Gnome Bunk Beds

 

Here is the tutorial, as promised, for our Gnome Bunk Beds. To read the story "Britta's Dilemma :: A Gnome Thicket Adventure", just click HERE!

Materials:
1" x 6" x 12" wood - I used pine
two branches - 1" x 8"
2 pieces 3/8" x 1" dowel rod
wood or crafting glue
twine
fabric scraps
thread
beeswax wood polish
pattern found HERE

Tools:
scroll saw (preferable) or hand saw
sander or sand paper
drill
sewing needle
blunt yarn needle

 

Directions

Begin by "ripping" 3 pieces of fabric for the hammocks. For directions on how to rip fabric, check out our blog on Rip and Tear Napkins found HERE. Rip 3 pieces that are 5" x 7". Note, you can cut fabric, but if you do, make sure you follow the grain line so you can "fray" the fabric. You will want to create a fringe. If you need help straightening the grain of your fabric, check out our post on Straighten the Grain of your Fabric found HERE.

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Britta's Dilemma :: A Gnome Thicket Adventure

 

When Axel entered the house and said, "Now, don't go getting yourself all worked up, but we have a wee bit of a problem." Britta's heart skipped a beat. Nothing ever bothered easy going Axel, so if HE thought there was a problem, no doubt it was serious.

Britta just turned and looked at Axel as he continued. "Of course you know we are having our Spring Equinox Celebration in a week, and there will be family and friends coming from all over the county."

Britta could only nod slightly as Axel continued. "Well, the spring thaw was wicked heavy this year, and the rushing waters took out the footbridge over Burble Creek."

Hearing those words, Britta's heart sank. Without the footbridge, most of the guests would be unable to attend the celebration. Everyone had been working so hard getting The Thicket ready for the big day. They were all going to be so disappointed!

"Oh, Dear', were the only words Britta could mutter.

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Wooden Flower Stacker

Several weeks ago we shared a tutorial for a SQUARE WOODEN STACKER. If you have never worked with wood before, the Square Wooden Stacker was a great project to cut your teeth on. I have to be honest, this Wooden Flower Stacker is a bit more challenging. There are lots of curves... LOTS... but if you take your time, and tackle one flower at a time, you'll make your way through. And... guess what... ours did not turn out perfect. When turned certain ways it can look quite lopsided, but it is still beautiful and wee ones still love playing with it. So, even if you're not a master woodworker, give it a go. I guarantee you that you'll learn a thing or two before you are done :)

Now, a word about Stackers... Stackers have become an iconic symbol of babyhood, and with good reason; almost every baby owns one. The appeal of a stacker is twofold: they are fun to play with and they are educational. Through exploration of a stacker babies develop dexterity, agility and hand-eye coordination. Through experimentation they can advance any number of skills...Read more

New Gnomes in the Thicket

Although your average woodland gnome has a life expectancy of hundreds of years, that's not always the case for friends that dwell in our gnome house. Although many of them live to a ripe old age, sadly, some have been carried off by beasties, sometimes known as puppies, others have mysteriously disappeared, only to be found later by mommies when going through the pockets of wee ones that have come to visit, and, occasionally, they go off on their own journeys, perhaps to other rooms in the house, and sometimes they are even discovered in the mailbox in our fairy forest! When these wandering gnomes do return, they are always ready to share tales of their adventures! But the sad truth is... occasionally we do lose a gnome of two or three. ((heavy sign))

From time to time we invite more gnomes to join us in The Thicket. Here are a couple of new gnome friends that now reside with us. It looks like they are dressed in their finest... perhaps for a spring wedding!

To make your own Wedding Guest Gnomes, follow the general directions for making gnomes which can be found HERE.

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Square Wooden Stacker

The only thing better than giving a child a wooden toy that can last for generations, is giving them a wooden toy that you made yourself. If you are new to woodworking, and the thought is rather intimidating, this is a wonderful project to start with. Simple sawing, sanding and drilling will produce this beautiful wooden stacker that can be painted, stained or left natural. You know you want to... so why not give this project a try!

Stackers have become an iconic symbol of babyhood, and with good reason; almost every baby owns one. The appeal of a stacker is twofold: they are fun to play with and they are educational. Through exploration of a stacker babies develop dexterity, agility and hand-eye coordination. Through experimentation they can advance any number of skills including sorting, sequencing, and size and color recognition. Not bad for one little toy. Plus, our Wooden Stacker can easily be used with many other toys including blocks.  

SQUARE WOODEN STACKER
 
Materials:
wood - 1" x 8" x 36” solid wood – we used ash
paint or stain - we used non-toxic, child safe soy...Read more

Wee Placemats, Napkins and Dishes

The Little Lady has a kitchen set, but didn't have "company" dishes and placemats, so that's what I made her for Christmas! I bought her 2 sets of the beautiful wooden dishes, which includes a plate, bowl, fork, knife and spoon, and made her 4 napkins and placemats. They were quick to make and will make any meal in her kitchen special!


PLACEMATS - 14" x 10"

Cutting directions for each placemat:
1 center - 12" x 8"
1 back - 15" x 11"
2 side borders* - 2 1/2" x 8"
2 top/bottom borders* - 2 1/2" x 15"

*When cutting borders, I general just cut long strips, then cut each slightly wider than what I'm sewing it to, and trim the borders after they are sewn on. It makes cutting and sewing faster.

Use 1/2" seam allowances and iron seams open

Sew the two side borders to the center.

Trim borders if necessary.

Iron seams open.

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