My little Swiss gnome

I have a gnome.  He used to sit in my garden, but the sun here is SO strong that his colors got completely washed out, so I gave him a fresh coat of paint and moved him to my shady potting bench.  (Hijack:  if you didn’t already know it, Mr. Maui Stamper is THE BEST.  I couldn’t find a potting bench I liked, so he BUILT me one for my birthday a couple of years ago.  I love it.)   Anyway, my little gnome sits on the top shelf looking benevolently over my projects.

He’s a genuine Swiss gnome; I bought him at a hardware store in Locarno in 2005 when we visited Mr. Maui Stamper’s family there.  I think our hostess thought I was nuts, buying this goofy terra cotta gnome to haul all over Switzerland and Italy in my suitcase.  And perhaps I was (and still may be!)  But this fellow reminds me of a wonderful trip, and keeps an eye on things for me.  It’s dark outside right now, but tomorrow I need to go out there and take his picture so you can see what a charming fellow he is.

Now you can understand why this is just one of those stamp sets that wouldn’t let me say no:

Gnome Sweet Gnome Birthday

  • Gnome Sweet Gnome and You’re My Type stamp sets
  • Whisper White, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Not Quite Navy card stock
  • Staz-on Black ink pad; Old Olive and Not Quite Navy Classic ink pads
  • Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper
  • Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Grey and Blushing Bride Classic Ink refills
  • Aquapainter
  • Real Red 1/8 inch taffeta ribbon
  • Brights Brads
  • 1 1/4 inch circle punch

It’s just silly as can be, and those gnomes…well, they certainly have a personality of their own.  The little frog makes me laugh, and the gnomes…well, they remind me of Switzerland.




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