Two years ago, Caitlin and I designed the Grim Peeper, our submission for the Washington Post’s annual Peep Contest. Unfortunately, we haven’t had the time to collaborate on any recent peep project.
And yet, I still had a bag or two of those yellow marshmallows sitting around the kitchen, chirping to be used. Around Easter, I noticed a few food blogs featuring bird’s nests, combining chow mein noodles with some of the ubiquitous bagged candy.
Though I liked the concept, the idea of chow mein noodles and chocolate did not sound appealing. Continue reading
For the past three years, the Washington Post has invited its readers to participate in its Peeps Diorama Contest. The rules for the contest are simple – create a scene, concept, or event, in which the characters in the diorama are played by Peeps, “those marshmallowy chicks and rabbits plaguing checkout lines in every convenience store this season.” Throw a clever pun into the mix, and the Post promises the possibility of extra-credit.
Our first thought was an ode to Obama – “The Peeple’s Choice” – in which a throng of marshmallow figures crowded the Washington Mall in witness of an historic Inauguration. But, we worried, the Obama idea would hardly be original. Indeed, even the paper warned that it was “tired of the campaigns.”
The other major theme of this year, of course, has been the economic crises. And the more we thought about it - industries collapsing, banks failing, unemployment rising, stocks plummeting, and savings disappearing – we knew that some larger force had to be lurking behind the nation’s financial calamities. Our diorama, submitted last night, reveals Continue reading