Here are some chocolate roses I made with my friend Besh the other night. These are for her friend's 40th birthday cake. She's going to cover the cake in an ganache and then pour white chocolate over the top and decorate with these roses. It's going to look gorgeous.
Did you know that I run workshops on how to make these roses? I usually teach how to make them using sugarpaste, but you can also make them with this modelling chocolate. The roses workshop also covers how to sugarpaste/fondant ice your cake. It really is a great skill and a lot of fun.
Can't wait to see the final cake - will post up a photo when she's finished. Perhaps I'll also give instructions on how to do it, or make an app!
Had very brief but fun morning when I had to go to the BBC studio in Brighton to record a comment about baby blankets for You & Yours for Radio 4. Have a listen again, if you get the chance. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qps9
Of course you'll all have to find a new baby so you can make a baby blanket now! See my most recent design in Simply Crochet, or if you don't crochet, come along to one of my crochet or knitting courses to learn how to make one!
More of some my previous blanket designs:
Not a blanket design, but couldn't resist this one - don't you think the Royal baby would look cute in this? (from Cute & Easy Crochet Baby Clothes)
Have just reduced price of workshops. I'm lucky that I can hold the workshops in my new home, so that reduces my costs, so I'm able to pass this on to my customers! So now the knitting, crochet, patchwork workshops are £60 instead of £75, basic sewing classes are £75 (they include all fabric costs), and the cake decorating classes are £80 (including all costs of fondant icing and materials to make roses and leaves).
I'm also offering a special discount to knitting & crochet groups (or any groups!). If you can get a group of 6 people together or more, the workshop will cost £50 per person (knitting, crochet, patchwork).
So come along and book. Classes are small so you'll have lots of individual attention and the food's good too!
It's been really hard to blog recently, I'm working on a new Fair Isle book for Cico Publishing, designing for Simply Crochet, working on a new project for a publisher who produces some lovely childrens books: Make Believe Ideas, working with a new exciting company who run online classes called The Amazings, getting the workshops up and running at the new venue and moving house! So forgive me for lack of news.
The new house is just fantastic. It's a converted barn just outside Lewes in East Sussex and it's SO good to be back in East Sussex and near Lewes - I just love it here. I'm having some new photos done by a lovely young photographer on Friday, so I should have some new photos of the barn soon.
Sadly Monty, our lovely 17 year old Border Collie didn't make it to the new house and he is very much missed, but Poppy, our Golden Retriever and Cocoa the grumpy cat have settled in well. Cocoa even caught a rabbit and dragged it through the cat flap, so he must be happy!
Don't forget the next workshop on Saturday 20th July. It's a Beginner's Crochet class, so please come and see the new place and have a lovely day here learning how to crochet. Let me know if you'd like to join.
New book by Cico, Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers is due out in September and here is a little preview:
I'm offering a discount for the new venue workshops... if you book two workshops they will only cost £60 each instead of the usual £75. Let me know if you'd like to take up the offer and which workshops you'd like to book on and I'll set up the payment link for you.