Sugarcraft Classes

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What a week! All cakes went out smoothly, you’ll be pleased to hear, and although I started the week off thinking “how on earth is this going to happen” it went pretty well! (Apart from Graeme having man flu and loosing the will to live from cutting out 540 miniature circles – yes, I counted them!)

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Saturday I had 2 sugarcraft classes. The morning class went really well, then the snow hit! I had 6 booked in for the afternoon class but only 3 turned up! Which was absolutely brilliant, given the driving conditions! (this is true dedication thank you Laura and Julie!)

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Todays class was great! We had lots of fun, laughter and a bit of swearing! (I think I might start a swear box!) It’s so lovely to see people’s imagination and creativity come out in their designs!
It then got me thinking back to when I started teaching. It was way back in 2006 when I went through my demonstrator training with the British Sugarcraft Guild. I was like a rabbit in headlights but I knew from then it was something I would grow to love. It was very daunting at first (my first assessment was a nightmare, my hands were shaking and I can’t even remember finishing!) but the more I did it, the more I enjoyed it. It feels so good demonstrating to a variety of people who share your enthusiasm!
I went through my teaching qualifications and I’m now an Accredited demonstrator, an assessor and committee member for the BSG and I also teach for Newcastle Council, run my own classes in my shop and go out and about to give one to one lessons.

What I love the most is when I can help people grow and improve their skills. It’s such a wonderful feeling to see their faces when they finish their creations!

For anyone thinking of teaching sugarcraft then the BSG is the way forward. The knowledge and confidence I gained from the training seminars was invaluable.

For anyone wanting to try sugarcraft, why not come along to one of my classes, you’ll love it!

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Black Friday and the WI

  • Now I know what you’re thinking, how one earth are these two connected, well let me tell you…

This week has been all about teaching. I love teaching and demonstrating (there’s a whole back story to this which I will tell you all about in my next post) and this week I’ve had classes and demonstrations every day. Today and yeterday were both with the Women’s Institute. Yesterday was a demonstration to 80+ women which was great fun, especially as it was the first time I’d used a microphone (I felt like a pop star!) Today was part demonstration and part hands on to a smaller group of 18.

Now the Black Friday part. I knew it was happening and after last years chaos I didn’t want to go anywhere near a shop!

I was driving to the church hall this morning, whilst listening to BBC Newcastle, and they were interviewing people at the MetroCentre. A few of them had been there since ten to six waiting for the shops to open! I was really engrossed with their stories and just as I was turning off the main road I noticed a young couple with a large fishing net collecting blackberries. What a contrast if I ever did see one! They were probably blissfully unaware that there was a massive sale on!

Now I only live about 6 miles from the MetroCentre and it really made me think about how different people live their lives!

We had such a fun day, making Christmas characters, I was only planning to stay for the morning but I was ‘persuaded’ to stay for lunch and was very pleased I did. We had (all homemade) soup with, fresh out of the bread maker, bread, then quiche and salad and we finished off with lemon drizzle cake and a cuppa!

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I am now resting my rather full stomach whilst looking for a bread maker in the Black Friday sales!