Christmas Craft 2007

Oh, mushroom farmer gnome, how I love you! These wreaths were my non-knitting Christmas craft of the year, and since they’ve been received by friends already I can show them, because there have got to be more gnome/toadstool freaks out there who’ll love this.

And his closeup:

The gnomes and trees are from A. Bell Emporium. Amanda’s AWESOME.

Vintage spun cotton mushrooms from D. Blümchen & Company. This website has so much good stuff, I freak out a little.

I got my wreaths from, but I suspect big craft stores would have them.

The snow is wool, of course!

Somehow, between finishing up the fiber club and Christmas, I have to make my usual hot chocolate mix (This is a new recipe, so no word on how good it is. I did make the vanilla sugar and we can’t stop putting it in our coffee, so I’ll have to make more. UPDATE: The hot chocolate is excellent- kind of Swiss Miss-y in a happy, cheesy way, but with the yummy vanilla flavor added.), marshmallows, and toffee, plus Parmesan Black Pepper biscotti. I’m totally making recipes I haven’t tried before to give away to people I like. I’m brave bonkers like that. It’s comforting to look back and realize I was this mental last year, as well, because I survived!

Fiber Club People:
Your packages will ship right after Christmas.

Happy holidays!!

28 Responses to “Christmas Craft 2007”

  1. carla

    O. M. G.

    I love it! So much better than the measley pinecones and cinnamon sticks on my front door. I’m bookmarking this for next year.

  2. maya

    holy crap. that wreath! I am speechless. LOVE! Apparently I am also a gnome/toadstool freak! awesome.

  3. Valerie

    I’ve been a toadstool freak since falling in love with the children’s book I Am a Bunny. Go look at that cover, go on.

    The people you love probably love you for your adventuresome spirit, right? You’ll have to let us know how that biscotti comes out.

  4. E to the M

    That wreath is awesome. The idea of a non-knitted craft is blowing my mind a little but it does seem like it has a lower stress level…
    I can’t wait to show this to my friend Marianne. She was on While You were Out and they stole her garden gnome and took it on a little adventure.

  5. Kristina

    I made the parmesan black pepper biscotti last year and they were fantastic. You won’t be disappointed.


  6. stacey

    the wreath is adorable!!!! gnomes rule! i love trying new recipes every year – I usually do about 10 different kinds of cookies and try to do about half of new recipes! it’s a fun adventure!

  7. Kathleen Rogers

    Fabulous wreath! I will have to do a wreath next year because the lovely, tasteful arrangement of greens, dried hydrangea, ilex, in a large urn outside the house is now buried completely from the plowing of the driveway. :( Wreath on door is a MUCH better ploy.

    Let us know how the Pepper Parmesan Biscotti turn out. I bake Pepper-Hazelnut Biscotti for friends–they are a really great adult cookie and taste wonderful dunked in just about anything.

    Happy Holidays.


  8. Ulrike

    I have this gardener gnome in a bigger edition, he lives in my herb garden.
    It’s an heirloom from my husbands granny and now looks very worn from being outside all year. I love him dearly.
    Great wreath!

    Greetings from Germany

  9. Loopykd

    One time at Thanksgiving I made some homemade marshmallows for the top of my sweet potatoes and I have to tell you, they were really much better than the bought kind. Not only that, but now I am quite famous in my family for this. I am endlessly teased about it. But if you think about it, people that knit like we do don’t typically take the easy way out anyway. We like the homemade and handmade and craftiness of cooking and knitting socks that you could otherwise buy and all that. Bravo to you and all of us for this.

  10. Erica

    Fantastic wreath! I’m not a gnome freak but you might just convert me with such wicked craftiness. I just never contemplated the possibilities of gnomes before…
    I also enjoy that you clarified that the new recipes are for people you like… what are you giving the the people you don’t? ;)

  11. Max

    More gnome/mushroom freaks out there? Ohhhhh, yes. Yes, indeedy.

    What a great idea. In fact, I think I can bust this kind of wreath out next year starting right after Halloween! There’s only twelve days of Christmas, but Gnomushroomalia lasts a *looooooong* time.

  12. Amanda

    Hey, thanks for the mention! Those wreaths are utterly fantastic, and it just makes my day to see what people create with these miniatures! Thanks for sharing (and being such a great customer!)

  13. merete

    ah that is cute and kitsch. tomter, nisser, gnomes, leprechaurns, elves. they are great.
    thanks for your inspiration this year. i can tell how much you love the thing from what you come up with. i wish sometimes i could smell and touch too, so my new year’s resolution will be to buy some wool from you. although i am afraid it can be as difficult as losing weight or smoking but maybe also as addictive as those too.
    merry christmas adrian.

  14. Arleta

    I love your wreath. The gnome is so cute, and yay for adding wool, too. hehe

    Merry Christmas to you and Mr. and your sweet pup!

  15. heidi

    so very amazing, thanks for the links too! I need to get some of those mushrooms…hope you had a grand holiday!

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