Gnomeo & Juliet Movie 26 Sep 2010 12:06 pm

Gnomeo & Juliet in 3D - Premiers February 11, 2011

Finally!  Gnomeo & Juliet is scheduled for release in February 2011!

You may remember way back in 2007 when MissGnomer was asked by David Seaton, (Gnomeo & Juliet’s Film & Television Location Manager) to provide pictures of her gnomescapes so they could see garden gnomes “in action”!  I wonder if they will use any of my gnomescaping ideas in the movie!  Who cares!! It was still fun to be asked :)

If you click this link http://www.phenomegnome.com/gnomeblog/?cat=5  you can read my previous blogging about Gnomeo & Juliet

And this link: http://www.phenomegnome.com/gnomeforum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=133&p=724#p724 will take you to the Gnome Forum where you can see the saga and pictures I submitted to the Gnomeo & Juliet location manager!

Touchstone Pictures
Shrek 2 Director - Kelly Asbury
Music by - Elton John

And it looks like they have swapped out pretty much the entire previous cast of Actors  they were using to voice the animated characters!

Click on the link below to watch the trailor — it looks like it will be a lot of fun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmzFBU2xFYU

GNOMEO & JULIET CAST:

  • James McAvoy as the voice of Gnomeo (with his sexy Scottish accent!)
  • Emily Blunt as the voice of Juliet
  • Jason Statham
  • Ozzy Osbourn (this should be interesting!)
  • Ashley Jensen
  • Dame Maggie Smith as Lady Blueberry
  • Sir Michael Caine as Lord Redbrick
  • Sir Patrick Stewart
  • Seth Green
  • Seth MacFarlane
  • Matt Lucas
  • Stephen Merchant
  • Jim Cummings
  • Julie Walters as Miss Montague
  • Richard Wilson as Mr. Capulet
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Dolly Parton

 

Woo Hoo!  Can’t wait :)

Gnomeo & Juliet in 3D - Release Date 02/11/2011

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Little Gnome Facts 10 Mar 2009 01:53 pm

David el Gnomo

Christopher Plummer, better known for his portrayal of Captain von Trapp in the movie “The Sound of Music”, was the voice of the Narrator for the English translation of the Spanish version of David the Gnome - or David el Gnomo. 

Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer ~ 1965

Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer ~ 1965

The movie is still wildly popular today and has almost a cult following of fans from all over the world.  Below is a picture of Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the classic film - The Sound of Music. 

"Maria & Captain von Trapp" - 40 Years Later :)

"Maria & Captain von Trapp" - 40 Years Later :)

 The Hillllllls are alive…. with the sound of Hootengnomey Music…
OK… lame - but funny!

David The Gnome & Lovely Wife Lisa

David The Gnome & Lovely Wife Lisa

David el Gnomo

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Little Gnome Facts 08 Jan 2009 10:11 am

Little Gnome Facts

Little “GNOME” Facts

If you do not look carefully,
you will fail to see
a hare in the meadow,or a deer in a forest.
So it is with GNOMES:
You may not see them,
but they are there, all right!
The adult gnome is about 6 inches tall(without cap);
he weighs about 11 ounces.
The gnomes life-span is about 400 years.
When he is about 100 he begins to think
of marriage.

Little “GNOME” Facts

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MissGnomer\'s Rantings 01 Jan 2009 10:50 pm

Happy New Year 2009

Happy New Year 2009

Here’s a treasured New Year wish
sent specially to you.
I wish you joy beyond compare,
success in all you do

I wish you goals within your reach,
friendships true and strong.
I wish you gracious wisdom,
forgiveness when you’re wrong

I wish you days of glorious peace,
nights of wondrous rest.
I wish you strength and courage,
persistence to be your best

But most of all I wish for you,
more love than most will find,
the grandest love in all the world,
the everlasting kind

Let’s make it a great year for Gnomescaping!!

 

Happy New Year 2009

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MissGnomer\'s Rantings 25 Dec 2008 10:12 am

Merry Christmas - “Political Correctness”

Merry Christmas - “Political Correctness”      
         
I have made a conscious effort to wish everyone
a Merry Christmas this year …
My way of saying that I am celebrating
the birth Of Jesus Christ.

So I am asking my email buddies,
if you agree with me,
to please do the same.

And if you’ll pass this on to
your email buddies, and so on…
maybe we can prevent one more
American tradition from being lost in the sea of
“Political Correctness”.

To one and All…
Jesus is the reason for the season!

