Is It Fall Already???

As someone who found her Michigan winter lasted much longer than she would have liked, I hate to rush through Summer and start thinking Fall already. However, as a crafter and Etsy seller, I must think ahead. So yes, at least here in my house, and let’s face it in the stores too, it’s starting to look like Fall. I’ve rummaged through my most Autumn-inspired thrifted sweaters and have started creating these sweet little guys.


There are even plans in the works for jumbo gnomes. That’s right, I said it…JUMBO GNOMES! There are so many Fall-themed accents I think might be cute to add to my gnomes. Comment below what you would want your gnome to have. An accorn, a pumpkin spice latte, or a cornucopia perhaps? So many possibilities! Thanks for stopping by and keep enjoying your Summer!;-)

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I’m Short…and Here’s Why That is Good News for You

     I am short. Not just on the shorter side of average…flat out short. I’m four feet and ten inches tall. No, that’s not a typo. I’m told I inherited this wonderful short gene from my grandma who towered at a whopping four feet and eleven inches tall. Sadly she passed away before I had a chance to meet her, let alone before I grew to be nearly her height.

     Right now you’re probably thinking, “Okay, Crafty Josephine, get to the part where I benefit from your lack of height.” Well, I’ve been chopping the bottoms off of pants and dresses for as long as I can remember. Often times I’m left with a small handful of cute fabric with no purpose.

IMG_1904Back in the day my mother used to make me scrunchies with the leftover fabric she had from hemming my pants. Scrunchies! Remember those? I think they are making a comeback. At my age, if I tried wearing one I would probably just look like someone who forgot to stop wearing them the first time around instead of someone who is really on trend. 😉 I digress again. Well, now I’ve found yet another perfect use for those scraps of adorable fabric. Gnome parts! This thrift shop dress was too long for me, but after hemming it’s the perfect length. More importantly, my bee themed gnome has the arms it was always meant to have! Isn’t that just the greatest thing you’ve ever heard?! Now its insanely cute self is ready to live in and brighten up your home! You’re welcome! 😉IMG_1907


Back in March when everyone was doing their “Meet the maker” posts, I didn’t feel like I was ready to introduce myself yet. I had only been back on Etsy for a month or two and was very much still trying to get a rhythm down between making and posting. I guess this is kind of my meet the maker post a few months late.

Here’s the link to my Etsy shop where you can find the honeybee gnome and other cute gnomes for your home:


Rustic Farmhouse Cotton Gnomes

I’ve been thinking about making a gnome like this for months and for whatever reason just didn’t get around to it. It feels like every other post I see on Instagram either has buffalo plaid or cotton in it (some even have both). Well here’s a gnome for people who love that decor style!

What about you? What’s your home decor style? Let me know in the comments below.

Here’s the link to my Etsy shop where you can find this guy and other cute gnomes:

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More Patriotic Gnomes!

I’ve made a second batch of patriotic gnomes at the request of my son (okay, so I was going to anyway, but he doesn’t have to know that). The last ones were more primitive style-wise, and these ones are a bit brighter. A little something for everyone, you could say.

Here’s a link to my Etsy shop where you can find these and other fun gnomes:

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Nauti Gnomes!

When thinking about what kind of gnomes to make for Summer, the beach came to mind, of course! I saw some cute beach signs with all those beautiful shades of blue painted on them and really wanted to incorporate that in my beach gnome. As for the fishing net and hand embroidered starfish, well those were just an extra added flare! What makes you think of summer? Let me know in the comments.

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Gnomes for Summer!

Well here in Michigan, the weather has not completely decided if it’s Spring or not. It snowed just last week, and it’s been rainy and chilly this week. If you can’t get warm weather, you can just craft in denial. So here are my latest Summer themed gnomes. I made these guys and gals only nine inches tall, so they are more petite than my other gnomes. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Better buy them before they’re all gone! 😉 Here’s the link to my Etsy listings:

Pretty Packaging!

That title makes me think of the Willy Nelson lyrics, “pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue.” What a great song! Anyway, when I started researching selling on Etsy, the importance of packaging kept coming up. I kept thinking, “Really?” I mean, as long as I pack my items good enough so that they don’t get damaged in shipping, does it really have to look pretty? Aren’t people buying the item, not the packaging? Well, let’s face it. Like it or not, we’re in the age of the unboxing. You need to create an experience for people opening their purchase. So I started researching how others packaged their items and thought about what would work for my gnomes. I must confess, I actually started getting into it! After all, it was another opportunity to be creative. Below are a couple of examples. I enjoy matching the packing to the gnome and still getting my brand out there. Best of all, I didn’t have to break the bank to do it! 🙂

Let me know what you think in the comments. If you’d like one of these delightfully packaged gnomes to open for yourself, follow the link to my shop below. Remember, you can also find CraftyJosephine on Instagram. Thanks for stopping by!

-Crafty Josephine

Mother’s Day/Spring Gnomes

Your mom called. She wants a gnome for Mother’s Day. Let’s not disappoint her! Okay, you got me, I didn’t talk to your mom. All the same, don’t you think she would love one of these adorable little gnomes for Mother’s Day? Carnations are a traditional and common gift for mom’s, but don’t you think it would be nice for her to have something that does not wilt and die so quickly? These little gnomes are even holding carnations, so you would still be traditional while getting her something that will last. Show your mom what a wise child she raised! 😉

So I think it goes without saying, these gnomes would be good for more than just Mother’s Day. Housewarming gift? Spring or Summer decor anyone? Birthday gift for a coworker or friend? So many possibilities!!!

Here’s the link to my Etsy shop where you can find these gals:

As always, thanks for stopping by! I make a lot of gnomes, so if you want to see them as they get added to my shop you can subscribe to my blog or follow “CraftyJosephine” on Instagram.

Gnomes for Bee Lovers

Image-4Image-5Image-6Image-7Sorry I’ve been MIA for a little while. We went to Memphis for Spring Break. It’s such a fun city! We really enjoyed the pyramid and Beale Street. Oh, and let’s just talk about the food for a second. My gosh……sooooo good! We ate at B.B. King’s Blues Club, and it was AMAZING! We also tried Gibson’s Donuts, and we were so glad we did!

Anyway, we’re back home in Michigan now. It’s looking like there’s snow in the forecast…again. 😦 The good news is that now that I’ve been reunited with my sewing machine I was able to finish up my bee gnomes. I’m so happy with how they turned out. Let me know what you think. They are already listed in my Etsy shop, so check them out when you get a chance!

Thanks for stopping by!