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My job gives me the opportunity to do a lot of fun stuff and meet some interesting and inspirational people … like the lovely Connie Viney.

Connie is an artist who creates amazing, gigantic sculptures from cake and icing – definitely my kind of person.

She is also a very busy girl. I’m working with her on an exciting project for a client that will be unveiled at BBC Good Food Show Winter but in the meantime she is about to open her own extraordinary exhibition at the Vyner Street Gallery in London.

It’s called Sugarama and will run at the gallery from 3rd to 9th September. She is creating a ‘sugar house’ that will incorporate sound, movement and lighting effects. According to Connie – “the work aims to evoke a reaction. I’m interested to see whether people are fascinated, intrigued or simply repulsed by this sensory overload”.

The pictures of her other work on her website look fab and I’m sure it will be a fantastic experience. Unfortunately being based up North I won’t be able to attend but definitely worth checking out if you are in London and looking for something fun to do.

Connie will be at the BBC Good Food Show Winter with another spectacular cake creation and will also be giving live demos on the Great British Bake Off stand – keep your eyes peeled for more things to come from her.

You can read more about Connie in this piece on The Guardian online

* Photo credit – http://www.universalnewsandsport.com

I’m still a bit of an Instagram novice and its not part of my every day social media routine like some of my friends. That said, I do like to dabble every now and again. Here are two of my fave pictures to date – I think the filters give them a cool retro vibe and the colours, especially the pink, really appeal to me.

Mill Farm Tea Gardens
Last weekend we took a trip out to Mill Farm Tea Gardens for afternoon tea.

It is a place best visited on a sunny day so you can sit outside. The gardens are full of shabby chic furniture, wild flowers on the tables and lots of birds and wildlife – and are probably the reason we keep going back. Its a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and fruit cake and unlimited tea – we never manage to get on to the top tier. Next time I am replacing the fruit cake with chocolate and taking it home in a doggy bag!

Afternoon tea at Mill Farm

For something a bit more modern (and alcoholic) – a few weeks ago we took a work outing to Dock Street Market in Leeds for a boozy afternoon tea with tea pot cocktails, chunky sourdough bread sandwiches and various other nibbles and cakes. It’s a cool venue and was great start to a boozy afternoon!

Dock Street Market afternoon tea

Whilst on holiday in Croatia we visited the beautiful city of Zadar with its maze-like cobbled streets. One of the best shops that we stumbled upon was a huge rundown building cram-packed with antiques. Usually we would have walked away with a haul but regrettably airline luggage restrictions held us back this time – what a shame.

I have been meaning to teach myself to crochet for months and months and this week finally gave it another go. I hate not being able to do something straight away and although I think I have got the basic stitches down (almost) I really should be practising the basics rather than jumping straight into making something (but that’s boring). One other problem is that reading the patterns blows my mind – i’m hoping YouTube will help with this. My goal is to crochet a granny square stylee throw – something like the below. A while ago I stumbled on the blog of someone who is making some amazing things – I really need to find that out and post the link. I’ll update on my progress …