Why Buy A Recipe Box When I Can Make One Myself?

According to a poll I took a few weeks ago you, my readers, wanted a tutorial on how to make a recipe box. So here it is 🙂

Things You Will Need:





Card stock paper

Scrapbook paper

Construction paper

Scissors or exato knife

Recipe cards (provided in the tutorial)

Step 1:

The first thing you are going to need is recipe cards. You can use what you have, make them yourself, or download them. I downloaded from Kerri Powell (and desaturated the colors) but there are several other sources. Type in “downloadable recipe cards” in your search engine of choice and you will get a variety of cards to choose from. Make sure you measure them once they are printed. You will need the measurements for the rest of the box.

Step 2:

After you have measured your recipe cards lay out your card stock to look something like this. Cut off the ends of the paper on the lines you’ve made.

Step 3:

Fold on the lines you’ve made. All of your folds should be made in the same direction.

Step 4:

Use your construction paper to make a fan shape like the above photo. You are going to want two pieces. These are going to fit inside the edges of your box so measure them accordingly.

Step  5:

Glue your fan shaped construction paper onto the inside edges of your soon-to-be box.

Step 6:

This part is optional.

Measure your construction paper to fit the box. Glue the construction paper to the outside of your box.

Step 7:

Print out a cute pattern, measure, cut it out and glue in to the front of your box.  Mine was scrapbook paper from Michael’s.

Step 8:

Measure and cut your card stock paper (or use blank notecards if you are feeling lazy) to create separators for your recipe cards.

Step 9:

Make a cute label 🙂

Step 10:

Cut your magnet into two small strips. Glue one to the inside of the top flat and one to the front close to the top. (I just cut up an old refrigerator magnet.)

There you have it, a home-made recipe box!

Artistically Preserving Memories

7 Crafty Ways to Preserve Your Memories

Are you looking for a unique way to share your photo(s)? Check out these ideas.

Photo in mason jar. This gives an antique effect. (via)

Vintage photo stones (via)

This is a class photo pot, but it works just well for putting together a family flower pot. (via)

Photo in bottle cap. What a great recycle craft idea. (via)

Personalized puzzle picture cube. By flipping the cube just so, all eight pictures are revealed. (via)

Photo Puzzle. This is a very amazing guest book for wedding, the guest can write at the back of each puzzle. (via)

Photo bubble necklace. (via)

Wondrous Talent

In the past few months I have been finding inspiration from fewer and fewer sources because everything I see looks the same.  This makes me sad. I’m sure you have heard the quote “good artists borrow, great artists steal”…  I never want to be that girl.  So, every time I find an artist that is unique I feel the need to praise this person for being themselves.  These artists show the world who they really are, what they really feel. They don’t use bright colors because their favorite artist does. When you find a creative person like that you really have to stick with them. They will constantly inspire you to bring out your real interest in your work.

By the way, I’m not saying that those who “borrow” aren’t good artists. Many of them are, but there’s a whole new level of talent exposed when someone  can create their own work.


I want to share my newest, most fascinating inspiration: Carne Griffiths

Bio (according to DeviantArt)

Born in Liverpool and spent much of his childhood drawing. Studied Illustration at Maidstone college of Art in 1992 graduating with a 1st class BA Hons in 1995, made a fellow of the college along with colleague Dan Baldwin. Together they curated the Shynola exhibition at Islington’s Candid Arts Gallery in 1996.

Early influences include the animated work of the Brothers Quay, the drawings of Andre Masson, Paul Klee and Leonardo Da Vinci as well as the influence of outsider artists Adolf Wolfli, Scottie Wilson, Henry Darger and the drawings of Antonin Artaud.

Started work with M. Hand & Company in 1999, A two-year apprenticeship led to a 12 year career, becoming Creative Director and producing elaborate hand drawn embroidery designs for a range of prestigious clients including HRH the Prince of Wales, The Sultan of Oman, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Asprey, Chanel, Burberry and many of London’s Savile Row tailors, as well as designing for films The Last King of Scotland, Valkyrie, The Phantom of the Opera and costume embroidery design for the musical Wicked. In 2008 carne designed the front cover for the royal variety performances 80th anniversary.

First Solo show in Jan 2009 with drawings, based on the automatic process, and created the company 100 square feet in November of 2009 bringing together artists from all backgrounds to show their work alongside established professionals, 100 pieces in a 10′ x 10′ grid [link]

Pieces from the Harvest, Carne’s new collection of work were shown at Arts AfterDark, Art Egg Studios in New Orleans in October 2010, the piece Rose appeared at the London Art Fair in 2011 represented by Eyestorm and at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy.

