I Am So Intimidated!

Decorating By Alaskahsm Updated 15 Feb 2010 , 5:42pm by Alaskahsm

Alaskahsm Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 7:46pm
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I dropped off my cakes at the cake show yesterday. Maybe I should not be decorating cakes. Compared t the rest if the beginners mine looks like a child (and not a talented child) did them. Looking at everyone elses, I don't think I will ever be that good. Next year I will have to enter as an intermediate ans I don't know if I can.

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Kitagrl Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 7:52pm
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Awww...well you never know, sometimes we get so sick of looking at our own work that we feel its uglier than other people's, but they might feel the same way! It only matters what the judges think.

Anyway we can all improve and you'd be amazed the difference a year can make! There's always something to learn.

I think its great you entered!!!!! Good luck!

Melvira Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 8:07pm
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Oh hon, don't think that way!! We all do that to ourselves, doubt that we're any good. I think most of my cakes are mediocre only because I always think I could've done better, but people seem to like them, and tell me they are nice. And they sure keep ordering them, so I must be doing something right!! thumbs_up.gif Don't beat yourself up, just keep doing your best and you will keep improving with each cake you do!

me_mysister Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 8:14pm
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I was worried about entering my cake in a cake show too! I'm putting it off until next year. :/ Good luck though!

Elcee Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 11:04pm
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I dropped mine off too. There are a lot of really nice cakes. I had to enter as intermediate. I'll post pictures on Monday. We hung out while cakes were being delivered because we wanted to avoid traffic and last night was the only chance I had to vote so I wanted a lot of cakes there before I did. I'm sending you a PM about my observations icon_smile.gif.

Kimmers971 Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 11:07pm
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I'm going to enter my first in May and believe me I'm scared I won't measure up to the kids group! But we have to try icon_biggrin.gif

costumeczar Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 11:16pm
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I think that a lot of people enter in categories that are too low for their ability level to give themselves a better chance of winning! I know people who sell cakes and have registered businesses who enter competitions that professionals aren't supposed to be in. Seems kind of sketchy to me. I'll bet your entry wasn't as bad as you think!

zdebssweetsj Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 7:13am
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We are our own worst critics, I'll see things that no one else seems to notice. I'm always whining for one more hour. I'm sure your cake is beautiful relax and enjoy your accomplishments.

stacylambert Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 7:41am
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I felt that way when I entered my first show. I had no idea what to expect and when I got there I felt so stupid carrying around my cake. I couldn't wait to hide it in it's corner and get out of there! The next year I actually won a ribbon. While I agree we are our own worst critics, you also have to consider this a learning experience. Look at the other cakes and note what specifically you feel like you need to work on and then practice, practice, practice! Next time you'll be better prepared both in your skillset and what level work the other cakes are.

Good luck icon_smile.gif

metria Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 8:20am
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gaah i've got my first competition in 2 weeks ... i'm in the beginner division too and i really haven't competed in anything for many years. i'm going to need my husband to come with me in case i cry after dropping my cakes off!

Mrs-A Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 9:21am
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im so sorry you felt that way and i hope you are under estimating your cake

goodluck with the comp!

icingimages Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 6:01pm
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Ok...listen carefully...There is absollutely no way to get better then to look at what other people are doing and improve on where we are at. God didnt put us here for us to sit there and say to ourselves, I shouldnt, or I am no good. He wants us to excell by doing, making mistakes, learning from them and from other peoples and getting better. You entered, that is awesome, many people didnt even do that. You are probably too hard on yourself, most of us are. But you entered. Now, next time, do better, whether it is intermediate or not, you enter again, and eventually someone will pound it into your head that you are better than you thnk you are. Do not let other peoples work bring you down, but let it inspire you. Keep going and keep talking on this forum. But keep chugging along and dont stop!

