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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 (

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, 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".

Buy this on my Etsy shop or mail me directly to

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 In Watermelon

>>  8/17/2016

lovestory carved in watermelon

The watermelon is carved for my friends who are dating for 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



The Phoenix

>>  6/01/2016

A fruit arrangement with a carved watermelon and a Phoenix bird carved out of pumpkin set on the top.

The arrangement has been made for the 60th anniversary celebration. The Phoenix symbolizes rebirth and renewal. It is a powerful message to the birthday person.

The event has been taken in 'Five Stars' restaurant. I like working at the spot. They have there a beautiful glass arc in a gothic style, that is illuminated from inside and gives much light. And that all makes a contemporary look.



Watermelon T-Rex Dinosaur

>>  4/17/2016

 A small watermelon has served for the T-Rex dinosaur, a Jurassic themed fruit snack made for a kids party.

This is a truly terrible lizard with sharp teethes and diabolic eyes watching the food.

Are you the brave one to fight the Godzilla?

How to make the Dino watermelon and the Jurassic fruit snack

watermelon for the head of the dino
lime and cumquat for eyes
almond for teethes
oranges, apples, mandarins, kiwi, and grapes for the fruit platter

Tools to use:
a big knife to cut watermelon
a baller to remove the watermelon red
a thai knife and V-knive to decorate fruits on platter

Check out more monsters made of food:
Roaring Bear Head Carved Of Pumpkin
Dragon Made Of Oranges

godzilla watermelon carving

jurassic fruit snack



Soap Carving. New Designs

>>  1/31/2016

"Colibri Fiori" soap, size 7x5.5 cm.

Tools required:
Thai knife
Loop tools

soap carving art

garnishfoodblog soap carving


Live Class 'New Year Fruit Arrangement'

>>  12/28/2015

new year fruit arrangement japanese style
The symbols of the arrangement:
lime for bamboo,
apple fans for the fan
pomegranates for Daruma eyes.

In December 2015 I participated in Ikebana exhibition in Yuzhno city. It was a New Year themed floral event with many wonderful ikebana arrangements made in traditional Japanese style. I gave a Live show how to make a fruit arrangement using the traditional colors of new year ikebana Kadomatsu.
Limes symbolize bamboo, pomegranates imitate Daruma eyes and apple carving in a shape of fan means paper red fan usually added to the traditional new year Ikebana arrangements.
Watch the video of my class where I show how to arrange the fruit Ikebana.


The exhibition's display of mine, with cabbage and flowers.

Ikebana arrangement with vegetables


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