Gnome Doors & Windows

Gnome Windows and DoorYou may have seen those plastic faces from China that can be attached to a tree. Seen one, seem them all, in my opinion. If you have a few large trees and want to add a little imaginative humor to your yard, add one of our Whimsical Woods recycled, natural wood gnome door and windows. From what I have read, no respectable gnome family will have a plastic door and windows made in China! Just won’t happen in their world. :-)

All you need is an ordinary tree trunk and our gnome door and windows, and they will immediately add a bit of whimsy to the tree causing smiles and curiosity to all who see it. A big hit for the grand kids, for sure!

They are 100% recycled, old fence board and cedar shakes. That’s the beauty of them. Like our other Whimsical Woods products, no two are exactly the same.

I have a few locals who have placed theirs indoors on the floor next to their fireplace for the house gnomes. One gentleman said his cat lies in front of the door waiting for the gnome to come out. I’d love a picture of that!

These doors and windows are on our website ( for shipment throughout the country. They make an excellent simple gift that will surely bring smiles to someone special. Enjoy!

Garden Slugs/Snails vs. Gnomes

Garden Slugs vs. Garden GnomesGarden Slugs/Snails vs. Gnomes

Several years ago, I wrote about the real truth in catching garden slugs/snails. It is that time of year again that we find those hungry little slugs after our now ripened red strawberries and tender lettuce. The story of how the garden gnomes work this dilemma is worth repeating for our newest readers.

Growing up in New York suburb of Yonkers, my parents always planted a large vegetable garden each year. The slugs were plentiful and caused a lot of frustration and damage. Rather than use harmful poisons, my mother would fill a little tin or saucer with fresh beer. My grandfather was the founder and partner in the Yonkers Brewery on Chicken Island, famous for the Yonkers dark stout. The brewery was called Jackson Brewing. Anyway, we always had fresh beer to fill the tins to drown the slugs.

Well, I’ve since come to realize that the slugs were not in fact drowning, but the garden gnomes were drinking the beer on a nightly basis and whacking a few slugs to leave in the new empty tins. Humans thought the snails drowned, so out went more beer and back came more dead slugs and snails! the gnomes drank all the beer and gathered up the slugs. The end results were the same – less slugs/snails and a lot of happy gnomes!

So, when you go out in the morning and see a tin of slugs, but the beer is gone, the mystery of over. Where did the beer go? A few happy, sleeping gnomes with maybe a little headache, but looking forward to another night’s adventure in your garden. The garden gnomes whacked the slugs and drank the beer!

They are very small, but very clever. Happy garden gnomes are the key to a successful garden. All in fun and all is well in the Whimsical Woods.

Gnome Homes, Collectors Editions

Collectors Choice Gnome HomeI am always looking for new, imaginative gnome homes to tweak imaginations and bring smiles to many faces.

The Collectors Edition is a new use of old and very oddly shaped pieces of logs that can be sculptured into a very different style of gnome home. These are a lot of fun for me to make. I start with firewood (before it hits the burn pile) and take it from there. These were destined for a fireplace, but now will be a special gnome home!

No two are the same, that’s for sure. What you have, no one else will have. I’ve been told they remind people of the story of “The Little Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe.”

The ideal setting for these, I suggest, is on a window level table. Find two or three house plants of various heights and create a little forest around the gnome home. The idea is to blend the gnome home into the wood like setting. What you are now doing is making a living art piece on your table! The scene can be changed, added to, moved to a new location and certainly feel free to add a couple gnomes! :-)

Placing them outside is okay, but likely to get lost in their surroundings. In my opinion, best to locate them inside and put it where you and others can view it up close. It will surely attract attention and smiles.

These Collectors Choice Gnome Homes are not available on our website as they are all one of a kind. We’ll have them at our various art shows in Washington and our local Sequim Farmer’s Market. If visiting the area, call us (360-452-7308)  and arrange a time to come by our Whimsical Woods to select the Gnome Home just right for you.

Shown here are a few examples of our Collectors Choice Gnome Homes. We have many to choose from.

All in fun, all is well.


Garden Gnome Helpers

As warmer days approach here in the Pacific Northwest, it is time to get the garden planted. Here at Whimsical Woods, there is no shortage of our friendly little people to help. Gnomes do not eat meat, but depend on fresh vegetables, nuts, fruit, grains and various adult beverages they make or steal from the snail trap tins.

Most of their work is done at night, so I had to announce a grand photo session to gather the team. OnGarden Gnomese challenge was to keep their eyes off the strawberry blossoms! Gnomes love fresh ripe strawberries as any gardner will tell you.

Ever notice a bite or two out of your berries? You thought it was a snail? :-)

Good luck to all you gardeners. A gnome home in your garden will benefit you in many ways. All in fun and all is well.

