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Happy New Year and Some Important Thank-Yous!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! First, my sincerest wishes for a wonderful exit from 2018 and entry into 2019! Second, as we transition into the New Year, I wanted to take a moment to extend a HUGE and very visible thank-you to all of our amazing Cookie Connection contributors: @Manu, @Bakerloo Station, @Aproned Artist, @Lucy (Honeycat Cookies), and our latest addition to the team, @SugarDotCookies. Without their tireless and inspired support,...Read More...
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Say Hello to Our January 2019 Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
Happy New Year, everyone! I sincerely hope that 2019 brings you much happiness and success in your cookie lives and beyond! Here on Cookie Connection , we are certainly ringing in 2019 with a plethora of possibilities - at least as far as site art is concerned. Earlier this month, I repurposed past posts of @Aproned Artist and mine to come up with this month's banners and backdrops. Like last month, we'll see two sets of art this month, starting first with Aproned Artist's...Read More...
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Hi, all! There will be a brief hiatus in chats in December, seeing as most of us are likely to be distracted by the holidays. But, come the new year, we'll be chatting again in full force with the launch of our CookieCon 2019 Speakers Series, dedicated to conversations with the event's featured presenters ! It was just yesterday (almost literally) that we concluded the 2018 series. Because CookieCon changed to an annual schedule, now each spring, we're experiencing nearly back-to-back...Read More...
Hi, all! I'm thrilled to announce that my namesake cookie competition, formerly held at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, is moving to my hometown (St. Louis, MO) and to the wonderful Show Me Sweets Edible Art Show & Convention on July 13-14, 2019! We've got two categories this year (both 2-D and 3-D), and I've nearly doubled the cash prizes for a total of $3000! I can't wait to see your entries! For competition theme, rules, and prizes , visit the Show Me Sweets site, here .Read More...
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New Cookie Connection Merchandise!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I have a fun little announcement for you, which includes some goodies designed to make us feel even more like one big, happy Cookie Connection family! Long story short, I recently partnered with teespring.com and YouTube to bring branded Cookie Connection and JULIA merchandise to YouTube. I’m beta-testing the feature now with some cute Cookie Connection tees and other goodies. Right now, I've got two Cookie Connection tees that look the same from the front . . . . . . but which have...Read More...
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Hi, all! First, huge thanks to Cookie Connection members @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) and @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.! In an effort to lure more Japanese members to this site, they generously volunteered to translate the site's Terms of Use (利用規約) and Photo Posting Guidelines (画像・動画投稿について ―― 投稿する前に必ずお読みください) into Japanese! THANK YOU, LADIES! Now, everyone will find links to the Japanese translations at the top of each of those pages (links above), and also directly below: Terms of Use...Read More...
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Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
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We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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Hi, everyone! The JULIA Airbrush System sold more quickly than ever anticipated and, as some of you may know, is now stocked out. Thank you to everyone who supported the product through their purchases. I am so grateful to you! Several people have asked when it will be available again, and, instead of responding to each and every one of you separately, here's the official answer for all. I regret to say that I have no plans to release any more of this particular system . It’s a long story,...Read More...
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Craftsy is Now Bluprint!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a quick note that Craftsy, as we used to know it, is no longer! "Craftsy" was recently rebranded to "Bluprint". So what does this mean for us here on Cookie Connection ? The good news (for now anyway) is that all the Craftsy classes you once saw promoted via affiliate links on this site still exist (phew!), but they now show up under Bluprint links (like the one shown below) and reside on the Bluprint site. Craftsy has been completely subsumed into Bluprint. In other words, you...Read More...
Hi, all! Well, Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #13 was such a resounding success (read the recap here ) that I decided to invite members to submit background and banner photos for consideration at any time. I would love to continue to feature members' cookies in these areas for as long as Cookie Connection exists! In addition to keeping the site looking its best, this approach should also bring more visibility to your work. To facilitate the submission process, I've opened up a new clip set...Read More...
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Hey, all! I just wanted to extend a public congratulations to @Evelindecora for achieving 100,000 activity points on Cookie Connection this past weekend, elevating her to our highest "Cookie Queen" status on the site! You'll now see her sporting the following badge on her member profile and perhaps elsewhere online, and this is why! As you may or may not know, activity points are basically a fun, non-competitive measure of your activity on the site, which, if you hadn't...Read More...
Last Reply By Azucena Holmes · First Unread Post
Hi, all! Due to the holiday rush (a full house of guests arriving tomorrow and no husband at home to help me), there will be no Spotlight today. I'll resume on December 29, so get those New Years cookies up on the site! Happy holidays! May it be filled with cookies and much joy!Read More...
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Our Second Set of December Site Art Has Posted!

