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Hi, everyone. I awoke, as I'm sure many of you did, to learn of the devastating flooding and landslides in Japan ( https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/07...ly-floods/index.html ), which have caused several deaths and millions to evacuate their homes. The news and images are utterly heartbreaking. I heard from our some of our members this morning who reported that they are "okay". I am so overjoyed to hear this, but very worried about our other members and friends. Please know my heart goes out to...Read More...
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Julia in Cake Masters' New "Cookie Icon" Feature

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I'm thrilled to announce that I was recently interviewed for Cake Masters Magazine 's new "Cookie Icon" feature. It's wonderful to see the Cake Masters editors extending this traditionally cake-focused feature into cookies! Here's a link to my interview . (It's also a bit amusing to see they edited me into a Brit! Never in my life have I used the word "mum" for "mom"! ) The entire July 2018 issue is also available for purchase on the Cake Master s' site here .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...

Fourth of July Cookie Stencil Sale!

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Julia M. Usher
Heads up - 20% off all stencil sales of $25 or more on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ' site! Offer good through July 8. (NOTE: The offer only applies to stencils and can't be applied on top of another discount/coupon code or to my monthly club.) Enjoy! Shop here: www.confectioncouturestencils.com .Read More...

Manu, Our July Site Artist, Does It Again!

Julia M. Usher
Thanks again to Manu for adapting some of her photos from her recent (and completely stunning) water lily tutorial to fit our banner and backdrop! Lucky us, they'll be gracing our site throughout the entire month of July! They look absolutely splendid, don't they?! As noted in last month's site art post , I am now officially out of site art for the rest of the year, and I would love to feature YOURS! Getting your art featured is easy - you can work with existing photos and just crop them to...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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More Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

Julia M. Usher
Aha! Got your attention again! As it turns out, I'm sponsoring and judging another great cookie competition this year at the Show Me Sweets Cake & Candy Convention , on September 8-9, 2018 in St. Charles, Missouri. This show is only one year old, but it generated an impressive turnout for the cookie competition last year, and it only promises to be even better this year. So far, over $2500 in cash and prizes has been donated for four categories in the cookie competition. For more...Read More...

Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

Julia M. Usher
Aha! So I got your attention, didn't I?! Good, because I wanted to remind you that, as always, I'll be sponsoring and judging my namesake cookie decorating competition at this year's Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show , aka OSSAS, on September 28-30, 2018. It's the show's 25th anniversary, so founder and host Kerry Vincent is surely going to pull out all the stops! And so should you! It's not too early to start designing your competition entry! Attached is a screen shot of the competition prizes...Read More...

CookieCon 2018 Sugar Show Categories Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! If you're going to CookieCon (the country's largest cookie decorating convention) in September, they recently announced their Sugar Show (cookie decorating competition) categories, as described above. This show, and others like it, are often a great way to push your skills to new heights, regardless of whether you win any prize. For more information about the event, please visit the CookieCon site .Read More...
Hi, all! I just got an email from the casting agency for Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge, and they are already casting for this year's series, believe it or not. Here's what the casting letter said: "Our casting team is currently searching nationwide for the best cookie makers in the country to put their skills to the ultimate test in a fun holiday cookie competition. Do you make flawless florentines, magnificent madeleines, and perfect pinwheels? If cookies is your calling, this...Read More...
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Hey, all, as you may know, I will be at SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo later this month, demoing both my stencils and my new airbrush system. I expect to have some awesome show deals for you too, like the ones pictured here: I'll be located in Booth #200 in plain view, very close to the front doors. I hope to see you there! I also wanted to alert you to the show's cookie competition, which I am judging along with Amber Spiegel (SweetAmbs) and Sandie Beltran (You Can Call Me Sweetie). It's got a...Read More...
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Heads Up! CookieCon 2018 Tickets Go on Sale Tonight!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! The following update is just in from Karen and Mike Summers, organizers of CookieCon . . . CookieCon 2018 tickets and add-on (pre-CookieCon) workshops go on sale this evening (March 14, 2018) at 7:00 pm MDT . At that time, please visit www.cookiecon.com , and click on the registration link at the top of the page to purchase your ticket! To see some tips and a video about how to register, click here: http://www.cookiecon.net/registration-tips.php To read more about CookieCon and to...Read More...

