Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Recipe Box

I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE cookbooks. I love them so much, that I own at least 20. This is not helped by the fact that I live super close to one of the best places in the world, The Book Larder, a community cookbook store that does fantastic classes and cookbook author events.

The point is, I love cookbooks! Which is to say I love food, recipes, and, of course, cooking! I also love organizing and decorating, which is why this little corner of my kitchen makes me swoon:

Rock and roll cookbook corner!
And things like this make me want to pull my hair out:

Annoying, unorganized, pile of recipes.
Seriously, I have this pile of recipes just sitting in one of my cupboards positively BEGGING to be organized! So what's been stopping me? Why haven't I organized it? Well, I gave it a half-hearted attempt a couple of months ago and put the pile of recipes in a plastic file box I had lying around after doing some reorganizing of my desk space. The problem? It's not even close to cute, and takes up way too much space.

So what is a girl to do? Look for cute recipe cards and recipe boxes, of course! They're the perfect solution for my problem because they're nice and compact, but also super stylish! And I'm not going to lie, I love any opportunity to bust out my typewriter or practice my handwriting, so I have no qualms about transferring recipes to cute little cards.

I spent some time looking online at cooking stores and home decorating stores, but could only find different variations of the same plain wooden box, like this one. I wanted something a little different, so I hit up Etsy and Anthropologie and found some cute combinations! Here are some of my favorites:

1. Citrus Floral Recipe Cards, 2. Vintage Metal Recipe Box, 3. Bright Floral Vintage Metal Recipe Box, 4. Vintage Watermelon Recipe Cards, 5. Spring Bouquet Recipe Cards, 6. Vintage Floral Recipe Box, 7. Vintage "Here's What's Cooking" Recipe Cards, 8. Vintage Painted Recipe Box.
Etsy has a lot of other great vintage recipe boxes and cute hand-made recipe cards so check it out! I love to mix and match, so I love these combinations because they get along with each other without being matchy-matchy. I'm pretty sure that number 3 and number 4 are going to come live in my kitchen!

Til next time!



  1. I love these! It's funny that you said 3 and 4 are going to come live in your house because those were my favorites of the ones you posted! :) Let's cook/bake together some time! Teach me your ways! I am horrible at cooking.

    1. Aren't they cute? We should totally have a cooking/baking get together sometime!

  2. I really like your Elvis Costello poster! The recipe box is cool too!

    Sarah & Ricky

  3. the watermelon cards are really cute! good luck with transferring all the recipes to them, i helped my mum transfer all her ones from a bursting ringbinder last summer, took forever! you should definetly do it now while the pile is small! x

    1. Thanks! I ordered the watermelon cards so hopefully I'll get a jump on it before the pile gets out of control!

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