Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Label for Everything

After I started filling my card catalog drawers, I knew that I needed to quickly redo the labels - I could remember the basic area where I had placed certain the items, but not the exact drawer. A friend of mine said, "I can just imagine your babysitter frantically opening drawers in search of the pacifiers!!"

I wanted the labels to look vintage and much like the original cards. I also decided to keep the drawers numbered - it seemed more authentic. I actually was wishing I had a typewriter for this project - but the computer and some cream cardstock did the job.

Now it is easier to determine which drawers hold tin foil and which drawers hold permanent markers.

I still get a little giddy when I open the drawers.

While I was re-labeling, I decided to fix my recipe box. I've had this piece for some time.

The left drawer holds my recipes, and the right drawer is basically a "junk drawer."

Although the drawer helped organize my 4x6 recipe cards, I was using old dividers for each of the categories. Using the same method that helped finish my address file, I simply recovered the existing dividers. They were a super sturdy cardstock - I feared making my own would be less durable.

The difference is remarkable.

I also properly labeled the outside of the drawers.

A place for everything and everything in its place.


  1. Are you trying to create a jealousy factor? I love the unusual recipe box. One of my favorite things about you is that you think outside of the box!

    1. I think you helped develop my love for odd things. I still have a pile of door knobs I want to put to good use that I got out of a certain barn with a certain dead car. Remember?

    2. Oh, I remember that house. I still have a trashcan from there! Doorknobs would make great curtain tie backs!