I don't know how many times I've used the expression "Berni is back" in the last year? Three? Four? Five? Who knows?! I've lost count!

While the expression sounds like something Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining would say (and while an eerie "I'm back!" would certainly be apropos as we sit here on the cusp of Halloween), "Berni is back" carries nothing but joyful connotations. You see, Berni (aka Bernadett Solti, aka @Gingerland) has helped beautify this site with banners and backdrops more times than anyone I know. In fact, just last month, she earned the title of "October site artist" by contributing the fanciful purple and black Halloween art that tricked out our site!

And, guess what? Yes, this month, she's got even more beauty for us, as you can see below, and now in our banner and backdrop!

November 2019 Banner - Bernicc_background_november2019

Since Berni has been a regular contributor of site art over the last couple of years, she has already been the subject of one of our in-depth Cookier Close-up interviews - one of the benefits of being a site artist! So, if you don't yet know her, please read that Close-up and her bio below, and leave her a thank-you along the way! Again, my sincerest thanks to you, Berni!

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 four-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

Interested in seeing your name in lights and having your cookies featured on Cookie Connection?! I thought so! I would love to see your cookie art here too! If you plan to submit, please bear in mind that I am seeking art for April 2020 and beyond. I am now well stocked through March 2020

It's easy to submit! Just ask Berni , or read these posts here and here. Remember: 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. All considered, it's a lot of great free PR in exchange for photo sharing!

Thanks in advance for considering a contribution to the site!

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