Grandma's Recipe Box

I first want to say a HUGE thank you to Matthew for all his help with this project.  Without him, I may not have been able to complete some of the necessary parts :)  So thank you babe!  I love you <3

Just a forewarning, this post is going to be very photo heavy.  I am absolutely in love with the end result of this repurposed project and want to share as much of it as I can.  And everyone loves looking at pictures more than reading about all the details right?  Thought you'd be okay with that :)

A few details about this project before I get to the pics.  This past Christmas while we were visiting family in MI, my mom gave me my Grandma Veldink's old recipe box.  It was full of all her fabulous recipes, but slightly dirty and falling apart.  So I decided to fix it up a bit.

Here are the results:
 The image is Free Hugs colored in with pencils.  I used copics on the frame to shade it out to the right colors and then added a few roses and a stick pin from Karen Christiansen
 The inside still has all of my grandma's recipes.  I also decorated a small notebook to use as our budget tracker.  I'm hoping that by putting Fairy Wishes on the front, she will wave her sweet wand and make some money appear :)
 Fairy Wishes is colored with copics for her dress and pencils for everything else, along with glitter on her wings/wand/hem.
I made up 2 5x5 1/2 inch white boxes to put inside to hold everything.  I didn't taper them down to match the curve of the box, but they still work perfectly inside.
 I love love LOVE this and am so happy with how it turned out, even if it did take me several days to complete :)  I also added a strip of some lace that I got from Grandma's sewing closet to the top running through the middle of the border.  It's an added touch of Grandma that I love.

Just for comparison...this is how it started:

I'd like to enter this in to the following challenges and link parties:
    7 Kids College Fund #72-Anything but a Card
    Card Mania #20-Flower Power
    Color Me Creative #68-Anything Goes
    Delicious Doodles #35-Anything but a Card
    House of Gilli-Anything Goes + Lace and Pearls
    Little Darlings Contest
    Whimsical Designs-Alter It 

    Assets and Efforts #2
    Get Your Craft On #102 
    Sweet Tooth Tuesdays
    Your Whims Wednesday #111

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  1. What a cool item to be passed down in the family! I like what you did with it. :) I came here through hickorytrail blog. Have a wonderful day! Feel free to check out our blog as well. We'd love to hear from you :)

  2. This is priceless!I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Nicole!

  3. Love yr recycled box. Great idea ! Tks for sharing your beautiful work and joining the House of Gilli Lace and Pearls Challenge.
    Hugs, Yone

  4. What an absolutely stunning recipe box you have made. It fits the Delicious Doodles Challenge this week well of “anything but a card”. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog Design Team Member)

  5. What a beautiful creation! Love the pastel colors colors and all pretty embellishments!
    Thank you for joining our Flower-y Card Mania Challenge!
    Hope to see you again!

  6. Thanks for linking up at Assets and Efforts on HickoryTrail


  7. OH My Word is this ever GORGEOUS!! 8-) Love every Fabulous detail!! Thank you for playing at 8-)

  8. Just a stunning project. Thanks for joining us at CMC. Love seeing your creation, good luck on the challenge.
    Hugs, Patricia