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Friday, August 11, 2017

Ellie's Buddy the Tigerwing (age 10)

Once upon a fairy tale there lived a Tigerwing.  He loved to play in the grass all day long.  So long that after every day he would go to sleep for a whole day then would start all over again.  He had so many friends and he loved them all but his favorite friend was a little girl named Ellie.  She also loved rolling and playing in the grass.  They were like the perfect pair.  Or, in his words, the perfect wings.  Get it?  Ha ha ha! 

Chocolate Marshmallow

Tiny Spark

Some may say he's the feeling of electricity running from head to toe. Others may mistaken him for butterflies fluttering around the tummy. Whatever you may call him, make gno mistake there is more to this tiny spark than meets the eye! Gnot every soul is lucky enough to have him touch their lives, and that's what makes him so special. Ask around and you'll agree that he's a rare find, indeed! If he does unexpectedly stumble upon your path... which is how it often happens - unexpectedly... I would advise you to welcome him and enjoy his presence for as long as he's willing to stay. You may gnot understand why he chose you to share his magic with, gnor may you understand how his magic works, but there is gno gneed. Just take a deep breath... or two... or three... and accept that he chose you to share his connection with. This tiny spark just loves to play games and prides himself in the element of surprise, pushing and encouraging gnew limits. Chances are, the greater your reactions, the longer he'll choose to stay and play. "I love you." What was that? "I love you" What did you say? "I Love you." Say it one more time? "I LOVE YOU!" Breathe... such a connection is a powerful and rare thing. Cherish every moment!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Addie's Bob (age 7)

Hello I am Bob, and all that and all that. Blah blah blah. But who cares? This is about my story, not just about me. As you can tell, I'm an alien. Or am I a monster? I suppose that's up to you to decide. As you're thinking about it, I'll continue with my story. I'm a monster and I lived with all my other fellow monsters, all of which were very hairy. But I think I am the cleanest of the bunch! I always brush my teeth, comb my furry body and wash my hands. In spite of this, I was lonely even with all my sisters and brothers around me - 1,592 in total! So I set of into the forest to start looking for friends. I was thinking of names along the way. Maybe Violet? Or perhaps Fluffy? As I was thinking, I got so distracted that I accidentally bumped into a few rocks and trees. Ouch! After that, I started focusing and set off in a direction that a bunny suggested I take... Left to be exact. I kept on going straight, looking at my feet while I walked, one step in front of another. Then I saw a huge set of footprints and I followed them. Eventually, I bumped into a big leg! The big creature turned around and said, "Hello, I am Addie. Will you please be my friend?" Of course, you know my answer... Yes! You may say that Addie is a cute child with huge eyes, but I say she's the biggest monster of all! We're going to have quite the adventure together!

PERSONAL GNOTE:
Though generally I enjoy writing the story in such a way that it really describes the recipient receiving my creation, this time I was curious to hear what my daughter would say his story would be. With only minor changes, I kept her ideas.

This is what Bob looked like before I made him fuzzy.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ellie's Half-Cater (age 10)

The half-cater started out as just an ordinary monster. He was a kind and funny monster who loved to laugh about silly things like chickens. He especially loved cats. However, deep down he was lonely and he wanted a best friend. One day he meet a fairy out in the woods. The fairy had lost her wand and she couldn't find it anywhere! Even though the half-cater had only one eye, he was very good at searching for things. He found her wand in an instant! The fairy was so impressed that she granted him one wish. With such a tough decision, he had to think about it at first. He wanted a cat but he was not sure if his fellow monsters would approve. After giving it some thought, the next day he had made up his mind. He was going to ask the fairy to transform him into a monster-cat. He thought this was a good idea because cats ALWAYS find friends. And he was right! The next day he was wondering in the woods thinking about the friend we was sure to find, when he found a giant named Ellie. He thought they would be best friends so he asked her if she would be his friend. Of course, she said yes! She, too, loved to laugh at chickens! Besides, how can one say "no" to someone as cute as he? And they have been together ever since.

PERSONAL GNOTE:
Though generally I enjoy writing the story in such a way that it really describes the recipient receiving my creation, this time I was curious to hear what my daughter would say his story would be. With only minor changes, I kept her ideas.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The King

Meet the King... well... **MY** King. Spend even one moment with him and it is easy to understand why he is so loved and adored by those who are lucky enough to have him in their lives. He's the only honest soul I have ever met. He lives his life on his own terms and encourages those he meets to live theirs as well. With his words of encouragement, he makes this life philosophy seem so easy and any limitations seem to melt away. There are so many reasons to love him, whether that be his brilliant smile, the way his eyes twinkle when he laughs his contagious laugh, or his love for life, but I fell in love with him because I became a better person after I met him. We will be together until the end! By adopting the principles he and his loved ones base their lives on, there is no doubt that the world around me is a better and more joyful place. So together, my King and I, his Queen, will rule this dream we are creating. And it's a good one!

