Miniature Gingerbread House wins creative competition 2013
17 September 2013
The Dolls House Emporium is very pleased to announce the winner of the Creative Competition 2013.
This stunning representation of a witch's Gingerbread House won us over - because, quite simply, it looked good enough to eat.
And yet there is no food featured here at all - every sweetie, biscuit and piece of icing has been lovingly crafted by its creator, Maddie Brindley, from Chesterfield.
She's featured on our blog before. remember her Hobbit Hole
or Brambly Hedge
projects? Well, we think she has equalled them with her interpretation of The Cabin
It's mouth-watering stuff - and Maddie's reward is £650 in Dolls House Emporium vouchers to spend on a kit of her choice.
She says: "This is the first Miniature project I have done that started off with a kit – I wanted a short project to fill time (and save space!) and I saw the competition where you buy the MDF wood kit and use your imagination to turn it into something different.
"I thought this would be a perfect quick build house for me.
"My kids gave me the idea for the Gingerbread house as we were reading a book together ‘Night Time Tale’ and it has a witch’s house in it.
"The entire gingerbread shell is made from wood and cement and the food is all made from polymer clay and paint – not a single bit is edible, unfortunately!"
All the food is hand made out of Fimo/Sculpey or Preemo clay. Maddie used liquid fimo for the Gummy Bears and decorators caulk for the icing and cream. The marshmallows are made from extruded clay wound together and the lollipops are fimo clay rolled out and wound around each other.
She made the witch by altering The Dolls House Emporium doll Rennie, the kitchen maid
, into a witch.
"I dyed her dress, ripped and aged the apron and made her a new face out of fimo and scraps of wool for the hair left over from a knitting project!" she says.
We particularly enjoyed the wriggly worms working their way across the dining table!
Here at Dolls' House HQ we get witch's houses every year, as well as the occasional gingerbread house, but we hope you agree that the skill and attention to detail is second-to-none! In fact we thought Maddie has stuck genuine cookies, party rings and jelly bears to the side of her house.
You can easily see how the lush, bright and tempting exterior is at odds with the dark, spooky and fearsome interior... just right for tempting small children inside, in true fairy tale tradition!
And here are a few more detail shots of the outside. Made to make your mouth water!
Stay tuned for news on the 2nd and 3rd placed entries: "Coming soon!"
Gingerbread house looks good enough to eat!
28 September 2011
This was a superb take on a popular topic – Mary Harrison’s own version of a gingerbread house.
And this one definitely does look good enough to eat, setting our judges' mouths watering with its welcoming brightness and warmth.
“My inspiration came from colours that make people smile,” says Mary, from Newcastle.
“This love of vibrant colours was the basis of my house. My favourite part of the house is the back interior wall which I have drawn a mural on, however, I enjoyed making the sweeties the most.
“Before I started the house I made colourful fimo sweets to eventually stick on to the garden walls to give a dry stone effect, however I felt this effect would be too busy for the wall facing into the garden, where I decided to use sweet wrappers.
“For the garden I made a path using a collage of sweet wrappers and created a chocolate pond. I used 3d paint and enamel brown paint to make it look like melting chocolate.
“I made lots of sweets (1/12th scale) to put into jars. I filled my grotto with jars of sweets, a luxurious chair and rug and finally a storage cabinet which I decorated with buttons and glitter glue to blend in with the rest of the house.”
Her Gingerbread Grotto was one of more than 50 entries to the Dolls House Emporium Creative Competition
More fantastic entries will be posted here soon!