Sunday, December 23, 2007

Gingerbread Village

At the beginning of the week, the boys and I finally made our gingerbread houses. Actually, we ended up doing graham cracker houses, using the tutorial at Martha Stewart's site. I created a whole little village! (Click for gallery if you care to.)
Gingerbread Village
Next year I might play a little more with miniature realism, but I really like the way these came out.

Setting up to decorate:
All set to decorate
A pallet of candy.
Color palette of candy
My tiny elves, working away at their houses. This kept them busy for over an hour.
Cute little Christmas Elves, decorating houses
I found that by giving their houses a thick spackle of royal icing, that then they could just decorate by themselves -- whatever they pushed into the icing stuck right there.
First gingerbread houses
So much fun! (Andrew's is on left, Elijahs' is right.)

I'm nearly done with all of my Christmas knitting. That should be finished tonight before bed, and then tomorrow is baking. I've already got dough in the fridge for 2 different kinds of cookies all set to go.

I hope that you all have a merry Christmas!!


Jill Darling said...

What an adorable Christmas village! Andrew and Elijah, I love your houses---you look so cute in your Santa hats.

It reminds me of when Greg and Keith worked on baking and art projects. Greg didn't last quite an hour, but Keith would continue until we were done, sometimes two or three hours.


mary said...

merry christmas darling family. thank you very much for the christmas card. i don't know where you live in germany, but i will be in the frankfurt area toward the end of may '08. it would be wonderful if i could see all of you. hope you are doing well, and have a happy holiday.


Sarah said...

this is sooo great!! What a wonderful christmas activity! I can't wait till me and VJ can do this kinda thing!

a.susie said...

I love your village! It's so very colorful. It reminds of a painting Pastor Brad's grandfather did. (He was quite a successful artist.) It's like a Cape Cod village, but very impressionistic looking...the roofs of the various houses are all bright strange colors. One is even purple. I adore the painting.

And I love the boys funky little houses. They look kind of...I don't little bumpy troll a good way!

Pinkey the Axe Fairy said...


Don't know if you'll ever check this again, but we live about an hour-and-a-half from Frankfurt. You've definitely got a place to stay when you come. Send us your e-dress.