The dancing pair design is carved in 3.5 kg watermelon. Did it today for a ballroom dance competition.
The watermelon was small, so I was very concentrated on carving the details of the design.
I managed to do that with a help of my thai knife which has a thin blade with a sharp tip.
Ball dancing design carved in watermelon
See more watermelon with 'special' designs:
Flowers carved out of carrot.
Carved with a thai knife.
The flowers were carved for no purpose, just for practice. I think they will be good garnishes in a salad.
More articles about carrot garnishes:
Carnation out of vegetables
Micky Mouse garnish out of carrot
Miniature carrot flowers
Carrot flowers are good for salad garnishing
Before Easter I went to exhibition with some carving and cute food ideas.
At the demonstration I showed my new cookie cutters in a shape of flowers. I love to use them for baking. On the picture you see sweet 'Flowers' tarts, 'Pyramid' sandwiches and mini pizza (tomato, salami and hot pepper). The Lemon ***** was also a part of my class, it's very easy and quick garnish.
5th of May we celebrated Easter in Russia.
I had few ideas of Easter table decoration and stopped at traditional one, with no extraordinary carving :)
I baked Kulich, a russian easter cake (to my surprise I succeeded, it was very tasty, believe me!). To add "more traditions" to the party I unpacked my grandma's samovar.
When I was a child, every summer I
I am back to blogging after vacation. I took a rest to gain power before "watermelon season'" started. I hope to have lot of job in May and after.
No watermelons do not mean no clients. Fruit towers and fruit cake displays are great ideas for fruit business. By the way, if you want to start fruit carving business, here is a book showing the fruit bouquet busines startup in
Easter Treat Ideas
Made in 3D Silicone Moulds
Let's celebrate Easter 2013 with the festive Eggs and Bunny made in 3D silicone moulds.
If you made one, leave a comment here with your blog link, I will update the Party.
3D Bisquits Egg and Bunny by Irmina Conejo y Huevo de Pascua en 3D
Yes, you can bake in 3D silicone mould!
3 Dimensional C
3D Pumpkin Sculptures
Birds Sculptures for Topping of Wedding Displays
This pumpkin heart is 3D sculpture. It served for topping of the wedding watermelon carving display.
The clients asked me for a fruit display the day before their wedding, with any design up to me. I had no certain idea of decoration. I was on my way from the market (where I bought
Get more ideas about 3D Chocolate Lekue molds:
Bicolor Valentine 3D Chocolate Hearts
3D Chocolate - Christmas Tree, Hearts and Eggs DIY
Easter 3D Chocolate Eggs with lovely flower decoration
Spring is coming! Easter is around the corner! And my easter eggs have a spring message, read in floristic ornament.
The chocolate eggs are made in Easter 3D Lekue mold and
See more soap carving collections:
Ancient Medallion Carved in Soap
Gothic Themed Soap Carving Designs
Summer Soap Carving Collection
My new collection of soap carvings in Spa theme.
The soaps are carved in different styles. The Spa collection has soap medallions, soap boxes and thai design soap.
The idea of Spa Soap collection came to me after washing
combination of geometrical and floristic designs in soap carving
Q.: What do you use for your soap carving, tools or a thai knife?
A student of mine said that tools don't give the fine effect on soap. I was sad to hear that she was dissapointed with soap carving after trying to carve an elegant design using a carving tool set. I understood that she made some mistakes wh
Long winter seems never end here. Having snowstorms in March and April is usual business in Sakhalin.
Last wekeend was hard to me, I had 4 days busy with fruit carving work and 2 of them were while a severe snowstorm.
I didn't cancel the order at the blizzard day because I had a client driving a hundred kilometers to take the fruit carving display.
That was a cra
New designs of Malisa school
At the last day of my staying in BKK, I had soap classes at Malisa school. After a week training I was confident about serious designs (better to say, my teachers felt OK to teach me the serious designs :)) I passed the carving test and was allowed to carve the new designs).
