Hey, all! Thanks for your patience as you've waited for the next Close-up. I've had a rough couple of weeks with helping to pack up my mom's house to ready it for showings. She'll be moving nearer to me here in St. Louis, hopefully by year end, and the real estate agent who's listing her house was adamant that the 50 year's worth of clutter be removed from her counters and tabletops before the house is photographed next week. Needless to say, this task is huge - and quite difficult for one with emotional attachments to the clutter to do on her own. So, a week or so ago, I flew to Connecticut on short notice to assist my mom. We made great progress last week, but there's still a lot more to do. Fortunately, we've now lined up a professional organizer who will hopefully ease the load and get the rest of the clutter under control. On top of this recent trip to the East Coast, I've been combing my new site for glitches, fixing lingering trouble spots, and optimizing its views on multiple devices, all before I announce its launch. It's amazing how much detail is involved with the optimization task . . . My eyes are weary from relentless computer screen-viewing! Anywho, keep your eyes peeled for my site announcement. (Hint: It's coming very soon!)
Enough about me! (I just wanted you to know why I haven't been very present here, or anywhere online for that matter . . .) Let's talk about YOU and your wonderful posts this past week. Tonight, I'm featuring a belated Fourth of July set, lots of summer (and even some end-of-summer) themes, and several fun cutter flips. In short, this week's honorees run the gamut. Carry on to see what I mean . . .
#2: Congrats Grads! by Sweet Prodigy
#3: Goodbye to Summer Set by Cajun Home Sweets
#4: Happy Birthday to Dad by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. [EDITOR'S NOTE: What a sweet tribute to your father, Ryoko! 😘]
#5: One Cutter, Endless Possibilities by Christine McKnight
#6: Welcome Back to Class by Cajun Home Sweets
#7: Tacos, Guac, and Chips Set by Cajun Home Sweets [EDITOR'S NOTE: Extra congrats, @Cajun Home Sweets, for three mentions this week! Boy, you've been busy! I'm sure your customers have been overjoyed with your cookies!]
#8: Starry Sky Cookie by 小口真智子
#9: One Cutter, So Many More Possibilities by Christine McKnight [EDITOR'S NOTE: Kudos to you, @Christine McKnight, for coming up with so many flips from the same cutter. And for two mentions this week! You really pushed the limits of creativity with your two sets!]
And, last but not least, a lovely floral stenciled set from our resident cookie philanthropist . . .
#10: Summer House Rules by LisaF
So that's a wrap! Congrats again, everyone! I leave you with some good news: I'll be in town for the next few weeks so, barring any unforeseen schedule snafus, you should be able to count on a consistent stream of Close-ups through the rest of the summer. "See" you next week!
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