Whimsical Woods - Old log gnome homes, bird houses, bird feeders and more, handcrafted in Dungeness Valley, on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State. Check out our website: http://www.whimsicalwoods.net.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beach/Dune Gnomes

Beach Gnome

Found along our ocean coasts are the beach/dune gnomes. These little people are said to be a wee bit larger and have flatter feet so as to not sink into the sand. They are often very weathered and wind blown in appearance. They still have the tall red pointed hat, but the clothes look a little sun bleached.

Beach Gnome

You will often see little surf birds running in the sand between waves feeding on the little salt water bugs. They’re very fast, but not as fast as our little sand gnomes. At times, they are just a blur as they also try to gather up little goodies from the surf. These guys are the ultimate beachcombers for sure. If you are walking a surf line at night, keep a sharp eye out. I wonder if infrared detectors would work?

Their homes are made of old driftwood and a collection of beach junk that they use to construct cozy little homes on the bluffs in the weeds. Should nature call you while at the beach, be very careful where you go. No pin intended! They love beach picnic and fire leftovers. Not sure if they like s’mores.

Beach gnomes love the water, so someday you just might surprise one if you cross the dune crest unexpectedly. Keep a sharp lookout next visit to your local wild beach.

All is well and Spring really is coming!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Whimsical Woods is in the Costco Connection Manazine!

Whimsical Woods in the Costco Connection magazine!
If you don't already "gnome," we/Whimsical Woods, are featured in the March edition of the Costco magazine, "Costco Connection" on their Member Connection page (inside back cover)!! http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201203#pg95

This is obviously a big event for us. The magazine is mailed to approximately 8 million Costco members and we have been receiving email inquiries, phone calls and orders from all over the US in response.

We've been working with Costco on this for the last 6 months and were thrilled that they took interest in our creations and wanted to feature us in their magazine. We are very flattered and now quite busy!

Not surprisingly, not everyone reads (or receives the magazine, or are Costco members so we are letting family and friends know with this email. Take a look and pass this on to anyone who might have an interest. Let the network begin! :-)

(Article “Reprinted with permission from The Costco Connection, March 2012.”)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Farm/Barn Gnomes

John Beer Gnomes
These little fellows are the “Mother Earth” super stars on any large or small farmland. They are very tough and rugged in appearance, but very sensitive to the farm and barn animals. They work and live in the outbuildings looking after all the animals that come and go. Food and shelter is provided especially in the winter moths.

Farm gnomes also visit the family garden you find on most rural farms. Their keen communication skills with the barn animals comes in handy around birthing time. They provide coaching and comfort to both the mother and newborn.

Farm gnomes are known to crawl around old farm equipment and enjoy playing tractor driver just like a little kid. They are smart enough to know not to turn the key on! If by chance your tractor somehow cranks up some dark night, you’ll “gnome” who did it! Get them a little toy tractor of their own We did! Farm gnomes are easy to please. Beer works best. Pop a few in the barn and leave the cans.

All is well.