2012 Charities

Once again we are supporting two charities in our display.

We are asking if you enjoy the display to consider making a donation to either Northwest Assistance Ministries or Labs Etc. Rescue.

We are collecting canned and other non-perishable food for Northwest Assistance Ministries.

We are collecting dry and canned dog food for Labs Etc. Rescue.

Thanks for your generosity in assisting these organizations.

2012 Display is Live

Our 2012 display went live as of Saturday, November 24, 2012.  It was a day later than I had planned, but it was still close.

I didn’t do a very good job this past year in updates as I was constructing new items, but I plan to do better in 2013.

I posted a few new pictures to give you an idea of the changes we did make to the display.  Those pictures are located in the 2012 Photos area.

The most major change was rearranging the display.  This required a lot of programming changes as I like to do color sweeps across the entire display.  The changes I made were to move the 2 8 foot trees from being in the back of the display to flank the Megatree in the raised area of the yard.  I did this since these items are taller and can’t be seen as much behind the oak trees.  I plan to put some shorter items in their place in the next 1-2 years.  I also moved the light rings back, also to give me room for something shorter in its place.  I may still move it somewhere else next year.

I also replaced the 8 four foot trees that were on the right and left sides of the sidewalk.  The previous ones were good, but they were tall and narrow.  They frequently blew over in a strong wind.  The ones I replaced them with are a more traditional shape of a Christmas tree, with a wider bottom.

I also tried the CCR’s again this year.  I had 2 of these last year, but had problems with the controllers and didn’t use them.  I have 3 mounted above the garage face and they seem to be working OK this time around.

The last thing I did was to add four DMX flood lights in front of the house.  This was my first attempt in the DIY world as I built these from 5050 modules and 3 channel DMX controllers.  They seem to add a nice affect.

I hope to record some video over the next couple of weeks.  Watch for it to be posted soon.