Merry Christmas - “Political Correctness”

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Ask MissGnomer 24 Dec 2008 12:02 pm

Glenna’s Gnomes For The Holidays (Part 2)

 Glenna’s Gnomes For The Holidays (Part 2)

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Ok so I left you hanging… but I assure you this story is well worth the wait!

After explaining to Glenna that I had an identical set of the David & Lisa gnome ornaments she had been searching and searching for — she was so excited she could barely contain herself.  We exchanged several emails back and forth and each time I heard from her I could just feel the emotional happiness that was beaming through her words and exclamation points!  These wee folk meant the world to her and I was so happy to share the experience. I told her I would really love to do a “story” about this entire encounter of ours on my Blog.  I explained that I believe everything happens for a reason - and her finding my site was no coincidence.  I asked her to tell me a bit about her Dad and her children watching David The Gnome on TV and did she remember any specific incident she would like to share. 

Glenna sent me a lovely handmade card expressing her thanks for letting the two gnomes come and live with her.  She was very excited to hang them on her Christmas Tree in remembrance of her Dad who passed away this year.  She sent me an email about her and her childhood memories of her Dad.  Little did I know at the time the significant role these little gnomes played in her life. 

This is ”her story” — a story I wrote just for her that I am honored to share with all of you.

“Glenna’s Gnomes For The Holidays”

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Glenna who grew up in a family that is much like so many other families in our world today.  As a child growing up in a household with an alcoholic parent, Glenna learned important survival skills at an early age.  She quickly discovered certain ways to cope with her dysfunctional family situations.  While Glenna was young, she believed her way of life was “normal”.  Why?  Because it WAS normal – it was normal for her. The child of an alcoholic learns early how to hide the “family secret”… which in Glenna’s case was the secret of her Father’s drinking.

The child of an alcoholic learns to project a positive image to the outside world – when on the inside they are a totally different person.  On the inside they are scared, angry, and often times feel all alone.  On the outside they appear confident often “over achieving” to compensate for how they feel about their home life.

But Glenna was just a little girl and she had no way of knowing any of this.  What she did know, was that she was extremely good at making ”excuses” for why her friends couldn’t come to her house to play, or why she sometimes had to miss important functions. When one lives with an alcoholic - it is very difficult (if not impossible) to make any type of future plans. Whether it be for the next day or the next month - one just never knows what the alcoholic will be like on any particular day.  Would he be mildly drunk, just have a good buzz, or flat out mean and on his way to passing out?  So, you basically make no plans at all – and you live day to day the best way you know how.

 
Growing up too fast
When Glenna was 8 ½ years old, her Mother had a severe stroke.  And this would change the family dynamics forever.  Her Mom was the one that made the household run – and she was unable to do that anymore.  And while her Dad tried very hard to compensate for what Mom once did - he was just not capable of running the household.  During the day he did his best to take care of her Mother and the household, but by the evening hours his disease kicked in high gear and he was off to the bars trying to drink away his problems.
 

 

What happens quite often when there are family dynamics such as Glenna’s, the child of an alcoholic does one of two things… they either become great “care takers” or they sometimes “run wild”.  In Glenna’s case, she became the caretaker.  Glenna didn’t get to spend much time being a little girl because she was thrust right into adulthood and responsibility.  It wasn’t her fault, and she didn’t like it – but as she grew older she also realized there was nothing she could do about it.  And while she realized she didn’t have the easiest childhood she also attributes that those experiences helped forge the person she is today.
 
Married with 5 kids
Fast forward several years and Glenna’s Mother had made a remarkable recovery after her stroke.  Even Glenna’s Father started taking better care of his own health when he was diagnosed with suffering from diabetes for many years.  And while he struggled with this diagnosis it served to curb his drinking and monitoring his blood sugar levels also helped even out his mood swings.  But there was something else…  something else that changed in him.

Glenna married a wonderful man named Steven, and they would eventually have five children of their own while also parenting many of Glenna’s nieces and nephews.  As Glenna and Steven’s family grew – her parents became more involved with her children and even helped take care of them.  But the most noticeable change was in her Father. 

David The Gnome becomes part of the family
Each day no matter what, she remembers her Dad stopped his morning to watch “David the Gnome” with his Grandchildren.  Whichever of the grandkids were there, they would clamor into Grandfather’s lap.  The very lap that none of his own children had ever felt invited into.  And while there were pangs of understandable envy, she marveled at the transformation of the moment, of the man. Her Father had never been able to be much of a “Daddy” to her and her siblings, but he was making a valiant effort to change all that by openly expressing his love to his Grandchildren.  It’s as though he was trying to make up for lost time and he used the “David The Gnome” cartoon as a way of relating to the little ones.

