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1  Re: UP Inspired Gingerbread House for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Auction in CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES by LawrenceKSRealEstate on: January 17, 2010 03:13:48 PM
Thanks for all the encouragement and kind words!  I'm surprised at all the interest in our gingerbread houses, so many people have looked at them since I entered this one into the Craftster Challenge.

I'm trying to dig up some more photos and post them to our website of the Gingerbread UP House as well as my Gingerbread Empire State Building from 2007 and a few other Gingerbread Houses my family has worked on in past years.

We had no idea how much time goes into making one of these until my wife, Tanya donated one for the auction in 2005.  Since that year, each member of my family looks forward to making a Gingerbread House to donate and sometimes Tanya finds the time to make two.  Her houses generally sell for quite a bit more than the ones I build.  One year her two house raised over $4,000 and with the two houses our daughter and I donated, we helped raise $6,000 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Douglas County. At auction our houses have helped earn decent money for the charity, which is the goal, none of them have ever won first place.  So I appreciate everyone who voted for my UP House online!

Here I am working late into the night placing Red Hots, one by one, onto the base of the Empire State Building.
BTW - It's a requirement that everything besides the base be edible, I had a lot of questions about how I was able to get it to stand up... I built a tower of rice crispy treats as an internal support.... read more about the construction by clicking the photo...

Here are the four gingerbread houses built by my family for the 2007 auction.
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2  New Crafstster logo for bakers, gingerbread makers and kitchen craft fans. in Craftster Itself by LawrenceKSRealEstate on: January 14, 2010 10:51:46 AM
Hey all...

I have a suggestion for a new product logo for all of us, kitchen craft fans...

... here is a rough mock-up of what it might look like:

What do you think?

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3  Re: EE's secret toadstool gingerbread house with snails! in CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES by LawrenceKSRealEstate 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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4  UP Inspired Gingerbread House for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Auction in CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES by LawrenceKSRealEstate on: January 04, 2010 12:35:20 PM
Hope you enjoy my Gingerbread version of Carl's house from the Disney/Pixar movie UP.  It was donated to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Douglas County in Lawrence, KS.  There is a link at the bottom where more photos and construction details can be found.

Here is our gingerbread UP house from the Disney/Pixar movie up.

I added a small modeling chocolate Carl before the auction.

 I used real balloons, everything else is edible.

A lot of people liked the hose for some reason... It was made from raw gingerbread colored green.

Here are some of the gum-paste fence posts as they are drying.  I made a cookie cutter from a small cross cookie cutter to cut them out.

Each member of our family makes a house for the auction each year.  You can see some of the walls here waiting for the oven and some of the shingles (made from gum-paste) drying as I cut out more fence posts.  My daughter is working on her house in this photo also.

You can see more images of the project with details about the construction, please check out our page about it here:Gingerbread UP House
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