Sew Sweet Home – Gingerbread House

Let me start off by saying this, I was robbed! The fix was in. Ok, maybe that’s not completely true. 😀 Just let it be known, I didn’t want to enter this contest to begin with! I had never made a gingerbread house before in my life. I’m not sure I ever will again after this. I still have sugary crumbs in my carpet.

It all started with “Come on, you’re crafty. I just know you’ll win.” Sure. Whatevs. I figured I’d do it ’cause… I didn’t have much else to do that weekend. All of my Christmas shopping was done, the lights were up,  so why not? Ha! I had no idea what I got myself into. This thing took 4 days.

Anyway, as soon as I got the kit I immediately thought of how to incorporate buttons into my house. We were all given a kit to work with. Everything had to be edible and that meant finding a button mold to use with fondant. I found this Wilton mold at JoAnn’s. Did I mention I’d never used fondant before?

wilton fondant mold

I decided my house was going to be a sewing cottage, complete with a button roof, quilted walls, and a flower garden. A pink house was a must so I bought some food coloring and mixed up some colors. I never thought I’d actually use that entire bucket of fondant… but I did.at least 5 pounds of fondant

I placed a generous layer of fondant on all of the pieces and used a roller to add ‘quilt’ lines and a fondant stamp to make the impression of flowers. pink house panels

I let the house dry  along with the roof, which was done in the same quilted pattern. While I waited, I made a ton of fondant buttons.

a ton of fondant buttons

After decorating and assembling the house panels, I started on the roof . When it was time to attach the roof to the house I was nervous that it was too heavy but thankfully it held.

trying to be careful

So, here’s the house on display for the contest. Now, I’m not one to brag but – It was adorable, right?! I mean, most original– HELLO! What’s more original than this? Certainly not a beach house, which turned out to be the winner. Maybe my concept was a little too over their heads. Bleh! LOL! 😛

my house on display

 

 

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Buttons Galore & More / Poppystamps Blog Hop

Hello!!! Are you hopping  with us today?  If so, you should have arrived here from Marybeth Lopez’s blog Marybeth’s Time for Paper.  If you’d like to start at the beginning and get all the details on the hop, visit the Poppystamps  or the Buttons Galore and More for more info.

My project features wool blend felt cut using Poppystamps Stitched Bloom Trio Dies along with Buttons Galore & More Berrylicious Color Blend buttons. Together with a 5″ wood embroidery hoop, a bit lace, and some glue, I put together this sweet little floral wall decor piece.

Ready to see more designs made with products from both these amazing companies?  The next stop on the hop is Nancy Penir’s Artful-Notions .

Before you go, please leave me a comment.  There’s some blog candy up for grabs and you have to comment to win!   Winners will be selected randomly from comments on blogs on this hop. You have until 11:00 PM  US EST on October 1 to leave a comment to enter to win.  Winners will be announced on October 2.

Here’s a complete hop list for your convenience:

Michele K. Henderson

May Flaum

Jeanne Jachna

Lorrie McCullers

Marybeth Lopez

Anaya Whye *That’s ME*

Nancy Penir

Connie Mercer

Jennifer Svare

Kelli Stradling

Robin Tharaldson

Rebecca Keppel

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Stitch Ornaments are Back!

Yasss! These are the best $1 DIY ornaments ever! So excited they are back at AC Moore!  They have the same ones as last year along with these new ones.

I still have a few kits left in my hoarding closet from last year, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from picking up some of the new ones. This is the first of more to come…

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