antonia74 Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:12pm
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My first job today was to stencil all 100 smooth royal icing white cookies with a very intricate Chinese symbol in magenta and black.

(It was just to hard to write on each cookie by hand, so I had patiently traced and cut out a small stencil to use for the job. I bought special stencil brushes from the local craft store and matching edible powders to create a thinned paste to stencil with.)

Well, how happy was I when I finally finished the 100th cookie.......only to look at the stencil and realize...

....I had done it BACKWARDS!!! icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

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indydebi Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:15pm
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Oh that is so not funny, but I'm laughing so hard! God love ya....!

azlorri Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:16pm
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Oh Helen! What a shame!!! (But I bet they are BEAUTIFUL, delicious backward coookies!) Can they be fixed or is this a "do over"? 100 cookies, ACK!

debsuewoo Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:17pm
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Shock!!! GASP!!! Can you paint over them somehow????

Debbi

subaru Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:17pm
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Oh no!!!!!! I hate that for you!! Just goes to show, we are ALL human!! I thought I was the only one to do things like that.
Makes a person like me feel better when a great decorator like you shares her mistakes. Thanks for sharing!!!!

justsweet Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:19pm
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I am so sorry, but I it is kinda funny. Sorry that you will have to them all over again maybe the ones that wrong can be sold for 1/2 price in store.

BigFatMamaKat Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:24pm
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Bless your heart! Murphy's Law strikes again. icon_surprised.gif

antonia74 Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:27pm
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I don't have a store. Each cookie is done to order.


So, THANKFULLY I had let the white base icing dry for 2 days before I did this final step. (It was very very bone dry, crucial for what I was about to do.)

I took a brand new J-cloth, dampened it slightly and wiped off all the Chinese characters as best I could. (They couldn't have been a pale yellow...no, they had to be the darkest colours known to mankind!)

Anyway, they wiped off about 90-95% of the way. I let them dry for 2 hours again, then re-stenciled over them. I think I can get away with about 75-80 of the cookies. Some either didn't wipe off well, or just look too messy re-done.

My business partner, Ana, is on her way over here to give them a vito or a thumbs-up. After staring at them for 5 hours, I can't decide whether they are passable or not.

hockeygirl658 Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:29pm
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I'm so sorry! That stinks.

Maybe the symbol has an alternate meaning when printed backwards? Some great fortune perhaps? Like, "The rising moon will grant happiness to your family". icon_wink.gif

birdgirl Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:31pm

Since you redid them I should keep quiet, but couldn't you set them up with a mirror behind them--they would look right in the mirror..... OK I will shut my smart rear up! Sorry that it happened!

doescakestoo Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:32pm

icon_lol.gif I love that even the best can make mistakes and still see the silver lining. It should be easier and faster the second time around. icon_biggrin.gif

princessjellybean Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:34pm

ohhhh, im so sorry this happened to you. hope it all works out!

vickymacd Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:35pm

I thought the same thing as far as a 'backward' meaning.
I'm soooo sorry, but that's one for the story book!

darcat Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:35pm

oh no I'm so sorry you had to go through all that work before you realized. But (and this will sound terrible) I cant help laughing its like you know when someone trips and you laugh but you dont mean them ill will lol ok shutting up

dodibug Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 4:37pm

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Oh Helen soooo sorry this happened! Here's to hoping you get a thumbs_up.gif on at least most of the cookies!

antonia74 Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 5:25pm
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Originally Posted by hockeygirl658

I'm so sorry! That stinks.

Maybe the symbol has an alternate meaning when printed backwards? Some great fortune perhaps? Like, "The rising moon will grant happiness to your family". icon_wink.gif





I am laughing my head off!!!! icon_lol.gif

antonia74 Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 5:26pm
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Originally Posted by birdgirl

Since you redid them I should keep quiet, but couldn't you set them up with a mirror behind them--they would look right in the mirror..... OK I will shut my smart rear up! Sorry that it happened!





okay, you are a genius!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Tkeys Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 6:51pm

is there any way to maybe air brush in white some of the mistaken part after you wiped it before redoing the others? kind of crazy . . . or just pour another layer of royal icing so that you don't have to redo the last 20 cookies completely? that is horrible . . .

it is something i would do - only it would be at 4:00 in the morning, and i'd have another deadline to meet, and i'd be out of ingredients, and i wouldn't have slept for 3 days . . . . and i'd be crying hysterically.

you are handling this amazingly well!

PerryStCakes Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 6:57pm

I guess we know what's for dinner tonight!


I'm sorry this happened to you - these things happen every so often. Just think of how bad 200 cookies would have been! icon_smile.gif

Cakers84 Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 7:14pm

How many passed the cookie inspection? Do we get to see a before & after pic.?

Side note: Helen, my kiddos fell in love with your recipe, they like the fact that there is no waiting. Even though they did not use the RI they had a blast decorating with anything and everything I have in the baking pantry. I love the fact that we enjoy it together. Thanks for sharing the Good, and the Bad with us. thumbs_up.gif

Gloria I

imartsy Posted 21 Sep 2006 , 7:48pm

Ooh what recipe is that? Will we see pics of the cookies? I wonder if it did have a different meaning backwards.... LOL! This is SOOOO something I would do!

Good luck! Hope they turn out better than you think!

antonia74 Posted 22 Sep 2006 , 1:26am

okay, 9:30pm update....

20 cookies didn't pass the inspection of Eagle Eyes....but 80 did!! Woo hoo!

So, I re-baked 25 and am about to ice them now.

Oh, don't you worry...there WILL be pictures!

I thought of everything like cutting out fondant circles and applying them overtop, colouring the entire cookie then doing the Chinese symbol in white, going out to buy and airbrush....

glad I wasn't too hasty, they seem to be okay now. thumbs_up.gif

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P.S. If I didn't have 3 other wedding cakes this weekend, I would have re-done them entirely....but I have a 7 tier monster of a fake cake (52" tall with flowers between each tier!!!), a 4 tier fake cake covered in gold dust and crystals AND a real 3-tier for Sunday. icon_cry.gif

RisqueBusiness Posted 22 Sep 2006 , 1:36am

good for samples!!

lol

crimsonhair Posted 22 Sep 2006 , 4:08am

Oh I feel so bad for you.. I am glad that most of them passed the test though and you didn't have to redo them all. Once you are all done you can sit and have a nice hot cup of tea and 20 or so cookies to go with it..
Liz

cake4you Posted 22 Sep 2006 , 1:27pm

if I know Helen, she will be having more than just a cup of tea after this!!!!!

lauramw71 Posted 22 Sep 2006 , 1:34pm

OH NO!!! This is something i TOTALLY would do myself! Then sit and cry for about an hour! LOL Im glad that most passed the test so u didnt have too many to redo.

antonia74 Posted 23 Sep 2006 , 9:28pm
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Originally Posted by cake4you

if I know Helen, she will be having more than just a cup of tea after this!!!!!





That is VERY true! icon_lol.gif

Okay, here are the "after" photos...no "befores" (because I was having a hissy fit and crying!)
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Landa Posted 23 Sep 2006 , 9:32pm

Oh those are just too cute. Im glad it turned out alright.

ccoth Posted 23 Sep 2006 , 9:37pm

They look perfect!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Sorry to hear about your misfortune...but glad it worked out in the end.

Thanks for sharing your flub-ups with the rest of us!!

CranberryClo Posted 23 Sep 2006 , 9:46pm

Ah, they're lovely! At my brother's wedding there was the double happiness symbol everywhere and most of us wouldn't have known if it were forward or backward! You could've gotten away with it!

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