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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / A waldorf treehouse (made from gingerbread!) on: January 02, 2014 01:58:00 AM

I made a gingerbread house based on waldorf tree houses/gnome houses.  Its made from 4 batches of gingerbread, using a few different recipes to give different colors and sturdiness.  The details are made from melted sugar, edible clay (made from scratch of course) and food coloring.  The only non-edible bits are the base (which is a shelf I got out of the closet wrapped in wrapping paper!), some toothpicks and a bit of string.  Everything else is all food! 

I have a tree house with 12 gnomes, a play house, checkerboard, swing, picnic table, bench, book, 2 tables, 4 chairs, fire pit, garden, well/pulley system, ladders, a staircase, sugar greenhouse, a slide and sea saw, and a dock with a fisherman and lake. 

I painted the gingerbread with cocoa and food coloring to make different shades to make it look more like wood.  The posts were also painted with a layer of watered down gingerbread dough and re-baked to give a bark like texture. 

I tried to get pictures from all sides:







 
This little green gnome is sitting a toadstool table.

 
Two gnomes sitting at another table on another floor.
 

A gnome manning the pulley system for the well, and a bright red ladder.
 

This is the well made from gingerbread and painted.  The rock is holding the string for the bucket/pulley system.  Green archway in the background is one of two.
 

The pulley system holds this bucket, with a tiny gnome inside!
 

On the top level, there is the swing off one side.   There is a picnic table with a chessboard and grey gnome, a little playhouse, and another gnome reading a book.
 

Gnome on a swing
 

Gnome on a yellow bench.
 

The little yellow gnome is fishing on the dock.  The fish is hand painted, and there are two more in buckets (the orange/green one made by my 6yr old).  The water is poured sugar over tin foil.   Behind is the path, hand painted with cocoa.
 

Here is the greenhouse that I made from poured sugar.   There is also a carrot patch and a basket of carrots.   In the background is the staircase and playground.
 



Here is the fire pit.  Its got "ash" in the bottom, rocks surrounding it (for safety of course), and logs and flame.  The teal gnome is roasting a marshmallow.



Another shot of the firepit, staircase, path and carrot patch.


Here is a 360* video (mute it please!  There is no sound other than my sister watching house hunters!)
http://s169.photobucket.com/user/leighi123/media/baby/December%202013/gingerbread%20house/100_6635_zps2155a46a.mp4.html


I even made a smaller, completely allergy friendly house for my 6yr old Levi to decorate:


I worked on this for over a week, it was a lot of work but lots of fun to do!  Hope you like it!!! 


(and just for fun, here is the giant gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, by Disney)


Thanks for looking!!!

22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I need a good gingerbread house recipe on: December 19, 2013 03:05:59 PM
Does anyone have a tried and true gingerbread house recipe?   Something that doesn't spread, is sturdy enough to build with, and looks nice when baked (i.e. doesn't crack, or get holes in it)   Something simple and easy.   

I'm not concerned with taste as no one will eat it!
23  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #94 - Gingerbread House Contest 5 - Entries Due Jan 1 - Jan 8 on: December 19, 2013 03:04:11 PM
I'm going to make one this year, I just need to decide on a theme...
24  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #93 - Wrap It Up - Entries Due Dec 2 - 9 on: November 09, 2013 09:10:29 PM
Does it have to be a candy wrapper, or can it be another kind of food wrapper?   (I have a kid with allergies, we can't have most candy in the house)
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A House for Hermit Crab on: November 09, 2013 07:37:39 PM
This year, Levi was debating between a "llama" and a "decorator crab".  I talked him into the crab idea!

I used "A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle as inspiration.  This is a type of hermit crab that decorates its shell with various things for camouflage.

It consists of:
- a full body suit/jumpsuit with a front zipper and elastic hood.  Eyes on stalks attached were hand sewn and googly eyes attached to the ends. 
- gloves with cardboard inside to give them a claw shape
- Pull on body sleeve that has a dimensional chest piece, and attached legs with wire inside to give them shape.
- Shell, made from a giant long stuffed tube of fabric swirled into shape.  It goes on like a back pack, and has a waist tie that slips under the body sleeve.   On this is a bunch of decorations including seaweed, gems, starfish (which Levi helped make), a snail, sea annenomes. 

Here is a video of a 360 view, its pretty hard to photograph to see everything!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4C1y6ZWbD8&feature=youtu.be

At the zoo:


Back:


Front:


Eyes:


Here is is laying down (he was being silly waiting for the zoo train):


And this is just the jumpsuit:


He LOVED his costume and got lots of compliments!   Happy Halloween everyone!    Grin
26  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Ottobre Mozart Linen Vest, Beethoven Dress Shirt, Jodhpur Linen Pants on: March 31, 2013 05:41:02 PM
For Ottobre patterns, usually there aren't pattern pieces for belt-loops, there should be measurements given under the cutting instructions
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / tension issues - new brother PE 770 on: March 19, 2013 08:16:07 AM
I have a Brother PE770, I got it in January, so its pretty new. I was doing a bunch of applique designs, and did 5/6 of them, and noticed that each one I did, then tension got a little more off. By #6, it was a huge mess!

The upper thread is super loose, its loopy on the top, and on the back, no bobbin thread shows at all, its just like 1 piece of thread going through all the back and forth of the upper thread. So on the back, all you see is loose, sometimes tangled, upper thread. Its eating through tones of thread.


I tried:
- new needle
- cleaning everything including in-between the tension disks
- changing the upper tension everywhere from -8 to +8, the whole range it can go.
- tried a few different designs
- different thread
- removing bobbin and casing, cleaning everything (there was no fuzz) and putting it all back
- adjusting the screw slightly on the bobbin casing
- different hoops
- leaving it overnight to see if it would magically fix itself in the night
- and finally, yelling at it.

Nothing made any difference at all.

Now what???

The nearest "Brother authorized" dealer is 2 hours away, and this thing is basically brand new. And I need to finish this outfit by friday!
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Kids Valentines Swap on: February 18, 2013 06:26:35 PM
Levi's package from Brian:



He has been using all of this stuff!   The shark is a pencil case, with a zippy mouth.  Levi put his colored pencils in it to take with him to do his schoolwork on the go.   The little round zip pouch he keeps a lego guy in that he likes to carry around.  And the notebook he has been using as a sketch pad, and also wrote down some dinner ideas he had.   

Thanks Brian!   


We are still trying to find out what happened to Brian's package from Levi, I've been remaking everything because the post office was no help when I contacted them.  Mailing new stuff tomorrow. 
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January 2013 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: February 18, 2013 06:21:39 PM
Look what I got! 

Wrapped up:


Fun erasers for Levi:


These are yoga socks, they fit perfectly, I'm wearing them now!   They are also great for sewing, which I usually do barefoot but its been cold.



Please excuse my weird looking arm:   Rainbow bracelet with "Levi" on it.  I love the fun mix of different beads.  Its comfy too!


Magnets:  The cups I used to keep track of water intake (I have to have 100 oz a day, with the glasses I use, thats 8, so I just flip these upside down as I drink to make sure I get the right amount -very useful), and dishwasher magnet, so we know when to load and unload:


Such a great package!
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Kids Valentines Swap (SU 1/2/13-1/13/13, SO 2/6/13) on: February 12, 2013 09:33:08 AM
I got a lot of 'received' notices over the weekend, thanks guys!  Later tonight I'm going to get to work on leaving feedback for those who have finished.
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