I'm back! I returned early this week from summertime temperatures in Jamaica, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman (on Creative Cookiers' recent cookie cruise) to truly fall-like weather here in Missouri! Today, I had to don my first jacket of the season when I went out for my morning walk, and, after five miles, I was refreshed and invigorated rather than in dire need of a shower. (There's more than me who's grateful for that! )
Likewise, I'm seeing more consistently fall-like subject matter on this week's hot list*. I love all the nature themes and rich auburn and bronze tones that have cropped up while I was away. Yay! I think it's safe to say that my favorite season has officially arrived! And you've all done a remarkable job of capturing it!
So, without further rambling on my part, let's see the cookies that made it to tonight's Spotlight!
#1: "Cacti and Roses" Back-to-School Cookies by Evelindecora
#2: Oriental Flowers by Dolce Flo [EDITOR'S NOTE: Okay, so a few non-fall cookies like these crept in, but they are well worth the views they amassed!]
#3: Pirates, Parrots, and Ships by Teri Pringle Wood
#4: "Autumn" Gingerbread Box by My Lovely Cookie [EDITOR'S NOTE: This cookie is the top view of the box. You'll see the fully 3-D side view in a bit . . . this cookie was so popular that it made this week's hot list twice! Congrats, @My Lovely Cookie!]
#5: Halloween Kitties by Teri Pringle Wood
#6: Red Fox Painted Cookie by Elke Hoelzle [EDITOR'S NOTE: This cookie won third prize in a recent Brazilian cookie competition, which is no surprise given its extraordinary level of detail! Congrats, @Elke Hoelzle!]
#7: Pumpkin Patch by Teri Pringle Wood [EDITOR'S NOTE: What?! Only three mentions this week, @Teri Pringle Wood! ]
Now, for that fully 3-D side view that I spoke of earlier . . .
#8: "Autumn" Gingerbread Box - Full View by My Lovely Cookie
Worth the wait, right?!
#9: Fall Pine Cones and Acorns by Kim Damon [EDITOR'S NOTE: I must confess, I'm a bit partial to this set, as it uses - masterfully, I might add - my "Noel" stencil for the green background! ]
And, last but not least, site sweetheart @Evelindecora makes a second grand appearance . . .
#10: Embossed Cookies by Evelindecora
Congrats again to this week's honorees!
Before I leave you, yet a few more housekeeping notes (I've had a lot of them lately, I apologize): I'll do my darnedest to write Spotlights next weekend and the following, but I reserve the right to flake out, as I am solidly in shows, vending and judging, or classrooms both weekends. Time for a clone, maybe?!
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