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11  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Yesterday's wedding cake (IMG heavy) on: April 27, 2007 03:20:41 PM
I never thought to use royal icing like this! Are those hearts completely royal icing? Nothing attached to them? Very interesting - I've never used royal icing before.

this link is for you.

12  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Baking Class (img heavy) on: April 27, 2007 03:11:40 PM
Oh my goodness, I just want to stuff myself with these goodies! Especially with muffins. You lucky thing, you. And I've never seen anything like that mexican sweet bread.

Are you in a culinary school? or is this your regular school? Community Group? are you still making pastries?

I have one bit of advice, if you care to hear. I am not sure if you were going for the Cornelli lace look on your red velvet cake, but I know I had trouble with that when I learned. I recently read in Wedding Cakes: Exciting designs with full step-by-step instructions by Sylvia Coward,

Cornelli or scribbling is dne with a No. 00, 0, or 1 writing tubes using a maze of Ws and Ms in a continuous line, but at random. You should not be able to see where the work begins or ends.

Wilton says Cornelli lace or lacework is "a series of smooth Rs or Ss".

Either way, there's my two cents on Cornelli Lace or lacework if you care to try. Smiley

Keep it up!
13  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Spiderman cake on: April 27, 2007 02:49:42 PM
If you want to do it yourself, I'd suggest icing a round cake with either blue or red then follow the following directions to make a spiderweb. http://www.alphabet-soup.net/goose/muffetcake.html

Also, supermarket bakeries may sell you the licensed cake kits they purchase to use on cakes --- if you want to use these items to decorate your own cake with.

If I were you (and had a kid I was making this cake for), I'd draw a spiderweb on the cake and use store-bought action figures, so the kid could play with them later.
14  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Wilton Cake decorating class on: April 27, 2007 02:38:08 PM
I think the class would be worth the money, especially at that price. I've never taken this class, though. I have flipped through the Wilton cake decorating class books, which I covet because I think they are cute.

Anyway, I am a cake decorator in a bakery. I had no idea how to decorate cakes (or ice cakes) when I started training. I learned from someone who is artistic and very good at cake decorating - so this was a bonus for me Smiley The Wilton books do a good job of describing the angle at which you need to point your pastry bag and whatnot, but these things are hard to grasp in general if you've never seen someone actually holding the bag and forming whatever is they are doing (roses, shell borders, etc). There are lots of books (I tend to find all the 80s ones....) at your local public library with information on cake decorating techniques, themes for birthdays and weddings, etc. Its worth a look.

Practice! I wish I had all the tools at home to practice, but I had to rush through it at work, which I guess was OK in the end--just stressful. (I still don't have tools at home to do my own cakes, come to think of it. ) With time, you'll probably realize the things to take your time on (color matching, icing the cake level, other things you feel are important) and the things to just get done (just slap that icing/filling in between the cake layers, dont fuss because no one else is going to see it!)

I'm rambling a bit now. I hope you got something out of this post Smiley

1. watch other people who know what they are doing
2. practice what youve learned
3. dont give up when it doesnt look how you imagined
4. feed your brain with books from the library!

p.s. here is a link to 3 of the cakes i have on my flickr. this is by no means a complete portfolio haha. ive done... probably close to 400 cakes just this year so far.

GOOD LUCK! feel free to email me with any questions
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Prototype for a bag on: March 20, 2007 02:07:14 PM
this is really neat. i don't think i've ever seen a purse like this before. perhaps, using multiple fabrics for these bags would increase their value to your potential buyers Smiley just a thought. i like all of these though.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro Flower Clutch on: March 20, 2007 01:28:14 PM
good job. nice fabric pattern and overall shape of the bag. i am impressed with the matching of the patterns. I haven't tried to do that myself yet; im guessing I'd have a bit of difficulty with it.

is this an original design or modification or vintage pattern or ?
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: bubble skirt from flower-print sheet on: August 28, 2006 05:22:57 PM
this looks awesome - way to go! I'll have to check out this pattern - this would be a good one with those thrifted linens we all find and know they are too sheer to wear in a single thickness. One would think that the poofy-ness of this skirt would ensure no undies would peek through. Yes, I'll definitely have to keep this pattern in mind.
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