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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Saying goodbye to Kelly, my ballerina

        It was really a fun ride creating Kelly & as I mentioned in one of the 3 posts I had on Kelly, that the ultimate test was to see whether I could lift her from the parchment paper & place her on the table top for photography and I was so happy that I could remove her without the entire piece breaking except for one of her shoes, which was to be expected as the royal icing on her shoes were thinner so next time I recreate another Kelly, which definitely I would do so in my free time [as my objective was to be able to place future Kellys on my fondant cake which is much easier said than done!!!] & saying goodbye to her sounds austere and besides, it is never easy to say goodbye as I have run out of space and containers to keep all my creation, besides can't keep all the decorative things I do, gum paste, royal icing etc as they do fade. It was indeed fun while it lasted.

                 Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Giving the Ballerina's Tutu a new look

               In my last shopping spree in respect of cake decorating, I couldn't resist buying the eyelet mould and it did remind me of days of old when we used to buy embordery blouses with the same "holey" effect so of course I had to make another gum paste layer; pressed the eyelet mould, giving a peek a boo effect and was very happy with the look. 

                         Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Giving my Ballerina a make over

               Had nothing much to do so decided to practise again making the Ballerina in Royal Icing as don't have much practice doing Royal Icing.  To be frank, I preferred my first Royal Icing Ballerina as the texture, esp the legs, was smoother probably because the Royal Icing that I used for the 2nd attempt was the balance I had when making same for the first attempt.

                What I liked though was that, noticing that the hairdo was too austere & too rigid, I decided to make some curls with my gum paste & added a little flower on her hair too. Then I made some little gum paste flowers & placed them near the stool & I like the overall look albeit a little rough texture & I was glad that in this second effort, I was able to ensure that the calf of her leg did not go out of shape like my first effort.  Well it is ok, I am not done yet with practising same & there will be lots more of practice Until I can say that I have done enuf.  The MAIN thing is this - I need to be able to slide a knife and lift off the ballerina and place it on a cake that is already covered in fondant. THAT is the test, to be able to do this feat & then making the Tutu & placing the Tutu when the Ballerina is on the fondant.  Not an easy feat to remove the royal icing Ballerina without breaking same & would appreciate if anyone who is reading this has done this before & give me some tips, thank you. God bless.

                  Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ballerina in Royal Icing & a gum paste fondant

                     I was as pleased as Punch when a very good friend gave me 5 books on cake decorating.  She asked me whether I wanted same & of course, I said "Yes!!!" And when I saw a template of a lovely ballerina; my heart started to flutter!!! I have always had a thing for ballerina & love seeing the various and colourful Tutu. 

                    Thank goodness I had a little gum paste left, didn't have time to make another batch, & a fresh batch of Royal Icing as I was using the Royal Icing to spread on my stencil.

                    So the very next day, I copied the template on wax paper & thus began my journey to making the ballerina. I flooded the template with the Royal Icing as per the instructions on the template & then left it to dry overnite.  I have never done flooding b4; only saw same being done on Youtube; as for the consistency of the Royal Icing, I went with my gut feeling!!! 

                   Next day, after finishing preparation of dinner, I rolled my gum paste to make the Tutu.  This is the result of my maiden attempt at making a ballerina with Royal Icing to boot as, apart from spreading royal icing on my stencils, I have not done any royal icing decoration.  I know it is far from perfect, need to slim down one of her calf, but I am so happy.



                        Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pan fried Salmon with a fruity Salsa

           Couldn't resist buying two slices of chilled Salmon as they did look fresh & succulent.  So the next day I marinaded them with Extra Virgin Oil, freshly blended Black Pepper, Salt & Honey & 2 sprigs of French Tarragon which I snipped from the pot I planted in the garden & left same in the Chiller for 4 hours.

            Made the Fruit Salsa with Passion Fruit juice, Josephine Pineapple, Yellow Kiwi, Watermelon, Tomato, Big Onion, Onion Leaves, Chinese Parsley, Honey, E V Olive Oil & toasted a little Black Sesame Seeds to sprinkle on top for colour as I always "believe" that we do "eat with our eyes too". I tossed them in a roomy bowl then transferred the Salsa into a smaller bowl & chilled it in the fridge.  

                                              Fruity Salsa

                                                My pot of French Tarragon

                                              Marinading the Salmon


                        Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

First hand bags that I made

          On the same note, I made my first clutch bag with the aid of the mould that I purchase.  It was great fun; making two bags; a black & an Orange bag. 

                                  Made another bag but this time I use my textured roller to give it an emboss look.

                               I painted the holes black to give the Orange bag a different look.

                              Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia.

White high heeled shoes

            I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I found many moulds to make gum paste decoration and the one I loved the best was a heel mould which allowed me to make the heel & then also the mould for a shoe template.  Before I bought this mould for the shoe template, I use to find the templates and then drawing same on parchment paper so buying this mould saved me the step & the best part, that although they were not cheap, the ones that I bought, they were imported from England & South Africa.

                     Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia