CookieCon 2015 Ticket Giveaway!

Foregoing fancy meals or pulling decorating all-nighters in order to scratch together the change for CookieCon? Hoping you'll win the lottery so you won't have to go another year without meeting your online cookie friends?

 

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Well, hope no more! The wonderful Tammy Colitti of 2 T's Stencils and I have partnered to bring you this special CookieCon 2015 ticket giveaway.

 

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We'll be giving away one ticket to CookieCon (value: $259; event registration only; travel not included) to one lucky winner anywhere in the world, and entry is easy!

Giveaway Details:

  • Just tell us why you really, really want to go to CookieCon in the comments area below.
  • Post your comment no later than Monday, April 6, 2015 (5 pm central) in order to qualify. Please comment just once; we will not accept multiple entries/comments from the same person.
  • Hop on over to Tammy's Facebook page and give her a like if you haven't already. (I'm giving her a virtual hug as well! Without her financial support, this giveaway would not have been possible. Thanks again, Tammy!)
  • And, last but not least, please share this post on social media using any or all of the share buttons at the end.
  • On April 6, shortly after giveaway close, a winner will be randomly drawn from the comments and announced here.
  • If the ticket is not claimed by the winner within a week of the drawing (by Monday, April 13), we will consider the ticket forfeited by the winner, and another winner will be drawn.

Yes, it's that easy! So what are you waiting for?! This could be your free ticket to the cookie event of the year!

 

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First, thanks to all who played along, but especially to Tammy Colitti of 2 T's Stencils for co-sponsoring this giveaway with me.

 

Well . . . the random number generator has spoken, and the winning comment is #112, the last comment on the blog . . .

 

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This means that JojaBlueberry is our lucky winner with the following heartfelt comment:

 

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Congrats, JojaBlueberry! Clearly, you've got lots of good reasons for wanting to attend this wonderful event, and Tammy and I are delighted to help make your dream a reality! I'll be in touch soon via email with instructions for redeeming your ticket!

 
 

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Meeting the creators behind the deserts would be really cool. I love people who are passionate about what they do and can talk about their love of food and learn from these experts.  It would be great to be in a room filled these wonderful artists! Thanks for the opportunity to try and win one of these tickets! 

This is absolutely amazing. The main reason I want to attend cookie con is to try and improve my skills as much as possible and learn from the most amazing cookiers in the world. I know that I've improved a lot in the last year, but I also know I have so much to learn. Beyond that I want to meet all the amazing people I've been talking to during this past year and have formed a bond with. I've never felt more accepted or like I belong anywhere as much as I do with the amazing cookier community. Thanks Tammy and Julia for creating an opportunity for those of us that couldn't afford a ticket a chance to attend. 

I really, really, REALLY NEED to go to cookie con to get experience and meet all my favorite cookiers and inspirations. It is so sad how much I NEED to go to CookieCon, Ever since I discovered Sweetopia's cookies, I've been in cookie mode nonstop (ask my family!) I want to make cookies, look at cookies, draw cookies, decorate cookies, etc all day long. I don't know what else to say besides I REALLY hope I can go. It would be SUCH an honor to be among the great cookiers that I admire everyday (from my computer :/ ). Thank you to the cookie queen (Julia Usher) for giving us 'little people' an opportunity to go to cookie con. This is truly wonderful. So thank you.  

I've been doing cookies almost 6 years now and not once have i ever been able to go to any sort of cookie event or convention due to them being so far and costing so much. I would love to finally go and meet fellow cookiers that i've been following and talking to for all these years. Also it falls a few days after my birthday 

I would LOVE to go to Cookie Con!  I have only been doing serious cookieing for a relatively short time, so I feel I still have lots to learn.  Plus, it would be great to be among people who share my obsession - my family is beginning to think I am nuts.

My daughter has just recently graduated from Culinary school and has her heart set on a baking career, wanting to help people with special needs (allergies, etc) be able to have access to baked treats.  I am a 2-year cancer survivor and I try to help her where I can, mostly on the decorating end.  We both have so very much to learn still...I don't think that process will ever end, but a trip together to this gathering would be a great head start on her journey, a wonderful learning experience for me, and a sweet celebration for both of us that we could not otherwise afford.  

