I have been practicing my piping skills for about an hour at a time, sometimes for a couple. Well, I am so tickled after today's session in the kitchen. I got out my cake decorating supplies and made up some "practice" butter-cream and piped my way to happiness!!! I love it! I just started this hobby and I am a perfectionist, so, if I don't get it "perfect", I just feel terrible. I gave up oil painting and watercolor to pursue Sugar Art (the floral decorations you see on very expensive cakes) and filigree and extension work on cakes. I fell in love with Ron Ben-Israel's roses and one day, I so want to take a class with him. But today was my Kitchen Day and I had great fun. I just love it when it does what it is supposed to. It's so elegant. I almost felt like a bystander. If I get the consistency right, it just does it all by itself, practically! It was just practice and I had to put it back in my Crisco container when I was done. But, the good thing is, I finally saw what the right consistency and good tools can do. Even I can do it! My mom would be so proud. I remember when she was learning and she had to show us girls her roses that she was making for my older sister's birthday cake. She was so tickled. She was a baker and I always thought she could do anything, and she pretty much did. I guess cause she was so accomplished in the bakery arts, I just held back. I think it's the fear of failing and not being good enough. Well, I think I can feel her happiness in me, that I quit being scared and intimidated by the beauty of all the work that the rest of you do. I can do it, too!