Friday, 31 December 2010

First Cupcake Class of Year - Spaces Available

Spaces available on the first class of the year

Wednesday 26 January 2011
11am - 1pm

Come and learn all the secrets of making delicious and pretty cupcakes.
We will cover baking, buttercream icing, fondant icing and decorating skills.
The class is full of top tips to help you make pretty, sparkly cupcakes.
You will make and decorate 6 cupcakes to take home with you at the end of the class.
To book please call or email Emily: 0163 5 44 850.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Snowy Deer at Treetops

It's such a busy time getting the house ready for Christmas, but lovely to glimpse out of the window and see the Winter Wonderland, especially the deer desparately looking for something green to nibble!

I've put the cranberries around the candles into my hurricane lamps and am about to make my amaryllis arrangement that Susanna showed us how to make at Christmas Flowers.  

Friday, 17 December 2010

List of Treetops 2011 Classes

Here are all the dates we currently have for 2011:

Thursday 20 January - Beginners
Wednesday 2 February - Beginners
Wednesday 20 March - Kennet & Avon Canal
Thursday 28 April - Wild Poppies
Tuesday 7 June - Sunsets
Monday 27 June - Summer on the Beach
(All classes 9.30am - approx 3pm, £70, materials & lunch included)

Tuesday 1 March - Aga Baking
(9.45am - 1.30pm, £60, sit down tea included)

Tuesday 10 May - Relaxed Garden Flowers
(9.45am - 2pm, £75, includes all materials, arrangement to take home, light lunch)

Saturday Dates:
5 February - Stage 2 Cupcakes
19 February - Stage 1
5 March - Stage 1
2 April - Easter Cupcakes
(2pm - 4pm)
(Stage 2 is for if you have already attended a Treetops Cupcake class).

Weekday Classes:
Wednesday 26 January - Stage 1
Friday 18 February - Stage 1
Wednesday 9 March - Stage 2
Wednesday 23 March - Stage 2
Tuesday 29 March - Easter Cupcakes
(11am - 1pm) 
 (£50 to include all materials, 6 decorated cupcakes of yours to take home and a recipe/top tips booklet).

To book please contact Emily 01635 44850 or
Gift Vouchers are still available for Christmas.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Festive Flowers 2010

 Susanna from Tiger Rose was here today and yesterday for two Festive Flower classes.
The classes went really well, and 18 people went home very happy with their wreaths for their front doors.  The wreaths all looked so different, but were all full of beautiful things such as oranges, limes, chillies, walnuts, eucalyptus, cranberries, chillies etc.......

Susanna has an endless supply of lovely foliage, in all shades of green, some with berries and some without, it's great to have so much to choose from.

After some Mulled Wine and lunch, we got back to work with some"floral embroidery"; making some pretty gift tags.  All you need is a glue gun and tiny berries and bits of flowers, plus a bit of speed as the glue dries so quickly! 

Susanna is back on Tuesday 10 May, for Relaxed Summer Flowers, using garden flowers to create beautiful arrangements to decorate your home, or to give as gifts.

9.45am - 2pm
includes all your materials, light lunch and your floral creation to take home with you.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

EXTRA Beginners Watercolour added!

We are having a surge of interest in Beginners Watercolour for next year, so Claire and I have found another date to run a class:

Wednesday 2 February 2011
9.30am - 3pm
Price includes all materials, a 2 course lunch, glass of wine, home made biscuits and refreshments throughout the day.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Space available on Festive Flowers

A space has become available on Wednesday's Festive Flower Class with Susanna from Tiger Rose.

The class runs from 9.45am until approximately 2pm.

All materials and lunch are included.

Susanna will demonstrate some festive ways to decorate your home this Christmas with foliage and flowers and you will create something to take home with you, perhaps a beautiful wreath for your front door.

Cost = £75.

Please call Emily if you would like to come.  01635 44 850.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Final Cupcake Class of 2010

There were some lovely Festive Cupcakes made this afternoon.

The smells of orange and mixed spice filled the kitchen.

More photos on the Colourful Cupcakes blog:

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Pen and Wash Class - Monday 29 November

      Today was an introduction to using ink and washes.
7 artists of different abilities, each experimenting with different ideas, pictures, inks, dots, lines, scribbles etc....

It was very relaxing, although I won't count the dots that I made! 

Some pictures were sketched first in pencil then a wet watercolour wash over it, with the ink lines then added over the top, whilst others were sketched straight away with the pen.

We used a variety of nibs 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 in both black ink and sepia.

We were using both a permanent ink, and then also a non-permanent pen where with a sweep of the paintbrush we could turn the drawing into washes of ink.

All the time we were thinking about tonal values (or so we told Claire!)

This lovely gate came alive with the addition of colour.

A great drawing was produced here, very precise, before the addition of colour.

This sweet doorstep sketch reminds me so much of old story book illustrations such as Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter.

This great sketch of a church and bridge is from someone who doesn't class herself as having the ability to draw!  She got so caught up in the day, she managed to produce 4 great sketches!

This sketch with the colour wash added has a real depth to it and has a style to it that matches the artist.

We really enjoyed our introduction and foundation day of Pen and Wash, hopefully in 2011 we will be able to take it forward to the next stage.

