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Julia's February Stencil Release!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! It's that time again to unveil the latest releases in my Prettier Plaques TM stencil line . If you haven't heard about my new line, introduced in November and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding five (!) new five-stencil sets (also sold as separates) to my rapidly expanding line, including my February Stencil of the Month. As a reminder, my Stencil of the Month is part of my Stencil of the Month Club (natch! ),...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

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

You'll Love Our February Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
As Charles M. Schulz once said, " All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Of course, the same can be said of cookies too, especially cookies as wondrous as the love-inducing sets gracing our banner and backdrop throughout this Valentine month! I guarantee you'll fall head over heels as soon as you see them! And I do mean "sets", plural! We're super fortunate to have not one, but two site contributions for February, which will be taking turns in the spotlight.Read More...
Last Reply By Teresa Pękul · First Unread Post
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

Adjusting Your Email Notifications

Julia M. Usher
We all have different email-reading tastes, so  Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences!    The site's default email notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get...Read More...

Posting Images - Please Read Before You Post!

Julia M. Usher
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...
Last Reply By Lupita Cárdenas · First Unread Post

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Hi, everyone! Instead of our usual Saturday Spotlight this week, I've posted something super special - the results of our annual Cookiers' Choice Awards ! Woo hoo! See who won here ! Also, a few words on upcoming Spotlight s. I'll be out of the country teaching from February 13 to February 25, and my teaching days fall on Saturdays. Since my teaching days are typically super looooooong, I regret that I have to skip the Spotlight on February 18. I hope to resume it on February 25, depending...Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

Congrats to Our First "Cookie Queen", Plus New Badges Area!

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! Congrats to @Teri Pringle Wood for being our first member to surpass 100,000 activity points and to achieve "Cookie Queen" status on our site! As a reminder, activity points are accumulated by participating in the site in various ways - posting photos; contributing blog posts, forum topics, and surveys; commenting on content; having others comment on your content; and so on. And our activity levels, which range from "Nibbler" to "Cookie Queen", are a way to recognize...Read More...
Last Reply By Gingerland · First Unread Post

Don't Mind Us - Messing with Site Background!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! If you're wondering why our site background doesn't match the banner, don't fret. My site tech guru is playing around with some coding of the site to hopefully allow the backgrounds to automatically scale to the size of one's monitor - and to save me time editing and resizing backgrounds to optimize their display on the site. He'll be working on this issue for much of tonight and possibly into tomorrow, so please be patient as we work through these details. Order will hopefully be...Read More...

New "Packaged Cookies" Clip Set

Julia M. Usher
In response to @Cookie Me This ~ Heidi's input during my recent site feedback chat (read the recap here ), I've decided to add a new clip set for posting packaged cookies called just that - "Packaged Cookies". Basically, it is our new place for locating all creative packaging ideas - be they cookies in bags, boxes, or some never-before-seen container. Please also remember to tag any packaged cookies accordingly, i.e., with something like "cookie packaging" or "packaged cookies".Read More...

Spotlight to Resume Next Week

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all. My apologies, the Spotlight will resume next week. In light of the week's events here in the US and my prep for the Cookiers' Choice Awards finalist announcement (!!), I need a little break. UPDATE: Actually, our "normal" Top 10 Spotlight s will resume the week after next, as next week's Spotlight is Bakerloo Station's recap of Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #20!Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post

Heads Up! Please Fill Out Our Vanilla Survey!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! In anticipation of Liesbet Schietecatte's next Toolbox Talk , which is all about vanilla flavoring (and primarily that which you use in your cookie dough ), @Liesbet and I would like to ask you about the types and brands of vanilla flavoring that you prefer to use. To that end, I've put together a short survey (only 15 multiple choice questions) that should go very fast! Please fill out the survey here . Thanks in advance for your participation! P.S. Not...Read More...
Last Reply By Teri Pringle Wood · First Unread Post

