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So, I took the easy way out in what's already been a whirlwind start to 2022! Let me explain! In order to allow myself time to catch up on Cookier Close-ups (remember, I do an in-depth Close-up interview with each monthly site artist), I decided to feature my own art this month. Again, this choice was made NOT because I'm particularly enamored with my work, but because I don't have to interview myself! Instead, I'll be applying any "spare" time this month to completing @Edyta Kołodziej's, our November site artist's, interview, which is already underway, and starting the one for our December site artist, @Lorena Rodríguez. Stay tuned for what are sure to be two great interviews!

@Icingsugarkeks, our Site Art Stylist, and I did have plans to post another member's fabulous art this month. I'd love for you to see it, as it's so darling and perfectly suited for winter months. I am hoping I can simply phase-shift all planned posts (so hers will appear next month) and not miss featuring any of our members.

What I posted to this month's banner are cookies made from one of my past stencil sets (called "Pop the Bubbly") with an obvious New Year's Eve theme. The original photo looked something like this:

Pop Better - USE

And with a little Photoshop-doctoring, it turned into this:


I used a canned, royalty-free Shutterstock image for the background, as it was less busy that using a blown-up version of this cookie photo.

Last but not least, for those of you who are wondering how to get featured in future months (after I'm all caught up on Close-ups ), it's easy! Simply 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 and in an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview. All considered, it's a lot of great free PR in exchange for photo sharing! When preparing your site art, please bear in mind that I already have artwork through June 2022, so I am specifically looking for art for July 2022 and beyond. Please also remember that @Icingsugarkeks, our Site Art Stylist, is available to help you get your photos in the right format, so do not hesitate to contact her if you need assistance! You can send her a PM right here on Cookie Connection by clicking on her name (in pink) above.

All for this month! May you have a wonderful 2022 that's less zany than the last two years have been.


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  • Pop! Fizz! Clink!: Cookies, Stencils, and Photo by Julia M Usher
  • January 2022 Site Banner: Cookies, Stencils, and Photo by Julia M Usher; Graphic Design by Pretty Sweet Designs
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