a rooster worth the wait

Two years ago I wrote a DIY post for Design*Sponge…a Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal (long name, I know)…

It could make for a great gift for someone in your life that likes to keep a record of the days. The idea is to record a little something from each day. There is room for you to add to it for years to come. I keep one. So today I can look back at something random that happened on this day in 2011 and 2o10. I look forward to when I have 10+ years recorded. Anyway, after that post several other versions began popping up online and linking to me so it was easy to see them. One used a vintage recipe box – which is so smart and would solve my problem with FireCracker constantly dumping mine. I also had no idea there were such cute vintage recipe boxes out there.

For 2 years now, I’ve been searching online, at antique stores, garage sales and flea markets for the perfect recipe box. Not for a calendar, but just to have for something someday. Two years of searching and I have almost settled several times, but I’ve held out hope that one day I would come across the perfect one.

I am happy to say that day arrived on Saturday. And this is my ode to my new recipe box…complete with a pop up rooster to hold the recipe card. I am quite sure I’ve never seen a recipe box more perfect for me. It was worth the wait…and it was $5.00. If you’ve looked for great vintage recipe boxes, you know I got a steal.

My recipe box matches my house quite nicely. Pink, red, teal and yellow…even at Christmas time.

My chalkboard may not look too ‘Christmas-y’….but if you sit on the couch and look the other way the lights on the tree make it feel more like Christmas.

This kid. Goodness, he pushes my patience and completely melts me in the same moment.

For those that wanted to see the construction paper hanging on the tree…here is one of the ornaments the kids made. They have also been coloring pictures for each other and ‘wrapping’ them in all the random empty boxes they can find. I’m pretty sure when people come over they think we have trash piling up under the tree, but nope, it is just sibling love. It reminds me of the true joy in Christmas. However,  I will admit I would not mind re-wrapping those boxes.

There were also some questions about our wood nativity. I got it at Hobby Lobby after Christmas 2 years ago. It was in the kids craft section. It gets played with everyday.

I wasn’t going to send Christmas cards this year. Shocking because I am a HUGE fan of Christmas cards. I just didn’t think I could get my act together enough to order and mail them. But I came to my senses. Thanfully, Mpix.com is super fast so I should get them all mailed out before Christmas. I love getting cards from friends.  If it wasn’t cold, I’d run to the mailbox everyday to see if we got a new one. Instead, I send the boys to get the mail.

When I scored the recipe box, I also excitedly bought this little toy camper for Little One….FireCracker has been testing it out. Oh how I’ve missed flea markets! My super wonderful husband was on daddy duty all weekend so I could get a lot done for the weeks ahead. Thanks babe.

I am busy working on some diy projects. I had hoped to do a different tutorial everyday this week, but I’ve yet to finish any! Maybe this week I’ll get some tutorials up. Or maybe not. I might just curl up under a blanket with a cup of coffee and Christmas movie….

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  • Tonya - I love your tutorials….but my vote is for the coffee and movie. Love the tree 🙂

  • Cassie - I love that calendar!! I made one for myself when I first saw yours, and it has been so much fun to look back at every morning. It’s become a nice little evening ritual to write something down from the day and look back at past years. I made them for my sister-in-laws this Christmas; I hope they enjoy them as much as I have.

  • Annieg - I have never seen that Little People Camper, before. I think I am going to have to hunt for this.

  • Kirsten - I REMEMBER THAT CAMPER!!! My best friend in preschool had it. We loooved playing with it. How fun to see it again.

    We have very similar Christmas trees. Both above and below. 😉

  • Jen - Bwhahaaha! The cranky looking dude from the camper set! I’m falling apart laughing over here! I don’t know why but really tickled me to look at the picture of FC playing with the camper then to see the cranky dude. LOL!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - First off- I can’t believe that post was 2 years ago. I remember it! That recipe box! I cannot even believe the greatness of it! And finally- the camper!!! I have never seen that toy- but you better believe I’m going to be searching for it now! Great finds this weekend, lady!

  • Ann - You never fail to brighten my day. My sister and I played with that camper (and the Fisher Price house) for HOURS on end. My favorite characters were the grouchy-faced guy with the orange baseball hat and the dog… :)!

  • amber - Definitely a cup of coffee & a Christmas movie. For sure;).

  • Helen - I loved your vintage postcard calendar so much that I have been collecting postcards to make some up. I got a date stamp and the index cards, but in the UK nowhere packages fruit in those lovely cardboard containers. I have a selection of not so nice plastic fruit containers but they just don’t look so great. The recipe card holder is a great idea, I’ll have to keep a look out.
    Love the camper too.
    Why do our ‘charity shops’ (thrift) never seem to have such treasures as in the US?

  • Kara - I see half of a gambill card that I took the picture for!! I feel famous lol!!
    Actually I feel like a dork when she mentioned knowing you guys at her shoot I thought I was going to clam up and geek out. I probably started stuttering when I said “you know them?!? OMG I love her, I cry and laugh through all her post”
    Love it. Anyways I just had to stop by and say how much your blog blesses me!

