On a hottish day in Perth, I got some of the kids and nieces and nephews to help me making a gingerbread house - we did one two years ago, and it was great fun.
Here's Xanthe, Jessamy and Catriona on the early stages. We just baked everything from scratch, no complicated kits for us, just print out a template and cut the gingerbread... and if it doesn't all come together, use more icing...
Here's the finished house - note that Coles own brand of lollies includes pink and white MUSHROOMS, which make pretty good gardens. Oh, and many of them have caterpillars on them - that's a nod to Absolom, from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
And here's (mostly) my team of helpers. By the time the photo was taken, Jonathan had disappeared, but Mitchell arrived to pose. That's Connor in the middle getting Bunny Ears.
One of the kids disappeared to the craft room the other night to do a little sneaky sewing. And it wasn't Catriona. Young Jonathan took a break from on line battling to create an Albino Penguin. He drafted the pattern himself (probably because he's never sat still long enough to look at other people's patterns). It's a little creepy but darned cute.
And here's my attempt at photographing it in a realistic setting - the iPad is standing up, and displaying some wallpaper icebergs!