Shows & Events
The National Gingerbread House Display
Visit the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, to see the National Gingerbread House Display. View 200 incredible gingerbread works of art from all over the country, all of which were entered in the national competition. The gingerbread houses will remain on display during the holidays, from November 9 through January 8, 2006. The display is free and open to the public.
Plus, it's not too late to get started for next year's competition. The 14th annual event is set for Monday, November 13, 2006. Start practicing your baking and construction techniques this season! For more information about the display and competition, visit http://www.groveparkinn.com
Clever Gardening Technique
If you have some favorite plant pictures, turn them into notecards by making color copies of the photos. Purchase blank cards and matching envelopes, then cut out the photos and use a glue stick or double-sided tape to attach them to the front of the blank cards. If you have a scanner, you can scan in the photos, resize them as necessary, and even play with photo-editing software for some cool special effects.
Another option is to glue plant material, such as leaves, grasses, flower petals, or ferns, onto a piece of paper, and photocopy this collage to use on the cards. (The flatter the plant material, the better the photocopy, so avoid large berries or thick seedpods.) Sometimes simpler is better; a few well-placed grass seed heads can make an elegant and tasteful image.