Mrs. Crandall has no trouble at all keeping the neighborhood children off her lawn.
About this creation
Every child who has ever heard the story of Hansel and Gretel knows to steer clear of Mrs. Crandall's.
The whispered tales pass down through the ages -- from third-grader's lips to kindergartener's ear, from older sibling to younger. If the whole shameful truth is to be told, even some parents have resorted to uttering the dire words, "If you don't eat all your broccoli, Mrs. Crandall will get you!"
Because no one in the neighborhood can ever remember seeing Mr. Crandall -- and because no one dares ask Mrs. Crandall -- conventional wisdom has it that he has either been chained up in the attic all these years, or has long since been dismembered and boiled in a stew.
So this was originally going to be the real Hansel and Gretel house, but during the build it morphed in my mind into some twisted suburbia thing. Built from the top down, its size was determined by the number of round tiles I had for the roof -- which left, unfortunately, not enough room inside for an oven that would fit a minifig, a cage that would fit two, plus room for the witch and some furniture.
And here is the inside -- cozy. Let's just pretend that Mrs. Crandall's bedroom is upstairs and she pulls down some sort of trapdoor ladder to get there. I guess the bathroom must be up there too. And the kitchen... the walk-in closet... the two car garage...
Take special note of the butter churn -- a holdover from when this was still the witch's house set in medieval times. Can't cook children without plenty of butter! So now Mrs. Crandall, even though she doesn't have a dairy cow, has a butter churn. She has no TV, computer, pictures for her walls, books, dishes... not much in the way of material possessions at all, really. But by god, she's got a butter churn.
And a comfy chair. Let us not forget the comfy chair. And some sort of chest. Oh, and a broom.
Every minute of every hour... I love a sunflower...
Well I met her in the garden... underneath that old apple tree... sittin with a handful of flowers... lookin as cool as could be...
No song lyric comes to mind to accompany this shot, sorry.
I think the giant candy canes add to the MOC looking at it in person, but when trying to take pictures they were just getting in the way. Here's a clean and uncluttered parting shot -- you decide if it's better with or without them.
That's just terrifying. Great cottage - reminds me of a gingerbread house.
I like it
May 14, 2010
Way to go Shannon! This is fantastic, from the details, utilization of colours and the broad range of building techniques - an awesome build nothing less. I'm sure even the ladys ugly mug couldn't keep kids away from the candy though (just aswell its plastic :D) 5/5
Lovely. I absolutely love colourful MOCs. Probably a reason why I tend to slowly move away from Space. I find myself using the same parts again and again while most of my bins stay untouched. The sunflower is a great idea! And has anyone mentioned the roof yet? :P It really looks like a gingerbread house, and the path complements it nicely. The only things that bug me a bit, are the door and the chimney, they don't have that candy-vibe, it just looks like a wooden door and a stone chimney. But I really like this MOC ^^
Very well thought of. I love your roof and your sunflowers...just as well Mrs. Crandall doesn't live near me! If might have been a nice touch to put some children in the garden trying to steal some fruit or sweets, and then have the witch going after them---it might have added a sense of humor to it all, but keep creating ;)
Mmm-mm, good enough to eat. I'm actually glad you steered clear of the predictible fairytale and went with your own unique version. I know what you mean photography the candy canes; it's nice to get a look at the moc with and without them.
I like it
That LDD Guy
May 13, 2010
Very well done, I love the roof!
I like it
Dave and John Xandegar
May 13, 2010
Hey! Who ate the Candy Canes?! Nice touches, Shannon...looks great!
Great job, a very colorful, pretty, charming, and creative moc! I love the walkway, very cute...frankly I like the colors a lot, as juvenile as that sounds, but it's very flamboyant, gives you a cheery feel! Keep up the good work, oh you other Shannon who is not Ocean!
Much to like here! Interessting techniques. I especially like the vegetable garden. Personally I like it better without the huge candy-canes. But the red/white candy combo colour does do something for the MOC, they are just too big as they are now...
Gorgeous roof + well thought of layout + ingenious use off parts = ... hmmm, I know you'd say you're not a genius builder and your builds are just an amalgamation of known techniques, but I'll go ahead and say it anyway - this is awesome! I like the last photo better than the first!
Mr. Crandall has been stuck in the attic playing with legos the whole time, and he hasn't found out that Mrs. Crandall locked him in there. Whenever he gets hungry, he just opens the window and grabs a shingle. That's why you have to keep replacing that one shingle. =P Great work, I love the look of the whole thing, you continue to come up with great mocs. ~Waff
Of course, brilliant roof, nice veggies, blah blah blah (not playing it down, but you've heard it already). What I'd like to pay special mention too is the tree. You've always said that Lego trees always look "the same" and we've always agreed with you. Your tree however, while still retaining a lot of the basic "Lego tree" look, steps out of the norm just enough to be worthy of note. Really great job on the entire build sir, color me impressed! (oh, and I like the candy canes but it does look less cluttered without them) ~ Chris.
There's a joke in that somewhere, Leda...Hansel and Gretal? Never heard of 'em.(or Hans Olo, Hans and Franz, Hans Gruber...you get the idea) The sunflowers are brilliance incarnate. I would say that while the candy canes are great, the shot without them is the best. Perhaps in person it is different, but the 'cane-less' shot feels less cramped, unlike her living quarters. Nice build.~H