15 December 2010

home sweet home

When I do finally get round to making gingerbread men, at least they'll have someplace to live: their very own gingerbread cottage, complete with winter garden and sanding sugar snow!

Hannah and I baked the pieces last week, then decorated and assembled them on Tuesday.

It may look conservative here, but the house really glistens. We brushed the sugar paste leaves and roses with luster dust, sprinkled the roof with sugar crystals, and inset the shingles and window frames with shimmery pale green sugar pearls. Not normally a glitter girl, I found my enthusiasm for the sparkly stuff nearly equal to that of Kirstie! Who knew?

And it has the most divine gingery aroma. Now if only I could escape the holiday hubbub and move in myself...

20 comments:

  1. So cute! I love the touches of sparkle. I never made a gingerbread house...maybe next year! Daren't add anything else to the list now.
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  2. That's lovely, how will you ever bear to eat it!

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  3. wow - that looks rather different to the ones my girls made last year.

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  4. Oh, oh it is beautiful! I thought such restraint and elegance only existed in the pages of MSL. Tempted to hide the lurid sweeties when I let the boys put theirs together next week.

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  5. Oh my goodness, it's a work of art! Gorgeous!

    We're having a gingerbread house decorating party on Sunday. Ours won't look like that ...

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  6. Such a charming cottage! Excellent "work" :)

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  7. That is the most beautiful and elegant gingerbread house I've ever seen!

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  8. My goodness - Martha would be proud! That's exquisite. And I can almost smell it from here!

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  9. you made that???

    you should sell them, seriously Kristina, it's beautiful!
    (and I don't even like ginger...)

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  10. Really enjoying your blog. Have read and enjoyed lots of your good reads.

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  11. Definitely the prettiest ginger bread house I've ever seen!

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  12. I can feel a skills swap coming on!

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  13. You're never going to let gingerbread MEN into that lovely little house? It will turn into a tip within minutes! Socks, beer cans, dirty dishes.... Make some nice little gingerbread girls instead!

    (I know, I know, a stereotype, but based on experience....)

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  14. Looks good and smells good too! What a skillfull work of baked architecture :)

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  15. Still waiting for the new router to arrive but much to my shock and amazement...the computer has logged on! Just in time too as your gingerbread house is a sight to behold!

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  16. Your house is absolutely beautiful!
    (What gingerbread recipe did you use? Must discuss merits, as I've tried Martha's and several others this December.) We've made FOUR houses this year . . . could explain my absence in the blog world . . . but they are all a bit lurid in decoration and wonky in construction compared to this lovely white one.

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  17. Wow, that is beautiful! I recently used luster dust for some cupcakes I made, and loved working with it. (The name alone makes me happy!) You can see my photos on my blog. :)

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