Wind Master

The gnight is still. The lake is calm. The forest is quiet. All is silent. Then your eyes connect with his and it begins. At first it is hardly gnoticeable. A slight whisper of a breath, barely audible in the silence. With it comes a light breeze, a subtle interruption to the warmth in the air around you. He slowly breathes in. The breeze blows to the left. Just as slowly, he breathes out. The breeze changes direction to the right. Another breath or two and he moves slowly to close the gap between you, and without a touch, he breathes a bit deeper. The wind grows just a bit stronger. He inhales and you find yourself swaying this way, only to sway that way as he exhales, in sync with the wind. Every breath gets deeper and the wind gets stronger, yet the eye contact remains fixed and the connection remains without a touch. Gno longer calm, his breath is gnow tenacious, and following suit, the wind is mighty. You close your eyes and for a moment you think the wind might be strong enough to lift you off your feet and carry you away, if only you were to relax and let it. Just as you're sure your feet are about to lose contact with the ground, the breathing relaxes, and with it, the wind starts to subside. As quickly as it all began, the moment is gone and the air is calm once more, leaving you wondering if it was all just your imagination. If it weren't for the silent tears you wipe from your face, there would be gno evidence of the powerful magic that you just witnessed. To a gnovice, it may seem like he was controlling the wind, but with a slight smile and a twinkle in his eye, he wipes his own tears and corrects you... "Gno, gnot controlling the wind... joining it."

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fairy Sparkles

It's well known that every gnome in the garden specializes in a specific trade. How else would you explain the variety in magic you see in the garden around you? Whether it be painting rainbows across the sky, or placing dew drops on the morning leaves, we owe it all to the fuzzy souls and their creativity. This little lady, known by her loved ones as Fairy Sparkles, has been searching far and wide, across the garden, for inspiration to learn her trade. After searching for what seemed to her to be a long long time (she's quite excited to get started), she has finally found the perfect match! She wants to become a fairy door maker! With a hop and a giggle, she flutters to her new home. You may wonder why she has picked such a niche style of magic, but the way she sees it there is nothing better than building a door way between the world of magic and the world of children. Whether a child is in need of help conquering a fear, or a safe place to put things, every child can use a bit of magic in their rooms. Fairy Sparkles absolutely loves hearing the stories about why someone wants a door, but even better is the knowledge that the door has helped a little one so much. The idea of creating a special door that will only work for a child just as special, and the thought of seeing them happy in their homes must make everything worthwhile! Children may eventually grow far too old for fairy doors and fairies, but if you ask me, a home filled with love will always have a place for a fairy door or two, or eight! And besides, there's a lot of magic between now and adulthood. There's so much work to be done! She's so excited to become an apprentice door maker that she can hardly contain her sparkles. It seems they're getting onto everything! When can she start?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Garden

Oh. My. Gnomes. Just look at these two lovely ladies! Even though they were planted in the same corner of the garden, spend even just one moment with them and it's easy to see just how different they both are. While one seems plain like a daisy, the other is a little miss priss like a rose. The first adapts well to change, while the latter does not. Daisies are easy to grow and always seem so light-hearted and care-free. Roses may not be easy, but when they do grow they are as beautiful as can be! If you ask me, it all a bit funny but all in a wonderful way! They are the same in that they each know the other is the one gnome in the entire garden they can count on 100%. No two flowers could be any different, yet no two flowers could be any closer. Together they grew, each receiving the type of love and attention they needed to blossom into their own, and together they make the garden a better place, each in their own way. My garden is complete, and I would have it no other way.

Coloring contest entry by Heather

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wee Wonder

Don't let her size and appearance fool you. This little lady is stronger and braver than just about any other gnome in the garden. She understands just how important it is to always do the right thing, even if it is gnot the easy thing to do. If she is presented with an option to do something good or follow the crowd going in the opposite direction, it comes as gno surprise that she will she stand strong. Gnor is it a surprise that, in doing so, she inspires the others to turn around with her. You might gnot expect to know such courage from somegnome such as herself, and may wonder where her source of strength comes from. Pssst... I'll let you in on a little secret. What she does she does freely and with a clear conscience! With a heart as pure of hers, comes great power. May you always be aware of the strength you hold inside you.