  • jessica - i made your clendar 2 years ago and looove adding something every night! it’s especially fun since our first little boy was born this year. i get to remember all the firsts from last year – hearing his heartbeat, the first time he moved, swollen ankles 🙂 we also moved states so i love being able to remember times with friends from tn. every night it also helps me keep a quick record of all my little one is doing each day when i forget to go write it in the baby book immediately – i can go look at what day those first teeth came in and when he rolled over when i finally finish the baby book. i tell my husband “last year we were…!” thank you so much for sharing such a fun idea!

  • EmmyA - I had that camper as a kid! So. Much. Fun.

    I just posted a Christmas project I finished this weekend on my blog. It’s the kind you like–fast and easy. 🙂 I love your tutorials, but it’s ok if you don’t post them until after Christmas. Enjoy your kids instead.

  • Lauren - CRAZINESS! I saw your vintage postcard calendar keep-track-of-the-days-creative-ness on Pinterest a year and a half ago and have been doing it since September 19, 2011. Um, I love it. I love looking back at last year now that I’m a year through and seeing what each day held last year. I had no idea this was your idea! I love it! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and a half and I love that I adopted one of your creativity explosions without even knowing it!

  • Gina - Score!! I agree, you could not have found a more perfect recipe card box. I love all things Fischer Price and that camper is awesome! Happy Monday!

  • Leila - That box is SUPER CUTE!! And so is this post.

  • Lisa Baker - That last picture brough back sssooooooo many memories for me! That was my absolute favorite toy when I was little. If I remember correctly, the truck makes a clickety-clack noise when you push it. And I had no idea that the motorcycle was part of that set! Always thought it was from something else. Love the old Fisher Price people – they just aren’t the same anymore.

  • Tiffany - I don’t know if Karen will see my comment but I bought a ceramic fruit basket for the calendar and I love it. It’s a bit more pricey but since I plan to have this for many years – it was worth it. if you do a search for Anthropologie Fruit Basket you will find it. They come in various sizes but I got the turquoise and it is a perfect fit.

  • Jenny - I stumbled across your tutorial for the calendar at some point and I started one of my own (started January 1, 2011). I found a sweet little green basket that fit the cards perfectly. I put it on my nightstand so I don’t forget to do it every night. I am loving reading what I did last year, and now we are so close to getting to go through again and read two years worth of daily events. So fun! Thank you so much for an awesome idea for someone like me who just can’t ever seem to keep up with a regular journal!

  • Erin - I just had to admit that the first glimpse I got of the Christmas Tree with the full construction paper–was from a distance. And I was almost 100% certain that the little pieces on it were band aids!!! Hahah they most definitely are not! 🙂

  • stephanie f - I played with that same set as a kid and my mom still has it. She always pulls it out for my girls to play with it…and the house, and the barn…sweet memories.

  • twirling betty - Loving, among everything else in your post, that festive bokeh in your backgrounds.

  • angie - eeeks! LOVE that camper! I am totally an old fisher price toy fan. I keep an eye out at estate sales. Bless those dear grandmas who have held onto cherished toys. Hope i find that camper stashed away in a random box someday

  • Emily @ Peck Life - I LOVE that recipe box! What a find! I was so inspired by that calendar 2 years ago that I made my own version: http://www.pecklife.com/blog/2011/09/craft-project-index-card-calendar.html 🙂

  • Ellen - I love this! I made the perpetual calendar after seeing your tutorial on Design*Sponge and as of December, we are into our third year of memories on the cards. I put mine in a recipe box, a simple vintage one that matches the larger one that holds my recipes. It sits our table and I do love filling it in at dinner and seeing what happened this day last year!

    When it is full (10 years!!), I hope to pop the cards into a little album to make the easy to page through and then start a new box!

  • seriously sassy mama - Oh I miss those little people toys.

  • Gena@BakeAllTheThings! - That post on DesignSponge was how I first found your blog! 🙂

  • Jenny B. - That recipe box is adorable. And I love the Little People camper. I’ve seen those for sale on ebay for big bucks! Flea Markets are awesome. I recently found a complete Little People schoolhouse at one. 🙂

  • Robyn - I love the camper! I recently scored the dollhouse that goes with this at a tag sale near our home in CT. I got the entire doll house and all its parts for literally less than $1! The woman was all worked up because her kids wanted to throw away the toy (along with several other amazing finds) and i paid next to nothing for some great goodies!

  • Amy Lou - Merry Christmas! Just wanted to let you know I linked back to your blog on my newest post!


  • Kusems - You created the perpetual calendar? Awesome! I totally pinned that and even tried to make one but couldn’t find an appropriate box. How on earth do you fit 365 index cards in a fruit box? Is there one day on each side of the card?

  • AshleyAnn - Kusems – Yes, I have one card per day. The 365 cards fit perfectly. A recipe box is a good option too