Every year Hollister’s Downtown Association puts on the annual Light’s On Celebration the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I LOVE it. I especially like that it’s an all day event, celebrating small business Saturday, and it brings our small community together. Ever since I was a kid, my dad used to bring us. And for the past 5-6 years I’ve volunteered helping with various tasks. It’s such a great way to celebrate our small town.
This year I’ve been busy with work stuff during the day, so I didn’t have a chance to volunteer through the HDA. Every year a local sponsor and tree farm donated approximately 20 Christmas trees for various groups to decorate. The trees are then donated to a family in need the following Monday. CASA signed up to decorate a tree this year and you can see our tree here! I think it turned out pretty darn cute.
In addition to the tree decorating, we also had booth sitting duty! And tonight, the parade! Even though our float was built on a shoestring budget, and we’re not doing it for the competition, I’m feeling proud that we even managed to get a half-decent float together.
Happy weekend, all!
Woo! [We] did it! While it may technically not be a “float”, I have to say, it didn’t turn out too bad! Here are a few snap shots from the assembly.
Let’s pretend I look cute in the last photo? We were all kind of tired of climbing on and off the flat bed, but still had to make sure the generator was working. Now that the hard part is done, I’m looking forward to the parade Saturday night.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Oh.Dear.Lord. It’s been a crazy weekend. And after cutting myself up with cardboard, scissors and Xacto blades. I’m proud to say I’ve FINALLY finished cutting out my props. Should you ever feel compelled or are assigned to design a parade float (with a limited budget), I’ve compiled a few helpful tips for you.
1. There are different kinds of cardboard: seeing as beggars can’t be choosers, I ended up with single & double ply. If you need your props to be super sturdy and you can’t afford plywood or particle board, double ply is your best bet. Unless you have have to cut rounded edges… I would highly suggest investing in a utility knife & some blades. Or better yet, borrow one from a neighbor or bf!
2. There are different kinds of spray paint. This tip is more like a 2 in 1: Firstly, cardboard soaks up a lot of paint. Secondly, you get what you pay for. See the photo? The white paint was left over from a class project. It cost about $6/can. The red & green spray paint costs $2.50 per can. As the saying goes you get what you pay for….see the Christmas tree? Yeah…
3. This may seem like an obvious one, but seriously, if you’re going to spray paint, do it in a well-ventilated area. I would not recommend a garage even with the door open.
This is my make-shift spray station. AKA the squat master 3000. Ha! Even though I put this thing as close to the outdoors as possible, I still ended up half-high plus sore thighs.
In total, it cost me about $10 to make these props. $3 for glitter, $6 for the spray paint, the cardboard was free, and $3 for the the brown wrapping paper (not pictured) to cover the play house. To be be honest, I kept wondering how awesome it would have been to have had a budget of $50. But the more I thought about it, the bigger budget might have meant more work. And with only a week to get the props made, I’m not exactly confident I could have pulled it off.
Well, Wednesday is building day. I’m anxious to see how things come together. Wish me luck!
I am SUPER-DUPER proud of myself! After a full day of cutting up cardboard, I managed NOT to cut myself with le bf’s ridiculously sharp box cutter. The cardboard, on the other hand, is a different story. Cheezuz. I wish I had been warned. Go figure.
I still have some cutting left to go, but I feel like I knocked out a huge chunk of work today. Here is a little preview of what I would like the float looking like. Obviously, I have the sketching skills of an 8 yr old, so let’s just imagine it looking more elaborate and sparkly in real life.
These will be painted to look like gumdrops. I wanted to make sure I cut enough out to trim the windows of the playhouse.
These guys will be painted to resemble those annoying little ball candies that come with your pre-made gingerbread kit. I plan to trim the roof with them.
The candy cane rounds will be on the apex of each side of the roof. 2 of the Candy cane sticks will trim the door, plus a few of those candy balls.
I still have to cut out and paint a few more “candy” trees. Along with the gingerbread house, we’ll have a few bales of straw for some kids to sit on. I want to put one on either side of the bales so they look a little more festive. I cannot wait until this whole thing comes together. I know it’s not going to be perfect, seeing as I’m no professional, but I’m feeling pretty optimistic!
So if you’re following, you may have read my last post about being a parade float coordinator! I like to say it to the Priceline negotiator jingle… Back to it: My first thoughts on being asked to coordinate a float was pure glee, then followed by sheer panic: I’ve never put a float together ever. We have a budget of $0. What the heck am I going to put on the float? WAHHH! Luckily that little float building workshop gave me a few ideas, and I immediately thought: gingerbread house. That seems fairly simple and colorful and will fit into the parade theme of family traditions. Not that I ever made them growing up…but I’m sure other might have!
So let’s talk building materials. Like I mentioned, I was given a budget of zero. I have to say this was definitely one of the best challenges ever.
In my office, we have a wooden playhouse sitting in the storage room; perfect for the gingerbread house structure. Problem: it’s painted like a firehouse. Solution: brown packaging wrap from the Dollar Store. Next I had to figure out what I was going to make the candy decorations out of. Solution: cardboard. Now where to get it for free??? Home Depot! I asked the tool rental department to save the cardboard from their shipments and set them aside for me. Those guys are awesome! So I would definitely recommend checking with your local hardware supply store first.
As for paint, I have a bunch of left-over paint from various projects. Should I run out or want more colors, I plan to check back with my local hardware store for returned paint or samples. Like I said, I’m doing this on the cheap, and it never hurts to ask.
Ok, I’m off to start cutting up my cardboard and get painting! So glad I have these two to keep me company
I don’t know about you, but this week has felt like it was never going to come to an end. With the not feeling so well, and running around, I feel like I didn’t accomplish too much. Oi. What I did manage to accomplish was making it into the local paper. Woo! And I also managed not to yell at a clerk at the DMV. Oh the DMV… First I tried the one in Seaside: 1 hour, 40 minute wait. Then I tried the one in Hollister: 1 hour. Boo. Nevertheless, I waited. And waited. And waited. I almost snapped, and I’m not the only one. I was number 60 in line and when I arrived we were on 50. Not too bad. Until clerk number 1 (of 3) decided she was going to sit at her desk and look busy. And when I say look busy, I mean she was literally looking back and forth between her computer, the same piece of paper, and the growing crowd of angry customers. For 1 hour. Maybe longer. She was still doing it when I left. SO special. Ok, now that I’m doing whining, I plan to enjoy my weekend, with a few bowls of popcorn and puppy cuddles! Best weekend wishes, all!
Are you ready for some serious cuteness? While I’m over here trying to recover from whatever decided to lay me up and make me horribly ill this weekend, I thought I’d share something much better! Meet my little man! Isn’t he the most handsome nephew anyone could ever ask for?? He definitely hit the genetic jackpot. I have a feeling he’s going to a hot commodity when he reaches his teen years…
“Oh, hi Aunty Lolo!”