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I just got 40+ Wilton tips - help!

AmyElliesMom's picture

I've never used any tips other than the basic ones - where can I learn to use this plethora of tips I've received?

There are some really strange ones that I have no clue how to use, and there are alot that just look like larger versions of ones I'm familiar with.

I checked out Wilton's website, and they have both a beginner's book and then a book all about their tips, but I'm afraid the beginner's book might be too simple for me and the "all about tips" book looks like it might just assume I know more than I do.

Can anyone recommend a good, intermediate book that I can check out of the library? My own birthday is coming up, so I've got a great chance to practice with my new toys!

I can do the basic shells, drop flowers, writing, etc., and I used to be able to do roses, but I can't hold onto the nail anymore (blah), so I'm not a totally newbie but I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm experienced...


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

RHart18's picture

(post #63389, reply #1 of 33)

I got a very helpful book by Wilton at the craft store.  It's a paperback with a pink cover.  It lists all the types of decorations (flowers, leaves, shells, etc.) and which tips to use to make them.  I bought it when I bought the case with 55 tips.  I only went in to replace a few that had gotten cught in the garbage disposal...:)

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #2 of 33)

Yeah - I get more sewing patterns that way. I go in to get a pattern for some spare material and wind up with 6 new projects.

Okay, so pink book. Is it thick, or spiral bound, or what?


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

RHart18's picture

(post #63389, reply #3 of 33)

It's called "The Wilton School, Decorating Cakes, A Reference & Idea Book".  It has a big pink cake decorated with pink roses on the cover.   Mine was originally published in 1993 and reprinted in 2003, but I bought it last year, not that long ago.


Stock #902-904 (found that on the back!)


Hope you find it.  It's got some nice decorating ideas and how to's for all the tips.


 

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #4 of 33)

Thanks so much, Robin. It sounds like just what I'm looking for. And if it was published in 2003, I might even find it in a bargin bin!!!


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

Adele's picture

(post #63389, reply #5 of 33)

Go to www.addall.com  put in the name of the book and you'll probably find it a lot easier than looking through bargain boxes. (And cheap, too)


 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

helena's picture

(post #63389, reply #6 of 33)

I second that recommendation. I have learned a lot from that book, explains things very well!

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #7 of 33)

I was able to find it at amazon.com, at a used bookseller for $9.00! I couldnt, alas, find it at the independent site. Now, i just have to figure out how to make a diet birthday cake!


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

RHart18's picture

(post #63389, reply #8 of 33)

The calories don't count on your birthday.

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #9 of 33)

That reminds of something I used to say when I worked in an ice cream shop as a college girl:

"The calories don't count if you wipe them off on your napkin - just be sure not to lick your fingers!"

The day a 12 year old child turned to her mother and said "Mom, but pizza has calories?" and the mother said, "I know, that's weird, isn't it?" - dead serious - was the day I realized that there are truly uneducated people in the world.


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

RHart18's picture

(post #63389, reply #11 of 33)

After working at the ice cream shop, do you still like ice cream?  If not, maybe I need to go work in a bakery :)

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #12 of 33)

Actually, I don't. They also served alot of fried vegetables, hot dogs, hamburgers and the like, and I don't like that kind of food much anymore, either.

I used to work at TGI Friday's, too, and I used to love thier greasy food, but now I loathe it. Well, except the potato skins, but that's an obsession I won't talk about here.


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

TracyK's picture

(post #63389, reply #13 of 33)

OK, I'll say it, I enjoy their potato skins too. Even, in moments of weakness, the ones from the freezer section of the grocery store, complete with god-knows-what-that-is-cheese. :-)


You say I'm a b---- like that's a bad thing.

RHart18's picture

(post #63389, reply #14 of 33)

For a food obsession, this is the place to be :)  We all understand!


So, I need to work in a bakery, huh?  And an ice cream store? 

MadMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #15 of 33)

The only problem is that I would probably gain 100 lbs before I decided the stuff wasn't appetizing any more!

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #16 of 33)

Actually, I worked as a baker for a chain restaurant for awhile, too. I still love baked goods. My yeast obsession far outweighs (get it, WEIGHS!!!) my dairy obsession.

If I ever followed through on my girlhood dream of becoming a pastry chef, I'd die weigh 900 pounds. Covered in ganache. With a smile.


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

UncleDunc's picture

(post #63389, reply #17 of 33)

Be still, my heart.

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #18 of 33)

I know, I know. It was like Christmas all over! I do need to get a new case, as her case was all old, yellowed and grossified, but I'm not really complaining!


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

jillsi's picture

(post #63389, reply #19 of 33)

Uhhhhhhhhh . . . Amy, sweetie, kiddo . . . I have a feeling that UD's palpitations are from visualizing you covered in ganache, NOT the mental picture of 40 little conical pieces of pointed aluminum.

 


Humbug!

 

 

UncleDunc's picture

(post #63389, reply #22 of 33)

>> ... UD's palpitations are from visualizing you covered in ganache ...

My theory is that no adult could have failed to understand that, so her reaction was intended as a gentle deflection. She's not only good, she's also wise and kind.

jillsi's picture

(post #63389, reply #23 of 33)

And you are gentle indeed to rise above such a corner-worthy discourse!

 


Humbug!

 

 

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #26 of 33)

Well then, it would be horror induced then. 219 pounds of chocolate covered stretch marks ain't pretty, lol!


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

RHart18's picture

(post #63389, reply #27 of 33)

Well then, it would be horror induced then. 219 pounds of chocolate covered stretch marks ain't pretty, lol!


It depends on who it is.  If it was me, my DH would think it was great!

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #28 of 33)

That's because he's wearing the "spectacles of luuuuuuuuv", lol!


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

RHart18's picture

(post #63389, reply #32 of 33)

Plus the fact that chocolate is his favorite food group :)

Risottogirl's picture

(post #63389, reply #20 of 33)

In college we used to say that  all pizza consumed after midnight had no calories. And broken cookies have fewer calories because part of them fall out ;)

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate
Julia Child

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

jillsi's picture

(post #63389, reply #21 of 33)

That process is called calorie leakage.


 


Humbug!

 

 

Risottogirl's picture

(post #63389, reply #24 of 33)

Hmmm...do you suppose it is still true ;)

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate
Julia Child

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

UncleDunc's picture

(post #63389, reply #25 of 33)

As true as it ever was.

jillsi's picture

(post #63389, reply #29 of 33)

No but it's useful for those days when you just HAVE to stay in denial.

 


Humbug!

 

 

MadMom's picture

(post #63389, reply #30 of 33)

...and we all know that there are no calories in samples eaten at a store, or in food you eat while standing.  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin