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Monday, July 18, 2011

Pay It Forward...Get Your Gnome On!

One yard gnome, not so bad.  Eighty-seven yard gnomes, bad.
I have been pondering the yard gnome for awhile and wondering to myself, "How can I help?"
Sideline whining is a pet peave of mine.  Hate it.  I even have a sign in my home that says so.  "No Whining."
If you absolutely must share a complaint, you dern well better have a solution.  So....

Let's re-define the yard gnome.  Let's make him a symbol of generosity in our community!

Key points of the plan:
- This is a way to be of service in our community in a juvenile FUN way!
- Charities are often forgotten in the summer months, even though their services keep truckin'!
- You have an excuse to get an up close peek at a neighbors yard!
- Dressing like a ninja and wearing eyeblack is always a fun starter!
- Think "Pay It Forward" meets "Flat Stanley".

If you accept this challenge- gather cohorts, buy a gnome (On clearance at Meijer, btw), target a neighbor, deliver said gnome under the cloak of darkness, tape instructions/ransom note to the door, donate to a charity, send me documentation! (Include drinks of your choice at each stage)

Your ransom note should look a little something like this:

You have officially been GNOMED!  

Follow the instructions below OR ELSE larger, uglier gnomes will follow!

1. Donate to your favorite charity, church/temple or school.  

2. Pay it forward- gnome a friend/neighbor of your choice.

3. Include these instructions.

4. Document the "gnoming" and send a picture to
  (HouseTalkN in the subject line)

If you are above the age of 21 and are not operating large machinery, you may want to include adult beverages on your mission.

To kick off this series, I will post the first "GNOMING!"
Photo altered to protect identity of minor.

The more on the mission, the merrier!

Spread the word - far and wide- Pay it forward, Get your gnome on!
Go Big Or Go Home!

Linky Par-taaay Your Gnome On Over To:


  1. Laura- we could "borrow" about 9,872 gnomes from Liberty?

  2. I'm SO in! I already have my first "hit" in mind. Documentation to follow......

  3. BP- I can't wait to see the photos!

  4. I love this idea! Thanks for linking up! :) if my neighbors would actually participate and not just charge me with trespassing-I would totally do this...maybe this winter after I move! ;)
    @ Creative Kristi

  5. Oh my gosh I love this idea and am so doing it in my hood!

  6. Lisa- Send me pictures!
    Kristi- you can road trip gnome!
    Thanks, y'all!

  7. We do this with our friends and neighbors each year around Christmas only we do a gift from an "Angel tree" It is so much fun!!


  8. This is such a fun idea! I loved your description! It made me laugh! I would love sneaking around at night leaving gnomes in people's yards. I would probably drive past laughing so many times, they would suspect it was me. ha ha.

  9. LOL...that's awesome! I'm actually already currently on a Pay It Forward Mission with my kids this week so the gnomes are a no-go for me but I LOVE THIS! Next week's project!

  10. COOL! Love it! Thanks so much for linking it up to Changing the World One Blog at a Time.

    Warmly, Michelle


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