The cartoon “David The Gnome” teaches children the difference between right and wrong, about helping each other. The show teaches children to respect things for what they are and to try and resolve their conflicts peacefully.  Both are lessons that all kids, small or grown, would be well advised to pay attention to.  Therefore, “David The Gnome” was helping Glenna’s Father too.

A special healing takes place
Even when there were no grandchildren present, Glenna would often find “Grandpa” in his chair watching “David the Gnome” by himself.  Sometimes he’d doze off, but if he wasn’t asleep the Grandkids would climb up to join him. Glenna was watching her Father become the “Daddy” she so desperately wanted when she was little.
 

 
Words of wisdom from a special lady

Glenna is a very special person — I would like to paraphrase Glenna’s email now and let her sum up her story for you.  She says;
  
 

“It’s been many years since that time when my children were able to crawl into Dad’s lap.  In fact my oldest son will be graduating from high school this year.  We’ve moved across country and as a result have had to spend less time with family. The phone call that came in June 2008 was totally unexpected.  We’d been looking forward to a full summer and then a visit with the family in the fall.  And with that phone call came those words my mother spoke that shattered in my ears, “Daddy’s gone”.  How sad, more words I hear repeated in my dreams, repeated even when I’m not asleep, “Daddy’s gone”.

  

In a whirlwind of travel and arrangements, I clung to the memory of Dad and David.  An occasional half an hour a day that my dad sat with my children, my nieces and my nephews to watch, “David the Gnome” and to just be Grandpa.  Some men should just start off as Grandfathers…

As is tradition with my husband and children, we buy an ornament to help us celebrate the people we have loved and lost, thank you MissGnomer for helping us add David and Lisa to our homes this year.  GlennaB”

 

 

 

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MissGnomer reflects
What can I possibly say other than I feel absolutely Blessed to have been a part of this experience.  And I want to thank Glenna from the bottom of my heart for sharing such a wonderful story with me — and allowing me to share it with all of you. 

 

 I always knew that Gnomes were special — and Glenna’s experience made me realize that there have been many other incidences where Gnomes have made a positive difference in someone’s life.  So, I decided to make a separate section on my Blog called “Ask MissGnomer”.  I chose that name because I usually meet a person when they have a question about a gnome.  As it was with Glenna. 

I would like to end my post with a bit of educational information about Alcoholism.  Glenna told me that when she spoke of sending me her story about her Dad — that she had been told by other that  it “wasn’t right to speak ill of the dead”.  And I wanted to put her mind at ease … what Glenna wrote speaks volumes … and I don’t consider any of it to be bad or hateful.

Alcoholism is a disease 
Yes, a disease — just like diabetes is a disease.  People do not aspire to become an alcoholic any more than they aspire to have heart disease, or cancer. But sadly, so many people today are not educated about addiction.  Be it addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling or food – many people mistakenly believe it is a “will power” issue.  

These same people are also under the impression that if an addict “really wanted to”, or “just tried harder”, or “made a promise” or “thought of others more than they thought of themselves” – they would stay sober.  But alas that is not the case with addiction.  And sadly, addiction affects not just the person who has the disease – but it also affects the ones closest to them.  Many times the ones they love the most. 

However, in Glenna’s case she didn’t let her past dictate what her future would be.  I wish her and her family many Blessings and good health in the years to come.

Merry Christmas!

xoxoxo

MissGnomer

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Ask MissGnomer 22 Dec 2008 09:18 am

Glenna’s Gnomes For The Holidays

Glenna’s Gnomes For The Holidays

“Ask MissGnomer” is a brand new section of this blog that I felt needed to be created.  I have personally observed many heartwarming and true stories about gnomes and how they have positively affected someone’s life.  I felt it was time to share them with my readers as well.

GlennaB first wrote to me on August 29, 2008.  This is her story:

“Oh please oh please, tell me where you got the David the Gnome ornaments you bought your first granddaughter? My father used to watch this show with the grandkids and we frequently found him watching it even when they weren’t visiting, lol.   We recently lost my dad and I thought that would be
a nice way to commemorate him during the holiday season. Thanks so much!!”

GlennaB was referring to the gnome ornaments in my post here:

http://www.phenomegnome.com/gnomeblog/?p=44 

Taylor Gnomes

I was intrigued by GlennaB’s post and I responded (in part) with this:

“Hello Glenna!
 
