Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fast & Festive Holiday Centerpiece

Today I inherited a darling, free cottage, courtesy of my favorite grocery, Publix. The house was the only one left and in need of a little, loving repair. I so identified with that house. Broken or not, I wanted it.

When I got to the check out counter, the assistant manager asked me if I wanted another one. I told her it was the lone survivor.

'You're in here every day," she said. "I'm giving you this damaged thing."


What a sweet Christmas gift! I came home and started dreaming about centerpieces.


The little cottage perfumes the air with the scent of ginger.

Here's one of the gingermen I decorated in typical Gollumy fashion.


A sort of step-by-step:


After repairing the broken "fence" and doorway,

I began to play.


Recipe for an instant centerpiece:

1 broken (or unbroken) gingerbread house
Paperwhites
Royal icing
ivy
ornaments
faux flowers
gingerbread men

41 comments:

  1. Oh fun and pretty! I like the way you did yours. We (DD and I) will do ours next week when school lets out. Love what you did.

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  2. This is absolutely "ADORABLE"!! Oh my goodness, the perfect thing to put a smile on anyone's face. Love, love, love it..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  3. This is absolutely "ADORABLE"!! Oh my goodness, the perfect thing to put a smile on anyone's face. Love, love, love it..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  4. * As Carly says, "NOBODY doesssss it bettttterrrr...", Michael!!!

    What a JOY to get my notice you'd posted & to see your talents in top form, as one ALWAYS knows they will be!!!

    Soooooo creative, sooooo BEAUUUTIFUL!!!.... and by candlelight, it will even be ethereal!!! "Wish I were there!"~~~

    Many XOXOs,
    Linda *

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  5. The kids normally decorate one but our new kitten loves sweets. Never heard of a cat that likes sweets? Afraid he would make himself sick on a little gingerbread :)

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  6. Evening, Dear Gollum! Oh, you flipped this little gingerbread house! How nice of the sales lady to just give it to you and it couldn't have gone to a better home! I love this!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. I can just smell the wonderful gingerbread!

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  8. I love the smell of gingerbread! I have a house that I put out each year -- looks like gingerbread, but it's not -- I miss the smell! My mother made houses often for Christmas -- your little house reminds me how wonderful they were. Thanks for your kind visit -- hope that you get to take your son to NYC sometime -- it's an amazing place!

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  9. How wonderful you made it! I am so happy that you took it and it didn't end up in a dumpster! That is the true Christmas spirit! This year I have learned to embrace and enjoy the shorter days, cozy nights by the fire and warm cocoa or cider, sitting by the tree. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  10. A great centerpiece -- love the story of the house -- reminds me of Charlie Brown's tree!

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  11. Michael, please tell me you posted this 'shortly' after receiving my email as I had checked your site earlier. Also as I thought I was celebrating 'another' Birthday two days away I actually went and checked the Newspaper to confirm my Computer was correct ......and relieved to discover it is the 15th and I am not having 'another' Senior's Moment. :)

    Your Gingerbread House and PersonS are so adorable. Good thing Linda (from Arizona) is not there or she would just eat it on you. WINKS! (She knows I adore her.)

    Wishing you and those close to your heart......A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON and A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. Hugs -Brenda-

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  12. Mrs.Ben--I did post it right after I emailed you. Let me know how your mice turn out!

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  13. That is verrrry good news!!! Shall let you know. Thank you again for your assistance.
    Hugs -Brenda-

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  14. Gollum, this is just adorable! Not only do I love the gingerbread cottage, but that cute as pie little gingerbread boy you made, too! And you did a great job with your centerpiece.

    I am so glad the manager at Publix gave you that cottage. You really did it justice! :-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  15. You know I just love gingerbread houses and men! I adore this! Loved this post. I think you need to add a few of your famous mice!