More posts about sandwich decoration:
Mukimono - The Japanese Method of Food Garnishing
Culinary Art Every Day
Sandwiches with Cucumber Garnish
'Carrot' Sandwich with Caviar
Let's paint your sandwich.
Tomato flower, cucumber garnish, salami butterfly
Cute Sandwiches Method:
Easy and quick garnishes out of tomato cherry, cucumber and olives to paint a
Carving lessons at Malisa school
Chiang Mai-Bangkok train had a late arrival to the city. I had no time for seeing China Town in the morning as planned, I run to the carving school (jumped to my hotel for quick freshening after train).
At the lesson I had Taro for carving. I have never seen it before, it was a new material to carve. Taro is g
Chiang Mai, Thailand
We had a dinner for 4 persons in a Thai restaurant.
Picked up the popular thai dishes, I don't remember its names. There were fried fish, a salad, tasty something looking like a white soup and fried chicken in leaf wraps.
Deep-fried fish with a sauce
Fried chicken wrapped in leaves
The fried chicken dish was garnished with a simple c
I am writing this post to share some news in the world fruit carving industry.
Mr.Paolo Pachetti introduces his fruit sculpting style named Papillion Method.
Paolo has DVDs for sale at his website. Now he is looking for students for his course on cocktail fruit decoration.
I purchased his DVDs in December 2012. I have 3 video tutorials on making a fruit dragon, a lion and cocktail
Chiang Mai is a beautiful city and an ancient capital located in the north, a motherland of all kind of carving in Thailand (wood, stone, fruit and vegetable carving art and other)
I came to the city to meet my carving friends Karla (a president of TempleofThai.com) and Khun Narata (a carving artist and teacher). TempleofThai.com was a sponsor of the Fall Carving Contest 2012 i
A few days ago I came back from my trip to Bangkok, Thailand.
I had a week there to study carving art, to travel Thailand and meet friends. Do you think one week is a short period? Every day I had carving practice, new friends meeting and nice talks with local people.
My route wasn't a typical tourist route. Besides Bangkok I visited Chiang Mai, a heart of Thai
I am sorry for the mistakes in my previous post about Snow White watermelon. I appologize for making you confused with my English writing. Thanks to Kathleen (Step by step in the kitchen), the article was corrected!
What is new in my kitchen? Oh, I am preparing for Valentine Day. Would like to present new chocolate hearts made in 3D Love silicone mold.
This watermelon was carved to 1 Year Birthday party of a little girl. I promised her parents to carve a princess, but decided on Disney's Whitesnow design. Who can stand her playing and innocent look here :)
Whitesnow carved in watermelon
Soap carving class
New year 2013 was started with carving lessons. Fruit and vegetable class, soap carving class and .. a new class on wedding bottle decoration (we just launched it, the first lessons was held today. I will write about it next time :))
I love soap carving and was willing to implement a soap lessons in 2012. But I managed to do that in 2013!
'The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving' is a book I ordered from Amazon. I recieved it in the last days of 2012 and that became a christmas present for me :) I bought this book because its cover looked so promissing. This post is a review of the book.
The Decorative art of Japanese Food Carving by Hiroshi Nagashima
"Japanese Food Carving" book is printed on
Festoon design carved in a pink soap. This is my old work. Just found it was not published in the blog.
Below is a photograph of sky after sunset taken from my office window. I guess it was in September.
See all soap carvings of mine.
Festoon design, soap carving srt
Today's morning I came to work to clean my office and throw away old scrap. Do you think I was done with the cleaning? NO! I crossed with some things I can't leave for the moment. I understood that I had to clean my head first.
Thoughts and remembrances were floating in my mind and I wrote a list with bright and interesting things happened to me in 2012.
Things Happened To
Finger food served in bamboo boats
I found this idea of nice finger food at Restaurantware.com. A cute bamboo boat makes the appetizer look great. If you like cute plates and nice dishes I am sure you will stuck in the website strolling its pages.
