Sunday, November 13, 2016
Guest Artist: KAREN SKILLETT
Karen Skillett has a great love for gnomes of all shapes and sizes! Her newest gnome designs feature tiny gnomes cast in concrete from an early 1900's vintage chocolate mold combined with teacups on stakes for the garden or planters. We see the popular gnome character all around, including Steve's new and VERY popular garden gnomes and stones! But did you know the history of the gnome figurine?
A gnome has been popular garden accessory since they appeared in the 1800s, when the first clay versions were made in Germany. They became especially popular during the Victorian age and again in the 1930s and 40s. They are considered good luck symbols when placed in the home or garden.
In folklore, gnomes are small, gentle woodland creatures who wear pointy red hats. They work by night and can live to be four hundred years old or more. According to legend, they help with chores such as sweeping and planting. This is why many traditional gnome statues hold garden tools such as rakes or shovels or are pushing wheelbarrows.
While a garden is the most likely place for a gnome, they are also appropriate indoors.
To all the gnome lovers out there...come to the From the Summer's Garden Holiday Sale, COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS and browse the collection! Buying a gnome just may bring you good luck! (And they make great holiday gifts!)