July 30th, 2010
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I had plans for a series of these presents but only two made the final cut because my tired, frustrated Hulk fists smashed all the others.
My hands kept bumping into them, denting and scratching the surface and causing the sort of damage that is both irreparable and unpresentable.
I can be a really clumsy person, in that I possess little to no spatial awareness.
I’m constantly bumping into things, tripping over rocks, occasionally driving over a curb.
So glad that these two made it through my handtornado unscathed…otherwise I would have nothing to show for my 3am cookie efforts.
by Kotomi on September 28th, 2010 in Off Topic | ~ Only Kotomi | Leave a Comment »
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It was two months ago:
All three of us were at our respective workplace doing the daily grind, when all of a sudden — pandemonium.
There, in our inbox, sat the greatest airline offer of the year to date – $66 to Seattle!!
So that’s where we went. Three girls, hauling over-stuffed suit cases filled with unnecessaries, escaping the heatwave of LA.
Seattle was a beautiful city. I know some people say the weather sucks but there are plenty that make up for the rain. With great food, great culture, and a gracious host (thank you!), even us sunshine-spoiled kids couldn’t complain about the clouds.
Fresh crab roll @ Pike Place Chowder
Sharing the shotgun seat on the Duck Tour Boat, right next to the captain!
The gum wall. Disgusting and amazing at the same time — there was a faint smell of stale artificial fruit flavors.
Thanks for a great weekend, Seattle ♥
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I had a lot of things to say about this cookie (namely how much TIME it took) but I decided that no one really wants to start their Mondays with whining.
This one is for my friend, with whom I bonded instantly in 2003, and the years that followed have been filled with laughs, love, and insanity.
Hello Kitty + Russian doll = totally, totally you!
by Kotomi on September 25th, 2010 in Off Topic | ~ Only Kotomi | 10 Comments »
Tags: toy story, toys, work
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As some people already know, I work in the toy industry.
It goes without saying that Toy Story is one of my favorite movies of all time.
99% of me loved it, but there was 1% of me that hated it for making me feel guilty about throwing my toys away.
Being a part of this industry, I buy and receive a lot of toys.
A LOT OF THEM.
Some, I keep. Some, I give away.
If anyone loves robots and action figures, do let me know. They need a good home .
I bought Bo Peep because I LOVED her in Toy Story 1 & 2, but she was cut from the cast in the third one
I guess there’s only room for one blonde in the movie.
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I love Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I thought it was disgusting that Willy Wonka would create a candy that tasted like a 3-course meal. Savory gum…sounds gross. Honestly. Tomato soup & roast beef? WHY?
I remember when I bought a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean (from Harry Potter, by Jelly Belly) — when the jellybeans really DID taste like dirt, sardines, and grass. Disgusting. I’ll never forget it. Worst candy experience ever.
Anyway, nothing I’ve said thus far has anything to do with the cookies I did, but I really have no back story for the burgers & fries.
I had an idea to make the burger.
Then a commercial for the McDonald’s mini meal set came on.
And now I am craving an In-n-Out burger.
..with a side of McDonald’s french fries.
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Well, that’s official.
I would be a horrible shoe designer.
Unless it was for Cher or Gaga, who seem to continually succeed in embracing glitz with style. I wanted to try doing some pattern with only quins & dragees, and this is what came of it — I wasn’t really intending it to be an interpretation of outer space. I definitely did not foresee the meteor shower effect when I was “artfully” arranging all the dragees on the toes.
On a happier note, I bought a pair of black booties. They’re plain and classy, much unlike the cookie…upon which I seemed to have vomited sprinkles. Twice.
But hey! It’s a cookie, not a real shoe. I just wanted it to look fun!
I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but I find it VERY difficult to purposely arrange things to make it look random.
I used two sizes of silver dragees, a large green one, and the tiny white dots are nonpareil.
Happy Fall Season! Time to buy new clothes.
over & out ♥
by Kotomi on September 21st, 2010 in Off Topic | 6 Comments »
Tags: key collection
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I used to collect erasers as a child. And pencils, too. They would sit in a box, unused & unsharpened, and once in a while I would taken them out and admire my own glorious collection.
Erasers & pencils were common & innocent things, but I also collected keys. I knew one day, one of them would open a treasure chest full of diamonds. I started out with keys to my bicycle, keys to my diary, and keys to my Sanrio pencil case. Having run out of my own keys, I started “exploring” the house and “discovering” new ones. One opened my dad’s briefcase, another to my mom’s safe, and so on. Soon I had a velvet bag full of 30+ keys, all from within the house.
Most of the keys I found were duplicates that were stashed away and forgotten, so my parents never noticed. I did a show-and-tell report on it. My teacher gave it an E for Excellence; my mother did not.
She made me return ALL of them to its rightful place, and I was devastated.
Ever since then I’ve had a place in my heart for key-shaped things. The pendant is from Forever 21, so it’s not anything fancy, nor is it something that will last very long.
Some purchases are silly and fun, like a bottle of glitter nail polish or an apron with cupcakes all over it.
And some purchases are sentimental, reminding me of some of the funnest, silliest days.
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Does anyone know what I’m talking about? It looks like this, and Baskin Robbins does it best:
I wasn’t very fond of clowns, but I thought these were most magnificent when I was a kid. Put a face on a food, and I was sold.
I had a rubber toy of an ice cream cone clown, and it also smelled like vanilla. My mom says I used to chew on them like I was trying to eat it for real.
When I made the ice cream cone cookies a while back, I had to make these. It was an integral part of my childhood.
for the clown cone cookies:
royal icing in: white, orange, brown, black, pink, & red
colored fondant for the “topping”
order of piping:
1. outline & fill orange hair
2. outline & fill the sugar cone
3. outline & fill face, pipe cheek blush & let it sink
4. pipe the criss-cross on the cone. add stars for the hat.
5. pipe the curly on the hair
6. pipe eyes, nose
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Last weekend, I did the Californian thing and cruised down Pacific Coast Highway down to El Matador Beach in Malibu.
We parked at the top, and followed a trail down to a small, quiet, relaxing beach.
Even though we only drove 20 miles, it felt like an escape.
I ate a lot. I passed out, seemingly forever, listening to the water and letting the food coma take over.
I woke up with a giant, itchy sunburn on my chest. El souvenir.
‘Til next summer, El Matador! I’ll be back, armed appropriately with a bottle of SPF 60.
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I’m not nearly cool enough to have sported these with grace, and I was told by multiple friends today that these have been out of style for more than a year.
Shush. It’s a product of the 80′s, just like me.
There’s a good reason why these are not as neat as I’d like for them to be…and that is laziness.
When I’m not feeling lazy, I work extra carefully to make a perfect line. I panic when I pipe crookedly. Imperfection makes the world crash around me.
When I’m feeling lazy, I have one eye on the TV and one eye on the cookie. When I pipe crookedly, I simply tilt my head slightly and trick my eyes into seeing a straight line.
Anyway, I lazed (real word; scout’s honor) my way through these but I still like them. Makes me feel cool that I did something other than Hello Kitty and unicorns.
You’re the only one that can pull it off, Tigger.
for the shutter shade cookies:
royal icing in black, plus color of shutters
sprinkles & decorations
order of piping:
1. outline & fill in black
2. once the black fill is dry, outline & draw horizontal lines in shutter colors
3. add decoration