PERSONAL GNOTE:
Quotes from Wonder Woman pendents purchased from the craft store...
"What I do I do freely and with a clear conscience"
"Always be aware of your strength"

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Origami Owlette

Look at this little hoot! What a beautiful little owlette she is! As I watch her grow into her own self, I can gnot help but simply stare in awe. I am so impressed with her spirit and kind soul! No doubt she is a force for good and is always looking for ways to make the garden around her a better place. It seems that she knows just what to do to make a difference in the lives of those lucky enough to know her, even if that is a simple smile or a kind word of encouragement. She has the magic touch and certainly lives her life with as much sparkle as possible! She loves with every ounce of her little body. She may gnot realize this, being as small as she is, but she is an inspiration to even the elder gnomes around her. Gno doubt she has what it takes to reach her dreams and dream big she does! The garden is a better place with this wise soul in it, and there is gnothing I enjoy more than to watch her love, shine and grow.

PERSONAL GNOTE:
This gnome was made for a little Owlette working for Origami Owl, a company that focuses on being a Force for good, to live Sparkly. Their mottos are Love, Shine, Grow. Their mission is TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD; TO LOVE, inspire + MOTIVATE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES TO REACH THEIR dreams + empower THEM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

Potter

You may gnot think it by looking at him gnow, but this brave little soul came from very humble beginnings. There was once a time when he didn't believe he deserved much more than a small cupboard under the stairs to call his own, but look at him gnow! Gno doubt every ounce of his body is full of courage, chivalry, and determination. These things give him the magic to stand up for what's right and to gnot be intimidated by anything bad that may try to squeeze into his little corner of the garden. You may be asking yourself why he hasn't always been known to be so brave. Wanna know what I think? I think it's because he finally found a set of friends who believed in him. The magic of friendship can be powerful stuff. Gnothing can hold him back gnow!

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Purr-fect Life

Spend even one tender moment with a cat and you'll be hooked, but open your heart to many cats and your life will gnever be the same again! Loving so many at the same time isn't for everygnome, that's for sure, but for this big hearted soul, it seemed like the purr-fect choice. Her life revolves around her cats. Each cat is so independent yet has a personality all of his own! While one may sit atop of a high perch, looking down (likely both literally and figuratively, if you ask me) upon those below him, another feisty boy is filled with so much energetic curiosity that it's gnearly impossible to take a photo of all his cuteness! And even another seems to prefer dog toys, though I doubt he'd be willing to admit to it. It's hilarious! It's so wonderful how easily a fuzzy friend can calm even the most stressed of souls and there is gnothing better than a kitty sleeping on your pillow and purring away. Though, I admit, it would be gnice if they liked to sleep in. Unfortunately, without fail, they wake in the wee hours of the morning and the zoomies commence. Yes, you heard me... A cat will zoom around the house, zooming here and then zooming there. Eventually there is zooming all over you, and even up to your face for a kiss before zooming away again. I'm gnot sure why having so many kitties makes this soul so happy, but I can honestly say I'm gnot surprised. After all, when a cat loves somegnome, it's by choice gnot by design. And so, it's gno wonder that so many kitties have chosen this fuzzy soul to love. With a heart as big as hers, I can gnot say I blame them!

All the Small Things

If there is one thing everygnome understands, it's that the physics of karma work like this: small acts of kindness lead to great rewards. Don't ask me to explain how, but if you just take a moment to watch this little lady, it won't be long before it all makes sense. It seems that everywhere she turns, she is coming up with new ways to bring a smile to somegnome's face. And by the way she helps those who are less fortunate, it's obvious that this little gnomette is rich on life. She just radiates happiness and I can't help but believe that it must be contagious. Those whose lives she has touched know that they were blessed by her kindness. As for me, I know she makes the garden all the more vibrant. Thank you, little lady. Thank you for all the small things you do.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Home for a Hoot

