Monday, December 18, 2006

A snowy little village

I don't have any book reviews to post right now because, like most everyone else, I am busy, busy getting ready for the holiday. Not much time for reading with all the present-buying and -making. (Super-crafty Twin and I decided at the last minute to make a lap quilt for our grandma. We like to do things last minute. I didn't have high hopes, but it's turning out better than expected.)

Another reason I have nothing book-related to share is that Twin and I spent a ridiculous amount of time this weekend making gingerbread houses. Martha Stewart had a little piece on making them out of graham crackers and they were so cute that we had to give it a try. She presented it as a kiddie project, but it entertained two (mostly grown-up) adults quite well too. We might have gotten a little carried away.

We built a whole village. We weren't too concerned with making it tasty, as we had no plans to eat it. Aesthetics and construction were our foremost considerations. We got together and wrote a tour for our respective blogs:

The Little Big Red Cottage has a gummy roof and gum drop chimney. Look at its little curly shingles!

The Mayor's house is rightly the most imposing in the village. Twizzler beams and a chocolate wafer porch. It is truly a non-pareil. I decided I would live here, though Julie doubts my mayoral abilities. Like all houses in our village, it has a resident snowman.

Next to the lake is Necco Wafer House. It's made of sesame seed thingies and during construction I had serious doubts about it. Julie maintains that it is charming. I guess I can see the appeal.

Across the lil footbridge is Coffee Bean Cabin. We both agree that the coffee beans were a stroke of genius. (Julie's stroke, I will admit. She is right resourceful sometimes.) The chocolate-wafer chimney and chocolate-pretzel fence are nice touches too. Also note that snowmen in our village wear non-pareil hats.

Next we have Those Neighbors. You know, I'm sure you have some of your own. They're the ones who are slightly odd ducks. They find their gumball stylishness in great good taste, and who are we to question that? However their starlite mint door has started oozing from an unexpected and unseemly chemical reaction with the coconut snow.

Every snowy village needs a little igloo. Ours has a starlite mint divan inside.

The Starlite Manor is suffering greatly from the aforementioned chemical reaction but still looks quite fine. A fine upstanding house. The only graham cracker one on the block. Take that, Martha.

The huge mess we made with all this sticky, sugary goodness was in direct proportion to how much fun we had. :o)


Dance Chica said...

Wow! Those gingerbread houses are awesome! Very creative. It's wonderful that you have someone to do that kind of stuff with, 'cause it sounds like it was a lot of fun. ;-D

nath said...

It really looks awesome :D Good job girls :D it's too bad that you don't plan to eat it. I have a friend whose family make like this huge gingerbread house and she always give me pieces of it :D it's really good!

Anyway, again, awesome!

Jane said...

I lurv it. My little girl would too. She would find it all edible.

ames said...

Those look so good and it looks like it was lots of fun to put together. KUDOS!

Rosario said...

LOL, Jennie, it sounds like you had a ball with it!

Megan Frampton said...

I am so impressed! Wow. very, very cool.

jmc said...

Wow! Wow! You must've had loads of fun building all of that.

I'd've had a hard time resisting all the gumdrops myself :)

booklogged said...

I love it! What fun the two of you must of had. It's always more fun to make a mess and be creative with someone else. You ladies are pretty darn creative.

CindyS said...

I saw that thing with Martha and had a moment where I thought I might give it a try - then I remembered who I am!

I love 'Those Neighbours' house and shredded coconut is sheer brilliance - there's a part of me that knows a few of my Christmas Eve guests would love to do this but then I realize I would prefer to nap.


Bev (BB) said...

Hehe, Cindy, were we separated at birth? Cause I would've probably had the same moment if I'd seen it. My heart would'd gone "Aww, let's do it." Then the old brain would've kicked in and beat the you know what out of the old heart for even daring to have the thought. ;p

Creative, yeah. Crafty, no.

Besides too much sugar gives me migraines. In more ways than one. VBEG.

But I have to say that village does look like fun, Jennie.

Jennie said...

Thanks, everyone! It was really fun, and so much easier than regular gingerbread houses because you don't have to wear yourself out baking and dealing with the gingerbread. You just get to play with all the candy. :)

Devonna said...

That is gorgeous. You and twin did an excellent job and it looks like it was a lot of fun to create.

getzapped said...

I just love what you all did. So much time (and care) obviously went into them. So sweet - no pun intended. ;)