So I have tagged myself as a mixed media artist. This means that I work in several mediums. My real love is fibre art but I float back and forth in other mediums as well. It works well because then I can justify buying “tools” and supplies. I often use a tool I’ve purchased for one form of my art in another form. Most of the time I find this works well.
With the planting of over 700 garlic bulbs this past weekend the gardening, harvesting and preserving has almost come to an end for this year. I also, covered all my precious herbs and fruit trees with a soft warm layer of straw for the winter. The rain fairies smiled upon me and scattered a welcome 1/2″ of rain on top of my hard work to ensure the garlic was taken care of and that the straw didn’t blow away.
Since the launch of my first Gingerbread book the first of October I have been busy with the 2nd book in the series. My kitchen has been enveloped in the smells of warm gingerbread and the floor has bore its share of sticky candies and rock solid royal icing.
When I had finished drafting the blueprints for the Christmas cottage I went to work baking the gingerbread and building the structure. There were a few modifications required to the final design (Of course) but it went fairly smoothly and I enjoyed the decorating. It was great to be relearning techniques that I had lost to Lyme disease. I am a long way from where I was when I created the massive carousel in gingerbread complete with gingerbread reindeer and extensive cornelli lace work!~ But I am also a long way from where I was three years ago when Lyme had robbed me of my ability to even turn a doorknob, and for this I am grateful I didn’t even have a digital camera in 2002 when I was making gingerbread but I still have this photograph of that gingerbread structure albeit it a very poor photograph.
So here is my first photographs of the gingerbread house that will be in my second book. (hopefully, to be uploaded to Kindle in the next week or so.)
and the back features fondant: Is that chimney adorable or what?
and here’s a look at the two side views.
My creative brain has been spinning with ideas for my next fibre art and I am looking forward to getting into my sewing room but first I must get back to the least favorite part of publishing a book the editing! and the editing and the editing…
Until then take care and enjoy your art.