Big Scout Project

Top 10 of 2011

Gang, it’s the last of the “top” lists for a while, but the data geek in me can’t help looking at stats, and I’m using today’s post to share a list of the Top 10 posts for 2011, according to views. May you find something amusing — may you learn a little something new!

Bird by Terrell Powell#10. At Home With the Artist: Terrell PowellGet inspired by the intense colors and wild sense of fun from Austin’s Terrell Powell in a quick retrospective of the artist’s work.  

Box Oven for Camping#9. More from Camp Training. A big round-up of the basics of camping I learned during a training last May. Thoughts on preparation, safety, cooperation, and more. 

#8. Make a Box Oven. Another camping post, I demonstrate how to make a really great oven from an old liquor box and heavy duty aluminum foil. This was so much fun! 

Home made brown sugar rock candy#7. Growing Crystals: Kitchen Science 101. Who doesn’t love to see light refracted through or reflected by a beautiful crystal? In this post, I look at crystals you can grow at home using simple ingredients from the kitchen. 

Anklet with home-baked beads#6. Macrame: All Tied Up in Knots. A first-timer at this craft, I share my outcomes, as well as a few lessons learned. 

#5. Inspired, Inspiring Architecture. Contemporary, Sustainable, and Totally Prefab! Researching this task for the architecture badge pointed me exactly in the direction of my dream home. This is not our parents’ prefab! 

Hobo Dyer World Map#4. A Map of the World.There are so many ways to look at the world. Check out some of these maps — you’ll never think about this big blue marble in quite the same way. It might actually freak you out a bit. 

Disastrous first try at a coil pot#3. Pottery & Sculpting: File Under “Needs Work”. I just want to go on the record here and note that I hadn’t worked with clay since my Play Doh days. I think the results speak for themselves. 

#2. Reuse, Recycle, Redecorate! Here’s the step-by-step guidance you need to create a Christmas tree door decoration from old compact discs. My usual disclaimer applies: Just because you can do something, does it mean you should? And that’s why this post’s popularity just tickles me.   

Tangram diagram#1. The Tangrams: Great Name for a Band. One of the earliest posts is the regular favorite. Tangrams are a great puzzle for kids of all ages, and this post shows how to make one and play around with it. BTW, I still say The Tangrams IS a great name for a band, and I don’t think anyone’s snagged it… yet. 

Next week, we’re back to mastering new things. I’ve got a solid dozen tasks “in progress” right about now. 2012 is going to be wonderful!


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