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There are 3 places in the world that can truly rob me blind: Sephora, Vegas, and Target.
Having once been part of the supplier end of the Target chain, I know they work hard (read: brutal terms & conditions) to keep prices down. But I am a bigger consumer than I am a victim of their backstage operation, so you won’t hear me complain.
Whenever they unveil their holiday section — shelves of $1 items, racks of costumes and decorations, glitter everywhere, lights everywhere, candy everywhere — it becomes the mother of all black holes.
I picked up a few (←understatement) items from the Halloween extravaganza. There are so many, and I mean so many great things I wanted. Alas, I am on a tight budget for a big int’l trip in November, so I was good (←I was not).
Here are some that I wanted to share
Found: in the $1 bin. The middle one is impressive. See up close:
Paper napkins – $1.50 for a pack! I love the typography.
Candy Jars with the mouths hollowed out. I believe the idea of this product is to make it look like Frankenstein/Pumpkin is vomiting out Smarties & Tootsie Rolls
Well, you all know how I feel about Hello Kitty. These holographic skele-kitty stickers nearly stopped my heart.
This is 1/2 of a salad server. I would have bought this, except someone up and ran off with the other arm, thus rendering this treasure useless.
Happy Halloween shopping, everyone!!
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This was inspired by my mom’s e-mail. In broken English, she had written an anecdote about our senile cocker spaniel, Chelsey, and my Hello Kitty stuffed animal that I had as a kid:
“Today I come home and Chelsey eat your Hello Kitty nuigurumi (plush). She is hungry maybe? But it is so old, doesn’t taste good! Remember you use to eat [it] too when you were young. Haha!”
1. To clarify, I never used to EAT my hello kitty doll. I’m pretty sure I was teething, so I may have I chewed it a little bit.
2. RIP childhood hello kitty toy
Two years ago I spent $20 on a giant ham-shaped plush because I thought it would be funny if Chelsey tried to eat it. She pawed at it twice and haven’t touched it since.
But everything with a face, she’s effectively destroyed. The sock monkey (not her toy), the Spongebob (not her toy), and now, Hello Kitty (not her toy).
What’s the deal, dear dog?!
The red velvet cake is crumbled and then mixed with a few dollops of cream cheese icing until it reaches a moldable consistency. Make the face, then refrigerate for a few hours.
Roll out the fondant fairly thin.
Actually, pretty thin.
Drape over the cake and press around the edges to form the shape of Hello Kitty’s face . Then cut around carefully with a paring knife.
Tuck the edges in.
Make the bow, draw the face.
See Chelsey… now this would have been more enjoyable to eat.
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I have an addiction to nail polish, and my collection has been growing at an alarming rate these past few months.
I started to follow a few blogs (yes! blogs about nail polish) which has only made things worse (these are my favorite ones).
A few days ago, MAC cosmetics launched a new fall line called Disney Venomous Villains, which includes 3 gloooooorious shades of nail polish.
Temptalia has a full list of the Venomous Villain line, and great photos too.
The whole Disney/MAC collaboration is blowing my mind also, because I have an unhealthy obsession with Disney things.
The one I bought is the bottle of bright lava on the right, called Bad Fairy, under the Maleficent line.
Which is what made me do this cookie.
I wish her face came out better, and I wish I could have thought of a better, more villainous border, but I think it came out OK.
If I had to do it over again, I’d probably use less hearts & flowers!
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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 ♥
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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