My Real-First Cookies
Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #20

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I redid my real-first cookie set. 

Before I did my first cookies, I watched how to make royal icing and how to ice cookies on internet many times.  I really enjoyed decorating my first cookies, I was proud of myself designing, coloring icing and decorating them by myself (yes! That’s why I took a photo) and I gave them to my mother to make her surprised.

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Now I look at them, gee horrible!  I really need to redo them with the skills I learned and skills which I wanted to try.

This time overall I planned very carefully where to start with icing and to ice in good order.

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I used icing with different consistencies and I made my cookie cute. 

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I used a little more imagination for design.  And this is a T-shirt I want to wear.

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I made flowers which I could not make at that time or I did not even know we could make flowers with icing and I painted them with a little silver.  I practiced straight lines more often than before and with kind advice from Christine of @Sweet Prodigy I bravely did straight lines (I think they are straight) and needle-points.  I even tried very tiny and very thin straight lines on one leaf on white shirt.  With the icing of different consistencies, I tried making the gathers of white shirt.   

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Finally, this is knitting which I wanted to try after I saw many beautiful knitting by @swissophie.

I am very happy  that finally I redid my first cookies but showing the photo of the first set to the world is …   But now I think in this way, even if I do not do well first time, I will be good at it if I continue. (By the way, I am still on the way.  I do not need to mention this, though.)

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I bet your mother fell in love with your first set of cookies but WOW! what an improvement not just in the cookie decorating which is fabulous but also in the photography can you please tell me what you are using to take your pictures all I have is a cell phone but I would love to get something that would work much better. Please and thank you

What a nice "redo", Ryoko! I loved to read what you wrote. You must be proud of your first set of cookies. And you did such a great job with needlepoint and knitting! And that shirt is amazing.

Oh Ryoko, these are just amazingly well done! I absolutely love your detailed explanation of the changes you made to the first set that you decorated. And, yes, you have indeed come a l-o-n-g way in improving your skills, adding techniques and your creativity has blossomed . I absolutely love the doggie on the shirt...awesome design and perfectly executed. You've encouraged me to look at my first cookies and to be brave to show them on CC (I cringe at the thought). It would be fun to see how I would change the designs on those...may not make the deadline for the challenge but you have inspired me! Really great work ♥♥

Anne Marie Adams posted:

I bet your mother fell in love with your first set of cookies but WOW! what an improvement not just in the cookie decorating which is fabulous but also in the photography can you please tell me what you are using to take your pictures all I have is a cell phone but I would love to get something that would work much better. Please and thank you

Thank you, Anne Marie.  

Cell phone is just fine, especially recent cell phone is better than camera.  I show you my little studio.  

DSC08612 This is just white styrene foam box to adjust light and shade.  Something white is just white, this is easier for me because it is white, light and the box and lid stand by themselves.   I put my cookies in front of them and take photos.  If you find something white, white paper, white sheet, and with your cell phone, you might see the difference.  Oh, I use natural light from the window. 

By the way, my camera is Cyber Shot of Sony.  

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Julia M. Usher posted:

Was waiting with anticipation to see what you'd do! I love all the new techniques you tried, and the dog shirt is darling.

Hi, Julia.  Thank you.  Finally I could redo my first set and it was fun except showing my first cookies to public    

Watching somebody's knitting and needle point and imagining I do them are really different from actually doing them by myself.  What I learned this time is if I do not try I do not learn anything.   After I did knitting and again I watch the knitting by @swissophie and I realized the difference.   I am going to try knitting again sometime later.  (not redo)  

carouselselsel posted:

Ryoko, these are so beautiful!!! I love all of them!!! You did a great job with the knitting and the needle point! 

Hi Zara.  It was fun.  The first cookies of mine are horrible but still they make me smile at the same time.  

Manu posted:

What a nice "redo", Ryoko! I loved to read what you wrote. You must be proud of your first set of cookies. And you did such a great job with needlepoint and knitting! And that shirt is amazing.

Thank you, Manu.  It was fun to do knitting.  You have that real great sample (that cookies) with you, you can do better than me.  

Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Oh Ryoko, these are just amazingly well done! I absolutely love your detailed explanation of the changes you made to the first set that you decorated. And, yes, you have indeed come a l-o-n-g way in improving your skills, adding techniques and your creativity has blossomed . I absolutely love the doggie on the shirt...awesome design and perfectly executed. You've encouraged me to look at my first cookies and to be brave to show them on CC (I cringe at the thought). It would be fun to see how I would change the designs on those...may not make the deadline for the challenge but you have inspired me! Really great work ♥♥

Thank you, Carol.  Yes I know I am so brave to show my first cookies to public.  I wanted to redo my first ones and at the same time if I could show even if the first cookies are horribly done, we can be better at it with trying and learning and Cookie Connection is the place to learn definitely. 

Great work, Ryoko! I do see how simple your first set of cookies are but what I notice most is how far you have come! I love your needlepoint with straight lines and I love your knitted sweater - and that cute dog t-shirt! I also love your very pretty flowers! You have definitely improved - not only in your artistic abilities but also in your creativity!  

Sweet Prodigy posted:

Great work, Ryoko! I do see how simple your first set of cookies are but what I notice most is how far you have come! I love your needlepoint with straight lines and I love your knitted sweater - and that cute dog t-shirt! I also love your very pretty flowers! You have definitely improved - not only in your artistic abilities but also in your creativity!  

Yyyyyyyyyes!   Thank you.  My lines are getting better, but I actually redid that lines.  I removed the fist trial.   After the second trial on the cookie, I was too happy  to wait and started making dots.  The dots pushed the lines a bit.   The width between lines is 2mm, the space was small enough for me to hold my breath to make lines.  

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
Sweet Prodigy posted:

Great work, Ryoko! I do see how simple your first set of cookies are but what I notice most is how far you have come! I love your needlepoint with straight lines and I love your knitted sweater - and that cute dog t-shirt! I also love your very pretty flowers! You have definitely improved - not only in your artistic abilities but also in your creativity!  

Yyyyyyyyyes!   Thank you.  My lines are getting better, but I actually redid that lines.  I removed the fist trial.   After the second trial on the cookie, I was too happy  to wait and started making dots.  The dots pushed the lines a bit.   The width between lines is 2mm, the space was small enough for me to hold my breath to make lines.  

It's amazing how things like breathing and heartbeats can affect the movement of your arm. I hope that you will do more cookies with lines and needlepoint. 

Classic.Cookies by Parr posted:

So Fun, Ryoko! That shirt with the dog is so cute! I love the purple sweater and all the delicate flowers. Really cute set of cookies!

Hi Jinnee!  Thank you for leaving your comment here.  Yap, I like the purple sweater, too and it was fun to knit with icing.  Dog-coming-out T-shirt, that's , isn't it?  

Wonderful entry!  What a long way you have come in your decorating!  I must say, the original set is outstanding for a first set! I love how you took this redo opportunity to really use so many of your acquired cookie skills.  The new set is fabulous.

Bakerloo Station posted:

Wonderful entry!  What a long way you have come in your decorating!  I must say, the original set is outstanding for a first set! I love how you took this redo opportunity to really use so many of your acquired cookie skills.  The new set is fabulous.

Thanks to this challenge, I could have an opportunity to redo my first set with the only cutters I had at that time.   Through every challenge, I can learn and notice something very important.  Thank you, Christine. 

katydoescookies posted:

Wow, so many different techniques you tried!!  I love doing that, too!  Glad you decided to show us your first set!!  It really shows how far you've come.  --Katy

Hi, Katy.   Now I think it was good to show my first cookies but I needed some brave.  Thank you for your lovely comment. 

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