Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.
Yesterday I decided that I would take my mini skills and used them in a different project. I have always admired other peoples gingerbread houses and thought if I can make a dollhouse surely I can make a gingerbread one. Well the photo on the left is my 2nd ever attempt. Not too shabby, however, don't look too close!

Here are my tips: HE HE!

1. There are too many recipes on the internet...chose one will be overwhelmed by choice and ingredient lists with lots of things possibly never found in any supermarket ANYWHERE!

2. Make a template that isn't out of sticks....and it sticks. Greaseproof paper works. Flour is your friend, use it when rolling out the gingerbread.

3. If you plan to light your house (which I did) make sure your house is big enough for the fixture. I cut a hole in the bottom of mine with a cookie cutter.

4. Icing is your friend! It's a bit like builders can used it to fill the gaps.(Believe me I had lots!)

5. If you are lazy like me....and are not a dab hand at using a piping bag, buy your icing from the shops. It even comes with fancy tips to make all sorts of patterns. ( Is icing meant to come out the other end of the bag?)

6. There is an icing conspiracy :) when buying icing make sure you buy double. I needed white...and I am sure that the container of white had half the amount of any other container in the packet. The bright blue icing that I didn't want to use would have gone on an on and on etc.

Anyway, you get my point! It's fun to make.

These are the little lights I purchased this year. They are LED tea lights. They are fantastic...and only a couple of dollars for 4. I used these in the gingerbread houses and to light my Christmas village.
The lights are on the village!
My last picture today is of my eldest and now sadly only dog Willow. She wasn't too keen on the hat, but wouldn't mind a mince pie or a piece of cake.

Well everybody I hope you have a safe Christmas/holiday season.

Talk soon,


  1. What a wonderful post! Merry Christmas... Thank you for the tips!

  2. I used to make gingerbread houses every Christmas for a few years but have let the tradition laps in recent times, must do it next year. Your mini versions are fabulous, well done, and you little village is so sweet. Best wishes to you all this Christmas and beyond.

  3. Seems your whole family is getting in on the holiday festivities. Enjoy..will anyone eat the houses later? Maybe Willow?

  4. Season's Greeting Indypoppy! I applaud your efforts as it is not something I would ever tackle! Yours are very cute and I know that you must be feeling very proud! :D
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year with your family and very dear Willow!


  5. You have made a cozy and lovely Christmas scene, thank you for sharing the tips for the gingerbread houses! Willow looks funny with the hat ;)!
    Merry Christmas and my best wishes for 2014!!
    Hugs, Ilona

  6. Привет!
    Willow очень преданный парень!!! Ах, эти глаза!! Деревня выглядит сказочно! Спасибо за советы!
    Счастливого Рождества и Нового года!

  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with lots of miniature fun!
    Hugs Dorien

  8. I like these pictures.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Hug, Faby

  9. Hope you had a merry Christmas! as a seasoned gingerbread house maker, these tips are great!!

  10. Merry Christmas! I like your gingerbread houses =) And the cute dog!

  11. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Willow looks adorable in that hat!

  12. Anch'io adoro la casa di Ginger e quest'anno ne ho realizzata una anche io.
    Willow non sembra molto contento del suo cappello che gli sta benissimo!
    Auguri di Buone Feste, Manu

  13. Good work on the gingerbread houses, they look wonderful lit and the little tea lites were a great idea.
    II always laugh at the embarrassed look on our dogs faces when we dress them up. Thank you Willow you are a great sport.

    Sorry to hear that you lost your great Dane, they are certainly gentle giants. It is very hard to say goodbye.

    All the best for a creative, healthy and happy 2014.regards Janine

  14. Well you had lots of fun! The gingerbread houses are terrific! And Willow looks so adorable. Happy New Year!

  15. I love your Christmas village all lit up! Thank you for the gingerbread house tips, and happy new year! xo Jennifer

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