and now for something completely different!
Flowers beautiful, fabulous, flowers!
One of the delights of having a sister who owns a flower shop is the endless photographic material!
What fun zooming into these miracles of mother nature!
You can imagine just how thrilled and delighted I was recently when Templar Publishing emailed me to tell me that Seven Stories The Centre for Children's Books have decided to create an exhibition featuring life size models of my latest Christmas Paper Craft Book!
The only thing I am disappointed about is that I can't go as it's in Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, it runs till the 4th of January, so if your in the area, do pop in and let me know all about it!
I will hopefully receive some more photos to show you soon!
As you already know if you've been following me recently, my sister has been working very, very hard on her dream project, to open a flower shop in her now amazingly renovated garage in our little village Eastbourne here in Wellington, New Zealand. Many many hours have gone into painting, fixing, creating and festooning.
She has named it "The Ministry of Flowers" apart from a mind bogglingly beautiful array of flowers, she is also selling locally crafted gift items such as handmade wooden pens, little tussie-mussie pottery vases, hand made cards and more.
I'm so proud of her!
If you live in our area, please come along for a visit! click here for open times.
In one week my darling sister will be starting a new and wonderful chapter in her life.
Tragedy struck at the end of last year. her lovely husband and father to her 2 teenage sons died so very suddenly from a brain hemorrhage. She was so very devistated and searched for a way forward without her best friend.
As a way of healing, she immersed herself in her passion~ Flowers. Since then she has bought a cottage with the dream to turn the garage into a flowers shop. Jutta is an amazing florist. She is completely self taught and what makes her so unique is that she doesn't follow rules. As an artist she creates as she paints by layering colours and textures.
I am having so much fun contributing to her venture in my own small way, with cards and bags and cupcakes!
We decided that any nibbles for her grand opening (which is next Monday, Labour weekend, from 11-3pm, 105 Muritai Road in Eastbourne, come along your very welcome!) should have a floral theme, so I have decided to try my hand at making molded sugar flowers.
What fun! after a bit of trial and error here they are, I will post again later this week to show you the finished cupcakes!
I have a few tips if you want to give these a go:
Mix your own colours as much as possible, using a white fondant base and gel colours, available at your local cake decorating store), the premixed icing colours are not so nice.
Mix little amounts of different hues in each colour and combine in each flower/leaf to create more depth.
(I discovered this as I went along as you can see!)
Don't use too much cornflower to dust your mold (you can buy the silicon molds online and retail, there are lots of lovely shapes!)
Don't bother scraping the access of with a knife, you will get a feeling quickly as to how much to squish into the mold, you don't have to make them perfect! just have fun like I have!