Julia M. Usher
In case you didn't notice , I just rotated in our second set of December site art. These fanciful gingerbread men and snow globes were made by @Gingerland, aka Berni Solti! A prolific site art contributor, Berni was also responsible for the lovely Christmas trees and stockings gracing the site for the first half of the month. THANK YOU, BERNI! You can learn more about Berni in her forum profile, here .Read More...
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Saturday Spotlight Resumes on December 15

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a quick heads-up: there will be no Saturday Spotlight on December 8, as I am in all-day video shoots and classes the entire weekend. The Spotlight will resume on December 15, Christmas shopping and house-cleaning permitting! Thanks for your understanding. Maybe I'll get a clone for Christmas?!Read More...
Yes, Berni Solti (aka @Gingerland) is back with us for the duration of December! A few months ago, Berni gave me a load of site art for many different months, and, within that treasure trove, she gifted me with TWO options just for December. Both are so darn cute (see below) that I wasn't quite sure which to choose . . . Option 1: Option 2: . . . and so . . . I didn't! (Avoiding decisions sure makes life easy! ) I'll be starting this month with the first stocking and tree...Read More...
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Meet Our November Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Finally! At long last, Missouri has jumped fully into fall, all in the 11 few days that I was in Japan. My green trees suddenly have tinges of red and orange on them, and all of the seed pods in my garden are now definitively VERY brown. I chose this month's site artist (Timea Gazdagné Görbe, aka @PUDING FARM) not only because her work very much conveys the state of my fall yard , but also because poppies are the symbol of "remembrance". Later this month, we have one of our...Read More...
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Hi, all, a quick Saturday Spotlight update! Two days ago, I posted a special (and extra long) Spotlight featuring the winners of my "Julia Usher's Decorated Cookie Competition" at the 2018 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS). Those winners were Stacy Frank (aka @thefrostitute), Shelby Bower, and Heather Brookshire. (Congrats again, ladies!) Not only did they create superb works of art for the show, but they also did a superb job of providing work-in-process photos and...Read More...
Woo hoo! Our 2018 CookieCon Speakers Series continues (and concludes) with our last (but not least) CookieCon instructor live chat. On November 3 at 10 am central time , we're meeting up with none other than Katy Metoyer of Sugar Dayne , perhaps best known for her avant-garde, impressionistic seaside-themed cookies, like the beauties pictured below. Since 2017, she's also been the proud operator of a brick-and-mortar cookie shop, which I suspect we'll learn a lot more about during the chat!Read More...
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Thanks to Berni Solti, aka @Gingerland, for dressing up our site again this month - this time in full-on Halloween regalia! I just love Berni's crisp lines and perfect piping, and the "energy" of her designs, don't you?! As you may know, Berni has been a prolific contributor of site art, and, as such, has already been the subject of one of our in-depth Cookier Close-up interviews - one of the perks of being a site artist! So, if you don't yet know her, please read that...Read More...
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Hi, all! My tech team, Hoop.la, will soon be doing maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of your service. This maintenance is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The maintenance window is from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). During the maintenance period, there will be occasional site outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast...Read More...

