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It’s true what they say about grandchildren: they really are the reward for surviving parenting. They also provide an excellent excuse to make the best sort of messes, especially over the holidays when the focus can sometimes lean towards perfecting the season.

For the Ferrier clan, gingerbread house building has become a seasonal favorite. We start with a double batch of gingerbread dough and basic house cookie cutters. It didn’t take my creative crew very long to start making design changes, thoughpersonalized housewarming gifts, for truly personalized houses.

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It’s a team effort. As the first house bakes, the next is planned and cut out. It’s hard not to notice that the houses tend to get more complicated as we go along. Left over dough gets turned into extra gables and chimneys, and props to set the scene, such as doors and shutters, stepping stones and even house guests and gas pumps.

The very best sort of pandemonium begins when the icing appears, along with sprinkles and candies galore. Since we’ve started building gingerbread houses, I’m always on the lookout for interesting shapes and patterns in the candy aisle. It’s even more fun when it’s used for something I never considered.

We started building the houses to create a new tradition with our grandchildren, but it’s turned out to be fun for all of us. It’s also turned out to be a wonderfully creative and even artistic adventure for us all. It’s easy to set in with a goal in mind only to have the cookies have the last laugh. It’s taught lessons on accepting defeat on perfectionism and snatching victory for character and charm.

For your own gingerbread house building adventure, here are some links to a similar cookie?cutter set?and recipes?we have been using.?I make it doubled and make 2-4 batches depending on the size of the crew.

Happy Holidays from Beth Ferrier at?Beth Quilts.

Today’s gift?is a selection of 5 fat quarter fabric sets to one awesome WeAllSew fan. All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

What would be your favorite decoration for your gingerbread house?

A winner will be chosen?at random?on December 21, 2015 and announced later this?week!

Good luck!

Congratulations to our WeAllSew reader “swalter47”, the winner of the December 20 gift. Enjoy!

Hello! My name is Karisa, I'm the gal behind the blog Petite Modern Life, and I'm so excited to be sharing on DTLB for the second time!

While the division lines are clearly drawn between dog lovers and cat enthusiasts there can be no doubt that Britain is an island of pet lovers. Our homes just wouldn’t be the same without our furry friends- rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs, even squirrel monkeys are getting a look in these days! And while they are all cute as can be, and lots of fun to care, for they do all unfortunately bring with them a distinct trail of devastation!

If you have ever owned a portable chair, tent, or other outdoor equipment then you have probably experience the difficulty of putting that item back into the bag it came in. Perhaps the bag has been lost, torn or is just too tight of a fit. This is especially true with tents. These instructions will show how to make a bag for the portable chair but it will also show alternatives to make an easy cover for dutch ovens, sleeping bag or other equipment. Canvas works well because is durable, sturdy and easy to sew with. If you want to make it water proof you can use waxed canvas or industrial nylon.

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