Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Sweetest Things

Hello there, Sweets!

Hope you are having a great day. I sure am...I heard from my customer and new friend, Rosanna, that the book I made for her daughter arrived safely and that she loves it! Yay! So now I get to show YOU, too!

I had heard OF Rosanna before this job but had never worked with her myself. I saw her INCREDIBLE kitchen, full of so many art pieces by so many artists that I admire, on Jenny Heid's blog back before I even started blogging. Rosanna is a collector, as well as a patroness to the arts, and has made a name for herself both here in the U.S., as well as in her home, Italy. So when I heard she was interested in my making a fabric heirloom book for her, I was THRILLED, to say the least!

What a treat it has been working with Rosanna! She and I have very similar tastes so it was so easy for us to work together in making this book exactly the way she wanted it. She picked out most of the fabric and gave me some very loose guidelines (cupcakes, yummy, pink, aqua, ballet) and from there, I got to run with it. So much fun.

This book is my second in the new style that I am now addicted to: using both fabric AND paper pages in one book. It makes for a really practical book...Rosanna can put photos on the paper pages, tuck sweet things into the fabric pockets and when Rosanna's daughter opens it, she may do some journaling of her own.

So here it is!
"The Sweetest Things"

The first page is one of my favorite pages. I used an incredible drawing by my talented artist friend, Donna Gotlib, to make this embroidery pattern. I love how everything "pops" when it is 3-D and I tried to make as many elements as possible have as much dimension as I could. The bullion knot curls were incredibly tedious but so worth it! This is one of the drawings that Donna and I are basing one of the embroidery patterns we'll be creating and selling on. It's called "Dreaming on a Cupcake." Here is her giclee print of this drawing....so cute! You really MUST check out all Donna's drawings in her shoppe HERE, as well as her charming blog HERE. You will love her, too!
The next spread is a "cupcake princess" theme...probably the most eclectic of the pages. "Princess" is spelled out in rhinestones, there are child-size full-length gloves in the pocket and the "My Little Cupcake" fabric was one of Rosanna's favorite prints.
The sweet and very pretty little birthday girl herself!
This page is in the yummy cupcake print that I can't get enough of. The tiny organza bag of crocheted cupcakes is sewn on, though I can't claim to have crocheted the little sweeties! I bought them on etsy from pukashell. Aren't they delicious? The cupcake charm is vintage.

First paper page with room for photos.

Yummy cupcake picks from Sugar Sugar.
Another fun page with library pockets (from Sugar Sugar) filled with blank tags for writing memories, gifts she recieved or even fixing photos to.
This is a super-sweet page, don't you think?? :)

Appliqued cupcakes on a long pocket.
Another yummy page! The little three-dimensional cake is actually a hair clip I clipped to the pocket. I bought the hair clip from a charming etsy seller, goldilocksbarrettes. .

Rosanna's daughter loves Aurora... Another paper spread for journaling and fixing photos... Another paper page with a sweet saying and two vintage paper doll dresses.A whimsical "Doll" page. The two tags (from fleamarketstudio on etsy) are sewn to the page. I'm a little bit addicted to her tags. The page is in a sweet nostalgic paper-doll print that I am selling on my website.

The dear little graphics on this spread are from my good friend, Pat, who is summersdarling on eBay and they were originally a charming little children's book.
Another fabric page with a pocket. I machine-stitched an actual paper doll dress to the fabric pocket...my first time trying this. I really like the effect.
Starting with this page, the next section is ballet-themed since Rosanna's daughter is an accomplished little ballet dancer. A paper spread..."happy" flashcard from onehundredwishes, ballerina from a vintage birthday card I cut up and a vintage crown broach.
This spread is my very favorite. Hence all the photos of it! ;) and when I found this vintage embroidery pattern in my stash, I knew it was perfect. The skirt in lace was one of Rosanna's suggestions before she knew/saw this page. The 3-D effect is so much fun and this page was my daughter's favorite.

The last "spread" features a yummy floral print I am in love with (and I have it for sale on my website), a vintage embroidery pattern that I accomplished in matching colors and a charming doll dress that I sewed right to the page.

And this is the last page. The lace is a pocket and there is a tiny snap hidden under the ribbon and rhinestones.
And that's it!

My seven-year-old daughter and my four-year-old daughter have started asking me for a fabric book of their own, which I thought was a good sign that Rosanna's daughter will enjoy it. :) I plan to take some time off after the holidays and actually work on some books for my own girlies.

