Saturday was spent enjoying the show, attending demo's by well known sugar artists and shopping. It was also spent awaiting the judges' decisions. Finally, at 3:45pm, after a demo, I came back into the show hall to see my exhibit had been marked SILVER!!!!!! Much, much better than I had expected, so I was over the moon!!!! Later on in the weekend, I had an opportunity to speak to the judges, and they all said the palm leaf detracted from the arrangements and I lost valuable points because of it. Well, you live and learn!
In the above picture you can get an idea of how he would have looked, despite having only one (damaged) wing and half the tail feathers. The other wing was damaged beyond all repair and couldn't be attached at all.
In this picture you can see just about the only parts of the cake that WEREN'T damaged. OK, I had forgottten the talons at home and had to remake them at the hotel. The hotel proprietor was such an angel, allowing me to work all day in the breakfast room and providing me with free cups of tea. Still, in the early hours of Saturday morning I had to admit that this project was not going to make it. I had spent probably close to 60 hours all told on this exhibit, including three versions of the body and two versions of the wings, and of course two sets of talons. I was very sad about it all, and it was gut-wrenching to throw the whole thing away on Sunday. There didn't seem to be any point in taking back something so damaged.
Winning silver did make up for a lot of the disappointment, and there will be future shows where I can try again!
Another highlight was finally meeting a cake lady I had befriended via Flickr and eventually Facebook. Cakes aside we have sooo much in common that when we finally sat down for lunch together, it felt as if I had always known her! Sarah Russell owns "Emily Had a Wish" and makes such incredibly imaginative and usually amusing cakes. All her cakes tell a story and I am a big fan of her work!
In closing, BSG International was a wonderful experience with both highs and lows for me, and I am already planning for the next competition!!! I made some valuable contacts, made new friends and learned so very much.