Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gnomey Gets A Bonus Room

Remember when Gnomey decided he wanted a door? If not, take a quick look here. When I agreed to add the door I had no idea how deep that "bark" went. When I was done digging my way through that bark (tinfoil) I realized it went so deep I could add a bonus room!

Give me a hand Gnomey and hold the other end of the ruler please.... wow, 5.5 inches across! That's plenty space for a mud room. What do you think Gnomey? We can put in a stove. Put up hooks for your wet clothes to dry on.. maybe some storage space for your fishing

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mushroom Outhouse Fit For A Gnome

An outhouse fit for a Gnome!

This is actually the 2nd outhouse I've made for this gnome.. back in 2013 I made him a tree outhouse with a wooden roof. You can see that one here. Then the other night I decided a mushroom would suit him better so I went to work. What I did was just cover the old one to save on time. The old one never did get a door so the door you see is

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fake Bark For Making Fairy or Gnome Houses New Revised Tutorial

Hello everyone!

This post gives you a new video plus an outline to how I made the fake bark on my  two Tree Stump houses pictured below. The one on the left is a wooden dollhouse that I covered in fake bark and the one on the right is a cardboard box that I covered in fake bark. Both are very sturdy and will stand up to regular wear and tear of play.

I've given you the supplies list plus detailed the steps below but please view the video right here, I think it'll be helpful as I give tips along the way that I learned from trial and error.


cardboard boxes or a large can
cheap tin foil *do not get the non-stick kind, that will not work
wide masking tape
 hot glue
paper towel with no print or pattern on it. Cascades 100% recycled paper towel works best
tacky glue
paint. Whatever color you want. I used acrylic craft paint in dark brown and nutmeg
*optional* minwax (I used red oak)
if you use minwax then you will also need a matte sealer. I used a spray on and that worked great.

Video Tutorial:
  I do go over briefly each step I took to get the box ready for the bark and also briefly how I did the wooden floors. These steps added time that you might not be interested in. If you'd rather skip all the steps and get right to the bark tutorial then fast forward the video to 12:07. Click here to view the video

Step one:

prepare the box or can. Cut out windows and doors, paint the interior and add in floors. Glue the house to a base. Any size will do just be

Twig Art Easel

I was trying to think of a way to keep Gnomey busy while I work on his house. He tends to get in my way and he's always giving me orders! So late last night before I went to bed the thought came to me, painting! Make the little man an easel and tell him he's an artist. We'll need some art to hang on the walls anyway :)
So I saw my bucket of twigs and next thing I knew I was building an art easel. It really was simple, took me maybe 10 minutes tops and it

Friday, January 30, 2015

Don't Do It Gnomey!

If you're following me on facebook you'd know that yesterday Gnomey decided that he wanted a door. Of course he wanted to design it himself... ummm... ok? A door in the shape of a gnome hat, lol alright. Whatever you say Gnomey!

So I told him I will add the door but I have to do the cutting myself .  And I also told him that I did have other plans for the day like I was in the middle of crocheting a surprise!

Gnomey is not interested in crochet. He flat out told me whatever it was to keep it out of the house and just work on the door. The door was way more important than crochet!

Wow.. totally offensive Gnomey!

But I forgot about his orders and I worked on the crochet surprise anyway. And I also forgot it in the house when I went to bed last night and this morning Gnomey found my hook and thread.
What is this?! He asked

It's my crochet surpri....

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Onwards and Upwards

Progress, progress, progress!

I've put many hours into the last couple of days and I have a great set of stairs to show for it! I built them from tinfoil and each stair is glued to the next and each stair I added was fitted for the spot on the tree. I started at the bottom and worked my way upward.

Onwards and upwards!

Once I got the stairs in there was one thing that just couldn't wait no longer....

Sunday, January 25, 2015

You Owe Me Gnomey

The Gnome has been deciding if he wants to move in and he told me he wanted a balcony off the master bedroom so he could have a better view of the forest. And he didn't like the bland color of the interior walls so suggested I paint them. Then he'll decide if he'll move in. What a demanding little man!
(Read the previous post here)
But I obliged him and painted the walls.. I have to admit, he was right! The walls do look better. The floors are done with coffee stir sticks. I have a DIY tutorial right here

Then I worked all day on this balcony..Gnomey checked it