This isn't gingerbread, but it's one of the coolest things I've ever seen, a handmade hobbit hole. Incredible detail, right down to the cabbage leaves in the garden. Read all about how Maddie constructed it. (via BoingBoing and Geekology)
It's been a long, hard winter for those of us in the midwest (and elsewhere) so why not celebrate with some peeptastic fun? If you've seen pics from any of the peep diorama contests in recent years, you'll know that these colorful characters have some wild and crazy fun. Take note: The most elaborate entries are not necessarily the ones that win. Clever and witty dioramas, often featuring a play on words, usually rake in the prizes.
The EPL Peeps displays, in the clip above, offer some great ideas. And the heroic Capt. Sullenberger diorama ... well, what can I say? It's amazing.
You'll also find great slideshows alongside details of the 4th Annual Washington Post Peeps Contest, where clever dioramas compete for all sorts of Washington swag. Be sure to read those rules carefully.
If you are lucky enough to be anywhere near the Grove Park Inn's National Gingerbread Competition in Asheville, NC, you will certainly be impressed with this gingerbread masterpiece from a first-time competitor, Shelley. She visualized the Biltmore House perched atop a pop-up book sitting on a table, with an old pair of spectacles lying in front. It's all gingerbread, folks ... the book, the table and the spectacles. Very intricate and detailed, and it's only 9 1/2 inches tall! See the Biltmore estate here.
I've got some great pics to share with you over the next week. They're from Wendy, who has some amazing gingerbread skills. I love this colorful carousel with its candy encrusted base, frolicking horses and candy cane poles. I'm thinking the roof might be the hardest part of the structure to create, but I'm not sure. We'll have to ask Wendy.
I can't help but spot that bottle of hand sanitizer in the background! Good thinking, Wendy. Flu is all around us here in the Chicago area. At work, I'm sneezing into my elbow, punching the elevator buttons with anything but my bare fingers and dipping into the Purell bottle every half hour. So far, it's working! Take care and be well everyone. More of Wendy's pics this week.
A gingerbread Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not a project for the timid. J.K. Rowling has said she visualizes Hogwarts as "a huge, rambling, quite scary-looking castle, with a jumble of towers and battlements."
This castle is so well known and loved that the complexity of its creation involves mastery of several layers and levels, not the least of which is the emotional connection of Rowling's readers/fans. First, there's the challenge of its physical construction, including large-scale buildings and curved turrets. The castle also must be true to the descriptions in the Harry Potter series. And finally, it's got to evoke that air of dark enchantment that requires spot-on color, complexity and overall creepiness.
Sounds impossible, but no task is too big for our friend, Britta. Take a look: