That blue of the cake formed part of a motif this weekend. Just as I try to only make food-colored food, I also try to embroider flower-colored flowers. But this fabric seemed to cry out for blue roses.
The first year that I moved to Albany from NYC, I attended Larkfest, which includes (supposedly) a juried craft fair. I walked down one block, saw a tent filled with blue leather roses (exactly the shade of those embroidered roses), and went home. I was such a snob.
I like the subtlety of the blues and greens against the fabric. Smocking is a little like knitting, in that once you have the pattern down you can just smock away and feel justified watching hour-long crime dramas. This example represents multiple guilt-free episodes of Lie to Me (available online), one or two of the Mentalist (not available online - grrr), and two hours of Eureka.