Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Today was a fun day! I went to my friend, John's, house and he taught me how to make sweet-peas and wild roses out of gumpaste.
Here is what I made.

Here is a close up of the wild roses.

*** UPDATE: I've had several of you asking how to make these, where to get gumpaste, what is gumpaste and so on. So I've decided to do a post in the next week or so to answer all the questions and give a lesson on how to make a gumpaste flower. So if interested, check back soon.

We took a break and went outside so we could pick some of his wonderful blackberries. I'm going to make jam with these.

While he was picking the blackberries for me John said I could save my fingers from getting pricked by the thorns and pick tomatoes and basil. I quickly said OK. Those blackberry thorns hurt!

I'm going to make some pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil!

From there we went to the cucumber plants, yellow peppers and zucchini plants. I don't think I've ever seen a bigger zucchini. I know they should be picked way before they get this big...shouldn't they?

Looks like I'll be making more zucchini bread.

I had a great time. Always do when I go to John's house. He is a great guy.

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Darlene said...

You MADE those flowers??? Wow, they look soooo real!! By the way, what is gumpaste? Oh those veggies and blackberries look wonderful. I just want to eat them off the screen! lol

Football and Fried Rice said...

Mmm, the fresh veggies make me hungry!!

Judy said...

You lucky girl. You really made a haul today with all your veggies. I'm jealous!! I can't believe those flowers are handmade, they look so real. Were they hard to make. I've never heard of gumpaste, what is it? Your blackberries look so yummy. I think I'm making a blackberry cobbler this weekend. Oh and a note on the ice is really really tart, but delicious and refreshing. Good luck. Enjoy dinner.

Darlene said...

Hi Joanne,

Thanks for the info on gumpaste...sounds very interesting and you absolutely did a wonderful job on the flowers.

The flowers are in pots on my patio and by my pool.

Anne Fannie said...

Those veggies and those blackberries are just wonderful looking!

Anne Fannie said...

Corona still has acreage! And all the best doctors are by St Joseph's

Diana Lyn said...

Hi Joanne, Yes my babies are Special! I have Pink grapes! Yes I said pink, little pink perfect pink grapes! Unreal! Look at you and the gumpaste flowers, they are beautiful and those vegtables YUM, our blackberries don't get ripe till September! Enjoy! XO Diana Lyn

PAT said...

Those flowers are amazing! WOW!

The tomatoes, etc look wonderful!

Thank you for coming by the back porch and commenting on my 200th post. I hope you'll return often!

I'm going to go over and enter your giveaway. Thank you for letting me know about it and adding the back porch to the list!

Have a wonderful week!

Connie said...

I can't believe those are faux flowers, cottage chickee!! How in the world did you do it?

Shirl said...

Hi Joanne, thank you so much for stopping by stitches of love, my new charity blog.
Their is a link to my email right at the top of my blog, a girl with blue flowers on the right just click on it and it will allow you to email me. SOL does not sell anything. If you send me some fabric in prints he would like I will be glad to make some for your brother. It takes a yard of fabric to make one.
Blessings, Shirl

Renee said...

Those blackberries look yummy!!! Did you ever figure out how to change your settings? My husband said he would take a look at it for you. Maybe when you guys come to get me next Friday? I'm sooooo excited about our trip to Hollywood!!!


Okay Joanne,
How do we make those beautiful gumpaste flowers. Never heard of gumpaste. Will you be giving lessons? sign me up.The veggies look so yummy. My little garden has a long way to go :) You have fun friends. Warmly, Deb

Glenda said...


What a lucky girl you are to have such a friend. My parents use to grow zucchini but none that large. My mother would take out the middle and put a mixture of bread crumbs, tomatoes and spices in the carved out middle and bake it in the oven. It was so delish.

Wow on the gum paste flowers. I thought they were real until I read otherwise.


Jackie said...

Those flowers look fabulous!!! Such creativity. Love them. The berries look Scrumpdelicious!!
Blessings, Jackie

Linda ★ Parker's General said...

WOW! Those flowers are amazing.
Great showing of tomatoes...
For a nice stirfry or shish kebab, that zucchini is too big, but God invented the zucchini as a miracle. You can grate it up and make bread or delicious patties. Check my blog
for numerous zucchini recipes.

Mary Ellen said...

whoa, those are faux flowers? I am waaaaay out of my league....can't even imagine doing something like this and have them tunr out to look real...sigh....oh and what is gumpaste, and what do you use to color I am going to be able to create these...but maybe I could try....the fruit and veggies made my mouth water....I LOVE blackberries.........LOVE them!!!!

Anonymous said...

those are some delicious looking berries!

Gig Harbor florist

Linda ★ Parker's General said...

I'm back. I keep thinking about these beautiful flowers. What is gumpaste and where do you get it?
Please let us know.I am so psyched up about trying this medium.

Flower said...

O my...tell us how you made them. I want to try!! They are beautiful!!! List what I need to get.
Have a great weekend eating berries and veggies!!

Melissa Lester said...

I have always wanted to learn how to make gum paste flowers. Yours turned out beautifully! You are so good with color -- a true artist!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Joanne!
At first I thought those were REAL flowers! OMG, I will be waiting to see your lesson.
You hit the gardener's bonanza didn't you. Such beautiful summer garden treats! Happy eating sweet friend!!
Hugs, Sherry