It's that nebulous cookie season between summer and autumn when we don't know quite which cookies we should be making! Doubt me? Read on to see this week's hot list*, where the cookies range from summery sea scenes to babies bundled in fall swaddling clothes, with every theme in between!
Special congrats go to @Dixie Dust and Powdered Sugar and @Nancy Berill for being first-time honorees; @Maggy Morales for earning this week's cover spot; and @Joanna Manuel for being the inaugural entrant in our new Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #51, which gives you the tools and inspiration to try your hand at contoured cookies. BTW, I really encourage you to take part in this new challenge. Though I am admittedly biased (being the first guest instructor), I am certain you will get more learning than ever from its video-based approach to instruction. I am also available throughout the course of the challenge to answer technique questions, so don't be shy. If you're already working on an entry (or entries) and are encountering any obstacles, don't hesitate to post your question under the challenge post and tag me, and I will be happy to help out!
Thanks for indulging me in that brief challenge PSA ; now back to the matter at hand! Who are our top ten honorees this week?! Simply scroll down to see their cookies in all of their loveliness . . .
#1: Independence Day - Vintage Bangles by Joanna Manuel [EDITOR'S NOTE: These cookie cuffs are that first challenge entry I just mentioned! Joanna not only contoured her cookie dough, but also embossed it with a message before sponging the un-iced dough with gold luster paint. Wonderful - and there are countless other ways you can go with this challenge! (Nudge, nudge.) So give it a shot!]
#2: Witchy Tic Tac Toe by BevH [EDITOR'S NOTE: Be sure to check out @BevH's video link in the comments under her post. In that video, Bev shows exactly how she made this fun project and another variation of it.]
#3: Handpainted Tree with Sparkly Hummingbirds by Dixie Dust and Powdered Sugar
#4: Narozeninová Sada (aka Birthday Set) by Dita
#5: Camping Cookies by Gloriabakes
#6: Sea Romance by Goloven Olga
#8: Sweet Pumpkin by Maggy Morales
#9: Painted African Masks - View #1 by Nancy Berill
And, last, an elegant set that was also featured last week but is still riding high in the site rankings, thanks to your collective views and likes . . .
#10: Wedding Season! by Di Art Sweets
Great job, honorees! I'll be in touch via private message with your badges in a bit. Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
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