I have an idea to decorate the horses and use dreadlocks that are decorated to clip onto their tails and manes to make them look dressed up. I am thinking about riding in a parade or going to the park to let children pet them and give the children rides. I want to make the experience fantastical for the children; something they will remember for the rest of their lives as magical and beautiful.
I am thinking of decorating these with light brown and glittery accents.
After building the half wall and fitting in my work table, I realized the wall was in my way! I took it out, and built up the beam above so I could also take out the center support post in the middle of my studio, which was in my way also.
I like this so much better, and it only took some thinking to figure our how to arrange my shelves so there is no loss of shelf space.
After removing the divider wall I had put in previously, and rearranging my supplies, I was ready for the first felting workshop in my new studio. With a heater, electricity, hot and cold running water and a microwave, we had all the conveniences of being in the house.
It was a pleasure meeting Diane and she worked on a beautiful merino wool and silk scarf using the soft felting technique. The little locks of wool she added along the edges were from a different type of sheep I dyed last season..
The gram cracker “gingerbread” houses are constructed ahead of time so the icing can dry and the house structure will be firm before the party. Royal icing is used for construction because it holds the parts firmly while constructing and also once dry.
The recipe I used called for two egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1 pound of powdered sugar. Beat the egg whites first until stiff and foamy. Then add the cream of tartar and powdered sugar and beat for a long time until stiff peaks form. Cover the unused icing with plastic wrap so no air will get to it. If it starts to dry it will become crunchy and clog up your decorating tips. Recipes for royal icing can also be found online.
Buying candy for the party is a lot of fun. I always look for small candies that can be used repeatedly on small houses.
Here are some examples of what the kids and adults made at our last party for Kevin and Melanie’s kids.