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Julia's March Stencil Release!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's mid-March (my, how time flies!) and once again the occasion for the grand reveal of my latest Prettier Plaques TM stencils . If you haven't yet heard about my new line, introduced at the end of 2016 and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding four new five-stencil sets, including my March Stencil of the Month , to my growing line. All sets are also sold as separates to give you maximum purchasing flexibility. As a...Read More...

Introducing Our March Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
March conjures up many varied images for me, ranging from raucous leprechauns and blustery winds to softer, gentler harbingers of spring, such as the season's first birdsongs and the muted pinks and greens of hellebores peeking up through my forgotten fall leaves. This month's site art certainly falls more towards the latter end of that spectrum (my personal preference, BTW) with its barely-there spring-y hues and graceful scrolls and brush embroidery . . . And who, pray tell, is the...Read More...
Last Reply By Tonya Roberts · 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
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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Colors Bleeding - Please Help! I've Tried Everything!

Kacie
So take a look at the terrible bleeding in the picture. I've tried everything to stop this problem. In the example, the eyes were wet on wet, so I kind of expected some bleeding from the black into the white (although I'd love to know how to fix this), but then the eyes were left to set for 24 hours before the orange nose was done. After the nose was added I put the cookies in a dehydrator for 15-20 minutes and then left them out to set again. The picture you see is the cookie two days after...Read More...
Last Reply By Laegwen · First Unread Post

Big Cookie Order Tips

Nawal
Hi, cookie decorators, I have an order of 1800 cookies; the due date is in 9 days, & I am trying to figure out the most effective way to do it in right time, without spending my nights awake LOL. Earlier, I did 600 pieces in only 3 days but I was late in the delivery. I really don't want that experience again. Please give me your advice.Read More...
Last Reply By Nawal · First Unread Post
Attention: Cookie decorators in Texas! This bill (more info below) never made it out of committee two years ago. It has been introduced again this year and needs your support. Please call your representatives and tell them you support this bill. Here is a list of representatives in Texas: Chair - "Four" Price , Amarillo (512) 463-0470 Vice Chair - J.D. Sheffield , Gatesville (512) 463-0628 Diana Arévalo , San Antonio (512) 463-0616 Cindy Burkett , Garland (512) 463-0464 Garnet Coleman ,...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
If you weren't fortunate enough to hang with Dany at CookieCon last weekend, well, you're in luck - we're hosting her for a live chat this coming Saturday! Please mark your calendars. And, if you can't make the chat, please hop on over to her chat room and enter any advance questions now. Dany will answer all advance and live questions during live chat time. Thanks! Hope to "see" you there! P.S. And here's that link to Dany's chat room again: http://cookieconnection.juliau...lind-of-dany-s-cakesRead More...

Saturday Spotlight Update

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads up that it's taking me longer than envisioned to write the CookieCon 2017 Sugar Show recap, the subject of this week's Spotlight. (There were lots of awards categories, and thus there are lots of great photos to load!) It's unlikely I will finish it tonight, so stay tuned for a release later this weekend.Read More...

TruColor Natural Food Colorings, Now More Widely Available

Forum: Suppliers
Julia M. Usher
You know those TruColor™ natural colors that I tested a while ago in royal icing ( see test here )?! Well, they're now more widely available! Karen’s Cookies is offering the TruColor™ small jar collections (including gel paste and natural shine lines intended for airbrushing and painting) on their website. Check out their full-range of TruColor™ products here . Enjoy this healthier coloring alternative!Read More...
Last Reply By Marsha · First Unread Post

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

One-Stroke Painting

Gingerland
Hello Everyone! I would like to ask if there is anyone who is familiar with one stroke painting or ever tried on a cookie this technique. Last week I attended a painting course and would like to try this technique on cookies. So far I was able to come up only with this: I would like to improve with a lot of practice but cant figure out how to use food color as a paint for this special technique. On the course that I have attended we used acrylic paint, but obviously on cookies I would like...Read More...
Last Reply By Gingerland · First Unread Post

Farmers' Market Help

Cookie Lovin Mom
Hi! My state and county allow farmers' market sales, and county also now allows home baked goods. However, you have to choose farmers' market selling or direct from home. Not both. The farmers' market allows up to $36,000 in sales, however we cannot sell from home; and at farmers' market under same entity. So I am considering selling at farmers' market. Does anyone have any tips or feedback on how you do farmers' markets, since I cannot sell from home with custom orders? Would love advice!!Read More...
Last Reply By Cookie Lovin Mom · 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...
Last Reply By pip · First Unread Post

Julia's February Stencil Release!

Forum: Tools
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

Cookie Order Forms

Cookie Lovin Mom
Hi! I hope this is place for this, but I have my first paid customer and I am wondering if anyone uses an order form to send to the customer to fill out, and, if so, if you are willing to share, or at least share what information you request? If someone is willing to share your order form, or what information you get from the customer, that would be great! In Illinois, customers have to pay in person in our county, so I am wondering if you require a deposit as well? Thank you! WendyRead More...
Last Reply By taradactyl · First Unread Post

Cottage Food Operations and Meringue Powder

Forum: Legalese
Hi! I am hoping/trying to set up a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) in California for my cookies. I thought I had everything lined up, and have just been told that California doesn't allow meringue powder (or similar) in icing. I have truly cried, it makes me so sad! And I have heard this is not unique to California. It makes absolutely no sense to me that it is allowed in a professional kitchen and not in a home kitchen. Professional kitchen rental is just too expensive for a startup...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Mark Your Calendars for Our March Chat!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! Mark your calendars for our next live chat on March 25. Over the course of the next few to several months, I'll be chatting (and conducting Cookier Close-up interviews) with all of the CookieCon 2017 instructors with whom I've never done these things before! First up, is the lovely Dany Lind of Dany's Cakes (and cookies!) in the Lewiston/Auburn area of Maine, USA. In this chat, we'll explore Dany's distinctive piped, dimensional cookie work and get the lowdown on her experience as...Read More...

Feature in Torty od Mamy

Julia M. Usher
Hi, just a little news from my neck of the woods . . . I am proud to have been featured today in the March 2017 issue of the leading cake/sweets decorating magazine in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Torty od Mamy . My feature consists of a three-page spread, where I answer 14 questions about my background in and approach to cookie decorating. The issue is now available for sale here , and below is an excerpt. If you don't speak Czech or Slovak, no worries - I've attached my original...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

New Craftsy Class with Flour Box Bakery

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all, I just spotted this "new" Craftsy class from Ann Yorks , aka Flour Box Bakery, and thought you production-oriented decorators might be especially interested. ("New" is in quotes only because I'm not sure how truly new it is; it's just new to me.) This course seems to focus less on decorating technique and more on how to set up and manage your work process for maximum efficiency, which is critical for anyone who sells cookies, of course. As always, if you purchase this course via...Read More...
Last Reply By Cookie Lovin Mom · First Unread Post

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...
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