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Creating Magic: The Marrow Gnome Home

This week is my daughter’s first half term.  Kindergarten has proven to be some serious play and we are all worn down around here. Noses are running, chests are rattling, tempers are short.  It is the perfect time to bring a little more magic into our lives.  My daughter brought home a gnome home from school. It is a half a marrow with windows and a door cut out. The insides have been scooped out and in the roof a piece of a branch has been inserted with some wool stuffing glued to the top to look like a chimney and smoke.

The marrow gnome home has been sitting on our table. Each day when we go out for a walk we bring home a little more. Conkers, acorns, and many beautiful colored leaves. We were hoping to make the marrow home comfortable for a gnome to come visit.  Last night Narina had the perfect idea of putting some of the crab apples off of our front lawn inside the home.


After she went to sleep I made a simple gnome and sat it beside the marrow.  I bit off half the apple and put it in his hand.  Then I cut a heart out and placed it in a tuft of wool batting and put it on her place setting this morning at breakfast. When my daughter saw this in the morning she was so happy.  We did it.  We made a gnome come and he left us the little doll to let us know what he looks like.


These little magical moments of imagination and play fill everyone’s heart heart up.  How do you create magical moments in your family?



4 thoughts on “Creating Magic: The Marrow Gnome Home

  1. Just brilliant, Rachel…well done!! Such magic moments will stay with your child for ever!

  2. oh, my! Love the home and your gnome is just adorable!!!

  3. Yes, the gnome and his house are wonderful! Great post, Rachel!

  4. Thank you. The home has been put outside in the hedgerow for the outside gnomes to use now as it is getting very cold.

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