Christmas Tree Made With Potatos

>>  12/19/2016

What is this?

christmas tree with vegetable

This is my Christmas tree made for the city Christmas Trees Event.

I used potatos and cocktail straws to build this art object.

Why potatos? Because this is my style.

Got a diploma and a gift certificate to a Spa

I am interviewed by a local media

caring for the tree

"Why potatos? How did you come to this idea?"

"Well, this is my style. I like working with the live materials. A month ago I did some decorating works, and been asked to create something special with using potatos. Then I created the potatos modules and used them for the table flower centerpieces. I thought that the construction units could be a cool idea for building the other objects. So I gave it a try, and here is the Christmas tree."

weird christmas tree

6 hours of work. 6 kilos of potatos. More than 200 straws used.


The 70th Birthday Anniversary

>>  12/08/2016

table fruit display

A large fruit display with a watermelon, lot of fruits and soft fruits.

Made for the 70th birthday party.

More birthday anniversary fruit table displays.

festive fruit tray


Flower Girls On The Fruit Display

>>  12/07/2016

apple flowers

The Flowers Girls have been made of apples to decorate a fruit display at the children party. The smilimg cute faces are carved with a thai knife.

If you want to learn how to create the fruit sculptures of apples and oranges that look cute and nice, you need my tutorial "Cute Fruit Sculptures For Children". That will help you to garnish your fruit trays and party food with the attractive fruit carvings.

cute fruit sculptures

fruit tray children party


Halloween Pumpkin Contest

>>  10/19/2016

pumpkin carving competition

It is October, and it is the right time to take your knives and loop tools to sculpt a pumpkin.

My blog and the friend's are having the Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest.

How to enter the Halloween contest:

1. Sign up to

2. Submit a photo of your pumpkin carving at the Halloween contest page

3. Share the link to the contest's photo at your Facebook/homepage/other social network and ask your friends and fans to vote for you.

The winner will be awarded with a PDF fruit carving tutorial from Selena Ze Arteest, Garnishfoodblog.

The contest date October 17 - November 03, 2016

No matter what level you are. Everyone is very welcome to take part and win an award. Likes from your friends and fans will bring you success.

Once signed up to Howtogarnish, you are able to take a part in the next online competitions, and be awarded with money cash or a prize.

Enjoy the Halloween-2016 to the fullest!


Get A Discount Coupon - 15% Off

>>  10/11/2016

 October is a wonderful time of the year. Everything is amazing about October - changing leaves, comfortable clothes, pumpkins, festivals, and Halloween.

Let celebrate this time. Let thank and dream about coming things. Let create and invent.

My shop is now offering 15% discount for everything! Just type SHININGOCTOBER when purchase at Designed By Selena Ze Arteest on Etsy. The ending date Oct 31, 2016.

How to Apply a Coupon Code

1.) Once you add an item to your cart, click Apply shop coupon code above Item total
2.) Enter the coupon code and click Apply
3.) The coupon discount will adjust your order total


Zentangle Fish Soap Carving

>>  8/19/2016

zentangle fish carving
Zentangle soap carving

My new soap carving souvenirs made for the city fair.

I used some zentangle art ideas to carve the fish.

The word in the soap means Sakhalin, the name of my island.

See more soap carving ideas

zentangle soap carving idea
Zentangle fish


Bride And Groom Watermelon Display

>>  8/18/2016

Bride and groom watermelon carving

One of my latest work is the wedding display with a bride and groom image carved in watermelon. Where are fruits, carved apples, and big red and yellow flowers carved from bell pepper, arranged around the watermelon. A sculpture of two dove birds are on the top of the watermelon.

If you like to learn how to carve the bell pepper flowers as on the photo try the carving technique explained in the tutorial "Bell Pepper. Food Garnish".

vegetable edible arrangement for wedding
Bell pepper flowers

edible arrangement with fruits and vegetables for wedding table
Fruit arrangement with watermelon for wedding party
Here is the back side view of the display. I decided to show this picture too ))

View of the back side of the display


Love Story Told With A Watermelon

>>  8/17/2016

lovestory carved in watermelon

The watermelon is carved for my friends who are dating for a month.

Let's add this to the Cats Carving Collection.

watermelon design


Gold Fish. Food Garnish Tutorial

>>  8/15/2016

A new tutorial is available at my Etsy shop.

Gold Fish. Food Garnish

Tutorial for food garnish

Instant PDF download
14 pages of step by step instructions with large photos on making the fish garnish.

Buy the tutorial at my Etsy shop or mail me directly to


Lavender Soap Carving

>>  7/27/2016

soap carvings 2016

Lavender soap with the pink roses. My new soap making technique brings me lot of fun and a space for experiments.
Made with a help of my favorite soap carving tools.

lavender soap carving


Watermelon Basket With Fruits And Apple Carvings

>>  7/21/2016

watermelon basket

The watermelon basket and the apples were made for Taisia, a 5 year old girl, to her birthday party.

The watermelon basket is filled with grapes, mandarins, kiwi, and decorated with apple flowers. There are flowers of zig-zag cut oranges around the basket.

And none of my displays go without carved apples. Here are cute characters of Disney world.

apple decorations

apple garnish fruit display


Soap Flower Carving

>>  7/20/2016

Brand new soap carving designs with colorful rose flowers.

All details are caved with a thai knife.

new soap carving designs 2016
Soap flower carving

soap flowers carving

carve flowers of soap
soap hand made
Soap carving gifts



3 Watermelon Displays With Good Wishes

>>  7/19/2016

fruit displays 60th birthday anniversary
Good luck wishes

watermelon carving


Messages on watermelons.
 3 fruit displays designed for the 60th anniversary.
fruit art


Matrioshka Soap Carving

>>  6/16/2016

This cutie is the one of the Matrioshka soap carving collection.

matrioshka soap

soap carving 2016


Banana Smoothie and The Cutting Revolution

>>  6/15/2016

A delicious banana smoothie to make my day.

The ingredients for the shake came from the very different places. I used a yogurt from a local farmer, a banana from a South America country, and a secret ingredients that I bought at Asian market is some magically shining sugar and honey crystals. What a good idea to bright up my drink!

Sugar and honey crystals

 So, sugar melted in the hot yogurt together with banana and some powder cinnamon went to the handle chopper/blender which is called The Cutting Revolution. Properly mixed it went to my glass.

My mini-function manual food chopper

A painting in my kitchen




There Is Something Apart From Carving

>>  6/02/2016

A practice of floral design, and I suppose my love to cute things has brought me to the things I am enjoying to do now. These are florariums and mini garden in the bottles.

These mini landscapes in the vases look like pieces of nature you can keep on your desk in the office, or in your home in the city. While viewing the mini gardens you get a desire to become a tiny one to get inside the bottle  and examine  the things in there, the caves, the wood, and the paths.
Sounds like something that can relax you and bring a peace to your heart.

Inside the bottle

succulent garden
Succulent landscape

florarium cactus
For cactus lovers

florarium with plants
Mini garden in the bottle in the proccess

mini landscape in the vases


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