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Mrs. Crandall's Candy Cottage
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...






Hmm...
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.




Comments

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  June 29, 2012
very nice! 5/5
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  April 10, 2011
Wow this is stunning. So many great details. I love the garden, trees, flowers, roof tiles, the butter churn... Actually i love it all :D
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  January 22, 2011
Awesome creation. There are lots of good techniques used throughout
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  January 15, 2011
All the details and parts usages here are brilliant. I don't think there's a single element on this build that isn't put to a good use. Remarkable work!
  January 14, 2011
Hey Shannon, just a heads up, there are a few larger sets at the local Fred Meyer that are on clearance, I got that $80 Prince of Persia set for just over 40.
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  December 30, 2010
*Pulls up one of the "cabbage"* "Ah! Who are you?! :)
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  September 1, 2010
I think. if I find this cottage in the woods, I'll steer clear! Love the walkway, and the Candy-Canes are pure awesome sauce!
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  August 20, 2010
Very well done, with some darn clever ideas. The lettuce/cabbage really caught my eye. Again, you have shown me a new use for a part. Lee.
Shannon Young
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Pony Lord7
  May 27, 2010
Quoting Shannon Young 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.
Yep baking children in an oven thats definitly a great for kids book.
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  May 25, 2010
Love it.The tree's fantastic,but you know how you said the house's size was limited by the amount of roof tiles you had.You could order more from Pick a Brick,it works for me.
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  May 23, 2010
Love the roof and the tree, great build!
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  May 22, 2010
Incredible! I love every aspect of the MOC, especially the candy canes and the gumdrops.
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  May 22, 2010
Oh, my why didn't I notice this before? I love those genius Candy Canes, and the house looks great! Here's another "I like it" for One Hundred of them. ~Ryan
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  May 21, 2010
Definitely better with the candy c(r)anes. :P I love the tiling on the roof and on the grass especially! The colourful round tiles are a brilliant touch.
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  May 20, 2010
What a great little cottage! Looks very candy-like.
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  May 20, 2010
Wow the roof and path are simply amazing, you got some skill man! Sweet!
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  May 20, 2010
excellent work here =) ! looks really SWEET :D
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  May 18, 2010
Lovely, lovely. Makes me want to use the word 'whimsical'. The roof, path and tree are superb, and while less cluttered without I do like the candy canes there.
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  May 16, 2010
Exactly what we can expect from you, stunning..... The roof is genius, and the interieur is very realistic (as far as I know!)
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  May 15, 2010
The candy canes and gum drop walkway were great, but the roof was the icing on the cake, literally. Nice build.
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  May 15, 2010
That's just terrifying. Great cottage - reminds me of a gingerbread house.
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  May 14, 2010
the ladys ugly!!!!! but everything elese is great :)
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  May 14, 2010
Since everyone is complimenting me on the Exo-Force hair for lettuce/cabbage, I feel honor bound to inform you all that I stole that idea directly from Lego's Market Street set: http://peeron.com/inv/sets/10190-1?showpic=7830
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  May 14, 2010
Fantastic job, love the roof. Also, the use of the green hair for cabbage is just ingenius. Not too mention all the great colors.
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  May 14, 2010
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 ^^
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  May 14, 2010
Amusing commentary, spiffy technique, brilliant build. The candy canes should stay, IMO.
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  May 14, 2010
Heh. Creepy. ... I like the interior for the house, the best of the entire build... It's just so tidy and cozy... I need to get me a chair like that (Just bigger)!
  May 14, 2010
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 ;)
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  May 14, 2010
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.
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  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
Shannon Young
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That LDD Guy
  May 13, 2010
Very well done, I love the roof!
Shannon Young
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Dave and John Xandegar
  May 13, 2010
Hey! Who ate the Candy Canes?! Nice touches, Shannon...looks great!
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  May 13, 2010
love the lettace, great use of that hair piece
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  May 13, 2010
MWUHAHAHAHAAAAA! Creepy little build, but it makes me hungry at the same time. Hmmmmm. Love that roof.
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  May 13, 2010
What IS in that chest in the Great Room? My bet is that it contains a stairwell leading to a secret underground little children processing facility. Nice build!
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  May 13, 2010
"We are the vegetables. We are the vegetables. We are the vegetables. We are the vegetables, oh." -INXS.... Really like this MOC. Really like the eerie tree.
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  May 13, 2010
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!
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  May 13, 2010
Love the roof design! Personally I think the candy canes add to the overall theme of the cottage, but I know what you mean about those types of details getting in the way when taking pics.
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  May 13, 2010
Ha! It took two looks and reading Yuri's comment to figure out how you made the cabbages. Lovely little scene you got here. A candy house out of Lego - Love it!
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  May 13, 2010
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...
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  May 13, 2010
Tasty Little MOC you made here pal! and of course that roof is like nothing before, great techniques, keep on the great work.
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  May 13, 2010
Wow!!! Very imaginative. My favorites are the Sunflower and chair... Great job!
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  May 13, 2010
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!
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  May 13, 2010
I've often had this strange notion that Lego pieces were a lot like candy to begin with...but seeing them in this sort of arrangement puts it on a whole new level. I'm-a-gonna eat me this sweet MOC!
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  May 13, 2010
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
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  May 13, 2010
Hey this is so cool I love the flowers in the garden.
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  May 13, 2010
Wow....what a great cottage! The details on this are amazing, what really caught my eye was using the green hair as lettuce, brilliant!
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  May 13, 2010
Excellent build. Love the sleek look, inside and out. I like it with the candy cane trees. Love the tree, and flowerbed. Great job on the entire build.
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  May 13, 2010
...Like camping! Sorry, Parrington, I just couldn't resist. Shannon: Awesome job with this, I love all your flower designs, and the roof and chimney are awesome.
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  May 13, 2010
That roof is intense!
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  May 13, 2010
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.
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  May 13, 2010
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
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  May 13, 2010
I would be lost without my butter churn.
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  May 13, 2010
I love this so much!
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  May 13, 2010
Of cabbages and kings? Ah, that gives me a headache anyway. Love the roof.
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  May 13, 2010
this is soo wonderfoul and soo amazing details really epic,,bravo
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  May 13, 2010
What a cute place. see ya. garth
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  May 13, 2010
wow! lots of detail! Only on the shot without the candy canes, could I see that the house was built on a gradually sloping hill.
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  May 13, 2010
That is one awesome dio! The flowers, the roof, the techniques...all of it is excellent. The one aspect that I think could be improved is perhaps the chimney. Good day
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  May 13, 2010
The roof is outstanding. Nice work on the interior also. -Sam
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  May 13, 2010
Beautiful, I see a lot of creative part uses, like the crops by the vegetables, really nice house, a house I would eat, Very nice, I like how it's not overdone too, Great job
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  May 13, 2010
Yeah. That roof is utilized well, here. The paving leading up to the house makes me so unbelievably happy!
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  May 13, 2010
The roof is wonderful, and the cabbages are brilliant! Love the sunflowes.
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  May 13, 2010
great work!
 
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