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Walking into Autumn, cookie memory game by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.
Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #18

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There are over 120 messages come and go between @Manu and me, from August 12th to September 12th.

It took a whole month for us to finish our project.  

This was NOT something like, "I have this idea, I do this part and you do that part".  We brainstormed, changed some, dropped a part, rethought again, went back to the meaning of β€œcollaboration” and β€œcomplete me”, shared techniques, experiences and references, talked about colors, cultures, understanding the differences and found something new and interesting.  We took many photos, and sent sketches to explain fully, understood well each other and confirmed details. 

This was NOT something "we started with what we could do".  Both of us challenged something new and other’s design.  I really wished I lived next door to @Manu so I could see how she made and created things (and I could have some pasta). 

I have learned the cultural differences in EU that @Manu told me, how to make figs and grapes @Manu taught me, @Manu’s dynamic style to express things on cookies and as usual @Manu is very capable of organizing things and her well-written explanation is splendid.  I am really lucky I could work with @Manu.

It took so long for me to finish this project with @Manu.  After this, I feel like it is just a piece of cake (wooops, cookie) for me to decorate other cookies. 

  • the color of pumpkins is dark green and squirrels have stripes in Japan
  • Thanks to this challenge, I am getting better at decorating cookies and I reacknowledged that decorating cookies was unlimited and that it is a universal language to bond people.
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The project: A cookie card game

@Manu and Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. made a "cookie card game" thinking about the card game known as "Memory" or "Concentration" or "Pairs".
The object of the game is to match cards in order to make a pair. The player who makes more pairs wins.
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The initial idea was to make cookies (cards) that made pairs for the techniques used to decorate cookies such as piped roses, handpainting, wet-on-wet, royal icing transfers, dimensional royal icing design, weaving, etc.

The collaboration:
β€’ @Manu told Ryoko-Cookie Ave. about the card game.
β€’ Ryoko thought the theme of the cookies/cards could have been Fall, as the challenge closes in Fall and sent @Manu a sketch of some cookies decorated following the idea of Fall and the idea of matching decoration techniques (that's why the lady has piped roses in her hair)
β€’ Ryoko thought about representing a lady who "walks into Autumn", who puts her shawl on and a couple of Fall scenes.
β€’ @Manu then thought about the same lady who decorates her house for Fall (door and the window) and another couple of Fall scenes set in her yard, and sent Ryoko some sketches of the cookies as well.
β€’We decided to pick three sketches made by each cookier, so that each one of us designed half of the project, and to make 6 cookies each based on both designs, so that we had a consistent number of cards/cookies "to play the game".
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β€’We thought it would have been interesting and challenging to see how the same design would have been transformed into cookies by each of the two cookiers to make a pair, but still we shared tips and step by step techniques, during all these weeks.

Sketches, ideas, techniques, tips and tricks, doubts and support, pics of work in progress bounced back and forth between Italy and Japan.
We made it! ... despite the 8 hours that separate us, which is a lot!!! (We have never been on line at the same time except on the day we posted the entries!)... and we can say it has been fun!

The entry of each of the two cookiers:
Per rule of the challenge each cookier had to post a pic only of the cookies she personally made.

The following pic explain the project:

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In the pictures above there are the 6 cookies/cards we made, 3 are based on my design and 3 are based on @Manu's design. 6 cards are faced down: "virtual cards". These last represent the cookies made by @Manu/or me, to be flipped up during the "memory game". On the back of these virtual cards there are the watermarks of both cookiers to mime real cards and to reinforce the idea of the collaboration.

The theme of the challenge "You complete me":
 @Manu and Ryoko~Cookie Ave. baked and decorated the same set of 6 cookies, that together make 6 pairs. Each of the cookiers designed half of the project.
The theme of the challenge is fulfilled because each of the cookies of Ryoko matches each of the cookies of @Manu, each of the cookies of @Manu "completes" a pair with each of the cookies of Ryoko.
In the picture below, all the cards are faced up, all pairs have been made.

image5*Written by @Manu,  thank you Manu.

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Link to Manu's clip

http://cookieconnection.juliau...-memory-game-by-manu

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Manu posted:

Thank you, Ryoko, for the kind words.

It has been a pleasure to work with you. I have learned a lot from you and I am glad you felt the same.

We unfortunately don't live next door but during this month I felt like we really did! 

Exactly, I could not have your pasta....   shame.  If I lived next door, I would not go back to my house.  

It was a long one month.... 

carouselselsel posted:

Again I have no words to express how I feel about this, about your collaboration, and how great you complete each other. What you\ve done is amazing! GREAT!!! I wish I am as nearly good as you are. Admirations! Lots of love again xxxx

Thank you, Zara.  But you know what, each one has a different talent and nobody can do what you do.  

Marie - LilleKageHus posted:

As I have just said on Manu's post, this is a really wonderful collaboration and I love reading all the details and what you have learnt from each other. It's just a fantastic example of a really lovely collaboration. Congratulations, they're really special  

Thank you, Marie.  It was very meaningful one month to me.   I learned not only techniques but also I finally learned how to use my camera after many years and how to use iMessage.  

