Ray Rayner, a gingerbread house & a Hallmark Christmas giveaway!

Back when I was a little girl, I loved watching “Ray Rayner and His Friends.” He showed a lot of cartoons, had a floppy toy dog as a friend and fed lettuce to an ungrateful, cranky duck. But the segment I always enjoyed the most was when Rayner — who looked like actor Jerry Orbach — would break out the felt, glue and glitter and attempt to recreate a beautifully-made crafts project. 

His version was always the poor man’s version: shoddily made and not much to look at. I always thought it was funny that a grownup could be so unskilled at arts and crafts.

Then I became that grownup. And this happened:

Gingerbread house by Jae-Ha Kim

Alrighty then.

Granted, I had a 5-year-old helper who had his own design ideas. But, yeah, I take the blame for most of the clumsy execution. (If you want to recreate my gorgeous gingerbread house (ha ha!), I bought the Gingerbread Chalet Kit at Bed Bath & Beyond for $8, using their 20% off coupon).

So I plan on taking some more festive pictures, but I’m gonna get a little help this time around and use some pre-made stuff (that wasn’t made by me!).

Full disclosure: Hallmark saw a post I had made commemorating my son’s first day of kindergarten and sent me this adorable Pics ‘n’ Props Christmas Fun Kit ($24.95). The package includes 18 photo props spelling out Christmas greetings, prop sticks and a 4×6 photo album. My favorite prop is the red Naughty or Nice meter, which would add a fun element to office parties, too.

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And guess what? I’ve teamed up with Hallmark to giveaway one of these kits to a lucky winner! Here’s how you can qualify to win:

Christmas Jae 1) LIKE my Facebook page. Then, leave a comment for me on my wall (or message me there) so that I know you’re entering this contest. Same applies for folks who’ve already LIKED my page.


 2) Follow me on Twitter and tweet this message: “Follow @GoAwayWithJae & RT  for a chance to win @Hallmark‘s Pics n Props Christmas Fun Kit  http://www.jaehakim.com/jae-ha-kim-blog/look-at-my-gingerbread-house-and-win-a-prize-too/ #contest #giveaway

That’s it.

We’ll pick 1 winner at random at 10 p.m. CST Dec. 17, 2013.

NOTE: Unfortunately, this contest is open only to U.S. residents. The kit will be mailed to you directly from Hallmark’s pubicity team. Good luck! And happy holidays!


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Comments (15)

  1. Judy says:

    It’s not that bad! At least I can still recognize what it is. I’m sure there’s way worse on the internet.

  2. accidentalajumma says:

    Your gingerbread house is gorgeous. Who wants to be like Martha Stewart anyway!

  3. Mee says:

    Ray Rayner was part of my morning routine getting ready for school.

  4. Ute says:

    Well. Your house is made for Haensel and Gretel to be rescued BIG time. The Witch wouldn’t touch it.

  5. Karen says:

    I think your gingerbread house looks great! :) And I mean it–even though I am entering the contest for the Hallmark photo-props kit. :) Merrrrrry Christmas!

  6. Kathy K says:

    I think your house looks pretty good! I’m convinced that the pictures on the box are photo-shopped ;-) No gingerbread house that I’ve seen done by an amateur ever looks as good as the photo :-)

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