Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Recipe Dividers

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Recipe Box Recipe Dividers

I made these cute little dividers for my recipe boxes. I know that recipe boxes are a bit old fashioned - with all the digital technology now. But I like having a card. I like being able to write changes I've made right on the card. Also my mom got me the strawberry one in the picture when I was young, so it's a bit sentimental and just the way I've always saved my recipes. I still have some of the recipes that I wrote down way back then.



Recipe Box Recipe DividersGenerally, I don't write a recipe on a card unless it's been tried multiple times first. If I love it, it earns a spot in my recipe box.

recipe dividers


After years of use, my recipe dividers were getting bent and worn. So I found some cute scrapbook paper and cut out some dividers with my Silhouette. While I was at it, I created all the categories that I wanted. I used some printable rub-ons that I got at a yard sale to label them. I have one recipe box filled mostly with yummy dinners and sides. My other box is filled with all kinds of delicious dessert recipes. You all know I love my sweets!

Recipe Box Recipe Dividers
I decided to laminate them after I'd taken pictures. Hopefully that will help them last a long time.

How do you organize your favorite recipes?


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Wood Craft

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Last week my kids and I got out the Valentine decorations. They asked me what I was going to make this year. I hadn't thought about it at that point. So I went down to the craft room to see what I could come up with. I found some fun metal accents in my scrapbook stuff. I knew I had to incorporate them into a Valentine Craft. Here's what I came up with.

Valentines Wood Craft
 I started off with a scrap of 1X3. I cut it down into 3 pieces, each 5 3/4" by 2 1/4" and gave them a quick sand.

 I knew I wanted to incorporate a stained wood piece - I used Early American for the stain. I had to do a little paint mixing to get the colors I wanted for the other pieces. For the pink, I used white with a dab of dark pink, mixed it well with a toothpick and painted it on. For the red, I used a burgundy and red mixture. It didn't quite come out how I wanted, so I rubbed a little stain all over it, then wiped it off. I added a bit of stain to the edges only of the pink block as well.

Then I stuck on the metal accents. At that point I decided that I wanted them all to be connected, so I drilled holes in the corners {except the bottom two of the bottom block}. It would have been better to drill the holes before painting/staining.


Valentines Wood Craft

Then I connected them with twine and used a piece at the top to hang.

 I'm super happy with the result. The best part....I used supplies I had and didn't spend any extra money!  What have you made with your stash?




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Monday, February 1, 2016

Leather Cord and Bead Bracelet

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I love this combination of leather cord, wire and colorful beads. I love the earthy tones with a pop of spring colors and silver accents. I've admired this style of bracelet for a while. Finally it was time to give it a try.

Leather Cord and Bead Bracelet

How to Make a Leather Cord and Bead Bracelet


You will need:
leather cord {courtesy of Cousin Corporation}
8mm beads {I used these faceted beads from Panda Hall}
26 g wire
4mm beads

Leather Cord and Bead Bracelet
1 - Cut a piece of cord 20" long.

 2 - Fold in half and tie a knot at the folded end leaving room for a loop.

3 - Wrap wire 6 times around both strands of leather starting at the knot. Run wire along the bottom for 1 inch. Wrap wire 6 more times, run wire along bottom for 1 inch, Wrap wire 6 more times.

4 - Add the beads: insert a small 4mm bead and a large 8mm bead between the cords. Wrap 3 times around top cord and then 3 times around bottom cord. Add another large bead. Repeat process with 4 remaining large beads and end with a small bead.

5 - Wrap wire 6 times around both strands of leather, then run wire under 1 inch. Repeat 2 more times.

6 - Trim cord ends to be equal and connect with a ribbon end. Add a toggle to the ribbon end with a jump ring.

Leather Cord and Bead Bracelet
What do you think?  What jewelry have you made lately?
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