Reid's grandfather (Opa, as he was known to most) was famous for his garden. He cherished each and every plant and always made sure his yard and garden were taken care of. Opa had quite a collection of garden gnomes, many of which had been repainted over the years. Some of the older ones were made of cement, and some were made of resin. All of the Heiss grandkids enjoyed seeing those gnomes in Opa's garden.
When Opa died, the family divided up the gnomes, and we brought four of them home. They were in desperate need of new paint, and I dutifully put them on my craft counter so I could "get around to it." That was over six years ago!
I'm proud to report that our four little gnomes have finally been spruced up and have found a new home in our "Opa Memorial Garden" on the side of our house. They turned out pretty cute (and I'm glad to have the counter space available again).