First of all- my web ring button was installed on the first try. Thank you Deborah! Then I find out my orchid is planning on sending out another flower stalk! I just gave it a nice soak in the sink, some new orchid potting stuff and some Miracle Grow as a reward. And my gingerbread house picture-above- transferred or uploaded on the first try.
More about the house. I started with a cheap dollhouse kit (used a 40% coupon) and after my husband cut all the pieces out of the sheets they came on--I'm too rough and would have broken them---I painted the windows, casements et all and then the house sides and front then glued the windows in and then put the house together. My daughter and I then started gluing on the "candy". I painted wooden heart shapes to look like lebkuchen cookies and rolled out gold Sculpty and cut out little gingerbread boys and baked and decorated them (on window sills), rolled red and white Sculpty to look like peppermint candies and cut pastel fun foam into shingles for the roof. My daughter found "gumdrop" garland at TJ Maxx and my husband found some "sugar-coated" garland in Pennsylvania at an ACE retailer. At the Skillin's open house I found the two big candy canes by the front door.
Why did I make it? Neither of my two children plan to have any children so I'm a grandmother with no grandchildren. Instead of denying myself the pleasure of making stuff---I just go ahead and make it and haul it over to the library and let those children enjoy it. Surprisingly, the adults love it just as much as the kids do. The only complaint I have heard--they wish it was REAL candy. That doesn't keep any of the children (big and little) from touching, pulling and otherwise trying to get candy off the house! I hope the hot glue holds tight.