Gnomes and Bird Nester’s Hut


I recently came up with a design for a bird nesting materials “box” and named it a Bird Nester’s Hut (after a naming contest on our Facebook page). The box/hut is filled with all natural fibers (wool, yarn and fur) that the birds take to build their nests.

Come to find out, something else seems to be taking  the warm and natural material, fur,  for their own use. Now, who could be doing that?? Just like missing berries from the garden, I’m thinking our gnomes have found the perfect source for natural fur for bedding and spinning into their clothe. Why not? An alpaca bed and jacket. Throw in some fur lined boots and gloves and you have a very happy, warm gnome!

I have plenty to share, thanks to our local fiber artisans. The Nester’s Hut is not on our website, but contact us or visit us at the Sequim Saturday Open Aire Market, starting May 4.

Bird Nester’s Hut

New Gnome and Hobbit Homes

Adding to our wide product line of gnome homes and bird houses, Val has branched out (no pun intended) to construct a variety of Collector’s Choice Gnome/Hobbit homes for large and small settings. These are new for our 2013 local market and state-wide art shows.

We offered some of these last year and are happy to see all have found a good home. :-) This winter, Val has been preparing many more both large (pictured) and small special and whimsical gnome homes. All new for 2013 in addition to our website selections. All in fun. Let us hear from you!
http://www.whimsicalwoods.netLarge Gnome Home

Gnomite Discovered!

We know gnomes are respectful and follow the teachings of the “Secret Book” usually read by a very senior elder. Not sure if it is a religious book like ours, but likely a very powerful reference for their lives. In this place of readings, there is believed to be a focal object of power and symbolism. That object is a glowing rock called Gnomite. Our good friends, Mark and Cindy Kochanek, experienced rock hounds, came upon this very rate Gnomite on a recent trip into the central Nevada mountains. They will return to find more in coming trips. I now have a glowing Gnomite here at Whimsical Woods. I think this is the first recorded photograph of an actual Gnomite spiritual object used by the gnomes. As a beacon for our little fellows, I trust they will come and observe – perfectly round and glowing in the dark night. Thank you to Mark and Cindy. Our Whimsical Woods gnomes also thank you. Good thinks will happen I’m sure. I will carry this to our summer arts and crafts shows in a special log center to be called St. Gnomie’s.

All in fun, and all is well here at Whimsical Woods. http://whimsicalwoods.netGnomite Discovered!

Gnomes in Seattle Rain

It is well known that it rains a lot in Seattle and those who live here are usually very prepared. Our gnomes here at Whimsical Woods are no exception. We know they are very crafty, resourceful and have a great sense of humor.

Gnome rain hatThe tall hats they wear do a pretty good job of deflecting the rain, but they then become very wet and heavy. Care must be taken to clean and dry their pointed hats. That takes time. Here is a Whimsical Woods gnome with an improvised, perfect organic version of an attractive rain protector for their special hats.

The gnomes will use what they can find. These large green plant leaves became a gnome rain hat. How smart they are! Let it rain.

All in fun. All is well here at Whimsical Woods.

The Gnome Top Hat

The tall red gnome hat

As seen in some of our blog and Facebook photos taken at our weekly Sequim Open Aire Market, my new large red gnome hat attracts joyful attention. A generous gift from another vendor, Ellen Lloyd, Olga’s Yurt of Fiber, it always brings smiles and fun to those who place it on their head and always results in a photo-op!  What visitors must think when they return home having visited Sequim and had their picture taken with a scaled to fit red gnome hat!

Always worn by both male and female gnomes, their hats are only removed at bed time. Likely while bathing and seated at the dinner table, also (?). I’ve read a gnome does not feel like a gnome unless they have their hat on. Never a bare head. Child gnomes receive their first hats at a very early age and are taught to care and repair it for the rest of their life, which is 350 to 400 years! The importance of this hat in helping the gnome is numerous because it is pointed and hard, it can protect them from falling nuts, small branches, snow, rain and sometimes predator attacking birds and animals.

The tall red gnome hat is the signature of a proud gnome.


Gnomes in Pans Hiding in the Garden

Okay, that’s a stretch, but I couldn’t pass it up. These gnomes found themselves standing in some vintage pans that I found in our woods. They act like wind chimes (or wind clunkers, for a better name)  when we have strong winds.

These little people don’t pass up a new opportunity to investigate and have fun. Hanging not far from the ripening blackberries, could be a good resting spot for a snack or shelter from the sun or rain.

Gnomes do have excellent blacksmithing and pottery skills to make their own bowls and pots. Ceramics, glassblowing, metalworking, carpentry and cloth making are but a few of their many talents. When you live to be 400 years old, there is a lot of time to perfect these skills! A few old rusty bowls is nothing more than something to play or hide in. All in fun. Have you ever sat in the spinning tea cups at Disneyland? See, there you go! All is well.