01/04/15 07:53 - ID#59719
Salt dough ornaments
First, we made the dough - 1:1 flour:salt + enough water to make it like dough. This was almost a cup of water with one cup each flour & salt. We had also made chocolate chip cookie dough, molasses cookies and sour cream sugar cookie dough that day, so we put it in the fridge to cut & bake later.
The next day, Tanya helped us roll out the cookies and cut them. Then we baked them for nearly two hours, turning halfway through.
They sat for a few days while we finished up the other cookie baking and gathered paints, glitter, mod-podge, brushes, and pretty paper. (A filled loyalty punch card at Hyatt's gets you at $20 gift card!!)
Christmas Eve, Tanya came over and we started the decorating process. We sanded first - definitely recommend this step, it was surprisingly helpful to have smooth(er) surfaces to work with. We painted, decoupaged, glittered and otherwise manipulated the ornaments. Having lots of ornament hooks handy was very helpful as we painted both sides. Paint - dry - paint - dry - modpodge - dry - glitter glue - dry ... Note: mod-podge THEN glitter glue! We got quite a few started and nearly complete.
Christmas Day we hosted the afterparty from Brena's Misfit Christmas Brunch and people created more interesting ornaments. The lady with the dress is from that session.
We went to NYC Saturday to late late Tuesday night, so we couldn't finish until yesterday. I was still tying string on ornaments today. I like nylon invisible thread, and we also used some really nice stretchy gold string. We ended up throwing some unpainted ones away because we just couldn't keep occupying the kitchen table with this project.
Here's the entire set. As much work as they took, I keep expecting there to be more of them!
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06/03/14 09:01 - ID#59041
Buffalo Pride 2014
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08/05/13 04:39 - ID#57973
Infringe: the cool kid
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04/19/13 07:27 - ID#57549
Happy Tax Day!
On one of our dates back in December, I had taken (e:Dianne) down to canalside to see the view and she loved it. When we started our ride Monday night, the obvious choices were Delaware Park or the harbor... She had no idea where we were until we were right on the water. So cute.
Then we went to the Pan-American Grill at Hotel Lafayette. Food & beer were okay but the space is incredible!
I would have taken a shot of the gorgeous women's room but (e:Dianne) and I got busted making out before I had a chance (and was too embarrassed after).
We went back to the 24, played a game of Dominion, then went back outside for glow-in-the-dark bocce ball! Woo! (The game is also now known as hibachi ball.)
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02/13/13 03:41 - ID#57239
pardi gras 2013
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01/02/13 12:14 - ID#57111
Paul & the ball
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12/24/12 12:10 - ID#57037
Crappy vid of lights synched with music
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12/23/12 08:53 - ID#57036
Light Up the Holidays!
Most Christmas Spirit - this year, Jill C. & Rich H. won - talk about maximizing available resources! They rent the first floor of this house and decorated to the max. Excellent details.
Victorian category winner, the Larsens. Again, awesome details.
Whimsical category had a tie - Nicole & Derek - Jill C. & Nicole are sisters and lived together with their mom, Jill's ex-husband and a ton of kids until about two years ago, their house won a couple times.
and Amy & Robb:
Ryan & Melanie at Bloss Holiday Market won best business display even though there are no lights on the decorations. I've made a request to the board of the nonprofit that owns the building to fix the canopy (I'm on the board).
Dave & April won in the Green Christmas category but I need to go shoot video of it. They timed the lights to music - it's rough execution but good concept.
A top contender for the Victorian category
I like this one.
Also not a winner but we liked its log cabin feel.
Nate & Kelly tried really hard but it doesn't top the others.
Another nice one - Lindquists
Chad & Erica are ineligible because they don't live in the borough but I really like how the lights highlight the lines of the house.
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10/08/12 03:05 - ID#56815
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04/08/12 09:40 - ID#56336
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