Candy Houses On a Bed of Cardboard: Daily Art Practice




Couch Talk


I can’t believe that Christmas is less than a week away. Our family got together for our annual gingerbread houses, and we had so much fun. It was full of food, Christmas music, cider and of course candy. The above house is mine. Next year I would like to use something different for the base as these are not very sturdy or pretty.



Speaking of things not being pretty or sturdy, the last week, things have not quite gone as planned. I had a whole week of Advent planned, with fun new foods and activities. But instead, life has been turned upside down in ways that are not welcome, especially before Christmas. But I am trying to remember that we are celebrating the Birth of our Savior. A Savior that can heal the hurt, the pain and the disappointments that I am in the midst’s of. I know he can heal because I have been here before, through the loss of several relationships and the loss of a child. I am SO grateful to God that even though I don’t feel like being “jolly” and “merry,” I still have a reason to celebrate. I am reminded that despite the pain, there is hope in Jesus Christ. If not for that hope, sometimes I wonder how I would make it through, because let’s just face it, life is hard, disappointing and it downright stinks at times. I hope that if you are going through something difficult right now, you can find peace and hope in Jesus as well.


Daily Art Practice


Now that all my Christmas cards have been mailed, I can share the image I painted for the front. I found this lovely image, HERE on Instagram. I originally sketched a collage of different items that I love at Christmas time, as well as several buildings. I thought about painting them all and choosing the one I liked the most. This painting was the first one and after it was complete, I knew it was the one that I wanted to go with.



Tea Day




I am joining the Tea Day ladies today, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Christmas Tea, from the German Yogi Tea advent calendar. This tea had a bit of Christmas with a hint of cinnamon.

Happy Tea Day and Have a Merry Christmas!


15 thoughts on “Candy Houses On a Bed of Cardboard: Daily Art Practice”

  • I love your little candy gingerbread house. They are so much fun to make,and they don’t have to be perfect as long as you have fun. And your Christmas card image is beautiful. I’m sorry to hear that last week things took a turn for the worse. Hopefully you will find some reasons to smile over the holiday. I wish you a happy holiday Kate. Hopefully you’ll find some spirit. Hugs-Erika

  • Sorry to hear your week didn’t go as planned. I know you worked around it all though. Very lucky people who got a Christmas card from you. This art is some of your best. Your gingerbread houses have made a great neighborhood. Have a good evening.

  • It is difficult to stay positive at times, hoping things get better for you. My husband is still slowly healing a little too slow I think.
    I love your gingerbread houses-that is one thing I have never tried to make from scratch. I even have cast iron molds for one. I think this is a perfect Christmas event with family. and you can eat them too
    Blessings and Merry Christmas hugs Kathy

  • Kate, some fab gingerbread houses and LOVE the art (Wow).. As always some great tea. Wonderful post as always.

    Merry Christmas and happy T-day!!! Special hugz

  • Your gingerbread houses are brilliant. You have a very artistic family. I am sorry to read you are having a difficult time right now. I certainly hope it is not the loss of another child. Your tea sounds wonderful. I see you are getting to taste some really remarkable teas, too. Thanks for sharing your lovely gingerbread houses and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,

  • You make gingerbread houses together? What a fun thing to do! they look so lovely and probably delicious. I’m sorry you are not feeling in the mood at the moment, hopefully you will feel better as Christmas gets closer. I have some of that christmas tea, it’s tasty. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  • The gingerbread houses look lovely, Kate. It’s like a little Christmas fairy town. Your Christmas card is gorgeous! I’m sorry that your week wasn’t good and I hope that things will turn to the better. It is good that you have such a strong faith that helps you through it. I wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas.

  • Love your paintings always.. for an early Christmas present i received a set of Winsor Newton Cotman water colors… i can’t wait to use them.. I’m so sorry for whatever you are going thru Kate. I hope you find peace. Merry Christmas! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  • Those gingerbread houses look amazing and are so beautifully decorated 😊. Thanks for the inspiration, it looks like fun and I may have a go at this with my family. We have purchased some Christmas Pudding tea again this year, so yummy! Happy T Day wishes and Happy Holidays! Hugs Jo x

  • I love your gingerbread house. I like your idea of the annual gingerbread houses.\ making. Kate, I am sending up prayers for you, as I type this. You shared a beautiful testimony for our Savior. I wish you a happy T Day, and I hope you can have a lovely Christmas.

  • Your gingerbread houses are adorable. As always your painting is awei-inspiring. Your Nativity is very sweet and I hope it’s reminder brings you comfort this season. Happy T Day and Christmas Wishes.

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