Two Live Chats - Coming Soon!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! One reminder, and an announcement! First, don't forget: I'll be live-chatting with interested Cookie Connection members on Sunday, January 15 at 10 am CT. The topic is site feedback and goal- and priority-setting for 2017. My chat room is now open to receive advance questions (if you can't make it); otherwise I hope to "see" you there for this very important planning session. Second, that announcement - and it's a good one, folks! Our Rising Star Chat Series , which features...Read More...
Last Reply By Tina At Sugar Wishes · First Unread Post

Winner of JORD Timeless Timepiece Giveaway Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My JORD wood watch giveaway concluded last night! Thanks to all who so eagerly participated. We had a whopping 4,160 entries! Now, for the info you've all been waiting for - that one lucky winner! The random number generator has spoken, and that winner is . . . entry #1057, Wendy Scoates! Wendy, I've already contacted you via your entry email with information about how to redeem your prize, directly with the good folks at JORD. Please let me know if you have any questions. I know...Read More...
Last Reply By Teresa Pękul · First Unread Post

Site Software Update on Thursday, January 12

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! On Thursday, January 12, 2017, my site guys (Hoop.la) will be releasing a software update to Cookie Connection . This update will necessitate up to 10 minutes of downtime. The update will be released between the hours of 11:00 am and 8:00 pm ET, and the downtime is anticipated sometime during this period, though I cannot tell you exactly when. There is no need to report downtime during this period, as it is completely expected. Thank you.Read More...

Happy 2017! 10,000 Members and Growing!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Happy New Year! Just a quick update to let you know that we surpassed the 10,000 member mark sometime in the last 24 hours or so! And while December is always our busiest month on Cookie Connection , month-to-month activity (views, audio and video pulls, etc.) jumped 38% last month, which is the single biggest increase in month-to-month activity that the site has experienced in the last three years! That all said, 2017 is off to an auspicious start, thanks to all of your wonderful...Read More...
Last Reply By Teri Pringle Wood · First Unread Post
Well, folks, you should know her already . . . because that site artist is me! I had a dearth of member contributions for the month of January , and so I took the easy way out and posted a recent image of some cookies that use my new Prettier Plaques TM "Peace" set. Plus, "peace" seemed to be a wonderful message for ringing in 2017! Basically, both the banner and backdrop use the same image, just cropped and scaled differently: I also decided to depart from our usual small-scale tiled...Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post

New Site Submissions Clip Set for Site Backgrounds and Banners

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Well, Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #13 was such a resounding success (read the recap here ) that I decided to invite members to submit background and banner photos for consideration at any time. I would love to continue to feature members' cookies in these areas for as long as Cookie Connection exists! In addition to keeping the site looking its best, this approach should also bring more visibility to your work. To facilitate the submission process, I've opened up a new clip set...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Introducing Our December Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
Oh my, the year is nearly over! I'm astonished at how quickly 2016 has flown, but I guess that's how things go when you're immersed in something you truly enjoy - in my (and our!) case, cookie decorating! Before I introduce our very talented December site artist, let me just say that I am in dire need of January 2017 site art, as well as art for the months of March, April, July, August, September, and December 2017. If you're interested in having your cookie art featured in our 2017 banners...Read More...
Last Reply By Classic.Cookies · First Unread Post

Site Downtime on December 14!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Our site support team (Hoop.la) 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. This maintenance is scheduled for December 14, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. During this maintenance period, there will be up to 60 minutes of downtime. Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the majority of the maintenance period, however. Thanks for your patience.Read More...
Last Reply By Evelindecora · First Unread Post

Live Chat Reminder - Jill FCS Joins Us This Saturday!

