A donsy of winter gnomes

I was sure the collective noun for gnomes would be gaggle, but turns out I was wrong! So, I’ve been busy creating my own – donsy – of winter gnomes for the wonderful Winter Waldorf Swap hosted by Nicole at One Hook Wonder (thank you again Nicole!!).

My donsy of winter gnomes!

I’m super excited to be part of this swap. The idea of sharing crafts from all over the world is fantastic! A nature table in itself is beautiful and special, but to have one where all the items will have a special story is something extra special 🙂

In making my gnomes I was inspired by the constant winter rains where I grew up in country Victoria and the very occasional snow fall (as in once every few years). I got the wood burner going (probably my favourite step) before using the jigsaw and then the dremmel (I think I’ve now used these tools more than husband of mine… *shhh*).

Rain gnomes

After that I hand sanded them, before my next favourite part – helping them ‘come to life’ with milk paint (and because it’s spring here I think a little of it might have snuck in… oops). Before finally coating them in an olive oil and beeswax finish, mmm love that scent!

The gnomes then sat to dry on the table and the next thing I knew they were all ‘chatting’ to each other courtesy of Master D 🙂

And now my gaggle donsy of gnomes is ready to ‘fly the nest’ to distant lands. Be free my little gnomes 😉

 Thanks for reading, Kelly

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  • Reply Carrie November 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    These are adorable!

  • Reply softearthart November 14, 2011 at 2:32 am

    How delightful, cheers Marie

  • Reply April's Homemaking November 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    These little gnomes are wonderful! One of these days I need to purchase a dremmel, I keep seeing wonderful projects to make with them. What a great swap item!

  • Reply andthatsfamily November 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    These are super adorable! You did a great job with them and you can tell they are all made with love and care.

  • Reply Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon November 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Lol… gaggle sounds right to me! I’ve never heard of a donsy but these gnomes are super neat!! New follower here. Would love it if you could stop by and share this at my linky party. It ends tonight! 🙂 http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-8.htmlAlso, PRETTY PLEASE stop by and check out Random Acts of Kindness Week going on right now! Would love to see you be a part of it!! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/kindness-and-thanksgiving.html

  • Reply Stacey November 17, 2011 at 8:23 am

    So adorable and I wish I had a jig saw. I know I’d use it more than my hubby. Ha!

  • Reply Keitha November 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Those are adorable. Well done!

  • Reply no spring chicken November 18, 2011 at 2:07 am

    These are wonderful!Blessings, Debbie

  • Reply Amy November 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Too cute! And the exchange sounds like such a neat idea! Glad you shared these at Shine On Fridays! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply MamaWestWind November 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    These are awesome! I’m thrilled to be apart of this swap as well! Can’t wait to get my hands on one of your little creations!!! My children will be ecstatic! You’re fast. I’m still in the thick of creating mine. Hope you’ll be as pleased with mine.Becca

  • Reply Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) November 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    These are super cute. And what a fun a idea to swap crafts. Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT Thanksgiving & see you next week, Beth =-)

  • Reply Mummyzilla November 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Those gnomes are beautiful!

  • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts November 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks everyone 🙂 I loved making them! I’m onto some more gnomes and fairy doors now – I’m hooked!!!

  • Reply Rose @ Walnut Acre November 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I love them!!

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