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31  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January Birthday Swap 2014 - Gallery and Discussion Board on: January 08, 2014 07:07:07 PM
I havent swapped in a long time, but I will sign up
32  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Re: A waldorf treehouse (made from gingerbread!) on: January 02, 2014 11:02:07 AM


So cool, this has inspired me to keep soldiering on with mine (it is travelling with me as I visit various relatives round the country).

I think I've worked out most of the materials but am curious about what you used for your fire rocks, the 'tree trunks' and is the 'paint' just food colouring? I just can't decide which bit is my favourite, maybe the sugar greenhouse - I would have totally burnt myself if I'd tried that.

PS. your kid is adorable.


Rocks are the same edible clay dyed greyish with food color and cocoa.  Trunks are gingerbread "logs ", I kept rotating them as they cooked. I then added water to gingerbread dough to make a paste and painted the logs, then baked a bit more. It gives the cracked look. I sawed off the ends to make them level before gluing together.
Paint is food color or cocoa . I added some water.
33  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Re: A waldorf treehouse (made from gingerbread!) on: January 02, 2014 10:19:11 AM
this is so wonderful and the details are amazing
are the gnomes marzipan?

Thanks!  Smiley

The gnomes and most of the colored clay details are an edible clay I made from cornstarch, powder sugar, corn syrup, water and a little flour.  I just threw stuff together until it was the right consistency - it dries hard as a rock and tastes like nasty sweet flour!   If I actually wanted to eat it, I would have used candy clay, which is white chocolate and light corn syrup, it also dries but tastes a lot better, its also more shiny. 
34  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!!!

35  COOKING / Dessert / 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!
36  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...
37  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)
38  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
39  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
40  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!
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