Wanneroo Show – Part 3: Sugar Art and More Photos

I was asked on the weekend if I have any made cakes recently and I said no I haven’t. The person said “what, you’ve had no birthdays?”. Lord, give me strength! I have been working and this person has been told I have been working hard! I am not working the 60 odd hours a week I used to, but I have been working half of that, plus trying to fit in sleeping, socialising and cake decorating class. I do not seem to be getting enough sleep nor seeing everyone I would like to! And yes housekeeping and cooking are being neglected again! Thankfully the puppies don’t mind, and the hubbie only gets grumpy if he can’t find socks & jocks! I am just trying to fit in as much as I can, without doing too much.

I have actually said no to a couple of cakes recently and also had to make the decision not to enter anything into the Wanneroo Show this year, even though there was a new category for cake decorating students & novices. I am so disappointed I can’t enter a cake in the show, but I am slowly learning to say no to things. I do have a couple of cakes coming up (yes two birthdays for two special kids that I do not want to disappoint, and I love the themes they have chosen!) and also I am in the middle of a felting project that an Aunty asked me to make.Michelle's Labyrinth

So since the Wanneroo Show is in 8 days time, I thought I would share the last of the entries I put in last year. I have previously written about the Special Occasion Cake, Christmas Cake and the flower photographs. I also entered two cakes for tasting! I made the Rich Fruit cake per their recipe – OMG it was so annoying chopping all the fruit and nuts per the recipe – “To ensure uniformity and depending upon the size it is suggested the raisins be snipped into two or three pieces; Cherries into four to six pieces and Almonds crosswise into three to four pieces.” I also made my first boiled fruit cake, that turned out pretty good, but probably had a little too much ginger in it for my liking. I also prefer my recipe for fruit cake, than theirs! hehe As you can tell I didn’t win for those entries.

I also entered aMichelle's Labyrinth piece in the sugar art category. As I may have said in my previous blogs, I was mislead about the quality of art entered into the show. I also over-committed myself and didn’t leave enough time for my sugar art piece. My piece is an elf, but I just wanted to do so Michelle's Labyrinthmuch more. I entered it anyway and worked out pretty quickly that I was way out of my league when the lady ticking off the entries asked if it was a child’s entry. The same lady also let out a deep sigh when I came in the third time with the last of my entries and said “you have more” – gee I am sorry for supporting the community show! I can’t find the note the judge wrote about my piece, but she was nice and brief and said something along of the lines of “Thank you, a fun entry”. Not much more needed to be said after seeing the other pieces!

So here is some of the sugar art I was up against. I particularly like Narnia scene. The pieces that won first and second were AMAZING!

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I also entered some photography in the Animals – Domestic and also Animals – Non-Domestic. The domestic photos were of my Mum’s Westie Daisy, and also the photo of Makita’s paws. I liked the photo that came second of the cat lying on its back. The lightning is great as it just has feeling of farm colours, and the photo is sharp. But the shot of the dog’s head apparently won first prize. I am sorry, it is a nice dog and all, but I do not know how it is a great photo? I have included a snapshot of all of the entries for you to make own decision. I think quite a few others are much better, I guess I just do not know what they were looking for.MIchelle's Labyrinth

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My non-domestic animals were of my five drinking zebras and the colourful lizard. Both of which I took in Tanzania and I am super happy with the zebras shot. I was whispering to the zebras from about 500m telling them to put all their heads down at once! It worked! I love the shot of the frog that won first prize.

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I also wanted to sMIchelle's Labyrinthhare one more photo from the humorous category. I saw it when I was delivering my photos and thought it was fantastic. I am so glad it won its category!

I hope this years Wanneroo Show is a huge success, especially since my friend works very hard on her areas.

Oh, and this is how Hamlet interjected himself between my legs on the end of the recliner while I wrote this blog! :)MIchelle's Labyrinth

Here is the link to Part 2 if you missed it: http://michelleslabyrinth.com.au/wordpress/wanneroo-show-part-2-butterflies-and-flowers/
(There won’t be a Part 4 as I crammed the rest into this one :)  )

 

 

 

 

Wanneroo Show – Part 2: Butterflies and Flowers

I cannot believe it is February already! I have been on my sabbatical for 7 months! Boy the time has flown and I am still having lots of fun. You may remember that I entered some cakes and photographs into the Wanneroo Show last November, however I have only written about one of the cakes so far. Well I had a request from one of my readers to write some more about my entries in the show. So here I go :)

