Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cheers to the Experts

I've been known to dabble in baking and flower arranging, like this white lilac and parrot tulip arrangement I sent to a friend for her new job but...I had a few cool chances recently to see the work of real professionals.
I was so excited to visit the kitchen and showroom of Ron Ben-Israel: the premier cake designer.  Ron was away at the time, but we got a wonderful tour from Rebecca Taylor, whose official title is "operations, etc."  I love that since it describes my job as well!
This cake for Swarovski is covered in real crystals: even the flowers are wearing them.
And what an adorable workspace
I could've spent all day here in this sunny room buzzing with creativity
amongst the rows and rows of sugar flowers
including Ron's signature red roses, amazing.
Next up, the Macy's Flower Show.
One of the windows had a Paris theme.
And we were wondering how these ranunculus withstood the sun for weeks.  Maybe they were replaced every so often?  I bought a plant last week and it already seems to be drooping.  That's why I like cut flowers, my thumb is so far from green it isn't even funny.
The store was really decked out
and everyone was buzzing around excitedly like little honeybees.
There were even flower poodles!
Wish it could be like this all the time.


San Jose Love said...

ooh Ron Ben-Israel has an adorable pink Chanel purse cake and those sugar flowers are so real! I got to see the flower show at the Macy's in SF and its crazy. It's like little elves went in overnight and decorated all the nooks and crannies. Loved it!

Suzanne said...

Your arrangement is beautiful! I love it. Perfect for a day like today. Since we FINALLY got a sunny day! :)

aiz kim said...

those red roses are just insane! These are sooo beautiful!!!

Craftiness NOW said...

awww, that's so cute, San Jose Love, it really was like little flower-arranging-elves got their run of the place, ha.

thank you Suzanne! i'm THRILLED with the weather today, took a long lunchtime walk.

hi aiz kim, yes the red roses area Ron Ben-Israel trademark, love them!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I'm completely overwhelmed by all the flowers -- they're gorgeous. Lilacs are my favorites in the world. I can't wait to get back to NYC and take a cake decorating class. Your post has totally inspired me.

Helen said...

Woooow!! Your posts are always so beautiful! I love the swarovski cake.. but how do you eat it? ;)

Craftiness NOW said...

thanks, Brandi, i would totally take a cake decorating class with you! i used to take the Wilton courses in craft stores :-) and lilacs are one of my personal faves too, my grandmother had them when i was growing up and the smell always brings me back there.

thank you, Helen, but right, too bad those pretty gems aren't edible ;-)

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