Thursday, 27 May 2010

Treetops in Good Homes Magazine

I know it's May, but the July edition of Good Homes Magazine is now in the shops looking very bright and beautiful and there is a fantastic whole page article about Treetops classes. I think it has summed up Treetops really well.

If you would like to see more photographs of Treetops, visit the website

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Treetops Wisteria

The Treetops Wisteria is out in all it's glory, some of you have seen it blossoming over the last few weeks, so I thought I would put some pictures up for you to see it out and looking beautiful.

The smell from the smaller wisteria on the left hand side of the house smells gorgeous, the one over the kitchen doesn't have a scent but certainly makes up for it in it's length, it is stunning!

Somewhere behind all that is a house!

Cupcakes Class and NEW Future Dates

We had a great class today, the buttercream icing survived the heat, and some gorgeous cupcakes were made to take home.

The morning was spent mastering the art of baking the perfect Cupcake, swirling and making little fondant decorations; flowers, butterflies and love-hearts.

It was a great way to spend a few hours; I have all sorts of sprinkles, glitters, colours and cutters for you to experiment with, so you can play to your hearts content!

The next Cupcake Class with spaces available is on Tuesday 22 June, 10am - 12 noon, please call me if you would like to come, 01635 44850.

Saturday 3 July - 2 spaces left (1.30pm - 3.30pm)

Wednesday 15 September 10am -12 noon
Saturday 18 September 2pm - 4pm

Friday 1 October 10am -12 noon
Thursday 14 October 10am -12 noon

Monday 8 November 10am -12 noon
CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES Monday 22 November 10am - 12 noon
CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES Tuesday 23 November 10am - 12 noon

CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES Wednesday 15 December 10am - 12 noon


Thursday, 20 May 2010

Watercolour Waterfalls Class

We had a very Summery day today, painting Ullswater's Aira Force Waterfall.
(pudding was pretty yum too!)

Waterfalls was a hard painting to do! We didn't have much drawing to start with, paint wise we had alot of tonal values, and we spent time building up our rocks and foliage. We did a first wash, and then the fun "glistening", which is when we spray the paper and dip the paint into the water to let it do it's own thing! Perfect for the leaves on either side.

Fortunately the waterfall itself was masked off, so we were able to get in close to the edges with the real darks, ultramarine blue mixed with burnt sienna, burnt sienna on it's own, and then a purple made from the permanent rose and ultramarine blue.

The paintings all looked great at the end displayed in their mounts for our Gallery.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

A Blue Week.....

How lovely to see the sun shining and the temperature warming up.

The woods at Treetops are glowing with the Bluebells, it looks like a haze of water shimmering at the bottom of the garden.

Yesterday the sea at Selsey was shimmering, a good brisk walk along the seafront made a great start to the week.

We're painting Waterfalls on Thursday with Claire Warner, there is 1 space left if you're tempted!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

A very creative Cupcake Class!

We had a great morning learning the art of Cupcake making, swirling and icing!

Here is an example of some of the brilliant Cupcakes that were taken home.

Please visit the blog of Colourful Cupcakes, to see future Cupcake Class dates as I have added some new ones.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Cookery Class with Vanessa Miller

Red and Yellow Cherry Tomato Panzanella Salad with Basil, Olives and Mozzarella.

Spiced Lentil Salad with Prawns and Mint Yoghurt Dressing.

Salmon and Sole Timbales with Tomato and Lemon and Herb Drizzle

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Working on the Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

Today was really delicious! A variety of ideas for the forthcoming summer, bright and tasty salads and a lovely pudding that was so delicious I forgot to photograph it before we ate it .... very quickly! It was a divine Drambuie Panna Cotta with Raspberry and Orange Compote.

That was our last Cookery before the Summer hols, Vanessa is now getting busy with all of her Weddings. Email or call me if you would like to hear of when our Autumn Term cookery dates are.

(Sarah is here for Aga Cookery on Friday 11 June, there are still some space left).

Cupcake Classes Latest News - Dates!

Just an update on places available for the forthcoming Cupcake Classes, I have added some new dates to the list too.

Wednesday 26 May - a NEW date
Thursday 17 June - 1 space left
Tuesday 22 June - a NEW date
Wednesday 15 September - 2 places left.

There are 6 spaces on each class, if you have a group of friends and would like to book an alternative date for your own exclusive class, give me a call to arrange an alternative date.

The cost is £45, this includes all your ingredients, materials, recipe and tips booklet, and 6 cupcakes that you have decorated to take home.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Cupcake News

Colourful Cupcakes has just done a wedding in Southampton on a boat, 80 bright and beautiful cupcakes with the theme Cherry Pie. It was great fun, I loved making them.

Cupcake Classes are from next week, I have added a new date; Wednesday 26 May. For any other details visit the blog:

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Bluebell Watercolour Class

We had a very busy Bluebell class today, lots of mixing of blues, purples and greens. Four new artists, slightly nervous (!) with three of our regulars.

Claire had chosen a lovely woodland scene, with plenty of tonal values - lights and darks.

After pencilling in our trees, we used some masking fluid to fill in the trunks and protect where we wanted our light areas to be, and followed this up with a light wash.

The paintings were amazing when we had them mounted for our exhibition at the end, everyone had different coloured bluebells. The achievements were great today. It is amazing what beginners can do after a day with Claire at Treetops!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Bluebells at Treetops

The Bluebells are almost out and are looking bright and beautiful against the bright greens.

I am just getting Treetops ready for tomorrow's Bluebell Watercolour class, we have 7 artists coming, which includes quite a few beginners and new people. Fingers crossed the rain disappears, when the sun shines you can see the blue hue of the bluebells in the distance from where we are painting.