Wednesday, December 10, 2014

911 Dispatcher Ornaments, Vol. 2014

So last year I was looking for a little prezzie for my son, R's, co-workers at 911 Dispatch.
I ended up coming up with these Snow(wo)men Ornament Ball dispatchers.

They were well received. The other day he mentioned that his co-workers were saying as how they loved their little ornaments from last year, and had taken pictures to show him of them hanging on their trees.

I said to him, "Uhhhh, you know I'm not going to be able to do anything like that again this year, right?"
I had no ideas - zip, zilch, nada - for any other kind of specialized 911/dispatcher ornament.

And I didn't, until, I did.
I was doing whatever it was I was doing...which is generally never one particular thing. I start doing one thing, which turns into another thing, which turns into something else.
However it came about, in the end, I had this idea:

Everyone knows about cinnamon-applesauce ornaments. Pretty much everyone made them in school. They smell soooo good.

I searched for cinnamon-applesauce-ornament recipes, and got a ton of different ones.
I decided to start out using 1 cup of cinnamon, 1 cup of applesauce, and 2 tablespoons of white glue.
My mixture was too dry, so I added another tablespoon-glallup of applesauce.

Mixed the cinnamon, applesauce and glue in a bowl. Used a spoon at first, but when it became a 'dough' I ended up having to use my hands and knead it.

Which is why there's no picture of me rolling and cutting the gingerbread men out.

I put the gingerbread men ornaments on wire racks on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven on 200* for an hour. Then I flipped them over and let them dry for another hour.

*If you want to make holes in the ornaments for a hanging ribbon, use a toothpick or straw while they're still wet. I decided to just glue a loop on the backside.

I "iced" it with puffy paint, and hot glued the "head set" on.

For the head set I used some miniature wire candy canes and mini pom-poms I had in my craft stash.

(Not pictured: I hot glued a red elastic-rope loop on the back side of the head for hanging.)

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