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Yellow Suitcase Studio: December 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas, friends! Wishing you all the best! Don't hold back on the hugging and eating :)

How awesome are these vintage ornaments!?! I really scored on these, coming in at $1 a box from our local Habitat ReStore. You really never know what you might find there! (At ours right now - 3 old toilets that we replaced from our house and donated. I'm so happy to see those gone and not taking up space in our garage)

I'm just swooning over the packaging design!

Obligitory photo of one of the kitty babes checking out mom's latest find.

 Again, have a very merry Christmas! Much love!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Taco Seasoning Recipe and Printable

We eat tacos almost weekly and used to always buy those packets of seasoning. This, friends, is so much better. It's just as easy and you know everything that is in it. It's tasty too, of course. And who doesn't love tacos!?! So this makes a perfect gift! Any other gift procrastinators out there? Christmas is a couple days away!

Taco Seasoning Recipe (makes about 3/4 cup)
Original recipe from allrecipes.com


1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon chili powder
1-1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
1-1/4 teaspoons onion powder
1-1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
2-1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons and 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons sea salt (I usually don't use quite this much salt)
1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons blackpepper

Mix everything together! Store in an airtight container.

Use about 3-4 tablespoons (or really how ever much suits your tastes) plus 1/4 cup of water per pound of meat.

And here's the tag I designed for you! All I ask, is that you only use it for personal uses! I printed it on an off white cardstock and used bakery twine to tie it to the jar.
Download Taco Seasoning Tags Here!
Enjoy! I'd love to hear if you used it the recipe or tags!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

mailbox makeover

We have some unexplored area above the garage in our house. Haha part of why we haven't checked out everything up there is that we don't have a tall enough ladder. On taking a peek up there, an old mailbox caught my eye and it was within reach!

They don't make them like this anymore! I was disappointed that there wasn't any long forgotten secret money stashes or other treasure in it. Wouldn't that be a story to tell!

At my job we do letters to Santa and we didn't have anything very official looking for those letters to get to Santa. So, I quick made over the mailbox with some spray paint!

I used Rustoleum primer and then Rustoleum painter's touch flat white. Of course, in true crazy Wisconsin weather fashion I was some how able to spray paint outside in high 50 degree weather in December.

I think I'd still like to paint the flag red how it was, but for now it's happily helping make sure that letters get delivered to Santa!

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