Trouble in the Larder

Ever since the Leprechauns returned to The Thicket, Britta has been noticing a few oddities. Jackets and shawls disappear and reappear, the order of the shoes lined up by the backdoor get rearranged, and her bookmark gets moved nightly. Whenever Britta complains to Axel about the leprechauns, he shrugs and chuckles. “No harm done”, he always says.

This morning Britta prepared Axel’s favorite breakfast; blueberry tarts and acorn omelets. After his first couple of bites, Axel pushed away from the table with a confused look on his face. 

“Britta, what’s going on? Breakfast is awful!”  

Sure enough. The blueberry tarts were too salty to eat, and the acorn omelets were too sweet to swallow. Britta had a bad feeling. She went to her larder. Sure enough, those pesky leprechauns switched the sugar and the salt!

Britta mimicked Axel and in a deep voice said, “No harm done, right?”

But I don’t think Axel heard her. With his stomach rumbling, he left the house in a huff, and he could be heard bellowing, “RONAN, you no good rascal, show yourself.”  

To make sacks of flour, rice, salt and sugar for your gnome house:

felt pieces

1] Make copy of pattern and cut out 2 pieces of felt for each sack.

2] Transfer names to bag fronts and embroider name using a stem stitch and 3 strands of floss.

3] With wrong sides together, Pin the sack front to the sack back. Using a blanket stitch across the top and a running stitch around the other 3 sides, stitch the sack closed with 3 strands of floss, leaving an opening on one side for stuffing.

4] Stuff with wool, cotton or fiberfill and finish sewing up the side.

5] Pinch each corner so seams are touching and tack together using 3 strands of floss.

Now place in your gnome’s larder, but keep them safely locked away… especially when there are leprechauns around!

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  1. Genius comes in simplicity, not complexity! Sometimes I look at your projects and I think, God, how simple, I could of thought of that, but I don’t!!! You have an eye for detail and the soul of a child. Love your work and our little gnome world is flourishing because of your creativity and generosity. Please keep it up! BTW I love the fact that Axel only listens to Britta when HIS breakfast is disrupted. Men!!! (gnome or human)

  2. PLEASE tell me where you buy your lovely felt?

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I buy almost all of my felt from Wool Felt Central at Prairie Point Junction. The owner, Julie, is a lovely, lovely person, and she always offers Wee Folk Art readers 20% off all our orders. And trust me, with as much felt as I buy, that is a HUGE savings for me! She sells a wool felt, which is a blend. I use it over 100% felt for several reasons. First, we are allergic to wool around here, and we tolerate the blends far better. Then, there are so many beautiful colors to pick from. They are easy to work with, with a nice thickness and feel, and finally, they are more affordable than 100% wool. They are not color fast and will shrink just like 100% wool. If you would like to give it more of a 100% wool feel, you can wash individual colors by themselves, allowing them to felt more. I also found if I steam iron the felt, it causes it to shrink and take on more of a 100% felt look. There are a few things I’ve made from 100% felt, but I really have been quite happy with the felt blends from Wool Felt Central and can almost afford them 🙂 There is a button for Wool Felt Central in the top right corner of our site, she’s our featured sponsor right now. Make sure you grab and use the coupon code if you place an order. 20% really helps!

  3. I am already cutting out my “staple” bags, but think I will add one more.. one for Beans and then put real beans (probably lentils) in it! Just too cute. I love your stories!!

    1. Great idea. I am sewing up a bean sack as soon as I walk away from the computer! Thanks for the idea.

  4. I love your site it is so cute. I was wondering if you knew what would happen if you used self rising flour instead of regular flour? I used the dough to make a doll head,hands,and legs.

    1. I have never used self rising flour, so I can’t say for sure. It seems to me that there is such a small amount of leavening agent in self rising flour that it probably won’t affect it greatly. Although we have allowed this dough to dry and be painted, it can become crumbly. Have you ever used a salt based dough for dolls in the past. Have you found them to be sturdy and stand up to play? I know many of our readers are probably wondering the same thing 🙂

      1. The day after I asked my question I left the pieces on my counter to finish drying and my family went out to a b-day party and while we were gone the dogs ate them. I don’t seem to have much luck with these kind of things. This was my second time using salt based dough. The first time was for small ornaments, none of which survive today,they were lost in a house fire. The head,hands,and feet were eaten by my husbands dogs. So I can’t say how sturdy they might have been.

        1. Oh, so sorry. A couple of years ago when we made salt dough pumpkins for the gnome house and for Michelle’s children’s farm mate, her dog ate them. I guess they are just too yummy for dogs to resist!

  5. Could you share the pattern/directions for the little leprechaun that is shown in the larder picture?

    1. The directions for the leprechauns were posted back in February. You can find the directions for them HERE. We have 3 different ways of accessing patterns on our site. First, we have a search engine in the left column, and then at the top of the page there are tabs and you can search our Archives or use the tab that reads Patterns for a complete index of our projects. Lots and lots to look at 🙂 Hope you enjoy making the little leprechauns!

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