Saturday, March 24, 2012

Girls Sleep-Over with Arty McGoo!

Ok, she didn't actually sleep-over, but a couple weeks ago, I received an email from the infamous ARTY MCGOO titled Sleep-Over! She said that she wanted to come meet me. Can you even imagine? Wouldn't you just die? Yaa me too. Seriously! She and her hubby, Mr. John, were going to drive about 3 hours to come and play cookies. We shared our crazy full schedules and worked out a day. I was super excited... UNTIL a couple days before. Then I was just freaked out. Yep, freaked out! ARTY MCGOO wanted to meet ME??!!!

Okay so I did what any super insane crazy person would do. I cleaned my house. I know that's not so crazy, but you don't know Pinkie crazy. I cleaned out my cupboards. I cleaned out my closets. Why? Because I'm me. Enough said. Then the day before the celebrity, ARTY MCGOO, was going to come to my house, I decided that it was about time for a panic attack. I backtracked. I wanted to cancel! I got way in my head and super nervous and felt so far out of my element. My cookie princess friends talked me out of my head. If only they had known who was coming, they would have been in crazy mode with me, but I kept the secret. I sucked it up and decided to just go with it and have fun.

Then look who arrived at my door(!!!!)
 The night before Arty McGoo was set to arrive, I stayed up late and baked a whole bunch of sleep-over theme cookies. Guess how many we decorated? ONE. Yep, one cookie! Funny huh. We did lots of fun stuff too. Did you see her video yet? FUN! I'll share it at the bottom of this post.
 Eddie was super excited to see Arty McGoo and Mr. John, but he didn't get in his head about it ;-)
Here is the beautiful Arty McGoo with her wonderful hubby, Mr. John
 and me and Arty McGoo!
Arty McGoo even made me cookies. Can you imagine receiving such a gift from ARTY MCGOO?! I think my heart stopped beating. She is SUCH an incredible ARTIST. I was pretty excited to see that my Cristin's Cookies logo became a cookie! How incredible is that?! Nick told me the next day "I bet we don't ever get to eat that cookie huh" um try it buddy... duh!
We had a wonderful time and she calmed my nerves. She is seriously one of the kindest people you can meet and open-hearted and funny and silly and incredibly fun. Her hubby, Mr. John, is quite the amazing guy too. They are a perfect match.

I started with Artist cookies because, as you know, Arty McGoo is such an incredible artist. 
But then I realized that I wanted to do a girls sleep-over theme for the cookies that I made for her visit since that was the subject line of her emails to me. So I went with these:
Since Arty McGoo asked me tons of questions, interview style, I decided to put HER in the hot seat too. Here's the top 10 things you want to know about Arty McGoo.

1. I have three children. One is quickly catching up to my shoe size and height... that is weird for me.
2. I collect lanterns: moroccan, railroad, wooden, all kinds.
3. I used to fall in the "obese" category before I discovered a love of running 8 years ago.
4. I got married to Mr. John when I was 19 and am the luckiest woman on the planet. He is the most generous, loving, hilarious, creative, best friend anyone could ask for and I get to sleep with him.
5. My favorite food in the whole word is a freshly picked homegrown tomato that is hot from the sun.
6. I have 5 siblings and they are all amazingly talented and the most awesome human beings on the planet.
7. I wish I was more organized. I can get organized, but staying that way is hard!
8. Growing up, all my clothes were sewn by my mom (even my swimsuits and underwear)! Our sandwiches were made on homemade, freshly milled wheat bread with jam my parents made from the loganberries growing in our backyard. I would trade it for a ding-dong at school. Don't worry... I have my priorities straight now!
9. I love to play the piano and sing and recently got to record a couple of songs in a studio. Super scary, super fun!
10. My kids are so different from each other and I love sitting and listening to them, because they are hilarious and incredibly smart.

Have you seen her video yet? She did an amazing job and I'm so incredibly thankful to have been a part of it! If you click play on the video and then click on the little YouTube word on the right side, you can see it larger directly on YouTube.
So a huge THANK YOU to Arty McGoo for including me in your video and driving all the way up here to come play cookies with me. I enjoyed every minute of our time together and feel truly blessed to call you a friend.

My sleep-over pajama party blog background for today:


  1. What fun! I am glad you were able to "get out of your head" and keep it together. You were awesome!

  2. You both rock! Loved the video and all the wonderful cookies. :)

  3. That was so fun to watch! I would have been nervous too! I don't know what I would do if someone said they wanted to come visit me! LOL

  4. Cristin! Thank you for sharing all the juicy details with us! What a great honor for Arty McGoo to get to meet YOU! If I lived closer, I would invite you for a sleepover too! How much fun would that be? I am so glad that you had fun and you decided not to cancel! As always, the cookies are amazing...and so are both of you!

    Princess Kim

    1. aww PRINCESS Kim, you made my eyes well up and my nose tingle! You're always such a sweetie and I appreciate you so much! I'm so grateful that when I was nervous, I was able to turn to you and our other princess cookiers and reach out for help on calming my nerves and fears! Thank you for being you Kim. You're such an amazing friend!

  5. That's awesome, I love Liz, she's too funny. Looks like gals had a lot of fun!

  6. WOW, Cristin! I had no idea!!! How awesome is that??? What a great experience! I think I'd go out of my head if I ever had the chance to meet Arty or you! And yes, I'd clean my house top to bottom, too. :) What a fun time -- what a fun post!

  7. When I first "met" you through Facebook I just knew I would meet you some day. You exude sweetness and positivity and are so generous with not only your compliments and sharing your ideas, but of yourself. I know you volunteer so much time and energy to many causes and you inspire me! You are creative and talented and I am honored to call you friend. So glad I got to meet you in real life :D and I guess I should have snooped around at your house so I could have appreciated your clean closets :D

  8. Oh this was great! I would have been crazy nervious! I loved the video! I wonder if she is going to do another one? How great it must have been to meet someone you admire! Congrats!

  9. I love that Arty came over and made a video of her visit. What a fabulous idea. She is such fun and so talented and I can only imagine the hilarity that did not get filmed. You are both such talented cookiers and Cristin, seeing you decorate on the video with glaze icing...well I always had a lot of respect for those that use glaze but now even moreso. I can't imagine piping all that glaze in the quantities you decorate at one time. You have an infinite amount of patience, not to mention talent.
    P.S. Meeting someone in person whom you admire etc., is nerve-wracking enough. Having it all done on are a trooper and a much braver woman than I.


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