May 05, 2016

The girl who likes to bake

I grew up with cakes that were bought in a bakery or a supermarket. Given the fact that neither my mother nor my grandmothers ever baked, it’s pretty amazing that I became such an avid baker. This is a good thing because the cakes and pastries we get to buy here in Albania are usually super sweet and not really after our taste. I still have some baking recipes I cut out of German women’s magazines several years ago but most of the recipes I use, come from American or German food blogs or other food related websites. My favorites to bake and eat are all kinds of apple cakes, cheesecakes, muffins, brownies and cookies. Our local friends enjoy these kind of desserts as well and some suggested that I open up a pastry shop. I’m pretty sure that this would take the fun out of it for me but a new friend of mine stepped in. Please meet the passionate pastry chef Miss Abby Sugarbaker.

Found Object Sculpture: Pastry Chef Abby Sugarbaker by Vintage with Laces

Found Object Sculpture: Pastry Chef Abby Sugarbaker by Vintage with Laces

  Abby’s head is a glazed speckled egg I found among my Easter decorations. All other body parts are flea market finds I had for years. I don’t know why I bought the tiny beater at that time but it sure came in handy and Abby wouldn't want to miss it.

Found Object Sculpture: Pastry Chef Abby Sugarbaker by Vintage with Laces

It was fun for me to sew a baker's hat and an apron for her.

Found Object Sculpture: Pastry Chef Abby Sugarbaker by Vintage with Laces

These are some of today's sweet treets. I constructed the easel chalkboard out of craft sticks and a piece of heavy cardboard.

Do you like to bake? What is your favorite kind of cake, pie or cookie?

Abby will offer her sweet treats at these great parties:
Vintage Charm at Thrifty Rebel Vintage
A Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market
Sweet Inspiration Link Party at The Boondocks Blog
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Talk of the Town at My Salvaged Treasures
A New Life at Rostrose


Reserl said...

Toll und bezaubernd schaut das aus liebe Julia, sehr originell.
Hab einen schönen Tag
herzlichst Tatjana

lorraines resources and rewards said...

she is so cute thanks for sharing pinned and shared have a great week

Dorthe said...

Oh dear Julia, she is wonderful!!
Her hat and apron so professionally sewn and her glittery smile and eyes are showing how much she enjoy her new job.
She is full of vigor and prepared with baking essences, for a wonderful result, of apple cakes .
You gave her a fantastic body ,too LOL. I love Miss Abby ,your chef !! And I totally agree with you, that you might loose interest of baking ,if opening up a pastry shop ,better let Abby do the job!!!
I hope you are doing great, dear friend, and wish you a lovely weekend. At last we have a little warmer days, and sun shining !!
Hugs, and loving thoughts, from Dorthe

amy of studio four corners said...

Miss Abby is so wonderful - and the fact that you sewed the apron and the chef hat - you are dedicated! Your people creations are the best. Hoping you have a great weekend -with time to bake!

rush said...

In our house, my wife is "sweet" and I am "savory". In other words, I make dinners, and she makes desserts! We are a good pair! Her schedule as a community college instructor is hectic at times, so we have to resort to store-bought goodies or ice cream. In fact, the semester is slowing down, so it looks like she will be making cookies this weekend!

Your little Abby is cute. I understand about if you would make goodies for a living, it would take the fun out of it. Keep it fun!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

I love Miss Abby and her sweet little apron with the recipe book tucked inside. You are so creative! I love to bake desserts too... my faves are carrot cake and oatmeal raisin cookies. I have to eat totally gluten free, but I can make some pretty darned scrumptious GF desserts and my hubby likes them more than the "normal" ones. I love cheesecake too, but have never made one at home! I'd better get started.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Julia,
Love Miss Abby Sugarbaker. Adorable. I am a baker too and love it.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh my goodness, Miss Abbey is so darn cute and charming. I love her sweet face and "ready to whip something up" arms!!

Mellowood Gallery said...

Your little baker friend is just super! I don't bake any more than I have to but a little 'artist' friend would be perfect for my studio - too bad I am not as adept as you at such creations or I would try to make one myself. Well done, Julia!

Christina Paul said...

She is just adorable! Pinning!

Anonymous said...

Miss Abbey is a sweet confection:)
She has a smile as sweet as apple pie and look at her style a pristine apron and hat and I adore her little book tucked into the apron pocket.
What a delight to meet her today!!!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

She is really cute, so clever. I love baking, and creating new recipes. Come try my apple recipes!

