I somehow managed to get through last week! I was pretty pleased with my entry for the cake competition, though I wasn’t that impressed with myself that I was up until 4am the day I was going to Telford to finish it. I thrive on pressure, but I’m not so good at working with no sleep! I didn’t help myself by only deciding on the entry (and ordering the cutters which I didn’t have) with less than 2 weeks to go and there are a few lessons which have been learned for next time!
When the piece was judged and I saw how I’d done, honestly I was a little disappointed to have a ‘highly commended’ in front of my piece. I went away and thought about this though and speaking to the judges helped. My taping and my glazing let me down and they’re both things that I was (deep down!) aware of as I handed my piece in. The flowers themselves I was really pleased with and I received very positive feedback from the judges over them. I was proud of my piece and I hadn’t entered to win anything, I’d entered to challenge myself and to improve my skills. I had achieved both aims. As I was proud of my piece before I handed it over, ultimately, nothing had really changed after I had received a piece of paper. Yes, it would have been nice to have had a bronze or silver, but I can’t argue with the judges and I’m not quite at that standard yet.
I’ve only entered 2 competitions (this being the second) and I can count on 1 hand the number of sprays that I have made. I know deep down I’m not gold standard yet, as being gold in the novice category (the category I had entered) meant that I’m ready to be in the open category and I don’t feel I am, yet. Therefore, with a bit of thought, I’m happy with my ‘highly commended’. I had lots of lovely feedback from friends and lots of ‘well dones’ when I told them and my appetite has been whetted to enter some more competitions and to carry on improving my flowers.
In the short-term, I’ll be catching up on my sleep(!) and I have a stall at the Twickenham Arts and Crafts fair next weekend (Saturday 2 June). After that, I’ll get practising on my flowers as there’s another competition out there and I’d like the judges to comment on how good my taping is next time!