It's the start of crunch time for me (and many others, I'm sure)! There are a lot of cookies to be made and mailed, and a limited time to complete them. I feel like a sugar athlete! Since I tend to use a lot of royal icing transfers, I've made some pretty elaborate spreadsheets this year. I'm hoping they will keep me on schedule, while enabling me to still enjoy the decorating process. We'll see see how things play out over the next several weeks. Things can go sideways pretty quickly in my household! But, right now, I'm optimistic.
My outlook stems, to no small degree, from the wonderful assistance of Cookie Connection. Not only does it have a constant stream of decorating ideas, it also has a wide variety of helpful information. The blogs, forums, and chats offer so many pointers and useful hints. There is something here for everyone, regardless of their skill level. If I get stuck with my decorating, I'm pretty sure the site will bail me out!
Variety is also the theme of this week's hot list*. Though certainly focused on the holidays, the following featured cookies display so many delightful representations. Lucky us! Let's get to it.
#1: More Frosted Leaves by Icingsugarkeks (This set is the second entry in Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #55 and also the second submission by @Icingsugarkeks. You can check out Gabi's other entry, which is also trending, here. And don't forget to check out @Inspirations by Carmen Urbano's informative challenge kickoff video and the challenge rules. The challenge offers three great prizes this time, and, as always, it is a risk-free way to stretch decorating skills. So why not give it a try?! )
#6: Mr. & Mrs. Claus by The Vintage Cookie Jar (I can't say enough about this cozy set. I mean, just look at those darling slippers! And you know what?! You too can make these cookies, because @The Vintage Cookie Jar sells these cutters. If you'd like to purchase them, tag her below or PM her on her Cookie Connection member profile.)
#9: Lace Bells and Star by Bożena Aleksandrow (Perfect and precise, just like Bożena's other cookies that are featured in this month's site banner and backdrop! To learn more about Bożena, our very talented December 2023 site artist, check out this forum post. Phenomenal piping, @Bożena Aleksandrow!)
#10: Little Face Christmas Cookies by Ana Borja (Soooo much cuteness here, @Ana Borja.)
How about that?! I hope this Spotlight has helped kick your Christmas creativity into overdrive. The clock is definitely ticking, my friends!
I hope everyone has a safe, peaceful, and productive week . . . with a healthy dose of ho-ho-ho!
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Lisa Foss is a hobbyist cookie decorator. After careers in corporate communications and freelance writing, she focused her attention on the nonprofit sector. She spent more than a decade at various soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and prison reentry programs throughout New York City. Lisa’s cookie journey began in 2011 when she started making gingerbread houses. After getting a handle on construction, she focused on improving her decorating skills through books, videos, and online tutorials. This exploration brought her to Cookie Connection, which has provided her with an incredible community to learn from and grow with. Though she enjoys making cookies for family and friends, Lisa’s main focus is cookies for charity.
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