Now here’s another clever collaboration: British paper-cut artist (and Wee Birdy favourite) Rob Ryan and Victorinox. Have a look at the Vitorinox Tomo website: there are some cool interactive things to play with, including free downloadable Rob Ryan stencils (for beginners and advanced) and a lovely interview with the fabulous beardy-one himself:
They’re also running a special Twitter Christmas campaign at the moment. Just tweet someone with a message and #alphabunting and wait a few seconds. Your message will be turned into Rob-Ryan-esque Christmas bunting. Such good fun – have a go now!
Anyone making a gingerbread house for Christmas this year? I would love to make one from scratch because I really love our family’s gingerbread recipe (I think it’s from the Australian Women’s Weekly) but I’m a bit nervous about baking the different pieces to the exact measurements. So I think I’ll use a kit as the base for my first attempt but customise the decorations. What do we think about using Haigh’s chocolate freckles as roof tiles?
I’ve compiled some of my favourite gingerbread houses from Pinterest for inspiration. I’m torn between the traditional European styles with white icing for decoration and the ones pimped out with half a sweet shop. But I absolutely adore the mid-century modern styles that have popped up recently (see below). Such good fun. Look at the incredible Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water gingerbread house! You can buy the plans for the house here. I would love to make a gingerbread version of Sydney’s Rose Seidler House. Something to plan for next year…
Roxy has been obsessed with two things this Christmas: singing Deck the Halls over and over again, and making a gingerbread house.
There was much excitement and singing as we looked for a recipe, drew the templates, planned the decoration and shopped for the ingredients.
So yesterday, while we sang Deck the Halls we baked the gingerbread, and this morning – while we sang Deck the Halls – we put it together and decorated it. For a first ever attempt it turned out OK. Roxy was in charge of deciding how we decorated it (I had to let go and breath deeply and let her do it!) and I was in charge of applying the icing “glue” so she could attach the sweets.
I think she did a pretty excellent job. I love the little gate! All that is left to do is sift icing sugar snow over the top.
Half way through we had a bit of an engineering disaster when half of one side of the roof fell off! (you can see in the photos that the roof is shorter on the left hand side) It seems like it was too laden with freckle shingles and icing glue. So we now have a house with eaves on one side but not on the other.
Things I have learnt: - you can never have too much icing or too many sweets (according to Roxy) - make the roof pieces smaller next time - buy a CD of Christmas songs. variation is good. - for the base, cover a chopping board with foil instead of using cardboard which isn’t so sturdy and can cause the equivalent of an earthquake when you try to move it.
We’ve decided to make it a new tradition and make a gingerbread house each year. Do you make them? I have a question… Christmas day is still nearly a week away, how do you store it? I’ve wrapped ours up in cellophane, but I’m unsure whether it’s going to stay fresh. Have we made it too early? Should we have a pre-Christmas gingerbread tea party instead of waiting until “the day’?
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la…
Have you started wrapping your presents yet? I’ve rounded up some of the best ideas from Pinterest. Funnily enough, my favourite parcels are all wrapped with brown kraft paper. And I love the idea of drawing pictures/patterns straight onto the wrap with a white or silver pen. So clever.
I’m still making pom-poms for my presents. I’ll try to pop a picture up some time this week of my progress.
p.s. I’ve done my best to credit the makers/photographers, but one of the frustrating things about Pinterest is that it’s all too easy to lose the original source through repinning or lazy crediting. Gah! Let me know if you know the correct source!
How are you going with your wrapping? Inspired by anything you see here?