I really really want to go to cookie con because cookies have changed my life in the past year and the people I have met online are amazing. I would love to tell them so in person. I've never had a passion as strongly as this an finally there is a con just for me! It seems a shame to miss it due to financial struggles. Thank you for this chance to win.
I was counting down the days to purchasing my ticket to Cookie Con. The time came and I did not have enough to pay for a ticket. It would be a dream come true to be able to go to Cookie Con for the first time and meet all the incredible people. 😊

CookieCon was one of the best weekends I have ever had last year!! Had a blast seeing the different techniques and meering all the wonderful instructors. Met a lot of awesome cookie decorators from all over the world. Would be great to go back to learn some more and shop, shop, shop! 

 

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.. I cannot believe I have an actual chance to win!! I would love this opportunity to strengthen my cookie decorating skills!! I'm new and I would love to be side by side with the best!! ❤️

I would really love to go to since I would be a newbie and would love to meet all the great cookie artists that I have been following and inspiring to reach their talent level one day....

Wow! What a wonderful give-away! Just wanted to say how kind and generous you both are! Thank you Tammy and Julia!  I have learned so very much in the last year! Watching videos is a great but it is nothing compared to seeing first hand what is happening behind the scenes. And to meet the ladies and gentleman who have helped me on my journey would be so exciting! And believe me there are many!  Thank you again!

 

I would LOVE to have my trip to Cookie Conn sponsored by the wonderful Julia and Tammy!  Yes, I'm pulling cookie all nighters to pay for this otherwise...

I would LOVE meet all of my online cookie "idols" - but even more, it is meeting a group of my peers - and eat sleep talk COOKIE...I always feel that in person lessons are amazing! 

THANK YOU for offing this  - golden ticket - !!

 

Love watching and learning from many wonderful Cookiers, but as great as social media is nothing can replace being there in person.. After reading ALL the comments from all that attended last year How Could You Not want to go.  I saw the date come that tickets would go on sale and watched all thought the day... post after post of gleeful ticket holders. The ticket price just to much for me now. If I won I most certainly would feel like Charlie getting the last Golden Ticket to the chocolate factory!!

Going to Cookie Con would be a dream come true. I'm a hobby baker and I can't justify the cost of going to my family. I'd be able to somehow make it work if I won a ticket though. It would be so amazing to meet all the cookiers I so look up to and admire. I really really want to go because I have so many questions and I would be like a sponge just soaking up all the amazing information everyone there has to offer. Getting to practice alongside all the other cookiers and sharing information. I'm sure this is a bucket list item for so many of us. Good luck to everyone and thank you for the opportunity.

I have a Charity Bakery out of my home.  I donate either baked goods for Charity events, or donate my profits to local Children's Charities.  It would be awesome to be able to learn more techniques to improve my skills at this convention so that I can donate more to our local charities.  

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It would be a dream come true to be able to go to Cookie Con 2015. My cookie business has not afforded me the fund to go. Would love the chance to meet fellow cookiers. And rub elbows with the pros. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope.   

I would love to go to Cookie Con this year!! I've been trying to attend for a few years now, and I thought it was going to happen for real this year, but it still is too uncertain and they are sure to sell out.  This would be an answer to all of my prayers!! Thank you both for all of your wonderful contributions to the cookie world.

Well, I would LOVE to attend CookieCon, because I've never gone, and everyone says I should, and that it is a most fabulous event! Also, I need a break from my teenager, and my 70 lb. weimeramer. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

 

I would love a chance to go. Thank you tammy and Julia, not only for the amazing chance but for all in the inspiration you and all the other cookiers provide. I only started decorating a year ago (April 15). I have 4 wonderful kids but I found decorating was finally something I could do for me. After 7 years of devoting everything to my kids I feel the cookies have given me a little bit of myself back. Now I am a superhero mom and cookie artist. Thank you

Being able to be with other like minded people who just totally 'get' it, finally meeting friends I've found acquaintance with via various boards, marveling at the amazing techniques others are using, discovering the 'aha' moment, many times during the course of the event and...and...and....the list goes on...  Why would anyone NOT want to part of this amazing party?  

