2 Jan 2009


Gnomes are a much maligned creature. I believe it is since the creation of the ceramic/plastic garden gnome that they have really got a bad name. Once upon a time they were considered to be the subterranean inventors of the mythical world and highly intelligent if somewhat mischievous. Now they are just thought of as fishing rod holding garden ornaments unless of course you play computer games like World of Warcraft.

Creative Apples demonstrates perfectly the way gnomes are depicted today with her lovely greetings card. This is the typical garden gnome pose, gnome with watering can, wheel barrow or fishing rod are the ways most people imagine gnomes to be.

Amy Gaines is selling a cute knitting pattern she created, so we can make a gnome of our own. He has a fabulous beard as I'm sure you will all agree. I might have to knit one and send him on a journey around the world. Gnome on tour!

How fabulous is this skirt from Sarah Apple? It's called 'Gnome vs Chipmunk'. If I was a betting woman, my money would be on the gnome, because even though a chipmunk is speedy and has big teeth I think the inventive gnome would come up with a plan that would run rings around the rodent.

So what are the gnomes of today really like? Well if Mareike Auer is correct they are big business men in smart suits, working in the city. I think she is probably right because they are well known for being wheeler dealers. The stock market would suit them and their sharp minds.

How about you make a little one of your own into a gnome with this fabulous hat/bag/hold-all from Pumpkinhaus. The word Cute just isn't enough for this picture. Such a gorgeous super model in a fabulous hat. Any gnome would be proud to be seen wearing it.

Now this gnome is on a different mission than your average inventor/business gnome. Paper Moon Gallery's gnome appears to be smitten in love with someone and desperate to show the world that they are. This Valentine gnome can't wait to tell everyone about the love of his life.

Gnomes are way more than plastic ornaments for the garden. They have a whole other history going on that is way more exciting that standing next a pond all day in someone's backyard. Take a peek around on the net and see what those inventive little fellows are up to.

Written by Lynne of Hyperloop Hoops and Pirate Pixie Crew


  1. I love the folklore surrounding the elusive gnome.... such funny little creatures! How awesome of you to include my funny little man in this feature.... thank you!

  2. I love this entire post. I've been planning on making a plushie, pillow gnome but haven't quite gotten around to it yet.


    Here is my gnome photo, hee hee. Hope your year is off to a good start!

  3. How cool! Gotta love those gnomes:)

  4. These guys are too cute! - CT

  5. Baldylocks, let me know when you have made it. I am itching to see it now.


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