And then there were four. Now these champions will face off in a ginger battle royale. Are you ready for some bad-ass ginger fun? Voting will be open until tomorrow morning at 9 am AST/8 am EST (Friday, December 23rd). That’s an extra few hours of voting time to give everyone the chance to promote the living crap out of their houses. The winner will announced tomorrow as well.
I encourage our finalists to use any means possible to win. Email yer family. Blog it. Tweet it. Facebook it. All’s fair in love and war. Remember, it’s not necessarily the best house that wins, people. It’s the house with the most social media behind it. Also, if you are an ousted competitor, you might want to consider endorsing a finalist, and encourage your own fans to vote accordingly. That’s ginger politics, people. Throw your weight behind yer favourite ginger masterpiece!
Let the smack down begin!
Sydney’s Maritime Shout-Out Lighthouse
Sydney’s ginger lighthouse was the first entry of this year’s competition. It also marked my first mini-stroke of this year’s competition. Because when I saw it I thought: I’m screwed. I read Sydney’s blog on a regular basis, so I knew she had talent. I just didn’t know she’d take it out on me.
Sydney’s entry came with the following note:
Good afternoon Movita,
I would like to thank you for providing me with the motivation to make a Gingerbread house this year. I was going to forgo the entire process altogether until I saw your Ginger 2011. I happened upon the Gingerbread Lighthouse idea thanks to Canadian Living’s November issue. I saw it and just had to do it. So, thank you for your inspiration. This gingerbread lighthouse is for you!
Impressive, right? Look at the details, people. Look!
(Wanna make yer own gingerbread lighthouse? Well, Sydney can help you.)
Becca and Emma’s Wintery Ginger Mansion
This ginger duo is comprised of two of my former students. They are all grown up now. I’m figuring Becca and Emma don’t have real jobs yet, because they teamed up to make this insanely awesome ginger mansion. And that makes me proud. Because gingering should be a priority. Yah. I just made ginger a verb.
Now take a look at some of the detail work here. That tree in the front yard is spectacular. Wait… is that pee beside that creature in the front yard? See it? In the lower right hand corner… is that a bear? Wait… a dog? On its back? You know… doing that crazy rolling in the snow thing that dogs do?
Kate & Company’s Ginger Mansion
Last year, Kate and Jo-Anne dominated Ginger 2010. They are both former students. And now Jo-Anne teaches alongside me. Technically, I’m almost her boss, so there’s a chance she’ll be fired if they win this here competition. But don’t fret about that. Kate acted as the foreperson of this project. Because she’s the foreperson of like, everyone. She’s basically a Martha Stewart clone – super talented and disgustingly creative. But, like Martha, she likes things done a certain way. Her way. Here’s the note she attached to their entry:
Hi, Here is my decorating team and I’s ginger house! I made it completely from scratch from a template I invented myself and it was decorated with the help of Jo-Anne, Poppy, Claire and Danielle. I have not thought up a clever story to go with this, however the main features that I would like to point out are the real edible glass (aka melted clear candy) windows, there are 5 in the front of the house 1 in the door and 2 on the side. Also, the white chocolate wafer shingled roof and the magical decorated forest.
Decorating team? Genius. That’s the kind of organization one needs to make things happen, people. And lest you think Kate is some sort of tyrant, I will tell you that she’s one of the kindest, most generous Martha-types I’ve ever met. (That being said, I wonder if her team had to wear matching khakis and blue shirts?) Poppy, Claire and Danielle are also dancers. I’ve taught them all. And organizing them is like trying to herd cats. Not impossible, but very challenging, so kudos on that, Kate. And look at the results. Perfectly decorated trees, edible glass windows, adorable rooftop. A gingerbread masterpiece!
Hadley’s Three Little Piggies
Yup. There are three pictures. She’s my sister, what can I say? And I couldn’t leave that close-up of the piggies out, now could I? Look at that little sausage peekin’ outta the window! I wonder if he’ll let the other little piggies in? And look at the houses, doofus. One is made of straw, one of sticks, and the other, presumably, of bricks. Freakin’ genius. Are you lovin’ that the shacks made of straw and sticks have been blown down? I am. See? The piggies are makin’ a break for the brick house. Beware of the big, bad wolf, my portly friends!
Inspiration such as this comes from a beautiful mind. Which also explains some of the other weird sh*t my sister does.
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Oh, boy. This is going to be major.
Having trouble deciding? Here are some things you might want to consider: which concept is most original? Which creation made you giggle? Which gingerfied house made you yell, “cripes, that’s some next level pioneer sh*t goin’ on there!” Do you think one house demonstrates more skill? Which house would you most like to munch on? Which competitor is related to movita beaucoup?
Get voting, friends!
Voting will be open until 9 am AST/8 am EST on Friday, December 23rd.