Snow – Snow – Oh No!

RGS_3962Now that winter is here and the snow begins to fall and pile up, our little gnome friends become little kids. They have fun playing in the snow. I heard once they make snowmen to look like us and have a good laugh. While out in the snow, they wear boots with special soles to look like animal prints. This is a very clever way of fooling those who want to catch or follow them. You can look around the ground under a bird feeder for their little show prints. The gnomes will walk in circles, or steps on moss and bare twigs in order to disguise their travels.

And yes, they play in the snow on old bark or dried leaves as a sled. They will roll up a snowball and roll it down a little slope to make a sled run. Just like us humans, they play in the snow.

Home is always warm and cozy with a glowing fireplace and a warm cup of apple cider. Maybe a cookie or two.

So, look for little prints in the snow. A bird, rabbit or even deer tracks in the fresh snow. If you smell a little smoke in the forest, chances are it came from a warm gnome home’s fireplace.

All is well in 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.

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The Whimsical Woods Gnome Stories and Blog is back!

IMG_3191Where have we been you might ask? The Costco Connection magazine printed an article about Whimsical Woods in their March 2012 edition. Some of you might have seen it. If not, here is a link. With appreciation to the fine editors at the Costco Connection magazine, we have been a little busy filling orders and shipping gnome homes, bird houses, etc. all over the country for the last 4 – 5 months. http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201203#pg95
We also completely revamped our website to bring it up to date with modern day web technology, Thanks to ouir awesom web designer, Jef Gunion. http://guniondesign.com.

We have written many gnome stories over the years and they are now included in our new site under the “Blog” heading. Many have not seen them, but now they are easy to access without ever leaving our website.

I thought it would be fun to go back to the beginning of our stories and reprint some of them. That said, we are happy to re-run some of the more popular stories for all to enjoy. So with that, I take you back to our first introduction and continue from there.

Enjoy and let’s hear from you! Keep in touch and the spirit of our friendly little gnomes in your heart. It makes all smile.

Val

No Place Like Gnome! – Aug. 25, 2010
There is news and activity here on our forest floor regarding the pending cooling days ahead. Somehow the ducks and geese flying overhead have alerted the gnomes of a bad winter this year. Gnomes have special means to predict future weather by looking at the foliage and watching the ants. I sometimes see little piles of deer fur here and there which the Gnomes use to make warm boots. We have lots of deer, so no shortage for boots! Likely we’ll see little stacks of seeds and nuts next as they prepare for winter. Here I thought the birds were eating all my food! The Gnomes live well in the forest and with our vegetable garden nearby. I think they are very happy.