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Ha, gotcha! There is no September site artist this month, so you are stuck with some images using my latest back-to-school stencil set ("A+ Teacher") from my Prettier Plaques TM stencil line! They didn't quite fit the fixed spaces of our banner and background as beautifully as our members' previous site submissions have, but I hope they convey the suggestion of "back to school", the prevailing theme of this month - and the preoccupation of most moms right now! ** IMPORTANT - I NEED YOUR...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, all! First, huge thanks to Cookie Connection members @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) and @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.! In an effort to lure more Japanese members to this site, they generously volunteered to translate the site's Terms of Use (利用規約) and Photo Posting Guidelines (画像・動画投稿について ―― 投稿する前に必ずお読みください) into Japanese! THANK YOU, LADIES! Now, everyone will find links to the Japanese translations at the top of each of those pages (links above), and also directly below: Terms of Use...Read More...
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Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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Hi, all! As you may or may not know, I'm currently conducting a quick survey about flour use in rolled cookies in preparation for @Liesbet's next Toolbox Talk . If you haven't yet taken that survey, I would love it if you would! You can do so here ! If you have taken the survey (and if you haven't, for that matter), you should know that I recently (just today) added an extra special BONUS QUESTION at the very end (Q15). On September 30 , I'll be drawing one name from...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hey, all! I just wanted to extend a public congratulations to @Evelindecora for achieving 100,000 activity points on Cookie Connection this past weekend, elevating her to our highest "Cookie Queen" status on the site! You'll now see her sporting the following badge on her member profile and perhaps elsewhere online, and this is why! As you may or may not know, activity points are basically a fun, non-competitive measure of your activity on the site, which, if you hadn't...Read More...
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Mark your calendars now for September 16, 2017 (10 am central), because we've got an exciting live chat scheduled with the very talented @Tammy Trahan New Orleans Cookie Company of New Orleans Cookie Company ! While Tammy has been a member of Cookie Connection since 2014, I hadn't had the pleasure of actually seeing her work until she posted some images recently into my Facebook cookie group. (Now, if I could only get Tammy to start posting here! ) It didn't take more than one or two posts for me to...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
After my site support team made some changes to your "Notifications" area a few weeks ago, I've gotten a few questions about how the "Alerts" page works, so I am posting a few clarifications below. BTW, the changes made to the "Notifications" area are very important, as they may affect the volume of automatic notices you get from the site, so PLEASE ALSO READ THIS RELATED POST , if you haven't already. Thanks! Now, for those "Alerts" page clarifications: 1) Alerts cannot be manually deleted...Read More...
Hi, everyone! Don't forget - we've got an excellent live chat next Saturday, August 26, with Cookie Connection contributor @Manu, author of our awesome " Made by Manu " cookie tutorial series . Want to know how to write a great cookie tutorial? Well, she can tell you that (and many other cookie things)! You won't want to miss this chat, so be sure to bookmark her chat room link . If you can't make the chat at the appointed time, no worries! You can log advance...Read More...
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I'm calling our next chat "Meet-up with Manu," because you're going to have the special opportunity to get to know our very own Cookie Connection contributor , Manuela Pezzopane (aka Manu), that much better. As one of our very fine tutorialists, she's in the perfect position to tell us all about what goes into writing and photographing a great cookie tutorial. She, of course, will also be ready to share tips about how she conceives of and executes her marvelously unique cookie designs. I...Read More...
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Site Downtime for Maintenance on August 15

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My site support team, Hoop.la/Social Strata, will be doing routine maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of your service. This maintenance is scheduled for August 15, 2017 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. During this maintenance period, there will be occasional site outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast majority of the...Read More...

Sponsor Shout-Out: Designer Stencils!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I just wanted to give a special shout-out to Designer Stencils, who has been a very generous site sponsor since Cookie Connection 's inception a few years ago. They've got a fun new ad (with emoji stencils) on the home page of our site, and, if you click on it (or the pink link below), you'll be taken to their exciting lineup of cookie and cake stencils, which features some great new stencils in the very first spot. I hope you'll take a moment to thank Designer Stencils for their...Read More...

Say Hello to Our August Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Hi, all! I realize I'm a few days early with this post, but I'll be leaving town in the next two days, and I wanted to make sure the site art was refreshed before I left. Please enjoy!] The changing of the months and seasons is always fun when marked by stunning cookies! And I must say, this month's featured cookies by Miki Shibasaki of @Miki@Atelier Detour are real stunners. From the nautical color scheme and the flawless icing to the exacting arrangement of...Read More...
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Upcoming Vacation and Saturday Spotlight Gap

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads-up: next Saturday, I'll be on a short vacation in Argentina, followed by a class there the next Saturday, so I will be unable to post another Spotlight until August 12 . (However, I just posted this week's edition, and it's full of great cookies! If you haven't yet seen it, click here .) My apologies for another gap in coverage, but I'll be sure to make up for it when I get back. We've got another chat, a new challenge, and a Cookier Close-up or two, all coming up very...Read More...

July Site Art - Just Rotated!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As you probably noticed, I just rotated our site art. We were lucky to have two site art submissions for this month, so, now that we're at the mid-month mark, @Kim Damon's summer church fair-themed set is taking over for @Magadiuz's glorious blue butterflies. To read more about our July site artists, and to see their submissions in more detail, please check out our earlier introduction to them, here . Thanks again, Kim and Ina, for your...Read More...

