A Night at the Museum… and a giveaway!

Joplin Museum Complex

Joplin Museum Complex

If you think museums are all about dead people and really old things you might be wrong. Husband and I visited a museum last week and found things about us and our cookie cutter business. We have been feeling a little old lately, but definitely not dead.

You are probably dying to know more about the museum, right? The Joplin Museum Complex is located in Joplin, Missouri. A portion of the museum complex contains The National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum. The cookie cutter museum section is bright and cheerful and for some reason it feels like home.  The museum was created by The National Cookie Cutter Collectors club and last Wednesday they had an open house… and we went.  Yes, it was a workDAY and yes, storm warnings were posted for hail and tornadoes, but sometimes we do wild and crazy things.

Enormous girl cookie cutter

Enormous girl cookie cutter with Leecia Bloss.

Why?  Well, a couple of years ago we donated a huge gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutter set and an Enormous Gingerbread Man to the museum and things just didn’t seem right. I mean, who is at the museum at night to keep enormo boy in line? We simply had to take the chance, we had to deliver the matching enormous girl cookie cutter and the open house seemed like the perfect time.

We like the cookie cutter museum and it was fun to go when other cookie cutter loving people were there. We even got free cookies and a free cookie cutter!  If you are ever near Joplin, MO you should definitely take time to visit the museum. The museum complex is nice and the Cookie Cutter Museum is wonderful. There’s even a basket of free cookie cutters in front of the display and you get to select the one you want.

For those of you that are interested, but live in exotic places or lands far away from Joplin, MO here is your chance to see the cookie cutter museum. HINT: If you want to see the photos better, click on them… and they will grow. To get back to the blog, click your back button.

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

 

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

CopperGifts.com huge and enormous gingerbread cookie cutters

CopperGifts.com huge and enormous gingerbread cookie cutters are sold individually or in pairs. The enormous gingerbread woman fit perfectly into her new home at the museum, and now I can’t help but think other gingerbread boy/girl sets need to be in that case too.  We also have a giant set that measures about 9-1/2 inches tall and a large set that measures 7.5 inches.


If you would like to leave a comment on this blog, the comment box is up top, under the title. All comments are entered to win a free cookie cutter of choice, $16 value or less. One winning name will be drawn on October 14th, 2014. The winner will be announced here and by email.  The Winner of this drawing is Beth Trieloff! Thank you for your comments!

Peace, love and sweet cookie cutter dreams,

Cookie decorated to look like me.

Beth Braman

A Joyful Baby Baptism, a Cross Cupcake Cake and Cookies!

My first grandchild was born this year, in March, but I already told you about that. Last weekend we witnessed our first infant baptism, the baptism of our granddaughter. Our 6 month old granddaughter enjoyed every moment of her baptism, making it a joyful experience for all.

Baby Baptism 2014

A Joyful Baby Baptism!

Cross Cupcake Cake

Cross Cupcake Cake

After the baptism ME (short for son and daughter-in-law) had their first big party at their new home.

September in Texas meant the pool could be used, so tables were set up inside and out and a caterer provided sliced beef tacos. Family members contributed food, one of my friends sent decorated sugar cookies (details below), there was a chocolate fountain and a cupcake table by ME’s friend, Rosie.

Rosie made over 100 cupcakes and topped them with pink chocolate crosses and baby’s name. If you are interested in making a cross cupcake holder here are the specifics for Rosie’s creation. The up/down portion of the cross was an 8 x 26-inch rectangle. The cross arms were 5-1/2 inch squares that were cut separately and attached to the sides of the large rectangle. The finished size of the cupcake cross holder measured 19 x 26-inches and it was large enough to hold at least 38 cupcakes.

Beautiful sugar cookies were provided by Roberta Crowley of Crowley’s Cookies. These cookies were used for party favors and were handed out to guests as they left the party. The guests were amazed by Bobbi’s cookie creations – they left the party with a sweet treasured keepsake, oops! I mean, a beautiful edible cookie.

