Tuesday, 22 November 2011

WOYWW 129 & the Invasion of the Gnomes.

Forget those strawberries! I'm loving my stainless steel surface on my desk. I have been asked if it is cold to work on?.... No!
Does it get to hot when using a heat gun,? No, but I'm sure it would if I used the heat gun in one spot for a prolonged period. Is it really "stainless"? So far Yes! It cleans very easily, as do the stainless steel surfaces in professional kitchens!
The giant roll of heavy paper on there is proving very useful for the invasion of the gnomes..... I sit cutting them out whilst watching TV and the roll is so long that I can make longer strings of the little fellas.

If you don't already think I'm barmy, pop over to Stamping-Ground where our lovely Julia is the "Hostess with the Mostest" every Wednesday leading WOYWW, undoubtedly the biggest extravaganza of craft desks in the blogging world. 
They're coming to take me away, ha, ha, hee, hee! The march of the gnomes is on! Snip, snip, snip! They'll stand in line or round in circles or hang on your tree quite alone. They can be coloured red or green with angel hair added for their beards. 
In reality these below are all white... it was the evening sun glowing when I took my pic that makes them look alternately orange. Yes! That's correct I said SUN!! You needn't go to Specsavers!
I added a border of blue and some snowflakes to this gang and last week I added a red background with some spiky green leaves, but they do look fine standing alone.
A Little Christmas Gift
If you'd like to have a go making some, here's a scan of my template along with an ice skate and an angel. Just enlarge it and copy it to your files then print it off onto card before you cut out the shapes as templates.
Remember to alternate the template so the joining points meet on the folds.
The gnome is inspired by something I spied on pinterest.com but it is now quite modified. The ice skate is inspired by a tin decoration that I bought in Germany last year and I also modified that design considerably as I don't like to copy anything exactly, especially if I cannot give credit to the original designer. The angel is completely my own idea.

Cheap, Cheap!
Here are the birds I bought very cheaply last week from a very well known Swedish shop.
I opened out the wings and punched snowflakes into each double fold/ They were then spritzed with purple Glimmer Mist.
The body of the bird was stamped and clear embossed before colouring with Distress Inks. A few dangly bits and bobs of beady bling plus micro sequins made the finishing touches.

Hope you are all getting along with your preparations for Christmas without getting stressed. I am only playing around and having fun making things for my family. No pressure, no stress, it's great!
Last but not least...
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American visitors. 
I hope as many of you as possible share it with those you love wherever you are in the world.

41 comments:

Angie said...

OMG ...that bird decoration is Gorgeous ...who would have guessed what its humble beginnings were. xx

Ohhh Snap said...

OOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Gnomes!!!! and so many of them :D. I don't even have a number yet, cuz technically it's still not even close to Wednesday lol. Just had to gush over the gnomes :D

peggy aplSEEDS said...

these are wonderful projects! and wow, your desk sure looks so neat and shiny!

sandra de said...

Lovely projects and so kind of you to share. I knew I would get inspired by checking out what everyone is doing on wednesday.

Cath Wilson said...

Wonderfully creative as ever, Jo and generous with it! Your family is going to have some lovely decorations this year x

Sunshine Girl said...

wow lovely busy desk there although I do miss the strawberries! love your templates and the gnomes and that bird is fabulous might just have to nip to the famous swedish shop! thanks for inspiration. Sunshine Girl – No 19

voodoo vixen said...

I love that bird decoration and your little gnomes are so cute... I can imagine the cutting out... eeeek! Annette #11

jude said...

Hiya wow loads of fabulous creations this week to see on everyones desk .This is no exception i loveeee the Birds youve inked and decorated!
Have fab wednesday pop by as i have christmas candy up for grabs
hugs judex 18

Pam said...

Love the stainless. Love the gnomes. Love the Thanksgiving wishes. xoxo #15 and Happy Woyww!

Dragon said...

well I was very impressed with that shiny desk, but I have completely forgotten everything else in the face of these beautiful fluttery birdies. You have made a marvel out of some grey looking form!!! Thanks for your wonderful words of support
Frankie
xx

Helen said...

That is one big roll of paper... I love your little fellas, they are so cute! You have been busy.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I wonder what the collective noun is for gnomes?? A gaggle? Gathering? Numbering? This could be a whole new blog!!
The bird is gorgeous - sparkly and blingy (is there such a word? Anyway..)
Like the hat for your Grandee! What wool is that? It's very pretty. I've just knitted a pair of fingerless glove, except they're called wrist warmers on the pattern!!!! I ask you, what's wrong with the term fingerless. Is it not PC anymore!!
Hugs, LLJ #39 xx

Tuire Flemming said...

..he hee... who is taken to the "happy home"... the gnomes or you? ;)
But I really love that string of gnomes! And now those swedish birds look fabulous!
Have a creative week with your new table top!
Tuire xx

Paul Browning said...

Wow, wow & wow again. Those gnomes are so sweet. You have such patience & skill to cut around such an intricate shape. And I love how your birds have turned out. Such a beautiful colour & the danglies are very much your style. Gorgeous. Glad you like your new table. It's certainly more sleek in style than the strawberries :) Pxx

Annie said...

Hi, I'm just doing a quick whizz round a few desks while I eat my breaky and before my little grandees arrive [I've got 4 of them coming this morning now :-) ].
Your life sounds as busy as mine at the mo. I've always been able to entertain children with a pair of scissors and a piece of paper Jo...we used to make everything from teddies and dollies to trees and cars in a row like that to be coloured in. Fun memories. :-)
Hugs,
A x

Ann B said...

