Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gnome and Spring Cloche Swap

My, oh my, when did my life get so busy.  Let me see, my son moved back to town, being a nanny and a grammy, puppy sitter, volunteering at school, a new church, Origami Owl, spring soccer games and birthdays, birthdays, birthdays.  Am I complaining......no.....I love it.  Now on with the post.........Here is the gnome that I bought on clearance ages ago.  He is a little handicapped......he is missing part of his thumbs.  But he can still garden.  I need to protect him for the outdoors.  (Would modge podge break down when it gets wet)  Isn't he handsome.  He came with his eyes and cheeks and boots painted.  I redid his eyes and that didn't go well.  I just love the color of his jacket. 
I was in the Spring Cloche Swap.  We used upside down wine glasses.  I have about 30 left over glasses.  Maybe I should have a wine party.  (Or a whine party)  I used a garden gnome for mine.  No, this one came painted.  He is on a bed of moss with white flowers circling him.  The little toad stool was a gift from another swap.  I used ribbon and a button on the top to hide the bottom of the glass.  Actually where the bottom was to be.  Around the bass I used cardboard covered with paper.  Around the rim I used pom poms and buttons.  I wanted him to be whimsical.  I sent my swap partner some peep lip gloss, green peeps, a little stamp that said "a little birdie told me", some jelly beans and some wooden buttons from Jilly Bean.  Oh, and a handmade tiny spring banner.  (It's behind the cloche.  My partner was Sandy of 521 Lake.  Actually she was nice enough to swap with me.  Now here is what she sent me.   In her cloche there was an adorable bunny.   The bunny is sitting on Easter grass and doilies. She also sent me some peeps.  (She collects peeps) some Easter magnets....actually a lot of those, yummy candy and Easter bunny.  Some cute cupcakes liners, 6 cute bunny suckers (I am saving those for the grands for Easter), and some bunny stickers.  Thanks Sandy for swapping with me.  It was fun and I loved it.  Speaking of Sandy.  Send her some love.....she had a rough day last week.  Hoping she has recovered and is feeling better.
 
I have started doing a little painting. (Besides the gnomes........miniature style) I am rough on the fine details for sure.  I need to practice before I share.  Something I had done years ago but different subjects.  I have more things to share with you.  That will be on another day.  Must get this sleep deprived aching body on the move.  Many ((((((HUGS))))  I have been reading blogs but not commenting a lot.  I hope to catch up on that soon.   xo 

16 comments:

Laurie M said...

yu are one busy bee, lovely gifts you received, now go rest!!!!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

So very cute Debby, love your little gnome cloche. Sandy sent you some nice things too. Why do you have so many wine glasses left? My package only had 6 of them. Anyway, a wine party sounds like fun. :)

Susie said...

Debby, You can still love this little guy. :):)My g.daughter bought her daddy a gnome for his birthday one year. she loves them too. I like your new header picture. xoxo,Susie

Kimberly said...

your a busy gal! I love your gnome cloche.

20 North Ora said...

Hi Debby - Sounds like a fun swap!

Judy

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Debbie,
Your garden gnome is so cute and looks darling under the cloche! I haven't done much about Easter so far. Just getting over being sick and hubby retiring. There's been a lot going on. Right now catching up on some indoor painting before it the weather turns for the better. Hope you are doing well....
Hugs,
Patti

LBP said...

Your gnomes are adorable! Wow, what lovely items you received with your swap. It was so much fun!

Blessings

Linda

NanaDiana said...

WOW! That was quite a swap, Debby! You got some really great things. I love Peeps, too------shhhhhh...

You can buy Modge Podge made for EXTERIOR use-just so you know.

Your little gnome is so cute-we are all a bit handicapped in one way or another-his missing fingers make him even more precious- xo Diana

Musings from Kim K. said...

You are one busy lady. Your cloche is adorable. You know I have a thing for gnomes. I can't wait to get the yard all melted (and then dried up) so that we can start cleaning up the gnome house and toadstools.

Julia said...

Hey, you're all ready for Easter. Adorable little gnomes fot the fairy gardens.
Hugs,
JB

At Home in English Valley said...

You are like the Army my friend, you do more by 9 am than most people do all day! You are always so generous when you swap, I love the idea of little cloches. I would use some clear acrylic spray for anything outdoors. Things are gonna get busy next week...happy and blessed a Easter dear girl. Love, Penny

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are so cute for Spring decorating! You're having fun my friend! I need to get a cloche! lol Hugs!

Kim-A Creative Spirit said...

Love the knome cloche. How adorable......

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a cute little gnome, Debby! Love this little cloche. I just bought some plastic wine glasses that were on clearance at Kroger. I thought they were a good craft cloche especially since the stems just pop on {so no cutting involved}.

Edna B said...

Your little garden gnome is adorable! I used to have one in my garden but it disappeared one day and hasn't come home yet. Then I got cement frogs on a stool, and would you believe one of them left home too? Must be the weather?

You are one very busy lady! But it's good to be busy, so enjoy it. Now I'm off to go shopping with my daughter. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Jackie Jaggers said...

Good morning Debby! I saw the gnome on my blogroll and I had to come back to you to visit. Hope you remember me, Jacqueline from Once Upon a Fairyland. I took a year off from blogging and I'm back. Please come and visit me again if you find a free moment. You are as busy as a bee but I suspect happy and care free?