Gnome Home Project – Update #4 – Final?

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I think I’m finished. This started with an old tree stump about 5’ tall. I carved a forest gnome home out of it. I just added the roof and moss and I will plant a few ferns from our woods around it for the final touch. I could add (as I suggest to homeowners) a low wattage 12 vdc outdoor spot on a timer. If you do this, use a 10 watt max and not solar – it’s too bright and too white. You want that subtle soft yellowish glow. You will be very happy with the results.

So, that’s the project from start to finish (except for the ferns). We can build these large gnome homes to order which are then transported to various locations. We also have smaller gnome homes on our website which we ship all over the country.

We’d love to hear your comments and look forward to your inputs!

Thank you again for your interest in Whimsical Woods. Maybe we’ll meet you at one of our 2015 arts and craft shows in Washington. Our spring and summer show schedule is almost set and will be on our website soon. http://whimsicalwoods.net

Visitors are always welcome to come by our studio, tho we suggest you call ahead.

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Val Jackson

Gnome Home Project – Progress Report #3

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I’m making progress on the log gnome home now that the rain has stopped. This is a very large tree stump that I am making into a permanent garden gnome home. This past weekend, I  added windows with little ledges. I also worked on the porch, filling in the area with dirt and moss, etc. to landscape the front. Maybe I’ll add a path or two.

Lastly, I will add on a roof, center beam, chimney, etc. to give it a whimsical look from a distance and will complete the landscaping with plants to bring out the natural setting. I’m trying to hide the modular home in the background, which will be a little challenging.

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Val Jackson

Old Tree Stump Gnone Home Project – Progress Report

Gnome Home Progress Report #2

In the process, I carved out the windows and installed a gnome door and porch. Can’t over do it, but our woodland gnomes let me know what they like. These same little guys are the ones who help me in the garden by catching snails. See the blog story, http://whimsicalwoods.net/garden-slugssnails-vs-gnomes-2/

so best keep them happy. :-)

I’m working on incorporating the little stump in front into a porch entryway and may build a fireplace on it. Plan to add circular steps up to the porch from the ground. We’ll see how that turns out. It has been raining too much in the last few days to push ahead. Keep checking back for further updates.

All in fun here at Whimsical Woods.

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Gnomes, Bird’s Delight

IMG_7634Cold winter days and nights are upon us now. The birds that didn’t fly south are in need of food. One of the kinder relationships between the gnomes and birds is helping to provide bird food during the winter months.

A favorite is the gnomes’ recipe (suet like) call “Birds Delight.” First the gnomes must raid the barn or vegetable storage room to find the rendered lard used for cooking. Peanut butter mixed with shortening will also work. So, two parts suet, one or two parts yellow cornmeal, one part sugar. Mix it all together by hand adding a few tablespoons of fine salt and fine sand. The sand is needed to help digestion. I also add the best quality bird seed you can afford. I prefer the excellent 100% edible birdseed from Costco. They have it in a big green box. Perfect for feeders too and there are no cheap fillers. Good job Costco!

You can mold your mixture into squares for the commercial cages, or purchase a suet feeder from us at whimsicalwoods.net. They look perfectly natural, like a tree! So, gather your mixings and invite the kids. A big mess perhaps, but fun.

A word of warning, raccoons will tear down a feeder if they can get to it. I use an old style “slinky over the pole stretched and secured at the top and bottom. They cannot deal with this and will not be able to climb up. Same for squirrels. A funny thing to watch though.

So, have some fun and treat the birds to a winter delight. You will enjoy watching the popularity of a simple suet like feeder.

All is well at Whimsical Woods.


GNOME “GIVING THANKS”

Gnome Harvest, Giving Thanks


In the Fall, as the nights grow colder and the trees begin to loose their leaves, the gnomes begin their Fall harvest. They must prepare for the long snowy winter ahead while they can with the help of their forest animal friends. Much can be accomplished when done by many helping hands. The harvest is now completed and it’s time to celebrate and give thanks to all their fellow gnomes and forest friends. The gnomes call it giving thanks, as we call it Thanksgiving.