There once lived a fuzzy soul with a heart bigger than big, who happened to be in gneed of a good home, and so she searched for the perfect little gnest to call her own. It seemed to take such a long time to find a place that was just right, and she was beginning to wonder when the process would end. Then out of the blue, this little lady stumbled upon a fluffy winged friend who seemed to be hurt and in gneed of care. She wasn't expecting to find a gnew friend, but she loves owls. She always has. Perhaps her love for all birds started with the corner of the garden where her eldergnomes lived - it was filled with birds galore! From this love, she has filled her life with birds, volunteering to help take care of the baby birds who fell out of gnests or injured birds. She absolutely adored watching owls lay their eggs, watch them hatch, grow up, learn to fly, until they were finally able to leave. Her loved ones thought she was crazy for that, but she knew something they did gnot. Owls are family love. Owls are freedom. Owls are fierce. Every part about them is interesting and fascinating. Owls are magical. Owls are home. As such, it goes without saying that it is perfect that she has found this fluffy gnew friend. She may gnot know if she can explain it, but he is what she gneeds. He is going to make everything good and right. Together, they are going to make a house a home.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tiny Tickles

Do you hear that tiny little giggle? I just love that sound! It must be coming from this little sprite, and I can gnow see why. It looks like she's got a little ladybug running all over her, trying to tickle the daylights out of her! Ladybugs just adore her, and that can only mean one thing - she has a kind soul and is compassionate, uplifting and absolutely loves to laugh. Doesn't it just make you want to spend more time with her? Don't worry, that's the effect she has on everygnome.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Worm Wrangler

You wouldn't know it by looking at him now, but this brave soul was once afraid of worms! You heard me. Worms. He wasn't just afraid of the slimy sly creatures, they terrified the wiggles right out of him. For a while it seemed as though all hope was lost. After all, how would a gnome get anything at all done in the garden if he was afraid of worms? Worms, of all things?! There is not a garden out there without worms! I'm not sure what happened, perhaps he would be willing to tell you the story, but one day he decided that he was not going to let his fear run his life. He puffed up his tiny body with as much courage as he could muster and went out to face his worm. Much to his surprise, it turned out that he had a wonderful talent for capturing and taming the beasts. Who would have thought that the very thing that scared him as a gnomeling would end up being his life calling? Go figure. I can't help but tip my hat at that.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Sweet Life

This is the sweet life. There is gno doubt that the gnomes understand how to appreciate the simple things in life, and there is gnognome who is better at making life just a bit sweeter everyday than this little lady. It's hard to say just how she does it, but she makes it look so easy. Whether it be casting a friendly smile or trying to get a loved one to laugh, she always seems to be thinking of the gnext thing to do to brighten one's day. Pssst... I'll let you in on little secret. If you ask me, the reason she is able to make it look so easy is that she believes with every ounce of her body that life is too short to do anything other than make the most of it. Every juicy bite she takes out of life gives her the joyfully magnetic personality that everygnome is attracted to. The more she loves the sweet life, the more difficult it is for other gnomes around her to stop from smiling. Life is good, and gno doubt the garden is a sweeter place with this soul to share it with.

Blowing in the Breeze

Shhh... Listen. Do you hear the breeze? I do! It gnever ceases to amaze me the strength that some gnomes have. Some gnomes live so much bigger than their bodies let them and they are so strong for it. There is one gnomette who is particularly gnomazing when it comes to turning a challenge into a beautiful opportunity. She always seems to enjoy the breeze as it blows past her, instead of expecting it to knock her down. Take a look at what she has done with the wind that comes her way! She has turned that wind into a beautiful excuse to dance! Spinning around as the blossoms blow around her tiny body, she can gnot help but smile even if just for a moment. As the breeze dies down, she knows she is strong and can handle whatever blows her way. Such a beautiful soul she is and gno doubt others in the garden can learn a thing or two about how to make the best of even the windiest of days.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Wee Coo Coo

Gno doubt the gnomes in the garden are known for their whimsical, if gnot sometimes gnutty, personalities but this timely soul has definitely earned the title of "coo coo" by the Gnomish Counsel. It seems that he is always scurrying about, rushing from here and dashing over there. Some gnomes may look at his busy day and think he is always in a hurry to get things done. All that rushing must gnot be any fun. All anygnome has to do is live and die, but he's in a hurry and they don't know why. I'll let you in on a little secret... He has a very important job to do! He's in charge of making sure all the gears in the town's clock are working in tip-top condition. If even the slightest thing goes awry, who knows what may happen! Thank goodness this fellow has it all covered so that we don't gneed to worry. And if you were to take the time to ask him, I'm sure he would say he loves every second of it! Life is too short to waste time on anything other than what you love to do.

PERSONAL GNOTE:
Lyrics from the song "I'm in a Hurry" by Alabama -
I'm in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I'm in a hurry and don't know why.