Wow, thank you so much Tammy and Julia for such an awesome giveaway! Just another example of the generosity in this wonderful cookie community. I would love, love, love to make it to CookieCon for so many reasons. I would love to learn new techniques from the best around. I would love to be in the presence of my cookie idols, who I look up to and admire so much. Most of all, I would love to meet all of the cookie friends I have had an online relationship with for the past 3 years. Just getting to meet everyone in person, spend time hanging out, making memories and even some new friends would be the best!

I really, really want to go to Cookie Con to see how far my art can travel in the world of cookies. I love to learn from those and be inspired by those who are a step ahead of me. And it would be tons of fun to get away from my day job for a small beak.

I want to go to CookieCon because I love cookies, and really want to see all of the tools and supplies in action. Plus, I desperately need to get out of the house, lol! Its been many years since I did something special for myself, and CookieCon would be a perfect way to spoil myself with something fun, energizing, and positive. Whooo Hoooo - CookieCon or bust!

I think there's a character limit on comments so I'll just say I want to go to Cookie Con because...

~ I'll get to meet my cookie idols (faint).

~ I'll get to learn new things.

~ I'll get to meet all my cookie sisters that I interact with daily.

~ I'll get to buy cool stuff.

~ I'll get to have fun instead of living vicariously through FB posts of attendees (and crying myself to sleep).

~ I'll get to give out all these hugs I've saved up for when I finally meet everyone in person.

~ Most importantly.....I'll get to learn from the best of the best. 

 

Thank you thank you thank you for offering this awesome giveaway!

Let's hope I can still make cookies after having my fingers crossed for the next week!

Wow, I would love to go for the experience of it all. I've never been to one before, actually I had never even heard of one until just recently as I have only been doing cookies for a little over a year now. Such an awesome opportunity.

i would love to be able to attend for all the reasons above and then some......what an opportunity and privilege it would be to meet and pick the brains of all those creative cookiers out there!  plus.....I deserve some alone time from my  beautiful children!

I would really love the opportunity to go to Cookie Con 2015. However, my family could not afford it this year on just one salary. You see, I've always had a passion for decorating cookies and started selling them on the side a few years ago, while I was still working full time. Thus was born Sweets on the Side. It wasn't until I lost my job in the summer of 2013 while pregnant with my 2nd child that I finally considered selling cookies full time. It's been a dream of mine to be able to do this full time and now it's come to reality. I get one chance. There is no room for failure. We are determined to make it a successful business. So began the new chapter in January of 2014. I thought I was a good cookier until I discovered all the talented cookiers out there. I was blown away and inspired to push myself to be more creative and maybe one day inspire others. I feel a sense of sincere community among my cookie peers on Cookie Connection, Instagram, Facebook Let's Talk Cookies and McGoo U and yet have never met any of them. But, it wasn't umtil a recent discovery of a group of local cookiers that has been the most encouraging and empowering. And the friendships I have made have been priceless. Who else can I text in the wee hours of the dark night needing that extra bit of  "you can do it!" or "your almost done!" or teased with "hand cramping yet?"! I feel that if I got to attend Cookie Con, it would be that same sense of comeraderie. It absolutely fills my soul with a sense of humbleness and gratitude to learn from such amazing cookiers. Once again, I would love the opportunity to learn from some of the best and admired cookiers in the world at the Cookie Con. Thank you for your time. And may the odds be ever in my favor!

I would like to go to CookieCon because:
1. I've never been!

2. I believe we should never stop learning and to learn from so many talented cookiers would be an honor!

3. I'd love to behold all of the amazing creations in the sugar show.

4. To shop all the amazing vendors would be so much fun!

5. This would be like the most amazing Girls Day Out EVER!

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When our only child went off to college, I felt like I needed a new hobby. One day I stumbled upon an cookie Facebook page and never turned back! Although it has only been around six months that I have been creating cookies, I have learned so much already, but I know I have A LOT more to learn. Going to Cookiecon would be a dream come true!! Surrounding myself with other cookiers, learning from the pros and making new friends along that way would be an amazing experience. 

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