Restaurantware.com is online shop specializing in bamboo plates and cones, disposable dishes, decorative skewers and catering
This design has lot of small details. When I did the flower in blue soap it reminded me a snowflake, and the circles looked like traces from skates in ice.
Happy New Year!
Snowflake soap carving
Natural winter design in a plant
New Year apple decorations made with Triangle "Gourmet" carving tools
Would you like to have something special for your New Year party food? Why not try these apple garnishes looking like new year sphere decorations?
You will need:
a nice ribbon.
Take a decorative bamboo pick (various cute picks and skewers can be found at Restaurantwa
Cute Gnome sandwiches to make you smiling :)
bread cut in half,
olives for eyes and mouth,
small cherry tomato/carrot ball for a nose,
bell pepper (red, green, yellow) for hats,
mayonnaise for hat's fur.
See more sandwiches on GarnishFood Blog
Gnome sandwiches and cucumber curl
Last weekend I was asked to make fruit and sweet displays in Christmas theme for 1 year birthday party.
I must say that we have no customs for sweet tables yet here in Sakhalin. The sweet industry is not developed well and it is difficult to find all the sweets, candy and cake pops to organize a sweet buffet.
After talking with a client we deciced on a large fruit tow
Cute Christmas soap ornamnets
Soap carving for Christmas
I got this idea of Christmas soap carving ornaments after reading Soap Carving books of Miho Morita.
Mrs.Miho Morita (http://fruitscarving.wordpress.com) is a famous carving teacher and tutorial book writer in Japan. We have met at Carving Contest Event held in Tokyo in 2011. I took a lesson from Miho-sensei and it was
I have good news.
1. Some of the Carving Contest's winners have recieved their prizes.
2. It is December and it means Christmas Rush is on.
I have a big hope that all winners will get the prizes before December 31. I wish they can use the things for the Holiday food presentation.
As for me, I have got new toys too :) I try the new things out. One of them is Lekue sili
What do you do wirh carved fruits and vegetables after they were displayed? I use them for cooking.
Apples, oranges, kiwi, pineapple go to baking and compote (a Russian drink). Beetroot, daikon, bell pepper, carrot, pumpkin and squash go to soups and stews.
Today I am sharing a Savory Corn Crumble recipe by Ive from Kopiaste blog. Kopiaste blog is mainly dedicated to Greek and Cyp
The Contest is over and I am happy to announce the result. It was a hot competition. We met friend's support. Lot of efforts were applied to win.
I thank ALL OF YOU who participated and who voted!
At the end of this article you will find statistic data of the contest poll.
Please meet the top winners!
Fall Flower Bouqu
The Carving Contest is coming to the end. The poll will be closed on November 10, in midnight Alaska (USA) time, 24-00 GMT -9.
I thank all the friends and visitors for giving support to the Contest's participants! Great job has been done. We are having leaders and they are yet competitive. It is very intriguing. Don't miss the fight and help our participants t
Black cats out of zuccini skin
Black cats out of zuccini skin and a pumpkin heart as a top decoration of the fruit display made for the 1st birthday of a young girl.
This is my 'Cute Halloween Greeting' to all my readers and friends!
Fruit display for kids
We are having Ikebana Sogetsu week here in my hometown. Six teachers from Sogetsu Branch in Sapporo came to Sakhalin to exhibit thier arrangements and teach. Being a student of Sakhalin Sogetsu school I set up my Ikebana arrangement.
Usually Ikebana arrangements have no names. It lets people to think thier own meaning. The main point of Ikebana is beauty of natural materials (flowe
I recieved messages about the Contest Poll fault, that does not count votes. Indeed, the Google Poll service works incorrectly. It sounds like a Halloween nightmare! I have changed the poll service and restarted the Contest Poll. I am sorry if you voted, but your vote didn't count. Please visit the page back and vote again.
The Contest Poll is prolonged to Novembe
Online Carving Contest Stage 2 is on air. Find the Contest entries below and
use the side bar poll to vote for your favorite carving work. Invite your friends
to support the participants by voting for them. The poll ends on
November 07, 2012.
