15 posts tagged Decorations
15 posts tagged Decorations
The days have grown cold and short, Lovecraftian Solstice Carols can be heard on the wind, and in the Portland, OR home of Maika, co-editor of the Geyser of Awesome, the spot on the living room floor where betentacled trees have stood in years past has suddenly begun to darken and roil. Cthulhumas approaches and it’s time to pay tribute.
Dread Cthulhu still waits dreaming, but this year the Cthulhumas tree awoke. Its eyes are a pair of Giant Christmas Tree Googly Eyes that were altered with spray paint, paint pens, and markers. The wings were made using wire hangers, floral wire and tape, green cellophane, and the helpful guidance of a wing-making Instructable created by mercifulmaenad. Small sacrifices of blood, skin, and cherished cloth were made in the process and eldritch incantations were murmured.
Now the tree watches, unblinking. Sometime, just of the corner of an eye, the blue lights flicker and its tentacles appear to writhe. In the middle of the night the soft rustling of cellophane wings has been heard. The tree never sleeps.
Merry Cthulhumas friends. May the deep dark sleep of the Great Old Ones continue undisturbed.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
They say “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Thanks to a group of A&M Traditions Club members and volunteers, that saying now includes gingerbread houses too. Behold the World’s Largest Gingerbread House. Measuring an awesome 39,201.8 cubic feet, it’s the size of real house and it really is made of gingerbread:
"Traditions Club Executive Chef, Michael Menchaca, lead the baking team to success. The house at Traditions Club is 60 feet by 42 feet and is 20.11 feet tall at its highest point. It was constructed using 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and close to 3,000 pounds of brown sugar. Add to this 22,304 pieces of candy that are attached to it. Totaling 36 million calories!"
All the materials used to create the house were donated to the project and all of the proceeds from it are being donated to the St. Joseph’s Level II Trauma Center in Bryan, Texas. Thus far, the enormous edible house has raised in over $150,000.
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Sylvia Pope is a 70-year-old grandmother from Wales who loves Christmas. Her house in Morriston, Swansea, South Wales is home to her ever-growing collection of Christmas ornaments, which now numbers over 1800 pieces. The glittering holiday baubles come from all over the world and, because she has more than would fit on her Christmas tree, they hang from her living room ceiling for all to enjoy.
Sylvia began collecting Christmas ornaments in 1999. Her sparkling collection - now worth over $32,000 - is so large that, in years past, she would have to start hanging them from her ceiling in September in order to be done in time for the holidays.
Sylvia said: ‘I love them - and everyone smiles when they see how many I have hanging above my living room. I spend about £100 [~ $165] a year on new baubles and visit all the festive markets to find new ones. I have baubles from all around the world - friends even bring me them from holiday and I have some from Greece with donkeys and cats on. I also have ones from famous shops such as Macy’s and Harrods. My grandchildren and play ‘I Spy’ with the different baubles. We have great fun.’
Sylvia enjoys the sight of her twinkling ornament collection so much that she would leave them all up until March. However this year, due to a dodgy knee, Sylvia finally decided to simply leave them up year round.
She says, ‘I intend to keep collecting as many baubles as I can for as long as I can. They are brilliant.’
The Richards Family in Canberra, Australia used 502,165 Christmas lights to transform their home into an awesome holiday light show and reclaim the Guinness World Record for the most lights on a residential property. They do this not just to create a fantastic spectacle for their friends and neighbours, but also to raise money for the charity SIDS and Kids.
Back in 2011 they set the record using 331,038 lights. In 2012 a family in New York beat them using 346,283 lights. This year the family was so intent upon winning back the record that they strung over half a million lights along 31 miles of wire. They also installed light-up reindeer and a sound system.
“With over half a million lights on our house, breaking the current record by over 150,000, I hope we’ll hold the record for longer than we did last time and raise even more money for SIDS and Kids. On the downside, my neighbours will think I’m just a tiny bit crazier,” said David Richards.
The extravagant display is synchronized to music and includes more than 50km of LED string lights, 520 Lightorama channels controlling a 50-meter multi-colored canopy, and an 18-meter light-controlled tree. The lights are powered by ActewAGL’s Greenchoice renewable energy, as part of the family’s efforts to be eco-friendly.
[via Design Taxi]
Behold the glorious spectacle of Charles Phoenix and his Astro Easter Tree of Peeps, ”a styrofoam tree covered in tin foil and populated with colorful marshmallow Peeps. It’s the Easter version of his Astro Weenie Christmas Tree.”
[via Laughing Squid]
It’s Awesome Easter Preparation Day on Geyser of Awesome!
Christmas + Science = Aweome
These awesome little Christmas trees are made of colourful fungi grown in petri dishes by scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland:
“In a relatively unknown place, on the 3rd floor of JCVI in Rockville, MD, is a small fungal room where art meets science (and of course where all our fungal research takes place). Fungus often gets such a bad reputation for being gross and somewhat ‘standard’. We fungal folks know better and I am hoping to educate others with the underlying beauty that fungi possess, in a funky way. I recognize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I felt this might convince some that fungus can be fun and not just something that grows in the back of your fridge or a nuisance that contaminates your plates. Please enjoy these funky fungal holiday art forms.”
This is a seriously awesome nativity scene. We’ve never seen a geekier crèche.
"Who needs religious icons when you can have Angel Batman, Shepards Bill and Ted, Three Wise Vaders, Ryker and Deanna Joseph and Mary and uh, T-Rex. I think he’s subbing in for a barn animal.
Peace on Earth, and goodwill toward fictional men.”
“When the Archie McPhee holiday catalog arrived a couple weeks ago, I knew we had finally found what we were looking for — a rubber chicken wearing a santa suit. At last! We put up our tree, and after a few surgical incisions, the chicken was ready to go up, too. My husband and I looked at each other. Tears were welling up…”
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