You know how girls sometimes hate the girl who's pretty and seems to have everything? Well, sometimes I feel that way when I see a really awesome cake. And then in the caption they write something like, "oh, it was my first time doing such and such" or, "pardon this or that, I know it's not perfect" when in fact it's a masterpiece. People, I envy you. I work so hard to make subpar cakes, and then someone else says, 'oh this is my first time..." and it looks so much better than mine. What gives?
It's just like any skill. Some people can walk up to a piano sit down and play. That would not be moi. Some people are gifted and just get it dopne the first time. Some people struggle, work hard and then can become artistic through determination.
Sometimes those phrases are also key words to "please give me praise."
When we are doing new flowers in classes I always stress to my students the more you do them the better they get and say you should have seen my first ones. Some people do have a natural talent but many others do struggle through the first times doing things and getting it right.
The nice thing about cake decorating is that it's a craft, not an art. That means that we can all improve with practice...it's not a skill you have to be born with, it can be learned. You just have to be patient with yourself, and have fun...if you don't enjoy it, it's not worth doing.
Something that helps is to focus on one technique at a time. Master that one, and then move on to another. Don't try to learn a million new things all at once.
[quote="TexasSugar"]Sometimes those phrases are also key words to "please give me praise."
I guess what I was going for was "has anyone felt this way"? And how long did it really take before you felt like you were good at what you were doing? I do enjoy making cakes so I'll still be making them, even if I'm not as quick to learn as others.
Okay, nevermind my last reply. At first I thought people were saying I was fishing for compliments. My husband had to clarify for me! Haha. But I guess I can't fault anyone for fishing for compliments, since I know I do it, too! I'm glad to know that many people are like me and take a lot of practice to get better. And I'm totally guilty of trying to master too many things at once. But it all looks like so much fun to do! Thanks for all the support, guys![/i]
i feel that way all of time... i just try to remember that i am my own worst critic and its not usually as bad as i think it is! i think that is the case with most people!