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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DIY Christmas 2012 with Angela Brown

This is definitely the house that love built--and we have it in a slideshow! Please welcome my good friend, Angela Brown.

An Almost Gingerbread Village

Hansel and Gretel nibbled at a house made of sweets and tasty goodness. Their tale had a few other issues we won't go into. However, building a gingerbread house for Christmas was the PERFECT family fun-time tradition to get into.

I spotted the kits at Wal-Mart while shopping for one or two items. I think my item count that day was fifteen lol! But I digress. Chipmunk showed enthusiasm about getting it and so I couldn't help thinking how much fun - kind of messy fun - it would be to make this. So we rolled out the paper towels and got down to the business of having fun. I took a lot of photos that would have you at this post for about five minutes until forever. So, here's a short slideshow instead:

Chipmunk and I had loads of fun! Clean up was easy since all the mess was confined to the pallet of paper towels. And the best part of all: Spending quality time with my most precious gift ever, Chipmunk.

All the gifts in the world are wonderful but the gift of love from family, friends and pets just can't be beat. Even after we tear down our almost-village, the memories of fun from this day will live on in our hearts and minds.

Isn't that what Christmas is all about?


Bio: Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home.

Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time she gave birth to her forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that she really took writing seriously. After all, how could she teach her child to follow her dreams if she hadn't tried herself?

As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, she favors the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life...even harbors a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.

NEVERLOVE is a special project spawned from a blog-challenge-turned-blog-opera, the Abby and Basil affair. It is the first in the Shadow Jumpers series.

Giveaway: Holy Downloads! Angela is giving away an awesome prize to one lucky commenter. Leave a comment for a chance to win Neverlove in digital format, and one other ebook (not to exceed $10).

Don't forget, you can leave a comment on any previous DIY Christmas 2012 post for a chance to win the prize on that post. Who knows? You might get lucky.

Other DIY posts from:

Shelley Munro
Cathy Pegau
Gwen Gardner
There are more great posts to come. All contests end December 21, 2012.


Angela Brown said...

Thanks for having me today. Re-watching that slide show brought a smile to my face :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Angela and Maria! I stopped with the Gingerbread houses. They end up as disasters and fall apart. Nothing but a big mess for Dad to clean up. The kids just eat the jelly beans and frosting anyway.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Many years ago a lady at church shared a pattern and recipe for gingerbread trees. So fun and easy that the kids were able to make them. And yummy besides. lol

Gwen Gardner said...

The video isn't working for me. Darn it! Because I know it's just really cute. I'll stop back later to try again.

I have made a few gingerbread houses with my own "chipmunk." None very successful, but all beautiful. And experiences to remember.

Jeff Hargett said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. THAT's what it's all about. Merry Christmas!

Susan Oloier said...

I think that's such a special thing to do with Chipmunk. I didn't know she was 8. My older son is eight, as well :-)

Angela Brown said...

@Stephen - They can get very messy. Thankfully, the paper towels made clean up a breeze.

@Donna - Oooohhh, Gingerbread trees sound like fun!

@Gwen - Darn it! Hope you can get a chance to watch it!

@Jeff - Yep, we did have fun and that IS what it's all about :-)

@Susan - Hey, our kiddos are the same age. Learn something new everyday :-)

Sarah Ahiers said...

omg Angela! I LURVE that pic of you! It just makes me smile and think "that's a person i want to be friends with".
Also, i saw on pinterest an idea for a gingerbread party, where you invite people over and supply supplies for everyone to make gingerbread houses. And i thought it was an awesome idea that i would never end up doing.

Angela Brown said...

@Sarh - *blush* Thank you so much :-) A gingerbread party sounds like that would be so much fun, probably a big mess in the making, but so much fun the mess won't be the focus!

M Pax said...

She's so precious, Angela, and it looks like a mighty great time to make a gingerbread village.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad I checked back! Your daughter is really cute. And your gingerbread house looked better than ours. We had to have it condemned...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful house! You guys did a great job!

Mina Burrows said...

I bought the gingerbread kit. We didn't get a chance to get to it yet. It's been so hectic lately. :(

Mike Keyton said...

Great stuff, Angela, but I'm such a klutz I wouldn't even be able to make a gingerbread man - never mind a house. Gingerbread blobs, I'm good at.