Winter Pinterest Challenge: DIY Paper Tulips

This last week I was surfing craft blogs when I saw a tutorial for gorgeous paper tulips.  I added the tulips to my ever expanding list of projects I would like to make.  I am inspired by so many of the beautiful projects I see online, but recently have not had time to craft.  The winter Pinterest challenge hosted by Sherry of Young House Love gave me the motivation I needed to take a hour to craft.

DIY Paper Tulips

While I haven’t seen any tulips yet this year, tulips are one of my favorite flowers because they are one of the first flowers of spring.  Here is a photo that I took last spring when I visited the Tulip Library on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Aren’t the tulips cheerful?

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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!

DIY Ornaments: Salt Dough Hummingbirds

During the summer, my mother enjoys watching the hummingbirds outside of her kitchen window.  She always seems a bit sad when it is time to put away the feeder for the winter and looks forward to the birds return in the spring.  For the holidays, I thought I’d bring her a little early cheer and make her a couple of hummingbird ornaments for her tree.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsI also think these ornaments would be pretty hanging in a window or on a mobile for a year-round decoration.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsThese little hummingbirds are made out of salt dough (just like the DIY Snowflake Ornaments), but I added a piece of toothpick for the beak while the dough was still wet.

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Origami Holiday Gift Boxes From Scrapbook Paper

Since it is the holiday season and I, like many, am in need of ways to wrap small gifts, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my very first post on Scissors and Spoons: Recycled Calendar Boxes.  That post is still the most viewed post on this blog, although my DIY Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments are a close second.   In my earlier post I used old calendars to be make the boxes, but for this post I used 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper.  Since the scrapbook paper is already square it makes making the boxes even simpler.Origami Gift Boxes

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DIY Christmas Ornaments: String or Twine Balls

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  I made some more Christmas ornaments this past weekend that I am excited to share with you today.  These string covered ornaments were easy to make and came together fairly quickly.  I made six ornaments in less than two hours while watching TV.  These probably would have come together even faster, if I had not kept getting sucked into the shows.

Twine OrnamentsThis is the third post in my DIY Christmas Ornaments series.  So if you are just tuning in and missed my earlier ornament posts, here are the links to my clothespin reindeer and salt dough snowflakes.  I have quite a few additional ornaments that I am looking forward to sharing with you in the next couple of weeks.  To make sure that you don’t miss any of my DIY ornament posts, please consider subscribing to my blog by clicking on the envelope icon to the right and entering your email address or following me on Pinterest.

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DIY Christmas Ornaments: Salt Dough Snowflakes

This past weekend, in addition to making the pumpkin bread that I blogged about earlier this week, I also finished making some salt dough ornaments.  I went to a couple of stores, but couldn’t find a snowflake cookie cutter so I used a daisy and star cookie cutter to make these ornaments.

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsOf course, once I made these ornaments  it seemed like all of the the stores got their winter cookie cutters in stock and I saw snowflake cookie cutters in four different stores. Don’t you hate when that happens? I guess I will just have to make another batch of ornaments!

I think that these ornaments would be pretty hanging on a Christmas tree, as a tag on a gift, or hanging from a fireplace mantle.

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DIY Christmas: A Chirstmas Craft Page & Reindeer Ornaments

This year I decided to start early on my Christmas decorations and crafts.  I know that a few people will protest and say that Halloween is barely over and it is much too early to start on Christmas crafts.  For those of you who are not ready to start thinking about Christmas crafts, I hope that you’ll follow my Pinterest Christmas Crafts board, bookmark this page, and come back when you are ready to start thinking about holiday crafts.  For everyone else please do all of the above and keep reading!

DIY Reindeer Christmas OrnamentI am starting on my holiday crafts early this year because I think handmade crafts and decorations are a nice way to show love for family and friends, but I also like to actually spend time with family and friends doing things other than crafting and I simply don’t have enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to do all of the crafts that I would like.  The lovely green velvet fabric that has been sitting in my craft closet for almost a year waiting to be made into stockings is testament to that.  By starting early, I hope to craft at a more leisurely pace and also give you time to make any projects on the blog that strike your fancy.

I have started a Christmas Craft page that I will add to as I blog about my crafts.  Please consider subscribing to my blog to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of my fun holiday and winter crafts. To subscribe, please click on the envelope icon to the right, enter your email address, and verify your subscription. Continue reading