Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Gingerbread - 2012 Style

I had to blow the dust off this poor neglected blog to get this post started, and I would be wondering if anyone bothers to stop by anymore - except that 'anonymous' (who I strongly suspect is my sister Donna) posted a comment a couple of days ago that it would be nice to see this year's gingerbread creation.

So I know at least one person is still out there!!

In a quick recap of my crafty year - I'm still knitting of course - lots of novelty animals and stuff this year, scarves and a few pairs of socks.  

I spent a couple of months dreading the Olympics and the inevitable traffic disasters.. and then from the first moment of the opening ceremonies became entirely obsessed with all things Olympic and like every other Londoner fell in love with whole thing.  I watched it every single moment I could and was lucky enough to be there when Usain Bolt won 100m gold.  And no travel chaos!!! 


I didn't want it to end and I consoled myself with more crafting and rediscovered my sewing machine.  Without really intending to, I found myself making a quilt - it's lovely (she says modestly) but contains more than a few pretty basic mistakes.


But of course it's this year's gingerbread house that 'anonymous' was looking for so I better get on with it!

After last year's Who-ville masterpiece (embarrassingly, I don't even have to link to it - it's two posts ago if you are interested) I was feeling a bit of pressure when it came to picking a theme.  There was a lot of interest in an Olympics gingerbread display but I thought that recreating the stadium might be tricky(!) and I really, really like snow on my gingerbread house.  So I vetoed that and decided to go for the snowiest place I could think of - Santa's workshop.

The Coopers (Pat, Caroline and the 4 minis - Gen, Suzy, Mads and Louis) arrived late Sunday morning a week ago and we set to work planning the general layout.  They embraced the theme and quickly decided we needed elves on the inside of the house at work, and a conveyor belt bringing the presents from inside the house out to Santa's sleigh.  

From there we were off!

I really love the help wanted sign - although clearly UK employment law would never permit the bit in parenthesis.  Apparently employment lawyers have not yet hit the North Pole.



 The elves are hard at work inside the workshop, warmed by the roaring fire (Mads made that) ....













...preparing presents to send out to the sleigh through the conveyor belt door.

(These photos were taken before we put the roof on.)

Outside of the workshop, Gen added a solitary elf ice fishing (even elves gotta eat, although I don't think Santa got that figure from a fish diet)....



... and behind the elf you can see the conveyor belt is full of presents ready for loading into the sleigh.  









I hadn't noticed while we were building the house but only the sack of coal has actually made it into the sleigh.  I'm not sure what the meaning behind that is - perhaps there is a mini Cooper worried about what list they're on!!







Suzy created this great Santa and Rudolph, and the sleigh was a joint effort by Pat and Louis.







Of course, where you have reindeer, you have a reindeer feeding station, and reindeer - errrr - droppings.  

Our gingerbread creations are nothing if not sophisticated!








Although I vetoed the idea of an Olympics theme, I did suggest that a 'nod' to the Olympics would be ok.  And from this little display I think it's clear that Santa was a bit of a team GB supporter!  I think that explains their phenomenal performance!!



Tom Daley apparently trains at the North Pole (why not?).  Here he's at the top of the diving platform waving to his adoring audience (the little green elf).  













...and a pair of swimming trunks are floating in the pool - lost by some poor diver who we can only assume is in hiding while he looks for something to wear.








A bird bath, some trees and a lumpy but adorable snowman (Caroline's annual addition) finished the exterior.














The mini-Coopers are pretty grown up now - Louis is the youngest at 10 3/4 years old.  They are all quite expert in the art of building with sweets and their creativity amazes me.  But adult or 10 3/4, we all enjoy watching the Grinch (animated version) and Charlie Brown's Christmas while the roof sets on the house.
 
For those of you who wonder what happens to the gingerbread house - well, the following Sunday afternoon  the Coopers have a Christmas party.  While the adults enjoy minced pies and some mulled wine the children stare longingly at the house until towards the end of the party when they are gathered into the playroom, the house is placed in front of them and they are allowed to tuck in.  This year the demolition took about 4 seconds.   

Thanks to anyone who is still out there and made it through this crazy long post!  Wishing you all the best for the holiday season!!!  

16 comments:

Kate said...

It's brilliant! It seems a shame to eat it, but I bet it was tasty. :-) Have a good Christmas.

fleegle said...

We're doing the gingerbread house thing next week! Ours won't be as elaborate as yours, though! Welcome back!

Chery said...

I always read your posts! Missed you,

Ann said...

Oh my goodness,I have missed you and had begun to worry. Welcome back... 'tis like a Christmas present to me.

Nic said...

Welcome back to blogland. I hope we see you again soon. Will we see any lace amidst the animals?
LOVE the gingerbread scene. You guys amaze me

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so glad you posted, I have always enjoyed your blog and I was afraid yours was one that was just going to die on the tree, so to speak. Anyway, welcome back and I love the gingerbread scene. So much welcome humor!

Anonymous said...

missed you too

Yarn Changer said...

So glad you are back. Thanks for catching us up on your crafting this year. I love the gingerbread village! I can't believe they tore it apart in four seconds. They will remember it all their lives as one of the best Christmas' ever.

florapie said...

Amazing! And I love that the inside is decorated just as carefully. Nice to see you back!

Stitched Together said...

Wow, that is an amazing feat of gingerbread engineering!

Jules said...

I love the detail so much!

Kavey said...

Love it, such a personal project and very creative. Really cute details!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, you have been missed, I check all the time to see if you have posted. I miss seeing your beautiful lace shawls!

Anonymous said...

Stopped by today for the first time in ages and there was a new post! Love your blog by the way. Thank you. You taught me to knit when we were in McLeod together decades ago and, much more recently, you have inspired me to start my own blog.... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Agnes Berthelot said...

I'm here. Wish you a wonderful 2013.

Joan said...

Will there be any posts before December 2013? :)