Sunday, 6 December 2009

Once upon a time...

... a very poor woodcutter lived in a tiny cottage in the forest with his two children, Hansel and Gretel.
When I saw that the weekly challenge on Bubbly Scrumptious was 'Fairytale' I knew that the time had come to open the Maya Road 'house' that I had won in another BS challenge and turn it into a Gingerbread House for Hansel and Gretel!
I painted the cottage with acrylic paint to get a 'gingerbread' finish. I had almost finished the cottage last night but hadn't put any decoration either side of this window. I'm so glad I left it because I found these little Gingerbread people when I was putting my Christmas decorations up, they were right at the bottom of the box and I remember that my Mum had used them on her Christmas cake one year and gave these two to me. They were just the perfect finishing touch.
I had to make my own candy canes and they are probably the thing I am least satisfied with, however, they are recognisable as candy canes.
Here is the opposite side of the cottage. I am most pleased with the roof which is simply made with punched circles of different coloured brown card. The 'snow' is made with the 'velvet' pen I bought last year at NEC, you use your heat gun and it puffs up.
The little hearts came with the cottage set and the charms were in my stash, I remember I bought them for the Recipe card swap we did on Bubbly Funk and I did the gingerbread man recipe.

Finally, the lid lifts off and there is a little book which you can make up and put inside. Of course, you could fill it with yummy treats!


  1. Janice your house is stunning. I thought it was edible at first sight. Wow, you are so clever. Well Done looks like it was lots of fun to make.xx

  2. How sweet is this! Even better filled with treats too.

    Love Lynda xxx

  3. ooo Janice, this is an amazing piece of crafting!!! Thank you so much for joining in again this week XXX

  4. Oh, this is great fun Janice! I especially love the side with the hearts and dangling gingerbread men charms and the rood "shingles" look great!

  5. It's a perfect H & G house - just right for the challenge - beautiful x

  6. This is fantastic Janice. I thought it was real gingerbread in the first photo.

    I love the side with the three hearts and the gingerbread men. The roof is wonderful too.


  7. aww... cute Gingerbread house. I especially like the roof too!

  8. Gorgeous Janice.
    I was wondering why you had a cooking post on your daily blog and not your cooking blog! Then reading on I realised you had decorated the Maya Road house! Brilliant....x

  9. Its brilliant Janice! I particularly like the roof and the effect of the 'snow pen'

  10. That's gorgeous Janice, I missed this somehow!
    I thought it was one you could eat at first too. You've done a great job on it xx


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