Julia M. Usher
Don't forget our once-in-a-lifetime live chat with cookier extraordinaire @Jill FCS, Funky Cookie Studio this coming Saturday! Jill's chat room is now open to receive advance questions here: http://cookieconnection.juliausher.com/chat-event/live-chat-with-jill-fcs Hope to see you all there!Read More...
Last Reply By Sil Quiroga *Homemade Cookies by Sil* · First Unread Post
Hi, all, just a heads-up that there will be no Saturday Spotlight this weekend or next, as I am taking a much-needed vacation starting tomorrow. I'll be launching a super duper giveaway (related to my new product line) during this time, but that is the only work that my family is going to permit me to do! Thanks for understanding, and a "happy Thanksgiving" to all who celebrate!Read More...
Last Reply By Evelindecora · First Unread Post

Say Hello to Our November Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
Boy, do I have a lot to be thankful for this month . . . a couple of family gatherings, a new product line (stay tuned for a HUGE launch giveaway in about two weeks), a bounty of food planned for my Thanksgiving table, and . . . more gorgeous site artwork! I absolutely love this banner and backdrop created by former Cookie Connection contributor @Yankee Girl Yummies (aka Kari Arroyo) for Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #13 . Kari was the very deserving November winner of that...Read More...
Last Reply By Adriana Lora (Antali Cookies) · First Unread Post

More Site Maintenance and Downtime - November 18, 2016!

Julia M. Usher
Our site tech guys, Hoop.la, will be doing routine 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 is scheduled for November 18, 2016, from 10 am to 9 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). During the maintenance window, there will be occasional outages of up to 30 seconds. Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast majority of the maintenance period, however, and...Read More...
Hi, all! We had another site software update yesterday. Many things were changed on the admin side relating to who I can give permission to view various things. But, seeing as this is an all-inclusive community, I don't plan to implement most of these changes (i.e., to restrict anyone's access to certain areas of the site). However, there was one change that may impact some of you . If you previously integrated your Facebook activity (posts) into your member profile "Social" area (as...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Site Upgrade Brings Some Forum Changes!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone. Last week, we had a site software upgrade that brought a few changes to the forums that impact you. Here's a quick summary: 1. Forum posting guidelines have been added under the banner at the top of every forums page, and in a widget to the upper right of every forums page. That banner says "Important: Please read before posting" and looks like this: Just click on the banner and you will be taken to this guidelines page . The guidelines provide tips for (1) searching the site...Read More...
Last Reply By pip · First Unread Post

Site Downtime for Software Update - November 10

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! My site tech team, Hoop.la, will be performing a software update on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The update will require up to 10 minutes of downtime for Cookie Connection , sometime between the hours of 10:00 am and 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). There will also be a short period (of up to 15 minutes) where the Content Stream, Activity Stream, and Advanced Reporting portions of Cookie Connection will be unavailable. During that time, those sections of the site will...Read More...

Two Upcoming Live Chats!

Julia M. Usher
Hello, everyone! First , a reminder about our upcoming live chat in a mere 10 days! It's the second in our Rising Star Series, and it's with @Sweet Prodigy (aka Christine Dutcher)! Christine has been a member of Cookie Connectio n for only a year and a few months, but her precision-piping has already caused many jaws to hit the floor! In this chat, we'll learn more about how she very quickly acquired her skills, and tricks for creating some of her intricately piped optical...Read More...
Last Reply By Sweet Prodigy · First Unread Post

Checking in on Our Italian Members

Julia M. Usher
Hi, just checking in on our Italian members to make sure everyone is safe and sound after this week's horrible earthquakes. I hope you and those close to you were unaffected, and I offer my sincerest condolences to all who were impacted in some way. Here in the US, we are getting reports of lots of building damage but no people seriously injured - which is truly a miracle if it is true. Again, hoping for safety and security! XOXORead More...
Last Reply By Dolce Flo · First Unread Post

Site Downtime for Maintenance TODAY!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, so, so sorry for the VERY short notice, but I just got it a few minutes ago myself. TODAY, October 21, 2016, my Hoop.la/Social Strata support team will be doing maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of your service. Today's maintenance window is from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. During the maintenance window, there will be a few brief outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie...Read More...
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