Finished Handmade Sewing

Crystal gnome, crystal gnome {handmade}


Crystal Gnome, Crystal Gnome,
Living in your crystal home.
Up the stairs and down the stairs,
Up the stairs and down the stairs,
Wherever can he be? Wherever can he be?

I’ve always said that making things is my multivitamin for my soul; a need not a want in everyday life to keep me happy and healthy and sane and these past few weeks I’ve been putting it to the test as the real life job kicked up a notch from crazy busy to bonkers and my time for everything non-work, up to and including sleeping, revealed itself to be nothing more than a will-o’-the-whisp and a figment of my imagination.

It’s part and parcel of what I do in real life, and I get a huge degree of satisfaction from my job, just so long as I can keep my eyes open long enough to enjoy it.  But oh do I miss creating.  I miss blogging, the writing, the photography, the having the brain space to think of things to write, I miss knitting and sewing and I’m starting to get ever so slightly twitchy about Christmas and I know I need to carve out time in the day, even if it’s only five minutes.

The proof of the pudding turned out to be gnomes. Ten of them to be precise.

Space for the Butterflies - Felt gnomes

The girls’ school advent fair is tomorrow, run by the PTA with all of the parents chipping in to do something to help get ready and my contribution, along side a bit of decorating help, was 23 decorated star shaped gingerbread biscuits for the cookie house, and those gnomes.  What’s the collective noun for gnomes do you think? a garden?


These gnomes are bound for gardens; one of the activities at the fair is to make a garden.  The children start with a slice of tree trunk, roll out air drying clay across it and then add leaves and conkers and foliage and paper snowflakes to make the scene, finished off with a little gnome to live there.


It means needing a couple of hundred gnomes and John came home from school one day with a little packet of pre-cut felt and a picture on his phone of the finished article and as they came with a very definite deadline I had no excuses; for a little while the laptop had to go away while I sewed them all up; it was bliss.  And I felt it the next day too; I was less tired and my brain felt as if it had a little more thinking space again; despite having as little sleep as ever.  As good a reason as ever there was to make sure I spent a little time each day knitting or sewing or something that just isn’t words for once!

Space for the Butterflies - Felt gnomes

It’s comfort sewing at its best; both red and green gnomes came from the same shape felt; the red ones are blanket stitched all the way up their fronts and the green ones just have the top corners overlapped, and then stuffed with a little bit of merino top that I had in a bag in the bottom of my rather neglected spinning stash.

I think they’re rather cute and the kids wanted to adopt the lot of them.  Pip picked up my first finished gnome, instantly recognised it (which was very reassuring) and started singing Crystal Gnome.  It’s his absolute favourite playgroup song and he loved having an actual real gnome to sing it with – to the point that when I said we had to put them all in the bag and take them to school he was most unimpressed with that idea.  He gave his gnome a cuddle and a kiss and put it in the bag and if he doesn’t come home from the advent fair with one of my gnomes I will be very surprised.

Space for the Butterflies - Felt gnomes

In the meantime, I have felt, I have some more merino – and I’ve traced the pattern!

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On 


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  • Doris 18/11/2016 at 12:40 pm

    Yes to making being a need not a want. For me, the same goes for dancing and singing. Luckily I can combine those with cooking, if the need arises 🙂

  • Cheryl | TimeToCraft 18/11/2016 at 12:50 pm

    It sounds like a beautiful craft they have planned at the fair. I’m sure your gnomes will be chosen quickly, so hope Pip has his running shoes on. I can’t imagine life without crafting. Especially with natural materials. I am definitely a tad tetchy if I haven’t made anything that day.

  • Marion 18/11/2016 at 4:22 pm

    I totally understand your point about the need to create to maintain your sanity 🙂
    These gnomes are so cute, I really really love the simple designs!

  • Christine 22/11/2016 at 11:39 am

    They are very cute!

  • zauberflink 22/11/2016 at 1:09 pm

    I know 🙂 I have this need to knit – and I really cannot do without.
    Your gnomes are adorable!!

  • Anna 22/11/2016 at 10:08 pm

    Love the gnomes! I knew they would be gorgeous. Of course the children will want one – Mama made is best
    🙂 I feel the same about crafts. Balm for the soul.

  • Brandy 23/11/2016 at 10:05 am

    I believe it is called a donsy of gnomes, of all things. There’s a book of that title. They are so sweet! I bet they will be a hit!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 26/11/2016 at 10:06 pm

    These little cuties are ADORABLE! I love them!!