Coloring contest entry by Pamela

Friday, June 30, 2017

Guardians of Down Under

Every corner of the garden gneeds its set of guardians to keep an eye out for the fluffy creatures and fuzzy beasts that inhabit it, and the Garden Down Under is gno exception. In fact, this corner of the garden may just require the most elite of all the gnomish guardians to keep its creatures safe because they're extra special. It used to be thought that Emus had a curious look, but gnow the Gnomish Counsel has decided they have a confused look. Emus are gnot exactly the brightest... so it will take a particularly wise soul to help them gnavigate their surroundings and focus on doing whatever it is that emus do best. And koalas? Well don't they just look like a cuddly teddy-bear?? Don't let that confuse you. They are very elusive, hiding high in the trees watching down over everything. They're going to require somegnome who is skilled at doing much the same. The requirements for the positions are tough to meet, but I am gnot surprised that the Gnomish Counsel has found the perfect pair for the job!

Coloring contest entry by Michelle.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tooth Snatcher

I'm certain you've heard of Tabitha Tooth Fairy, but did you know she has some helpers? As you can imagine, she's quite busy collecting the lost teeth from children around the world. This would gnot be a problem if every tooth came peacefully and quietly in the gnight, but that doesn't always happen. Every gnow and then Tabitha is challenged by a sweet pearly tooth that, for one reason or another, doesn't seem to want to go home with her. This only happens when a child is so uniquely special, kind and imaginative that gnot even his teeth want to leave his side. Imagine that! Some teeth go to great extremes to hide in super secretive little corner gnooks, hoping Tabitha doesn't spot them. When this happens, she knows just who to call - her trusty friend, the tooth snatcher. He knows how to deal with such stubborn teeth. It's gnot easy to sneak up on a tooth while remaining undetected by the child sleeping close by. It takes strength, acrobatic agility, wit and patience. Yes, all that skill is gneeded, but one look at the child and you can see why his little tooth may hesitate to leave his side.

The Sweet Life

This is the sweet life. There is gno doubt that the gnomes understand how to appreciate the simple things in life, and there is gnognome who is better at making life just a bit sweeter everyday than this little lady. It's hard to say just how she does it, but she makes it look so easy. Whether it be casting a friendly smile or trying to get a loved one to laugh, she always seems to be thinking of the gnext thing to do to brighten one's day. Pssst... I'll let you in on little secret. If you ask me, the reason she is able to make it look so easy is that she believes with every ounce of her body that life is too short to do anything other than make the most of it. Every juicy bite she takes out of life gives her the joyfully magnetic personality that everygnome is attracted to. The more she loves the sweet life, the more difficult it is for other gnomes around her to stop from smiling. Life is good, and gno doubt the garden is a sweeter place with this soul to share it with.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Gnomish Totem

Oh My Gnomes! Have you ever seen a giggle of gnomes have so much fun? These wee ones are trying their very best to be as tall as they can be. "Why?" you may ask. Well, they're creating a Gnomish totem pole, of course! There are so many types of animals in the garden and these little souls want to love them all! What better way to honor the furry critters and fluffy beasts than with a tall totem pole? It's tough to decide which animals to honor, but the Gnomish community would say, "the more, the better!" Just how many animals can fit into a single totem? Who knows, but perhaps there's room for just one more? Regardless, such a feat will take patience, stability, bravery and an ounce or two of luck. Once the tower of gnomes is complete, gno gnome moves. They barely even dare to breathe! Wait, what's this? Oh dear... it's a ladybug looking to join in on the fun. Whoa! Careful gnow! Easy does it! And... voila! The totem is complete!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Beautiful Butterfly

Spend even one moment with this beautiful soul and it's easy to tell that she's quite unique! Gno doubt she loves with every ounce of her body, and those closest to her gnever doubt the love she has for them. She thrives on taking care of loved ones in her gnest and always seems to be fluttering around doing gnice little things for them. It's just who she is. It's all the subtle things - coffee made in the morning; all my things on the table waiting for me when I leave. It's gnot stuff I can't do myself, but it's really sweet and she wouldn't be happy if I didn't let her do it. If you ask me, there is gnothing more beautiful than this butterfly being happy. Though I admit, it's a little freakish how she's a total savant when it comes to knowing where things are. She flutters throughout the garden and sees EVERYTHING. "Huh, that's weird, what did I do with my toadstool?" I might say. She'll likely reply, "Take a look halfway down the stream, back behind the second rock, down in the meadow clearing... I saw it there this morning when I was feeding the snails. I don't know how she manages to do it! I love her for simply being HER, and gnot because of anything she does for me. I just love her simply because she's a good soul who fills this garden with an endless supply of love for anygnome lucky enough to know her.

