Give a huge hello and thank-you to Berni Solti (aka @Gingerland) yet again! It's her love-ly (pun intended) love bird- and love letter-filled cookie art that will be adorning our banner and backdrop throughout February. Isn't it sweet?!

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As you probably know by now, a few months ago, Berni gave me a treasure trove of cookie photos to feature on our site, and I've been gradually posting them as the months roll by. Her most recent contribution was back in December (here), but she also contributed in October (here) and August 2018 (here)! Wow, talk about generous! Thank you again, Berni, for making our site sparkle with your work!

A quick reminder to everyone else . . . You too can get your cookies in these spotlighted positions. It's really quite easy to do. All of the steps for creating banners and backdrops like Berni's are spelled out here and here. Also, don't forget: Site artists not only get their work featured prominently for a full month, but they also get profiled in a forum post (like this one) and in an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview. Right now, I am well stocked with site art through April 2019 (and for some months in 2020!), but I am seeking art for May, July, August, September, October, November, and December 2019. Thanks in advance for considering a submission!

Now, back to Berni! Since Berni has been such a regular site art contributor, she has already been the subject of one of those Close-ups I just mentioned. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting Berni, then please read that Close-up and her bio below. And, of course, don't forget to give her a big round of applause!

berni_squareBernadett Solti (aka Berni to her friends and family) is owner of @Gingerland and lives in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Formerly employed by McDaniel College, a private American college, Berni is now a stay-at-home mom to a three-year-old boy who, by the way, is the best cookie decorator ever (or so says his mom).

Berni grew up with a love for creating, doing everything from drawing to sewing, but she didn’t discover cookie decorating until 2012. What started as a simple free-time Christmas activity soon became a major obsession. Berni primarily works with honey gingerbread dough, as this type of cookie (perníčky) is traditional in Hungary. Berni’s favorite cookie themes are weddings and baby showers, because she’s drawn to their soft pastel hues. She also enjoys arranging cookies in artful ways and photographing them creatively so they "tell a story”. Berni recently discovered airbrushing and is now happily exploring that technique. A hobbyist decorator, Berni makes cookies and conducts workshops for friends while pursuing her larger mission of helping people understand that cookies aren’t just for Christmas! They can and should be savored throughout the entire year!

To learn more about Berni, please visit her website and Facebook and Instagram pages.

Cookie and photo credits: Berni Solti

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