My little workspace.
I think I may have been a little ambitious in my design. I decided on some sugar flowers that I have never made before, so it has been a bit like sugar flower bootcamp for me as I try to figure out how to make them.
Hydrangea made using Petalsweet's tutorial.
Petals cut and dusted for Black-Eyed Susans
The beginnings of some yellow roses.
I am still a novice when it comes to making sugar flower. There have been some mistakes and "duh"moments; however, you usually learn more from your mistakes than you do your successes. I try to keep that in mind when I screw something up.
I still have a bit more to finish (leaves and the dusting everything with petal dusts) before this weekend when I will start working on the actual cake portion. Can I just say that I love my metal shelving in my kitchen so much! I keep most of my cake supplies in large storage closet and use my shelving unit to hold the projects I am currently working on. It has six large shelves and is essential in keeping me organized and tidy.
And because I hate to leave with just a post of a bunch of my pictures, I wanted share with you the best gum paste hydrangea tutorial I have found. I think most cake people know Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet, but if you don't, run quickly and check her out. She makes the most amazingly beautiful sugar flowers. She has both a 3 part hydrangea tutorial on her blog, which I used to make the hydrangeas above. In addition, she has filmed a online hydrangea and filler flower tutorial for Craftsy that you can purchase. I haven't purchased it yet, but plan on doing so in the future so I can refine my technique.
So go forth and make beautiful flowers!