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« on: April 04, 2016 02:16:04 PM »

My  wife is a sexton for a church. This involves maintaining the grounds as well. This winter an area washed out and a member helped shore up and replant an area. As they were working, they decided that the area needed garden gnomes, at least long enough to spoof the building and grounds committee (who don't really go for garden gnomes on church property, I really don't know what is wrong with them!).

But the search for gnomes was in vain, they were either hibernating, on holiday, or down south for the winter. Not one of them were willing to come to the Northeast and stand in chilly mud.

So one Friday evening we raided the newspaper pile, grabbed tape, tubes, and watered down glue and made a couple of gnomes. We definitely had different visions of gnomes, but they both seemed happy. The drying time made us a bit nervous, but they got painted and were in place by Monday evening.

It was a big success. Very stony reception to the gnomes! Until the giggles started. The gnomes refused to stay out overnight and now reside amongst the plants in the office admins office. No one tells her what decorations she can have in her office.  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2016 08:45:48 AM »

haha!!  these are great! I would have loved to be a "fly" on the proverbial bush to have seen the expressions on the faces of those who were greeted with your little visitors.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2016 09:32:35 AM »

Cool pair of gnomes!  I like the shorter fellow with the bent hat--he looks like he's probably a troublemaker too!

If I had to guess (and assuming the place of worship you're speaking of is Christian), I'd speculate that the church building/grounds committee's objections to gnomes would be that they're Greek in origin, not Christian, and are probably viewed as "pagan" as a result (historically, gnomes started out as earth elementals, along with undines for water, salamanders for fire, and sylphs for air--although that was more of an alchemical thing than religious though).

Papier mache is difficult to keep waterproof, so it's probably better that they remain indoors anyway.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2016 03:38:43 PM »

YEs, they were never meant to stay outside. We don't want to encourage "donations" of other yard art. It's a Unitarian Universalist church, so there's nothing against the little guys in a religious vein. No, the objection is, um, how do I put this....well I'll just say it: The old farts want over fertilized green grass, boring trimmed hedges and a bit of respectability. The sustainable living folks want drought resistant native plants, low maintenance, eco friendly landscaping. The eco folks win, because there is no budget for over fertilized grass...and too much shade! So the gnomes were just a nose tweaking (all in good fun) at the stodgier camp.

Thanks, I did the little guy with the bent hat, my dw did the larger one, you should see the derriere on him! It was great fun building them in the living room...we made a big mess and had a fun competition in the process.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2016 08:31:04 AM »

Love Them!
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2016 02:22:09 PM »

Well, it's great that your church is so open-minded, theologically, but's it's a shame they're not as welcoming to wee bearded fellows.  Lawn gnomes (not to mention fairies, flamingos, mushrooms, etc.) add respectability to the grounds of any establishment in my opinion.

Bit of a tangent, but did you know there's a movement to "liberate" lawn gnomes?  So hilarious!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnome_Liberation_Front#Garden_Gnome_Liberation_Front

Better watch out; yours could be next!!! Grin

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