Gingerbread and Piggy Mitts!!


Where were their parents!!!

Every year we go to the Holiday Faire which is put on by my oldest son’s grade school because it combines a warm family atmosphere, good food, wonderful crafters and a great gingerbread house auction of houses/structures created by school families and students.  Chip’s sister Cindy and her kids come with us.  Bruce – one of the teachers there, always conducted the gingerbread house auction – somehow getting folks in the audience to put out hundreds of dollars to buy these gingerbread creations in support of the school.  In recent years, presumably due to time constraints, they started “live” auctioning off only the top winning houses in each category – putting the remaining houses up for bid in a silent auction format.  Each of those houses had a sheet of paper next to them where you could write down your bid – including a minimum bid for each.

When Chris went to school there, we made one creation for the auction.  A brownie Stonehenge – complete with a marzipan Druid dancing around a marzipan fire burning on pretzel logs.

When it came time to bid on our Stonehenge, only two people were bidding.  Bruce – the auctioneer – and me.  Bruce and I kept going until I bought back our brownie Stonehenge for $50.  We were so proud of it and this way we got to keep it and support the school.

This year, we went to the Faire knowing that we were not going to be buying any gingerbread houses.  Heck, we were not even going to go to the auction, but Cindy and I love to look each year and see what they made, so in we went – 20 minutes before the close of the silent auction portion of the event.

We were shocked to see so many WONDERFUL creations with no bids on them.  How could that happen?  Where were their parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles?  How could no one be bidding on these creations?  We were doomed.  We ran to the front desk, got a number and started speed bidding.

Cindy and her kids ran around putting bids on the houses which reflected the littlest hands working on their own and were the essence of childhood folk art.  Hers were little toadstools, and a house melting into a tar pit and a church and a little house.  I went for the more outrageous (at least to me) snubs of the Faire.  Chip picked the first one – a delicate teepee made of folded warm cookie dough wrapped around gingerbread stakes.  No one had bid on this.  We paid $20.00 for it.

gingerbread teepee

gingerbread teepee side view

Then Vash picked one – the only one that we bought that had any bids on it – but they were minimal.  He picked the pinata plane that crashed in a vegetable field.

downed pinata plane

The boys have already been eating candy off of these so you are not seeing them in their full glory (not that any of them had permission to do that).

plane candy view The plane had licorice wires which burst

plane with licorice wires

and it obviously lost its landing gear.

broken landing gear on plane

It just took down that tree.

broken gingerbread tree

$40.  And that is the most expensive one we bought!

Then Jesse picked his – a Christmas tree with the presents and marzipan animals sleeping around it.

Christmas tree and presents

There’s Santa with his list in the back.

marzipan Santa writing his list

NO ONE bid on this one.  We paid $30.

Now I know we sound cheap – we put down the beginning bids on 3 of these – but our hope was that we would get the bidding started and that folks would walk in – having waited to make sure that they got their creations – and bid higher at the last minute to get it.  No one did.  So we gave them all a home.

Markus’s pick was my favorite.  I LOVED this creation and the time and creativity that went into it.  It is the gingerbread baseball stadium of the NY Elves.

NY Elves Stadium

There are marzipan players in the field

front view of NY Elves stadium

and on the benches

side view NY Elves Stadium

for both teams.

other side of NY Elves Stadium

Complete with the foul poles and the scoreboard – this was just an amazing creation.

scoreboard and foul poles

Don’t you just love the raisin people?  I did.

And we paid just $20 for it.

At the end of the silent auction, Cindy and I paid our money and all eight of us walked out in a line, each carrying a gingerbread house/creation to our cars.  We were not intending to buy any, but we could not let all that work go unappreciated.  How very very sad that would have been.  As it was, there were two that I heard them say had no bids when we left.  One was titled Teleporting Bears – made by the same small artist who made the house melting into the tar pit that Cindy got.  I felt bad.  I thought it was worth bidding on just for the name – but no one else thought that.  I hope they put it in the live auction.

So this is my rant for the day.  Parents!!  Make sure your kid’s work and efforts are acknowledged and appreciated and bought – before my kids eat all their hard work!!

Let me end with the promised Piggy Mittens.

a pair of piggy mittens

The pattern was designed by SpillyJane.  I made these for our 7 year old niece for Xmas.  I think she will like them.  They fit Vash – who is 8 – so I think they will fit her just fine.

hanging piggy mittens

Again, the pattern for this can be found in Ravelry – just search for Piggy Mittens  – and it is a free pattern.

Piggy Mitten

That’s all for today.  I am still working on this Star Wars Hat for Chris that I will post about after it is finished.  The sun keeps peeking out so I might even get some pics of the other new hats I made.  If so, I will post them soon.  Have a Happy Wednesday

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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9 Responses to Gingerbread and Piggy Mitts!!

    • Shelly R. says:

      Hah!! You would have bought them all too I am sure. I am soooo jealous of what you are getting with your pokeberry. Mine all rinsed to an eggnog yellow. Nice yellow – but not red. I plan on intently studying your posts before I try it again next fall. I picked up all the extras I need to dye cotton fabric when I went to Rhinebeck this year. I am hoping to get to that in the winter. I will post how it goes.

      • The pokeberry has been a blast. I think the key to it being successful is the high dye ratio and the acidity. I scattered the seeds that were leftover from mashing the berries all along the fence in my yard in the hopes of getting a righteous crop of poke next year. My neighbors are going to hate me, lol. Can’t wait to see what you post!

        • Shelly R. says:

          I am running so far behind on my posting. I need to get back in the swing of things – I keep thinking that after the holidays I will reorganize – it is just getting through them. In the home stretch now. We have piles of pokeberrys that grow wild near our house. I just send my husband and boys out with big plastic bags and they fill them up – and then I am pink for a few days after that. 😀

  1. amanda says:

    What a great deed you all did!!! And so much fun, too.

    HEY, we need to see pics of Stonehenge.

    • Shelly R. says:

      I have to FIND the Stonehenge pics first. This was back in the days before digital cameras that you plugged into your computer. If I can find them I will take pictures of the pictures and then post them. Believe me, it was a thing of great pride. It is no small feat getting the brownies to stay standing – much less make the appropriate shade of grey frosting for the outside of the “stones”.

  2. Danielle H. says:

    I like the teepee best. And those mittens are hysterical!

    • Shelly R. says:

      That teepee is truly amazing. They had to get the dough warm enough to be pliable yet hold up in that position and then bake or dry it until it hardened completely. Though simple, it is really quite astounding. We have some amazing artisans in the school community – which is why it breaks my heart that their talent is not being supported. You would have laughed if you could have seen our little “train” walking through the school grounds – each of us carrying a different creation. Well, Cindy carried two little ones because Davey was helping Markus carry the plane. Even Vash was carrying one. Cindy and I just looked at each other like “what other choice did we have?”.

  3. becky says:

    You are the very BEST person!! And I love the mittens! Do they have Unicorns? 😉

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