Congrats to Our Two (!) July Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
July is a month blessed with bounty - idyllic summer vacations, laid-back gatherings with friends and family, outdoor parties galore, festive patriotic fireworks (at least here in the US), and . . . yes, two Cookie Connection featured site artists! Aren't we lucky?! The artist whose work will be featured in the first half of July is none other than @Magadiuz, aka Ina Uzzanu, who was, coincidentally, also featured around this time last year. (See that post here .) Ina's...Read More...
Last Reply By swissophie · First Unread Post

Congratulations to Our New Site Contributor!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I've got a great surprise for you! @Aproned Artist, aka Samantha Yacovetta, has officially joined our team of Cookie Connection contributors as of today! As you probably know from seeing her work on this site, she's made a name for herself in the cookie world with her precise work, elegant designs, and keen attention to showstopping details. So it only makes sense then that her bimonthly cookie tutorials will focus on the special little details that make big...Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

Surprise Visitor - No Saturday Spotlight!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! My sincerest apologies. Tomorrow morning, I'm getting a surprise visit from a family member who I have not seen in several years. So yesterday, after receiving an email that she was passing through St. Louis, I dropped everything and spent several hours furiously cleaning up cookie debris and trying to make the house look civilized. Right now, it's 3 am on Sunday morning, and I have just finished the bare minimum of cleaning (bathrooms, kitchen, and guest bedroom), and I can't...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post
Summer hasn't yet fully arrived here in Missouri - on one day, the thermostat might trick you into thinking it has, and then, on the very next day, it plummets to brisk spring-like temperatures, usually accompanied by lots of rain. Well, I'm ready for brighter, warmer days every day (and not for sun-bathing, but to help my cookies dry faster!), so I'm going to will the new season to arrive (at least in my mind) by plastering this site with super summery artwork this month: Isn't our June...Read More...
Last Reply By Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. · First Unread Post

Site Downtime for Maintenance on June 15

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone. On Thursday, June 15, 2017, my tech team at Hoop.la/Social Strata will be doing maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of our service. The maintenance window will be from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm EDT. During the maintenance window, there will be occasional outages of up to 30 seconds, however, Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast majority of this period. If you should...Read More...
Hang onto your pastry bags, Cookie Connection members! We've got a world-class sugar artist and educator as our featured guest in our upcoming July chat! (Aside: I'm still working on scheduling our June chat, and will keep you posted if it should materialize.) Wondering who our July chatter might be? Here are some hints . . . he comes from the UK, but now lives in Georgia, USA; he first rose to stardom, at a very young age, because of his fabulous cakes and sugar flowers; he's made sweets...Read More...
Last Reply By Chu-A-Cookie · First Unread Post
Hi, all! As I'm sure most of our site veterans are well aware, @Laegwen, known in real life as Leoni Eckart, has been an official Cookie Connection contributor for just over a year! She made her inaugural blog post on May 12, 2016, and has been posting her inspired cookie tutorials under the Get Inspired with Laegwen section of our blog ever since. Lucky us! Words really can't express how appreciative I am of Leoni's consistently high quality work and commitment to...Read More...
Last Reply By Faby Amor · First Unread Post
Hi, everyone! In an effort to encourage broad participation in our Practice Bakes Perfect cookie decorating challenges and to better tailor them to your needs, challenge host @Bakerloo Station and I have a few quick questions for you. We would greatly appreciate your input even if you've never heard of or participated in one of our challenges. To answer this quick nine-question survey, click here . Thanks in advance for your input!Read More...

Site Art Swap!

Julia M. Usher
In case you thought you were seeing double, you weren't! Yes, the site background and banner art has changed for the second time in one month, because we have not one, but two honored site artists in May! As a refresher, @Sandra Garvey's glorious work decked the site until today, and now we're featuring @Kim Damon's vibrant Mother's Day tea set, just in time to ring out our moms' special day. In the event that you were wondering why the art you now see on...Read More...
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Away from Site for Personal Matters

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads-up! I will be out of town starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 16, dealing with some personal matters, and will be unable to respond to most site matters during this time. I still aim to do the usual Saturday Spotlight , but no other site work during this time. Please have fun while I am gone, but please honor our posting guidelines too. (No posting of copied, uncredited copyrighted material, please!) Thank you.Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post

Say Hello to Our May Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, you saw that right! We've got not just one, but TWO cookie artists who will be sharing our banner and backdrop in the month of May. You might call it a delicious double feature! As you'll soon see, both artists' site submissions* are bolder than bold, with super-saturated colors that will knock your socks off. Yet, their color palettes and themes are completely different. (Though, even with these differences, one could argue that they're a match made in heaven - after all, who wouldn't...Read More...
Last Reply By Magadiuz · First Unread Post

No Saturday Spotlight This Weekend

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I regret that I won't be able to do a Spotlight this weekend. As you may or may not know, I have been doing all-day, non-stop stenciling demos at So Flo Cake & Candy Expo since Friday. And, with one more day still to go in the expo, I need to reserve my energy (and maximize sleep) for tomorrow. I hope you will understand! The Spotlight will resume on next Saturday, May 6. (Thanks for your patience.) In the meantime, I leave you with a few images of my stencil booth and...Read More...
Last Reply By Magadiuz · First Unread Post

Site Downtime on April 28, Tomorrow!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My site tech guys (Hoop.la/Social Strata) will be doing routine maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of ensuring and improving the security and stability of your service. This maintenance is scheduled for April 28, 2017, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. During this maintenance period, there will be occasional site outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection should be functioning normally for the vast majority of the...Read More...
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