Here is Fall’s version of SAS (Short Attention Span) Decorating. And, in case you’re wondering, we’re almost at a full year of SAS Decorating Volumes:
Here are the past ones:
Spring Edition Vol. 1 (in which a glue gun is employed. I do have my FOID card, you know.)
Truly SAS Decorating for Fall:
Taking the same tray you used for summer, you’re going to dump all those shells in a Ziploc and store it away for next year. Have your children do that, because you’re bored already with the project. (I told you I had a SAS!)
Eeuw. Ugly. Boring. Let’s dress it up! Now, to get the materials for dressing it up, you’re going to have to pick a really rainy fall evening, meet a friend… let’s call her S.Q. (Sudoku Queen) and make her go to a store with inexpensive decorations such as Home Goods. Roam around making fun of all the things other people buy to decorate their house. Choose wisely; the line between beautiful and stupid is a thin one. Pick up a box or two of fake leaves and acorns and pinecones. Yes, it’s fake. And other people would probably make fun of me. But if I can’t hear them making fun of me, I can ignore it.
Bring your purchases home. Oops! Go ahead and set aside the Ann Taylor Loft purchases. Oh, and the shoes. Those will not be used for our project here. But they were really pretty and will be good fall decorations.
Back to the point:
Employ your 8yo to do the decorating. She is your perfectionist child, so she will take the leaves and acorns and every little itty bit of fakery and place it gingerly on the tray. My only rule was for her to hide the extra fake bright leaves at the bottom. And put the cuter, not-so-fake acorns and pinecones on top. You can’t mess up a pinecone, right?
That’s fine, you’ll save your sanity if you just leave the room now and let her continue. Here is our finished project:
The SAS Decorating Monster is lurking not far away:
And, to keep it honest here, I suppose I should show you what is right beside the table that I attempt to beautify… a bed other people in my house brought home one night for Tempo cat:
*The POOPIE button up top is from The Nesting Place. It stands for People Opposing Objectionable Pretend Plants in the Environment.