Say Hello to Our February Site Artist

It's nearly February 1, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so what better time to insert some love-themed cookies into our site banner and backdrop?! I'm especially fond of these rustic hearts, wreaths, and flower plaques created by the very talented @GinkgoWerkstatt, aka Anne Lindemann. Their departure from normal lacy red and pink valentines makes them all the more interesting to me. And the neutral, wood-grain background really makes their foreground elements sing. Thanks so much to Anne for sharing her cookie love with us in this special month of St. Valentine!

February 2018 Banner - GinkgoWerkstattbackground

You all probably know the drill by now, but in case you don't, I'll be posting an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview with Anne later this month. In the meantime, please take the opportunity to get to know Anne better by reading her brief bio below!

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Anne Lindemann, aka @GinkgoWerkstatt harks from the north of Germany near the Baltic Sea, and started cookie decorating relatively recently in 2016. She always said she would never do something like cookie decorating, as it is too time consuming for a few bites, but here she is enjoying and sharing her love for the craft! Anne learned cookie decorating mostly on her own with the help of internet tutorials and videos, and primarily works with royal icing.

Anne decorates every now and then to surprise people with gifts for parties, birthdays, or special events. She also enters competitions on occasion to have her work judged and to learn what she can do to improve. As a graphic designer by profession, Anne especially has fun planning and creating sets based on certain designs or themes.

Anne does not sell her cookies, as Germany is very strict with food-related businesses, and she does not teach. Though she might like to give these things a try in the future, cookie decoration is still a niche in Germany, and, for now, she is happy doing simple tutorials every so often with the hope of inspiring others to give royal icing a try.

Photo credits: GinkgoWerkstatt

To learn more about Anne, please visit her portfolio on Cookie Connection, her website (in German only), or her Facebook and Instagram pages.

And, again, an important reminder: As of this post, I'm flush out of art for every other month in 2018. So, unless you want to see my cookies all over the site for the rest of the year (I sure don't!), then I urge you to consider submitting your material. Our submission guidelines can be found here. (They're pretty straightforward, but, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.) All contributors will get their work featured prominently in the site's banner and background for a full month, plus the added PR benefits of a forum post like this one and a Cookier Close-up interview! Woo hoo!

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Julia M. Usher posted:
Manu posted:

Beautiful banner and backdrop Anne @GinkgoWerkstatt I follow you already on FB and Ig, but I can’t wait for your Close-up (Thank you @Julia M. Usher!)

Yes, @GinkgoWerkstatt (and @Manu) - Thanks for your patience. I plan to start work on your Close-up questions tomorrow! 

Since I signed up and dived into this amazing site I realized as a member the amount of work put into manage it and to keep it at a high standard.
Becoming a contributor made me aware that this amount is HUGE and Julia does it all alone: organization and editing of Close-Ups, Chats live and non-live, editing of all blog posts, editing of the tags when needed in the daily clips, prompt answer to the Forum, Saturday Top10 recognitions, the Awards (Cookiers’ and Milestone) and much much more!
Thank you @Julia M. Usher for your hard work and for making this site so special, this shout out was needed!

Manu posted:
Julia M. Usher posted:
Manu posted:

Beautiful banner and backdrop Anne @GinkgoWerkstatt I follow you already on FB and Ig, but I can’t wait for your Close-up (Thank you @Julia M. Usher!)

Yes, @GinkgoWerkstatt (and @Manu) - Thanks for your patience. I plan to start work on your Close-up questions tomorrow! 

Since I signed up and dived into this amazing site I realized as a member the amount of work put into manage it and to keep it at a high standard.
Becoming a contributor made me aware that this amount is HUGE and Julia does it all alone: organization and editing of Close-Ups, Chats live and non-live, editing of all blog posts, editing of the tags when needed in the daily clips, prompt answer to the Forum, Saturday Top10 recognitions, the Awards (Cookiers’ and Milestone) and much much more!
Thank you @Julia M. Usher for your hard work and for making this site so special, this shout out was needed!

I wish I could love this post, but we only have a like button here!   Thank you - I am so lucky to have you helping as much as you do with your wonderful tutorials! ❤️❤️❤️

GinkgoWerkstatt posted:

Thank you, @Manu! ♥

No need to thank me @Julia M. Usher. Like Manu said, you do so much for and on this site! I would be the last one to make you rush things or complain.  Even if you would skip the Close-up because you are too busy for it, it would be fine for me.

I am just happy about my little feature and having found a spot that is all about cookies 😘

Oh, no - there will be no skipping of your Close-up! I want to learn more about you! 

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