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Hey, all! I decided to take a month off from Cookier Close-ups, which is why I am this month's site artist. (I can't really interview myself! LOL.) The extra time is going to help me immensely, as my mom's house in Connecticut is now under contract, and she and I are scrambling to get her moved to St. Louis by October 31, the closing date. I'm also slammed with getting a series of new stencil-cutter kits captured in video-form in time for Halloween and Christmas. Plus . . . my purple clematis are blooming for a second time (yay!), so they seemed a reasonable subject for our banner and backdrop. (That's probably my best excuse!)

Anywho, here are my clematis cookies, looking better than they originally did, thanks to @Icingsugarkeks' masterful animation and arrangement of them in our site's banner and backdrop:

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I made these cookies for a YouTube video back in 2020, which I encourage you to check out if you want to learn all of the step-by-step details. I've embedded it here:

I'm also thrilled to announce that I'll be teaching these very cookies, along with some of my other piecework flowers, in person in Brazil, in April 2023. If you live in São Paulo or nearby, I'd love to meet you there. Simply check out my event listings (here and here) and then email my host Luciana Gonzales for more details! Only the basic info is included in the following posters, but Luciana will be happy to tell you more about pricing, the venue, etc.



As for the usual bio that I post for featured site artists, I'm going to direct you to my new site for my revised and longer version. It will probably reveal some things about me that you didn't know ; plus, my real objective is to have you check out my site, if you haven't already.

Remember, I've got a great deal on my new tutorials (in the "TUTORIALS" section of my site, naturally) that runs through September 5. Now would be the perfect time to take advantage of it. With code LAUNCHGIFT, you'll get 15% off any of the three premiere tutorials that you see on this page. (Be sure to scroll down to see the heart box and Christmas ornament tutorials.)

All for now! I hope my clematis cookies bring you a little joy each time you open the site this September. Next month, I hope to return to my usual pattern of featuring others' work and interviewing them for Close-ups, though much depends on the timing of my Mom's move. In the meantime, read on for more info about how to get featured.

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 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! When preparing your site art, please bear in mind that I already have artwork through December 2022, so I am specifically looking for art for January 2023 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.


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  • September 2022 Site Banner: Cookies and Photos by Julia M Usher; Graphic Design by Pretty Sweet Designs and Icingsugarkeks
  • September 2022 Site Background: Cookies and Photos by Julia M Usher; Graphic Design by Icingsugarkeks
  • Julia's First Class in Brazil - April 11 & 12, 2023: Cookies and Photos by Julia M Usher; Graphic Design by Elizabeth Cox
  • Julia's Second Class in Brazil - April 13 & 14, 2023: Cookies and Photos by Julia M Usher; Graphic Design by Elizabeth Cox
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