So, one thing I've been doing, whilst revamping websites and prepping for a big cookie course, is biking! This week, I logged 110 miles, and, just today, I managed 29 - all in prep for what I had hoped would be a fall biking trip to Croatia with my college roomies. But . . . just as I was patting myself on the back for all of the mileage I had logged, the roomies decided to defer the trip to 2022. International airfares are exorbitant, and flight bookings keep getting canceled . . . it seems COVID has put our world into a tailspin again.
But I'm not here to be doomsday - not at all. The pressures of COVID are what pushed my roommates and me back into contact after years of little communication. I have discovered a new hobby, and I am quite possibly fitter than I have been in eons. So there are some definite silver linings! All this to say, if COVID is bearing down on you again, try to find respite in the things you love - like cookie decorating! - or find new things to love. And never hesitate to reach out to those who share your passion, like those of us in this very community. Cookie Connection is home to a strong network of kind and generous people, and I and so many here are always available to lend support if we can!
So, in that spirit of doing and sharing what we love, I give you ten wonderful spotlighted artists in this week's hot list*. If I'm not mistaken, three of these artists are appearing for the first time in our Spotlight, and so have earned a special shout-out! Congrats to newcomers @Nozomi, @Yuko -Bluebird Cookies-, and @Clover Lily mai.
Now, let's revel in the beauty created by this week's honorees, shall we?!
#1: Wedding Favor by Kyra Manthe
#2: Dark Coloring Flower Cookie Set by Nozomi
#3: Baby Dinosaur by Cookies Fantastique
#4: Embroidery Cookies by Yuko -Bluebird Cookies-
#5: Wedding Cookies by Judit Tarsoly
#6: Sea World! by Di Art Sweets
#7: Poppy by Clover Lily mai
#8: Sunflower-Themed Birthday Cookies by Nozomi
#9: Summer by The Cookie Fantasy
And, one of our recent and very lovely Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #47 entries . . .
#10: Simple, Elegant Wedding Favor by BevH
Wonderful cookies, honorees! I can't wait to see what everyone creates next week. 'Til then, be sure to focus on what you love and to reach out to those who love you! The only way to get through this pandemic is together!
So that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list, the algorithm is secret even to site administrators. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.
All photos shown here are the courtesy (and copyright) of the designers listed.
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