Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sometimes it's the simplest ideas...

Last year sometime, on a day when Blossom and I found ourselves window shopping in the boutique stores along Gregory Street, I bought a recipe box.
It was so darn cute and cheery that I couldn't imagine leaving the store without it officially belonging to me.
Plans for filing away my extensive list of favourite recipes on the stack of 4 x 6 inch cards the box promised were inside, ready at my fingertips should I need them in a hurry, justified my $24.95 purchase.

Fast forward a little more (a lot more, maybe?) than a year later and there it sat the other day, on my desk, still confined in shrink wrap, staring hopefully up at my hastily averted eyes, and I felt the formidable sensation of wasted $-guilt rising in my soul.

But then...

Ever heard the term "block recipe"?
Neither have I, but let's pretend we have, ok?!

So, why does a recipe box have to hold only food recipes, I ask you?
Why not fill it with patchwork block recipes instead!


 The divider cards had headings like 'soups', 'cakes' etc, so I just turned them over and wrote common block sizes instead.

And you know what block recipe I stored first?
My favourite. 

I knew there was purpose for my purchase. ;-)



hugs


31 comments:

Carol said...

What a cute box and a great idea to fill it!

Christine M said...

I can see why you had to have the recipe box, Jenny. It is gorgeous. Great idea using it for quilting recipes!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Awesome idea Jen

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great idea!

Rebecca in AK said...

What a great idea Jenny!! I love that 'quilt' recipe box! Very cute!

Terry said...

What a wonderful idea! :0)

Kaisievic said...

Great idea!

Melody said...

Such a great idea

Baa. xxx said...

That is a great idea! Coolio - as Baa would say!

Wendy B said...

clever Jen-girl!:o) xox

Cindy said...

What a great idea1

Little Penpen said...

Great idea! I have to look up blocks each time I start to make one! Brilliant!

tink's mom said...

So funny, I spent about a half hour yesterday looking for a churn dash pattern for a reference. Great box. Wishing you many years of happy recipes.

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous box and a fantastic brain storm Jenny, very clever thinking, and I can see the idea for me to somehow include stitching craft projects and particulars into appropriate index categories as well, plus a section for craft gift ideas. Food for thought, thank you, Judithann :-)

Jacqueline said...

Very clever

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Even reference notes of pages in magazines or books, or websites that have certain blocks...

desertskyquilts said...

You know people all across the world are going to run out and buy cute recipe card boxes to hold block recipes now! LOL Churn Dash is my second favorite block, but probably the one I make the most often. Your printing is so neat and tidy.

Allie said...

I love that idea, Jenny-girl, and look, I'm commenting!!! Yay!!!

Jenny said...

Gorgeous as usual!

Noela said...

What a wonderful idea jenny. You will have it filled in no time. Hugs.....

suz said...

what a great idea!

Thoeria said...

Oh that's clever! I can think of a few things I could use one of those boxes for!

mom2three said...

It reminds me of the quilt block hop Moda did a couple of years ago with recipes and blocks from their designers- what a clever idea to use the recipe box!

Lin said...

Great idea Jenny and what a gorgeous box! No wonder you could not resist it. xx

Nita said...

When I used to have a small home-based business, I kept my accounts (receipts) etc in a pretty recipe box like that. My dividers were labeled according to expenses. :)

Carrie P. said...

Cool idea!

RoseMary Baty-Willcox said...

I love these boxes and thank you for the wonderful idea.

Wendy said...

I have a photo box I did this with for applique one time...great idea to use a recipe box...

Chloe Emmott said...

I saw another great idea in blog land, use those unused photo albums to store small applique pattern pieces

Chloe Emmott said...

I saw another great idea in blog land, use those unused photo albums to store small applique pattern pieces

Patricia said...

Jenny, Love the blocks recipe box. I am thinking of a box for different stitch diagrams.
Hope we see your cross stitch pattern soon.

Patricia