A Bittersweet Goodbye and Happy Hello!

Hi, all, I'm not sure if you've had an opportunity to catch @Dolce Sentire's recent tutorial (here), but I encourage you to do so for at least a couple of reasons.

First, it's a great tutorial, as always. But, second (and this is where the "bitter" part of "bittersweet" comes in), she reveals in it that she'll be leaving her position of site contributor, effective immediately.  The "sweet" part is: she's got lots of other great cookie opportunities awaiting her!

While I'm super sad to see such a talented cookier leave the Cookie Connection fold, I'm thrilled to see Aixa boldly stepping over the threshold of newly opened doors. I am sure her next endeavors will be as successful as her Get Inspired series was here! A huge thank you to Aixa for so generously sharing her talents with us. What a special treat it was for me to work with her for nearly two years! 

Now, before the rest of you go running for the Kleenex to blot your teary eyes, I've got some other news that should lift your spirits. You know how @Manu has been doing guest posts these last few months? Well, if you didn't, she has! And, what's more, she's graciously agreed to join our team of contributors. Starting next month, she'll issue her first "official" tutorial under the moniker of "Made by Manu", a new blog category that she'll be filling each month with a sure-to-be-splendid treat. To read more about Manu and her column, please check out her bio below or visit our "Contributors" page by clicking here.

Please also extend a huge round of applause to both Aixa and Manu for supporting this site in their various ways - and to encourage them as they embark on their new journeys! 

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Manuela Pezzopane, affectionately called Manu by her friends and family, is the author of the blog feature Made by Manu, where each month she shares the method behind a magical cookie of her own making. A fan of everything handmade, Manu professes to have tried every possible hobby. However, it wasn’t until the end of 2014, when an American friend invited her to a Christmas cookie exchange, that she first discovered decorated cookies. In 2015, after watching Julia M. Usher's videos and signing up on Cookie Connection, Manu finally attempted her own. Since then, cookie decorating has become Manu’s passion – one that she continues to develop by actively participating in the challenges hosted by fellow Cookie Connection contributor Bakerloo Station. You can follow Manu on Facebook and Instagram, email her at manubiscottidecorati@gmail.com, or catch her past Cookie Connection posts here.

Photo credit: Manuela Pezzopane

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Aixa has been a wonderful contributor, I loved every single tutorial she posted, she will be missed! I wish her all the best in her new cookie projects! Such a great news to hear the name of the new contributor you have chosen @Julia M. Usher! Manu is a talented photographer and cookier, her ideas are always original and very creative; I admired her recent posts so much and can't wait to see the next! Her explanations are very clear and projects she makes are 'contagious' full of amazing details and brilliant new ideas to try; you couldn't choose better Julia, I am sure Manu is going to be a trend setter and precious contributor for Cookie Connection!

Thank you, Julia, for this opportunity. I have received so much from this site since I signed up that I am honored to have the chance to give my contribution and become even a more active participant to the site.

Aixa @Dolce Sentire, I am a huge fan of your work and I have always been looking forward to your monthly tutorial. You have shared so many ideas, techniques and tools with us: tips about the right paintbrushes or the daubers, the cracked stone effect, the crakle effect, the bark-like and the carboard texture on royal icing, how to simulate a foil wrapper and even how to create a bokeh effect on cookies, just to name some.

I wish you all the best in your new cookie journey.

See you soon 

Evelindecora posted:

Aixa has been a wonderful contributor, I loved every single tutorial she posted, she will be missed! I wish her all the best in her new cookie projects! Such a great news to hear the name of the new contributor you have chosen @Julia M. Usher! Manu is a talented photographer and cookier, her ideas are always original and very creative; I admired her recent posts so much and can't wait to see the next! Her explanations are very clear and projects she makes are 'contagious' full of amazing details and brilliant new ideas to try; you couldn't choose better Julia, I am sure Manu is going to be a trend setter and precious contributor for Cookie Connection!

Thank you so much Evelin for the nice and encouraging words.  It is so funny that I had the chance to know you thanks to Cookie Connection, though we live in the same area, and I have been so lucky to have the chance to participate to your classes. The techniques, tips and tricks that I have learned from you are my little treasure.

I will do my best to be an addition to this site. . . and now it is time to complete my next tutorial!

Wow bittersweet indeed! 

Congrats Manu! I look forward to note tutorials! I already love the Easter Egg hunt one and can't wait to see what else your creativity inspires.

Best of luck Aixa on your future endeavors! Your enourmous contribution to the cookie community has been amazing. You will be missed! 

Laegwen posted:

Bittersweet indead... but no matter how much I personally will miss Aixa's tutorials, I can't wait to see more of Manu's!

I will miss Aixa and her tutorials as well.

Thank you Leoni! I think you know well how I feel. I can't wait to see your next one!

Cookieland by ZorniZZa posted:

Aixa will be really missed! I wish her good luck with her new challenge! 

I'm so happy to hear that the new contributor will be Manu! I'm in love with her work and I'm looking forward to seeing her tutorials!

A big round of applause for both of you, ladies!

Thank you, Zornitsa.

Chu-A-Cookie posted:

Wow bittersweet indeed! 

Congrats Manu! I look forward to note tutorials! I already love the Easter Egg hunt one and can't wait to see what else your creativity inspires.

Best of luck Aixa on your future endeavors! Your enourmous contribution to the cookie community has been amazing. You will be missed! 

Thank you, Arlene!

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