Peep Show

September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s pretty obvious to all of us here at Be Sweet that we have a major sweet tooth.

We can’t help it, we’re just living up to our name!

The Washington Post’s 4th annual Peeps Diorama Contest took place recently in Washington DC. There were more than 1,100 sugar-inspired entries, all showing marvelous creativity, incredible construction and a serious sweet tooth.

The grand prize winner: For their winning diorama based on the Pixar flick “Up,” Michael Chirlin and Veronica Ettle of Arlington, VA constructed a miniature Victorian house from plywood and Popsicle sticks, and placed it atop salvaged mattress springs to give it an airborne quality.

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This blogger’s favorite (perhaps it has to do with the knitting Peep and the childhood adoration for “Goodnight Moon?”). Based on the children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, this diorama by MaryLea Harris of Fairfax, VA captures the quiet mood of the story. Harris used fishing line to suspend the red balloon, and, with the exception of the fireplace and rocking chair, created the diorama out of items she had on hand.

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Margaret Cooney and Adam Matuszeski of the District were inspired by Maurice Sendak’s classic book for their “Where the Wild Peeps Are” creation. The husband-and-wife pair notes: “Each of the Wild Peeps has a teddy bear or bunny Peep body with either a bunny, teddy bear, or a chick Peep for a head. The eyes are thumbtacks while arms, legs and snouts are made from Peep parts or finger puppets.”

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Seventeen-year-old District resident Grace Timmeny was inspired by Ludwig Bemelmans’s children’s book “Madeline” for this diorama, titled “Peepaline.” Timmeny aimed to re-create the scene of “an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”

© Washington Post

For full coverage of the 2010 Peep Show winners and finalists, go here.

Happy Labor to all of you, our dear readers. Throw some burgers on the BBQ (perhaps with a side of Peeps?) and kick back with your knitting and relax.

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