Candy Day 13

Drum

I had other commitments today and I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped. But I did get the drum finished and I also made a good start on the unwrapped box. I need to pick up something for the drum sticks. I’m going to wait until after Halloween when they put out the Christmas candy. That will give me some more options in Christmas colors. Lots left to do and not that much time to do it in.

Candy Day 12

Finished elf

Good news today. I got the last three figures done! I got the elf done first and then tackled the reindeer followed by good old Kris Kringle. Woow! It feels so good to have all of the figures tackled. I’m pretty happy with all of them. They certainly aren’t perfect, candy creations never are, but I’m pleased with the overall effect.

Finished Reindeer

Finished Kris Kringle

For the on the tree decorations I still have to finish the ice skate. It is mostly done it just needs to be assembled after the blade dries. So I’ll do that next week. Plus I have the gingerbread man to do. I made a mini one out of rolled fondant but it is very small compared to the size of the other tree decorations so I need to make a full sized one. I don’t have enough fondant left to do it so I think I’ll make a batch of actual gingerbread to take care of that. Saturday should be a good day to do that.

So Tomorrow I’ll be moving to the stuff under the tree. I have the drum, the unwrapped package and the jacket inside the package on my to do list.

Candy Day 11

Three wise men finished

To start off the day I decided that my work area was too big of a mess so I cleaned things up and laid down some clean paper to protect the work surface. I had to get all three wise men done today if I was going to have any chance of getting done what I needed to this week. It took close to two hours for each one but I got them all done! Yeah! Now I am more than half through with the figures. I’ve still got Kris Kringle, an elf, a reindeer to do on the figures. I’ve also got to make a big dent on the things that go under the tree this week to.

Candy Day 10

Finished Mary

Today I worked on Mary. I had a false start on what to use for her dress and had to rip the candy off because it was just too bulky. I’ve learned that at this scale I really have to be careful about the bulk of the candy I use on the people. But I got her done though not as fast as I had hoped. The wise men are all ready to go for tomorrow. I’m thinking it should get faster as I’ve learned things from the first two figures and the rest of the figures are simpler in that they go on the tree so that their backs don’t need candy on them.

Wise men ready for candy

Candy Day 9

Finished Angel

Today I got really serious about moving forward on my people. No more procrastinating. It took me a while but I got the angel done! Yeah! I was hoping to get Mary done too but it took me too long to get the angel figured out. I hate it when I glue a bunch of candy on and then decide it doesn’t work and I have to figure out how to get it off again. Between that and just figuring out how I was doing the basic structure for my people at this scale it all took too much time. I did get Mary’s body all ready to put candy on. I need to go get some chocolate licorice for her hair. I just don’t have any candy that will work for her hair.

Mary ready for candy

Candy Day 8

Green and yellow gift box

I didn’t get as much time to work on this project today as I thought I would. Yesterday I started on another box for under the tree. It is bigger than the red box and the pieces take precision to put in place so it is taking awhile to get it done. I’m past the half way point. I really love these little star candies. In between the green stars are yellow tart n’ tiny candies.

Close up of green stars and yellow tart n’ tiny candy

Candy Day 7

Candy cane with bow

My goal today was to make the candy cane and the mistletoe. The candy cane was easy. I had a bunch of candy canes in my candy stash and I picked on of the traditional sized ones. I really don’t like the proportions of the little ones. They are all hook and almost no staff part. I ended up making two bows. The first one I decided would be better for the mistletoe so I made a second one that was more like a bow on a package. I think it worked better.

Mistletoe

I’ve been thinking about how I would make the mistletoe for several days now. Yesterday I stopped by the store and picked up some more green licorice belts. While there I search to see what else they might have that could help with the mistletoe and I found some licorice whips in red, green blue and yellow. So I used the green whips for the stems and cut and shaped belts for the leaves. The white berries I made out of gum balls with a tiny snip of yellow whip. I was happy with how it turned out.

Red package with blue and red bow

With my goals for this week finished I decided to put some time into the extra packages under the tree. I covered the red package with mini red gummy bears with red and blue licorice belts for the ribbon.

Candy Day 6

Holly leaves and berries

On the docket for today was a poinsettia and holly. I didn’t find any green candy I wanted to use for the holly leaves so I went with rolled fondant. For berries I selected 3 small red gum balls. The holly didn’t take long to finish. I haven’t decided yet just where the holly will go. It could go on the yule log, a package or on the tree. The poinsettia took a bit longer. I found some gummy lips that I liked the color and texture of so I cut them apart and used them for the red part of the poinsettia. Green Swedish fished became the green part and a few yellow nerds in the center finished things off. Just like the holly, I’m not sure where the poinsettia will end up in the final project.

Poinsettia

Candy Day 4

almost finished star

This week I’m focusing on the other ornaments. I’ve decided to let the heads dry a few more days. I’m going to try to get this weeks projects done asap and then go back to catch up last weeks stuff. Today’s goal was the bell and the star. I got the bell painted but that was it. The star is almost done but not quite. It needs some border candies around the edge to finish things off. I also unwrapped a bunch of hard tootsie rolls that I’m going to use on the Yule log.