First I found this.
He was sitting on a blanket at the Veteran's Stadium, waiting for someone to make an offer.
Look at those eyes. How could I say no?
I wasn't sure what to offer....$30? $20? So I just asked the man how much.
He told me. He said, "$3.00".
HUGE grin. Into my bike basket quick as a wink and home we went.
My kids named him Ralphie. He lives next to my computer.
I never did learn of Ralphie's origins. I have searched for patterns, but to no avail.
He seems to be a combination of handmade and machine sewn, but I don't know from where he came.
Imagine my surprise when I saw THIS little guy.
Very similar face, no? (Check out the awesome wool felt shoes!)
I purchased him from eBay just to see how he was constructed and perhaps where he was made.
His tag says 'Austrian Gnome'. He has a wired body and some kind of furry stuff for his cap. (It sheds.)
Does this ring a bell for anyone out there in blogland?
Thanks for popping by!
Until next time, happy gnome sweet gnoming!