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The term โ€œCookie Connectionโ€ means to me:

Big and warm heart that welcomes anybody who loves, likes and is interested in      decorating cookies, this heart sets surely in the center. Those roses are us, blooming, talents, skills..... and more.

2  The hammer that breaks me out of my shell, self-doubt, negative feeling,                blindness: 

    I remember when I looked at โ€œTerms of Useโ€ on Cookie Connection first time, all        those long terms and big words freaked me out and couldnโ€™t register myself for         months but  when I registered and posted my cookie, I was very welcome. (I donโ€™t     know why I didnโ€™t even think to use Google Translation)    Since then I have been      very comfortable to be here.  Everyday I can see new cookies and those cookies          make me happy definitely.  I  am learning a lot here, needless to say cookie-things    but even English, somebody  always helps me when I donโ€™t understand words.         Lastly I didnโ€™t know I also could decorate cookies but participating challenges, the     advices and encouragement by people here make me go forward and make my          cookies better.

3.  Glue:  Cookie Connection glues people who have different backgrounds.   I could  meet some people far from my country.   After I retired and started helping my          mother,   I was afraid that I was going to be left alone from the world (society) but    Cookie Connection glued me to the world.

4.  โ€œShareโ€ and โ€œLearnโ€  People here share their original cookies and they are very warm and open-minded to share their techniques and tips.  I could even share some of my culture.  I learn a lot here, especially by participating challenges I learn lots of techniques, I learn we can even create cookies with people who live far without meeting.   Of course there are so much more

 

Now how I make my cookie for this challenge and which techniques I use

1.  This is where I started.  After the blue icing dry completely, SugarVeil laces are attached.  (challenge #21: Lace)

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2.  Quilt:  (challenge #28: tutorial by @Aproned Artist)  again I challenged making quilt.

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3.  Hammer and Glue are made

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4.  The base for roses is made with the same color of roses) then roses that are made in advance are attached (challenge #16: a dozen roses)  

Hammer is colored with silver, the details of glue are made

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5.  Then border, wet-on-wet (challenge #31: wet-on-wet)

*  I use the colors that are very similar to the colors of Cookie Connection banner (logo)

 

Thank you, Christine,  @Bakerloo Station all of your comments to my cookies are really meaningful to me and I always look forward to your comments.   I feel deeply sad, you know I had participated so many challenges.  I miss the challenges by you.

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Julia M. Usher posted:

I always love the stories behind your cookies. And the step-by-step visuals that you add - which are SO in the spirit of learning/sharing that are so important to me and others here! Thank YOU for all that you have contributed to these challenges. Please keep it up! XOXO

Julia, Cookie Connection means a lot to me.  How can I express what it means to me on one cookie?  I had been thinking and thinking but this is the only design I could think, so this is it!  

Thank YOU for "Cookie Connection", this is a splendid gift to us all.   This is the place that makes us cry when we see each other in person.   And thank you for having asked Christine of @Bakerloo Station to provide challenges.   She always leaves fair and encouraging comments that make me go forward.   I miss her challenge. 

Oh dear Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave., I absolutely love your cookie and all the meaning behind its creation. You are very gifted  and kind!  I'm so happy to have met you here โค.

I love the analogy of the hammer to help break you out of your comfort zone. I have felt the same way. 

This is a gorgeous cookie with so much meaning behind each part. You are a dear cookie friend Ryoko โคโคโค

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
Julia M. Usher posted:

I always love the stories behind your cookies. And the step-by-step visuals that you add - which are SO in the spirit of learning/sharing that are so important to me and others here! Thank YOU for all that you have contributed to these challenges. Please keep it up! XOXO

Julia, Cookie Connection means a lot to me.  How can I express what it means to me on one cookie?  I had been thinking and thinking but this is the only design I could think, so this is it!  

Thank YOU for "Cookie Connection", this is a splendid gift to us all.   This is the place that makes us cry when we see each other in person.   And thank you for having asked Christine of @Bakerloo Station to provide challenges.   She always leaves fair and encouraging comments that make me go forward.   I miss her challenge. 

You are going to love the new challenges by Christine (aka SweetP) too! I've gotten a preview of her first one already, and it's going to be super fun. 

Cookies Fantastique posted:

Oh dear Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave., I absolutely love your cookie and all the meaning behind its creation. You are very gifted  and kind!  I'm so happy to have met you here โค.

I love the analogy of the hammer to help break you out of your comfort zone. I have felt the same way. 

This is a gorgeous cookie with so much meaning behind each part. You are a dear cookie friend Ryoko โคโคโค

Oh Carol, @Cookies Fantastique ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Sweet Prodigy posted:

I just love all of the details that you incorporate into your cookies, and the stories behind them. Your step-by-step descriptions are always perfect....and I must add that that roses are beautiful. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Hi Christine, thank you, those roses, well, I cannot make identical roses, each one looks different but that makes them a bit natural ๐Ÿ˜… I hope.   I am thinking positively. ๐Ÿ˜

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
swissophie posted:

What a wonderful cookie, dear Ryoko ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–! I always love to read and see your entries! Just precious!

Thank you, Sonja.   Even though you helped me a lot, I am still NOT good at isomalt๐Ÿ˜ฑand I couldn't put everything that I learnt on one cookie.... 

That would have to be a monster cookie, if you wanted to put all the techniques you have learned on it, dear Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. . It's such a pleasure to watch your cookie journey, how incredibly masterful you have become in so many sugar art techniques! I'm sure, in time you will get a handle on isomalt as well .

swissophie posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
swissophie posted:

What a wonderful cookie, dear Ryoko ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–! I always love to read and see your entries! Just precious!

Thank you, Sonja.   Even though you helped me a lot, I am still NOT good at isomalt๐Ÿ˜ฑand I couldn't put everything that I learnt on one cookie.... 

That would have to be a monster cookie, if you wanted to put all the techniques you have learned on it, dear Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. . It's such a pleasure to watch your cookie journey, how incredibly masterful you have become in so many sugar art techniques! I'm sure, in time you will get a handle on isomalt as well .

Thank you, Sonjaโฃ๏ธ  Monster cookie, yes it will be๐Ÿ˜…

Dear @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. this is an amazing creation!! Loooved how you represented each aspect of this incredible group! The ๐Ÿ”จ, the glue, the roses, have such a deep meaning and they are so true. Congratulations on your smart and sensitive entry!๐Ÿฅฐ