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Oh my, time is whizzing by this year! I was worried that I might not get to celebrate Easter, as it is bookended by two major travel-teaching trips, one of which includes my annual cookie art competition this coming weekend at That Takes the Cake Show. (I am scrambling to pack as we speak.) But as soon as I saw what @Icingsugarkeks had selected for our April site art, I was reassured by the knowledge that I could just open up our site, wherever I happened to be, and soak up the Easter spirit! Thank you for your prescience in making this selection, Gabi!

This month's charming cookie art, a take on Peter Rabbit (a character now in the public domain, and thus not subject to copyright claims), was created by longtime site member, challenge contributor, and previous site artist @Zeena. Zeena's original cookie post can be found here, and Gabi's jazzed-up versions of it are now displaying in our banner and backdrop, and also directly below. Isn't it all just delightful?!


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To learn more about Zeena, I encourage you to read her bio below, as well as her previous Cookier Close-up. Written in August 2021 at the time of her last feature, this interview is still quite relevant today. Thanks again to Zeena and Gabi for making our site so beautiful for all of April!

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Zeena Mohammad, aka @Zeena, was born and raised in Sri Lanka before she migrated to New Zealand. She now resides in Los Angeles, USA. She works at a library and is an avid cake decorator who fell in love with cookie decorating after watching Julia’s videos. Zeena has been married for 37 years and is mom to two boys (ages 21 and 24 years). Her sons have been her biggest fans, and also critics. The support she receives from her husband and boys has paved the way for her to become better at decorating. Zeena took various classes in Sri Lanka and even entered a cake competition where she earned first place. Her love for cake decorating began in her early teens, and now she regularly bakes cakes for family and friends in addition to taking orders. She also loves cooking, baking, vegetable and fruit carving, and cross-stitch.

During the pandemic, Zeena entered the Cookie Connection challenges and learned more about cookie decorating. Zeena thrives on learning new techniques and constantly improving her skills. She finds decorating cakes and cookies quite therapeutic as well. Zeena has been a member of Cookie Connection since July 2016. You can follow her cookie pursuits here in her Cookie Connection portfolio.

All cookies and photos above by Zeena.

Last but not least, for those of you who are wondering how to get featured, 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 January 2024, so I am specifically looking for art for February 2024 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.

Thanks in advance for considering a contribution to the site!


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  • April 2023 Site Banner: Cookie and Photo by Zeena; Graphic Design by Pretty Sweet Design and Icingsugarkeks
  • April 2023 Site Background: Cookie and Photo by Zeena; Graphic Design by Icingsugarkeks
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Congratulations @Zeena on your beautiful Peter Rabbit and thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Thank you Gabi @Icingsugarkeks for pouring so much creativity into each presentation, you are amazing!

And thank you Julia @Julia M. Usher (aka Wonder Woman) for all your hard work! ♥️

Congrats dear Zeena @Zeena!!! Such talent and creativity in SO many ways . I always absolutely love seeing your work. I had no idea you had such expertise in so many creative areas of interest. That's so awesome!! ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

Dear Gabi @Icingsugarkeks, what can I possibly say about how incredibly well you make cookie art come alive with the combination of your artist's eye and graphic design skills 😘. I am deeply touched by how your kindness and warm heart toward everyone here shines through in all you do. Thank you my sweet friend ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

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