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Guest A.F.NUT

Well I thought I would share my latest additions. Two of my favorite things at Easter chocolate and Peeps! So I got the bunny the other day he needed a little help from getting stale on the porch, so I did him up like the candy shop here does. I had gotten the peeps containers at Big Lots last year, so for those built a wooden box out of pine and made a tray. I had to buy about 12 individual chocolate coverd peeps to get the display to use the lettering but didn't mind eating them! I have a few more ideas yet.

Tom

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Guest Matilda

OMG :eek: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are unreal!!!! That is freaky fantastic!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D

I gained weight just viewing this thread!!!!!!!! :giggle:

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Guest A.F.NUT

wow that is neat. I saw those Peeps but could not think of what to do with them. Now you need a huge basket and put some blowmold eggs in it.

Great minds think alike! I just don't know where to find a big enough basket! I only bought a few of those Peeps last year for the same reason of not knowing what to do with them, now I wish I had bought more!

Tom

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Guest A.F.NUT

OMG :eek: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are unreal!!!! That is freaky fantastic!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D

I gained weight just viewing this thread!!!!!!!! :giggle:

Woulden't it be great to have a real chocolate bunny of that size! That is my dream!

Tom

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Guest A.F.NUT

Really great idea Tom. You always seem to come up with new and unique ideas.

I have been hanging around the PC crowd too much! LOL

Tom

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Guest Matilda

Great minds think alike! I just don't know where to find a big enough basket! I only bought a few of those Peeps last year for the same reason of not knowing what to do with them, now I wish I had bought more!

Tom

I got one! You want it? LOL

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I got one! You want it? LOL

I thought the snake ate it? It still woulden't do I need 5 for a tray. LOL

Tom

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Guest Matilda

I thought the snake ate it? It still woulden't do I need 5 for a tray. LOL

Tom

Silly boy.... the snake ate the chocolate bunny... I made SOUP with the peeps!! :D

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Silly boy.... the snake ate the chocolate bunny... I made SOUP with the peeps!! :D

Oh that's right, I forgot I sent them off for their demise, poor things!

Tom

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Hi Tom,

What an excellent idea! I too saw those Peeps last year but I wasn't sure what to do with them so I didn't buy any. Do you think they will have them this year? I like your chocolate bunny too! Are these items going to stay inside or are you putting the bunny and peeps out on your porch? How did you get the Peeps lettering to look so good? The lettereing looks great!

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Tom where do you find the time to do this stuff!! Amazing!! Very nice work!! Gosh by the time I get home from work, feed the dogs, cats, goats and do a little cleaning its time to go to bed lol

Jim

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Guest A.F.NUT

Hi Tom,

What an excellent idea! I too saw those Peeps last year but I wasn't sure what to do with them so I didn't buy any. Do you think they will have them this year? I like your chocolate bunny too! Are these items going to stay inside or are you putting the bunny and peeps out on your porch? How did you get the Peeps lettering to look so good? The lettereing looks great!

They will go on the porch, the lettering is an actual Peep display box. I bought out all the new chocolate covered Peeps at the drug store to get the display! Tom

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Thomas, I love the bunny! He looks so much happier at your house then my cold attic!

He is for sure! Now you need to see if a white cholate one is hopping around up there! Thanks again! Tom

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Tom where do you find the time to do this stuff!! Amazing!! Very nice work!! Gosh by the time I get home from work, feed the dogs, cats, goats and do a little cleaning its time to go to bed lol

Jim

Well did these after 12 oclock saturday night, I don't sleep much LOL and I don't have any dogs or goats. The cats are enough for me! Tom

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Guest Matilda

He is for sure! Now you need to see if a white cholate one is hopping around up there! Thanks again! Tom

You mean like this one? ;)

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Guest A.F.NUT

You mean like this one? ;)

That would be the one! That's that sneaky one that hopped into your bathroom last year! Wow how much the little guy has grown since then!

Tom

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Tom,

Like everyone else has said, they look amazing. You do very good work and come up with ideas I know I would never think of,,LOL All we have for Easter so far is 3 big eggs but we were just talking today about buying some more.

Renee

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Guest A.F.NUT

Tom,

Like everyone else has said, they look amazing. You do very good work and come up with ideas I know I would never think of,,LOL All we have for Easter so far is 3 big eggs but we were just talking today about buying some more.

Renee

Thanks, funny thing is I don't have any of those big eggs....yet LOL

Tom

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Guest Matilda

Cute picture. Bringing him up to love blow molds huh?

I wonder if he dreams about blow molds since he has posed with them for a quite a few pictures??? :giggle:

LOL... For sure!! He's a blowmolding natural! That's our motto "Eat, Sleep, Blowmold"... :D

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