My eldest daughter has the strangest fascination with gnomes, and in fact, this past Christmas I had one carved for her by the lovely and talented Linda Cote. He's a cute little guy that fits into the cup holder of her backpack so she can take it wherever she goes. When I had painted the birch trees in her room, after being absolutely thrilled, the first question she asked is, 'Can you add a gnome'?
It's all my fault. When she was a little girl, we walked down a path to her elementary school past a small group of trees and shrubs. In spring, as the flower petals fluttered to the ground I would say, 'Did you see the fairies?'. When my husband would walk her she would tell him that it was the fairy glen and that she had seen them herself. Unfortunately it began to frighten her to think of these little creatures travelling around so I signed out a book from the library about gnomes to show her how cute and funny they really were...and thus, the fascination with gnomes was born.
And so I added a little gnome to her room. He really does look cute swinging from the trees. P.S. I am actually still working, just on a couple of projects I can't share yet...