Say Hello to Our May Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Hi! Yes, that site artist is me once again, so we'll skip the usual artist intro and move onto more important matters - like how to get your art featured instead of mine! I'd really, truly love to have more submissions from all of you. One reason is selfish: I'm bored with seeing my cookies. Typically, I've looked at them for countless hours before posting them here, and enough is enough! But the primary reasons are for you. Featured cookiers get noticed by other members, potential...Read More...
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Yes, you got that right! Even though CookieCon 2018 is over, I'll be wrapping up live chats and Cookier Close-up interviews with the remaining CookieCon instructors in the coming days and months. Stay tuned for interviews with @Hillary Ramos (aka The Cookie Countess), @Jodi Till (with whom we chatted just last weekend, here ), and @Anne Yorks (aka Flour Box Bakery), as well as both chats and interviews with @Andrea Walters...Read More...

Saturday Spotlight Delay

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I had intended to post a CookieCon Sugar Show recap as this weekend's Saturday Spotlight , but I am still awaiting the final winning photos. It is now pretty late here and I have mounds of other work to do, so I will hopefully post it tomorrow (Sunday) or just as soon as I receive the photos. Stay tuned! From the photos I've caught on Facebook and Instagram, the wait will be worth it - the show looked pretty darn spectacular!Read More...

Introducing Our September Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
So sorry. Forgive me, but it's me again with some cuts and splices from my recent "School Rules" stencil release. Since there was no other art in the hopper this month, I quickly turned a few of my back-to-school photos into our September site banner and backdrop: Also, please forgive the fact that the globe is on backwards - I just wanted to keep you all on your toes! As I've mentioned before, I'd MUCH rather spotlight your cookie work than mine, so please do not hesitate to submit your...Read More...
Yippee! Our CookieCon live chat series continues in September, even after CookieCon is over (!!), with CookieCon presenter and repeat Sugar Show winner, @Jodi Till of Kids to College Cookie Creations. Jodi's live chat is on the weekend after CookieCon - Saturday, September 22 at 10 am central , to be precise - but her chat room is now open to receive your advance questions. Just click here to visit her chat room , and then follow the instructions at the top of the page to...Read More...

Site Display Errors

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone, I just wanted to report that the site is experiencing some site display errors, where, in certain forum posts, the text of the post is displaying above the main header of the site in the background. I am aware of this problem and have reported it, so there is no need to report it to me. My site guys are working on it, but I do not yet have an estimated time by which it will be fixed. I'll report back here when it is. Thanks for your patience. Here's what it looks like on one...Read More...
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It's that time again for our monthly site makeoever, and - wowza - we have indeed been transformed, thanks to this generous and very summer-y contribution from @Gingerland, aka Berni Solti. I just love the perfect porcelain-like finishes on Berni's cookies, and the added depth and dimension she achieves through shading with an airbrush! Her cookie colors work wonderfully with the Cookie Connection logo too - an added plus! Thank you, Berni, for keeping our site alive with...Read More...
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Woo hoo! After a little break from chatting in July, we've got a busy, all-star lineup in August! On August 11, we continue our CookieCon 2018 Speakers Series with CookieCon instructor and The Cookie Countess owner, Hillary Ramos! We'll naturally talk to Hillary about cookie stencils and stenciling (the focus of her business), but any other cookie questions are also fair game. To join Hillary's chat at the appointed time, just click on this link . Or, if you can't make the chat, no worries!Read More...
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A Second Live Chat in August! Woo Hoo!

Julia M. Usher
Our CookieCon live chat series continues with a second live chat in August! This time, it's with CookieCon keynote speaker @Anne Yorks of the wildly popular Flour Box Bakery . Anne is yet another cookie renaissance woman who has done everything from teaching online classes with Craftsy to running her own in-person classes and cookie bakery. So your questions for Anne can literally run the gamut! Anne's live chat is on August 25 at 10 am central , but her chat room is now...Read More...

No Saturday Spotlight This Weekend!

Julia M. Usher
Heads up for those who did not see my notice at the end of last week's Saturday Spotlight . I will be in New York on personal matters this coming weekend, and therefore unable to post our weekend Spotlight as usual. Spotlight s will resume next weekend on July 28, 2018. Thanks for your understanding and patience.Read More...
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