Thursday, December 03, 2015

Can You 3-D Print a Gingerbread House?

We have a new digital/technology library in Omaha called (I'm not making this up) the "Do Space" Yeah, that's what I think too, but apart from the terrible name, they are able to give people access to all sorts of technology including digital printers. I know they can't print gingerbread, but it did make me think I could get carried away with my prototype. Download some free drafting software, and I could really come up with something impressive. I made my model from cardboard today, and while that's always been enough in years past, I'm now envisioning all sorts of elaborate possibilities. I get excited by this sort of thing. By the way, if anyone wants a recipe for a very sturdy gingerbread dough that will withstand (almost) anything (but not a 3-D printer) you throw at it-let me know. Good foundations make all the difference in gingerbread houses AND fashion. You know, I've never baked a gingerbread girdle...

 I was trying to get in the spirit...but apparently, you're not supposed to sit in Santa's chair, even if he isn't in the store, and there's no sign indicating it is his chair. Hrumph. This would never happen at Hobby Lobby by the way, but we went to the other craft store where they're kinda dickheads, even when it isn't Christmas. I mean, they couldn't really be concerned anyone would try to sit on my lap, and tell me what they want for Christmas. "Oh, Mrs. Claus!"

Outfit Particulars:
Vintage (80's I think) wool (fully lined) skirt-Goodwill
Vintage 1960's lightweight coat-New Life Thrift
Vintage Naturalizer shoes-Thrift World
Polo neck-Gordman's
1950's Coro earrings-Antique store in Wisconsin years ago
Vintage necklace-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage handbag-Goodwill
Vintage Shiny Bright Christmas corsage-Thrift World

Don't sit in Santa's chair?! Get a sign, or piss off-I'm not a mind-reader.
Not really
I thought
it was

Are you making a gingerbread house this year?


Bibi Maizoon said...

Good foundations make all the difference in makeup as well as earthquake/tsunami/flood resistant housing too!
24 hrs with no aftershocks, YIPPPEEE!!!
Santa looks like he's standing right behind you, doesn't Santa share?
Hmmm, the Taj Mahal in gingerbread?
Do Space's website is equally ill thought out.
I'd guess that blue wool coat is 80's by the cut of the pockets also.
Speaking of 80's I watched Scarface last night by bootlegging Cinemax Macau on our satellite dish. Talk about a flashback to that awkward time when 80's style hadn't quite taken hold & late 70's Saturday Night Fever chic hadn't ended yet. I completely forgot how gorgeous Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is.

Mim said...

Gingerbread houses aren't really a British thing, but my husband got me a kit last year and I never made it, so I might give it a go at the weekend. The kittens would probably enjoy chewing it.

If Santa's not around, I don't see why you can't have his chair. It's not like people will think you're him. Or perhaps they should tidy up after him and put the chair away if they're going to be that precious...

Vix said...

But Santa doesn't exist (god, I hope there's no kids reading this) so he can't lay claim on a chair, can I. I think you did the right thing, flicking the Vs and all.
Gingerbread houses aren't a thing here, mind you we're got Black Friday now so maybe they've crept into British culture when my back was turned. x

Goody said...

You may be right about the coat. The union label is blue and white, but it might have lost the red ink in the several washings I gave it. I can barely read it to try and date it. Good eye. I wish I could have found a coat like that in the 80's-all of mine had huge rounded shoulders that made me look like a gangster.

If the enjoyment Blondin got out of last year's gingerbread house is anything to go by, your cats are going to LOVE it!

Goody said...

There have been SO MANY times I've wanted to approach a particularly rude child and inform he/she that Santa is a myth. My kid (we call him, "Little Dawkins") freely admits he's only in it for the toys and candy.

Beth Waltz said...

That coat has so much going for it! The weight, the drape, the color and the sleek seam that evolves into a pocket. Well scored!

My brother and I have a tradition of watching "Christmas Story" for the joy of remembering the department store santa who smelled of beer and sinsin, and the sounds of our father battling a clinker in the feed box of the octopus that lived in our basement.

A favorite family Christmas story is that of my mother's elder sister, a woman who resembled a miniature version of Wallis Simpson in her heyday. Every year auntie was transferred from the store's swank dress section to the toy department where a kiddie's train to SantaLand was installed. Auntie, outfitted in an elf costume, complete with boots and hat, was charged with herding the kiddies off and on the train. Since she loathed children -- and kids instinctively picked up on this -- she was extremely efficient in keeping the train on time. Every few years some rookie reporter would try for a human interest story, and there would be a pix of auntie with some terrified mite, snarling for the camera...

Goody said...


That's a great story-your auntie sounds like my kind of gal.

ThriftyParka said...

You make me laugh out loud. LOVED the fact that you sat in Santa's chair. I can't believe you got your knuckles rapped for that.

Honestly, is our society really policing people who sit in chairs????

The color of your coat is DELICIOUS!!!!!!

happy thrifting ;)

Goody said...

@Thrifty Parka

I can't imagine it happening in Canada, honestly. Most of our businesses are so ruled by fear of liability that I'm sure, somewhere, there must be a rule in place because someone might get hurt. Otherwise, I doubt anyone would care.

Sue said...

I have never made a gingerbread house but I have made ginger bread men, so that sort of counts. You can buy some Nija Bread men cookie cutters over here and I want them!! Good for you saluting the Santa seat with a one finger. I think the Santa chair should be huge and inviting, and very over the top!

Goody said...

I love the idea of gingerbread ninjas. I thought Santa's chair was sort of small. I could barely fit in it.