back when, I really didn’t know where it would take me. I couldn’t be happier with my decision than I am today. I love the generous, funny, caring and always supportive cookie community that I have been embraced by. I have found fans and supporters and cookiers that have become simply friends!!! I truly have never found people like this anywhere. You are what make my endeavor worthwhile – truly. I am challenged, supported and learn so much from everyone in this community and feel so blessed. So with that being said, I am so excited to finally announce the giveaway I have been working on to say THANK YOU so much for getting me to this point – 2,000 fans!!! I hope you enjoy the sponsors that have generously donated to this giveaway and please, stop by their page or blog and just tell them thank you and that I sent you. I appreciate their donations so much. I am trying Rafflecopter for the first time so bear with me!!! Thanks so much and good luck!!!!

Below are the sweet prizes:

1. The Cupcake Express has donated a $25 store credit based on the printables below

2. Amy Atlas has donated a copy of her book: Sweet Designs

3. Pinafore Lane has donated my favorite : The Baker’s Bracelet

4. Hooked on Hearts has donated a $15 store credit for any crocheted creation you might desire. (She made hats similar to the ones here for my two sons and I love them so much!!!)

5. Ecrandal Handmade copper cutters has graciously donated several copper cutters to the giveaway!!!

6. Fried Green Aprons donated the Apron with the Bluebird print!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

{ 73 comments… read them below or add one }

Felicia Wilhoite Ferrigno July 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

love love love your cookie work and your sponsors!

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admin July 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Thank you so much Felicia!!!!

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Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle July 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Congrats on 2,000! Thanks for the great giveaway…I can not wait to check them all out…some are new to me!

Hugs
Kim
The Cookie Puzzle

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admin July 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Thank you so much Kim!! Great story!!!

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Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle July 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Oh…duh…I just noticed I was supposed to tell you why I bake and how I got started….opps!

I started my cookie adventure during the big snowstorm of 2011 everthing was shut down, and I was stuck in the house for 3 days…so with time on my hands, I decided to give cookies a try, I had been reading cookie blogs for some time…so I baked and decoreated my first batch…and was totally hooked from that moment on!

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Tracy July 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I love to bake because I enjoy the happiness it brings to me and my family. One of my first memories is of helping my grandmother make cookies.

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Mary Ann July 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I have always love baking and now I am baking for all my friends and coworkers. i love to create recently i have been focused on cookies, i think they were meant for me…

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admin July 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I know the feeling MaryAnn!!!

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Claudia Rivera July 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I started cookie decorating early this year and now all I think about are cookies! I love seeing the smiles of the recipients.

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admin July 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Me too Claudia!!!!

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Michele Furry July 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I love all things creative and I love baking, so making decorated iced sugar cookies is perfect for me. Several years ago I made a batch of fall leaf cookies for a friend for a party she was having and had so much fun. The next day I had three calls for cookies for people who had been there and it’s been uphill from there!

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admin July 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Awesome!!! Sounds like you are definitely doing what you were meant to!!!

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Cristin (Pinkie) of Cristin's Cookies July 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Woo-hoo! Congratulations Lorraine! 2,000 is an awesome milestone and you deserve it! Super happy for you and love seeing all your beautiful cookies and wonderful enthusiasm.

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admin July 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Thank you so much Cristin for your sweet comments!!!!

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Claudia Cristina July 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I like to bake because that’s how I show my love. My mom instilled a strong love of tradition and food connects me to my family – deceased and otherwise. Weird, but it’s just how I look at it. Anyway, I love reading your FB updates and am soooo looking forward to this giveaway!! Congratulations, Lorraine!! You deserve it! <3

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admin July 28, 2012 at 5:20 am

Thank you so much Claudia for your sweet post!

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beth zaier July 28, 2012 at 4:40 am

I love to bake with my daughter because it is a bonding experience! I started baking for fun with my mom when I was a little girl, quit for a bit, them started again when I had my daughter.

