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Not only did I grow up without Christmas, but I was raised in a community where the norm was dumplings and a matinee on that quiet, snowy holiday, and thus traditions that most of this country takes for granted still strike me as intriguingly novel. I had my first cup of nog in college and hung my very first ornament a mere week ago. But nothing can match the starry-eyed fascination I experience when my neighborhood begins decorating the facades of their homes. Across the street, one giant, inflated, rotating snow globe glows frenetically, around the corner, clones of Mary hang from every window. We may not have much grass to call our own in Brooklyn, but the desire for outdoor decor manages to thrive regardless. Let your oddities take in some fresh air; it’s time for Keep It Weird to ornament its lawn.


Combat Garden Gnome


Custom Plastic Flamingo

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Michelle Traub is Etsy's Member Stories Specialist.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Love the Flamingo!!!

    4 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet says:

    Wow! Your story is really interesting. I grew up with a traditional family doing all the traditional stuff. I have great memories of Christmas' past but somehow I ended up weird anyways! Thanks for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    Great post!

    4 years ago

  • Grafxquest

    Grafxquest says:

    I will never forget seeing my first wooden garden women bent over tending the garden with her polka dotted drawers! I laughed so hard and then I looked around because I was so embarrassed...I was only 8...but have seriously stayed away from the oddities on my lawn because I will never forget that incident. However Holidays don't count! Run amok!

    4 years ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye says:

    All gnomes should be armed!

    4 years ago

  • cartelle

    cartelle says:

    LMAO I NEED that combat garden gnome!!!

    4 years ago

  • ArtDecoDame

    ArtDecoDame says:

    loving the gnome and flamingo!

    4 years ago

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 says:

    cute post <3

    4 years ago

  • birdie1

    birdie1 says:

    Hilarious! Reminds me of my niece who, after beauty school, props her mannequin heads around the yard. You can see them from the kitchen peeking in the window from the outside. Still scares me.

    4 years ago

  • originalsbyannemarie

    originalsbyannemarie says:

    Maybe I could come up with an idea for my dressform!

    4 years ago

  • NobleTextiles

    NobleTextiles says:

    Ha! that gnome is hilarious!

    4 years ago

  • VampedUpCouture

    VampedUpCouture says:

    So Great!

    4 years ago

  • franstradingpost

    franstradingpost says:

    Here in NC, home of Fort Bragg, Seymore Johnson AFB, and the base at Cherry Point the Combat Gnome would be very appropriate!

    4 years ago

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux says:

    Two blocks away from mine is a house whose inhabitants think bowling balls balanced atop spray-painted coffe cans are just the thing to adorn their flower beds. They have about 20 of them.

    4 years ago

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux says:

    And no, I don't live in Baltimore, in case you were wondering.

    4 years ago

  • melida

    melida says:

    Oooooh, totally getting inspiration for my balcony....

    4 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    strange and beautiful ~ The Pod Ring with Birdie Perched by leandogpottery is mesmerizing

    4 years ago

  • snotbooger

    snotbooger says:

    i love fun yard stuff i like the stair statue and the flamingo

    4 years ago

  • AthenasGown

    AthenasGown says:

    Haha - Wow, I love this! Either that would attract with weirdos or keep them away! ;)

    4 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering says:


    4 years ago

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage says:

    ha! I almost spit my drink out when I saw the gnome! too funny!

    4 years ago

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry says:

    Very interesting!! Its fun to celebrate isn't it!! BTW Homemade eggnog is the BEST!!! ~Krista

    4 years ago

  • offbeet

    offbeet says:

    This one lady in my town has her lawn adorned with tubs, sinks, and toilets...oh, and a washing day the scrap guys came by to pick them and she had to chase them off her all of the appliances are chained to various trees in her yard.

    4 years ago

  • mynameiskorrine

    mynameiskorrine says:

    The Head print is Priceless. Love it.

    4 years ago

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo says:

    HAHAHAHAH I love these posts! the combat gnome is so funny!

    4 years ago

  • ladyhawthorne

    ladyhawthorne says:

    I love the garden gnome!

    4 years ago

  • VintageLancaster

    VintageLancaster says:

    Wow this is awesome! So glad to be included!

    4 years ago

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique says:

    *gigglesnort* Me likey the combat gnome! :0)

    4 years ago

  • availdesign

    availdesign says:

    I like the lady's HEAD from the neonmatisse!

    4 years ago

  • availdesign

    availdesign says:

    Great lady's Head from neonmatisse!

    4 years ago

  • silverlily786

    silverlily786 says:

    A HA HA HA HA HA "sigh" Hilarious.

    4 years ago

  • LoveMeOrnamentals

    LoveMeOrnamentals says:

    Oh my! I love the gnome and Im thrilled I was featured! YAY!

