My flower sugar art inspired by the different Grace Stevens workshops I have attended, is slowly starting to improve and I am enjoying using the different techniques including the dusting of edible colour onto the flowers. These pretty lilac and pink shaded hydrangea cupcakes were ordered by Tracy for the celebration of Shaunagh’s 50th birthday with her book club friends. In keeping with the lilac colour scheme I made vanilla cupcakes with the addition of generous bits of Lindt Blueberry Chocolate in the vanilla mixture. The icing is also a pale lavender and I used tiny silver beads sprinkled among the flowers to add to the dainty effect of the hydrangea blossoms.
A few weeks ago we celebrated Lisa (TQO)’s birthday – TQO short for The Quiet One! As per our usual Wednesday scrapbooking birthday celebration it was anything but quiet and we celebrated Lisa’s birthday with the usual array of gifts, blowing of candles and an assortment of delicious goodies to eat accompanied by much laughter and fun. Lisa (TQO)’s presents were unusual this year as she requested pritt glue and crayons for the pre-school children she teaches at the children’s home. I have to mention here that Lisa (TQO) apart from being the life and soul of any party or celebration she attends is also an inspiration in the humble way she shares her ideas, time, knowledge, recipes and laughter with us and always makes us feel that life is a total blast. She opened her presents of pritt glue, crayons and stickers with such excitement knowing how much joy the children were going to get from using them. While I was off my feet I kept myself busy exploring new cupcake ideas and I chanced on a youtube video one afternoon in which a delightful Anh demonstrated how to pipe a hydrangea cupcake. She did go one step further and place the cupcakes in a bouquet but due to time limitations on my feet I didn’t try that. For really clear instructions visit Anh’s youtube demo on Sonata 333. I mixed violet and royal blue icing into a piping bag and piped my version of a hydrangea for these cupcakes and topped each one with an embossed white butterfly. Lisa Nadene took this pretty photo of the cupcakes that portray the colour and joy that Lisa (TQO) brings into the lives of everyone she meets.