A local craft person has spent more than 200 hours designing and crafting a project to help support the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce's Elkins Christmas lighting campaign. The gingerbread house, "Sweet Dreams Bakery," is on display at Citizens Bank of West Virginia.
Kathy Hamrick, who crafted the bakery, said her original plan was to make a log cabin. She said the wood was hand-cut using a miter saw with a long family history.
"The miter saw is owned by my husband, Danny," Hamrick said. "It was passed down from his granddad. The project evolved as I was making it, and the decorations were added as I went along.
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‘Sweet Dreams Bakery,’ a non-edible gingerbread house, is on display for a drawing at Citizens Bank of West Virginia. The house was created by Elkins resident Kathy Hamrick, and took more than 200 hours to finish. The project will benefit the Elkins Christmas lighting campaign.
"I had a great time making the gingerbread house," Hamrick added. "I like helping out my community with the things they need, and I think the winner will enjoy this gingerbread house for years to come."
"Sweet Dreams Bakery" is made of various materials and can be enjoyed this Christmas and for several in the future. The interior lights and porch light all work. Each gingerbread house Hamrick designs features a Christmas mouse and a mouse door.
"We are so happy with the beautiful gingerbread house designed by Kathy Hamrick," Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate Reed said. "The proceeds will be used to support the Elkins Christmas lighting project for years to come."
"Sweet Dreams Bakery" will be on display Friday during and after the Christmas Parade. The drawing will be Dec. 14.