3. New mattress, sheets, and pillows
4. Cleaning Kit
5. Inexpensive Organizing Solutions
6. A Special Item to Mark the Transition
In the entryway, I changed my letter board to reflect the theme, and added this very cute cactus light. Over the fireplace, I added this cactus banner. I expected it to be made out of paper, but it’s actually felt! I think it will stay up year-round somewhere in my house.
Outside on the porch, I brought out all of my blue metal kitchen chairs, and bought a folding table from Target. The aqua plastic tablecloth I already had, leftover from a bridal shower I threw a year ago. I decorated the table with some of my little succulents on tiny cake stands, which I already had also.
- Walking Tacos. Apparently, this is a Midwesterner thing, because no one in Arizona had heard of this. You take individual bags of Doritos or Fritos, open them, and put a scoop of taco meat and all your usual fixings inside the bag, mix it up, and eat it from the bag. These are the original Doritos Tacos – but deconstructed. I cooked the taco meat in the crock pot to make life even easier.
- Guacamole, sour cream, cheese, shredded lettuce, salsa – all purchased and packaged, again, making life easy.
- Fruit from a handy fruit tray.
- Peanuts and M&Ms – Conley family tradition.
- Fanta, lemonade, and lime La Croix as well as bottled water. I wanted brightly colored, kid-friendly beverages. Although the La Croix was really all for us non-soda drinking adults.
- Taco Cakes!!! I’m still so thrilled with how these turned out. I made two round cakes, cut them in half, and stacked them to make the taco shape. Then I frosted and decorated them to look like a taco with fillings. Here’s a tutorial that I based my cake on, but instead of using crushed Oreos, I used the star shaped decorating tip and chocolate frosting for the taco meat. I didn’t create the tomatoes and cheese from separate frosting either, I just used the small round tip to pipe them on.
- Cactus light
- Letter board
- Cactus banner
- Gold number balloon
- Paper Mexican Tissue banner
- Paper Fiesta Fans
- Paper Fiesta napkins
- Mexican blanket
- Aqua Plastic tablecloth
- Paper honeycombs (similar? I bought mine locally)
- I made the “Drinks” sign with a piece of poster board, sprayed with black chalkboard paint, and wrote on it with a gold chalk marker.
So, I told you marble contact paper was addicting.
Last week was Thanksgiving, and despite the contentions and deep divides around us, I hope you had peace around your Thanksgiving dinner table, and you were able to be truly grateful for those with you and your many blessings.
Have you seen the Christmas decorations at Target? I fell in love with the marble Christmas trees. Marble matches everything, and is so classy!
I took that marble idea, and expanded on it for these marble and gold letters!
- Cardboard paper mache letters
- Marble contact paper
- Metallic finish gold paint. This is the exact one I use on most of my craft projects.
- Scissors and pencil
- Craft knife
Step 1: Fold your contact paper so that right sides are together, like it is in the image above.
Step 2: Then trace and cut out your letters. You may need to use a craft knife to cut out some shapes, depending on what letters you choose. “JOY” would have been a bit easier!
Step 3: Peel and stick the contact paper letters to the cardboard letters. Smooth out any bubbles under the surface. This part is the most fun!
Step 4: Paint the edges of the letters gold. I’d tried to use my copper contact paper, but without success. Paint is much easier, and I love the finished result!
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Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s now acceptable for me to take down my fall decorations and bust out the Christmas stuff. These will find a new home on my mantle.
And if you like that painting in the background … I made that too, and I can post a tutorial for that also. Let me know! The premise behind it is so easy, anyone could do it.
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- 17 Ways to Self-Care in the Winter
So bust out the Christmas music with no shame, and get to spreading that Christmas cheer! Peace on earth, good will to men!
In the last post on our office, we were still using a kitchen table and black desk. Someday I’ll have the finishing touches ready and I’ll share the rest, but *spoiler alert* we now have white desks.
I can’t tell you how much I love my desk, but the white surface did create an issue with my computer mouse. For weeks, I couldn’t figure out why my computer would turn on, but the mouse wouldn’t respond. Finally, I mentioned it to Brian, and in five minutes he diagnosed the issue – no mouse pad. He let me use his, which is covered with lovely photos of car parts and Motocraft products. But I wanted something a little more me.
I was inspired by the lovely marble mouse pads I found on Etsy for $20, and figured out how to create my own.
- A piece of craft foam.
- Marble contact paper. I love this stuff, you can use it for so many things!
- Copper contact paper. This stuff is addicting.
Step 2: Trace your craft foam onto your marble contact paper. We’re going to add a section of copper, so mark how far you want the marble to come. Then cut it out.
Step 3: Slowly, peel and stick the contact paper to your foam, smoothing out any bubbles.
And that’s really all there is too it!