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Gina July 28, 2012 at 4:50 am

I have always loved to bake, but in the last year I have gotten into decorating cookies and I LOVE it. I can be as creative as I like, then give them away lol!

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Denice M July 28, 2012 at 5:28 am

I am a cake decorator, but have gotten into cookies, love the things you can do with a cookie. Thanks for a chance to win.

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Susan Dobbs July 28, 2012 at 5:40 am

I got into baking 11 years ago when I couldn’t find a bakery to make me my own 3-tier shaped wedding cake cookie for my own wedding…In 2009, after years of baking cookies for friends and family, I went into business selling the cookies that I had the joy and pleasure of making for people. It always warms my heart to give cookies to someone that appreciates them and most importantly, baking these cookies has given me numerous occasions to help raise money for charities and fundraisers. Continue doing what you’re doing Lorraine, and success will follow you anywhere you go. :) Bravo on 2000+ fans!!

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Rosemary Mach July 28, 2012 at 5:56 am

Many years ago I began baking plain sugar cookies for our work lounge. Folks were coming up to me telling me how much they loved my cookies. Years passed until one day I thought I wanted more on those little sweet bites. I discovered a whole new passion and friends once I began this journey. Now my family and friends beg for my sweet delights. I love the simple joy it gives to others when they take a bite. Congrats on hitting 2000 fans, you are well deserving of it.

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Amanda July 28, 2012 at 6:23 am

This is such a great giveaway! Congrats on hitting 2,000 fans, what an amazing accomplishment!! I started baking many many years ago, but didn’t really start doing it often until about 2 1/2 years ago. I love baking because I love being creative and seeing the finished results!

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Emily Richardson July 28, 2012 at 6:23 am

I started baking as a way to save money on our wedding (500 cupcakes was quite a kick in the pants!) and I haven’t stopped since! Thanks for this great giveaway!

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Stacy Hamacher July 28, 2012 at 6:30 am

I remember baking with my mother at the holidays

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Andrea of Bella Cakes July 28, 2012 at 6:36 am

Congrats on your achievements!! We really are so lucky to work in an industry that is so giving and friendly! Best wishes on your continued success!

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Fluffybutt Cookies July 28, 2012 at 6:44 am

Great giveaway and congratulations on reaching over 2000!!!

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Kim (Barefoot n Baking) July 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

I started baking when I was tall enough to reach the stove top. My grandmother taught me most of what I know about baking. When I was 10 or so I knew I wanted to be a baker when I grew up. Now, 30 years later I’m finally doing it.

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Dana July 28, 2012 at 7:36 am

I love to bake because I love being creative and making people happy!

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Cindy July 28, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love to bake because it’s one of my happy places…..you know the place that takes you away from all the drama and stress in your life…..a place where you can simply be happy. Baking does that for me……I wouldn’t be sane without it!

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Dana B July 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

Thanks for doing this giveaway! Congrats on your success, I’m glad you do what you do!

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Lynda July 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

I was lucky to have a mom as well as 2 grandmothers who set a GREAT example of baking. My mom’s specialty was a simple chocolate chip cookie, my maternal gramma made some KICK BUTT brownies and my paternal grandmother was known for her amazing rhubarb pies…..I am a lucky girl!!

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Julia July 28, 2012 at 10:48 am

I mainly started when i became a mom. I love to bake with my kids it’s something I’ve done since they were old enough to help especially during the holidays but i also love to just bake alone it give me time to just relax and zone out from all the craziness that can happen with 4 amazing kids lol. I’m new at this level of “baking” and I want to learn how to make/decorate amazing cookies like yours and other peoples I’ve seen, it’s inspired me and has made me a little obsessive lately but I’m determined to learn little by little along with cake decorating! Thanks for holding this amazing giveaway and Congrats on hitting 2000 fans :)

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Danielle C. July 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

I have just picked up cookie decorating and I’m so excited!!! I’m a SAHM and used to do cakes, but cookies are so much more exciting!!! Congrats on all your fans!!!

