I’m sad this is the finale! I’ve loved scrolling, and re-scrolling through all of Lindsay’s work, and studying the incredible detail she put into each design – it’s truly masterful, and is absolutely a distinct art form. I’m in awe of her talent!!
However, gingerbread-house-making is only one of the mannny talents Ms. Lindsay has! In addition to being a very talented graphic designer and gingerbread artist, Lindsay also creates and sells her own line of stationary, gifts, and apparel. Check out her aviator-themed website: lindsaysmithdesigns.com, and shop her creative, custom design options and gifts! Her husband is a fighter pilot in the Air National Guard (like mine), hence the military-aviator theme – love it. And be sure to check out her blog as well: iloveflyboys.wordpress.com (it’s also linked to her site above). You can only imagine how creative and amazing her posts are….!
Without further adieu, here is the incredible Gingerbread Genius Finale!!
Lindsay’s 2013 Snowflake Festival Gingerbread House Competition Entry:
In Lindsay’s words:
“So – you’re looking at the quintessential Christmas tree lot (in my head, anyway). Since moving to Oregon, we’ve been able to cut our own tree every year, but this is the lot I wished we could have visited in all the other states we’ve lived. Housed with a vintage “canned ham” Shasta Travel Trailer, complete with generator, the lot offers both Blue Spruce and Fraser Fir trees and wreaths, and an abundance of free JOY.”
“The challenge with this year’s creation was the curves of the trailer. I’m actually more of an Airstream gal, but wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull off that sort of aero-dynamics with gingerbread, so I went with the oh-so-adorable Shasta (that doesn’t make a real one big enough for my family… hence the airstream-love) in red and white. Love the little wings/fins on those.
So – the curves were basically made by slightly under cooking the piece on a Silpat baking mat, and pulling it from the oven and immediately bending and curving the dough to take shape – still on the baking mat. After cooling for just a bit in a curved shape (and allowing the “glass” to cool enough to separate), then remove it carefully and attach with icing to the already baked and cooled side. It worked! The first try. I was amazed and thought for sure I’d have a few attempts at it. Dumb luck – but it worked. I reinforced what I could on the inside with icing before adding the other side.
From there, I had many trees to make. The Blue Spruce is rice, mixed with food color and egg white, and then baked in a 200 oven for about 20 minutes. The Fraser Fir is the same process with shredded wheat. I made tree-shaped bases with gingerbread, then coated with frosting and dredged in the grains.
The light strings are long strands of fruit-by-the-foot, with icing attaching silver dragees – big ones – I had from another project.
A happy accident happened when I needed one more price listing on my sign “Trees $25, Wreaths $12, Joy Free.” I had extra space, and needed to fill it with another price. My original thought was the joy people have when picking out their tree – that comes free with purchase. The happy accident was when I decided to use letter crackers to represent wooden letters, or words, to sell like “PEACE” and “MERRY” and well… “JOY.” So, I scavenged the cracker bin and found all the JOY’s I could. I stacked them up by the pallets and extra wreaths, so now there is an abundance of JOY to give away on my little tree lot.
So, I have to mention the generator. I needed something to go behind the trailer. My original thought was the pallets, but they were too big once I placed the trailer and the posts. So, I looked up pictures of generators for some reference and found an orange Tootsie Roll, and orange Starburst and some black licorice nibs in my kids’ old Halloween candy stash. I used some colored gingerbread for the frame, and some black licorice rope for the cords. Top it off with some gray frosting for the gas cap, fan, and control buttons, and you have the cutest edible generator I’ve ever seen! I swear it might be my favorite part. I almost squealed when it was done.
Well, after three days of a powder-sugared haze, I’m back to the grind of the real world. I have to actually function, do some laundry, feed my family and NOT scream at my kids when they come within five feet of my miniature tree lot. Some traditions cannot be replaced… sigh. Until next year gingerbread-land.” ~ Lindsay Smith iloveflyboys.wordpress.com
Whew!! Mind-blowing, right?? It’s no wonder she won 1st place, again! Congrats, Lindsay, and thank you, again, for letting me share your incredible work!! It was an absolute honor and pleasure to do so.
Happy holidays, and merry gingerbread-making to you!