The Making of the SoCal Gingerbread House

Peek at how artist Christine H. McConnell transformed her parents' Highland home.

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Artist Christine H. McConnell handmade a host of festive decorations, then transformed her parents' Highland home into a "Hansel & Gretel" gingerbread fantasy.
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Artist Christine H. McConnell handmade a host of festive decorations, then transformed her parents' Highland home into a "Hansel & Gretel" gingerbread fantasy.
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The final result? A sweet abode dotted with candy cane details and icing-lined loveliness.
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How long did it take Ms. McConnell to put the whole yuletide-y look together? Seven days.
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Make that seven long days. She spent 15 hours each day painting and cutting and hanging and decorating.
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A piece of foam core prepares to become a candy cane.
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It's not simply the making of the decorations, of course, but the placing and attaching.
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A Christmas tree can be seen through a window that's about to get some snowy pane action.
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Even each individual "candy" is hand-painted.
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The roof received a light lattice of icing, in the form of a netting-like cover.
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And the gingerbread were out in full, spicy force.
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The house's before photo. Ms. McConnell also recently did a Halloween theme for her parents' home.
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The final fairy tale result, complete with the artist's nieces playing Hansel and Gretel and the artist herself as the elegantly clad witch (all in costumes handmade by Ms. McConnell).
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