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Laurie Anglen July 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

This is an amazing, amazing giveaway, Lorraine! wow! Thanks for the awesome opportunity!!! You are so wonderful!

I have actually not been much of a baker my entire life but finally mastered a sugar cookie that wouldn’t crack your teeth last fall and immediately started on my decorating obsession! It is the BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself. I agree with you. The cookie community makes this such a fun, rewarding and loving place to spend time that I am grateful every single day for it! I’m so glad to have met you through cookies!!! Congratulations, again, on your milestone! It is so very well-deserved!

~cookie bliss (laurie)

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admin July 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Thank you Laurie!!! So glad I met you!!!

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Heather July 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I love to bake because it calms me on a bad day and people smile more when eating homemade desserts. I got started when I really wanted to make good Santa cookies with the kids and they came out horrible so I vowed to learn the right way.

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Carroll's Cookies n Crumbs July 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I enjoy baking memories . . . One cookie at a time. Congrats on 2000! Your designs are certainly crowd pleasers.

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admin July 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Thank you so much Carroll’s Cookies n Crumbs!!!

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Tiffani Davenport July 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I started baking when I was little. I didn’t like commercial hard cookies and stale cakes so i made my own..now I bake with my girls and its a great bonding time!!

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admin July 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Sounds like a great motivator Tiffani!!!!

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The Baked Equation July 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I love your website! So cute! I love the creative side of baking & the perks of people trying different flavors they might not have tried before.

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admin July 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Thank you so much The Baked Equation!!!!

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Sandie July 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm

What an giveaways!! I wish I had facebook for additional entries (at least for this), but I can’t bring myself to sign up. Oh well… Maybe my one little entry will have good luck?!

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Mandy C. July 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

I have been baking since I was a kid and I do it because I enjoy it and I love serving my food to others!

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Shannon July 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

I started baking years ago when my children were little. Over the last 9 months I have taken cookies more seriously and I’m loving it. Especially when I get to give them to unexpecting recipients.

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Joanne DeWald July 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

baked since i was 12. loved watching my mom bake growing up.

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Mandy T July 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

I love baking wheat free and dairy free cupcakes that everyone can enjoy! Now I’m just waiting for the Food Cottage Law to pass in WI so I can start my business : )

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Jackie @ Just Add Milk July 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

Congrats on such a great milestone!!!! You do beautiful work!!!!

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Rebecca July 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

Hi Lorraine,
Thanks for the fun giveaway!! I got hooked on cookieing around Valentines when I came across some cute little hearts by Glorious Treats. Before that all my baking consisted of homemade pies and squares because actually rolling and cutting cookie dough totally intimidated me.

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Jackie @ Just Add Milk July 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

I love to offer others freshly baked goods that are both delicious and beautiful! It’s great to make another person’s day special with a hand made creation. I got started when I was a teenager, but have become more serious in the last year, when I set out to make my niece a set of Tinkerbell Wand Cookie favors.

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Maria McDonald July 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

Baking is amazing!! I love starting with a bunch of ingredients and turning them into something to be enjoyed and savored! :) And there is nothing like cookies fresh out of the oven! :) I have been baking for as long as I can remember and over the years have baked for family, friends, charity, clubs, support groups, and one group of guys that is dear to my hear…the recruiters at our local USMC station. :) (I have 2 Marines and all their friends can’t wait for the “cookie mom” boxes to show up! :) And congrats on 2000!!! :) And thank you!!!

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Michelle M. July 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

What a wonderful giveaway!

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Molly Nowak July 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Long time fan! Congratulations on 2000!!!

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Heather S. July 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I love to bake because it fills the need to share with other people. There is no greater satisfaction than the look on someones face when they bite into the perfect (or not so perfect) bit of sugary goodness. I also love the challenge of turning a cookie into something people declare as to beautiful to eat…then get to watch them devour it.

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Sophia Maounis July 30, 2012 at 12:03 am

2000 congratulations!!! And here’s to 2000 more!!!