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  16. PS: I went to get some wonderful cookies as yours on the way back from my Doctors appointment they had none!!!! I was so disappointed. lol

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  17. Glad your headache is subsided Miss G...
    I adore your little gingerbread house and centerpiece... So very creative and very festive! It sure was nice of that manager to give you that too... Kind of like a "Charlie Brown Tree" poor little house... You did a fantastic repair job... You can wrap that up in bubble wrap and use it next year too!
    ~Merry Merry~
    ~Really Rainey~

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  18. Hello dearest friend! I have missed you. :) I just don't seem to find the time to blog and visit blogs like I used to. One day, I keep thinking that I will be as committed to you and put the finishing lines to my novel, or finish my half-written cookbook. I so envy your grit and determination. Anyway - I spent the past half hour catching up on your bloggy posts. Pure eye candy - as always. Thanks for befriending me on FB. Take care and Merry Christmas, dear friend. Hugs, Barb

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  19. Michael -
    Your blog is an absolute feast for the eyes.

    What a wonderful, serendipitous treat atthe grocery checkout.

    I love it when that happens- simple acts of generosity.

    Have a blessed week-

    Laura

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  20. I made one acouple of years back It was fun finding all the candy. This is a cut one!!!I think Christmas brings out the crafts in all of us,and that makes it mean more. That is what memories are made up of,smells,sounds and the taste of gingerbread dancing in our mouths. Kathy

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  21. It's official, I'd rather live with you and the fine Dr. than with Oprah and Stedman.

    Where shall I ship my things?!

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  22. Oh, I love this. You did a wonderful job patching up the sweet little gingerbread house. Everything looks so festive.

    I *so* wish we had a Publix here.

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  23. Sweeeett! I want one! You are one talented lady. Love, love your blog. I have to ask what kind of camera you have b/c your photography is awesome! Thanks for stopping my blog. When it grows up, it wants to be like yours. I saw in one of your posts that your Dr took down a light fixture. That's about the extent of mine's handyman skills. But he tolerates all my "playing house" moods. We're lucky girls! Merry Christmas!

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  24. I love the way things look after you touch them!

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  25. You do the most wonderful things! What fun to take something that is broken and have it turn out beautiful...

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  26. No matter how often I come to your blog, I find wonderful ideas and recipes that I can't wait to try! I was fretting because I don't have the time to make a Gingerbread House...love the way it makes the house all Christmasy...I never thought of buying one at the grocery and dolling it up! Thanks Michael!

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  27. What a talented designer you are Gollum! You know just how to put all the pieces together to make a masterpiece! Very pretty and thanks for sharing.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

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  28. You are a m a z i n g !!
    This post reminds me that I have to post my AWFUL gingerbread house.
    It's so awful, it's kinda cute!!

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  29. Your creative juices flow in all directions :-). This is really cute and visitors will love your story. I sure did. Have a wonderful day.

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  30. Not a broken down house anymore, but a lovely sweet gingery cottage.
    Kathleen

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  31. What a beautiful centerpiece! You did a great job in repairing it, it looks perfect!

    This is my first time to stop by your blog and I can't wait to read more...it definitely puts me in the decorating mood!

    Best Wishes,

    Leslie

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  32. FREE, fun and cute, dang, tis the season!

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  33. Only you could make a broken gingerbread house look like THAT!

    Justine :o )

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  34. The decorator's eye is always on the prowl. Good job once again.

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  35. Wow what a lovely center piece! Your photos totally ROCK!

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  36. This is so cute and pretty and best of all, it's free....Christine

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  37. How cute is that?!? Wish we had a Publix here. I have heard good things about them and some of the wonderful items they carry.

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  38. Love it!! Looks fun, festive and delish.

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  39. I love the gingerbread house and men! And the way you have arranged it is just amazingly beautiful and fun! (I collect gingerbread decor, so I loved this post!)

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  40. Soooo cute! Who could pass up that adorable house! Your gingerbread men are beyond cute! :-) I know the paperwhites must smell out of this world!

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