Monday, October 15, 2018

My Little Forest Of October Friends

crochet pumpkins bat ghost in a forest scene

Hello! How is everyone doing out there?
I'm popping in to show you the Halloween pattern set I've been releasing on my other blog.
A crochet Bat, Ghost (it lights up) and Grumpy Pumpkin. I thought they looked awesome today with my paper clay trees!
If you crochet the patterns are free and come with videos to help. I haven't yet released the Pumpkin pattern but will be in the next day or so.
The Bat pattern is here and the Ghost pattern is here

I'm just busy all the time! If I'm not building then I'm crocheting.
There is no rest for the.. wicked?



I'll be back to work on something for the Gnomes soon, but first a pumpkin!





Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Hypholoma Fasciculare Sulfur Tufts Mushrooms

sulfer tufts mushrooms vancouver island canada

Hypholoma fasciculare (sulfer tufts),
I'm no expert, I had to google them to find out they are sulfer tufts and they are poisonous. But oh my goodness, aren't they fascinating to look at! I love the cluster they grow in and that gorgeous color.
I found these ones yesterday (October 8th/2018) in my backyard  growing over top a root I had cut down to ground level earlier this year. The root must be rotting beneath the ground making it a perfect environment for these to grow.
October ~ British Columbia, Canada
sulfer tufts growing in british columbia canada

Look. Don't touch,
My kids are just as fascinated with them as I am, in fact, it was my son that came in to tell me these were in our backyard. We take pictures when they see them but we all know to never touch them. I don't have enough knowledge to determine in an instant which ones are safe and which ones aren't.



Toadstool or mushroom,
Some say a toadstool refers to inedible or  poisonous mushrooms and mushrooms refer to the edible ones. As I said earlier, I'm no expert so call them all mushrooms, as many of us do. I guess I can safely say the ones growing at this moment in my backyard are referred to as toadstools.


Where The Gnomes Live,
While you're here, why not check out my youtube channel, Where The Gnomes Live. There I have video tutorials showing how I make trees, mushrooms, and whatever else I feel like making.
(also on instagram)
You could make a  gentle old tree holding a handful of mushrooms like the one pictured. I made him exactly the  same way I show you how to make this spooky tree with glowing eyes and creepy finger branches in this video tutorial.

handmade tree man holding mushrooms

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!


Sunday, October 7, 2018

How To Make A Spooky Tree Halloween Display


A Haunted Tree two years in the making!

Okay, it didn't take 2 years to make, lol but I started this project 2 years ago. Due to unforeseen circumstances I had to put everything on hold. Now  it's October 2018 and here we are, finally. I'm so happy to have this project done and a tutorial for all of you, in time for Halloween!

Spooky Tree Features,
Eyes that glow
Easy to make bark, no clay needed
Spooky branches, no wires needed
A bowl at the top for holding treats



Video,
Don't forget to give the video a thumbs up if you find it helpful. Also, subscribe to my channel to get notified each time I have a new upload. Thank you and enjoy!


Supplies:
aluminum foil
masking tape
paper towels
white glue or tacky glue
1 tea light
colored tissue paper
craft paint: Black, Burnt Umber, Lighter Brown, Beige
Optional: moss, fake leaves

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Tip Jar ~ Thank you!







Friday, October 5, 2018

Halloween Haunted Tree


Getting ready for Halloween with a haunted tree guy. He's freaky but one can be made less scary, like say, if you want a gentle old tree you can totally do that with this tutorial that will be released in the next couple days. This one can hold candy at the top too.
There's no clay or wires so anyone can make one!  Watch my facebook page or instagram for the release of the video.

UPDATE: The video tutorial for this tree is here.



Ever see a Pocket Ghost? They glow if you can catch one!  I released a crochet pattern and a video for the ghosts on my other blog here.



See you soon!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Gnome and a Rat Mousesitting


The Mousesitters,

Gnomey and Big Mack the Rat have the baby mouse with them today. They are mousesitting and doing such a great job as you can see...
When I saw they were having a bit of a problem, I asked if they needed a hand but

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How I Made A Hollow Log With Foil and Clay

homemade hollow log with fake bark

Hollow log,
I'm working on a new background for some upcoming projects. I needed a hollow log for an idea I have so I made one. I'm so pleased with how it turned out I made another one to show you how I did it. As soon as I add some fungus and moss I'll do a video update. For now, this video will show you how to make the log and how

Sunday, July 8, 2018

New Video Update ~ How I put leaves on my Dollhouse tree!


Hi guys!
I found some leaves in the thrift store. I want to show you how I painted them and how I attached them to my tree. I also show you what to watch out for if you order any artificial leaves online

I hope you enjoy.