Thursday, September 12, 2019

LEGO Creator's Fantastic New Christmas Gingerbread House Set

My dream has finally come true! LEGO announced their LEGO Creator Gingerbread House 10267 today. VIP fans can buy it in September, and the rest of the Christmas-obsessed world can buy it starting October 1st.

The Christmas gingerbread house set comes with 1477 pieces (yikes!) It includes a Gingerbread Man minifig and a Gingerbread Woman minifig. Accessories include a Christmas tree, a baby buggy, a rocking horse, toy presents, and a snowplow. The top of the house is decorated with candy buttons and clever LEGO pieces that look like dripping frosting.

Inside the house, you can build an armchair, a bed, a bathtub and toilet, a night stand with lamp, and a cozy fireplace.

Let's watch LEGO's video announcing this fabulous Holiday set:

And here's a video on the LEGO gingerbread house from a fan site who got an advance copy to assemble:

If the LEGO Creator 1277 piece Gingerbread House is just too much work for you, there's a much smaller 277 piece LEGO Gingerbread House 40139 (via Amazon) that came out a few years ago.

I'm off to hint broadly and obviously to my boyfriend that this LEGO Creator gingerbread house is the only present I want to see under my Christmas 2019 tree!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Squishmallows Christmas Plush Pillows

I just ran across these adorable Squishmallow plush pillows. They measure 8" and are perfect for hugging while you watch your favorite Lifetime or Hallmark Christmas movies on the couch.

The Squishmallows Santa (via Amazon) features a jaunty hat.

The Squishmallows elf (via Amazon) wears a belt and buckle like Santa's.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sur la Table's Spice-Themed Holiday Candles

Sur la Table is a legendary local Seattle high-end cooking store. I try not to walk in there very often, so I won't blow my nest egg shopping for their incredible cookware.

However, I might pop in to grab a couple of their holiday spice-scented candles. White Peppercorn, for instance, sounds intriguing and refreshing. It comes in a glass jar candle, travel tin, and a mercury glass votive filled with the White Peppercorn fragrance.

Another tempting spice-themed candle fragrance is Sur la Table's Cardamom Spice, a holiday candle that comes in a travel tin, mercury glass candle holder, and glass jar candle.

I might burn these in the kitchen, where herb and spice scents are welcomed, but probably not in my dining room, where I don't want fragrances interfering with the taste of the food and wine I'm serving my guests!

Monday, December 10, 2018

New Gingerbread Houses Based on the 2018 Grinch Christmas Movie

Just after Thanksgiving, I took several of my nephews to see the 2018 "The Grinch" Christmas movie. We really had fun seeing it together, so I was thinking of picking up some Grinch movie themed gifts for them for the rest of the holiday season. Check out this intricate "Gingerbread cookie kit" based on the Who-Ville Christmas town from the film.

You can buy the Who-Ville gingerbread house on Amazon.

There's also a Grinch-themed gingerbread house kit that comes with a gummy Grinch, but it isn't much different than any old regular gingerbread house. I'd prefer the Who-Ville house above!

Hallmark's 2018 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Itty Bitty Plush Toys

I wanted to show you these absolutely adorable plush toys from Hallmark's 2018 Itty Bittys collection. They're a tribute to the classic 1964 animated children's Christmas movie, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. These would make perfect stocking stuffers or even gift wrap embellishments!

Itty Bitty Rudolph, via Amazon

Itty Bitty Sam the Snowman, via Amazon

Itty Bitty Dolly the Misfit Doll, on Amazon

Itty Bitty Bumble, via Amazon

You can also shop for Hallmark's 2018 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Itty Bittys on eBay.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Silly Santa Paper Plates and Napkins for Christmastime Entertaining

These cute and festive paper plates and coordinating napkins are "Silly Santa," from C.R. Gibson. I love the candy cane style stripes!

I'm having a Holiday Open House the weekend before Christmas, and I think I'd better pick up a couple packs of these plates and napkins to make my after-party cleanup so much easier!

Cozy Build-It-Yourself Christmas Gingerbread Kits from Wilton

I'm not going to lie, I am getting sort of sick of decorating the same old gingerbread houses every Christmastime. They all seem to be the same shape and complexity level, with the only different thing about them being the frosting and candies you use to decorate them. I might have skipped this yearly ritual at my house this year, but then I discovered some fun new products from Wilton for the 2018 Christmas holiday season.

For a break from the typical gingerbread house, how about Wilton's Build-it-Yourself Gingerbread Cabin kit? It reminds me of rental cabins near ski areas such as the festive town of Leavenworth in Washington State.

I absolutely adore Wilton's new Gingerbread Scene: Fireplace build-it-yourself kit. The kit includes the edible brick chimney, several "lit" candles for the top of the mantel, and an edible frosting Christmas tree.

Wilton also offers this darling Build-it-Yourself Santa's Workshop Scene gingerbread kit. The kit includes an edible sugar Santa, an edible elf, a tree and some wrapped presents.

You can also shop for Wilton's Build-it-Yourself kits on eBay.

Happy decorating!