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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...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post
Hey, everyone! Just quick reminder that August 24 is the filing deadline for entry forms into my namesake cookie competition (Julia Usher's Decorated Cookie Competition) at Kerry Vincent's annual Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) , which runs from September 30 to October 1, 2017. As you probably know, I'm a huge proponent of challenges and competitions as a way to test skills and push oneself to new heights, so I sincerely hope you will consider entering. Not only do you reap the rewards...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...
Last Reply By Dolce Flo · First Unread Post
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...
Last Reply By swissophie · First Unread Post
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
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. Be sure to edit the main photo title so it's descriptive of the cookie . Many people are uploading...Read More...
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A New Cookie Competition in the Show Me State!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I wanted to bring your attention to a new sweets convention, debuting for the first time in my home city and state of St. Louis, Missouri. It is called "Show Me Sweets", and it is taking place for one day, Sunday, October 22, at the St. Louis City Center Hotel. There's a ton happening at this event - everything from competitions and classes to demos and vendors, all of which you can read about here . But it's the cookie competition that I wanted to talk to you about...Read More...
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2017 Cake Masters Awards - Nominations Now Open!

Julia M. Usher
Oops! Somehow I missed that nominations are now open for the 2017 Cake Masters Awards, but they are! There's still time to nominate your favorite cookie artist and educator/learning experience, among other artists in other categories! Here's the link to nominate: http://www.cakemastersawards.com/nominate . You've got one chance to nominate, so consider your selections carefully before submitting your form! While you're there, please consider giving Cookie Connection and its contributors a...Read More...

Mark Your Calendars for CookieCon 2018!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I just caught this announcement on the CookieCon Facebook page and thought you'd all be interested to know that CookieCon 2018 has been scheduled for September 12-15, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. We'll be posting more info to our Calendar area of the site, as we receive it from the organizers. Please also visit the CookieCon Facebook page for more regular updates.Read More...
Attention to those attending my classes in Argentina in August: I will be selling my stencils there, and am now taking pre-orders for them. If you want to be sure I bring those stencils you want, please send me your stencil orders no later than July 1 (email me at sweetlife@juliausher.com ). I'll take payment when I arrive in Argentina, either in USD or via credit card. Unfortunately, I cannot accept any Argentine money. Thanks! I'm looking forward to bringing my product line to another...Read More...
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Food Network Cookie Challenge Casting Call

Julia M. Usher
Attention, cookiers! Food Network is now casting for their Christmas Cookie Challenges. Apparently they'll be doing more of them this year than last. Give it a shot! (I'm hoping that one day soon they'll also choose a cookie decorator for a judge! ) All of the information that I have/know is in the poster below, so please direct all inquiries to the website in the poster and not to me. Thanks, and best of luck if you choose to participate!Read More...

Great Time at CookieCon 2017!

Big Cookie Dream
I'm a newbie cookier and this was my first CookieCon. It was a lot of fun. The sponsors were very generous. I've learned so much and now I need to figure out which techniques to practice first. I did purchase some of Julia's stencils so that will be at the top of the list. I made two cookies for CookieTown. My first attempt at something like this.Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

CookieCon 2017 Coverage in Full Swing!

Julia M. Usher
In case you missed my previous announcements here, our CookieCon 2017 coverage is now in full swing! Thanks to @Beverly Parker, and other members who have posted their contributions to the CookieCon Cookie Town Collaboration, you can see a photo diary of the event in our "CookieCon Coverage" clip set here . And, thanks to @Econlady, who's been going a mile a minute so as not to miss ANYTHING, you read read her daily CookieCon journal here . Enjoy! And, once...Read More...
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Sneak Peek at 2016 Cookiers' Choice Awards Trophies

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! Just a brief "human interest" post! As you all probably know, we recently announced the winners of our 2016 Cookiers' Choice Awards . They'll each receive a $500 cash prize in addition to a commemorative "trophy", which is a custom-engraved Waterford Crystal vase! All four vases just arrived today (so, winners: they'll be in the mail in a couple of days). I couldn't be happier with how they turned out, so I thought I'd share: Congrats again to our 2016 winners! Hopefully, this...Read More...

It's Almost CookieCon Time - Please Share While There!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's almost time for the cookie event of the year - Cookie Con ! Sadly, I can't make it again this year due to preexisting classes and other commitments. However, I am 100-percent certain that those of us who don't have the time, resources, or good fortune to go to CookieCon will absolutely love to live vicariously, so, if you are going, please do not hesitate to share your experiences in any of the following areas: (1) If you're a CookieCon sponsor , and would like to tell everyone...Read More...

CookieCon 2017 Sponsor Surprises!

Julia M. Usher
Before you know it, CookieCon 2017 will be upon us, and while I can't be there in person, I will definitely be there in spirit - and on a couple of sponsor booth posters, as it turns out! What am I talking about, you ask? Well, in the first case, my "Julia" stencil logo (or some variation of it) will be flying high over my partner Stencil Ease 's booth (#35) , where they've got lots of great surprises planned for CookieCon-goers. Just look for the following image or proceed to our booth...Read More...

Seeking CookieCon 2017 Correspondents

Julia M. Usher
Hey, everyone. Like last year, I'm seeking one or two people to serve as CookieCon 2017 correspondents - meaning I'm looking for folks who would be interested in reporting on their experiences at CookieCon (while at CookieCon) to those back at home. The reporting could be in the form of photo posts (like these from last year's event ) or blog posts (like those here by last year's correspondents: @BAKRGAL aka Barb Florin, @JenniBakes4U, and @Sugar Cookie Momma, Inc.).Read More...
Last Reply By Avis · First Unread Post
Hi, all! If you didn't receive the notice already, the CookieCon 2017 site has been updated; it now has a few instructors and several pre-conference classes listed. The Sugar Show also has an exciting new collaborative category, called Cookie Town, which you can read about here . Don't forget to mark your calendars! Tickets go on sale THIS WEDNESDAY, October 26 at 7 pm MT . Space is limited to 450 people, so you'll want to click this registration link as soon as it goes live. (Again, that...Read More...
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Winner of Julia's Prettier Plaques Stencil Giveaway!

