An Erin Cooks Giveaway: Anne Taintor Berry Box Journal

January 4, 2012 · 58 comments · Print This Post

in Contests / Giveaways, Garden / Crafty, Gift Ideas


For Christmas this year I did something I haven’t done since probably elementary school. I gave several family members homemade gifts. Thankfully, instead of badly painted ceramic ornaments covered in glitter (shout-out to 3rd grade Erin) I think I actually managed to give them something that they might actually use. You probably remember these notecard journals from a very clever DIY post on Design Sponge last year. I fell head over heels when I read that tutorial and have wanted to make one for myself ever since. Unfortunately, I never really seemed to find the ambition to do so and the project eventually slipped my mind.


Then I stumbled upon some very pretty ceramic Farmer’s Market Baskets at Anthropologie and I remembered that calendar and operation Christmas craft was born. Of course, instead of making one berry box journal I decided that I would make five. Go big or go home! However, while those pastel boxes were very pretty, in the end I found a larger version in a clean, white finish at Create&Barrel.

Initially I looked into finding vintage postcards to act as the month dividers but some extremely cute cards from Chronicle Books soon changed my mind. I used images of San Francisco for my mom and grandmother’s calendars, Nancy Drew for my little sister, and sassy Anne Taintor for me. Oh, and for you too! Did I forget to mention that I’m giving away the berry box journal in these images to one of you?

I hope you’re excited! I literally sat on the living room floor using a library stamp to add the date to hundreds of index cards (5 x 365) to make the journal portion of the project. This was honestly a multiple movie task folks. One that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But it’s a new year and you deserve a brand new calendar! I’m sure it will look smashing on your desk. Plus, I saved all of the cooking and kitchen related snarky cards for your berry box. So, are you feeling lucky?

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite Anne Taintor quote is. Mine is “Frugal is Such an Ugly Word.”

In addition, If you share the link to this contest on your own blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ account you may have one additional entry for a total of two possible chances to win. If you choose this option please leave a link to your shout out as your second comment.  A winner will be selected via the nifty random number generator on Wednesday, January 11th at 5:00 PM PST and then I’ll promptly arrange to have the berry box journal shipped to your home. Please note that this item can only be shipped to U.S. residents. Best of luck and happy holidays!

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1 Kristen B January 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

I love it Erin! And knowing you were making them, made me start using mine again. I still need to find a cute box, I am thinking a nice wooden recipe box. I just need to make sure I find one that fits. And I don’t have dividers. But at least I got my cards all stamped!

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2 Kathleen January 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

I love not camping. I actually ripped it from my calendar one year and hung it in my office.

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3 Jenny January 4, 2012 at 10:18 am

I’ll follow you to the ends of the earth… but not to a Motel 6

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4 Jenny January 4, 2012 at 10:19 am
5 Regina January 4, 2012 at 10:24 am

You’ll eat it….and you’ll like it.

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6 eheff January 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

love ’em! my dad was supposed to make wooden boxes for this project, but totally dropped the ball… 🙂

my fav has always been “I dreamed my whole house was clean… “

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7 Erin S. January 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

“an attitude is a terrible thing to waste”

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8 Erin January 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

because I’m the mother… that’s why

I never thought I’d say that to my kids… and yet I have said something very similar!

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9 *Just Fran* January 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

“She was one cocktail away from proving his mother right.”

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10 Sarah January 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

“funny… I don’t recall asking for your opinion”

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11 Hänni January 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

This turned out so cute. Nice job, Erin!

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12 nicole January 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

I love “she had not yet decided whether to use her power for good… or for evil”

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13 Renee January 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

I like “lactose is just one of the many things I don’t tolerate.”

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14 amanda @ fake ginger January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I love just about all the Anne Taintor quotes but “she could see no good reason to act her age” might be my favorite.

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15 nicole January 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm
16 Sarah January 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

“I feel a sin coming on.” PS – I was seriously thinking about making one of these TODAY, so how awesome would it be if I could win…fingers crossed!

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17 Cathy January 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

“Why I’d be delighted to my needs last again” is one that resonates with me, especially after the busy holiday season!!!

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18 Anna M January 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

funny… I don’t recall asking for your opinion.

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19 Stephanie B. January 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I love that Erin Cooks is getting crafty!! My favorite has always been “domestically disabled”.

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20 Wehaf January 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I love “ever wish you could shoot some people with more than just a camera?”!

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21 Ellen Dunne January 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

why yes, I am that kind of girl

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22 Sarah January 5, 2012 at 1:40 am
23 Meagan January 5, 2012 at 5:38 am

funny…I don’t recall asking your opinion. Awesome giveaway, this is such a cute idea.

