Gingerbread workshops have brought the house down in Newcastle as participants learn how to create spectacular handcrafted designs.
Gemma Crawford, who is hosting the workshops, believes it has helped to bring people together and fosters Christmas spirit.
“It actually evolved from a little earring business I was running,” she says.
“It started this time last year – I thought of adding a few more workshops, and here we are.”
Ms Crawford says the workshops have proven to be a hit, with participants taken through the assembly and decoration process step-by-step.
“[The workshops] have been extremely popular – we actually sold out last week, but we’ve had a few cancellations so there are a few more places available,” she says.
“We’ve got around 200 people signed up for workshops this year.
“Lots of people who came have opened up and explained why they are coming. [Many] haven’t been able to see their families and they’ve come to the workshops together or to take the Gingerbread Houses to family in other states.”
Throughout Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a big challenge for small businesses, including Ms Crawford’s.
The 25-year-old is the owner of Fox and Fawn – an art studio based in Warabrook.
“The other comment I get quite often is that people are looking for small businesses to support,” she says.
“I am extremely grateful for the support because this year’s been a hard one.”
For more information on Fox and Fawn and their workshops, visit their website.