Sunday, May 1, 2011

I just wanted to post a sneek peek on the progress that I made this weekend on the Winter Gnome House.  I lounged around the house this weekend, since I have a horrible head cold and cough, so lots of up and down time working on the new house in between cold medicine and naps. 
 Today I made alot of progress, I cooked for most of the day in which I made 3 banana cream  pies, 2 very large vegetarian lasagnas-at least 20pds apiece.  I am the only male in an office of about 13 women, and I enjoy feeding them, so 1 of the pans of lasagna is for the ladies at work for lunch ( I decided to experiment for one of the ladies who is vegetarian and when I cook she never gets to eat any of it, so hopefully she'll enjoy it).  Everyone at home loved the lasagna until they were about half way done eating and I asked if they liked the flavor of the meat in the lasagna, which they loved, until I let them know it was Fake, and it was all veggies processed to look like meat, and tofu.  Then they were upset I told them, and they didnt like it as much-crazy people. 
So while I was cooking all day, I was able to complete alot of work on the house.  I think I spent all last night making up papermache and using paperclay and applying to the house, it will probably take a week to dry completely.  I spent about 4 hours this morning just painting the paperclay white for snow, I still need to glue the Snow Flakes on top of all the snow, but I'm tired and will do it next weekend.  I found a base for the house at the thrift store, which was a TV tray which I turned upside down and glued the house to it.  The house was pretty large, so it took 7 stores to find a big enough item to place the house on.
I'm not sure if I will do more Winter Houses or not, I really like the look, and for my first attempt at a winter scene, it was pretty fun.  But it doubled the cost since it took alot of paperclay to create all the snow on the home, and it also doubled the work time.  Hopefully next weekend I will be able to finish the exterior and install the lights and the decor. 
I hope everyone has a Wonderful Week!  Stan


  1. Sorry to hear that you have a cold! But it looks like it didnt slow you down at all! The house looks amazing! I would of never of thought you had used paperclay to do the roof! It's crazy how many things you can use it for! And I had to laugh at the lasagna story! Funny what people will eat until the know what it is... I took my daughter out one evening and she was eating caviar like it was chocolate, until I told her what it was... She was sooo mad at me for letting her eat fish

    Can't wait to see what you come up with next! You're such an inspiration! Thanks!

  2. The house looks absolutely great and it worth your while and every penny ;-)!Jeannette

  3. Well I think it looks amazing! I want to add snow to my sill etc on Honeydukes and my other potter shops so its intersting you use paperclay it looks really effective.
    Hope your feeling better,

  4. Well I think the snow house looks totally amazing and I love it! I'm not sure what brand of paperclay you use, but have you tried 'Pearl' paperclay (same makers as Creative Paperclay), but it's cheaper than Creative Paperclay and perfect for how you want to use it.

    Gosh, I bet you're a favourite in the office with all your fab cooking, I have a lot of vegetarian dishes myself and love them!!

    Wonderful work and hope you get better soon!

    Michelle :o))

  5. I agree your house looks wonderful!

    Marisa :)

  6. Hope your feeling better. Love the House, it looks fantastic..x

  7. Looks wonderful! I wish I worked at your office :)


  8. Esa cabaña es muy hermosa.
    Un abrazo