Hope you have a lovely day!



Cathy said...


That is the most amazing thing I've every seen.

Add me to the list with your two daughters who NEED to have one of these for my very own.

I absolutely adore this fabric book. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

I think I NEED one!

xo Cath

Stephanie said...

I read your blog often and this post was over the top with awesomness......
Another word for awesome.
To describe something spectacular.
That book is a treasure!

vivian said...

hi! popped over from flickr to get a closer look at your book! OMG! It is absolutely a wonderful piece of artistry! how lucky rosanna and her daughter are. every page is amazing. I cant even say I have a favorite.. they are all so sweet. I love those little cupcakes.. and the ballerina and the doll dress and.. adn.. and...
wow.. just incredible!

Scrappy Jessi said...

girl this is amazing!!
just lovely!!c
a keepsake!!
see ya soon

Andrea Singarella said...

Cheryl! This is amazing. I cannot get over all of the details you incorporated! It's absolutely beautiful!!! Rosanna must be over the moon!

Rosanna said...

Dearest Cheryl,
this is my very first comment on a blog!!!
.....I TRULY HAVE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOU HOW I INCREDIBLY LOVE YOUR BOOK, IT IS A REAL WORK OF ART, TALENT, FULL OF INSPIRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is so perfectly made, I can tell how much skills and love you put in it.
I am so pleased, flattered, thrilled, delighted, tickled, grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I adore every lovely detail of it and I really appreciate all the charming little things you added in it!!!!!!
Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for creating such a wonderful piece of art for my Nicole, we are going to treasure it forever.
You truly are a wonderful person, an incredible talented artist, that has great skills and ability and I am also so impressed on how modest about your work you are.
It has been such an incredible pleasure working with you and meeting you.
You really deserve all the best attentions to your stunning creations.
Love you!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

CHERYL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you hear me SCREAMING with EXCITEMENT all the way across the country???? This is the MOST fabulous thing I have EVER seen!!!! You are amazing!!!!!! I must have a book like this!! Oh my gosh, how much are they??? Now i want that cupcake fabric even MORE. You are beyond talented! WOW!!!! She is going to just LOVE this!!! I love all the little details, that is the best part!!

I am so excited about my cupcakes, I probably wont even sleep tonight, lol! Thank you so much again Cheryl. I really appreciate it!!

You Rock!
Love ya,

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Oh Cheryl, this book takes the cake. You are such a wonderful artist! I just want to cheer you on...you go girl!

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

Hi Cheryl!
This is sooooooo fabulous! Wow!!! Yor work always amazes me... just beautiful! :)

Holly said...

Cheryl, I have tears in my eyes as I say this, I am so proud of you!

~ Hearts ~

Sugar Bear said...

Oh Cheryl! It is so stunning. Your books are such magnificent works of art. Now that I know I'm having a girl I'll definitely have to get one!

CupcakeSugar said...

*pink aqua cupcake doll pretty beauties* fabric + paper!= genious! ~BELLA!~

netanella said...

the true is that i am addicted to your craft and art!!!!!
as for the album.....That is the most amazing thing I've every seen!!!!!
here in Israel we are a group of girls that just fall in love with you....(all married do not worry!!!)
keep us drulling.......

twinkleshabbystar said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! You know this has to be HANDS DOWN my favorite fabric book! You have blown us all away with your amazingly talented detailed work. Im happily envious and I cant wait to put my order in for one! ;)

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my gosh Cheryl! Everyone's said it already but I will echo what they said anyway. That book is absolutely fabulous. I love it, love it, love it!!

Rachael Ensom said...

Chweyl, I can't get over how amazing that book is! You did such a great job! The details are incredible. So proud of you

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Cheryl~ and this is how heirlooms are created. This book is so precious. The time and devotion by which it was created will be cherished by your friend forever.
*Sweet Wishes*!

Kimla said...

A confectioner's masterpiece! Cheryl, it is so pink and girly and sweet. I know that Rosanna and her daughter had as much fun as Amelie and I did when we received our book. You did an amazing job. I love the ballerina and all the embroidery that you did. It's all in the details. Sending a big hug your way!! kimla

Victorian Lady said...

That is the MOST beautiful thing I have seen in a LONG time! How absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had the time to make something so beautiful for my girls!

Great job!


Dizzy Little Kingdom said...

First,the fabric book is such a work of art. Second, the cupcake princess and ballerina embroidery pieces are just the sweetest things I've ever seen. What a lovely, lovely creation.