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Phew - it's so hard to believe that yet another year on Cookie Connection is drawing to a close. But before we jump headfirst into the hubbub of 2020, I wanted to pause for a moment to recognize all of the cookiers who have so generously contributed to this site in 2019. Cookie Connection is kept alive through the volunteer efforts, creativity, and passion of so many, from our regular "staff" of contributors (aka @SugarDotCookies, @Bakerloo Station@Aproned Artist, and @Manu) to the plethora of members who submit site art for our banners and backdrops (all of whom you can find featured here). I am so grateful to each and every one of you - seriously, this site would cease to exist if not for your artistry and hard work.

Fortunately, 2020 is starting out with an enthusiastic and steady stream of contributors, like this month's site artist, @Kanch J! All bodes well for another banner Cookie Connection-year! 

Let's see what Kanch J has in store for us this month, and learn a bit more about her too! And please don't forget to thank her as you peruse the rest of this post.

First, here's her marbled wet-on-wet extravaganza that will be beautifying our site in January. The patterns look like mini fireworks or even snowflakes, both of which are absolutely on point for ringing in the New Year!

January 2020 Banner - Kanch J

Background for Jan 2020 from KanchJAltered color

You may already know Kanch J from her many Cookie Connection posts and challenge entries (see her portfolio here), but below is a more complete bio. As Kanch J is also a first-time site artist, I'll be posting an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview with her toward the end of February. Please stay tuned!

Kanchana JayasundaraKanchana Jayasundara, aka Kanch or Kanch J to her friends, is a hobbyist cookie decorator originally from Sri Lanka and now living in Malé, Maldives. Formerly employed as a graphic designer but now a stay-at-home mom with two boys (ages 4 and 13), Kanch has a passionate interest in art. In addition to decorating cookies, she engages in all kinds of art, including painting, graphic design, embroidery, cake decorating, paper crafts, and more.

Kanch started her cookie journey in 2017 after making cookies for the first time for her elder son’s tenth birthday. She's now making cookies for all of her friends' and family's special occasions. Kanch quickly improved her skills in various types of cookie decorating techniques, such as 3-D cookies, by watching the YouTube videos of the great cookie queen Julia M. Usher and learning from the Cookie Connection community.

Kanch considers each set of cookies as a new experience with secrets to master. By dedicating herself to mastering each set, she has become a successful cookier. Her husband and boys are her best fans and cookie taste-testers. With their encouragement, love, and support, she does all sorts of experiments and improves her creativity each day.

To learn more about Kanch and her cookie work, please visit her Instagram page and Cookie Connection member profile.

All cookies and photos by Kanchana Jayasundara.

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! When planning your submissions, 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 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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  • Kanchana Jayasundara: Photo Courtesy of Kanchana Jayasundara (aka Kanch or Kanch J)
  • Kanch J's January 2020 Site Banner: Cookies and Photo by Kanchana Jayasundara; Graphic Design by Pretty Sweet Designs
  • Kanch J's January 2020 Site Background: Cookie, Photo, and Photo Collage by Kanchana Jayasundara
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Original Post

Happy New Year to all! Health in abundance and Prosperity!

Thank you all  for the hard work on this marvelous site. I am a different cookier now. I  embraced challenges, learned new technics, connected to the cookie community, received nice words of encouragement back....if you look Elke Before Cookie Connection and After, it is clear the extraordinary change that ocorred. Making cookies is my only source of income, and you all can be sure that even my quality of life, what I can provide for my daughter, have a important relation with this site. I am very, very grateful to all of you. 😭😭😭😭😭Thank you, Julia Usher. ❤❤❤❤

SugarDotCookies posted:

It is my pleasure to be able to contribute to this site.  Thank you Julia!  Looking forward to 2020 here!

The site art is beautiful and unique!

I love having you contribute! Thank you!

Elke Hoelzle posted:

Happy New Year to all! Health in abundance and Prosperity!

Thank you all  for the hard work on this marvelous site. I am a different cookier now. I  embraced challenges, learned new technics, connected to the cookie community, received nice words of encouragement back....if you look Elke Before Cookie Connection and After, it is clear the extraordinary change that ocorred. Making cookies is my only source of income, and you all can be sure that even my quality of life, what I can provide for my daughter, have a important relation with this site. I am very, very grateful to all of you. 😭😭😭😭😭Thank you, Julia Usher. ❤❤❤❤

Wow, your experience with Cookie Connection is so wonderful to hear! Knowing it's changed the path of even a few cookiers makes the hard work worthwhile! Keep up your fabulous cookie decorating, and Happy New Year!

