As I'm sure you know, it takes a small (and growing!) community to keep a large community like Cookie Connection alive with content. In addition to my partners at Hoop.la who maintain the technical aspects of this site and constantly dream up new site features for us to enjoy, the site stays in motion in large part due to the generous contributions of several talented cookiers. 

 

This month, there have been (and will be) some notable changes to our roster of contributors that I think you will want to know about.

 

First, Karen Anderson will be leaving our team of contributors (much to my dismay) to pursue her growing interest in dog rescue. As you may know, Karen wrote the monthly column How DID You Do That?, which explored the how-tos behind remarkable cookie artistry. (Past posts here.) Hats off to Karen for conceiving of this column and contributing so many wonderful posts in 2013, and best of luck to her in her new pursuit! I'd love to keep her baby going, so if you're interested in picking up where Karen left off, please contact me at sweetlife@juliausher.com to discuss the possibility.

 

Second, Aymee VanDyke, author of From Dough to Dollars, wrote me recently and asked that I share the following information with you: "I wanted to take a moment to thank each one of you for your incredible patience . . . I wanted to let you know that I have been dealing with serious health issues since October of last year and have been unable to continue my posts. I am currently undergoing medical treatment and hope to be back in late summer/early fall with many more interesting posts about the business of cookies."

 

All of us at Cookie Connection wish Aymee a speedy recovery and look forward to her return later this year. In the meantime, I plan to conclude her three-part series on cookie pricing (hopefully next month) and to fill in temporarily with a different take on cookie business issues.

 

Last but not least, I am beyond thrilled to announce that Rebecca Weld of The Cookie Architect will be joining our team later this month.

 

New Banner for Rebecca

 

Her site bio (hot off the press) sums up her column and her personal cookie point of view just perfectly . . .

 

Rebecca Weld is author of Practice Bakes Perfect, a monthly blog feature that poses inspiration or challenges to get you to stretch as a cookie artist - for practice, for prizes, and for fun! Rebecca came to cookie decorating from gingerbread house making. As a "real" architect, busy business owner, and mom of two small kids, Rebecca discovered that gingerbread houses had a way of getting out of hand, and that cookie baking offered her a more manageable artistic outlet. Always eager to be a part of the cookie conversation, Rebecca maintains an active Facebook page as The Cookie Architect, as well as Pinterest and Instagram presences. She makes cookies to inspire herself and others, to feed those needs that art fills in all artists: expression, sharing, stretching yourself. Photo credit: Rebecca Weld

 

Stay tuned for her debut post. It's shaping up to be very exciting!

 

Please take a moment to thank all of these cookiers for their service to this community. This place wouldn't be what it is without their involvement.

 

Oh! And if you have a unique decorating angle or story to tell and would be interested in becoming a site contributor, please contact me at any time at sweetlife@juliausher.com to pitch your idea! Thanks!

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We have been blessed to have you share with us (beginners) and wish you the best in your doggie rescue ventures.  That is such a needed endeavor, my daughter in law rescues so I understand your passion.  Amyee prayers for you!!   Welcome Rebecca looking forward to enjoying your contributions to my favorite site........and a big thank you to Julia for all she has and will continue to do for our Cookie Community.   Sandi (Colorado Cookie Lady)

Karen, wishing you the best in the pursuit of your dog rescue dreams! Thank you for all your interesting and informative , "How Did You Do That" post! You did a great job! I really enjoyed them! 

 

Aymee, wishing you a speedy recovery, so you can come back again soon and better than ever!

 

A warm welcome Rebecca!! I look forward to your debut post! Your quilted dahlia cookies are amazing to say the least! I can't wait to see what your next cookie creation will be! Thanks for the inspiration!

Originally Posted by ChapixCookies:

Good bye Karen and Aymee! The cookie connection community will miss you! Welcome Rebecca! I am so sure you will do awesome!

Aymee is only on a leave of absence! I'm counting on her coming back this fall!

Originally Posted by Tina At Sugar Wishes:

A warm congratulations to Rebecca for your new position on this site. I am excited knowing you have so much to offer.

 

Good bye to Karen and Aymee and thank you for all you have given us. 

Aymee is still on the team, just taking a leave of absence until the fall! 

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