According to the poll results the top 3 winners will be given with the valuable prizes:
The 1st pla
A pair of doves sit on the wedding watermelon.
The bird's material is daikon.
Carved with a thai knife. I use the Soap Carving Book for birds carving ideas.
Bird carving for wedding
Fruit display for fall themed wedding
Watermelon carving arrangement made for the fall themed wedding reception. The watermelon with the fruit tray was displayed on the head table. There are vegetable flowers on the top of the watermelon.
Are you keen on carving art? Make a fall carving display and share it with us! You have a chance to get a lovely prize from me :)
Pumpkin tree with the funny inhabitants was made for kids to kindergarten's fall event.
I attached the 'Owl on the Moon' idea to the Pumpkin Tree.
The main material for the display is pumpkin.
I couldn't stop myself and made a Happy Harvest display as a bonus using the rest of pumpkins.
If you have a photo with your pumpkin craft feel free to submit it to the Fall Carving Con
I want to share some pictures from my class on making a flower bouquet. There are works of my students and one of mine on the photo.
At the class we carved flowers out of chinese cabbage, daikon, zuccini, cucumber and carrot. The flowers are not complicated. You can find them in the books and DVD's teaching basic skills. But I am not sure if all the books teach how to arrange th
On September 30, 2012 my Carving Studio participated in the 'Crazy Hand-Made' exhibition. 'Crazy Hand-Made' is a name of crafter's community in my hometown.
Every exhibition I show new displays never made before. When an idea or an image comes to my mind I write them into my A4 notebook. Some of them I use for my work, others have to be tested before. An exhibition is a perfect oc
This time my beloved Wonder Tree turned into Halloween tree haunted by ghosts and monsters.
Ghosts riding clouds are carved of zuccini skin. Stars are made of pumpkin with a cookie cutter. I used cloves for the eyes.
Garlic monsters are the easiest crafts I ever made :)
Tiny pumpkins are made of carrot balls carved with a melon baller. The same baller is used for making a Mickey lantern.
This year you supported me a lot in different contests like Samsung Global Blogger and Watermelon Carving Contest 2012 (I didn't go to London, but my Football Watermelon won the second place and 50$ Amazon gift card). This time I am inviting You to take a part in my new project, The Fall Fruit and Vegetable Carving Contest 2012! Lovely prizes are awaiting for 3 top winn
Mia, a little girl, had a first birthday party. Her parents asked me for something elegant in pink, lilac and white colors. I produced a watermelon with 'Mia' name and added to it a small crown which looked just adorable. The display was popular the most among young ladies of 10 years old. So the aim is reached, I think.
a thai knife for watermelon work and roses
On the 8th of September Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, my hometown, celebrated 130 year anniversary since the time it was found in 1882. For these 130 years the city has changed 3 names as Vladimirovka, Toyohara and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The city has belonged to Russia, then to Japan and after all to Russia again. The city has an interesting history. Many cultures have mixed here in one multinational communi
If you follow carving art's news you might heard about Ray Villafane's 3D Pumpkin Tutorial. Ray makes fantastic 3D sculptures in pumpkins which look like real faces. The good news is that Ray released a DVD tutorial with lessons and loop tools for pumpkin face sculpturing.
I bought his DVD and tools last year when the pumpkin season was over. I have been waiting for a whole year
Today I have a guest, Seta from www.dish-away.com. Seta has a collection of Arabian and Middle Eastern recipes at her blog. I found that Seta loves desserts, and I love to garnish them. The following post is a combination of our passions.
Banana and Vanilla Pudding Recipe with Banana Garnishes
Recipe by Seta Tutundjan (http://www.dish-away.com)
Banana garnishes by Selena
This heart design in watermelon reminds old-fashioned wedding cards. Just imagine a pair of cupids playing around the watermelon for the complete picture. Oh, this is a great idea! I will try to carve angels next time ;)
There are a rose wreath on the watermelon top and my favorite apple carvings. Roses are carved of beet-root.
Thai knife with thin blade for carvi