The best way to stay young, physically and mentally is to do something new every day and never stop learning. For health reasons and to keep routine and boredom at bay, I am always on the lookout for new exciting things to try and learn. And yes, I do like my freebies. One of these free learning opportunities has been the free online mini-classes. They have hundreds of online classes on offer and being a member of their site (register for free), you’ll surely find something that you’ll feel passionate about learning. Not only you can pause the class at any time, and replay it over and over again, but you also get the opportunity to chat with your classmates (yes in these online classes, chatting with other students is not only allowed but also encouraged).
So far I have enrolled and taken two classes that I want to tell you about Sewing Machine 911 and The Hand-Painted Cake
The Sewing Machine 911
A god-sent class as, after one year of not using my sewing machine, I wanted to adjust some silk summer garments and made a dog’s dinner out of one… tangled string and knots and crinkled fabric. I wanted to scream!!!. I realized too late that my sowing machine needed some TLC and just found the mini class for it where I’ve learned how to pinpoint signs and symptoms of common problems, give my sewing machine some desperately needed TLC most importantly how to properly clean and maintain it. Perfect, now I managed to undo the damage done and adjust the other delicate silk garments with a sowing machine running as smooth as a purring Siberian cat.
After all that hard but necessary work, it was time to do something that would put a smile on my face: )
The Hand-Painted Cake
Well, I like painting a lot, the trouble is I lack talent and it feels like a waste of time and painting material when I throw everything in the bin at tidying up time.
All is different when you move from canvas to fondant!!! La vie en rose!!!
The online classes found freely on the net have taught me freehand painting techniques for cakes and tons of tips and tricks. I learned how to add dynamic designs to fondant and I was guided me through the delicate process of painting confectionery canvases. Whether you want your cakes to channel the works of Michelangelo or Monet, you’ll learn to paint with the dimension and depth necessary for any style. You will learn freehand painting techniques, how to mix custom colors, and her signature tracing transfer method, which will help you replicate your favorite two-dimensional images with ease.
At the end of this amazing class, I was confident enough to hand-paint a delicious fondant-covered lemon sponge cake and eat it too. Now a waste at all this time as my two sweet tooth children and hubby ate my masterpiece before I even had time to take a photo of it 😉
Next time my kids will spend their week-end at their granny’s, I would love the challenging task of making a Designer Bag Cake and hosting a dinner party to show it off:
Would you rather keep things simple? Try one of Ally’s recipes