I'd like to introduce you to Sanity Sundays. To make a long story short, I used to have plenty of time to bake. Back in August, we got my toddler into an early intervention program (long story) that was four days a week, 15 miles away, so not only was I exhausted from the program itself and the drive, but it left me with only one nap (his, not mine, just to clarify), at which I had to make dinner. Conclusion: no time for baking. After about a month of this, I broke down to my husband that I was worn out, and I had no "me" time to do the things I love. Enter "Sanity Sunday", or so I've decided to name it. A few hours on Sunday afternoons that I get "me" time. I often use that time to try a random dessert I've been wanting to make, but lately I've been using it to sharpen my cookie decorating skills and experiment with new techniques and recipes.
This past Sunday, I decided to practice my flower-piping skills. It's been awhile, and I'm afraid if I don't do it often enough, I'll lose that skill. Also, I saw the cutest rose bouquet cookies on Loren's blog that I want to try, so maybe next Sunday I'll make the cookies and decorate them with some of my roses. Also, I ordered some 101s tips from Wilton and I wanted to try out some roses with it. Here's the full roses I made. My icing wasn't stiff enough, so I only made a few before moving on. The big ones are with tip 101, and the babies are with tip 101s.
So then I tried Loren's ribbon rose technique. I need to practice a lot more if I'm going to get mine as nice as hers. You wouldn't think they'd be harder than the full roses (above), but they were a bit trickier to me. I guess I've got a lot more practice with the other rose technique.