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Gnomes … traveling through time

Kathy has something super fun to share…
As we approach the last few days of 2009, she’s shown us something timeless. (I wanted to tie in New Year’s with this post; how’d I do? LOL)

Gnomes. Yes, gnomes.

Michael Miller was all about gnomes at this year’s Fall Market.

Anyway, when Kathy saw the gnome fabric we’d bought, like these panels…

And these prints…

She brought this in to show us 🙂 A pair of overalls (or coveralls, pick your poison) she embroidered with gnomes just over 30 years ago (happy belated, Justin!) for her eldest son. The name “Justin” (see bottom left photo) has since been removed so her other kids wouldn’t be called that, but those gnomes have lasted.

Yep, before Travelocity’s gnome
And yea, before Amelie’s gnome

There was Kathy’s gnomes!

OK, history lesson over. Cuteness shared. Thanks for tuning in, have a safe and happy New Year, and see you in 2010!


  1. Ha. My mom (Kathy) was so excited to show this to me. I still wear my mom's embroidery–an apron with a hot pepper design she stitched for me back in high school. Still good 12 years later!

  2. I remember back in the day when gnomes were the IN thing! I still have my gnome book and the cloth cover that can be made into a gnome doll. I love this new fabric!