Garden bento, closeup

With the exception of the tulips, all flowers were cut using the very tiniest gum-paste flower-cutters.


All flowers except for the tulips and daffodils are from hard-boiled egg white. Orange tulips and daffodil centers are hand-cut from carrots; red tulips are hand-cut from red pepper. Daffodil petals and the wings of the butterfly are yellow squash.


The leaves are cut from pea pods and took the most time of anything...I'm pretty sick of cutting pea pods right now.

The body and antennae of the butterfly are also made from the stringy parts of snow pea pods.


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Taken on March 13, 2008