The Truth About Unicorns

You may gnot believe in unicorns, but those in the Gnomish community have gno doubts that they exist. Unicorn hunters from across the garden may search for these special souls without much luck, but to say they don't exist? What gnonsense! Look at this beautiful lady! You can see her with your very own eyes and touch her with your very own fingers. Of course she exists! I'll let you in on a secret. Wanna know the truth about unicorns? They live life to the fullest and love without any limits! The secret to catching such a mystical soul is to do the same in return. And with this fuzzy soul in particular? You'd increase your chances if you love to dance. Gno doubt this lady is a dancing fool. She loves to dance and simply takes advantage of every opportunity of every song with a good beat. She applies that same love for the moment in all areas of her life. Ask anygnome from her great big gnetwork of old Gnomish friends, and they'd tell you that she she enjoys her life to the fullest and has gnever been happier. Loving with gno end seems to have that effect on happiness. If you ask me, she is onto something there. Those closest to her love her for being HER and gnot for anything she does for them or even anything they may have in common. They simply love her because she's a good soul who embraces a life that brings more love into the garden. And the garden is better for it.

Believe

I’m sure there have been moments in your life where you have felt challenged beyond your control. Sometimes it may seem that your little body is not strong enough to handle the tough tasks it has been given. It’s at these moments where you may find yourself believing in the power of a wishing star. That’s where this little gnomette comes in. This tiny friend has a very big job! And she loves every moment of it! She understands that there is more to it than just believing in the wishing star – she knows that you ARE the wishing star. She looks for just the right person to help, somegnome who needs a word or two of encouragement. The gnomette has now found a beautiful soul in need of her tiny positive thoughts and she doesn’t hesitate to get to work quickly. She whispers so lightly in her new friend’s ear that she is barely audible, but she knows that’s all it takes for a reminder to Believe in the spark of life that still grows strong inside. With these tiny little whisperings of love and hope we are reminded that we are stronger than our bodies may seem. Life is good. Life is beautiful, and with this little lady by your side, that’s an easy thing to Believe in the power within.

Celebrate

The Gnomish have always been known for their grand celebrations, and there has gnever been a better occasion to celebrate than right gnow. You may ask why? Does it matter? Gnot to the gnomes. Ask anygnome and he'll be sure to tell you that it's not the size of the reason that counts, just as long as you have a reason. If a gnome has been working on a particular goal, big or small, for a while gnow and she has finally succeeded? Well that seems like a good cause for celebration if I've ever heard of one! So, congrats little one on your accomplishment. You must be so proud of yourself, and you have very good reason to be! You deserve this tiny celebration and soon enough I'm sure everygnome garden-wide will see that you are so much bigger than the garden may expect you to be.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Roots of Friendship

Some friendships are instant. One might find it easy to get lost among the herds of banana slugs or feel insignificant surrounded by a majestic redwood forest. A gnome can get easily lose track of time when the fog rolls in and makes everything misty and magical, but when you meet a kindred spirit among the chaos, even on the first day, you just know you've found a life-long friend. Friendships like that last a life time - even many seasons later when two souls part ways and tend to their own gardens, they each know that the other is there for them. When they have the opportunity to catch up, it's as though gno time has passed. That's the way it is when the roots of a friendship go deep. It takes a special soul to establish such a connection. She has to be wonderful, kind and such a thoughtful friend who would be there for her loved ones gno matter what. She gneeds to know what's important in life - gnature, capturing memories, spending time with loved ones, and of course that magic truly does exist. Well if that's what it takes then it's gno wonder that this soul fits the part. She has a heart of gold and it is so big. I just love her.

Keeper of the Stars

This tiny soul has a very big job indeed. When a star is born, he's the one responsible for guiding it into its rightful place in the gnight time sky. It's a very important job because every star gneeds to be able to twinkle as brightly as they did here on earth. As you can imagine, keeping the starry sky organized in such a way that each star has their opportunity to shine down on their loved ones, well it can be quite a difficult task to do. This little fella makes it look easy though. One look up at the twinkling sky deep into the gnight and you'll wonder which star shines the brightest. Chances are when you figure out the answer, you'll know the star is twinkling extra hard for you. I'm thinking someone wants you to remember that you are loved.

