Julia wrote in a comment: “I can't express how much joy it's bringing me to see everyone's immensely creative entries come in. I never thought of making some of the things you all have created, and now I am super inspired to come up with some new ideas! Thank you, everyone, for brightening my life and igniting my enthusiasm. I can't wait to see the entries that have yet to come in!”
I was so happy to read Julia’s comment, and I felt the same way while looking at each entry.
Each entrant found a way to transform her real-life inspiration into 3-D cookies, thanks to Julia’s presentation. We have seen bracelets, fish, donuts, pottery, ice cream cones, and bonnets! I loved reading in the comments how each cookier got through the process of creating her entry, and seeing the pictures of the tools she used. Every entry is so inspiring!
Apparently, the shape of anything that might inspire us is no longer a limitation since Julia gave us all of the tools and techniques to decode any object and recreate it in cookie form.
As of today, there is still a week left to the enter the challenge, but I think it would be worthwhile to extend the deadline to see even more creations. I know, this is a challenge and a deadline is a deadline, but this is also a learning experience, and the ultimate purpose of these challenges is to stretch skills, to inspire each other, and to share what everyone learned while going through the process. We learn together, we grow together. If you only think how much you have inspired Julia herself with the challenge entries so far!
So you have two more weeks to create, and you can post your entries by Tuesday October 4, 5 pm central time. Remember: The challenge directions, including Julia's two-part kick-off video, can be found in the blog under the Cookie Connection Challenges clip set, or click here to be taken to the same place.
I can’t wait to see what you all will come up with! ~ Manu
Manuela Pezzopane, affectionately called Manu by her friends and family, is the author of the blog feature Made by Manu, where each month she shares the method behind a magical cookie of her own making. In March 2022, Manu also assumed the role of host of our rebranded and reformatted Cookie Connection Challenges: Watch-Learn-Create Series, which debuted in a virtual video format in July 2022. A fan of everything handmade, Manu professes to have tried every possible hobby. However, it wasn’t until the end of 2014, when an American friend invited her to a Christmas cookie exchange, that she first discovered decorated cookies. In 2015, after watching Julia M. Usher's videos and signing up on Cookie Connection, Manu finally attempted her own designs. Since then, cookie decorating has become Manu’s passion, and her mesmerizing video shorts have earned her a large and loyal following throughout the global cookie community. Manu harks from Rome, Italy, where she currently resides. You can email Manu at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow her on Facebook and Instagram, or explore her past challenges and large library of Made by Manu tutorials here on Cookie Connection.
Photo credit: Manuela Pezzopane