Mardi Gras Gnome Decor

I have had the idea for this gnome in my brain for some time now. I’m so happy to finally make him a reality. I’ve never been to Mardi Gras, but it’s definitely a bucket list item for me. Costume, music, parades…it all sounds amazing to me! Here’s to you Mardi Gras!

Your gnome can come with or without legs and with or without Mardi Gras beads in his hands. Here’s the link to my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyJosephines

Thanks for stopping by!:-)

Customizable Valentine’s Day Gnomes

Looking for that special gift for the gnome lover in your life? Look no further! Customizable Valentine’s Gnomes are in the shop now. Just tell me the initials you need me to add. Here’s the link to my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyJosephines?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=771108241

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy New Year….and Valentine’s Day!?

My Etsy shop page says that I’ve been selling since around 2012 or 2013. I, however, think I’ve really only been selling for nearly a year. When I opened my shop all those years ago, I listed a couple of items, had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and gave up pretty quickly. This time around I put a lot more effort between reading about Etsy, taking better pictures, using social media, etc. I still have many improvement’s I could make, but I have come a long way in just this past year. My resolutions as far as my shop is concerned are to keep trying new things, work ahead more, and to keep making little improvements when possible. Pretty vague, eh?

Anyway, while I did think about making New Year’s gnomes this year, I have decided to wait on that one. So instead I’ll share with you my Valentine’s gnomes. Here they are. I hope you love them.

These gnomes can be purchased from my Etsy shop:

http://www.etsy.com/CraftyJosephines

Happy New Year! Thanks for stopping by!

Halloween Gnomes are Here!

Don’t you just love Fall? Between the season itself and then Halloween and Thanksgiving, it’s such a fun time of year! It’s really inspiring for gnome making too! Here’s my most recent creations, but I don’t think this will be it for me this season. Now I just have to find more time to create all the ideas that keep popping into my head. 😉 I won’t complain. If I’m not making gnomes, it means I’m probably enjoying what’s left of summer with my two boys. They are eight and twelve, and I was just thinking the other day about how I think they are at my favorite ages. I know so many love the itty bitty baby stage, and there’s no denying how cute they are when they are so tiny. However, when I was getting so very little sleep, I don’t think I was a very pleasant person to be around. And as for the toddler years…I think I may have blocked them from my memory. No, all I remember is constantly running after them. Keeping them from climbing and running towards the road was an all day thing. I’m tired just thinking about it. Yes, now is the most enjoyable age for me. What about you? Do you have kids? What stage of growth is/was your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Here’s the link to my Etsy shop where these gnomes and more can be found:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyJosephines

Perfect Fall Decor: The Scarecrow Gnome

Two blog posts in two days?! Surely this isn’t Crafty Josephine’s page? You’re not lost. I’m just finishing up a lot of new gnome designs all at once and can’t wait to share them. You probably will get a bit of a break from me now, lucky ducks. ;-P

Anyway, can we talk about this guy? Generally speaking, I like the gnomes I make, but this scarecrow really makes me smile. The great thing is he makes great decor from early fall to Thanksgiving. I was stressing about making a straw hat for him, but I think the burlap hat almost fell together with little help from me. I’m also really digging the little details, like the hand sewn patches on his hat and the beady eyed crow perched on the arm. I just love him! Don’t buy him, I think I want to keep him. Okay, you can buy him if you really must. 😉

The link to my etsy shop is below. Thanks again for stopping by!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyJosephines

JUMBO Fall Gnome!!!

Love gnomes but think you would love them even more if they were gi-hugeous instead of small? You are right! This sweater weather lovin’ gnome stands two feet tall and is ready to make a BIG impact on your Fall home decor.

His body, arms and nose are made of felt, his hat and mittens are made of a thrifted sweater, and he’s holding a hand embroidered pumpkin. Let’s not forget to mention the darling button and bow accent trimming that tall hat, either. He’s out to make an impression this Autumn, right through Thanksgiving.

You can find him and other Fall gnomes in my shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyJosephines

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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!;-)

Here’s the link to my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyJosephines

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:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyJosephines?ref=search_shop_redirect

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