The finished gnome home

A New Gnome Home is Born

Each Gnome Home has its own personality and requires just the right old tree log to bring it to a new life. I searched a number of my sources and found the perfect log in an old stump pile at a nearby mill. The new gnome home-to-be is the top log in the pile.  Even on its side, you can see the whimsical potential.

A pile of logs, to become a gnome home

So with the help of a big tractor and my truck, the log came back to our log yard for construction.5' log to become a gnome home. Standing at that time over 5’ and weighing a lot, I then began to visualize the locations of the windows and doors. By looking at the photo, you can see there are many options.


The roof angle has been carved on this gnome home to be. Next was to select the front view and cut the roof     line. I only get one chance at getting it right on this cut. Good sharp saw blade and trust it comes out evenly. It did, and the personality started to come out.



From there, I cut it down to  4’ and began the carving of the An almost-completed gnome home. Needs a roof!windows and doors. I did use the many sticks and branches the customers provided. I also added my own, which we collect from our beach and coastal travels. This process can take days to a week. A little work, walk away, and come back again while changing and adding more features.

At some point, it is enough and the gnome home look is achieved. The final assembly is the addition of the roof, chimney and ridge top. This roof was made out of very old, large cedar shakes I found out in Joyce, WA, from a very old shack that was being removed.

Construction complete, small outdoor furniture was made and added. Window decorations and moss completed the project. It then became a true, woody, Whimsical Woods Gnome Home.

A great custom project that, with the “just right” log, turned out perfectly. Now the gnomes will find it and all will be blessed with happiness and good will. The finished gnome home

Val Jackson

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Gnome Home project in progress

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

Gnome Home Progress Report #2

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 at work

Winter Chores and Work

Gnomes at workThere is much to do during the dark winter nights. After a long sleep during the day, the gnomes must attend to their daily chores at night. Having very good and large eyes to help them see at night, there is no let up. Keeping the house fire going for warmth and cooking is top priority. One must haul in the dried wood and have enough for a whole day.

Once the chores are completed, the gnomes will head for the shop and special work area. Usually in a large old tree or under a very big boulder. It is in these shops the gnomes make all they need, from furniture, ceramics, tools, glass blowing and clothes making. Most winter nights are happily spent making these things. Sometimes other neighbors come to help if it is a big project. Some come just to visit and tell funny stories to pass the time. There is no “gnome mart” for them to shop so they must provide for themselves.

They are the true homesteaders I think. They work and oplay as a team. Everybody gets along with each other as one big family. Maybe we humans can learn something from our little gnome friends on how to get along better. I think in helping others, you are actually helping yourself a lot more. These are very smart little people we call gnomes.

All is well in Whimsical Woods


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 Harvest, Giving Thanks

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

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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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Slugs and beer

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.

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WOODLAND FAIRY HOME

Woodland_Fairy_Home_1aJoining our Whimsical Woods selection of natural log bird houses, gnome homes, suet feeders, etc., is our new  Woodland Fairy Home.

Also built out of  forest finds and recycled barn wood, the fairy home is the perfect size for an indoor table/dresser-top fairy village. It would be the perfect gift for that special someone who likes fairies. It can also be in an outdoor setting and made into a little outoodr fairy village.

Typical size is 13″ x 13″ x 13″ and the cost is $70 plus $25 shipping and handling. No two are exactly alike but similar. All have inside decorations made from dried flowers, moss, etc.

These are very special and different. A sure hit for a daughter or granddaughter! (or son or grandson)

We look forward to hearing from you. All is well.

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A “Choking” Gnome


Gnome in the artichoke patchFamiliar to garden gnomes are the very popular garden grown artichokes here in the Pacific Northwest.

Not only are they good to eat, but once the leaves are dried, they are used in many different ways around the gnome households. They can be used as a canvas on which they paint using forest stains and homemade paints. They can also be used as window shutters, light deflectors and even shingles on small wood sheds.

Gnomes have also found uses for artichokes as illness remedies. They are an excellent source for various vitamins and great tea. The gnomes mix artichoke tea with fennel seeds. I’ve read it helps flatulence. Oh yes, nothing worse than a little gnome running around the forest tooting its way along. :-)

The artichoke stalks are taken apart and the very stringy core is used to weave ropes for use around  gnome households. What is not used by the gnomes is saved for their deer friends. They seem to enjoy chewing the stringy stalks. Maybe it helps them also. Let a deer get into your garden and you’ll see. Best have a gnome-proof gate latch, if there is such a thing? Very smart, these little people and we love their company here at Whimsical Woods.

All in fun and all is well.

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