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Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Oh how gorgeous!!! I love your fireplace scene @LisaF . What a lot of work you've put into this scene for Christmas. All the wonderful detail and I'm totally amazed at the sheer size of it!! I don't know how long it took you to make this scene but it's definitely worth it. Now, who is going to eat this creation? NO...you can't eat it, it's too beautiful ❤️❤️

Thank you so much @Cookies Fantastique!  I do tend to go bigger on my creations because I'm not quite as delicate and precise as many of you lovely bakers.  It did take hundreds of hours though I tend to lose track.  Though it is edible, I hope too that it remains together.  I put it up for a charity auction and usually it becomes part of a Christmas-scape of someone's holiday decorations.  (but who knows what people nibble on behind closed doors 😂😂!

Oh how gorgeous!!! I love your fireplace scene @LisaF . What a lot of work you've put into this scene for Christmas. All the wonderful detail and I'm totally amazed at the sheer size of it!! I don't know how long it took you to make this scene but it's definitely worth it. Now, who is going to eat this creation? NO...you can't eat it, it's too beautiful ❤️❤️

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Aproned Artist posted:

Amazing! How did you make the tree?

Thank you so much @Aproned Artist!  I made the tree by taking various sizes of star shaped cookies and baking them over a half sphere mold to get a contoured shape.  I baked cookies of various sizes with branch/evergreen imprints from a silicone mold.  I used royal icing to attach the branches to the contoured stars.  Once dry, I used royal icing to stack the branched connected stars.  That gave me a pretty solid frame.  Then I inserted cookie branches of various sizes into the gaps and to basically fill it out.  It looked more like a branched out pole at the beginning but the filling in of the branches gave it that traditional tree look.

Brilliant! I never would have guessed it was just cookie and icing.

Aproned Artist posted:

Amazing! How did you make the tree?

Thank you so much @Aproned Artist!  I made the tree by taking various sizes of star shaped cookies and baking them over a half sphere mold to get a contoured shape.  I baked cookies of various sizes with branch/evergreen imprints from a silicone mold.  I used royal icing to attach the branches to the contoured stars.  Once dry, I used royal icing to stack the branched connected stars.  That gave me a pretty solid frame.  Then I inserted cookie branches of various sizes into the gaps and to basically fill it out.  It looked more like a branched out pole at the beginning but the filling in of the branches gave it that traditional tree look.

Julia M. Usher posted:

Impressive! The perspective on the main photo is so deceiving (in a good way). It looks like the fireplace is sitting right in front of your real oven, and is even taller than it! I was wondering how you baked cookie pieces THAT big! Great job and thanks for the shout-out.

Thanks Julia! The front and back of  chimney  is actually three individual pieces, glued together with isomalt. The individual bricks are attached with royal icing and hide the seams. 

Impressive! The perspective on the main photo is so deceiving (in a good way). It looks like the fireplace is sitting right in front of your real oven, and is even taller than it! I was wondering how you baked cookie pieces THAT big! Great job and thanks for the shout-out.

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