Festival of Trees Gingerbread Houses 2011 Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

This year Donna Joy and Sedona Sweet Arts was proud to participate in Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village – Festival of Trees event. The festival starts November 25th in the Tlaquepaque Ballroom from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Upstairs from Rene’s restaurant.  When you walk into Tlaquepaque’s ballroom and you’ll be swept away with all the awesome Christmas trees and artistic gingerbread houses. Festival of Trees TlaquepaqueDon’t miss the Grand Finale Auction and Cocktail reception on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm where they  will announce the winners of the silent auction! This is sure to be a fun time for all! Tickets will be available shortly and are only $10.00 per person or $15.00 per couple!  Call 928-282-4838 to reserve your spot.  All proceeds from this festive event will benefit Verde Valley Toys for Tots and Arizona Indian Living Treasures.

We hope that you all get over to this special event and bid on Sedona Sweet Arts on Sedona Sweet Hearts Gingerbread Manor.  Check out the steps we used to create this gingerbread wonderland.

So here what Donna Joy did, in order to make a template for the baking of the gingerbread she created a mock up using cardboard, paper, and pins.   Ouch! was heard many times during this phase…….she kept pinning her fingers! The angles of the roof line needed to be determined.

The based board was then created using fondant.

Gingerbread was rolled and cut to the templates created from the mock up. Then sugar was added to the windows to create that see through effect. The finished product has interior lights, these lights light up the inside of house which can be seen through the sugar glass windows.

Tree were made, cactus, puppy dog, peppermint trees, benches, flowers.

Since the structure was much larger than a normal gingerbread house. Interior wall supports were created in the design. We wanted to make sure that we had enough support for the double roof line. Between the walls were pathways for the wiring of the lights.

I especially like the roof, it being multi angled. If you look close you can see that Donna Joy textured the roof panels before she bake them. It give a neat texture and cut out fondant tiles to finish it off.

The theme a Sedona Sweet Heart Gingerbread Manor captured tons of Sedona elements such as Sedona Red rocks, prickly pear cactus, scrub oak, pines. All those special landscape items we love about Sedona.

We loved the planters created with peppermint candy, pretzels. One of our other favorite elements is the benches made from gingerbread and pretzels. It reminded us of the rustic benches we see in the Sedona Area. And the Lights!!!!!!!

So Donna Joy created this in the hopes of raising money for a great cause, bringing in  some holiday cheer. Used in this piece: gingerbread, fondant, pastillage, gum paste, royal icing, assorted candies, rice krispies treats.  A true piece of edible art.  Check out the festive of Trees event at Tlaquepaque.

To see more work of Donna’s “like” Sedona Sweet Arts Facebook page or visit of web site.

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