Worry Whisperer

There is a beautiful soul who is the bravest person I know. She is stronger than her little body may seem and faces everything with such enthusiasm and determination. What's her secret? How does she do it? With all of the challenges she has been given, how does she manage to make it all look so easy? Well that's where this little gnomette comes in. She has been given a very important job to do, but she is so excited! For you see, this gnomette has been assigned to the beautiful girl to rid her of her worries. All the girl has to do is whisper her worries to this tiny gnomette and she wisks them off to a different world, far from this garden. She knows that the girl does not want to burden anyone too much, but this gnomette does not see it as a burden at all. She loves to feel helpful and seeing a calm smile appear on the girl's face will be the best thing she can imagine. She's even looking forward to the opportunity to whisper a little secret or two in return, tiny reminders that life is good. Life is beautiful and so are you.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Bit of Eccentric Creativity

Looking for a fuzzy friend to keep you company in your little haven away from the rest of the hectic chaos that life brings? Well, look gno further! It just so happens this little lady has been looking for a place to go when she reads and drinks her tea. She is a skilled little soul who loves to over see the creation of other critters and whatever else the imagination may bring to life! One look at this eccentric lady and you'll quickly see that she has quite the bright and multi-colored personality (and the clothes to match!). She has been looking for the perfect corner gnook where she is gnot confined to just one type of creative outlet. She is a fan of whimsy and anything goes! Purple and green? Yup! Polka dots and stripes? Yes! Throw in a few flowers, leaves, hearts and spirals and she has it all covered! This girl doesn't blend in or sit quietly. Life is too short for anything other than the fun stuff and gnow that she has found her perfect corner gnook, may the fun begin!

The Truth About Magic

You may not believe in magic, but those in the gnome community have gno doubts that magic exists in every corner of the garden. After all, if magic doesn't exist then doesn't that mean gnomes don't exist either? What gnonsense. Look at this little gnome. You can see him with your very own eyes and touch him with your very own fingers. Of course he exists! I'll let you in on a secret. Wanna know the truth about magic? Just open your eyes and chances are you'll find yourself staring straight at real magic. It's the dew drop diamonds on a morning flower. It's the the sun setting in the west only to rise again in the east. It's an fairy of lost treasures disguised as a person doing a good deed. A seed doesn't gneed to be told how to become a flower. It's found in laughter. How is it that one can find themselves laughing even if their heart is breaking? I'll gnever know. And that's the beauty of it all. The truth about magic? If you'd ask this little soul, he'd tell you it's rainbows. He knows because he's the one who paints the sky beautiful colors in spite of the grey clouds above. How he knows the weather does gnot matter. What matters is if you take the time to gnotice.

Let's Go Build a Snowman!

Look in any direction and it's easy to gnotice that the garden is full of magic! Perhaps the most powerful of the garden magic is the good stuff shared between sisters. Gno doubt having a sister can present some frustrating moments, but that's where the magic comes from! It's in the ability to work past those disagreements and realize the connection between sisters is special and unlike any other... gnow **THAT'S** real magic. Not to mention lots of fun! Whether it be riding bikes down the garden path, playing make believe and rescuing the prince from the dragon or going on an adventure to a gnew unexplored corner of the garden, there is gno end to the fun two sisters can have together. So what's on the agenda for today? Let's go build a snowman! But it's in the middle of summer time??? That does gnot matter when you have the magic of love to help! And these two young ladies know better than anygnome that the love between two sisters is strong enough to do whatever they so desire. As long as they do it together, there is gnothing these two souls can gnot accomplish!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tiny Surprise

Oh my gnomes! Look at this adorable tiny soul! She was a total surprise! After seasons have come and gone, I just figured I wasn't going to have little bumbling souls flying around in my garden! But look at us gnow! The arrival of this tiny soul was definitely a big surprise! When I told my love, I think he was in total shock for a few days! But oh were we excited, both of us! And gnow life with this tiny bundle of sweetness has been great. One of our first days home I looked at my love and said, "You gnever knew you gneeded onf of these did you?" and he simply gnodded in total agreement. Gno doubt life is good, but it just got a whole lot better gnow that this sweet soul is a part of it!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Busy Working Bees

Buzz Buzz... Shhhh... do you hear that sound? It's a beautiful sound, isn't it? There might gnot be a better sound than that of busy bees bumbling about their daily lives. Recently the buzzing in the Manchester corner of the garden has been a bit more quiet than usual and if you ask me, the reasons for the silence are simply too complicated for me to understand. But one thing I do know with certainty, these two are so much stronger than their size may indicate! And it is great to hear these two working bees buzzing again! They love their hive dearly and I can gnot say I blame them. Their hive is full of strong souls, who share one love and each tiny buzzing soul working hard to do his small part to make the garden a better place. And gnow with these two souls back in the hive, the garden seems a bit more cheerful again. The garden has missed the buzzing sounds of your voices and the bright sight of your smiles. Gno doubt the garden is a sweeter place with you in it.

