Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spaghetti with meatballs and Minestrone soup

I'm calling this Spaghetti because its got meatballs buried in there, so I always think it's not "Italian" enough, haha!! A customer asked me to make a plate of Spaghetti with two noodles hanging off either side for her Lady and The Tramp scene, so naturally, I made more and filled up an extra platter. Minestrone soup is one of my favorites, so I made some of that, too!





24 comments:

  1. Beautiful and extra realistic!

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  2. It looks so real. I love the bottles.
    Geneviève

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  3. My fav kind of spaghetti :). With tons of tobasco sauce. They look so real they make me hungry, as always.

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  4. No podria ser mas real!!!!
    A la sopa solo le falta que le salga humo....
    besitos ascension

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  5. You're just so good! Fab job again :)

    Ira

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  6. *shares the spaghetti ala lady and the tramp with Sans ;) *

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  7. Is that garlic bread I see, as well? Brava!

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  8. Gosh, this is marvellously fantastic work!!! :o)) It looks good enough to gobble up! lol :o))

    Michelle xx

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  9. Oh Yummy!!! I love Italian food!!! I haven't seen too many miniature spaghetti & meatballs that look very real, but yours really does!! And the soup is excellent too! Amazingly real!!

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  10. Kiva, after being reminded at the show about how small the food really is, I am doubly amazed at your work. Not too long ago I considered making food along with the plants, but no more!

    Now what will I do with all my clay?

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  11. Thank you so much, you guys!! That bread on the side could be garlic bread, yes ;-)! I jsut made a loaf and cut it part way, so you can't really tell, but let's just say it's garlic bread then, lol!!

    Hey Kristy, I think maybe noodel size can be an issue. I have seen some that look like fat Japanese Udon noodles, instead of pasta. I mean, there are all kinds of noodles, but I believe the trick is to really get them thin enough. I roll them as thin as possible- I never use the clay extruder. I used the extruder the first time I made pasta and the noodles looked freaking HUGE!!

    Carolyn, I want to see you make food!!!! You might get really into it, so please try it!!

    Susan, I am a hot sauce FREAK!!!! Did you know that when we went to Italy with my granparents, my grandma brought along a bottle of soy sauce?? The waiters were horrified when they caught her breaking it out and pouring it on her pasta!!

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  12. OK now you have hit on my weakness, garlic and pasta. That is making me so hungry. I have to keep telling myself...It's clay, it's clay, it's clay. No good my mouth is still watering.

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  13. Thanks guys!!! But you know what? This guy, a good friend of mine, looks at my stuff and critiques me. He asked what those things were on the side of the soup, lol!!! I told him that they were like little toasted bread pieces. Then, he said that I am brightening the pics so much that some of the details, like the texture on that toasted bread, is getting lost!!! and damn him, he is absolutely right!! The soup looks good, but those damned things on the side are killing me now! I really need to take better pictures :-/.

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  14. ROFL, are you sure he's not just pulling your leg because it was pretty obvious to me what they were.
    I always thought your pictures were very professional looking - how do you get such a nice white background?

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  15. Thank God, Kristy!! Let's just call it Melba toast then, haha!!

    I use Photoshop. I go to enhance, adjust lighting, then levels. I think alot of other programs besides Photoshop have this feature, though. Once I'm in levels, I pick that white dropper and click on the background. The only thing is, sometimes it really does wash some details out! But I feel like I have to use it because my pics look a little dingy without it. I do have one of those pop-up "tents", where you put the object inside to photograph, but I have no room to set it up :-/.

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  16. I was wondering if those pop up tent things work very well, but I wouldn't really have anywhere to set one up either. I use GIMP (it's free :) ), but I don't have the option under enhance called adjust lighting. I have lighting effects (but it looks more like a spotlight thing you can play with). Or I can brighten an image, but everything is brightened. I don't think you can do as much with GIMP as you can Photoshop. :(

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  17. Kristy! I know peps who use them all the time and their pics look faboo! There seems to be just the right amount of light, but not so much that it's harsh. There is almost a "glow" about them. Damn, isn't it enough that we put so much work into the freaking miniatures?? Do we have to be Annie Liebowitz too?? Yeah, we almost do, because pics are everything when you're selling online :-/. AAARGH!!!

    On a side note, I have seen some stuff that looked great in pics, then when I saw the real thing, it looked totally different :-/. As in, several years back, I marveled at someone's stuff online, then went to a show and saw it up close and personal and it looked completely different. As in, a hot mess. NEVER a problem at all with your work, my dear...your work is BETTER in person.

    Hey, Gimp is supposed to be the free man's Photoshop!! It has all, or at least, most, of the features of Photoshop, no? I will download it and take a look! Mind you, it might take me quite awhile to figure out, but I'll try to find that feature- I am sure it has it!!

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  18. Well I guess that's one good thing about lousy photos, hopefully the customers will be pleasantly surprised when they receive the real thing, lol. I'm going to look again in Gimp - maybe it's just in a different place.
    I think I'll buy one of those portable tent pop up studio things some day. I can always return it if it's a pain in the ass or I'm not happy with the photos.
    Thanks Kiva! :)

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  19. Kiva!! I'm finally back to minis again - stocking up for the upcoming fair in Paris next week - and I've just made some minestrone as well. Yours looks deliciously tomatoe-y, while mine is just veggies and pasta in a clear broth: but I see we both think it's not minestrone without some string beans ;)
    Wish I had more time to keep up with your wonderful work...
    Hugs!

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  20. Marcella, you make killer Italian food, among other things!! Hello?? I am so happy that you're back to minis, where you belong ;-)!! Good luck at the Paris show- I only wish I were going! I know you'll knock em dead!!

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  21. thanks Kiva, you surely know how to cheer me up :*

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