Food Network Now Casting for Two Baking Shows

Julia M. Usher
ATTENTION, EVERYONE! Food Network is now casting for two competitions. Click on the link below for more info. (P.S. I know more than a few cookie decorators who competed in the Christmas Cookie Challenge last year, and at least two who brought home the $10,000 prize! It's well within your reach too!) MORE INFO: https://bakingchampionshipcasting.castingcrane.comRead More...

Stenciled Cookie Contest by Julia's Stencil Partner

Julia M. Usher
Attention, cookiers! My stencil partner ( Confection Couture Stencils ) is running a "Show Us Your Cookies" contest, where you can enter to win a curated set of cookies stencils (worth $60) PLUS a bonus prize. Entries must be received by November 30, 2017 and must also be stenciled with either my Prettier Plaques sets or any of the Confection Couture stencils. The winner will be determined by the number of likes each entry receives, so spread the word by sharing your image after you upload...Read More...
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2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards Winners Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! The results are finally in! I know firsthand what a grueling experience the judging process was, as I had the privilege (?!) of scouring 40 super-qualified portfolios, along with 11 other judges, to make the final determinations. What a challenge that was! The judges' individual rankings in 10 categories were filed about a month ago, and then tallied by the folks at Cake Masters , leading to the awards announcements made last night at the 2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards in...Read More...
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Mark Your Calendars for CookieCon 2018!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I just caught this announcement on the CookieCon Facebook page and thought you'd all be interested to know that CookieCon 2018 has been scheduled for September 12-15, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. We'll be posting more info to our Calendar area of the site, as we receive it from the organizers. Please also visit the CookieCon Facebook page for more regular updates.Read More...
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2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards Finalists Announced!

Julia M. Usher
If you haven't been following the Cake Masters Magazine Facebook page , then let me be the first to tell you that the finalists in their annual sugar arts awards program were announced this week - with the Cookie and Royal Icing Awards categories being announced just today. The wonderful news is that many congratulations are in order for members of the Cookie Connection community! First, in the Royal Icing category, huge kudos to @Anikó Vargáné Orbán for her spectacular work! And,...Read More...
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Hi, all, I just wanted to alert you that the Sixth Annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale is now open for registrations, meaning that if you're interested in donating cookies to the cause, you can now sign up to do so. You can also register to be a volunteer at the event. As a reminder, this event (October 13-15, 2017) raises funds to fuel research into childhood cancer. Since its inception, it has raised over $110,000 for the cause through generous decorated cookie donations that then get...Read More...

A New Cookie Competition in the Show Me State!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I wanted to bring your attention to a new sweets convention, debuting for the first time in my home city and state of St. Louis, Missouri. It is called "Show Me Sweets", and it is taking place for one day, Sunday, October 22, at the St. Louis City Center Hotel. There's a ton happening at this event - everything from competitions and classes to demos and vendors, all of which you can read about here . But it's the cookie competition that I wanted to talk to you about...Read More...
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Hey, everyone! Just quick reminder that August 24 is the filing deadline for entry forms into my namesake cookie competition (Julia Usher's Decorated Cookie Competition) at Kerry Vincent's annual Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) , which runs from September 30 to October 1, 2017. As you probably know, I'm a huge proponent of challenges and competitions as a way to test skills and push oneself to new heights, so I sincerely hope you will consider entering. Not only do you reap the rewards...Read More...