Julia, thank you for your kind words and wishes for the new year !!

I would also like to thank you most sincerely that I have been here for (almost) 1 year now and feel very clearly how you can help each other and share experiences. Questions are answered quickly and I have found very nice cookie friends, where you can occasionally exchange one or the other privately.

Here with me there is nobody around with this hobby and so I was more than thrilled when I found this page! It's definitely one of my favorite sites!

Many, many thanks dear Julia @Julia M. Usher and your contributors Christine, @Bakerloo Station Samantha, @Aproned Artist, Manu @Manu and Dotty @SugarDotCookies for your great commitment here !!
Thanks too and all the best to Lucy (@Honeycat cookies) for your great posts!

Kanchana - what a beautiful name my cookie friend !!! @Kanch J
I am so happy for you that you will be introduced here today !! You have a "Like" and often a nice comment ready for everyone and your endless cookie creativity amazes me! All in just 2 years!?! Congratulations and big hugs dear friend Kanchana !! I'm really looking forward to your new creations !! This month I always have to think of you when I open this page!

I also wish everyone the best, but above all health for the new year and I am looking forward to the many new cookies that come !! Thank you very much Julia, Christine, Samantha, Manu and Dotty for they make it all possible !!
(and pleace: sorry for my english)

I would also like to send all my best wishes for health to @Little Wonderland and wish you a speedy recovery !!! 🙏🏻

 ❤️  A happy New Year in peace to all !! 

Gorgeous work, Kanch!

I would echo Elke’s sentiments above - I’m definitely a changed cookie artist for my interactions with this site. I am continually inspired by the creativity of other members and challenged to create new ideas for tutorials.

Many thanks to all who contribute and a big thanks to Julia for the unbelievable amount of work you put into this site!

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Aproned Artist posted:

Gorgeous work, Kanch!

I would echo Elke’s sentiments above - I’m definitely a changed cookie artist for my interactions with this site. I am continually inspired by the creativity of other members and challenged to create new ideas for tutorials.

Many thanks to all who contribute and a big thanks to Julia for the unbelievable amount of work you put into this site!

Thanks so much for the kind words and for the impeccable work that you do for this site! XOXO

Icingsugarkeks posted:

Julia, thank you for your kind words and wishes for the new year !!

I would also like to thank you most sincerely that I have been here for (almost) 1 year now and feel very clearly how you can help each other and share experiences. Questions are answered quickly and I have found very nice cookie friends, where you can occasionally exchange one or the other privately.

Here with me there is nobody around with this hobby and so I was more than thrilled when I found this page! It's definitely one of my favorite sites!

Many, many thanks dear Julia @Julia M. Usher and your contributors Christine, @Bakerloo Station Samantha, @Aproned Artist, Manu @Manu and Dotty @SugarDotCookies for your great commitment here !!
Thanks too and all the best to Lucy (@Honeycat cookies) for your great posts!

Kanchana - what a beautiful name my cookie friend !!! @Kanch J
I am so happy for you that you will be introduced here today !! You have a "Like" and often a nice comment ready for everyone and your endless cookie creativity amazes me! All in just 2 years!?! Congratulations and big hugs dear friend Kanchana !! I'm really looking forward to your new creations !! This month I always have to think of you when I open this page!

I also wish everyone the best, but above all health for the new year and I am looking forward to the many new cookies that come !! Thank you very much Julia, Christine, Samantha, Manu and Dotty for they make it all possible !!
(and pleace: sorry for my english)

I would also like to send all my best wishes for health to @Little Wonderland and wish you a speedy recovery !!! 🙏🏻

 ❤️  A happy New Year in peace to all !! 

Thank you, @Icingsugarkeks, for the kind words. It is a huge joy to have your exuberant participation on this site and in our challenges. So thank YOU too for all you do! 

Thank you so much Julia! @Julia M. Usher. I'm so happy to be featured here. And Thank you once again for your hard work to make this site so special and so helpful to us.

Cookie connection is really a wonderful place. Thank you all contributors ( @Manu@SugarDotCookies@Bakerloo Station and@Aproned Artist) and everyone else here. You all are the best.

Looking forward to participate and learn throughout this joyful journey.

Wish everyone a great new year 2020! ❤️

SugarDotCookies posted:

It is my pleasure to be able to contribute to this site.  Thank you Julia!  Looking forward to 2020 here!

The site art is beautiful and unique!

Thank you so much @SugarDotCookies!

