Monday, 30 April 2012

Sunny Flower Class

It was lovely to have Susanna from Tiger Rose back today, for a Spring/Summer Flower Class.

Susanna started the morning with a few demonstrations, including the beautiful lavender basket above.
There were beautiful peonies and sweet peas nestled inside.

We spoke alot about plants in the garden that are useful to plant for foliage and their flower, and how to condition and look after our cut flowers, whether from the garden or the flower shop.  

Susanna then showed everyone how to make a pretty hand-tied posy.

The key was in the preparation; clean stems, key flowers, secondary flowers and complementary foliage.

We had some bright gerberas, hyacinths and frilly tulips.

When everyone had finished their posy, Susanna showed them how to wrap the arrangement in a water-bag and co-ordinating tissue paper and cellophane.

The posies were then popped inside a vibrant green bag.

They looked stunning!

After lunch we had some creative time around the table. 

Susanna had spoken in the morning about using different containers around the house for flowers, not just our usual vases.

Taking this a step further, she had an assortment of jam jars and tin cans for us to decorate for flowers.  (This is a look that is currently very popular at weddings).

Using strong carpet tape (today's floral top tip!) and an array of ribbons, lace, buttons, a needle and thread and a hot glue gun, there were some beautiful creations.

Below are just some shots of some of today's flowers, they were so pretty.

Susanna is back for Christmas Flowers in December.

Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 December
9.45am - 2pm

This includes all of your materials, a simple lunch with a glass of wine, refreshments and home made biscuits throughout the day.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Chocolate Cupcake Class - 28 April

We had a delicious Chocolate Cupcake Class this morning at Treetops.

We made some chocolate decorations, a rich chocolate ganache, coloured fondant icing decorations, chocolate buttercream and spent time decorating them to perfection!

To see more of the class's creations, please visit the Colourful Cupcakes Blog

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Upcoming Watercolour Classes for you

Our Watercolour classes start next week with an exciting term of themes.

We start on Thursday 3 May with Bluebells, suitable for all levels, this is a particularly good class to come to if you have recently been to one of our Beginner classes.

The following week on Tuesday 8 May we are doing a landscape painting, very useful for you to come and pick up lots of tips and ideas to help you with your landscapes.  We are going to be painting Lavender Fields.

There are 2 spaces left on our Beginners Watercolour class on Thursday 21 June.  If you've never painted before,  haven't ever picked up a paintbrush before or are just lacking in confidence and need a refresher class, then this will be perfect for you.

Claire will explain all about the different papers, brushes, paints and techniques needed to master a beautiful painting in watercolour.

Claire teaches in a step by step style, it's a relaxed pace and by the end of the day you will have a finished painting to take home with you.

In June we have a 2-day Watercolour Class, great fun, we'll be painting inside and outside of Treetops, learning lots of new techniques and styles.  This will be held on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June.

We end the term with a great Cornish painting on Thursday 12 July.

All our classes run from 9.30am until approximately 3pm.

The price is £70 and this includes all of your materials, home made biscuits and refreshments throughout the day and a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine.

To book please call Emily 01635 44850.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Cupcake Class with Vectorworks

This morning we had a group in from Vectorworks in Newbury

They made some delicious cupcakes, and some great fondant decorations.

To see their work visit the Colourful Cupcakes blog

If you have a group of 6 people and would like to book your own private group, please get in touch.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Busy day of Cupcake Classes

A busy day at Treetops with beautiful cupcakes.

This morning we had a Stage 2 Cupcake Class, where we concentrate on decorating skills.  Learning about gum paste, new tools and different techniques.  We used new nozzles to make buttercream flowers, and created tiny rosebuds and full 5 petalled roses.

This class is the next step for after you've attended our Stage 1 class.

Our next Stage 2 class is on:

Friday 11 May at 11am - 1.30pm £60


This afternoon we had a group in for a Chocolate Cupcake Class.

We had chocolate cake, icing, fondant, cocoa, ganache, sprinkles, grated chocolate, it was brilliant!

We shared lots of ideas, top tips and techniques.

Here is a selection of the creations, to see more please visit the

If you are a group of 6 and would like your own class, please contact me to arrange a date and theme.

Well done everybody, it was a great day.

(I will refrain from posting a photo of the state of my kitchen!)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Latest Cupcake Class Availability

Just a quick update on the spaces we've got available this term:

This Saturday 21 April - Stage 2 - 9.45am -12.45pm  £60
2 spaces available

Friday 11 May - Stage 2 - 11am-1.30pm  £60
4 spaces available

Wednesday 30 May - Stage 1 - 10.30am-12.30pm  £50
4 spaces available


Saturday 29 September - FREE-FROM CUPCAKES

During this new class we will cover techniques needed to bake cupcakes for those with intolerances or allergies.
(gluten, wheat, egg, dairy and soya)

Come and learn about alternatives flours and ingredients, and understand the whole new world of xantham gum, flaxseeds, egg replacers, milks, oils and flavourings!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Bluebell Watercolour Class

Our Bluebell Class is on Thursday 3 May

9.30am - approximately 3pm

The class costs £70 and this includes all of your materials, you don't need to bring a single thing with you.

A 2 course lunch with a glass of wine, and tea/coffee, home made biscuits throughout the day.

Claire teaches in a step by step style with a small group, so you will receive plenty of attention and will finish your painting to take home with you.

This class is suitable for all levels of artist.

The Treetops bluebells are slowly coming out in the woods, the photo above shows bluebells that are fully out and looking gorgeous in Cornwall.