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Winter-Holiday 2013

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Feature | Top 10 Holiday Table-Setting Tips

Fanfare | Cookie Decorating Contest

Fanfare, Redux | More Videos on YouTube

Fun | European Cookie Art Show

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2013 Wraps Up With A Bang!

Usually the last few days of December inch along at a snail's pace, allowing me plenty of time to reenergize before the new year. But 2013 hasn't been wrapping up so quietly! Just a few days before Christmas, I shot 10 more videos to fuel my YouTube channel and landed another great event for 2014. (More about both in a bit.) And throughout December, I had the distinct pleasure of watching hundreds of gorgeous cookies flood my site Cookie Connection, where they're vying for over $700 in prizes in a cookie decorating challenge. Huge thanks to sponsors Designer StencilsFancy Flours, and Karen's Cookies for making this contest possible. On top of this, my house has come alive with the ebb and flow of many special holiday guests. (Thank goodness for my top 10 design tips, below. Without them, my house would still look like a video studio!)

While peaceful year-end transitions are nice, I wouldn't trade these big bursts of good cheer for anything! Here's to a loud New Year for you, too!

Live sweetly!

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Top 10 Holiday Table-Setting Tips

Still recovering from Christmas? Weary of party after same-old party? On the verge of drafting a New Year’s resolution vowing never to entertain again?

Hold on - don’t be rash! I know all too well the consequences of holiday party-planning burnout - and they’re not pretty! Foregoing good times with friends and family out of fear of more dishes, lack of novel decorating ideas, or even shortage of cash usually isn’t the right trade-off. Even now with a few days ‘til New Year’s, it’s not too late to give your holiday table some special design twists that won’t break the bank - or your back. 

» All 10 Tips.


Cookie Contest Voting Now Open!

All 25 finalists in Cookie Connection's Christmas Countdown Challenge have been announced, and it's finally time to vote for the top three prize winners. Go to town!

» Vote Now.

Fanfare, Redux

YouTube Channel Going Full Tilt!

I've got lots of new (FREE) videos on my YouTube channel including this one, which describes the method for constructing my 3-D Christmas cookie ornaments. A new video is released roughly once a week, so by the time you read this newsletter, my New Year's videos should be posted! 

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New Event

Woo hoo! I'll be the mistress of ceremonies (aka cookie diva) at Cookie'sCool, the first-ever European cookie decorating convention, from May 1 to 3 in Genoa, Italy.

» Complete Class Schedule.


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