    4 years ago

  • volson1

    volson1 says:

    I love the Garden Gnome... love it!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Love to see lawn ornaments!

    4 years ago

  • damngooddoormats

    damngooddoormats says:

    My first Etsy blog! Thanks for including my doormat!

    4 years ago

  • elizasteindesigns

    elizasteindesigns says:

    I'm a lifelong city dweller, so a lawn is such exotic terrain to me. If I had one, I'm sure I'd stuff it full of gnomes, flamingos, and maybe a scarecrow just for the heck of it.

    4 years ago

  • vinskord

    vinskord says:

    Great stuff!! Love the combat gnome!!

    4 years ago

  • peshka

    peshka says:

    Ha ha..Cool!

    4 years ago

  • FullCircleRetro
  • Ficurinia

    Ficurinia says:

    Reminds me of some of the folks who will be at our Christmas Eve dinner this year. Many of them never celebrated Christmas ever and were so excited when we started to invite them over for non-traditional gourmet meals with no children—anywhere! Just a lot of really drunk grown-ups!!! Coming from a traditionally Catholic background it was kind of great to reinvent the holiday with my husband since we also have no kids. No more Mommy Dearest from my mom and dad and way more La Dolce Vita! (In my other life I have a garden store here on etsy and I LOVE LOVE LOVE non-traditional yard decor. Thanks for thinking of this right now.)

    4 years ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino says:

    This stuff is much more exciting than the broken vehicles, abandoned snow-gos, wood piles and 500 gallon oil tanks that populate the yards of rural Alaska where I grew up (nobody has lawns there).

    4 years ago

  • EphemeraAndMore

    EphemeraAndMore says:

    LOVE keep it weird! Always fun and inspirational! Great story too!

    4 years ago

  • FolkArtByDawn

    FolkArtByDawn says:

    I like to decorate my yard too I get some odd looks

    4 years ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign says:

    Cool!!! :)

    4 years ago

  • mark13148

    mark13148 says:

    Very cool!

    4 years ago

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts says:

    Wow, the flamingo is wonderful! Reminds me of Dia de Los Muertes skulls. Very nice!

    4 years ago

  • casualtatter

    casualtatter says:

    AHAAHAAHAAHAA1 LOVE the garden gnome! He's just terrific!

    4 years ago


    PAYSMAGE says:

    Love the Bird House Clown !

    4 years ago

  • joankelley

    joankelley says:

    I'd like a Gnome but dressed in a Navy uniform!

    4 years ago

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery says:

    Fun as usual hehe, but I love bird bath print and ring most!

    4 years ago

  • stormboli

    stormboli says:

    I love seeing the New Brunswick, Canada flag :) Where exactly was the top photo taken? I'm from New Brunswick living i NY, I haven't gotten my flag hung yet! This post also reminds me that I need to grab my half lady next time I am home haha.

    4 years ago

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt says:

    I want that tea towel. Great post.

    4 years ago

  • thecityfolklore

    thecityfolklore says:

    Hilarious stuff! In Europe people don't go to those extremes, but probably because space isn't abundant. I wonder what some houses secretly stash, though!

    4 years ago

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques says:

    Lol, l enjoy your posts. Happy Holidays

    4 years ago

  • princessjainascloset

    princessjainascloset says:

    My grandmother had the half-lady with drawers in her garden a fair distance from the road... until family and neighbours starting honking as they drove by thinking Nan was out picking strawberries.

    4 years ago

  • Gamut

    Gamut says:

    I am shocked that etsy doesn't have a mass of homeade whirly gig makers.Standard yard fare in small town Kansas. Maybe this will give someone the idea.

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425
  • BlueBrushStudio

    BlueBrushStudio says:

    What a great the hilarious gnome!

    4 years ago

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ says:

    I love the flamingo! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • afteryourheartart

    afteryourheartart says:

    I love the combat garden gnome!!!

    4 years ago

  • EarthSeaWarrior

    EarthSeaWarrior says:

    this roolz and that HEAD is awesomely creepy.

    4 years ago

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen says:

    that gnome is hilarious!

    4 years ago

  • RoughGems

    RoughGems says:

    Kitschy cool post! This seems fun to do, just need to get myself a lawn.

    4 years ago

  • KnotYourNeedles

    KnotYourNeedles says:

    I live out in the sticks, but I'm filing this away for my old lady years. I cannot wait to yell "Get off my lawn, you hooligans!" when I become a woman of a certain age. Hopefully I'll stop feeling like a goofy teenager by then as well.

    4 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    I need that doormat!!

    4 years ago

  • tchaubella

    tchaubella says:

    That garden gnome is awesome!!!

