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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Chocolate in Vancouver: 4th and Final Nibble

So….you heard all about the airbrush class.  Watch for new items this fall incorporating these techniques.  There were some other great things about this trip that I thought you might enjoy.

The scenery…….


The Pacific Northwest is, hands-down one of the the most beautiful places I have ever visited.  None of the pictures I took do it justice:  snow-capped mountains on one side, water on the other, gorgeous wooded areas and beautiful bridges at every turn. 

I would have taken many more photos except that I was driving and there were seldom places to pull over for a photo shoot.

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The ferry system was extensive and quite impressive.  It is like taking a taxi in New York or Chicago, but much more scenic.

One of the other highlights of my trip was the opportunity to reconnect with a former Pettisville girl.


Renee is the owner of Renee’s Contemporary Clothing in Everett, WA.  She provides a unique and wonderful shopping experience.  I enjoyed catching up with her and experienced her ability to choose tasteful, comfortable clothing that fit my lifestyle.


The shop is adorable…


and so are the clothes.  I have a new favorite pair of jeans!  If you are ever in Everett or just online, try Renee’s personal shopping ability.  Let her help you choose an outfit for a special occasion.

Renee generously shared from her business experience as we talked about the opportunities and challenges of small business operations.  Thanks Renee!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chocolate in Vancouver: 3rd Nibble

Is your mouth watering after two nibbles???  I know mine was during the time I spent at Cocoa West.  I like to call it market research.  It’s my job to develop a broad range of tastes and be aware of what other fabulous chocolates are out there in the market, right?  All class participants enjoyed Carlos’ great coffee and samples of Joanne’s delectable chocolates.

So……………for the techniques and experimentation…


Here Carlos demonstrates an airbrush technique using masking to create varied designs and effects.


Kelly, working with Carlos and Joanne since she was 14, demonstrated a variety of painting techniques both with and without the airbrush.


We spent the first half of the class experimenting on plexiglass and plastic wrap to allow for exploration without ruining finished chocolate pieces in the process.  Practice makes almost perfect…..whatever that is.  Still more……