Gingerbread is the Hiz-ouse

For years, I’ve had this fascination with contemporary folk arts. When we think of “folk art,” we think of spinning yarn and sewing quilts and stuff like that. We don’t really think of folk art as a contemporary thing.

But of course, it is. Contemporary folk arts are things like jack-o-lantern carving and Easter egg decorating. Even Christmas lights on the house could be a folk art.

Those that know me know that I go a little wild when exploring contemporary folk arts, so this time, I tried to stay small.

I’ve never made a gingerbread house before, and I would definitely consider that a contemporary folk art, so why not give that a try?

I came up with a very small design and kept to simple recipes.

Here’s the front:

The back:

And a detail of the front door:

All of the decorations were done freestyle. I should have planned it out a little better, but I just wanted to get it done.

Now, while this was my first gingerbread house ever, for full disclosure, my mother is a damn good cake decorator, so I already had some sense of how one decorates with icing. I’m not sure that I ever actually decorated a cake, but I learn a lot by watching, and I used to watch her work.

All in all, it was a blast. I think it’s very likely that I’ll go nuts next year.