Julia M. Usher
As you may or may not know, I recently launched a new stencil line in partnership with Stencil Ease, the country's largest stencil manufacturer. A small sampling of the stencils in my first Prettier Plaques TM series is shown here: In celebration of that launch, Stencil Ease and I ran a giveaway of $200 worth of my stencils (or stencil accessories), and that giveaway just closed at the stroke of midnight! We had a stunning 4,870 total entries from people spanning the globe! From those...Read More...
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Last Call! $200 Stencil Giveaway Closes in 24 Hours!

Julia M. Usher
Last call! My stencil launch giveaway ends in 24 hours (December 7, 12 am CT). Don't delay! One lucky person will win $200 worth of my new stencils designed in partnership with stencilease.com ! Enter giveaway here : http://tinyurl.com/zj5htob Purchase stencils now : http://www.stencilease.com/juliausher.htm Here's a small sample of what you can make with my layered Prettier Plaques TM sets:Read More...

Cake Masters Cookie Award Winner Announced!

Julia M. Usher
As promised, I'm back with an announcement of the Cake Masters Cookie Award winner, who was revealed last night at Cake International in Birmingham, England, but only a couple of hours ago on the Cake Masters Facebook page . So the news is hot off the press for most of us! As a reminder, there were four very deserving Cookie Connection members - @Evelindecora, @swissophie, @SweetAmbs, and @Dolce Sentire - up for the Cookie...Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post
Hey, all! Just a reminder that the Cake Masters Magazine Awards take place tomorrow night in Birmingham, England at the Cake International show. There are four Cookie Connection members - @Evelindecora, @swissophie, @SweetAmbs, and @Dolce Sentire - up for the Cookie Award! (Congrats again, ladies!) Winners typically get announced on the Cake Masters Awards Facebook page throughout the night, so you can follow the fun there!Read More...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post
Hi, all! As I mentioned in an earlier post , several Cookie Connection members were nominated for the first-ever Edible Artists Global Awards (EAGA), which honor excellence in various categories of the edible arts. (To read more about the mission of the EAGA, click here .) Well, just today, the EAGA judges whittled down the long lists of nominees to finalists in each of seven "Most Inspiring" awards categories and a "Most Innovative Product" category. Congrats to Cookie Connection member...Read More...
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CookieCon 2017 Dates Have Been Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads-up that CookieCon 2017 dates have been announced for March 9-11, 2017, with pre-conference classes taking place on March 8. Not much else has yet been announced, but here's the link to the official CookieCon site so you can check back periodically for more details. I've also created a new "CookieCon 2017" forum, where Cookie Connection members are encouraged to start conversations about planning for and connecting at CookieCon 2017. The link to that forum can be found...Read More...
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My Go Bo! Cookies Are Getting Auctioned!

Evelindecora
[EDITOR'S NOTE: As I - Julia - noted in an earlier forum topic , the online cookie auctions in support of the Go Bo! Foundation are now starting and running through October 9, 2016.] You can buy this set of cookies, and many more!!! All info can be found here: http://www.gobobakesale.com/go...ons-and-flash-sales/ THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Evelindecora ❤️Read More...
Hi, all! If you can't attend the actual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale (October 14-16, 2016) organized annually by Jill FCS, you can participate through online auctions and flash sales conducted by @Anita Sweet Hope (Anita at Sweet Hope Cookies) starting today and running through October 9, 2016. For more information about how to bid online (they've got some fabulous cookies they're auctioning from all over the world!), click here . Please direct all inquiries to Jill at...Read More...

CookieCon 2017 Tickets Go on Sale on October 26!

Julia M. Usher
Mark your calendars! Tickets for CookieCon 2017 (which runs from March 9 to 11 with pre-conference classes on March 8) go on sale on October 26, 2016 at 7 pm MST. Tickets will be $279. Please direct all event inquiries to Karen and Mike Summers, who organize the event and can be located through the event site . If you're interested in connecting with Cookie Connection members who are going to CookieCon (to start advance planning, to find a roommate, etc.), please remember that we have a...Read More...
Hi, again! Just so you all know, there is another all-encompassing sugar arts awards program (in addition to the Cake Masters ' one) that's running for the first time this year. It's called the EAGA (Edible Artists Global Awards), and you can find more info here . Unlike the Cake Masters ' program, they do no have a cookie category per se, but they do have a royal icing category for which a couple of cookie artists (most notably, our very own contributor @Dolce Sentire) have...Read More...

Fifth Annual Go Bo! Bake Sale Registration is Now Open!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, just a heads-up that the Fifth Annual Go Bo! Bake Sale is from October 14 -16, 2016, and registration (for donating cookies and baked goods to the cause) just opened today. You can find out more about the Go Bo! cause and register on the new Go Bo! site, here . You can also read our recent post about it here , and follow the event on our event calendar here .Read More...
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Hi, all, just a quick reminder that September 1, 2016 is that last day to file an entry form for my namesake decorated cookie contest at Kerry Vincent's famed Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) , which runs from September 30 (set-up day) to October 2, 2016. Entering is a great way to hone decorating skills, but also an opportunity to win - and win BIG! In fact, just recently, I upped the ante on prizes in "Julia Usher's Decorated Cookie Competition" to a grand total of $1,750 in cash ,...Read More...
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