Thursday, December 07, 2006

Gingerbread houses








***Edited*** For those wishing to make the gumdrop, redhot or popcorn ornaments. Get ribbon and loop it, poke a pin through it, put hot glue on the end and poke into the styofoam ball. That will hold it in place. Then hot glue on the candy or popcorn. She usually makes ones with broken pieces of candycanes glued on too but ran out of time to make them this year. Have fun making ornaments with your kids this weekend!

Tonight I went to a friends house and she showed us how to make gingerbread houses. She gave us packets full of information with recipes, tips and instructions. It was wonderful! I was totally blown away by her talent. All of these beautiful house took lots of time and talent on her part. I so appreciate all the effort she put into this evening. She has a lot of country decor like I do throughout her house, but her front room is victorian and she has a tree in there that has pink and white ornaments. She is so much like me...we love the country stuff but also love the girly pink stuff. So fun! I left her home full of the Christmas spirit and ready to finish decorating my house. I have really been slacking so this was just the push I needed. Afterwards me and my friend Paula went to Wal-Mart so I could get some Styrofoam ball and gum drops to make those cute ornaments. How cute and simple are those. She has others with red hot and popcorn glued on...total cuteness. By boys will love making these. Let me just say that I totally LOVE that old window frame with the gingerbread snowflakes! All this cuteness is killing me! I should be sleeping, but I'm too excited to sleep....kind of like those kids who are waiting to go to Disneyland on the commercial.
I had so many random thoughts floating around in my head today that I wanted to share, but those thoughts have been taken over by the Christmas spirit. I'm going to go set up my nativity and maybe my village too. :o)
(((Hugs to my blogging buddies)))

34 comments:

Leona said...

How cute! She is very good at making those houses. Love that gum drop ornament.I think I will have to let my kids decorate some of those too. Thanks for sharing.

Amie said...

How cute!!! What are the gumdrops stuck on with?? I am thinking toothpicks. The gingerbread houses are beautiful I was only thinking to myself the otherday I wonder how hard they are too make after looking at those I am guess quite hard.

Off on holdiays for 8 days going to Robbie Williams on sunday night and then to nelsons bay for 5 nights then back too sydney for the wiggles Mia is just going to so excited. I will talk to you when I get back.

Amie

Andi said...

Those gingerbread houses are too cute!!! You have a very talented friend. Isn't it fun to visit friends during the holidays and see their "stuff"? That picture will make an adorabe page for your scrapbook.

I just love seeing how homes are decorated for the holidays. I even like driving around and looking at the outdoor Christmas lights. Your excitement got me rev'd up to keep decorating.

Valerie said...

hugs backatcha babe!!

those gingerbread houses are absolutely amazing! dang - just to have a 10th of that talent!

SmileyCarrie said...

Wow.. love all those gingerbread houses... they're awesome!!!

Missy's Blog said...

Wow ... the gingerbread houses and ornaments are incredible! It's so nice spending time with friends and getting ideas on top of that. The gum drop ornaments are sooo cute!! I'm sure your boys will have loads of fun making them. My neighbor Cyndi and I were trying to think of a "crafty" thing for our boys to do this Christmas ... I'm thinking that might be it!

Carla said...

I love the snowflakes also!! I wonder how she made them?


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Meg said...

I love that window, too! Those gingerbread houses are spectacular.

Pam said...

WOW! Everything is so fun! But my favorite is the window! I wish you had taken a pic of the tree! ;)

Chickenbells said...

Funisies!! You know, up here we have the Worlds Largest Gingerbread Village? I haven't been yet...but I hope to go before the season...it's something my ex and I used to do, so...still struggling with making those memories mine alone! I love the little window too...have fun with all of your creativeness this weekend!

Caroline said...

We've thought about doing a Gingerbread house, but wow a Gingerbread village. I don't know if I have that much patience. I bet I know what you are going to be doing all weekend.

Jacquie said...

Awwww I love the gingerbread train, that is so sweet. We made a gingerbread house one year and my sister and her friend hounded and hounded when can we eat it?? (I think they were 15 or so) So one day it was like ok eat it and they pigged out and that was that LOL. We are so slow in getting our stuff up here it is driving me crazy and giving me the grumps "sigh" need to fix that. Have a great day.

Briana said...

Love those gum drop ornaments! I smell a project for the weekend with my boys! Thanks for sharing the idea!

Deb said...

Great post! Love the gingerbread houses.

Cee said...

Question:

Do you and your friends know how to sleep?! :)

Hugs!

Cee said...

Question:

Do you and your friends know how to sleep?! :)

Hugs!

Rhona said...

Before I got as far as reading your message part of the blog I thought you had made all those houses and was just wondering where you find the time for everything. They are beautiful, what a fun evening. I you make one be sure to post a picture of it! Have a great weekend.

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Melissa said...

Love, love, love it all! I have every intention of making a gingerbread house with Anna Marie this weekend, except I'm going to cheat and buy a kit from the store.

Oh, and I'm answering your tag!

Anonymous said...

How cute are those gingerbread houses! Your friend is very talented. I think we'll try making those ornaments this weekend.
Diane

Tiara said...

Oh how sweet are the houses. Oh makes me want to get everything out and build away.

You are very inspiring. Love it

Blessings
Tiara

Anonymous said...

I Love the gingerbread stuff, but totally adore those gumdrop ornaments! Going to remember that one!!!! Thanks for sharing, Jolene. I'm going to post some Christmas stuff this weekend. Honest. :)

Love, Tember
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Chris said...

If that doesn't put a person in the Christmas spirit I don't know what will...I loved seeing them.

Susie Q said...

What fun! Such wonderful houses! Such talent! And I adore that old window frane idea too. : )

The balls are a super idea and one I think Grace and I will try! She loves anything arts and crafty.
She's good too! : )

You have a great weekend and enjoy all you do! You are an inspiration to keep on decortaing and enjoying it all!

Fondly,
Sue

Maren said...

The gingerbread snowflakes are my favorite I think. I like almost anything snowflake. That is my theme for my January cards that I will be making next week. I also like the gingerbread train since I have a 4 year old boy who is completely into trains and any sort of vehicle. That would be up his alley. Maybe we will need to do that this year. That would be fun.

Heather said...

How inspiring is that! WOW she is a talented lady--but I know you are too! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

Amy Mowbray said...

What wonderful gingerbread houses. They're really cute! I think I'm going to make one!