The Miranda sings award and how to make a carnation out of fondant

Sally Cronin of the delightful Smorgasbord blog tagged me for this award that is rather self-indulgent in that it requests the recipient to state seven things that you love about yourself. You can read Sally’s post here:

Here are the rules of the award...

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)

Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

Seven things I love about myself

  1. I love the fact that I am a multi-coloured chartered accountant and that I can do a good job as a number cruncher but still enjoy my artistic endeavours;
  2. I love the fact that I have a wicked sense of humour and a generally happy disposition; it really helps when you are a small, blonde and young looking woman in a male dominated world;
  3. I love the fact that my two boys are growing up to be fairly responsible and decent human beings, I feel that I have done a good job on the parenting front to date;
  4. I am thrilled that I have managed to write, illustrate, edit and publish five books in the last fourteen months;
  5. I love the fact that I have branched out and made so many new friends in the blogoshere and among the writing community in South Africa;
  6. I am really glad that I have remained close to my three sisters and their children. I enjoy the fact that my nephews and nieces like coming to visit me and my family; and
  7. I love the fact that I am good at fondant art and find it such a relaxing way to pass time.

With that last point in mind, here are some step by step instructions on how to make carnation flowers out of fondant.

How to make a fondant carnation

Step 1

Cut out three medium size carnation shapes with a carnation fondant cutter. Use a toothpick to frill and flute the edges of the petals.


Step 2

Roll an oval bud for the carnation and attach it from the centre to one edge using sugar glue. fold the carnation cut out in half and squash it down gently around the bud. Fold the carnation over into a quarter and attach it with a bit of sugar glue. Then fold it over again to form the centre of the carnation.

Step 3

Fashion a cup shape from tin foil and lay one carnation shape in the cup. Dab a bit of sugar glue in the centre. Dab a bit of sugar glue around the bud and gather the third carnation shape around it. Lower the carnation onto the carnation shape in the tinfoil cup. bend the tin foil securely around the flower. Leave to dry overnight.

I am nominating five people for this award as follows:

Kamal from

Kim from

Marcia from The Write Stuff

Yassy from

Maria from

Please only join in if you want to and have the time.


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

57 thoughts on “The Miranda sings award and how to make a carnation out of fondant

  1. Congrats, Robbie – much deserved – and so much fun to read your answers. But I have NO idea how/where you find the time for the “to-dos” that come with these awards without drowning in the blogging waters. My hat’s off to you — I’m usually going down for the third time just keeping up with what’s usually on my plate – lol.

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    1. Thanks Madelyn. I don’t participate in a lot of awards but this one was quite a lot of fun. Your posts are very complex and involve a lot of research which is also different from mine. Poetry generally just pops into my head and I catch the thought and write it down.


  2. I loved reading all of those things about yourself too Robbie.. and wow on Number 4… What a brilliant achievement is that in fourteen months..
    And loved that tutorial of making that carnation.. 😀
    Wishing you a Wonderful Week.. 🙂
    Love and Hugs Sue xx

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      1. I am trying inbetween many other juggling acts to put down a collection of poems to form into a book.. Never having done anything like it before, my other WP friends have said they are on hand for advice.. Just getting them in some sort of order for now.. And other things, like WP are distracting me.. As I self sabotage myself in thinking its not really important, as I am only doing it for myself and perhaps to leave a little something behind for when our Granddaughter grows.. So she may one day read, and ponder upon the words..
        Which is why I admire what you do and how you ‘jugglie’ things… My knitting has taken over as I have stepped back a little now from the heavy work of the garden.. As I had a problem with my back a few weeks ago through doing too much..
        So it is wonderful that you have achieved so many books in such a short space of time and still work and run your family.. I know how that was when my two were young and I worked full time.. So my hat is off to you Robbie..

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