Current Residence: East London
deviantWEAR sizing preference: S
Favourite genre of music: mixed bag
Favourite style of art: surrealist automatic drawing
Operating System: w7
Favourite cartoon character: popeye
Personal Quote: lose yourself















Links to his work:


Etsy Shop

Carne Griffiths

DIY Glitter High Heels

I’ve seen so many tutorials for glitter flats and other glitter shoes and I wanted to try it myself. I think they turned out pretty well! I typically do not wear shoes like this so it will be interesting for others to watch me walk in them…



Things you will need:



Paint brush


disposable bowl

Mod Podge or other glue



Step 1:

Lay down some Newspaper and mix about 1/4 cup Mod Podge with a cup of glitter into a disposable bowl. I did not measure but I guestimated.



Step 2:

Start by painting half of the shoe with your glue mixture. Make sure to keep your lines clean or you will be having a hard time cleaning it up later.



Step 3:

Sprinkle some glitter over top of the painted-on glue mixture. Make sure you keep the shoe over top of the newspaper.



Step 4:

It gets quite messy. Use your fingers to tap the glitter into the glue. Don’t press to hard.



It is soooo glittery!



This is the final product, for me at least. I originally decided not to put a sealant over top of the glitter but after wearing them for a short while there was a ton of glitter on the floor. I plan to get a sealant to put over top of the glitter to preserve the appearance. I recommend you do the same if you try to make your own. Let me know if  you come up with a good technique. 🙂


Fun With Vinyl

I went to Michael’s the other day with a friend and we discovered the existence of these figurines. I love them. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius! They are called Doodle Budz. They come with stickers and two markers to draw on them with, but painting on them is always an option. I think I’ve found a new, and inexpensive, hobby. Ooohhh the possibilities!

Apparently, this is the original version/brand, Munny, which cost about $10 each. (Correct me if I have this wrong… I’m not positive.)

I bought this one from Michael’s which only costs about $4. I was pretty excited about it.

Here are some examples of what people have done with theirs. If you have any I would love to see them!

Glow in the dark skeleton

Bubble gum machine


Doodle splatter


Some Amazing Photography of Some Amazing Waterfalls

Beauty of Skogafoss

The Curtrain

Thors’ Well

Thors Well

author: Miles Morgan



author: Henrik Spranz



author: Dylan Toh

Under The Ledge

Under The Ledge

author: Mark Lucey

Havasu Falls


Green Waterfall

Green Waterfall

author: Kris Sotachin

Weeping Rock Waterfall, Blue Mountains

Weeping Rock Waterfall, Blue Mountains

author: yury

The Castle Waterfall in Nice

The Castle Waterfall in Nice

author: melvynwilde

Geirangerfjord Waterfall

Geirangerfjord Waterfall

author: Benjamin Reed

Kahatola Waterfall

Behind the Waterfall

Behind the Waterfall

author: Johan Wieland

Waterfall of the Gods

Waterfall of the Gods

author: Manuel Forget

Waterfall Kozjak

Waterfall Kozjak

author: Maja Sekirnik

Waterfall Mist

High Above

Iguazu Falls

Burney Falls

Niagara Falls NY

Little Waterfall

Ice Castle Waterfall

Paradise Waterfall

Rainbow Over Waterfalls

The Bridge

Niagara Waterfall Wallpaper

Dreams in Water

Frozen Waterfall

The Waterfall

The Waterfall

author: nask0



author: muratgorgulu

Beautiful Waterfall

Beautiful Waterfall

author: Max Rogozin

Waterfall in Autumn

Essaranka Waterfall

Essaranka Waterfall

author: medinka

Huge Waterfall

Huge Waterfall

Waterfall at Ăžingvellir

Doorn River Waterfall

Multiple Waterfalls

In the Canyon

Extreme Waterfall

All This Green

Emerald Cascades

Emerald Cascades

author: Chris Moore

Victoria Waterfall – Zimbabwe Africa

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

author: Tom Smalling

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

author: cassdalton


Niagara Falls from Above 2

Niagara Falls from Above 2

author: rosswillett

Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter

author: Jeff Harmer

Plitvice Waterfalls

Plitvice Waterfalls
author: evimagery

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls

author: spiritvegeta