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father…  I lost my Dad a few years ago and I miss him so much.  I was also very touched by the comments you shared on my PhenomeGNOME blog about him watching David the Gnome even without the Grandkids around.  “ 
I do have an extra set of the exact same gnomes you are looking for.  The pair I gave to my first Granddaughter!  They are in excellent condition and look just like new.  These little guys were made in 1979 or 1980 by a company called Unieboek Gorham.  They are pretty hard to come by and I was thrilled to get two sets at the same time.
If you would like them - I would be happy to sell them to you for what I paid for them — and of course “MissGnomer” got a great deal for the pair!  You can have them for $15 and that includes shipping them to you Priority Mail First Class (as all good gnomes deserve to travel this way :)  Email me and let me know if you are interested ok?” 

I’ll Post GlennaB’s Response Tomorrow… “Stay Tuned”

Glenna’s Gnomes For The Holidays

 

 

 

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MissGnomer\'s Rantings 16 Dec 2008 06:58 pm

The Meaning of the Song “The 12 Days of Christmas”

The Meaning of the Song “The 12 Days of Christmas”

This is the one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me! What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially a partridge in a pear tree have to do with Christmas? And although I hate to say this - I must admit this song is also my least favorite Christmas song of all time. However, now that I understand it and it’s TRUE meaning – I will think differently the next time I listen to it. I shall listen to it with an open mind and an open heart.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. Here we go!


-:¦:- The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-:¦:- Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.-:¦:- Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-:¦:- The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-:¦:- The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-:¦:- The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-:¦:- Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching,

Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.-:¦:- The eight maids-a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-:¦:- Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,

Faithfulness, Faithfulness,

Gentleness, and Self Control.-:¦:- The ten lords-a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

-:¦:- The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-:¦:- The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.


So there you have it! This knowledge was shared with me and I found it both interesting and enlightening. Now I understand how this strange song became a Christmas Carol – pretty ingenious I must say!

¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-

¸.•´ .•´¨¨))

((¸¸.•´ ..•´ -:¦:-

-:¦:- ((¸¸.•´* Merry (12 Days of) Christmas Everyone!

The Meaning of the Song “The 12 Days of Christmas”

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MissGnomer\'s Rantings 27 Nov 2008 11:21 am

Happy Thanksgiving From My Gnomes to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving From My Gnomes to Yours

 

 More Than Ever ~ Let Us Give Thanks

Thanks for the beautiful sun and moon
for friends and family, who didn’t leave us too soon.

And let us pray for those not as lucky as we
may they find comfort and peace from the Heavenly King.

Give thanks for waterfalls, stars and twilight,
and thanks for warm beds we sleep in at night.

Let’s give thanks for the feast as we gather ’round-
and thank God for His blessings, as they abound.

And even give thanks for the day that is here.
Give thanks every second, every moment of the year.

Be thankful for the ones you hold in your soul.
Give thanks that they love you, and make you feel whole.

Let’s offer thanks for our country, may we still live in peace.
Let us pray as we laugh over this glorious feast.

Give thanks for your blessings, be they big or small-
each one is special, and we should count them all.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, please remember what it means-
and let us pray for those who don’t have anything.

Please remember as you sit at your table tonight-
there are those in the cold, with no food in sight.

Let’s give thanks for those working in shelters all day-
feeding families, feeding children- for them, let us pray.

Let’s give thanks for this nation- with its joys and its loss.
Give thanks for your freedom- for it came with a cost.

Give thanks as you gather the ones that you love-
To the Heavenly Father, residing above.

Through Him we are here, celebrating today.
Give thanks for His Love, on this Thanksgiving Day.

 
Happy Thanksgiving From My Gnomes to Yours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MissGnomer\'s Rantings 14 Nov 2008 11:52 pm

The Naughty Gnome Drink

The Naughty Gnome Drink

Well, well, well — looky what I found just in time for the Holidays!
A wonderful drink called:

“The Naughty Gnome”

Container: Old-Fashioned Glass

Ingredients:
1 oz Captain Morgan Private Stock dark rum
4 oz Vernors Original ginger soda
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Instructions: Pour the rum into an old-fashioned glass with ice.
Fill with Vernors ginger soda, add a dash or two of bitters, and serve.

MissGnomer loves Captain Morgan!  What a great drink to try out the next time I decide to throw back a few with the Wee Folks!  Anyone out there tried it?

 

 

The Naughty Gnome Drink

The Naughty Gnome Drink

 

The Naughty Gnome Drink

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