End of Term for Watercolour!
Classes resume on 20 January with Beginners Watercolour and 3 February with Atmospheric Watercolour.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Cupcakes Spring Class Dates

Saturday Dates:
(2pm - 4pm)

5 February - Stage 2 Cupcakes (if you have been before, this will take you a stage further)
19 February - Stage 1
5 March - Stage 1
2 April - Easter Cupcakes


Weekday Classes:
(11am - 1pm)

Wednesday 26 January - Stage 1
Friday 18 February - Stage 1
Wednesday 9 March - Stage 2
Wednesday 23 March - Stage 2
Tuesday 29 March - Easter Cupcakes
Classes cost £50 and include all materials, 6 decorated cupcakes of yours to take home and a recipe/top tips booklet.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Christmas Aga with Sarah Whitaker

Sarah was at Treetops today, impressing us with her ability to "do Christmas" in two hours!
Plenty of tips, short cuts, freezing information and platefuls of delicious food to eat afterwards.

Every bit of the Aga was hard at work, and Sarah showed us to retain the heat and use all of the ovens.

If you are new to Aga I can definitely recommend a class with Sarah, or one of her recipe books until then!

Sarah will be back on Tuesday 1 March for Aga Baking, there are a few spaces still available.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Morning Sky at Treetops

It looked beautiful (if a little chilly) this morning.

For those of us that do watercolour classes, Claire always talk about there being hints of pinks and purples in the sky, well this morning, they were almost electric!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Few last minute availability places .......

There are a few spaces left on classes before the end of the year......

Christmas Aga this Friday - 2 Spaces - £55 each  - 9.45am - 1.30pm

Pen and Ink Class on Monday 29th - 1 space left - £65 each - 9.30am - 3pm

For further information email me via the website or call 016 35 448 50

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Second Winter Scene of the week!

The artists were back in force at Treetops today, for another Winter Scene Watercolour Day.

A different painting to yesterday, similar colours but a new picture.

The paintings all had a slight difference, from their skies, villages and pathways to the hedgerows, but they all had a warm glow and a winter chill to them.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

A Winter Scene - Watercolour

The scene was set this morning with the fog and frost!

Today we painted a misty, shadowy, wintery picture.  It was great fun and the paintings looked wonderful at the end, the skies especially were very atmospheric.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

2011 Saturday Cupcake Class Dates


I have some 2011 Saturday dates for you:

19 February
12 March
2 April

All classes are from 2pm to 4pm.

The price is £50; this includes all your ingredients, materials, a recipe and tips booklet to take home along with your 6 beautifully decorated cupcakes!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Christmas Cupcakes Class

The first class of the festive season happened this morning ....... Christmas Cupcakes.
The kitchen smelt lovely, spicy, zesty, warm and christmassy!

Tuesday 23 November has 1 space left if you would like to come.
10am -12 noon,  £45.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

2011 Watercolour Dates


Thursday 20 January - Beginners Watercolour
Thursday 3 February - Atmospheric Watercolours
Wednesday 16 March - The Kennet & Avon Canal
Thursday 28 April - Wild Poppies
Tuesday 7 June - Sunsets
Monday 27 June - Summer on the Beach

Classes run from 9.30am - approximately 3pm.
All your materials are included, as is a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine, refreshments throughout the day and home-made biscuits.
 Cost per class = £70

Gift Vouchers are available.

Claire teaches in a step-by-step style, and you will have a finished masterpiece to take home with you.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Christmas Cupcake Classes

I've been having a lovely messy play this morning, trying out a variety of Christmas Cupcakes for the forthcoming classes.

The kitchen smells of oranges, rum, mixed spice, cinnamon and almonds .... delicious!

I've been making snowflakes, robins, baubles, holly leaves and finding all my red, silver and gold themed sprinkles and glitters.

There are just a few spaces left on the Christmas Cupcake classes:

1 space left this coming Monday 9th November  (10am - 12 noon)
2 spaces left on Thursday 11th November  (11am - 1pm)
1 space left on Tuesday 23 November  (10am -12 noon)

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Aga Baking - 1 March 2011

(Sarah Whitaker - Aga Accredited Chef)

As you know I love to bake and I love my Aga.

I was also very addicted to the television whilst The Great British Bake Off was on recently and I'm loving the re-emergence of home baking.

Sarah has got a great set of recipes that show you how to bake successfully in the Aga with delicious results.  We will cover bread, meringues, cakes, traybakes, steamed puddings and more!  All this whilst showing you how to use your Aga, so if you are new to Aga do come and pick up lots of tips and bring all your questions.

The date is Tuesday 1 March
9.45am - 1.30pm

We will enjoy a delicious tea instead of the usual lunch, with pots of tea!  (Heaven!)

All the recipes will be available for you to take home after the class, and Sarah will be bringing her travelling shop with her, which is really useful for Aga items, utensils, pans and her recipe books.


Thursday, 21 October 2010

Autumn Watercolour Class 2010

Today was a perfect autumn's day to hold our Watercolour Class.
Using a wide palette of colours we created yellows, oranges, greens, browns, purples and pinks (so many colours in fact we all armed ourselves with notepads each time Claire took us through a different stage of the painting!)

It also turned into more of a Masterclass as we covered masking, glistening, negative painting (my favourite... hmmm) we were all very quiet and in deep concentration for much of the afternoon.

The paintings were brilliant, as you can see below:

There are a few spaces left for Winter Scenes, choose from either Tuesday 16th or Wednesday 17th November, call me to check availability.