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Crazy gingerbread houses

Tis the season. For some insanely intricate gingerbread houses! My kids and I attempted one this year: Out little pre-cut kit from Wal-Mart is downright embarrassing compared to the artistry and originality that some folks put into their gingerbread houses. You have your serious contenders: And your whimsical ones: Movie-themed houses: And of course, the religious...

Dollhouse graves

This has been a morbid fall on House Crazy, between crime scene houses, graveyards in the backyard, and haunted houses. But there's always room for more intrigue at House Crazy! Behold: the dollhouse grave. Have you ever seen such precious yet macabre little things? They are rare indeed, but when you stumble...

My visit to Miramont Castle

About a month ago I visited one of Colorado's architectural treasures: Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, Colorado. This grand home was built for someone very important. But I won't tell you who until the end of the post. We're going to play a little guessing game - no cheating! No...

Edith Macefield’s House

Remember that Disney movie UP? Turns out it was based on a true story. This is the story of the little old lady who hung on to her historic home until the very last hurrah. In the movie it was an elderly man who stubbornly clung to his house in the...

My 5 favorite Christmas movie houses

1) Funny Farm - Cap Cod house in Vermont This is my absolute favorite movie. All the right elements come together for some big laughs, including the adorable Cap Cod style Vermont farmhouse where much of the drama takes place. Although the movie spans several months in the life of...

The fallen soldier’s room frozen in time

I saw these intriguing photos doing the rounds on the internet and I had to look into them. Here's the back-story: After a French World War 1 soldier was killed on the battlefield, his grief-stricken parents preserved his room exactly the way it was on the day he left for war....

Christmas Houses

For us, our house was not unsentient matter—it had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals, and  solicitudes, and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence, and lived in its grace and in the peace of its  benediction....

The house where the children fled

This week marks the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. (December 14, 2012) One of the stories of hope that came out of that terrible day was the story of the little yellow house down the street from the school. This is where...

Village of the damned: Oradour-sur-Glane, France

I always gravitate toward levity and humor on my blog, but I'm going to veer sharply from that today. This post is an extremely tragic story and there is no light or humor to be found in it. Regular readers of my website know that I'm endlessly intrigued by abandoned houses, villages and towns and the...

Exploring western ghost towns: Ashcroft Colorado

This past Labor Day weekend, I dragged my reluctant family on a jaunt up into the Colorado high country to find a certain ghost town known as Ashcroft. Located 11 miles outside of Aspen, Ashcroft is easily accessible and the site is well-tended by the Aspen Historical Society. On a bright sunny Colorado day, we...