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Embracing Nature Competition Figurines

Embracing Nature Figurines

The Good Food and Wine Show in Johannesburg has come and gone and it was more than just a wining and dining experience for me.  I have my Embracing Nature Figurines as a daily reminder of the challenge of entering a competition piece for the show and having a fun weekend.  This sugar paste couple was my entry into the Cake Competition hosted by the South African Cake Decorators Guild (SACDG). I was so chuffed that the judges noted that they liked my “two enchanting figurines in a field of daisies”. Constructive criticism was that I needed to roll my paste thinner for my flowers.

Embracing Nature Figurines

The detailed painting Nature’s Embrace by Josephine Wallwas my inspiration for this piece as I could really choose any celebratory piece to enter in the competition. Josephine captures equally the power of nature and its gentleness and grace and her artwork resounded with me as Knysna had just been devastated by ferocious fires. Immediately following the heartbreak that came with images of families and animals left either homeless, or having lost their possessions in the fires, came the beautiful images of a caring and compassionate and generous country that came together to support those who had been affected. My two sugar characters only have eyes for each other in this piece and hopefully I managed to portray the gentleness of Josephine’s embracing trees.

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Josephine Wall's Nature's Embrace

Josephine Wall’s Nature’s Embrace

I hand moulded the faces using Saracino Modelling Paste and then used the Zeelandia for the bark covering, making sure to mark the paste to recreate the bark and then allow it to fold over their backs and waists to show their emerging torsos. Nature’s trail follows them in the ivy and daisies resting on the edible moss floor and gently chasing up the  roots and bark surrounding them.

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The Cake Boss, Buddy Show in Johannesburg!

The Cake Boss

I was chuffed to see Buddy Valastro of the Cake Boss on Friday at the Good Food and Wine Show in Johannesburg. Not only was it fun to meet his fans in the queue getting into the show but it was great to see his fun and friendly personality in action. A delightful moment was when a young fan dashed onto the stage as Buddy started his demo and Buddy gave him an impromptu hug which of course melted the hearts of his audience! Buddy created a Father’s Day Grill Cake complete with vienna sausage, cheese burger and T-bone steak and then another Bright Flowers cake pretty enough to delight any girl! Thanks for visiting Sunny South Africa Buddy and hope you had fun here!

The Cake Boss

Buddy Valastro of the Cake Boss in action!