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1  Re: Cozy Thatched Roof Cottage in CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES by Rowanrose 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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2  Cozy Thatched Roof Cottage in CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES by 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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