Sunday Scrolling: January 8, 2017

Craft room tours, recipe-less cooking and craft cutting

A couple of links I found eye-catching this week

  • Bon Appetit has a whole section called “Cooking without recipes,” which really describes my cooking style.
  • When I bought my Silhouette Cameo 3, it was October, and searching around did yield all sorts of tutorials, videos and tips, but it felt like it was trial by fire (and learning by failure). For Christmas, Silhouette School posted   10 Tips for Getting Started with your First Cut and 10 Things No One Tells Beginners Before the First Cut and both really would have made my my first weekend a lot easier.
  • Craft room tours on Pinterest are a big thing, and while this one is outdated (she has since moved into a craft cottage) I really like it because it’s a more realistic representation of home crafters.
  • And the car enthusiast as well as the pre-press tech at suzerspace enjoyed’s link to this weird Porsche digital art.

Modified Porch Crawler

Refreshing two-ingredient drink that is low in carbs, high in taste

I’m not sure what it says about me that my first recipe post is actually a drink – I’ll let you decide that one.

But this one is a winner at our house.

There are many competing “original recipes”, but this one is the most familiar to me. But at SuzerSpace, for health reasons, we are always counting carbs, and that version is way over the legal limit.

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First Friday: January 3, 2017

A look back at the month that just ended

  1. New Christmas Stockings! I added my name using a variation of the technique used for these cards.
  2. First snow of the season!
  3. Contact paper snowflakes for the back window.
  4. Paper flower for the top of the Xmas tree. I saw a Pinterest pin that led me to here (which is not in English, but a picture IS worth a thousand words).
  5. This year’s Christmas Tree. My husband says every year is the best one yet!
  6. Paper reindeer – I actually made 8 with black noses and one with red for the back window. Again, from a Pinterest pin that leads to a page not in English.
  7. Christmas Dinner (my plate – I’m a vegetarian, so it’s all about the side dishes). Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Carrots, Cranberries and Feta, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Stuffing, Zucchini and Tomato Tartin and Cranberry Devil Death Sauce.
  8. My Christmas Present – an Alex cart from Ikea. The right size to hold my Silhouette Cameo, and the drawers are large enough to hold 12 x 12 paper.
  9. New Year’s Eve Dinner – Cheese Enchiladas

Teeny Tiny Tip: Use a Tequila Cork as a Wine Bottle Stopper

A quick trick that doesn’t require a full 500-word essay

The best wine bottle stopper is actually the cork from a tequila bottle.

A cork from a tequila bottle makes a great wine bottle stoppera tequila bottle cork makes a great wine bottle stopper

Trying to stuff the original cork back into the bottle is frustrating. Buying those cute stoppers is fun, but they can get expensive. My way is a great bargin – each stopper comes with a full bottle of tequila!

2017 Glasses

A great prop for New Year’s Eve photos

As mentioned elsewhere, we don’t go out for New Year’s Eve. Technically, we really don’t go out at all. Or have anyone in. It sounds crabby to say we don’t like people, but it’s true.

My ever patient husband indulges my imagination over-drive by letting me decorate for holidays as if Brad and Angelina are coming over. Wait. They wouldn’t be coming over together anymore.


For 2017, I decided I wanted some photo props for our big night. Number one on my list was a banner. Number 2? Glasses.

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2017 Banner

Ring in the New Year with a custom message banner

I have a great big picture window on the back of my house. For years, at Christmas, I hung pre-made plastic holiday garland across it, and it looked good. Over the years, more and more of that plastic began to crumble, and this year, it didn’t make the cut for holiday decorating.

Instead, I used my new Silhouette machine and cut a holiday banner.

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New Year’s Credentials

Make your humble New Year’s Eve or Day party a little more special

If you’ve ever been to a sporting event or concert, you may have noticed that some people sport lanyards with cards on them with some identifying information. These look kinda like ticket stubs on steroids. In the trade, they are known as credentials. They let working media or VIPs access areas that the rest of us don’t get to go.

To make things exciting at the SuzerSpace, I like to whip up credentials for our “events”. We are homebodies, so New Year’s Eve for us was a run to the grocery and liquor store and then cooking up a meal of cheese enchiladas. But that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend.

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Happy New Year!

It’s hard to read that headline without hearing the voice of Frosty The Snowman in my head (I know, he says “Happy Birthday” but that’s not the point), but I really do like starting new projects. New Year’s Day, with the expected issuing of resolutions (or declarations or intentions or that “one little word” project that’s sweeping the internet), sets a stage that feels fresh and exciting.

I make lists of projects that sound fun to do. I make lists of projects that sound horrible to do but really need to be done – is THIS the year we repair the hole in the kitchen ceiling drywall?

I buy plastic bins at Target. I bookmark exercise videos. I add even more crafts and recipes to my Pinterest boards.

And this year, I’m a making a new, really big list. I’m starting this site. It’s a place for me to corral my crafts, my recipes and my odd projects. A place to hold all the SuzerSpin™ I put on life.