As for baking, it basically all started watching and reading all you talented ladies do your magic. Before I knew it I was addicted to pans, icing bottles and wet-on-wet! Now everything translates into cookies for me. You ladies are all amazing!

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Kathy Kmonk (Cakes On The Lane) July 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

Congratulations on reaching over 2000 on your facebook page! And, thank you for helping me to reach that goal also. I really appreciated your help.

How did I get started in this crazy world of cookies? I worked as a cookie decorator for Cookies by Design for almost four years. Before taking that job I had no experience at all with cake or cookie decorating…never even held a pastry bag in my hand. My job interview was to decorate two cookies. I did it! and I got the job. Due to some shenanigans going on on the corporate level, and health reasons the woman who owned the store was forced to close her doors. Unable to find a job I decided to put all that I learned on the job into my own business. That was three years ago. Since then I’ve learned so much from so many wonderfully talented gals on the internet. The cookie and caking communities are so wonderful. So many folks willing to share their knowledge and experience with everyone else. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

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Bere Osornio July 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

Felicidades, excelente manera de festejar. Congratulations

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Kate H July 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I love to bake because everything tastes delicious afterwards! Well, unless I add to much of something (or too little), which I do occasionally if I’m splitting a recipe in half or doubling it. I started baking around 9 years old so for about 5 years, unfortunately I still make as much a mess now as I did then. My goal is to become a cupcake/cake maker/decorator and go to the culinary/baking school in Chicago. And since my mom is a huge time cookier she’ll be able to make cookies to go with my cakes, and if I somehow win this giveaway I’ll be giving everything to her :)
Oh and congratulations 2,000 fans!

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melody james July 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I bake because it’s a create outlet for me. I find it relaxing, yet stressful…in a “good” sort of way, LOL!

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Teresa Klingensmith July 31, 2012 at 3:38 am

Congrats on the 2000 fans, Lorraine!! I’ve been a fan since I joined to community last December. I love baking and decorating and learning from you and the other wonderful friends I’ve made here!! ♥

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Sue {munchkin munchies} July 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Congrats on 2000, Lorraine! This is only the beginning:)

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Michelle Dukes July 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Congrats Lorraine!!
I’ve always baked for friends & family for Christmas. They would tell me, “you should do this as a buisness”. I always laughed it off saying, “well then it would be work and I wouldn’t like it”. lol So far, I like it. lol I was an art major in school but I never thought my canvas would be a cookie!!
Michelle

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Rhonda Petty August 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I have loved baking as long as I can remember. I used to make cookies with my mom. Special memories.

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Kim R August 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I love to bake because cookies take me to my “happy place”! Congrats on 2000!!

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Pam S August 5, 2012 at 5:09 am

Happy 2000! My Grandson, Vinny is now two years old, and I LOVE his reaction when he comes to visit “Grammy” and I give him a cookie decorated especially for him. I can’t wait till we can bake and decorate cookies together.

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Kimberly (Sweet Creations) August 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Great giveaway girlfriend!!!!

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CookiesMommy August 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

i super love to bake cookies, it make me feel so happy thanks for your giveaway!!!

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Jeannette @ Sweet Dough August 7, 2012 at 6:10 am

Congrats my sweet friend on reaching this amazing milestone…and so many more to come!!!

I love baking so much that 5 years ago I decided to quit my corporate job and go back to college to study “Baking and Pastry”. Soon after that, I started baking cookies for my family and friends and well…the rest is history and Sweet Dough was born…I love love what I do!!!

Thanks for the giveaway, XOXO

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admin August 7, 2012 at 6:21 am

Thank you sweet Jeannette!!! I love your story and so happy I met you!!!!

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Natasha Mcknight August 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thank you for your inspiration!!

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nina August 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

I don’t bake. I’m an admirer.

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Shery Baird August 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I took a cake decorating class and got the baking fever. I have also try some cookies and look forward to what the future holds

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Em August 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I love to bake cause I love to eat sweets!! i got started as a little kid, and still going strong!!!

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