For the past month or two, in my very rare spare time, I have been working on a whimsy of gnomes. (Did you know that a group of gnomes is called a whimsy? Like a school of fish, a flock of birds, or a herd of elephants!) Well, my whimsy consisted of 7 little men gnomes and just a single little lady gnome. I made them life size, having read in a gnome "guidebook" that gnomes are about 6 inches tall. They are tiny Waldorf style dolls made with 100% cotton bodies, stuffed with pure wool, and wool and cotton clothing and wool hair and beards.
One little gnome stayed home to play with my children. The rest were carefully packed and sent on their merry way to travel all over the US and Canada as part of a craft swap using natural materials. This time the theme was "gnomes, mushrooms and hedgehogs". I chose to make gnomes! This is the first time I have participated in an exchange with this group and I'm excited to see what we receive in return. I had such a good time creating these little dolls! It was a nice diversion as life has been so full of emotional ups and downs lately!