I knew you would do something wonderful with those birds and now I want some of my own even more. Love the elves as well so will copy the template - thanks for that. All I need now is a new printer.
Ann B
#35

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for letting us peek into your creative space this week. It's always inspiring seeing where and how we create! Hope the rest of your week goes very well for you. Looks like you had fun with those birds!
Neil #31

Claire said...

Lovely desk.... working in kitchens for 12 years I know stainless steel does not stain and looks lovely when clean.. love the bird idea....very pretty... my daughter thinks they would look lovely in a bedroom
Claire#60

okienurse said...

WOW awesome post! Love the bird and thanks for the gnome template. I think it is so cute I might have to try and make a few! Have a great week and thanks for sharing. Vickie #64

Shoshi said...

Oh Jo, you always inspire me sooo muuuuch!!! Just love what you've produced this week! Must hop over to Ebay and see if I can find any of those Swedish birds. So glad you're enjoying your new metal table top and hope it doesn't start suffering from metal fatigue any time now! I haven't done a THING all week, being laid up with ghastly throat infection lurgy. Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #70

Shoshi said...

PS - had a look for the birds on Ebay and can't find any. We don't have a store near us so it's friends visiting Bristol, Ebay, or nothing! However, I think something similar may be designed and created by yours truly - with some modifications so it's not "copying"? When I can eventually get my new cutting machine that will cut mounting board, I've got ideas for making all sorts of shapes to make decorations like these. Shoshi #70

Anesha said...

Love your stainless steel desk!!! Your creations are lovely, great bird and thanks for the visit. :)

Jingle said...

And now I have yet another excuse to make a trip to Ikea! YAY! I love the gnomes!!!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I've heard of Araucania, but never seen it knitted up before. It's very nice :)
Thanks for the heads up about the website, off to peruse it right now!! I only like natural yarns too but they can be really pricy!
Hugs, LLJ xx

lisa said...

Hi Jo
I'm so sorry I missed WOYWW last week. I've just caught up and am so glad you had a lovely time with your family although it was never in doubt!!! Bet you are still missing them terribly but hopefully they will be able to visit more often now that your little Grandee is so much better.
Your stainless steel table is amazing but I think you need a few strawberries around for old times sake!!
Love these Gnomes. I may have missed something but are they for something special?
Your Hoyas are both doing brilliantly. I think of you eveytime I see them. They started growing like mad in the spring and are currently in the Conservatory but I shall bring them in to be nutured with the Lantanas once the weather turns colder. I can't wait for them to flower.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax

ScrappnBee said...

Love the gnomes! They are positively adorable! The birds turned out gorgeous too! Thanks for sharing them (and the directions)! Have a happy WOYWW! -Amanda#7

Lee said...

Oh Jo,I LOVE your blog and you do make me laugh,love your sense of humour.

Those gnomes are Super Cute.The Birds are just AMAZING,you super talented lady.See ya soon.Huggles xxx

butlersabroad said...

Your new shiny, silver table top has sent your mojo into overdrive Jo. Those birds are absolutely stunning, and I bet you could sell them back to them for at least a tenner each!!

Hugs
Brenda 82

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

such a productive week and I love those gnomes... really cute and the birds are spectacular... very inspirational post... might have to get off my butt and get going for Christmas!!!

Susan Flynn said...

It's great when you can just craft at your own pace and for pleasure isn't it? Love the birds you have altered, have a great week.

Dotpat said...

Wrote you a comment Jo and don't know whether you got it so here is another. Absolutely love your bird, what a brill job you have done and thanks for the temples have saved them

Fuchsia said...

Fantastic work thanks for sharing iy

Have a great week
Fuchsia@98

Sherry Edwards said...

Oh Jo, what a feast for our eyes your blog is!
Your new table top looks very smart indeed. I love your little elf chain and the bird has had an amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing x

Neet said...

My oh My you have been a busy bee. So much on your blog today, loads of goodies to feast our eyes on. Fab Gnomes and fab bird - that has turned out brilliantly.
No wonder your dd does not want to part with what you are sending.
See you soon - hugs, Neet

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah yeah, the stainless steel is a gift..I have aluminium sheeting as kitchen splashbacks (too lazy to tile) and it's marvellous, so I know where you're at! Loving your christmas projects, thanks for sharing the template.

April said...

Sounds like your loving your new desk top! love the little elves they're so cute and the bird you altered looks fab! x

Sarah said...

Fabulous makes Jo and love the gnomes - just that bit different... Swedish it is but oh such a tempting shop with those prices....love your birds and fab tails. You'll be frying steak on that table soon...Thanks for sharing a little of your life and desk! Sarah at 14

Lisa-Jane said...

Thank you so much for those templates, they look great! I saw those birds in that shop and I think you've done wonderful things with them.

Doone said...

Yup, three more sleeps...will bring a small bag of doings of course...


LOVE the doves, and the cut out gnomes

see you sooooon
Dxxxx

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Oh wow!! I did wonder about specsavers! Where and when was the sun? we havent had any for well a couple of hours actually lol

Love the gnomes, they look wonderful, and thanks for sharing the design
Happy WOYWW
Lou #41

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

wow Jo you are a busy little bee over there buzzing with brilliantly creative ideas like those above! I love the gnomes, etc and the birdies an all - too much here on for me to play with extras but think you are very kind to put your lovely ideas out here for us to use like that - God bless, Shaz in oz.x