My Gnomes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flowers of the season

Two post without pictures. How boring is that? Let me see if I have something to cheer this blog up.

Crocus that popped up in my sister's yard

Flowers my son sent me some years back

Flowers my sister Barb brought me from her garden

Isn't it lovely that pictures of flowers do not fade like the real thing? Of course they do not smell like the real thing, more's the pity. Guess you cannot have everything.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Grand babies

Having two Grand babies in the same year is exhilarating. Especially since my children were married for so long with no prodigy.

There is not a day goes by that I do not wish I could be with them. Impossible; since they live miles apart. I must make do with pictures and videos. Thank goodness for technology.

I wonder what my Mother thought when we had our last in Germany and all she got was photos and recordings of the children's voices. Oh and all that hand made "Art". Makes me wonder how old my Grand babies will have to be before I start getting their Art. Soon I hope.....soon.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


I don't usually do this; Put something very personal on here but I need an outlet and my normal channels are all clogged with their own grief.

My cousin died yesterday. My Uncle's youngest child, many moons younger than I, passed away. I know my Uncle and Aunt are devastated. I imagine I would be too if it were my child.

I do not feel the hollow lose I expected to feel at his going. He has been suffering several months from an inoperable tumor in his brain. I only feel relief. I can only imagine how he felt trapped in his own head unable to communicate or move for these last few weeks. I remember a vibrant person full of jokes and high on life. I am glad I did not see him after that nasty growth took hold.

Good-bye dear cousin. Be at peace and enjoy a much better place.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

In my shell again

I seem to have hidden in my shell again. Neither creating nor communicating. (in my shell)

I want out, I want to be inspired, I want to share. I don't know.

Am going to share this with my group and in doing so will force myself to communicate and once it is gone I will have to get creative again. Looks like a winner to me.

Monday, July 11, 2016

New idea

I see so many of the swappers complaining that the 9 pockets are too much to do. I found a fantastic video on YouTube by Little Hot Tamale. She calls them Mini Pocket Letters and they only use 3 pockets each time. I made up a couple.
2 pockets were filled with ATCs while the 3rd is a shaker pocket with cutouts, sequins, glitter and glass micro beads.

Because this was for a different group I didn't make ATCs, but used pretty paper front and back. It still had the shaker pocket.

And while I was on my butterfly kick I made some pretty envelopes from paste paper and stamped die cuts.

This is her video

Friday, June 24, 2016

Well it's not purple but....

I tend to make one-of-a-kind items. Even those based on the same instructions or dimensions have their own personalities. So here is another stationery folder and its contents. You can see the right pocket is deeper while the left became a corner strap. This one took only 2 sheets of 12 x 12 card stock.
She says she likes blue and cats.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

New arrival

Babs arrived yesterday. The gnomes had set up watch for the Postman so they were there to greet her. They seemed very impressed with her shoes and spent the next hour or so arguing about gnome footwear (none) versus human footwear.

She will visit for about a week then travel on to some other swapper. During that time I need to take pictures to document her visit. Those pictures will later be e-mailed to the originator.