This post is about the cake category Michelle's Labyrinth– “Decorated Cake, two or more tiers. Foam shapes allowed. Suitable for wedding or special occasion.” I had seen foam shapes in Spotlight in the cake section and wondered what they were used for. The polystyrene shapes are called ‘Cake Dummies’ in the cake decorating world and they are used for practicing! How cool is that? So I checked out the YouTube video ‘Covering a Dummy with Fondant’  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKILPEC3q3Y&sns=tw and covered my first cake dummy and entered it into the Wanneroo Show. (One of my friends hates the sound of polystyrene when you touch it, it is like fingernails on a blackboard to her. I guess I hate anyone talking about eyeballs, so I shouldn’t laugh at her :)  )

The following cake is the one that won this cake category. It is a very elegant cake.

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This cake won second and it is amazing. The details of the flowers are brilliant and I love the mixture of the green and gold colours.

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There were a couple of other cakes in this category but this one really struck a chord with me. I know I love blue, but the detail of the orchids on top are stunning. I really think this cake should have won or at least come second. (The cake that actually won was a little plain compared the this one and the green/gold one!)

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Now for my entry! I was mislead a little bit about the caliber of the entries at the Wanneroo Show (I think the entries have improved dramatically over the past couple of years). The above cakes were amazing. But I am still happy with my entry, as I just could not match the cakes above (hopefully one day!) and I got to try out a few techniques, such as icing a cake dummy and also using stamps on fondant icing and colouring them in by hand. Hope you like it :)

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As I mentioned in my previous post, the judges for the cake decorating categories give you comments. The comments I received for this cake were: “Well done. Be careful when smoothing icing that you don’t spoil base board. Would have liked to see hand moulded flower on top. See you next year.” I thought they were very kind comments, and I had noticed the marks on the cake board when I was smoothing the icing! Oops!

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I also entered a photo into the photography catergory – “Floral study”. The photo that won is exquisite. The flower itsef is quite stunning and intricate!

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This is the photo that came second. It doesn’t talk to me like the photo that won and I don’t think my photo of it does it justice.

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Here is my floral study, which I took in Jersey (Channel Island) at the La Mare Wine Estate in December 2011. I love the colours of the flowers and the leaves.

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Here is a photo of all the entries into “Floral Study”.

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I really enjoyed these two categories of the Wanneroo Show. Please be patient for Parts 3 & 4 of the Wanneroo Show :)

Here is the link to Part 1 if you missed it:
http://michelleslabyrinth.com.au/wordpress/wanneroo-show-part-1-a-very-merry-christmas/

Wanneroo Show – Part 1: A Very Merry Christmas

It’s been a month since I entered some cakes and photos into the Wanneroo Show so I better update you on what I made. I’ll say right from the top that I didn’t win in any of the categories I entered and I agree with the judges on all but one photography category. I got in trouble from a friend after my Gidgegannup posts that I made you wait until the second post before telling you if I won anything, hence why I told you the result now!  LOL! 😀

This post is about the cake category – “Decorated Cake, one tier. Fruit cake only. Suitable for a Christmas Cake.” The following cake is the one that won and I totally agree it was amazing. The detail on the Santa and reindeer is terrific. I love the border and skirt of the cake.

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The following cake came second. It is a good cake but I think it is quite plain.

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The next two cakes were pretty cool and a lot more detail than what I did.

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The following elf cake is amazing. I think it should have won a place. You can see how big it was compared to the beach Santa cake. I love it!

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The next cake is mine. You will probably recognise that it is very similar to the Christmas in July cake I made, but this one is all fruit cake. I also covered the board with fondant and put a ribbon around the edge of the cake board. I wanted to put a scarf around the snowman but ran out of time.

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The judges for the cake decorating categories give you comments. The comments I received for this cake were: “Thank you for entering. Cake covering needs practice. Piping around base of cake will seal it to the board and finish it off. Also it is another technique to learn. Love your penguins. See you next time.”

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I am not sure if I mentioned it before, but when I made the Craft with Friends cake, one of the ladies at craft asked if I would make their Christmas cake for the last day of the year. I said of course, I was honoured. So when I decided to make a fruit cake for the Wanneroo Show I thought I would then take the cake to craft. All the ladies seemed to really enjoy it. The cake was still very moist. All my figurines were snaffled up and many of the ladies took a piece home for their husbands. I was so glad it was all eaten and enjoyed. (I love the outline of where Santa was sitting – see below right photo!)

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The other day my friend and her two kids came over to visit so I made some Christmas cupcakes! Any excuse right? I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a lovely New Year. I’ll try and keep the posts coming and hopefully more often!

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