I turned my work-at-home desk into a gingerbread house and I CAN NOT wait to work there tonight for my first shift of the week.
As you know, I have a part-time job working from home as a customer service rep. The other half of my time, I write for my blog or for other websites for their blog content or social media management.
I work full time hours, but around my kids at home. Although this is the last year I have one child at home. Everyone is in school next year. I’m looking forward to only having one drop off. Praise BE!
Anyway, one of the benefits of working from home is you don’t have to travel into an office to work. But you do miss out on some of the antics in the office, like the interior decorating for holiday events and Christmas.
Back in October, work set out a competition to decorate your work-at-home desk for Halloween. Now we don’t generally celebrate Halloween in our house and you can read my stance in this post.
BUT, I am all about community and I’m all for giving to others and being a light. We personally stand out on the driveway at Halloween to give lollies to all who pass our house. It’s a great way to catch up with those in the neighbourhood.
Anyway, I decided I’d take part in the Halloween competition at work. I didn’t go down the track of death, but more the scary animal stuff like spiders and bats. I also ensured there were treats which means I haven’t been on a diet since October. That bucket of lollies went down a treat, literally.
I didn’t win. But it didn’t matter because taking part and being creative was right up my alley. It’s also important to show that even if you work from home, you don’t have to miss out on having fun with season events.
Now that it’s December, the competition is on again for the best decorated desk. In the lead up, I have been asking friends and business owners for all their boxes to make the gingerbread house around my desk.
Unfortunately, they weren’t big enough, so an appliance store near Jacob’s work allowed us to raid their bin for any boxes to use for our project.
Jacob came back with a massive square box which was PERFECT for the roof.
I got the girls involved by colouring in the lollies and making the paper chain. All the decorations were made by hand and stuck on by tape. The icing on the roof was made from the border of paper plates. The inner round sections were coloured into candy.
There was little rubbish as we tried to reuse whatever was cut out. I also had old decorations from Esther’s Frozen party, which were added to the inner part of the roof.
I also reused the webbing from Halloween, to make snow on the top of the roof and gutters. The only thing I bought was the Christmas Tree Lollipops, which were part of another blog post and wire string lights from Woolworths.
It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with the result. I work in our bedroom, so it’s quite the Christmas spectacle in our bedroom corner.