Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Lifestyle // Making a gingerbread house and OOTN: Cosy Christmas Loungewear

Can you believe it's Christmas tomorrow?!?! Squeeeee all the festive feels! This year I am so excited as I have finally completed a task which I always aim to do at this time of year - MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE! And I did it wearing a festive Christmas two piece - winning all round!

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I've tried so many times to make a gingerbread house in the past but have never quite managed it. It always seems to be a bit too much work and I never have quite enough time. Last year I even baked all the gingerbread pieces but just didn't get round to putting it all together. This year however I've been given a helping hand by the lovely little elves at Hobbycraft who have sent me this E-Z Create A Treat Gingerbread House Kit*. The set includes everything I need to build the perfect Christmas chalet - the gingerbread, sweets and icing to decorate and even a handy tray to make putting it together as easy as pie (or gingerbread)!

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Of course all good gingerbread house builders need to be comfy and dressed in suitably festive attire - and it doesn't get comfier or more festive than this amazing Christmas 2 Piece* from BuyTshirtsOnline Look how cool it is!! Which is ironic as it's actually really warm. And soft. And fleecy. And in amazing Christmassy colours with reindeers and snowflakes on. And it's so much more convenient than a onesie as you don't need to completely undress yourself whenever you need the loo. It's basically perfect!!!! Oh all the Christmas excitement!!


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Anyway, back to my gingerbread house...

I found putting it together so simple  thanks to the clear instructions on the box of the kit, the tray which allows you to simply slot in your walls and helps keep it stable, and the fact the icing is all pre-made and comes in a really handy icing bag with nozzle. Perfect! I simply had to line the square shaped canal in the tray with icing, outline my gingerbread wall pieces with icing and then hold it all together until it set. And make sure you do hold it all together as **someone** may have got  distracted, let go and had a mild collapse on their hands. The panic was very real! Luckily a slick more icing and it all went back together ok! Once the walls were in place it was time to pop the roof in place in the same way, then leave it to set for 15 minutes before BEING ABLE TO DECORATE WAHOO!!!

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Now things got a little bit messy at this point, and my boyfriend decided he wanted to help with the fun but rather than take photos so unfortunately I don't have pictures of the masterpiece coming together but....
TA DAHHH here's our finished gingerbread house!!!!

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It was so much fun to decorate and I loved choosing what sweets to put where. I did copy a lot of the design from the front of the box as I thought it looked really cute and they'd optimised the sweets really well. I did add some slightly dodgy looking flowers to the front of my house and line the bottom of the front wall with the little coloured balls which I thought was quite sweet. The icing bag and nozzle made it quite simple to decorate though it definitely took me a few goes to get the knack of precise piping (we'll just ignore the windows on the right side of the house!). When I first opened up my box I was a bit dubious about the white plastic tray used to build the house on as I thought it might look a bit naff but it actually looks ok! I think next time I would use some dessicated coconut to cover the area around the house to make it look a bit prettier and cover up the fact that I used a tray to help me (mwahahaha fake it till you make it sista!) 


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I think the E-Z Create A Treat Gingerbread House Kit is a really great set and would be perfect for making a gingerbread house with children. It took under an hour to put together and is perfect for busy elves this Christmas. If you didn't get from my sheer joy above I also absolutely adore my Christmas 2-Piece and will be wearing it constantly over Christmas! It is just so comfy to wear, is much more convenient than a onesie and with it's elastic waist line and oversized fit I can eat as many pigs in blankets as possible without looking too much like a stuffed turkey!


Have you made a gingerbread house before? 

What are your favourite outfits for  having lazy days at home over Christmas?



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*Thank you so much to Hobbycraft and Buytshirtsonline.co.uk for sending me these treats to get me on the festive spirit. All thoughts are honest and my own for more information please see my Disclaimer Page.

8 comments:

  1. Wow I'm impressed! I tried to make a gingerbread train one year and it didn't look half as good as this!

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas xxx

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    1. Oh cool!! Maybe I'll try that next year :D xxx

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  2. This looks so cool! Definitely a much easier way to make a gingerbread house, I've always wanted to try one! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks Jasmin! I def recommend giving these sets a go - they make it so easy :D xx

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  3. The little house looks lovely and I love your two-piece. X
    www.lemontierres.com

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    1. Aw thank you! It is so so comfy, I'll want to wear it all year round! xx

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