Eisskween Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 6:23pm
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Personally, every time I do a cake, it's never good enough for me, although others think it's great. I still think they are just being kind. But it's a fact about being a perfectionist, you always could have done something a little differently, or a little better, or a little nicer, etc. If we did everything the way we envision it, and worked on it until we were satisfied, it would take months to create a cake. icon_rolleyes.gif

Practice, practice, practice; and still I'm never satisfied and don't think I ever will be. icon_confused.gif

icingimages Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 6:35pm
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Learn to be satisfied instead of a perfectionist....none of us are perfect nor will we ever be

bobwonderbuns Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 7:01pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alaskahsm

I dropped off my cakes at the cake show yesterday. Maybe I should not be decorating cakes. Compared t the rest if the beginners mine looks like a child (and not a talented child) did them. Looking at everyone elses, I don't think I will ever be that good. Next year I will have to enter as an intermediate ans I don't know if I can.




Let me tell you a (true) story: Once upon a time, a friend of mine took a painting class. The first night of class she was asked to paint a still life of a basket of fruit then sign and date it. Well she wasn't much of an artist and she wasn't at all happy with the result. So the teacher keeps the pix, they go through a rigorous class for several weeks, and at the end they are asked to paint the same basket of fruit. Well when they finish the last painting, teacher hands back the original painting they did of the same fruit basket and the students could now see just how far they've come. She told me it was the most profitable class she's ever taken.

When I look at my early stuff, from a critical eye I see where it's lacking, certainly, but I also see the pride that went into those cakes, the excitement that I had created something I thought was beautiful at the time and I remember how getting all my buttercream borders even was an advanced skill for me. But I remember most how much I LOVED doing this creative art form, and it's that love for the craft that kept me going, no matter how bad my stuff first looked.

A few years ago I went to NYC and met Sylvia Weinstock. Her work was amazing to me and mine was still very beginner. But I proudly showed her my stuff and she was encouraging. Looking back I probably should have been mortified to show my beginner work but hey, I was proud of it and I loved doing it. As inexperienced as I was, I still had the attitude "if Sylvia can do it, I can do it." I came back from NYC that year and I have at least two cakes in my pix that are replicas of her cakes (the Fall calla lily cake and the sunflower cake.) If you find a style or an artist you really like, try to emulate their style. Remember, it's all about overall excellence NOT perfection. There are flaws on every cake, it's just that the more experienced decorators know how to work around them. So don't ever be intimidated -- shoot for the stars if you want to reach the moon! thumbs_up.gif

Melchas Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 7:20pm
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bobwunderbuns - That is a very inspirational story, thanks for sharing! thumbs_up.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 7:21pm
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My pleasure. Never give up what you love. Never!! icon_biggrin.gif

jones5cm Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 8:29pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alaskahsm

I dropped off my cakes at the cake show yesterday. Maybe I should not be decorating cakes. Compared t the rest if the beginners mine looks like a child (and not a talented child) did them. Looking at everyone elses, I don't think I will ever be that good. Next year I will have to enter as an intermediate ans I don't know if I can.




AMEN to bobwunderbuns' comment!!
OMG,- Alaskahsm, I looked at your pics...if you're an untalented kid...what does that make me??? Keep your head up and be proud of your abilities, no matter the level of talent you think you are!!!

bobwonderbuns Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 1:53pm
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So how are you doing Alaskahsm? We haven't heard a peep out of you! Are you feeling better now?

Alaskahsm Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 4:31pm
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LOL you didn't see my post about my cake show experience did you? I'm feeling better about my cakes but not about cake shows in general. I've been soured on the whole experience.

bobwonderbuns Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 4:38pm
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I guess I misunderstood your comment. It sounded like you were comparing your cakes to theirs, thinking yours "looked like a child (and not a talented child)" and you "would never be that good." Oh well, I guess I misunderstood. Glad you're feeling better though! icon_biggrin.gif

Alaskahsm Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 4:49pm
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Originally it was an I'll never measure up to them kind of thing, now I don't know. Maybe its just to close to the experience and I'm still a bit upset.

bobwonderbuns Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 5:26pm
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Don't sweat it. Just focus on your craft, work on mastering those techniques and have fun with it. Other than that let the chips fall where they may! icon_biggrin.gif

Alaskahsm Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 5:42pm
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Can I just give you a big ol hug. I think those words are just what I needed today.

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