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24 Cindy B. January 5, 2012 at 7:19 am

My favorite is, “I can’t be good ALL the time.”

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25 Cindy B. January 5, 2012 at 7:24 am
26 Cindy B. January 5, 2012 at 7:26 am
27 Jennifer Valdivia January 5, 2012 at 7:32 am

“why, I’d be delighted to put my needs last again” and “the key word is alleged” are my favorites.

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28 ErinCap January 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

I have never seen one of these before! how stinking awesome!
One I like a lot is “stop me before I volunteer again” as I can not stop “helping”.
But i have to say “what am I making for supper? why, sweetie, I’m making whatever the hell I want served with a side of eat it or starve” Must be my favorite as I have the urge to say that to my 5 and 7 year old 3 time a day… Breakfast, lunch ad dinner.

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29 Nancy Wolf January 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

“She could never remember which was better… …safe? …or sorry?”

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30 andrea January 5, 2012 at 8:56 am

“Are you certain you want to interrupt my coffee break?”

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31 andrea January 5, 2012 at 8:58 am
32 Weezie January 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

Oh my gosh, my mom is OBSESSED with Anne Taintor… I made her a “survival kit” for Christmas last year that included a product with the best quote ever- “stop me before i volunteer again.” Very fitting, since my mom has at least three volunteer positions on top of a full time job!

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33 Ruby L January 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

“old enough to know better… too young to give a rat’s ass”

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34 Gail park January 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Erin this is such a cool idea!!!!!My favorite saying is Because I’m the mother…thats why! My mom always used to reply to my question of why can’t I do this or how come I have to do it with this very Tainor saying! How funny this brought back some fond memories of the yesterdays with mom! This white berry box will fit in anyones kitchen, good luck on your giveaway.

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35 Gail park January 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Erin what a cute idea!!!! My Tainor favorite is Because I’m the mom…thats why! My mom always used to reply this when I would ask her why can’t I do this or why do I have to do something I didn’t want to do. So fun to have the memories with mom. I have found myself telling my kids an now grankids the very same thing! Funny.

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36 Sharon H January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

You be Thelma. I’ll be Louise. That’s got to be one of my all-time favorite chick flicks!

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37 Karen@Mignardise January 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Another day in paradise. Just about sums it up.

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38 Karen@Mignardise January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Putting it on the Mignardise FB page.

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39 Lisa January 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

“you have to start drinking pretty damn early if you want to stay wasted all dy long”.

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40 A S January 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Love the vintage-ness of this!! So cute and love the sayings!

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41 dani h January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

“bite me”
my favorite on several levels. {smile}

i hope 2012 is a FABulous year for you, Erin {and CK, Watson & Dexter.}

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42 Amberly January 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

My husband is an attorney, so of course it’s “she wanted to look good for the trial”.

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43 Natalie January 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

“The nuns were still just one step behind her.” =)

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44 Deb January 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Always good for a laugh….”One just had to admire his deluded self-confidence”

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45 Julie January 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Great project! I might just have to give this a try. 🙂 My favorite Anne Taintor quote is, “She had not yet decided whether to use her power for good… or for evil.”

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46 Olivia January 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I love: “Are you certain you want to interrupt my coffee break?” And “It’s ok … I didn’t want a real life anyway.” And “Think of me as Unexpected Turbulence” And ….. I could go on!

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47 Jesse M January 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I love the “Guess where I’m tattooed”

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48 Jesse M January 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm
49 Vicki January 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

“another day in paradise” ….because it fits!!!

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50 The Hungry Crafter January 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

hee hee. good stuff! but because i’m crass, my favorite is: oh sweetie… I blew far more than just the budget…

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51 Julia Barrett January 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

“She was comforted by the knowledge that they were helpless without her”.

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52 marjie January 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

“Had she really hit..reply to all?”

LOVE this idea….

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53 Frances Kinross January 9, 2012 at 1:02 am

‘same circus…different clowns’ is just one of My many favorites…It just depends on the kind of day I’m having!

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54 Claire January 10, 2012 at 7:33 am

everyone needs a hobby, dear… mine is cocktails

this speaks to me right now, haha.

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55 Danielle January 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

As much as I love to cook… my favorite quote has to be: “on second thought… let’s get drunk and order pizza.”

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56 Jennifer B. January 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

I like “I don’t suffer fools gladly..but I do gladly make fools suffer.”

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57 Rachel Mabrey January 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

My favorite is:
“she had not yet decided whether to use her power for good… or for evil”

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