2012 Roundup

I like to spend a little time reflecting on the year that is drawing to a close.  Two thousand twelve brought many changes for me: I left a job, moved from Washington, DC to South Carolina, and started a new career.  Two thousand twelve also saw the start of this blog!

Throughout all of the changes that occurred this past year, I have very much enjoyed sharing craft projects and recipes with you, my readers, here on Scissors and Spoons.  I am grateful for all of the comments and inspiration that you have shared with me.  I am also grateful for each and every time that you have shared this blog with others. I have enjoyed visiting the blogs of many of the visitors who have commented on my posts.  I am very much looking forward to continuing to share my crafts and recipes with you in the new year!

Before it’s time to time to flip the calendars to 2013, I wanted to roundup my most viewed and favorite posts from 2012.

The most viewed craft posts on Scissors and Spoons were:

1.  DIY Salt Dough Snowflakes

DIY Salt Dough SnowflakesI made these salt dough snowflake ornaments to decorate my Christmas tree, but I love the look of salt dough so much that now that it is time to take down my Christmas tree, I am preparing some non-holiday salt dough decorations to share.

2. Recycled Calendar Origami Boxes

DIY Recycled Calendar BoxesTheses boxes were my first post on Scissors and Spoons.  As we welcome the new year, it is a great time to revisit this post and use calendars from 2012 to make pretty gift boxes.

3. DIY Paper Magnolias

DIY Paper Magnolias

I made these paper magnolias to mark the aforementioned move. I love this project because it can be made using simple materials — scissors, paper, and glue.

4.  DIY Paper Orchids

DIY Paper Magnolias

While my orchids are showing no signs of re-blooming this year (in contrast to last year), these paper orchids are still “in bloom.”

The most viewed recipe posts were:

1.  Jaime’s Red Velvet Cupcakes; and

Jaime's Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe2.  Banana Buttermilk Pecan Muffins.

Banana Buttermilk Pecan MuffinsMy two favorite posts–one craft and one recipe–were:

1.  Onion Skin Dyed Botanical Eggs; and

Onion Skin Dyed Botanical Eggs2.  the Black Forest Whipped Cream Cake Jaime surprised me with for my birthday.

Black Forest Whipped Cream CakeBest wishes for the new year!

Scissors and Spoons is in print!

I know it has been a bit quiet around here lately, but I have busy working on several craft and cooking projects to share with you.  I also did an interview with a local  newspaper, The Times and Democrat, which I wanted to share with you:

Times and DemocratI plan to post several quick and easy projects over the next couple of days if you are looking for a last minute project or two. Also a bit later today, my friend Nichelle will be sharing a delicious recipe for a flour free holiday cookie so come back a little later today to find out what she made.

Christmas Tree Decorating

If you have been following my blog over the past couple of months you have probably realized I have been really looking forward to getting a Christmas tree. I am not sure if the Christmas tree ornaments that I have been making since late October are a cause of my excitement or a symptom of it.  If you missed my earlier ornament posts, you can check out my clothespin reindeer, salt dough snowflakes, clothespin star ornaments, and twine balls by clicking on the photos below.

DIY Clothespin Reindeer Ornaments

It has become an annual tradition for Jaime and me to select and decorate a Christmas tree over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The first Christmas after Jaime and I were married we purchased a seven plus foot Fraiser fir from a Christmas tree lot about a half a mile from our apartment in DC and walked the tree through crowds of shoppers and tourists in Chinatown the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We got quite a few laughs and shouts of “Merry Christmas” and I am pretty sure a few people snapped photos of us.  Unfortunately, we didn’t snap any pictures of our Christmas tree trek as we had our hands a bit full, although Jaime did snap the photo below in the elevator.

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Confronting My Thanksgiving Fears

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  I was a bit nervous about cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year as I had a somewhat traumatic Thanksgiving cooking experience last year.  Jaime and I hosted Thanksgiving for friends in our tiny DC apartment kitchen.  We made a full spread from scratch – turkey, ham, sweet potato rolls, baked sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, green beans, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin and sweet potato pie – and our friends pitched in with a fruit and marshmallow salad, garlic mashed potatoes, quinoa with vegetables, and homemade cranberry sauce.  Everything was going really well – we had started cooking early and it looked like everything was going to be ready on time – when things suddenly took a turn for the worse.

Thanksgiving 2012Jaime was up on the roof cleaning off the patio furniture to bring inside (what can I say? seating was at a premium in our apartment) and I was making cream cheese frosting for the cupcakes.  I’ve made frosting more times than I can remember and it is not hard: cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  What could possibly go wrong you ask? Continue reading

A Blogging Holiday and a Vacation Photo

I hope everyone is having a good week.  Things have been a bit hectic on my end so I’m taking a little blogging holiday today.  In place of the regular Tuesday craft or recipe, I am sharing a photo that I took on a trip to Charleston, SC this past summer.  I’ll be back later this week with a new project, until then . . .

Middlteon Place - Charleston, SCMiddleton Place – Charleston, SC

DIY Sunflower Party Invitations

Earlier this year, Jaime and I hosted a jazz brunch celebration.  Now that the brunch is over, I wanted to share some pictures of the invitations that we made for the brunch.  We made these invitations for a retirement celebration, but I also think this design would work well for a dinner party, bridal shower or baby shower.

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