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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Handmade, Extraordinary Gift Boxes- Mai Sweet Shop Cakes! Faux Cakes with a Function!

Sweet Delights, Introducing Mai Sweet Shop Cakes!

My latest crafting venture has taken me into an entirely new realm thanks to yet another fantastic Japanese craft book that I found on making replicas of cupcakes, icing and candy with soft clay. Though these are a great departure from my usual work, here are some 'sweet' containers I made this past Thanksgiving weekend. Everything you see- short of the tin containers are not edible- but fortunately non-toxic if you try! (hee-hee) I think they're fantastic little storage boxes for the truly treasured jewelry in your life! I was so inspired by my trip to Paris, Baroque and Rococo time periods and Marie Antoinette,that I call these Mai Sweet Shop cakes, M-A-I stands for Marie-Antoinette-Inspired & 'Sweet Shop' for what my studio currently looks like! Each cake has their own personal name, so today meet Sophie, Natasha, Sherry and Maybelline. Enjoy!

Mai Sweet Shop Cake, Sophie -double container by marisol diazMai Sweet Shop Container Sophie, opened once by marisol diaz Mai Sweet Shop Cake, Sophie, opened twice - by marisol diazMai Sweet Shop Cake, Natasha, rectangular container by marisol diaz Mai Sweet Shop Container, Natasha - opened by marisol diaz Mai Sweet Shop Container, Sherry, rectangular container by marisol diazMai Sweet Shop Cake, Maybelline, double container by marisol diaz

I have made Mai Sweet Shop barettes, bobbi pins, rings and charms! I'm loving it! I'll be a featured seller at the craft fair at the Dwight Englewood School, in Englewood NJ during their Winter Arts Festival SUNDAY DECEMBER 14TH, from 2-5pm with a whole table of no-calorie goodies. You should stop by! I will be posting any remainder items on sale at my etsy shop immediately after! So if you're looking for that extraordinary gift box and are interested contact me or stay tuned! Let me know what you think!

Reader Comments (14)

For the longest time I could see that you had posted, but when trying my link it would not find your blog! Frustrating! Today, like the magical boxes you made, it opened to let me look at the beauty inside. I am sooooo happy!

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeatriz Macias

Those look completely delicious! Very pretty looking sweets.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeahsFrog


December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllY a.k.a THE HOT BABE

Those are amazing!! They look so real and yummy.

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertialey vintage

These are precious! What's the name of the Japanese craft book you found?

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

These are amazing!!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterartmixter

these are more than amazing,...they are whimsical and groovy at the same time! I love them but am now too hungry to write more....I must eat cake!!!! RIGHT NOW!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy

Whoa, these are phenomenal~ The texture and the detail! Very nice. :) Ganbatte with the stall! :D

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

Wonderful sculpture! I love the idea that this are irresistible yet inedible.
I trust you saw Sofia Coppala's Marie Antoinette, especially the scene where Kirsten Dunst is having a pedicure surrounding by petits fours. Outstanding.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Those are clay??? You are very talented! The first two are my favorites! Will you be making cupcakes? I think it would be fun to have a few cupcakes to put in my covered cake dish (when it's not in use) on the counter for display :)

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

You can join the Classics Bookclub anytime you want... just blog about this month's book (A Christmas Carol) & add your link to the Linky box on this post:
See ya again soon :)

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah


December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

i want to buy one of these for my mom...They are beautiful!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternova

Ms. Diaz- These are beyond extraordinary, you've really outdone yourself! I am OBSESSED with the four rings I bought today. I cannot get enough of these ah-dorable trinkets and jewelry boxes. The crafts fair was a success I assume, but hopefully you'll have some items left, and if you do I would absolutely love to make some more purchases. :)

-Anna K.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentera.karps

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