1.21.2012

Valentine Ideas and Sweet Giveaways!

home-made cookies, love notes & bouquets
Each year, Susie bakes and decorates Valentine cookies for family members. 
How do I get one? 
 
Susie in baking mode.  Am I really this short?
She hangs them on branches in her living room.  
Tips from Susie:  
Make plenty of extra cookies - they get eaten up quickly! Any rolled sugar cookie recipe will do - I think I usually use a Martha Stewart version
Use a straw to "punch" holes in the unbaked cookie so you have a place to tie your ribbons. I have been collecting ribbons for the tree for years - I clean and reuse them every year. The quince branches are usually purchased from Urban Gardener (local florist).
The icing is a royal icing recipe - egg whites and powdered sugar - 
again from a Martha Stewart recipe. I use red food coloring in different amounts to achieve different shades of pink/red. Sometimes I use a purplish color to mix it up!
Thanks, Susie...may I have this one?

We need these to copy Susie's designs...
People you care about will appreciate a 
simple statement card from REDSTAR Ink
 The cards are hand-made on heavy stock  (set of eight). 
My friend, Claire has the one I gave her on her bulletin board.
My husband knows that I like all white flowers 
(love that guy and his Costco flowers)
 
but this simple arrangement makes me happy, too, OR
these dark pink dahlias with a touch of dark purple are pretty Valentine's Day bouquets.

WANT  to WIN two darling box sets 
of note cards and the cookie cutters?

Just like REDSTAR Ink on Facebook, and follow me
 here or like me on Facebook.  

Leave a comment below
 for each entry to be counted in the drawing with your email address 
(open to US and Canadian residents until 1/29).

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48 comments:

  1. How adorable, and creative! I am going to try this. I am already your Facebook friend!
    Have a nice day, and thanks for sharing.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  2. Liked Classic Casual Home on FB!

    What a lovely giveaway!

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  3. I am already a follower of your blog and love it!

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  4. What a fun giveaway. I don't "do: facebook but please put my name in for the drawing. Thank you. Those cookies are really cute and so creative.

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  5. A fabulous and creative idea to tell someone that they are special to you.I'm not using Facebook, but I would like to be in the draw please.Warm regards

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  6. Paul says there is no such thing as EXTRA cookies! :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing these great Valentine ideas. The cookies are so cute! I am now friends with you on Facebook.

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  8. Wow! Susie is a master at Valentine cookies! Love them and your sweet pink rannuculas. I need to add a touch of Vday to my home. Next weekend I plan on doing some fun things with my granddaughter!! red, pin and hearts here I come!!! I am a follower and love your blog. xo Kathysue

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  9. I love the monogrammed cookies tied onto the quince branches... It's so festive. I love valentine decorations! So happy you had snow in mammoth!!
    Xo
    Annie

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  10. I am a follower and thanks for the invite to follow Redstar. I will definitely be ordering. I love your cookie tree. I recently made a "wish" tree for a friend.

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  11. Oh those cookies and presentation are just adorable! How fun, I have to remember this for Valentine's Day!!
    Thank you for offering this giveaway, Mary Ann! I like both you and Red Star Ink on facebook (plus I adore you blog, of course!!)

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  12. How sweet! So adorable! I love the cookies! I think I should do something like that w/ the kids.

    Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie.

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    PS: You look so beautiful on that picture!

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  13. I guess it is all about Valentines now!!!!
    Love everything, it makes me want to make cookies and ice sweet sayings on them like I did for my hubby when we were in college.
    But before that I am so excited to watch the 49er Game tomorrow!

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  14. The cookies are wonderful! That is some awesome decorating! I am liking Red Star on FB!

    XO,
    Jane

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  15. Those cookies look to good to eat; or is it, too good NOT to eat?! I love this idea!!

    Keri

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  16. I love the cookies and love the notecards. So pretty!

    Yes, I am a happy follower of your blog and would love to win.

    Take care,
    Pam

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  17. I LIKE you and RedStar Ink on Facebook. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Pam

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  19. Like on FB. :)

    janisita69@yahoo.com

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  20. Like RedStar on FB :)

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  21. Yummy cookies. Following your blog. :)

    Janisita69@yahoo.com

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  22. Oh, I love those cookies!!

    faithboggio@gmail.com

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  23. Hi Mary Ann!,
    First of all, I love your mercury glass (?) lamp! So beautiful! And the cookie tree idea is adorable! It would be great for a v-day party! If I had one at home here, I'd be the best "customer". Yes, I love sugar cookies!

    I liked your FB page. How did you get so many buddies? We have to talk! Since my word for the year is FOCUS, I've got lots of work to do!
    Best, Barbara

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  24. Those cookies are almost too pretty to eat though they would make such a beautiful valentine gift.

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  25. Love the cookie tree idea! So different than a regular cake stand or plate!! I’m hosting a Valentine theme linky party starting tonight at 11:30. Would love it if you came by and linked up! www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
    -Melissa

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  26. Super cute! I am afraid none of the cookies would make it to the tree because I would eat them all:))

    xo
    Amy R.

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  27. Love your blog! Love the notecards. Gina @ rgacuna@ca.rr.com

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  28. I liked REDSTAR ink on FB

    arbarker11 at gmail dot com

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  29. I'm following you!!

    arbarker11 at gmail dot com

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  30. Those cookies look so delicious. I can bake cookies, but I'm no good at decorating them.

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  31. Follow RedStar Ink on Facebook.
    shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

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  32. I like you on facebook.
    shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

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  33. Oh my goodness Mary Ann, I'm not sure that my baking abilities would turn out cookies that beautiful. What a wonderful tradition she has created for her family!

    Have a great day!

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  34. I liked Redstar Ink! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  35. I liked you on facebook! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  36. Great givaway. Your blog is so clean and classic! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog!
    blessings,
    karianne

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  37. Love the cookies! I would probably eat them before decorating...:) Karen

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  38. Yum! I really shouldn't have read this at 11:30pm, because now I want a cookie :) Susie is quite the cookie artist, and I love how she hung them on the branches.

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  39. When I was growing up my mom made giant heart cookies every year for our classrooms and friends with each persons name on them. Boy does this bring back great memories!

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  40. Yay, my previous comment went through. Looks like the glitch we had last week is a thing of the past! xo

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  41. I am a new follower of yours. The Valentine cookies and cards are beautiful.

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  42. Girl....I could not have those cookies hanging in my house. I would not sleep thinking about them.....
    Looks cute though!!!

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  43. Cookies hanging on a branch would be SO much of a temptation for me! LOL There would be no decorations after only a day or so....
    but this tree sure is cute! :-)

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