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:
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.
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:
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“
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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