Happy new year! ❤

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Kanch J posted:

Thank you so much Julia! @Julia M. Usher. I'm so happy to be featured here. And Thank you once again for your hard work to make this site so special and so helpful to us.

Cookie connection is really a wonderful place. Thank you all contributors ( @Manu@SugarDotCookies@Bakerloo Station and@Aproned Artist) and everyone else here. You all are the best.

Looking forward to participate and learn throughout this joyful journey.

Wish everyone a great new year 2020! ❤️

Happy New Year to you too! I look forward to diving into our Close-up interview later this month!

Icingsugarkeks posted:

Julia, thank you for your kind words and wishes for the new year !!

I would also like to thank you most sincerely that I have been here for (almost) 1 year now and feel very clearly how you can help each other and share experiences. Questions are answered quickly and I have found very nice cookie friends, where you can occasionally exchange one or the other privately.

Here with me there is nobody around with this hobby and so I was more than thrilled when I found this page! It's definitely one of my favorite sites!

Many, many thanks dear Julia @Julia M. Usher and your contributors Christine, @Bakerloo Station Samantha, @Aproned Artist, Manu @Manu and Dotty @SugarDotCookies for your great commitment here !!
Thanks too and all the best to Lucy (@Honeycat cookies) for your great posts!

Kanchana - what a beautiful name my cookie friend !!! @Kanch J
I am so happy for you that you will be introduced here today !! You have a "Like" and often a nice comment ready for everyone and your endless cookie creativity amazes me! All in just 2 years!?! Congratulations and big hugs dear friend Kanchana !! I'm really looking forward to your new creations !! This month I always have to think of you when I open this page!

I also wish everyone the best, but above all health for the new year and I am looking forward to the many new cookies that come !! Thank you very much Julia, Christine, Samantha, Manu and Dotty for they make it all possible !!
(and pleace: sorry for my english)

I would also like to send all my best wishes for health to @Little Wonderland and wish you a speedy recovery !!! 🙏🏻

 ❤️  A happy New Year in peace to all !! 

Thank you so much for reading my bio and for your lovely comment my dear friend Gabi @Icingsugarkeks. You are always so kind. 

Happy New year! ❤

Aproned Artist posted:

Gorgeous work, Kanch!

I would echo Elke’s sentiments above - I’m definitely a changed cookie artist for my interactions with this site. I am continually inspired by the creativity of other members and challenged to create new ideas for tutorials.

Many thanks to all who contribute and a big thanks to Julia for the unbelievable amount of work you put into this site!

Thank you so much dear @Aproned Artist

Happy New year! ❤

Manu posted:

Thank you, @Kanch J for this beautiful cookie art! Can’t wait to read the Close-Up and get to know you well!

Thank YOU, @Julia M. Usher, and thanks to anyone who contributes to this site.

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for your kind words, dear @Manu! Also learned many techniques from you too. 

Happy new year to you too! ❤

Kanch J posted:

Thank you so much Julia! @Julia M. Usher. I'm so happy to be featured here. And Thank you once again for your hard work to make this site so special and so helpful to us.

Cookie connection is really a wonderful place. Thank you all contributors ( @Manu@SugarDotCookies@Bakerloo Station and@Aproned Artist) and everyone else here. You all are the best.

Looking forward to participate and learn throughout this joyful journey.

Wish everyone a great new year 2020! ❤️

Thank you for being such an enthusiastic participant in the Practice Bakes Perfect Challenges, and for being such an integral part of the Cookie Connection community! Happy New Year! xoxo

Bakerloo Station posted:
Kanch J posted:

Thank you so much Julia! @Julia M. Usher. I'm so happy to be featured here. And Thank you once again for your hard work to make this site so special and so helpful to us.

Cookie connection is really a wonderful place. Thank you all contributors ( @Manu@SugarDotCookies@Bakerloo Station and@Aproned Artist) and everyone else here. You all are the best.

Looking forward to participate and learn throughout this joyful journey.

Wish everyone a great new year 2020! ❤️

Thank you for being such an enthusiastic participant in the Practice Bakes Perfect Challenges, and for being such an integral part of the Cookie Connection community! Happy New Year! xoxo

Thank you so much you too dear Christine @Bakerloo Station for your wonderful Practice Bakes Perfect Challenges. I learnt many techniques  from them and improved a lot.

Wish you good luck for your everything. ❤️

carouselselsel posted:

Happy New year everyone! Wishing you all the best, a year full with beautiful cookies 💗

Thank you Julia and all the contributors for the inspiration 💖

Kanch, those are wonderful 💞

Thank you so much @carouselselsel. ❤️

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