Miss(ed) Manners

January 8, 2008

The Builders Gallery

Filed under: Candy,Silly — missedmanners @ 11:06 am

One of my biggest regrets from last year’s posting of the Battle of Helm’s Deep was that we didn’t have any pictures of us building the thing. This of course led to wild speculation that we’re all socially retarded mongoloids sporting coke bottle glasses and greasy hair. Nothing could be further from the truth, I wear contacts.

In any event, here are a couple pictures of the construction of this year’s project:



And now the key constructors:

Sunshine and Brendan, who thought they were coming up just to visit and hang out. I put them to work almost immediately.

Brian in the foreground, my big brother Jon in the back.

My little Brother,  Danny, doing his best Superbad impression.

My little sister, Katie and my Mom, Barb (Who didn’t help out that much, but she did let us destroy her dining room for a few days, so she’s getting full credit).

My other little sister, Lis.

and finally, of course…

Me, in all my nerdtastic glory.


  1. Questions: Does one of you draw out the design in advance and figure out how big all those incredibly many pieces of assorted cardboard need to be?

    Do you tape together the cardboard pieces? Glue? Duct tape?

    How do you know how much candy to buy — or do you just wipe out the candy aisle at the grocery and eat what you don’t use?

    Whose idea was it to do all this originally?

    I’m in awe.

    Comment by Tiffany Taylor — January 8, 2008 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  2. Heya Tiff! 😀

    Yeah I did a rough design in Visio to figure out the angles and the cuts we’d need to make on the board so that it’d fit in my the bay window. Everything else was cut on the fly and built from the ground up. First we just decided on a standard height for each level (five inches) and then worked from there.

    Everything was done with hot glue, at least the cardboard anyway (and the white chocolate pretzel tree, that was impossible).

    All in all I’d say I dropped about 150-200 bucks on candy. Looking back there was a lot of stuff that I should have gotten and didn’t For example, when doing candy decoration, the flatter the candy, the better, it’ll hold up easier on flat, vertical surfaces.

    This was all my idea. Though the original idea for Helm’s deep last year was my older brother, Jon’s.

    😀 Don’t be in awe. You’d be surprised how little creativity and even less skill is required to do something like this. We were just devoted to the absolute silliness of it all.

    Comment by missedmanners — January 8, 2008 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  3. I’m impressed with your creation but I’m guessing you are actually awash in free time when you visit the ancestral homestead.

    Love reading your blog. Thanks

    Comment by conundrum — January 8, 2008 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  4. Fun.

    Comment by max — January 8, 2008 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  5. Got this link From Tolkien Forever. I am glad I took the time to click over. Very impressive. Looks like it was a lot of fun and a great way for the family to be together. I can not wait to see what you might do next year.


    Comment by daniethammer — January 9, 2008 @ 2:44 am | Reply

  6. As with last year, I am in awe of your creativity. All I did this year is create a gingerbread house which was consumed before I remember that pictures should be taken for posterity.

    Have you considered going into Full Nerd Overdrive and creating the base out of sheets of gingerbread? It might sound a little unstable but I reckon with the right recipe and the use of buttressing, it should be able to create a structure capable of supporting the immense number of sugary treats being loaded on top.

    Incidentally, if you do one next year, I’m punting for The Sacking of Isengard.

    Comment by The Seldom Killer — January 11, 2008 @ 5:35 am | Reply

  7. Holy #$*&. I bow to your far more developed geekery and sense for the ridiculous.

    This…this is amazing. Virtual gold star for you and your minions/helpers.

    Comment by Pix — January 12, 2008 @ 2:49 am | Reply

  8. […] is a monumental pain in the ass to work with. If you check out the post on my site entitled, “The Builders Gallery” you can see what some mid-construction […]

    Pingback by Geeky Non-Cake of the Week: The Battle of Pelennor Fields at Minas Tirith » Great White Snark — January 16, 2008 @ 4:29 am | Reply

  9. You are my new heroes.

    Comment by K — January 24, 2008 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  10. hahaha awesome. i’m stoppin by next christmas :p…lol

    Comment by dragonsvamp — February 10, 2008 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

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