photo from my adventure in Joshua Tree National Park last week
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
And hello Friday! This week was my first week back after taking last week off to adventure with friends and boy did it feel long. I’m looking forward to the weekend—bike rides, time at the ranch, and a sunset at the beach are what’s in store.
Whenever we’re stuck on what to have for dinner, Mexican food always wins. It’s the kind of food that everyone can always agree on and it’s always a crowd pleaser at parties. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I’ve partnered with Harvest Snaps to share a favorite Mexican-inspired dish of mine—layered dip! This delicious 5-minute Mexican layered dip combines favorites like guacamole and pico de gallo in individual glasses to create small party-sized portions.
Watch the video below to see what the secret ingredient is that makes these irresistible!
Crème fraîche, 7.5 oz.
Lime, zest and juice
Refried black beans
Pico de gallo
Shredded cheese, Mexican blend Harvest Snapsin your favorite flavors
In a small mixing bowl combine the creme fresh with the zest of one lime. Add the juice of one half of the lime and stir to combine. Keep covered in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble the dip.
Add 2 heaping tablespoons of refried black beans to small appetizer glasses or shot glasses. Top with guacamole, pico de gallo, the lime crema and shredded cheese. Enjoy with Harvest Snaps and your other favorite crudities.
Now that spring is in full bloom (yep, pun intended) I thought it was appropriate to continue with the floral theme and bring cheerful flowers to this month’s wallpaper too. On this month’s wallpaper you will find tiny daisies, billy balls and tulips—three of my favorite flowers. I hope you enjoy this wallpaper as much as I do!
Design and illustration by Sarah Khandjian | downloads for personal consumer use only
WANT MORE FREE WALLPAPERS?
Find more inspiring wallpapers I’ve created over the years on my wallpaper page. And if you’re loving these colorful spring blooms, the vector graphics are available for purchase on my Creative Market shop. Perfect for all your spring designs…I’m thinking art prints, stationery, and more!
Over the years I’ve formed a few unintentional collections of things.
I say unintentional because I try to only buy things I really love or need. Since living in a tiny home the past year and a half, I really don’t want lots of extra stuff laying around because when you move you discover you don’t use most of it! But one of the small collections I’ve formed is a collection of cloth napkins. I’m just a sucker for good prints and I adore they instantly transform any dinner (even takeout) into a cozy, dining experience. So this week’s video is a homage to my collection—DIY monstera leaf napkins. Just in time for spring and to get your tabletop ready for some serious tropical vibes.
Watch the video below to see how to make them!
I cut out one stencil by hand, as you can see in the video, and then cut out a few extras using my Silhouette Cameo. This way I didn’t have to wait for the stencil to dry before using it again. I’ve said this last week but if you’ve been on the fence about buying a cutting machine, I highly recommend you do it! For the past few years, it’s been my most used tool.
If you’re using a Silhouette, download the SVG stencil above and open it using the Silhouette Studio software. Place a sheet of cardstock on the light hold mat and cut out the stencil.
If you’re cutting it out by hand, download the PDF stencil above and print it out on cardstock. Use a craft knife to cut out the stencil. Be sure you’re cutting on a cutting mat or a thick piece of cardboard to protect your tabletop.
Wash and dry the cloth napkins to remove extra lint. Iron them to remove any wrinkles before stenciling. Place the napkin on top of a large scrap piece of paper (to protect your table from the paint that bleeds through). Place the stencil on the napkin and apply the fabric paint inside the stencil using a large foam pouncer. Once it’s completely, immediately remove the stencil. Move the stencil around the napkin and repeat. Allow the fabric to dry for 24-48 hours before heat setting it in the dryer.
These work up rather quickly so you might just want to make multiple sets! They would be great Mother’s Day gift and a welcoming hostess gift.
I used white cotton napkins I had on hand and dyed them powder pink before stenciling them. If you’ve never dyed fabric before, it’s actually quite simple. Just follow the directions on the dye package and be sure to wear gloves.
This week one of my blogging besties is in town so I’m going to be taking a little break to explore LA with her. Be sure to follow our adventures over on my Instagram story—we’re heading to Joshua Tree and Venture next week.
If you’re looking for something fun and colorful to make this weekend, try one of these cute DIY projects!