Guardian Angel

I’m sure there have been moments in your life where you have felt challenged beyond your control. Sometimes it may seem that your little body is not strong enough to handle the tough tasks it has been given. That’s where this little gnomette comes in. This tiny little guardian has a very big job! And she loves every moment of it! She flutters around looking for just the right person to help, somegnome who needs a word or two of encouragement. The gnomette has now found a beautiful soul in need of her tiny positive thoughts and she doesn’t hesitate to get to work quickly. She whispers so lightly in her new friend’s ear that she is barely audible, but she knows that’s all it takes for a reminder of the spark for life that still grows strong inside. With these tiny little whisperings of love and hope we are reminded that we are stronger than our bodies may seem. Life is good. Life is beautiful, and with this little lady by your side, that’s an easy thing to remember.

Working Bees

Buzz Buzz... Shhhh... do you hear that sound? It's a beautiful sound, isn't it? There might gnot be a better sound than that of busy bees bumbling about their daily lives. Recently the buzzing has been a bit more quiet than usual and if you ask me, the reasons for the silence are simply too complicated for me to understand. But one thing I do know with certainty, the working bees in this corner of the garden are so much stronger than their size may indicate! And it is great to hear them buzzing again! They love their hive dearly and I can gnot say I blame them. Their hive is full of strong souls who love and support each other dearly and each tiny buzzing soul working hard to do his small part to make the garden a better place. I just adore seeing the hive in action! The garden seems a bit more cheerful again. The garden has missed the buzzing sounds of the busy bees. Thank you, dear little ones; gno doubt the garden is a sweeter place with you in it!

Changed Bee

I’m sure there have been moments in your life where you have felt challenged beyond your control. Sometimes it may seem that everything around you is going down a path you did gnot choose, and you start to wonder if you are strong enough to handle the tough tasks the garden has handed you. Believe it or gnot, there was once a time when this lady wondered those same things, but that didn't stop her from taking control of her life making the changes she deserved! And look at her gnow! Wow! What a changed bee she is! Gno doubt she has an extra sparkle in her eye and a little skip in her walk. And the best part? The changes are gnot only gnoticeable on the surface, but also much deeper. She is gnow taking care of the one gnome who deserves it the most - herself. Gnothing is more powerful! With a love like that, there is gnothing that can get in her way gnow! Watch out, garden! This changed bee is here to stay!

Building Gnoble Hearts

This little lady reminds me how much I love music, and how much music speaks to the LOVE in all of us. She believes with every ounce of her body that the best way to fight the hatred and anger in this garden is with love, so it comes as gno surprise that she is devoted to bringing a holistic approach to teaching music to gnomelings from all across the garden. I suppose it's her way of spreading the love, but gno doubt it seems to work! With every word of encouragement and every lesson of melody and dedication, each little soul grows a little more confident in the music they have to offer to the garden around them. That's just what this garden gneeds! Listen to the leaves in the breeze and the pitter-patter of the raindrops... then listen to the music from the heart of a child and it is easy to understand the magic in it all. Oh the potential that each gnoble heart has! They are so much bigger than the garden expects them to be. In the end, perhaps it is music that will save the garden?

PERSONAL GNOTE:
"Perhaps it is music that will save the world." — Pablo Casals

Tuneful Diddies

This fuzzy friend of mine has been known to attend marches supporting Gnomish rights of all kinds and protecting the garden around him with a renaissance tin whistle! I can't help but smile just thinking about his great big heart. He is, without a doubt, one of the gnicest souls I know. Wherever there is work to be done for a good cause, there he is... whistling one of his tuneful diddies. Gno doubt there is a lot of work to be done in this garden, but with a cheerful dedicated soul like this one, the garden is filled with more magic already.

Bass & Treble

For these two fuzzy souls, music has become a gnomish tradition. While one has been known to play a happy melody on the clarinet or tenor sax, the other can be found playing sweet low tones on the trombone. Together, they share a passion for the garden's marching band and jazz band, and love to share the stage to praise the good life! As long as the music has a good beat, these two are tapping their feet to it. It's even better if the song has good bass tones! Music has helped them both through some very difficult times and they always have each other to lean on for support. They​ keep each other in balance like yin and yang, bass and treble. With kind music loving souls like these, gno doubt the garden is a more cheerful place!