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on: January 03, 2011 10:03:25 PM 
Started by mezcraft, Message by mezcraft
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When I read about this challenge I was very excited but I didn't know what kind of house to do. So I began to think about different interesting houses and as I had just finished watching the new Harry Potter film, I found my inspiration.  I love the Weasley's home or what is formally known as "The Burrows" . It's a crazy d-i-y house that has different windows and different doors and it's a bit ramshackle and there is magic all mixed with "muggle" stuff and it feels to me like a house full of love.

As for the technical stuff, I started out by making a foamcore model of the house, figuring out each piece which I then used for a template.  My Gingerbread house is a lot more about gingerbread than icing and candy. There are two different recipes resulting in two different gingerbread colours. When all was said and done, I had made 4 double batches of gingerbread and my sore arm muscles showed for it!

I made the shingles out of shreddies than sprayed them with colourmist icing colouring, then I did some undershading with brown icing.

My favourite part of the whole thing was these little sweaters on a laundry line that I added.  I wanted to make something to reflect how much of an awesome D-I-Y-er Molly Weasley was by making all her kids monogrammed sweaters for Christmas.  So each one of them is a like a wee tiny Gingerbread cookie. I also made little brooms but they are harder to see. 

I also used Cinnamon Sticks because I need a really long, tall, strong piece to help support the weight of the upper layers. I was quite worried about that when I got started but it held up really well and when we took it apart ( as in munched on tasty gingerbread)  it actually was very difficult! By the end I just ended up smashing it!  This was tons of fun and I can't stop seeing Gingerbread details on houses all around town and thinking about next year already!
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