Baptism cookies

Baptism cookies by CrowleyCookies.com, cookie cutters by CopperGifts.com

 

Baptism cupcakes

Baptism cupcakes

Thank you for reading, if you would like to leave a comment the box is up top, under the title. All comments are entered to win a free cookie cutter of choice, $16 value or less. One winning name will be drawn on October 7th, 2014.  The winner is Nicole Lopez!  Thank you all for your comments!

Baby girl with balloons

Baby girl with balloons.

  Peace, love and sweet cookie dreams, Beth Braman

I Love Candy Jars, Cookies and a giveaway!

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I saw a dreamy photo of candy jars in a Christmas magazine. The candy jars were filled with red and white candy and I loved that photo! I wanted to do something similar, but I had a limited budget. This was before online shopping, so the local hunt was on for candy jars. At the time, I still had three children at home, but I searched our local shops, flea markets and antique stores.  I found a few candy jars and several inexpensive fruit jars. I filled them with candy and decorated my fireplace mantle with seasonal candy. My children thought this was a great idea!  I did my best to convince them the candy was not for eating and eventually they almost forgot about candy and everything was good… but I still wanted candy jars, then later, larger apothecary jars. If you are wondering – yes, there is a giveaway with this post, see details below.

Summer candy jars

Summer candy jars

Our town is very small, so we have to travel for specialty items. In my 20-25 year quest, I’ve found candy jars in antique malls, flea markets, antique fairs, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx and various gift stores in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. In recent years I’ve purchased a few, lovely, old, apothecary jars from eBay and newer jars from online stores, see list at the bottom of this article.

Summer Candy Jars

My summer candy jar display and it’s reflection.

If you like pretty jars, but don’t want the candy, no problem, you can display anything you want.  Some of my jars have plastic rims, at first I didn’t like the plastic, but then I realized they work best for crackers, pretzels, cereal, etc. The candy jars in my home office are filled with dog treats and the jars in our bathroom have cotton balls, Q-tips and pretty bars of soap.  The extra large candy jar I put in my son’s office got filled with computer parts and cords, not my thing, but he likes that he can see what’s inside.  See source list below for candy jars and candy.

Candy Jar cookies by Roberta Crowley

Candy jar cookies by Roberta Crowley

CopperGifts.com 6186

CopperGifts.com 6186

Have you seen the candy jar cookie cutters on the CopperGifts.com website?  Here is our newest candy jar cookie cutter, item 6186. The pretty cookies were decorated by Roberta Crowley of Crowley Cookies. Bobbi is located in Norfolk, MA, and she is excellent at shipping cookies!

 

List of places to purchase candy jars.

Online:

Save-on-Crafts.com

CandyWarehouse.com

KoyalWholesale.com

eBay.com

Amazon.com

Stores:

Hobby Lobby Stores

TJ Maxx

Homegoods

Antique Malls & Flea Markets

List of places to purchase candy online.

CandyWarehouse.com

BulkCandyStore.com

eBay.com

Amazon.com

Suggestions for decorating with candy jars

25 DIY Apothecary Jars – What to Fill?

Giveaway details: To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post about candy, candy jars, cookie cutters or cookies, your chances of winning are great because this blog is new!  To post a comment go to the top of this story and find the title. Under the title is the word “comment”, click and write. The winner will be chosen at random on September 24, 2014. Prize will be a cookie cutter of choice from the CopperGifts.com website. Value $16 or less.

Cheryl Z was the winner of the free cutter, thank you for your comments on this post.

Peace, love and sweet cookie dreams,

Beth

 

Gift Ideas for the Elderly… and a giveaway!

When you are young you never think about being too old to shop, but guess what? It happens.  My Mom is in her 90′s, she lives alone and has daily help. My husband and I live very close, so we help her with weekly shopping trips, visits to the doctor, lawn care, home repair, etc.  Buying gifts for Mom can be difficult, but thankfully she still loves pink!

