Wednesday, November 30, 2011

~ Baking Love ~


It's the wonder and beauty of the season that inspires me. Blogging is like peering into little windows of creativity and life all around us. It's so incredible to me still after all these years of blogging , that when time permits I can sit down and enter into so many worlds and through pictures and words be transported right there. The picture above is something I found and it just relaxes me and takes me worlds away , it begins those thoughts of dreaming ....feeling the wonder like a child does... my inner child... and it'll be my inspiration for my own Christmas decorating this season. With this season also comes baking of the real kind and of course the miniatures continue always...I wanted to share some "baking love" with you today. You can just imagine inside that photo there's someone baking a wonderful cake or pie of some kind. I was inspired by the bakeries that I love to put together some photos that might bring you inspiration too...


I adore Magnolia Bakery in NYC, and this photo is why I love it. It brings me back to a simpler time, and when you can get in there without a crowd you feel as if you stopped into your grandmothers shop around the corner. Sweet lace adorns the windows and the cupcakes are as sweet as pure sugar... The scent of baking fills the air.... I wish computers gave off scents, you'd be in heaven. You just have to step in to get overwhelmed with the warmth of it all...

When I'm creating and baking my miniatures I bring myself into these places in my mind where I can pull up all the memories and feelings that made me happy and hopefully that comes through to you too...

I've just ordered cards that say: "Baked with Love by Cynthia's Cottage"... and to me, that says exactly how I feel each and every day when I'm creating..

{a miniature vintage styled bakery table I made}

Back in the Day Bakery is another favorite of mine, it's located in Savannah Ga. It has all the elements of an old fashioned bakery and the heart and soul of it comes from the owners caring about every detail and making you as deliciously happy and surrounded by charming sights as possible.
I do believe cupcakes really can make you happy....

And that Bakeries are places that we can visit and walk away with little slices of things that make us smile...

Isn't Back in the Day Bakery so sweet in every way!? The images alone create inspiration of a huge magnitude if you're a lover of vintage style like me!

I took some of that inspiration a few weeks back and created a vintage styled pastel shabby chic bakery table in miniature....




Just a little bit of a "window" into my baking world...which comes from the real world of bakeries and places I love...

Pictures and places that have a vintage , charming , and nostalgic feel to them is what makes me smile the most...
Living in NY gives me wonderful access to incredible and nostalgic bakeries, but they are everywhere and some are right around your corner. Visit them this season and have a cup of coffee , sit and relax and breathe in the scents and sounds of the holidays...watch the bustling shoppers pass by as you sit in a little cafe table by the window, all the while indulging in a little sweetness too...

Sweet Melissa's Bakery and Patisserie holds a very special place in my heart. It's located in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and walking in for a sweet and a coffee before a long day ahead makes you feel like "Charm" should have been the name, but "sweet" is just as becoming for this favorite place of mine...


Well I hope I've given you a little bit of "baking love" to think about and enjoy! It was calorie free :) Sorry if I made you want to run out to your nearest and dearest bakery, BUT I think after you come back, you'll be happy and thank me :) If not, here are some virtual vintage inspired cupcakes for you to enjoy....

May the season ahead bless you with an abundance of love! and .....sweetness , of course :)

Next post: Christmas decorating in my home and in my miniature Summer Rose too!

Hugs and love,

Cynthia xo

Photo source for Christmas window: Dickensian Christmas shop window in Grassington from: http://www.hello-yorkshire.co.uk/blog/tag/christmas-fair
Bakery photos via: Pinterest
Photos of miniatures by me :)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful! Definitely brightened up my day and my lunch hour! xoxo Jacqui G

minimizar said...

Hola Cynthia soy Carmen (facebook) me alegra verte también por el blog. Las imágenes que has dejado son muy bonitas y las tuyas encantadoras . Espero verte pronto por aquí .Abrazos

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We love a wonderful bakery, too! You've created some precious yummies for Christmas! ♥

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Yummmm...I can almost smell the scents of fresh baked goodies! You do exquisite work, Cynthia!~Hugs, Patti

Anonymous said...

Cynthia, How I love visiting your site! You are such an inspiration and so very creative. I found your blog while searching about the Orchid dollhouse I bought to put together I don't have a blog but wanted to share with you how much I enjoy looking at all your projects. Cant wait to see your summer rose all decked out for Christmas. thank you :)Veronica

Star said...

A lovely glimpse into your cupcake world Cynthia. I love all things vintage too. Your miniatures don't look miniature in the pictures!
I wish all bakeries were traditional, like they used to be. They have so much more charisma.
Bless you.

Elyse said...

hi cynthia,

if you ever give a 'cupcakes of new york' bus tour, sign me up! :)

lovely post, sweetie

xo
elyse

NanaDiana said...

Cynthia- You do such a wonderful job of recreating what you see...it is so real I have a hard time telling that it is miniature sometimes. WOW! You are GOOD, girl.

I hope that later this winter I will be able to start working on rehabbing the house that my brother in law built about 30 years ago for my daughters. It is a wonderful replica of his grandmother's house. xo Diana

The Tablescaper said...

Your vignettes are beautiful. the shots of the bakeries make me want to get up and go there. They are fabulous! Thanks for bringing us there.

- The Tablescaper

miniacollection said...

Beautiful photos you shared and full of inspiration.
I lile your new minis.
Geneviève

The Homestead Maiden said...

Dear Cynthia,

I enjoy looking at your blog all the time, every day I look to see if there is another post. You do such a beautiful job on your miniatures.

God bless you
love Elli

La casa de Elisa said...

son preciosas tus minis y esas pastelerias no me estraña que te gusten son diferentes a las de aqui que ahora se llenan de dulces de navidad ¡¡ que buenos ¡¡
besos Elena

blessedmom's simple home said...

Your miniatures are just beautiful Cynthia, but for some reason I'm craving a pretty cupcake right now ;)
Blessings,
Marcia

Sandra from Sydney said...

Cynthia, I love the Christmas photo at the top of your post - just my ideal of a Christmas vignette!

And your nostalgia for bakeries of days gone by is shared by many I'm sure, including me. Your settings are exquisite, with their cakes and goodies so real-looking that it is hard to believe they are miniature. They make my mouth water, and one day I hope to have one from your etsy store for my very own. You are so clever and creative, the only problem would be choosing!
Sandie