Que Relajo to Decorate the Home this Summer!
How a few beautiful DIY projects to decorate a fresh and colorful dining area can be the most fun thing to do this summer!
Hi amigos! Before I start to tell my story, lets just talk about the word relajo (yep, that weird word you read in the title). The word relajo is hard to explain in English because it’s basically a word #SinTraducción. It sounds like “relajar” that is basically “relax” but it means something like “making a mess” and it also can be something like “going crazy” or “partying too much”. But it’s such a fun word and I wanted to tell you about it and what it means for me because well, some of you might agree that “hacer relajo” can mean different things for everyone.
In Tabasco, Mexico, where I used to live, spring break and summer are a big party. We used to live 5 minutes away from the beach, so this time of the year lots of my friends were basically there all day long. There are often concerts, shows and all kinds of late night parties on the beach that’s we call “lunadas”. But I guess I have always been a bit of weirdo, the one that prefers staying at home and having fun with crafts or paint.
I remember one summer, when I was probably 15 years old, I decided to stay at home most of my vacation and paint my bedroom. I wanted to create an ombre wall. So I went to the store and bought two big pink and white buckets and painted more than 50 small squares that covered the whole wall behind my bed to create that ombre effect. I layed down at the end of the week with a smile on my face. I truly believed that it was a fun summer.
Things are not that different now. I’m loving every morning and mid afternoon, or whenever Jax decides to take a nap, to bring out my craft material and make something pretty with them.
I went to Target and found these amazing things. I sat down while Jax was sleeping and created a decoupage fruit bowl, painted and personalized a new grocery bag and made a glittery centerpiece. All those things in probably an hour! The table was a crazy “relajo”, literally, but it was worth it.
I have to admit that a few years back I was ashamed of letting people know that having fun for me included coffee, paint or any other craft material and music. I didn’t want others to think that I was boring. As I got older I started to embrace it. Especially after I had my baby and I realized that any idea of having a crazy party life again was almost impossible. Nowadays crafting, going to the farmers markets or to the park with Jax is “hacer relajo” and I have started to love it and make the most of these moments.
The greatest thing, after all that “relajo” in the house, is getting to see the finished projects.
I love how my new pieces look all together in my dining area, especially that colorful table runner with the flower vase and the bowl. I sat down the other day, lighted a candle, poured a cup of coffee and enjoyed my new space. I also wore that cute hat (picture below) just to make the moment more special and happy, and because, why not?
What does “relajo” mean to you? Were you a wild party animal, or something similar than me?
Just for fun, join me on the #SinTraducción Guest Program and tell me, any words that you use where you live that have no translation in English?
Disclosure: Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All ideas, pictures and opinions are my own.