The main “Giving Thanks” feast consists of many simple foods from the forest and nearby humans’ gardens. The main meal most likely is made up of lots of nuts and dried berries, fruit, beans, peas, carrots, beets, potatoes and anything else they can find at this time of year. Gnomes do not eat meat, but do like milk and cheese. Lots of protein there! Gnomes also love beer and fermented berry juice.

During the big feast, there is, of course, a lot of good story telling and many laughs. It is a happy time in our Whimsical Woods around Thanksgiving for all of us and our happy gnomes. A little extra bird seed scattered around is my way of saying thank you to all our little helpers.

Happy Thanksgiving

Bigger is Better!

Here at Whimsical Woods, we can custom make Garden Gnome Homes that can be made as tall as 6 ft. These large Gnome Homes are for outdoor garden settings that can be viewed from a distance, thus larger features. The large custom creations are usually picked up by the customer, or we can work out a delivery solution. The best visual effect is a grouping of three at slightly different elevations. Add in some large boulders/rocks, small cedar trees, ferns, etc. and you’ve designed a very attractive unique garden feature. The addition of low wattage, 12 VDC outdoor waterproof lighting really makes it all pop out at night. Very whimsical!

I enjoy talking to those who are looking to add a little something different and have a little imagination to get a picture in their mind of what it might look like.

The bigger the Gnome Home, the further away you can see it to enjoy.

All in fun for all.

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IMG_0364 IMG_1910 Giant Gnome Home almost as big as Val!

“HOP” ON!

Gnome swinging in the hops vines

Hops are easy to grow here in the Pacific Northwest. They grow just like ivy to a height of 12’ or so and make a great arbor cover. Hops are a needed ingredient for making beer which the gnomes enjoy doing. They’re from Scandinavia, so beer making and drinking is in their genes.

A few hops buds go a long way.  We harvest ours and give to our son who is an excellent home brewer in So. Cal. We, of course, always leave a few for the gnomes. Nothing finer than a cold home-brewed beer on a hot day.

Hops are an perennial  plant. They die back to the ground and jump out in the spring. The smell of the mature hops is very sweet and autumn like. We bought ours in Eastern Washington where it is grown commercially. You need tall poles and rich watered soils to produce the hops but not something everyone has growing in their garden.

“Hop” on at Whimsical Woods. All is well.


Gnoming When to Plant

Garden gnomes are reported to be excellent gardeners and caretakers. It is that time now, mid to late Spring, that we all look forward to getting the garden set with this summer’s fresh home-grown vegetables. Aside from forest mushrooms, the gnomes will look to help themselves to what the humans have planted. And they take great joy in catching those slugs.

Rabbits are their friends, so in they may come. Now the deer are also good friends with the gnomes and when they’re in the garden, they can eat way too much. So, the garden owner will probably overlook the slugs and work on the larger deer problem (tall fence and locked gate!)

After a long, cold winter, the gnomes are looking for fresh vegetables too. A fun gift from the gardener’s children is to lay out an extra carrot or two, maybe a few fresh greens and other Spring vegetables. Organic is best, but they’ll appreciate almost anything now. Make friends with your garden gnomes and they will return the gift and watch over your garden all summer.

Need a few little gnome garden homes around, just let us know. They’re on our website and we’d love to ship you one, or a few. They will be noticed and greatly appreciated.

All is well. Happy Easter to all.

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Garden Slugs/Snails vs. Gnomes

Garden Slugs/Snails vs. Gnomes

Slugs and beer 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.

“Deer” Me!

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Last night I left our garden gate open, and there went our beautiful roses! The gnomes had tried to scare the deer away, but gave up and had to resolve to watching and laughing while the deer enjoyed their midnight snack. I expect to find puffs of deer fur now on the gate latch as a little friendly reminder. Their little way of poking fun at me. ha ha – tee hee!