Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cinderella....inspiration as old as the Fairy Tale

When I think of what inspires me to create a smocking design, I have to say the ideas come from everywhere.   

Before I started designing smocking designs, I actually had time to make special birthday cakes for my daugher Aimee.  While looking through a special recipe box recently, I came across a photo of Aimee's fourth birthday cake.....Cinderella!

The "carriage" is made using a sugar mold intended to make those wonderful Easter panorama sugar eggs.  It is nestled in a bed of pastel roses.  The "wheels" of the carriage are actually the top rims of  small Dixie Cups.  

I only wish I had saved the Cinderella topper.  Aimee wanted to play with it and we all know how that turns out.  It was a beautiful plastic figurine made by Wilton but was a copy of a porcelain Cinderella figurine by Lladro. 

Sadly, I have to say, I don't think we will see this quality in a simple little cake topper. 

Wilton still has the sugar molds. 

So....would you consider this to be "Vintage" as it was thirty years ago?  Like so many wonderful is vintage, but in the most special way!

This little cake was such a special memory and
that's what it was meant to be.

 Happy Smocking!


Kellie said...

What a treasured memory!

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Emily said...

How beautiful! What a treat; thank you for sharing it with us. A friend gave me a few Creative Needle magazines from the early '90s, and I found your Antique Teddy Bear smocking plate in it. I love it and can't wait to use it!

Karen Platner said...

Beautiful and impressive. You are a true artist. I too laugh at the "vintage" craze and still think of vintage as early 20th century....not when I was having my own children 28 years ago!

Jan said...

What a beautiful cake and sweet memories!

Goosegirl said...

Oh Gwen, I love the cake. It is just gorgeous! You are such an amazing, gifted woman. Thank you for posting this!! Aimee was one very blessed girl!

Rettabug said...

Hi Gwen!

I wanted to let you know that I posted the recipe for my Chicken/Artichoke Rice salad.

I also just put up a Greek Spinach & Olive pasta salad that is especially tasty if you love garlic. Both are very easy!

Wait till you see the red-white & blue pettiskirt I have been sewing for DAYS for my sweet Caroline! OMGosh, those things are worth every penny that people charge for them.
She fell in love with the one in the Chasing Fireflies catalog & I foolishly said "I can make that!" LOL

Only for a granddaughter!!
Have a safe & happy 4th of July holiday!

Rettabug said...

Ooops...forgot to say I don't have ANY tips on growing peonies. :/ These are old, old roots that came from my childhood home, to my parents second home & then to my sister's homes, then to mine 5 years ago. They get morning sun & are in the shade in the afternoon.
Never fertilized them. I always cut off all the blooms, just because I want to enjoy that wonderful smell! Maybe that helps to dead head them??? Sorry I can't be of more help.

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Bunny said...

Gwen, its gorgeous!