Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 2011 Activity -- Holiday Peeps Diorama

The traditional airing of grievances, feats of strength and the Festivus pole.
The easily explainable event that we are calling a Festivus miracle is that
we actually pulled this together in one evening.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Amy's House, Arlington, VA
6:00 - 9:30pm
Cost: A few dollars in materials, dinner delivered from Lost Dog and some seasonal beer

Dilettante Kathleen is not a Peeps neophyte. However, the other Dilettantes are, and this is the first time Dilettante Kathleen ever attempted a winter-holiday-themed diorama, so we were all new to at least the genre.

Knowing what goes into constructing one of these (as Dilettante Kathleen and her partner, Hillary, came in SECOND in the Chicago Tribune Peeps diorama contest this past spring), Dilettante Kathleen did a lot of prep work in advance. While this saved a lot of time, it did not necessarily leave a lot of room for creative input from the other Dilettantes. (As Dilettante Amanda stated, "I might have an idea, but I'm scared to say it.")

Well, put a glue gun in my hand and call me Martha...I didn't mean to come across as a tyrant.

It actually was a creative team effort -- and it came together really quickly.

The "learning" portion of this activity entailed researching Festivus on Wikipedia, and Dilettante Amy finding out just how hot modeling clay can get when dabbed with hot glue (ouch!)

After completing our diorama, we submitted it to the "Deck the Peeps" diorama contest -- you can view our diorama and vote (once a day!) for us here.