Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Here's a quick video of the garage...
Monday, November 23, 2009
I made some big gold bows to cover the hardware on the Copeland Christmas garage door sign. Then, I wrapped the door with purple lights and the windows with gold lights. The two front palms were wrapped with blue lights.
Now I’m trying to figure out how to make a picket fence along the garage.
I got these garden fence rails at Lowes for $20…good price, but now what do I do with them? A neighbor said I could drill holes into the driveway…I don’t think so. I could use the cinder blocks, but they are just so bulky and unfinished looking. Below is a photo from the 2008 garage display…they look great from a distance.
I will keep thinking.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I nearly finished the Snowman table. I just need to fix the white snow blankets under the table. Today I'm on the roof and up the 4 big palm trees with John.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Next, I found a great How To on bow making using a magazine page. I was thinking you could make a bow out of anything...photo, map, newspaper...this will be pretty cool this season.
Here's the link to How to Make A Bow
and here's a couple photos...
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Here's a shot of the water village scene that I'm not crazy about. I might put foil or blue saran wrap into this scene. Maybe a mirror.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I used sheets of styrofoam as risers and bases. The cords are all connected to a remote control and I think I only used 3 power strips this year. The village scene is much smaller than previous years, but that’s because I am putting a big scene in the garage this year.
Below are a few photos of previous village displays I did in the living room.
2007 Village Display
|From Copeland Christmas Blog|
|From Copeland Christmas Blog|
2008 Village Display
Friday, November 6, 2009
My amp meter has become my best friend.
Here's my PSA---don't overload your outlets. A standard household outlet can handle 15 amps...but you shouldn't use all 15 amps...you should only use 80% of those 15 amps. And, don't plug more than 3 light sets into each other unless they are commercial grade. If you do, you might be OK........BUT YOU MIGHT NOT!
The big challenges yesterday were to wade through the storage units for the exact stuff I needed, load it into the truck, get home, unload it, then bring it all inside and figure out where to put it. I started the day out knowing that I wanted to do a ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas scene above the kitchen pantry, then a gingerbread and candy land scene above the snowmen scene. If it wasn’t for my Mom helping at storage and then in the kitchen, I would have gotten nothing done. First thing we did was put a spot light with a 15 watt bulb under the living room Tinsel tree. It helps liven it up a bit.
Next, we tackled the Twas the Night Scene. We began by propping Grandma up high and getting her book positioned right. Then, we put all the other characters around her with their little poem bubbles. I am pretty happy with how it’s turning out. Still more to go though. Here’s a blurb and photo about 2008 ‘Twas the Night scene.
Lastly, I started the Gingerbread candy land scene above the pantry which is the back of the Twas the Night Scene. The most time consuming part of this whole undertaking is getting the foundation and support ready for the pieces. For example, there is a perfect tunnel of extension cords, power strips, white lights, and empty boxes that run under each display. The white lights illuminate the snow. This is the part that takes a while to do…10 ft in the air on the ladder.
I’ve never spoken about my ladder before…I do have a top of the line blue Werner laddder that has made all of this possible.
John took off work today to go on the boat, but since there are 7 ft seas in the gulfstream, we nixed that idea. Instead, we are off to storage again…this time with a friend’s tow trailer.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Here’s a very brief discussion on how we did the mega tree. I get asked about it a lot, so I wanted to tell how “we do it”. Keep in mind that there are probably easier or different ways to get the same effect.
Materials: Sunsetter flagpole, wood dowel, door hooks, 20 strobe lights, strand of C7 lights (minus the C7 bulbs), zip ties, 20 ft conduit, 12 2ft pieces rebar, 36 strands mini lights (we used walmart 100 ct mini lights-green), misc hardware for the guy wires that keep the flagpole from falling over, steel cable (again for the guy wires), Light-O-Rama controller and software, 2 12-gauge extension cords, 12 dollar store extension cords, star tree topper
We use strobe lights screwed into old C7 light strands. These can be bought on the internet. I bought mine here.
We made the topper from a Lowes dowel and door hooks.
Here’s the guy wires on the rebar.
Here’s the controller that makes the tree blink to the music. It was between $100-200…I can’t remember if I got it on sale or not. Each of the two main power cords gets plugged into a separate GFI outlet with a 10-12 gauge extension cord. Then, there are 16 cords which come out of the box…they look like tentacles. Our tree does not use all 16 tentacles. Here’s how we have it set up:
- 12 of the tentacles have lights plugged into them. We have 12 main slices and each slice has 3 strands of 100 ct. minis.
- 1 of the tentacles is dedicated to the strobe lights
- 1 of the tentacles is dedicated to the star
That’s right…2 of our 16 channels (tentacles) are unused! What a waste.
Hope this helps…in the next few years, the over-the-counter products are going to get much better and this type of mega tree will likely become obsolete. Until then, if you want to build your own version of this, drop me a line, visit planetchristmas.com, or invent something new. Good luck!!!
Here's a shot of the dark living room. I put a spot light under this tree...now I just need to get a bulb for it because it's a pretty dark room.
Here's another shot of the gold angel scene in the kitchen. I nearly finished it yesterday. I like how bright it looks at night.