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Tropicbird
« on: January 03, 2013 08:42:49 PM »

WELCOME TO GINGERBREAD ISLAND WHERE LIFE IS SWEET!

The beach cottage at Cookiedough Harbor...

...lies in the shadow of Gumdrop Point Lighthouse.


At the south beach, gummy sharks prowl benignly offshore,
while a sea turtle crawls over brown sugar sands to lay her eggs.


Between south beach and the rocks at Gumdrop Point are the craggy
So-called Fish-cal Cliffs with a few fossilized sharks teeth at their base.
A couple of surfboards can be seen stowed under the cottage.


On the other side of the island, where the waters are calm,
licorice lines keep boats snugly tied to the docks.


The dogs watch for a sailboat navigating by the
treacherously delicious rocks around the lighthouse.


At Sugar Beach, near the dogs, a tiny sandcastle sits by a little
plastic bottle (Thank you, PlayMobile), with a message
inside, which washed up on a wave.

 
Surfboards lean against the cottage between palm trees and a Christmas tree.


Beach chairs sit at water's edge, and sand inevitably gets tracked up the steps.


Up on the deck, a fish is broiling on the grill by the door.


It's just another day in cookie paradise.

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013 10:31:43 PM »

This is so cute! I love all the little details you added.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013 12:53:30 AM »

Wow. This is so detailed and awesome. How many hours did it take?
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2013 06:05:35 AM »

Thanks! Great question. I've made countless gingerbread projects but have never really counted the hours. These in recent years are completed while visiting my grandchildren who live 600 miles away, so time is limited. I bring with me the patterns that I make from cut-up cereal boxes, then spend a day making batch after batch of dough. I roll and cut patterns the next day, and begin construction the next. Another day is devoted to decorating. You might notice that I'm not a very neat cookie-house-builder. Royal icing runs freely, often errantly. For us the fun is in the creativity, and imagining a story around the results. 

And then of course the ultimate fun is in the eating of the project. This is purely for the delight of children....of all ages!
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2013 06:48:27 AM »

This is so creative!  All the details are terrific!
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013 06:56:37 AM »

Is Gingerbread Island taking reservations yet?  I so wanna' spend time there.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013 07:42:47 AM »

Lovely! It is obvious you had fun  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013 11:01:35 AM »

What a fun winter escape! Or Summer if you are of the Southern Hemisphere persuasion.
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013 02:08:16 PM »

This is totally rocks! By far my favorite!
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2013 02:38:51 PM »

Normally I don't look at these challenge entries and go Yum, but I'd eat this in a minute. love ti.
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013 04:05:40 PM »

Dear Lovesclutter,

That is the nicest compliment any gingerbread-house-baker could ever get!

I am well-aware that I cannot run with the big-gingerbread dogs whose beautiful creations look much too good to tear into and eat.

Thank you!
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2013 08:46:55 PM »

Booking my plane ticket......ready for a vacation!!!! I love it!!! I wanted to do this challenge but didn't find this page till a few days ago. Not long enough to work on it.
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2013 04:23:11 AM »

I think I'd like to permanently camp out on sandy beach and go old testament on those gummy sharks....om nom nom nom!  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2013 08:05:10 AM »

This is fantastic! The sea turtle crawling up the beach is by far my favorite, with the little tracks in the sand. Smiley Also, "fish-cal cliff"? Haha, awesome.
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« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2013 03:30:53 PM »

The sea turtle crawling up the beach ...with the little tracks in the sand. Smiley Also, "fish-cal cliff"? Haha

Glad you noticed! These are what makes it so much fun.
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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2013 03:44:00 PM »

If I had to be lost on an island, it would be your 'Gingerbread Island'. So much to do and see. Love your entry!
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2013 04:49:06 PM »

I would not have been able to stop myself from eating those gummy sharks. nom nom nom

love it!
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2013 10:31:09 AM »

Wow that looks absolutely fantastic! You must have put a lot of work into it!
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2013 02:58:20 PM »

it's fantastic! and so amazingly detailed and playful.....when does the plane leave? Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2013 05:36:36 PM »

Sweet!! Wink
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2013 02:13:43 PM »

I think the fish weather vein and two adorable dogs are my favorite details amongst so many, nice job!
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Awesome! You always make great gingerbread creations!
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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2013 07:23:13 AM »

Definitely would make my top vacation spots list! No need to budget for food: I'd eat the sand Smiley All your details are phenomenal!
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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2013 08:29:22 PM »

Many thanks to everyone who's posted a comment. It's fun to know what's caught your eye ---and your imagination.
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« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2013 07:13:38 AM »

THe sugar beach is my favorite part! Great work on the whole thing! I feel like I could come back & look again later & see something new for all the details you put into it!  Smiley

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« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2013 09:45:54 PM »

This is such a creative idea! You managed to rock it with your own imagination and not use the typical gingerbread look. I admire that Smiley GREAT skills! I love the water. It's so pretty I wouldn't want to eat and ruin the art aspect  Cheesy
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