About Sweetopia

Hi, I’m Marian, and if you haven’t already guessed, I have a thing for sweets. Especially the decorated cookie kind.

Welcome to the place where I like to share all things related to my sugar art passion, including how-to’s and recipes.

Besides my funny husband and spending time in nature, blogging here on Sweetopia makes me happy.  My website has become a labour of love; creating the confections, showing how I make them, and communicating with you, are all parts of a passion which is sweet in so many more ways than one.  I hope you enjoy your visit here!

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Navigating Sweetopia:

New here?  There’s a tutorial index, a page dedicated to baking terms etc., an FAQ section, an RSS feed and a place to sign up to have new posts sent right to your inbox (top right).

Mainly interested in decorating cookies?  The Cookie Decorating Tutorial or Top 10 Tips post may be just for you.  Would you like more detail?  Check out the KopyKake Projector Tutorial or How to Marble Royal Icing post.  I’ve also shared my favorite sugar cookie recipe here.

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A little more about me…

My fascination with making sweets began nine years ago, when an illness prevented me from engaging in physical fitness; what I had previously spent much of my free time doing. I needed to keep busy, and as gingerbread houses had always charmed me, I decided to try my hand at one. The first house I made wasn’t the prettiest, but I was hooked! The more I made them, the more I found there was to learn. Thank goodness the illness only lasted about six months, and I’m grateful for it now, because it led me to find one of my favourite hobbies.

Eventually, I began delving into decorated cookies, cupcakes and am now starting to learn about making cakes. It’s a hobby in which the learning and possibilities are endless; I have so many projects that I’d like to try, I know I’ll be busy for many years to come.

People often ask how I make my cookies, cupcakes etc., so I decided to create a fun place here to share all my information. By no means am I an expert! There are so many people with much more talent and skill than myself, but I can share what I know, even if it’s a yummy recipe or which tools I use to make my sugar crafts.

I teach Culinary Arts full time at a local Secondary school and have an Honours B.A. in Modern Languages & Linguistics and a Bachelor of Education.

I try to keep healthy and active, although I do have a major weakness for chocolate and sweet things. I love taking walks, jogging, yoga, swimming, and just generally being outdoors. I’m not very competitive, so I tend to shy away from organized sports, but play the occasional squash game with my husband. Living out of the city means giving up many conveniences, but for me, the pluses outweigh the drawbacks. Health and wellness are definitely a priority for me, so I’ll be including those topics in my blog.

I’m a bit of a shopoholic for clothing, shoes, accessories… fashion items basically. Shopping for clothes is my next major weakness besides chocolate. I do love bargains though; once in a while I stumble across great deals and/or stunning designs, and I’ll be more than happy to share them with you.

Cute and beautiful things also float my boat. =) I love Sanrio, home made crafts, jewellery, cards, scrapbooking paper, stamps, illustrations, graphic art… and the list goes on and on. Pinterest has become the perfect place to bookmark all my favorite things; if you’d like to find me there, click on the button below.
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Snuggling in bed with a good book is also one of my favorite pastimes. Getting lost in a novel, or being inspired by philosophers is one way for me to relieve stress. There really are too many good books to mention… but a few I will anyways are: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, the Harry Potter series was a fun read… and that list goes on and on too.

I’m excited to have a place to journal about my loves, and am happy to share with you. I love to read feedback and comments, so drop me a line any time. I may not add to my blog every day, as I try to keep my life balanced, but I do love to hear from you and will respond as soon as I can!

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