2017 Cake Masters Awards - Nominations Now Open!

Julia M. Usher
Oops! Somehow I missed that nominations are now open for the 2017 Cake Masters Awards, but they are! There's still time to nominate your favorite cookie artist and educator/learning experience, among other artists in other categories! Here's the link to nominate: http://www.cakemastersawards.com/nominate . You've got one chance to nominate, so consider your selections carefully before submitting your form! While you're there, please consider giving Cookie Connection and its contributors a...Read More...
Attention to those attending my classes in Argentina in August: I will be selling my stencils there, and am now taking pre-orders for them. If you want to be sure I bring those stencils you want, please send me your stencil orders no later than July 1 (email me at sweetlife@juliausher.com ). I'll take payment when I arrive in Argentina, either in USD or via credit card. Unfortunately, I cannot accept any Argentine money. Thanks! I'm looking forward to bringing my product line to another...Read More...
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Food Network Cookie Challenge Casting Call

Julia M. Usher
Attention, cookiers! Food Network is now casting for their Christmas Cookie Challenges. Apparently they'll be doing more of them this year than last. Give it a shot! (I'm hoping that one day soon they'll also choose a cookie decorator for a judge! ) All of the information that I have/know is in the poster below, so please direct all inquiries to the website in the poster and not to me. Thanks, and best of luck if you choose to participate!Read More...

Great Time at CookieCon 2017!

Big Cookie Dream
I'm a newbie cookier and this was my first CookieCon. It was a lot of fun. The sponsors were very generous. I've learned so much and now I need to figure out which techniques to practice first. I did purchase some of Julia's stencils so that will be at the top of the list. I made two cookies for CookieTown. My first attempt at something like this.Read More...
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CookieCon 2017 Coverage in Full Swing!

Julia M. Usher
In case you missed my previous announcements here, our CookieCon 2017 coverage is now in full swing! Thanks to @Beverly Parker, and other members who have posted their contributions to the CookieCon Cookie Town Collaboration, you can see a photo diary of the event in our "CookieCon Coverage" clip set here . And, thanks to @Econlady, who's been going a mile a minute so as not to miss ANYTHING, you read read her daily CookieCon journal here . Enjoy! And, once...Read More...
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Sneak Peek at 2016 Cookiers' Choice Awards Trophies

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! Just a brief "human interest" post! As you all probably know, we recently announced the winners of our 2016 Cookiers' Choice Awards . They'll each receive a $500 cash prize in addition to a commemorative "trophy", which is a custom-engraved Waterford Crystal vase! All four vases just arrived today (so, winners: they'll be in the mail in a couple of days). I couldn't be happier with how they turned out, so I thought I'd share: Congrats again to our 2016 winners! Hopefully, this...Read More...

It's Almost CookieCon Time - Please Share While There!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's almost time for the cookie event of the year - Cookie Con ! Sadly, I can't make it again this year due to preexisting classes and other commitments. However, I am 100-percent certain that those of us who don't have the time, resources, or good fortune to go to CookieCon will absolutely love to live vicariously, so, if you are going, please do not hesitate to share your experiences in any of the following areas: (1) If you're a CookieCon sponsor , and would like to tell everyone...Read More...

CookieCon 2017 Sponsor Surprises!

Julia M. Usher
Before you know it, CookieCon 2017 will be upon us, and while I can't be there in person, I will definitely be there in spirit - and on a couple of sponsor booth posters, as it turns out! What am I talking about, you ask? Well, in the first case, my "Julia" stencil logo (or some variation of it) will be flying high over my partner Stencil Ease 's booth (#35) , where they've got lots of great surprises planned for CookieCon-goers. Just look for the following image or proceed to our booth...Read More...

Seeking CookieCon 2017 Correspondents

Julia M. Usher
Hey, everyone. Like last year, I'm seeking one or two people to serve as CookieCon 2017 correspondents - meaning I'm looking for folks who would be interested in reporting on their experiences at CookieCon (while at CookieCon) to those back at home. The reporting could be in the form of photo posts (like these from last year's event ) or blog posts (like those here by last year's correspondents: @BAKRGAL aka Barb Florin, @JenniBakes4U, and @Sugar Cookie Momma, Inc.).Read More...
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