New Social Icons!

Did you guys happen to notice my new social icons over on the right? Aren’t they cute? I love them. And no, I did not make them myself… I have absolutely no concept of how to do that. Believe it or not I actually won them during a giveaway hosted by Nellie Bellie¬†a little while back. I linked up to the Bloggy Olympics she was hosting and was randomly chosen to receive custom social icons from Gwen at This Bold Girl. She sent me three different options, I chose one, and she made me five icons for different social websites. The RSS feed icon should be working properly. I linked the Pinterest one to my personal Pinterest and the email one will be functional soon! Gwen also made me icons for Twitter and Facebook, but since I don’t have either of those directly associated with my blog, I’m not going to use them as of yet. Hopefully, I will eventually. Thanks, Gwen!

Reader Features at Take-A-Look Tuesday

One of my favorite blogs to read is Sugar Bee Crafts. Every Tuesday, Mandy hosts her “Take-A-Look Tuesday” link party and then on Wednesday lets one of her readers feature their favorites from the party. Guess what?! I got to be the one to pick the features this week! I thought it was very exciting. Anyways, if you want to see the amazing projects and recipes I chose as my favorites, head on over to her blog. ūüôā

Scrapbook Paper Branches

I’m finally all moved in to my apartment at school! I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to write any posts, let alone actually post them! Here’s the scrapbook paper branches I finished before I left to come back to school. I’ll have quite a few of my other projects up soon!

When I saw this scrapbook paper tree¬†from Two Girls Being Crafty, I knew I wanted to make one similar to it. It’s kind of like a plant (a little bit…), but involves no dirt or watering and it looks so cute! It would also be a great project to use up scrapbook paper pieces if you had them laying around.

I live in the land of palm trees and there are no trees near my house with easily obtainable branches that I needed for this project. Luckily, I visited my grandparents who have about eight oak trees in their yard and rummaged through their brush pile until I found a few perfect branches. Once I got home, I broke off the leaves, spray painted them brown to make them all a uniform color, and let them dry.

I made two leaf templates out of cardboard, a big one and a small one. Then I traced the templates onto a couple different colors and patterns of scrapbook paper and cut them out.

 

 

Cut a bunch of “stems” out of wire. I used 22 gauge for the larger leaves and 26 gauge for the smaller leaves, but it really didn’t make much of a difference. Once you have a big pile of leaves, paint the back of one side with mod-podge, lay a piece of wire onto the mod-podge and cover it with another leaf. I did matching colors, but mismatched ones would probably be cute too. Make sure you press down to make sure the wire will stay between the two sides.

 

After you get all your leaves made, you’re ready to attach them to the branches! Just wrap the wire around the branches and arrange the leaves however you want.

Then, I arranged all my branches and wired the bottoms so they would stay together, but all you really have to do is stick them in a pretty vase and you’re done!

 

Here’s a picture of where they are in my apartment! They’re at the top of the stairs on that cute yellow cabinet, which is the first thing you see when you walk in the door. I love them!

 

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps were the last of the three recipes Carson and I made for the finale of The Bachelorette last Sunday. We ate these as an “appetizer” for the Puppy Chow and Cake Batter Dip and boy were they good! And very easy too.

We got our inspiration from this recipe at She Wears Many Hats which Carson had pinned on Pinterest a while back. Since we wanted to be sure our food was done before the episode started, we bought an already made hoisin sauce at the grocery store instead of making the sauce in the recipe. It was still delicious!

Here’s the recipe we used:

  • one package of chicken, diced
  • one onion, diced
  • three cloves of garlic, minced
  • canola oil
  • 1/4 cup or so of hoisin sauce
  • handful of cashew halves
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • lettuce leaves

Heat a few tablespoons of canola oil in a skillet over medium high heat and brown the chicken. Add the onions and garlic and cook until they are soft and beginning to brown, then add the hoisin sauce and cashews and stir until everything is coated in the sauce. Let it cook for a few more minutes to make sure everything is hot and then serve with the lettuce leaves! Makes about six large lettuce wraps.

I loved that this recipe used diced chicken instead of ground chicken and that it was so quick to make. We used Romaine lettuce leaves because they are easier to wrap up (which made them a little less messy). This could easily be served as a dinner too!

Another Shopping Trip & Upcoming Projects!

I’m sorry I¬†haven’t posted anything in a few days! I’ll tell you about my shopping trip yesterday, so you have something to read until I get a project posted later today!

I’m quickly becoming a regular at Joann’s! I bought two fabrics and the supplies to make a pillow, along with a half-yard remnant. I’m on a quest to find the perfect fabric for shams to match the duvet cover I’m making (which is VERY VERY close to being done and should be posted by the end of this week! ¬†I’m seriously so so excited about it and I hope you are too!). Unfortunately, I brought home the fabric I thought was perfect, only to find out it wasn’t the right shade of yellow. Gah! So disappointing. But did you know that Joann’s will accept returns on fabric as long as it’s over a yard and you haven’t washed or cut it? Sadly, it will be going back to the store tomorrow. Lesson learned to always carry with you the fabric you’re trying to match…

I also bought fabric to make a pillow for my bed and still liked it once I brought it home. Yay! I got some adorable green pom-pom trim to put around the edges. Here’s a picture because I like it all too much not to post one… I’m excited to use it!Fabric and Trim for Pillow

Of course, I rummaged through the remnant bin in case there was something I had to have. Turns out there was! It’s a thin, white material with a white flower design embroidered on it. Cute, right? I loved it! I think I will make a summery shirt out of it once I find a good pattern.

White Remnant Fabric

On a different note… This blog is also supposed to be a cooking and baking blog, hence the “spatula” part of the name, With Scissors and a Spatula. I’ve been so caught up in crafting that I’ve forgotten to try out some new recipes! Not to worry though! I’ll be sure to post a few within the next few days.