    4 years ago

  • DogwoodWinter

    DogwoodWinter says:

    Jennasredrhino knows about what I saw when I was in a fishing village in rural Alaska -- you could put Christmas lights on the stacks of dead vehicles and call it a Christmas "tree." There really aren't a lot of trees in Northern Alaska, either, so it would be welcome. Anyway, my mum has pink flamingos for her yard, but when I get to be a cranky old spinster, I'm going to make everything I can into planters -- wheelbarrows, sinks, toilets, teacups, everything. I'll be planting artichoke plants around them, too, so no one can steal them. XP

    4 years ago

  • Spinarama

    Spinarama says:

    Great idea with the cosmetology mannequins. I have one I use to display hats. Since I am not using it at the moment, instead of the head looking in windows from the outside, this head is looking out the right side of the window, on the the window sill, with her hat on, tilted in a way that it is facing towards the door. There is also a "no soliciting" sign on the left side of the window. Sure fire way to chase off missionaries.

    4 years ago

  • solocosmo

    solocosmo says:

    The Flamingo is fantastic!

    4 years ago

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster says:

    omgggggggggg tha gnome is too funny!!! lmao

    4 years ago

  • jojosvintagecupboard

    jojosvintagecupboard says:

    Neat stuff here!

    4 years ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry says:

    Super Post!!! OMG that Combat Garden Gnome.....

    4 years ago

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum says:

    When I moved into my house there was a 3 foot high stone obelisk in the front yard that was sorta phallic in shape. Not one to mess with karmic forces, it's still there.

    4 years ago

  • steenoneill

    steenoneill says:

    I sooo need to get the combat garden gnome for my little patio table. It would instantly inspire laughter when guests came over and saw it:)

    4 years ago

  • DominiqueD

    DominiqueD says:

    Is this in New Brunswick, Canada? Its the New Brunswick flag...

    4 years ago

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets says:

    Hahha ...I think there is only one thing to do, Michelle. You should buy the Combat Garden Gnome and point it right at the revolving snow globe. And, you should make a "dumpling" ornament for your first tree. First ornament? Really? Welcome.

    4 years ago

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:


    4 years ago

  • TrueGemsByPatti

    TrueGemsByPatti says:

    Love the gnome!

    4 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    I just love that Combat Garden Gnome. Where I live garden gnomes are a kind of traditional feature, although to be truly precise we call them Devon Piskies. There's even a "reserve" for them not far away where there are literally thousands of the pesky little varmints digging, wheeling wheelbarrows, fishing, etc. I've always half hoped one of them would one day go on a rampage with an assault rifle & litter the area with little flakes of plaster...

    4 years ago

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly says:

    My BF would love that garden Gnome! Cute items!

    4 years ago

  • aimeere

    aimeere says:

    My husband has limited me to one garden gnome. I'd like to have a whole village of them!! Fun Fun!!

    4 years ago

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink says:

    Good article.

    4 years ago

  • LeftontheBeach

    LeftontheBeach says:

    dare to be different, our house is not a home till we decorate it!

    4 years ago

  • BurningHeartArt

    BurningHeartArt says:

    Love the machine gun gnomie!

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Wow amazing finds as always, I love that bird house has so much character!

    4 years ago

  • benarobinson

    benarobinson says:

    Where are you from that you had dumplings and a matinee on Christmas? I'm just curious. I live in Russia at the moment and I'm really looking forward to New Year here, where I guess we'll eat and drink copious amounts until the morning of the first, and then go outside and stagger around in the snow. I eat dumplings (pelmeni) a lot here, too, so that's why I was curious. The gnome is awesome!

    4 years ago

  • bodicegoddess

    bodicegoddess says:

    My housemates keep talking about how much they want a lawn dinosaur - preferably a velociraptor. There's talk of decorating him for each holiday, too. A top hat for fancy ones, wrap him in Christmas lights, put on a cape... So many possibilities! But, for now, we'll have to stick with their two-year-old's "ghost friend" that's been out since Halloween.

    4 years ago

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim says:

    I love the Flamingo. The sky is the limit on those.

    4 years ago

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel says:

    wow-- combat garden gnome takes the cake-- perfect way to scare off unwanted holiday guests!

    4 years ago

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby says:

    There's an artist in Seattle - Kelly Lyles - who has a bunch of rocking horses in her yard. It's super creepy-cool looking at night.

    4 years ago

  • RedFernVintage

    RedFernVintage says:

    I sooo look forward to these.

    4 years ago

  • 5erg

    5erg says:

    Love the door mat :D Useful

    4 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    That is weird!

    4 years ago

  • BigBadBuddha

    BigBadBuddha says:

    I'm loving that Plastic Flamingo

    4 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    4 years ago

  • tableclothpad

    tableclothpad says:

    I love this post .

    4 years ago