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Gnome Homes and Water Paint.

November 19, 2011

While my wood working shop is under renovation…
I thought I would be okay with it…
I ordered new waterpainting supplies just to keep my attention…
I thought I could handle a few weeks without it.
I was wrong.
You would think it would be enough that there are saws and construction going on around me…
It isn’t.
So I find some scrap wood and ask the builders to cut this and that…
You may be surprised to know that grown men with lots of tattoos get a glint in their eye when they hear you are building a small gnome home… a roof for an old tree stump.



Cal paints the roof on this nice sunny day.

Bel paints the little people  for their new home.

More colorful then I would have…. but probably for the best.. easier to find if they try and run off and hide when we take them to their new home.





Ash brings his tools in a bucket mixed with a collection of screws and extra wood.

The lopsided little stump gets a renovation.

I have been eyeing this stump for weeks.  It’s just one of those places, as a kid, I would have wanted to shrink down into and explore…. but now I am a grown up (at least that is what these children of mine keep telling me)…

So they made use of the new gnome home and all the gnomes…and with them tucked away in their imagination… I snuck off to paint of birds and stumps… I don’t know how I feel about what I painted… it just sort of happened.  I am still getting my water painting legs, so to speak.



When we were kids… and I am sure my sister will chime in here and give you some more insight… I always built elaborate Barbie houses. My sister would get so excited…thinking it implied I would play with her..but once everything was all set up I would leave her to her dolls. It used to annoy her so much…and again , I am sure she will tell you it still annoys her to this day. Same thing with my brothers.. I would build these all encompassing Brio wooden train tracks and then walk away. I just never played much… I liked to set up and build. This works well for my children as I am always doing one project or another… and generally they get to reap the rewards.

Oh wood working studio…where art thou?
Grape Harvest.
Loving my Family through my gifts.


Linking with Paint Party and my friend Jenn at StudioJRU...

39 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2011 11:17 am

    Wow!! Wonderful idea!!

  2. November 19, 2011 12:04 pm

    T~ I just love your heart! Just to know of the fun you set up there for little hearts… this post is awesome, award winning…God would be smiling ….
    He created this marvelous world and then he lets us play, just like your kids!

    • November 19, 2011 12:05 pm

      Oh! and I love your watercolours…the bird! sigh! the sun … sigh! lovely!!

      • November 19, 2011 6:48 pm

        You are just like a blog angel
        Seriously.thank you for your words…always.

  3. November 19, 2011 1:03 pm

    What wonderful, imaginative, adventurous projects you create for your children! I love the gnome home! And your watercolors are lovely…

  4. November 19, 2011 1:45 pm

    These shapes they made the gnome people with are so cute. What are they named? Do you find them at the local hobby store? They are perfect for little hands. This gnome home is A.dor.a.ble!!!! And the bluebird…….. you are one talented lady!

    • November 19, 2011 6:50 pm

      Yes.. I bought the pieces at the michaels craft store.. I wanted something which wouldn’t be a choking hazard… So I bought big heads and then little wooden flower pots and fastened them with a screw
      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

      • November 19, 2011 10:45 pm

        Great idea! Thank you for the kind comment over on my page for Fridays post. My Post on Wednesday on internet crime was about my daughters wedding rings. This is what all the tears are about… We are devastated. It was hard enough for things to get so bad for her to feel like she needed to sell them, they are gone. I keep telling her they were just things and that God will provide, restore, you name it. But she is so so broken already. Thank you for your prayers. Her name is Ashley, she is the most beautiful young lady. I am so glad she is home.

  5. November 19, 2011 2:36 pm

    Wonderful, nice activity, very nice.

  6. November 19, 2011 3:05 pm

    Oh my goodness… this is too cute! That is the *prefect* tree stump! 🙂 I love that you asked the builders to help you out. Love your paintings too!

    • November 19, 2011 6:52 pm

      Well my saws are all packed away and all the builders equipment is out and everywhere… They totally enjoy my interruptions for ridiculous projects.

  7. November 19, 2011 3:25 pm

    What a great idea! The gnomes and gnome house are such fun and your watercolours awesome!

  8. November 19, 2011 4:33 pm

    this is an amazing post and the kids will have sooo many memories about this whole adventure… loved reading every word of this xx

    • November 19, 2011 6:53 pm

      They do talk about it so much…and now my grandmother who loves what we did … Has gone down there and hid things for the kids to find next time we hike back.

  9. November 19, 2011 4:52 pm

    What cute, quaint project!!

  10. November 19, 2011 7:14 pm

    this is so cute, a gnome home is so whimsical.

  11. November 19, 2011 10:46 pm

    These would make the most adorable Nativity. I need to go buy some to add to my Nativity collection.

  12. November 20, 2011 6:35 am

    This sounds so much fun! And it’s so wonderful you get to do it with your kids. 🙂 Love the gnome house!

  13. November 20, 2011 3:20 pm

    A wood shop!!! Actually I’m kind of envious. I have a business idea in which you may be interested. Also, I would like to buy the watercolor of a bluebird for my friend Heather. She lost her son in a car accident (Eli’s best friend) and whenever she sees a bluebird it makes her believe in happiness.

    • November 21, 2011 7:38 am

      hi susan. I agree that bluebird is amazing sis. And susan how thoughtful of you to want to give it to your friend. I remember who you are talking about (8) I think because the blue bird has wings out stretched that it’s also a sign of HOPE for the future..

      • November 21, 2011 10:22 am

        good one kells… absolutely… I am just happy it can find a nice home aside from the stacks of paintings it currently sits in.

    • November 21, 2011 10:20 am

      Hey Susan… great to see you here.
      email me and give me the details.
      you can absolutely have the bluebird…I remember when that happened…tragic.
      I would be happy to contribute the bluebird.

  14. November 20, 2011 6:53 pm

    loved looking at your lovely pictures of this beautiful experience!

  15. November 20, 2011 7:00 pm

    Super beautiful post…wonderful art…fabulous!

  16. November 21, 2011 9:03 am

    … after all someone needs to set the stage… loved the story and photos

  17. November 21, 2011 10:04 pm

    Fabulous family project! Great pictures of it too.
    Lovely paintings. So much beauty.

  18. November 23, 2011 3:08 pm

    Wonderful idea and photos!
    Happy Thanksgiving and
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  19. December 30, 2011 4:49 pm

    Oh, I love that you made a roof for that wonderful tree stump!! Such a wonderful idea, looks like fun for the children! Your watercolor paintings are beautiful!

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