She's Back! Give Another Huge Shout-Out to Our December Site Artist!

Yes, Berni Solti (aka @Gingerland) is back with us for the duration of December! A few months ago, Berni gave me a load of site art for many different months, and, within that treasure trove, she gifted me with TWO options just for December. Both are so darn cute (see below) that I wasn't quite sure which to choose . . .

Option 1:

December 2018 Banner BIG STOCKINGScookie connection_site submission_december_background1-1

Option 2:

December 2018 Banner BIG SNOW GLOBEScookie connection_site submission_december_background2

. . . and so . . . I didn't! (Avoiding decisions sure makes life easy! ) I'll be starting this month with the first stocking and tree set, and, if the Christmas rush doesn't wipe me out, I'll be swapping in the second snow globe and gingerbread man set around mid-December. Thanks to Berni, we've got double the cookies and double the fun this month, which is quite an unexpected and wonderful Christmas gift!

With December being the month of giving, just a quick reminder . . . You too can give the gift of cookies to others simply by submitting your very own cookie art to the site. It's really quite easy to do. All of the steps for creating banners and backdrops like Berni's are spelled out here and here. Also, don't forget: 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. Right now, I am well stocked with site art through February 2019, but I am seeking art for every month thereafter. Thanks in advance for considering a submission!

Now, back to Berni! As you may know by now, Berni has been a regular site art contributor, and so has already been the subject of one of those Close-ups I just mentioned. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Berni yet, then please read that Close-up and her bio below. Also, be sure to send her a big "thank you" and "congrats" for decking the Cookie Connection "halls" so festively this month!

berni_squareBernadett Solti (aka Berni to her friends and family) is owner of @Gingerland and lives in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Formerly employed by McDaniel College, a private American college, Berni is now a stay-at-home mom to a three-year-old boy who, by the way, is the best cookie decorator ever (or so says his mom).

Berni grew up with a love for creating, doing everything from drawing to sewing, but she didn’t discover cookie decorating until 2012. What started as a simple free-time Christmas activity soon became a major obsession. Berni primarily works with honey gingerbread dough, as this type of cookie (perníčky) is traditional in Hungary. Berni’s favorite cookie themes are weddings and baby showers, because she’s drawn to their soft pastel hues. She also enjoys arranging cookies in artful ways and photographing them creatively so they "tell a story”. Berni recently discovered airbrushing and is now happily exploring that technique. A hobbyist decorator, Berni makes cookies and conducts workshops for friends while pursuing her larger mission of helping people understand that cookies aren’t just for Christmas! They can and should be savored throughout the entire year!

To learn more about Berni, please visit her website and Facebook and Instagram pages.

Cookie and photo credits: Berni Solti

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