Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What In The World Was I Thinking???

I guess I've gotten a bit cocky. When someone asks me if I can do "such and such" on a cookie......I tell them I will try. I'm going to be much more careful when I say that!

A friend from work wanted me to do some cookies for her little girl's 2nd birthday. I was happy to do them for her......and thought the cute stamp image that she asked me to emulate was no big deal. Boy.....was I wrong. It was quite a challenging image to do.

I won't bore you with all the things that went wrong today......and even though the end product is "OK"......I'm not happy with it. But it is what it is.

I was tempted to not post any pics.....but then I decided that is not being honest to only post the things that I deem good enough. If it makes any other decorators feel better.....we all have our bad days.

My biggest headache today was that frustrating phenomena of the icing caving in in the small places. It was all over my bears. :( And when I tried to fill in a few, the small "repair dot" caved in too. ARGHHHHH! 

OK....I've vented. Here's my little girl bears.



Heidi, I did my best, truly I did. But some how, it just wasn't a stellar day of decorating for me.

Hopefully I can do better on Friday when I make Army-related cookies for Keith's Basic Training graduation. I have one day to recover and bounce back.....we will see. ;)

23 comments:

Summersfam said...

Pam, they are perfect!! You're too hard on yourself. I'm sure she will be thrilled with them! Great job on some very challenging cookies!

Tyler said...

Pam, I know what you mean when you say everyone has those days, but honestly those cookies are perfect! I don't know what else you could have done differently because they look just like the image! That is weird about your icing caving in though. Has it done that to you before?

Anonymous said...

I think they look great! You can tell you put a lot of hard work into them and it really paid off! :)

AshleyC @ thecookiesheetbakery said...

Pam,
I think these are wonderful! We are always our biggest critics. No one would have seen the mistakes unless it was pointed out.

When anyone asks if I can do such and such, I always answer "I can do almost anything". One of these days I am going to find that thing I can't do. At least you say you'd try:)

I think most people are just amazed at what you do. They think they can't do it, or have the patience to do it.

So bravo to you for even tackling it (especially when it is off of another image).

AshleyC @ thecookiesheetbakery said...

Oh, one more thing that works for me.

Whenever I get an order, I always sketch it out on paper first. Even if it is of an image like your bear stamp.

I want to show the customer my "interpretation" of the design (and what I *can* draw from the original). Then I send it to them for approval before I even start. Of course, I always tell them that paper designs don't always transfer exactly onto a cookie but it gives them an idea.

Linzy said...

Pam, they are so adorable, and they look just like the original. I can never explain why the icing caves in, so annoying though! This makes me feel better, on Sunday I had this fabulous idea to make cute pumpkin patch cake truffles and although in my mind they were adorable, they turned out less than adorable, ugly really. I did the same, decided I would not post them because I don't like them, but I felt guilty because I want people to know we all have a bad baking/decorating day! I think I may actually post them, you inspired me! Good luck with your army cookies, I know they will turn out awesome! You can make yourself feel better when you check out my blog with the ugly pumpkins :) Yours are adorable!

Robin said...

Those cookies are adorable!!! I've had those days too and it is so frustrating. And I wish I could find the answer to the icing caving in in small places. One thing I've tried is to watch them and right when they start going down in the middle to try to put more icing in there. I just wonder where the icing goes because it's just like a perfect little hole!

I love seeing your cookies, you are amazing!!

Kris said...

You are being way too hard on yourself. These are adorable!!!

Pam said...

Thanks to all of you, friends. I appreciate your kind, encouraging words. Heidi responded on Facebook and says she loves them, so that makes me feel much much better. :)

Ashley, your ideas are terrific. :)

Robin....where does the icing go, you're right. One minute the space is filled up with icing, the next there is this huge cavern. So frustrating.....but I hear it is a universal problem. :/

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

LOVE them! Great details :) I just realized you have a facebook page, where have I been? Oh yea, my head must have been stuck in "summer"
Love all your cookies and anyone who receives them is sure to love them!

cookies and cups said...

Those are perfection!
Are you kidding me?! I would have been poking my eyes out with a #3 tip if I had to make those...you did amazing :)

aimee said...

You are too hard on yourself - these are absolutely adorable! My daughter would love getting those cookies for her birthday. :-)

amalia said...

Oh Pam...they are PRECIOUS! I do feel your pain...trust me... I have had a few orders recently where the icing has caved in in those small spots... I have tried different solutions....but to no avail.....sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't....and what is so frustrating is once it starts to cave...there seems no remedy to correct it....uggghhh......but they are truly amazing!!! We can be hard on ourselves...but the receivers don't see what we see....especially kids!!! They will love them, I am sure!!!! Thanks for your inspiration!

Pink Little Cake said...

I love your cookies and honesty. I have been there.Don't be too hard on yourself, but it is true, sometimes we have to say no.

Lenibvs said...

I think they are adorable. Any little girl, or big girl, would love them.

Lenibvs said...

I think they are adorable. Any little girl, or big girl, would love them.

frankdiabetes said...

Pam, I actually think where you filled in the holes looks really cute...almost like kneecaps in the lower left hand bear. You did such a great job!

adozeneggs said...

Pam, they look amazing, but I totally understand how you feel. Non-cookie people don't really understand what it takes to translate an image to a cookie design.
I have problems with the caving in a tiny space sometimes. I think it's too much icing in a very confined area, it puffs and then bottoms out.
Try using less icing. It doesn't have that pretty puff, but it doesn't cave in. I don't think it has anything to do with the consistency of your icing, just the quantity.
Sweetopia did two posts about air bubbles. (I don't think they actually are air bubbles, just an issue with expansion)
http://tinyurl.com/25b4vwp

Pam said...

Wow everyone.....you're response is overwhelmingly wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I feel totally encouraged and more confident this morning....especially after reading all your posts. You all are the best!

Laura....thanks so much for your encouragement and tips. How funny....I was adding EXTRA icing thinking then it couldn't sink in if it had more. No wonder it got worse! Now I know.....so hopefully I can alleviate most of it next time. :)

Terri said...

Wow, I wish my bad days were this GOOD! They are darling and if you hadn't said they were such a nightmare to do, I would have never known. I am sure she loved them!!

Anonymous said...

Pam, i think they are the cutest cookies!! You are so talented and i love to see your work!!! Like everyone else said, don't be so hard on yourself, you are one of a kind!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

I think they are INCREDIBLE!!! You are so good to say "yes"...I always say "no, I don't think I can do that." :) And I can't. These are lovely!

Sue said...

Are you kidding? They look FANTASTIC!

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