Monday, August 11, 2008

Cookbook Project



I'm not really sure what came over me to start this project other than my mother has dementia and it seemed like a nice way to preserve her memories. So I decided to put together a cookbook with about 2 dozen of her favorite recipes. I wanted it to have a vintage 50's feel and scoured the internet for '50's cookbook graphics. I think I was successful with the graphics but it was harder to find proper paper and so I just winged it. I scanned and printed many of her handwritten recipes and reprinted many old photos of her. Each of the books is different, though they have some of the same photos and also different photos in each. I personalized a bit for each recipient.

I've never done any scrapbooking and I was exhausted by the time I finished putting these together this morning. But they are off in the mail tomorrow to my brothers and sister plus I get one too. Sorry, photos were taken rather quickly and not very well. If I'd had more energy left I would have done better!














15 comments:

Jennifer said...

What an AMAZING treasure you've created - not only for you and your siblings, but for future generations as well. What I wouldn't give to have something like that from my grandmother. Even just to have some of her recipes would be wonderful, but to have them presented in such a lovely, thoughtful way would be an incredible gift. GREAT work!!!

Barbara said...

Deborah, this is such a wonderful tribute to your mom, and a beautiful way for everyone to remember her as she was before the dementia set in. This is so beautiful, on so many levels.

joann in tx said...

what a great job you did for not being a scrap booker! they look great! thanks for sharing your tribute to your mom and her recipes with us all!

Daffycat said...

Wow, what a gift for your siblings. They will treasure these memories of your mother. Aren't your a special sister? {{{hugs}}}

Becky K in OK said...

What a lovely, thoughtful gesture.

Sharon said...

What a fabulous project!

Nic said...

What a beautiful idea, and it looks beautiful too!

Anonymous said...

Deborah, your cookbooks are just amazing. What wonderful treasures you have given family members. You've inspired me to think about doing one. You are so talented, gf! Janet :)

xstitch.nl said...

What a wonderful idea, putting together such a precious collection of memories to be treasured, shared and passed on in so many different ways!

Anna van Schurman said...

This is awesome. I wish someone had done this for my great-grandmother before she was too far gone.

Michele said...

Your cookbooks turned out great! What a wonderful thing to do for your family. I'm sure they will all love them :)

Erica said...

I just love this!
What an amazing gift you have made!

Cathy Lloyd said...

Deborah! Those cookbooks are just fantastic! You and your siblings will enjoy those for many many years to come! I too, think scrapbooking is exhausting! I do a little of it but my first love is stitching! Thanks for sharing! I love stopping by your blog!

Teri said...

What wonderful, thoughtful, family heirlooms!

Artystitches said...

A very lovely idea, my gran suffered from dementia so i understand the importance of what you have done.

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