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Wow! I absolutely adore Miss Abby! She's quite fabulous in her apron and hat. I'm a baker of mostly muffins and cookies, but love all kinds of baked goods. Love everything Miss Abby Sugarbaker has on her chalkboard that's for sure.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Julia ~ Miss Abby is AMAZING! I love every creative detail and kitchen gizmo you have incorporated into this awesome girl! You are so so clever! Thanks for sharing her with us! <3 said...

Miss Abby is amazing! I love all the details on her! Du bist wahnsinnig kreativ Julia! Super! Love her and it's a unique idea! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #5! Have a lovely weekend!

Sam - Raggedy Bits said...

Amazing!! What a lovely and unique re purpose!! Just gorgeous!!

Rostrose said...

Oh Mei, liebstige Julia,
deine Miss Abby Sugarbaker ist mal wieder eine großartige Type (Typin)!!! :o)))))
Abby muss übrigens wirklich eine Bäckerin mit Leib und Seele sein, ich glaube, sie wäscht sich sogar mit Schokoladecreme den Hals! All die Details, die du wieder verwendet hast - diese kleinen Förmchen und anderen Flohmarktfunde und die selbstgenähten Kleidungsstücke - sind entzückend - und du sehr weise-vorausschauend, was den Mini-Schneebesen betrifft.
Welcher der Jungs ist nun in sie verliebt? Ich hoffe jedenfalls, dass eines Tages gleich viele Jungs wie Mädels vorhanden sind und somit jeder Topf seinen Deckel findet (oder jede Kuchenform ihren Kuchen... oder was auch immer ;o)) Tja, da sieht man's mal wieder, Frau Rostrose hat ein ziemlich ausgeprägtes Harmoniebedürfnis...
Ganz herzliche rostrosige Grüße samt Miezenkraulern und Winkern an die selbstkreierte Bande von schrägen & tollen Typen
von der Traude

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

Wow Miss Abby is fabulous, love her and all the detail you put into her. Sure she is a wonderful cook - the blackboard is cute too.
I do love to bake but now like you, I prefer more savoury to sweet things and my taste has changed.
Happy week

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH I love it, are so very talented!

My thrift store addiction said...

Julia! Each junk-tastic sculpture is more delightful than the last. She is delightful!

handmade by amalia said...

Oh Julia, she is such a darling! I think that cheesecake is my favorite thing to bake.

white and vintage said...

Liebe Julia,
deine Miss Abby ist ja sowas von hübsch!! Besonders hübsch finde ich ihr weißes Schürzchen!
Ganz liebe Grüße und noch eine schöne Woche,

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Hey Julia! I'm just popping back in to let you know I'll be featuring your fabulous Miss Abby Sugarbaker at Vintage Charm tomorrow. Love her so much! Thanks so much for sharing her with us. said...

Hi Julia!
I love Miss clever! I love how you put together all those baking elements to make her.
And too, I have a good apple/butterscotch cake recipe you might like to try. Email me if you are interested! (

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh Julia! Your new chef is so charming! I just love these creations you dream up! I'm always wearing a big 'ol smile on my face when I come across one of yours. :) Featuring your cute girl on Party Junk this weekend, thanks for linking up!

Christy James said...

Oh my goodness, this is the cutest little kitchen helper ever!! XO

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

She's such an adorable little helper, Julia! I don't know how you come up with these, but I'm glad you do! Thanks for linking her up at Talk of the Town!

Gaby Bee said...

Deine Miss Abby ist bezaubernd! Ein echter Hingucker. Die Förmchen, die selbstgenähten Kleidungsstücke, der Mini-Schneebesen, die Löffelchen die du verwendet hast...einfach entzückend. Ich backe nur sehr selten, aber deine Abby würde ich mir trotzdem in die Küche stellen. <3

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hello my dear Julia,
Miss Abby is simply amazing. I love every detail and adore the apron and hat you created for her.
The little book tucked into her apron is just the perfect touch:)
Have a lovely day.
Sending hugs and love,

Dear Girl Wallflower said...

a lot of work and time..i could not do something like this...

Tammy said...

Ha-ha! Not what I expected at all. I thought you were going to show us all the goodies you've been baking. Miss Abby Sugarmaker sure is cute. Very creative as always. Apple or cherry pie sounds good to me. Cute idea for the chalkboard, too. Happy June!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh my gosh...Your baker is adorable!! It is so surprising that neither your grandma or Mom baked, I thought all grandmas baked


Annie said...

Miss Abby Sugarbaker is so delightful! If she needs extra work, she can come to help me. She is so cleverly created! Baked goods are so plentiful and so many are so delicious, I just couldn't choose an absolute favorite.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

This is fantastic!!! I just love how you create stuff out of bits and bobs! I am very inspired!