All year, I think about birthday and Christmas gifts for her.  She used to be happy with a new dress, but now I can’t find one she likes. She’s not really picky, she just has her must haves… soft knit, sleeves, not low neck, not form fitting, no dark colors and two pockets in the front, not in the side seam. She tells me not to worry about her dresses, she will just wear what she has, but I’m still looking. She needs help buying shoes and purses – I’m good at that, but when Christmas or her birthday rolls around, I have to have several gift ideas because family members want recommendations.  My Mom is interested in: The Bible, books in large print, books on CD, Dr. Oz, organic and healthy home cooked food, the Food Network and vitamins.  I search for specialty food for her online and when I go out of town. She likes foods that are natural or low in sodium and fat, so Trader Joe’s is always on my list when we go to Kansas City or Dallas.

Here is my suggested list of gift ideas for the elderly, if you have more suggestions, please share them in the comments.

  • Time: When people get into their 80′s or 90′s they don’t have a lot of remaining friends. They appreciate notes, visits and phone calls.
  • When you visit, plan to cook a meal and eat with them.
  • Take her out for a drive or ice cream and ask if she needs anything while you are out.
  • Offer to help with the mail, write a letter, or address Christmas cards.
  • A book of postage stamps would be a nice gift.
  • If you sew, check to see if they have anything that needs to be mended.
  • If they have a hobby, offer to get supplies.  Chances are, they don’t know how to surf the web.
  • Listen to them. If they are alert enough to tell stories, you might want to write a few down. My Mom was born in a house in the country, in Missouri, in 1920. Her family did not have eletricity, a car or a telephone. Oh my!
  • Maybe they are low on money – Do you have enough money saved to live into your 90′s?  I don’t and neither does my Mom.  Every month is a struggle for her.  Maybe you could offer to help with utilities, cable or the phone bill.
  • My Mom would love a gift card to Walmart.  Our town is small, so Walmart is her happy shopping place – they have magic carts to ride in. She takes a magnifying glass with her so she can read food labels and prices.
  • My Mom still  likes to feed the birds in the winter, so bird seed or suet makes her happy.
  • She has a boatload of photos and her walls are covered, but she still enjoys new photos.  Keep it simple and large enough for her to see. If you give a photo in a frame, plan to hang it on the wall for her.
  • Reading: At this age vision can be a problem, so if you buy a book, make sure it’s not too heavy and the print is large. If you get an audible book, make sure she has a way to listen. We tried a Kindle, but she couldn’t operate, we got her a basic mobile phone and she likes it!  She keeps her phone in one of those mandatory dress pockets.

    Grandma's old checkbook

    Mom on the cart at Walmart with her old checkbook

 

 

 

Mom’s 94th birthday will be October 17th.  She’s needed a new wallet for ages, but she loved her old one and didn’t want to give it up. It was worn and soft and included a checkbook cover with attached ink pen holder. The wallet finally gave out and she let me take a photo of the remaining checkbook cover. Geez, it was time!

 

 

This year, my birthday gift for her was easy! I found a pink wallet at Macy’s – on sale AND it’s lightweight, except for the gold pull that I may have to switch.Pink wallet

I couldn’t find a wallet with checkbook and ink pen holder, because – well you know, most people use debit cards these days.  Mom doesn’t approve. ;)

So, I searched the web for a checkbook with an ink pen holder. I looked on Amazon, eBay and Etsy and I purchased the ones below.

Pink checkbooks

Pink checkbooks

 

This one has to be for Mom.

Pink checkbook cover with ink pen holder

Pink checkbook cover with ink pen holder

The stripe one with the letter “B”  -  is mine!pink wallet 3

And, the remaining Scottie dog checkbook cover could be yours!  

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win!

Click on the word “comment” up top under the title of this article to leave a comment.

If you prefer a CopperGifts.com mini size cookie cutter, tell me which one you want in your comment ($10 value or less).

If you have additional gift ideas for the elderly, share them in your comment. I may add them to my list.

Winner will be chosen, at random, from all comments, on Monday evening, September 8th, 2014.

Beth Braman