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Rowanrose
« on: January 05, 2011 11:15:18 AM »

Cozy Thatched-Roof Cottage




This is the first gingerbread house I've built in years!  I'm not a three-dimensional crafter, so it took some time to come up with the pattern.  In order to make sure everything would fit together (and stand up!), I cut the pattern from boxes and taped it all together to make sure it would really work! 

  Here it is...waiting to be assembled


Construction is almost complete!  I can't recommend using Wilton Meringue powder enough in your royal icing.  It dries fast and tough!  I was able to construct the whole house, including the roof, in just a few hours.


Once it was constructed, the decorating began.  I wanted something cottage-y and textured- no bright colors and peppermint candies here!  I used full size shredded wheat (split in half) to make the thatched roof and that went on first. I then worked on the chocolate dormers for the upper windows and the entryway roof.  I used chocolate melt discs and chocolate chips




I used jelly belly jelly beans to craft the lower stone walls that make up the house; the top portion is pretzel and icing "stucco and timber" construction. 




The back of the house.  I wanted the chimney to poke through the thatch; the chimney itself it constructed of a gingerbread frame covered in chocolate covered raisins. 


I made stained glass windows all over the house.  My favorite it the big picture window on the left side!  I love the little details like the window boxes filled with holiday greenery, and the snow and icicles on the roof.



This made a lovely centerpiece for my holiday table.  It looked beautiful all lit up!


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solarray
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2011 11:18:14 AM »

i love the stone walls made out of jelly beans. so cute, it really does stay true to what an english cottage would look like.
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RanaeAiken
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011 11:52:30 AM »

That is super cute! I love it! Smiley  The stone walls are so clever!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2011 12:57:02 PM »

I seriously love this. a) jellybean stone wall. It looks amazing and is so perfect for it. b) the swirly gingerbread piece is super duper cute c) the stucco with pretzels is so inventive.

I love that you just explored a candy store and it all makes sense! It doesn't look out of place or just plunked there randomly.. well done.. beautiful work. 
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Bluebeccah
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2011 03:53:20 PM »

That is beautiful!  The jelly beans for stones is really inventive, and that red and blue window is spectacular.  Not to mention the thatching is great!
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011 05:09:50 PM »

Wow! This is incredible! Your photos capture the detail well. Nicely done! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011 07:24:12 PM »

I like the thatched roof: so clever! And healthy, heheh.
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Astrea_the_White
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2011 05:29:03 AM »

This is too sweet! I love how traditional it is for cottages. It looks like it's just popped out of a book of fairy tales!
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Rowanrose
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011 07:20:45 AM »

Thanks!  That's the look I was going for.
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lizefd
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011 02:02:02 PM »

love all of it. how did you do the incredible windows?
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mrskristina
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011 03:36:44 PM »

This is awesome. (This challenge is one of my favorites so far.) I LOVE LOVE LOVE your roof. I never would've thought of shredded wheat, but it adds so much texture and looks so cool.
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DawnsTrees
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2011 02:34:18 AM »

This is such a sweet cottage! I love the window boxes filled with greenery - they add such a welcoming touch to the house.
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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2011 07:50:09 AM »

This is adorable, and so creative!  I love all the different things you used to give the right textures to it.
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Rowanrose
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2011 07:55:24 AM »

I cut the window shapes out of the gingerbread before baking.  Once they are baked, I took crushed hard candy (DumDum lollipops to be exact) and fill the spaces.  Then put it back in the oven until everything is all melty and smooth.  For the larger picture window I used a sharp knife to swirl the colors while they were still hot.

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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2011 11:36:54 AM »

I love your mini wheat roof - I want to use that idea for next year. It is almost hard to tell it is made of gingerbread. I'm so impressed!
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2011 09:17:27 AM »

Ro I've said before that this rocks.... Cool   so glad that you entered it here!  It's beautiful!  Kiss
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Rowanrose
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2011 08:07:06 AM »

Thanks for letting me know about it Jess!
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autumnsunset
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2011 10:02:30 AM »

This is absolutely amazing. You did a beautiful job.
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dmerk
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2011 09:55:20 PM »

Really cute.
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Serenthia
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2011 03:21:22 AM »

This is awesome!
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2011 06:20:41 AM »

this is absolutely gorgeous and so damn creative!  i adore the jelly beans as stones and the shredded wheat roof.  i'm going to have to show this to my boyfriend to remind him of home in switzerland Smiley
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Rowanrose
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2011 07:09:49 AM »

Thanks!  It really was a blast to make.  Now I'm dreaming of next year's house....
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WhimsySister
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2011 10:44:22 AM »

I WANT TO LIVE THERE!!!!!!!

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to not only visit Ireland
but to live there someday! And what would be the perfect
place to live while in Ireland? Why a thatched roof cottage of course!

Yours looks so authentic it's amazing! Great job!!!
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2011 01:03:01 PM »

I've got to say, my favourite part is the "thatch". Very cute!
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Rowanrose
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2011 07:05:46 AM »

Thank you!  I used the full size shredded wheat biscuits split in half.  About half ended up on the house because they are so brittle!
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DasGutterPup
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2011 01:09:49 PM »

I was scrolling through the gingerbread houses and stopped at this one because it made me think of my childhood in germany. It also kind of reminds me of the old little churches I glimpsed driving through small towns. Great job!
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