Writing Prompt: Share something you tried after seeing it on Pinterest. Did it turn out?
I have to admit something: though I REALLY, REALLY WANT to be crafty, and I can “see” fabulous things I’ve created in my own mind (when I am envisioning a time when I will actually create them), I am not that person. I am not the one who has beautiful scrapbooks for her children (one of my friend’s does, and they are masterpieces). I am not the one who sees something in a food magazine and can reproduce it so that IT should be in a magazine. And it kills me that I cannot do these things as well as others. No one likes that feeling of being inadequate. All that said, I do go to Pinterest for ideas.
Last April I set out to make my little girl’s birthday cake for her 2nd birthday, and found several pictures of interesting ones on Pinterest. A friend of mine, who is pretty crafty but not quite to Martha Stewart’s level, said her sister-in-law had made one of the cakes, and that it looked very good once done. It also didn’t seem too difficult to make, she said. So I thought I’d give it a whirl. Crazy? I didn’t think so at the start. But after trying to make little animals out of fondant – including using dye on them – and them not really looking fabulous like I wanted them to, I said to my husband, “I can’t believe I thought I could do it. And now it’s too late to order one from our cake lady.” Yes, we have a “cake lady”. She’s the one who has made our son’s cakes for several years, and who made our daughter’s 1st birthday cake. She truly has talent. Anyway, after a lot of time working on those animals, and realising they wouldn’t be perfect but my daughter wouldn’t care, I did it. And, surprisingly, I was pleased with the results of the entire cake.
I call it “Animals Frolicking in a Field”. No it will not be in any magazines, nor will it be on anyone’s board on Pinterest. I’m sure I won’t be getting a call from Buddy for “The Next Great Baker”. But my kids absolutely loved it, and that means far more than it being perfect.