A New Plan

Since the writing challenge is over and I don’t want to post everyday about my progress on the Key West history for my Dad, I need a new plan for posts. Lets mix things up a bit with more variety than I’ve had for the last few months. Here is my plan:

Mondays: Candy Window Project – we are in full swing on this year’s Christmas display made of candy for South Jordan, so a weekly update will be a great time to share what we are doing.

Tuesdays: 50 Jar Gift Ideas – this has been long neglected but I’m determined to pick up where I left on and get it finished.

Wednesdays: Key West Project – a weekly update will help me be accountable and I can share what I’m learning along the way.

Thursdays: 50 Jar Gift Ideas – with only 18 weeks until Christmas it is going to take more than one idea a week to get finished.

Fridays: Pupdates – haven’t done many updates about my puppies other than for the big things like graduations and such. Weekly posts about our current and past puppies is a good way to keep a record of their lives.

So there is my plan. Now I just have to follow it. Planning is easy, it is the doing that is hard. But with focus and self-discipline I can do it!

A to Z Planning

I like to plan my coming week on Sundays. So today I sat down to make a real plan for completing this project. First I needed to figure out a real deadline. It is November 15th, just six weeks away. Oh my, I’ve got lots to do. Last week I didn’t get as much done as I’d planned because I got sick. Hopefully I’ve got my cold done and out of the way for the next few months. I hope the check from South Jordan shows up this week, otherwise I think I’ll need to check on it. So here is my plan.

October 3rd to 8th
Add the lights to the tree structure

Make structures for under the tree:

  • quilt
  • unwrapped package with jacket inside
  • x-mas tag
  • Mary
  • Baby Jesus

If needed under the tree:

  • drum
  • ice skates
  • yule log
  • more packages

Supplies to buy:

  • get hot glue
  • rolled fondant

October 10th to 15th

  • cover lights with candy

Start on ornaments by making the following:

  • angel
  • elf
  • gingerbread man
  • Kris Kringle
  • reindeer
  • wise men with frankincense
  • ice skates (if not under tree)
  • Finish:
  • Mary
  • Baby Jesus

October 17th to 22nd
Finish Ornaments:

  • bell
  • candy cane
  • holly
  • mistletoe
  • poinsettia
  • star
  • drum (if not under tree)
  • yule log (if not under tree)

Attach all ornaments
Make sure green candy is ordered.

October 24th to 29th
Cover everything under the tree with candy
Place them all in place and attach down

October 31st to November 5th
Cover the tree with green candy

November 7th to 12th
Final touch-ups and prepare for transport
Make arrangements for a pick-up to transport
Take lots of photos

Novermber 14th or 15th
Transport and set-up
Make sure there is a table with power

This coming week will be a good test if this schedule is possible. I don’t have a bunch of other obligations this week. I need to get as much done as I can in the next few weeks because on November 10th we will be getting our next puppy in training from Guide Dogs for the Blind and new puppies are a real handful and take lots of time.

A to Z supplies list

I got a response from Kathryn and we are going to work out a time when I can meet her at their storage unit and see what they have that I can use. She said we would be able to work out a good price for what I want. So that is good news.

I’m taking a few minutes tonight to think through the supplies that I know I will need for this project:

  • caulk (clear)
  • liquid nails 
  • green paint (check what I have)
  • Styrofoam
  • hot glue sticks
  • white Christmas tree lights
  • turn table (if I can find one cheap)
  • green candy for pine needles – maybe green licorice pastilles like the ones here: Green-Licorice-Pastilles
  • candy for lights – gum drops or other gummy candy
  • miscellaneous candy to create all the fun ornaments
  • round candy – maybe gum balls for ornaments
  • candy for quilted tree skirt – maybe tart n’ tiny
  • candy for garland (optional)
  • candy for covering presents under the tree (one partly unwrapped)

That is all I can think of right now. I’ll add to it as more things come to me. I want to make a final decision on what green candy to use for the tree. But it might be best to see what Kathryn has before I actually order anything. Most of the rest of the candy I can probably get locally because the amount of any one candy won’t be that much.