Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

Hi everyone, today I'm linking up with Bunny Jeans Decor and More for another great week of blog hopping or should I say "Bunny Hopping"...couldn't resist the pun...sorry :0)

Anyway, thought I'd post something I made for a friend that was relocating from Oregon to Iowa for a new job and new life. This gal is just the dearest friend and loves to cook and share recipes especially for company functions and pot-lucks. So we all decided to put together a "Memory cookbook" with all of our favorite recipes that we've shared through the years as a going away gift for her.
I was flattered to be asked to come up with a way to combine the pages in one book...I didn't have a lot of time so this is what I came up with. It was quick and easy and turned out really cute...I think anyway.

I recycled an old binder I had laying around like the one below...I'm a bad blogger, I didn't take pictures before I covered it nor did I take photos as I was doing each step but you get the gist!

I had this adorable Michael Miller fabric, very retro and "cookbook-y looking"...perfect as the outside covering. 

Then I cut it to fit the binder, sprayed the outside with spray adhesive and ironed it on while turning in the raw edges inside. 

Then I cut to fit this perfect...DID I SAY P-E-R-F-E-C-T map fabric for the inside cover. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was that I found this because my friend was driving across country from Oregon to Iowa and this just fit the bill for the inside of her cookbook! 

Now I don't think she took Route 66 but she did do a lot of driving!

I used the same spray adhesive method as I did for the outside fabric and again, turned in the raw edges, glued, then pressed with a hot iron for a really clean, finished edge both inside and out.

 You can see both the inside and outside together here in the picture above.

above the inside laying open and flat...love that P-E-R-F-E-C-T fabric for her journey across country!!!

The the last picture of the outside of the binder.
Now as a special bonus treat for reading all the way down, I'm sharing one of the recipes I contributed to the book


The best part, they are low-fat and oh-so-yummy!

Hope you had fun on Route 66 and now if you take a little road trip you'll have a little snack food to take along and won't feel guilty!

Thanks again Bunny Jean for hosting this fantastic party...love it!


  1. What a cute and thoughtful gift!!! That will definitely be something she treasures and those brownies look yummy!!!

  2. What a beautiful cover for the recipe book! Perfect fabric and perfect work!

    Yummy brownies!

  3. What a great friend you are to do this for her. I'm sure your friend will be more than touched :)

    BTW, where did you find/purchase the map fabric and vintage looking kitchen fabric? DYING to know!

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop Linky Party,
    Suzanne in IL

  4. What a great idea! I'm bookmarking your post today to use in some way--maybe for Christmas gifts? Thanks so much for sharing.


  5. Ms. T, I just happened to check your blog today looking for a photo of the folk's anniversary party to show a friend just what a marvelous party planner and decorator you are and I saw this! I'm very blessed to have a thoughtful, talented friend and the Memory Cookbook is one of my most precious possessions.
    Love you!

  6. I adore the cookbook...they certainly chose the right person for the job! Your friend was blessed!

  7. What a lovely gift you have created for your friend. I love your fabric choices. And those brownies look delicious. I'm now your newest follower!
    Marianne :)

  8. What a creative and thoughtful thing to do for a friend. I'm sure she will be delighted to receive it. Love the colorful cover. Have a great weekend!

  9. That is such a wonderful andcraetive idea. Your friend will not only appreciate it~ it will be treasured. You did a fabulous job ... and the fabric selections perfect! Now your Fudgy Cocoa Brownies (I'm salivating.. thanks for sharing the recipe!!).

    We are recently back from visiting friends in Stowe Vermont and I'm trying to catch up on blog visits and reading. Look like you have been very busy being creative ... The baker's rack make-over to a beverage centre is a brilliant idea and looks stunning! ... loved the quilt you used to post on saturday garden...

    Wishing you a fabulous week-end..xo HHL

  10. That turned out really nice Teri!
    What an adorable idea and I love that fabric!
    Thanks for sharing it,

  11. What a lovely idea! I am a new follwer. I love your blog and look foward to visiting again soon. God bless

  12. Teri, now what a charming and thoughtful gift! You are so clever! I've been away from blogging for a few months and glad to be back! I've missed your awesome blog!



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