Hi, everyone! I have been back from my Australia teaching trip for a week, and am still catching up on sleep, LOL. Yes, it was a long trip to and fro, but it was worth it - especially to see students and fellow instructors in the flesh after two years of working in isolation. In addition to the long travel (close to 40 hours on the way back!), it wasn't an easy trip for another reason. Perhaps you heard: Brisbane had record-level rain (and floods, sadly), and the humidity and temperature in the classroom (97%, 75 to 80°F) created some huge decorating challenges. That being said, I believe that my students and I are better decorators for having had to work through these weather obstacles together. You'd never know we were challenged from the first photo below where everyone is smiling, but the second photo is evidence that I am not exaggerating! Yes, that's a dipped hemisphere cookie that had been "drying" for nearly 24 hours. Normally, it would be set and shiny within a few hours, like the dome in my assembled ornament in the third photo. In all of my double-digit years of decorating, I have never seen anything like it . . .
Anywho, thanks for patiently waiting for Spotlights as I was "weathering" this recent adventure. Judging from the cookie photos in this week's hot list* (which look great!), I trust that your last couple of weeks were fraught with far fewer decorating struggles than I had! Yay for that!
Now, without further ado, let's take a look at your wonderful work from this past week, ordered with the fastest trending cookie at the top. Special congrats to @Dita and @Kim Damon, both of whom had two cookie sets to hit this Spotlight!
#1: Bukiet Róż (aka Pink Bouquet) by Teresa Pękul
#2: Set of Four Succulents by Icingsugarkeks
#3: Rainy Day by KUMIKO KISHI [EDITOR'S NOTE: In keeping with my rainy experience in Brisbane, I chose these charming cookies for this week's cover image. Aren't they sweet?!]
#4: Birds, Flowers, and Berries! by Kim Damon
#5: Wedgwood Wedding by Heather Bruce Sosa
#6: Quick Little Boho Set by Kim Damon
#7: Svatba v Přírodě (aka Wedding in Nature) by Dita
#8: 50th Wedding Anniversary Cookies by Sarah's Sweets
#9: Filled Cookies by Little Wonderland
And, last but not least, another beautifully detailed set of hearts by @Dita . . .
#10: Srdce Pro Nejlepší Svědkyni a Družičky (aka Hearts for the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids) by Dita
Again, terrific work! Congrats, everyone! FYI: I will be traveling again next Saturday, but hope to bring you the Spotlight either on Friday before I leave or on Sunday after I get to my destination. Stay tuned!
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