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Topic: EE's secret toadstool gingerbread house with snails!  (Read 14425 times)
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2010 06:03:41 AM »

Oooooh I loooove this, looks like you put soooo much work into it and it also looks really tasty Wink  I haven't seen any of the other challenge entries yet (though I'm off to have a look now) but I'm certain yours will be one of my faves!!

« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2010 08:13:26 AM »

Gorgeous! I love the little snails, and the second storey toadstool Smiley And a first time gingerbread house-- awesome!

« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2010 08:48:42 AM »

What a brilliantly mad and delicious way to think outside the box!  Never considered that there are all types of houses among the creatures of this planet.  What a plethera of possibilities you've tapped into.  Too cute.  Cheesy
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2010 12:13:17 PM »

Looks great! The perfect smurf house.
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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2010 05:16:14 PM »

I was just thinking the same thing!  The only way to make it better would be to add a little gingerbread Smurf. Cheesy  great job!

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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2010 07:51:57 PM »

OMG Smurfs! That would have been smurf-tacular Cheesy

Thanks LostinOz, I love the snails too, I was wondering what happens around fairy houses when fairies are away and I figured those dastardly snails probably get up to no good, hehehe.

And thank too AdrianM, I have never been a cookie-cutter person (lolz, that's punny) and if I ever get the chance to design my own house it will be totally unique, though probably bigger than a toadstool purely so my stuff fits in.

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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2010 02:41:25 AM »

Very cute idea and very well executed!~  Great job
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2010 03:02:21 PM »

Building rounded or curved gingerbread is not easy so this is very impressive for a first project in this medium.  One thing I notice about your piece is that you allowed some gingerbread to be exposed on the gills of the mushrooms... This is something I learned the hard way on my first gingerbread house.  The more places where you can allow the gingerbread to be featured the more people seem to like the pieces.  Very nice work!

Here is an example of gingerbread doing a peek-a-boo as the window frame of my UP House:

Below is an example of my favorite piece from our local gingerbread show and auction that was somewhat overlooked by the judges.  The Space Shuttle was mainly constructed from gingerbread (curved gingerbread) by Christopher Julian.  I felt it should have won an award but I think the judges didn't realize it was gingerbread!

So my words of wisdom for you are make sure you keep strategically exposing your gingerbread on your pieces and you will be 1st place gingerbread maker in no time!

You can see more photos of the Gingerbread Space Shuttle and Gingerbread UP House at these links.

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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2010 03:16:51 PM »

Thank you so much LawrenceKSRealEstate, your images are very inspiring and your words of wisdom helpful. I too, though I should prove that it really is gingerbread under there (as best you can in photos) since I know alot of traditional houses have exposed gingerbread walls.

Honestly, I think the curved gingerbread was probably easier for me than a slab house. I enjoy sculpting and my brain computes that a little easier i guess. Once you work through the structural integrity issues of a hollow dome being supported by a flat sheet and an empty house frame, the rest is pie Cheesy

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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2010 06:29:39 PM »

The hardest part(s) I have had with bent or formed gingerbread is finding the right recipe to use, how thick to make it, how to keep it centered on your form and finding a form that is 'oven proof' that matches the shape you need.... just a few (yet major) problems.

My recipe tends to 'melt' like a toll-house cookie when baked so I end up with the bread sliding down the sides of the form (think 1/2 cylinder with dough laying over the top) and I end up with 2 lumps of gingerbread laying on both sides of the form, instead of a nice 1/2 cylinder at the end of the 12 minute bake cycle....

Forming gingerbread is not something I have mastered yet.
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