Saturday, December 13, 2008

A choir of stained glass angels and decorated snowflake cookies

Shewww. . . I've been busy! Today is my family's 9th annual ornament/dessert exchange and I thought I'd share what I have made. Below is a close-up of my ornament, a stained glass angel. I was going to do ornaments of my Mom as an angel, but I changed my mind at the 11th hour because it was too heartbreaking. Once the painting of her started to come together, it was just too difficult for me to handle.
The stained glass angels were more time consuming than I thought. I may make some more for Christmas presents since after all, I cut and grinded extra glass with this in mind. Luckily I had everything I needed in stock in my studio. And plenty of Neosporin for all the tiny little cuts on my hands after the fact!

10 more angels to go. I have exhausted my supplies! Here's a picture of them in their early stages.

And the cookies. These guys took a while to make and decorate! It was my first time using royal icing, and the recipe I went by didn't call for cream of tartar, which later I found out gives the glaze an even, smooth consistency. They didn't turn out half bad though, I'm just a freak about details.
Can't wait for our ornament exchange, it's sure to be a blast!

7 comments:

Diana Evans said...

oh my goodnessssssssss!!!!

wow Cynthia...the angels are amazing...you are so talented and everyone will be so thrilled to take home one of your ornaments....

and your cookies look amazing!!!

I am so inspired just popping by here....I have to bake!!!

Hugs
Diana

life without novacaine said...

Wow! You have been a very busy bee my friend! Beautiful ornaments! Are you by chance having a give away??? Hee-hee!

life without novacaine said...

Oh, I meant to comment on the cookies too. They are the most beautiful cookies I have ever seen! You most certainly DO have an eye for detail! How did you get them to look so sparkly and magical?

Cock Yer Doodle said...

I just love those stained glass angels! Hope the tiny cuts heal quickly. :) And the cookies...man, are they gorgeous...almost too beautiful to eat. You're my Christmas hero! :D

Cindy DiBlasi said...

Deborah. . . I got the cookies to look sparkly and magical by the magic of Photoshop! :P And some sugar sprinkles too.

Honestly though, they took a while to make. Royal icing is my favorite to decorate with now! I'd like to try tinting it and playing with combined colors. Hmmmm, I've always dreamed of being a pastry chef, but I wouldn't want to be around all of that sweet stuff because I would be a really squishy girl! :D

Cindy DiBlasi said...

Oh! And luster dust. I used a lot of it. You can't see it though. :(

I love glazing fondant with it because it gives an opalescent sheen. You can find luster dust in the Wilton aisle in many craft stores now, but I think they may call it something else.

Maybe next I'll try glazing the icing after it has hardened, instead of in the mix.

Dawn said...

I love my ornament. These angels were really nice. The party was fun too.