Friday, July 20, 2007

Let Them Eat Cake!

I'm so excited, My Bloggety Pals! I've been making some fabric altered art books, but this is my very first one to sell on etsy and I am so pleased with how it turned out and can't wait to show all of you!

This one is called "Let Them Eat Cake" and it is a sweet little book for someone to keep things in. I think it would be fun to put recipes in...specifically cake recipes. But it would also be a great spot to keep ephemera and findings for altered art if you're THAT kind of gal! There is a grand total of 15 pockets in this little sweetie.

I also had fun making some altered art recipe cards that fit perfectly into the pockets and are ready to have your family recipes (or some "sweet" notes for loved ones!) written on them. I cut out a couple of the very best recipes from the vintage cake recipe book I blogged about the other day and put them on a couple of the cards, as well. I used a few of the fun photos, as well as some words from the same recipe book to embellish the recipe cards. Some of them are even a bit silly! I also used some rhinestones, paper elements, some old-stock TEENY TINY little ceramic roses and other little doo-dads to decorate the cards.


As for the book itself, it is entirely fabric and trims. No paper! The "cover" is made of my VERY FAVORITE Rachel Ashwell fabric that I just do NOT get sick of! I love it. The cake on the front cover is hand-embroidered to a little circle of linen which is then hand-embroidered to the cover. The cake was one I found on a vintage birthday card that was then printed on fabric. I love it! The "pages" are made of premium muslin and a lovely rose-print barkcloth. I used vintage lace, crocheted trim, tatting and doilies for the pockets. And don't miss this sweet little poem/images also from a vintage book that picture a darling little girl pretending to bake a cake for her teddy! These are appliqued to the pages but the top is open, making them pockets, as well.







Another fun detail is that the inside covers have pockets that are just perfectly-sized for ATC cards if you happen to be a fan like I am!


Well that's it! If you want to purchase this little book, you can find it here. I have lots more little themed fabric books in the works, too, so if you like these, stay tuned for more in the near future...
Oh and if you like the cake cover in my photos (pink with the INCREDIBLE roses!) go see my good friend, Pat, who sells these in her amazing eBay store, summersdarling. I am totally and completely enamoured with the cake cover I bought from her!

And thank you, Sweet Friends, for all the comments of late! You make my days sweeter...


Love,
Cheryl

12 comments:

Karin (creativechaos) said...

LOVE it! I adore the fabric and all the trimmings...... I see that it flew off the shelf in your shop!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Gorgeous!!!! I am so happy for you that it sold so quickly... it is just beautiful and original. I think these will do so well for you.

Heather

Cheryl said...

Oh thank you Karin and Heather! I was just THRILLED that it sold so quickly and I am so excited to work on some more!
hugs, cheryl

eva said...

Hi!
Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
I like your creamy - rosy blog. Really like a cake should be - tasty for mouth and eyes too! :)

Ele at A Bit of Pink Heaven said...

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I like your creations. It is everything I LOVE; fabric, vintage pictures, embroidery, etc. I am adding you to my favs. I don't want to miss a thing!

Jennifer said...

Oh no! Im late! You already sold it! WOW!!!! Make another! I want one! :) JUST PRECIOUS! LOVEEEE the R.A. fabric, and the doilies and sweet vintage images. You did a fantastic job on this!!!
XOXO,
Jenn

heidi said...

very sweet - great idea! xo

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

Oh girlie Your work is absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheryl said...

Thanks SOOOO much, everyone! These little books are my FAVORITE thing to make and what I am most passionate about doing. So to know that other like them, too, is just making me SOOO happy and excited about doing more. :) Thanks so very much for the encouragement and sweet words! Hugs to all of you....

Cathy said...

I adore this little fabric book! But, it's already sold. I will keep checking back for more of your fabric lovelies on Etsy!

She'sSewPretty said...

That book is absolutely adorable! I love the embroidery.

Charmingdesigns said...

Your book is wonderful! love your blog!! Laurie