April showers bring May flowers, as they say, and this month's site art by @GinkgoWerkstatt, aka Anne Lindemann, underscores this adage in spades! With their roses, garden hats, and flower-filled pitchers, Anne's banner and backdrop convey "May" perfectly - at least here in the Northern Hemisphere where flowers of so many types are now coming out! Thank you, Anne, for contributing another lovely set of cookie art to our site!

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Since Anne is a serial site artist (having been featured as recently as March and MANY times before that), I've already conducted an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview with her. You can read that Close-up here. And, of course, you can get the CliffsNotes' version of Anne by checking out her bio below!

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Anne Lindemann, aka @GinkgoWerkstatt harks from the north of Germany near the Baltic Sea, and started cookie decorating relatively recently in 2016. She always said she would never do something like cookie decorating, as it is too time-consuming for a few bites, but here she is enjoying and sharing her love for the craft! Anne learned cookie decorating mostly on her own with the help of internet tutorials and videos, and primarily works with royal icing.

Anne decorates every now and then to surprise people with gifts for parties, birthdays, or special events. She also enters competitions on occasion to have her work judged and to learn what she can do to improve. As a graphic designer by profession, Anne especially has fun planning and creating sets based on certain designs or themes.

Anne does not sell her cookies, as Germany is very strict with food-related businesses, and she does not teach. Though she might like to give these things a try in the future, cookie decoration is still a niche in Germany, and, for now, she is happy doing simple tutorials every so often with the hope of inspiring others to give royal icing a try.

Photo credits: GinkgoWerkstatt

To learn more about Anne, please visit her portfolio on Cookie Connection, her website (in German only), and her Facebook and Instagram pages.

An important reminder: I've already got site art slated through June 2019 (and for January through March 2020), but I am actively seeking contributions for July through December 2019. So, unless you want to see my cookies all over the site for the entire second half of the year (I sure don't!), then I urge you to consider submitting your material. Our submission guidelines can be found here. (They're pretty straightforward, but, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.) All contributors will get their work featured prominently in the site's banner and background for a full month, plus the added PR benefits of a forum post like this one and a Cookier Close-up interview! Woo hoo!

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GinkgoWerkstatt posted:

Was a wonderful surprise this morning!
Thank you so much for choosing my cookies again ♥♥♥

Thanks so much for all of your submissions - they have really helped to bring the site to life over the last several months!

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