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
Julia M. Usher posted:

Awesome cookies, awesome idea, awesome amount of collaboration! Love both of these sets!

Thank you, Julia and thank you for the words to tag which are always difficult for me.  I am really happy to have done this before autumn rain started pouring here.  Now I can sleep without grinding my teeth.  

I know - we had a lot of rain here last week and it really messed with some of my icing topcoats . . .

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
swissophie posted:

Fantastic! Such a great idea and the execution absolutely stunning!

Thank you so much.  I want to do your knitting RI which Manu and I did not try this time.

I'm looking so much forward to seeing some "knitted" cookies by Ryoko and Manu ! You two are fountains of creativity and are so skilled. I know they will be spectacular !

Last edited by iSugarfy (aka swissophie)
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
carouselselsel posted:

Again I have no words to express how I feel about this, about your collaboration, and how great you complete each other. What you\ve done is amazing! GREAT!!! I wish I am as nearly good as you are. Admirations! Lots of love again xxxx

Thank you, Zara.  But you know what, each one has a different talent and nobody can do what you do.  

Thank you for being so nice and so supportive...always! You are right, one can be good at everything Amazing cookies again! xxx

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

*This comment should be the second comment and the second one should be the first one.  Let's pretend this is the second comment.  

There are over 120 messages come and go between @Manu and me, from August 12th to September 12th.

It took a whole month for us to finish our project.  

This was NOT something like, "I have this idea, I do this part and you do that part".  We brainstormed, changed some, dropped a part, rethought again, went back to the meaning of β€œcollaboration” and β€œcomplete me”, shared techniques, experiences and references, talked about colors, cultures, understanding the differences and found something new and interesting.  We took many photos, and sent sketches to explain fully, understood well each other and confirmed details. 

This was NOT something "we started with what we could do".  Both of us challenged something new and other’s design.  I really wished I lived next door to @Manu so I could see how she made and created things (and I could have some pasta). 

I have learned the cultural differences in EU that @Manu told me, how to make figs and grapes @Manu taught me, @Manu’s dynamic style to express things on cookies and as usual @Manu is very capable of organizing things and her well-written explanation is splendid.  I am really lucky I could work with @Manu.

It took so long for me to finish this project with @Manu.  After this, I feel like it is just a piece of cake (wooops, cookie) for me to decorate other cookies. 

  • the color of pumpkins is dark green and squirrels have stripes in Japan
  • Thanks to this challenge, I am getting better at decorating cookies and I reacknowledged that decorating cookies was unlimited and that it is a universal language to bond people.

I absolutely love your explanation, Ryoko, of your collaboration with @Manu. It's such a beautiful joint effort and the results are exceptional beyond words .

Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

*This comment should be the second comment and the second one should be the first one.  Let's pretend this is the second comment.  

There are over 120 messages come and go between @Manu and me, from August 12th to September 12th.

It took a whole month for us to finish our project.  

This was NOT something like, "I have this idea, I do this part and you do that part".  We brainstormed, changed some, dropped a part, rethought again, went back to the meaning of β€œcollaboration” and β€œcomplete me”, shared techniques, experiences and references, talked about colors, cultures, understanding the differences and found something new and interesting.  We took many photos, and sent sketches to explain fully, understood well each other and confirmed details. 

This was NOT something "we started with what we could do".  Both of us challenged something new and other’s design.  I really wished I lived next door to @Manu so I could see how she made and created things (and I could have some pasta). 

I have learned the cultural differences in EU that @Manu told me, how to make figs and grapes @Manu taught me, @Manu’s dynamic style to express things on cookies and as usual @Manu is very capable of organizing things and her well-written explanation is splendid.  I am really lucky I could work with @Manu.

It took so long for me to finish this project with @Manu.  After this, I feel like it is just a piece of cake (wooops, cookie) for me to decorate other cookies. 

  • the color of pumpkins is dark green and squirrels have stripes in Japan
  • Thanks to this challenge, I am getting better at decorating cookies and I reacknowledged that decorating cookies was unlimited and that it is a universal language to bond people.

I absolutely love your explanation, Ryoko, of your collaboration with @Manu. It's such a beautiful joint effort and the results are exceptional beyond words .

Thank you, Carol.  I am really honored.  I am bowing in front of my PC (like a Japanese, well I am a Japanese)

swissophie posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
swissophie posted:

Fantastic! Such a great idea and the execution absolutely stunning!

Thank you so much.  I want to do your knitting RI which Manu and I did not try this time.

I'm looking so much forward to seeing some "knitted" cookies by Ryoko and Manu ! You two are fountains of creativity and are so skilled. I know they will be spectacular !

Oh yes, we should have a tour to Switzerland to learn how to knit from you first!!!   Gee, most of you are so far away from me.