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ImageTrish
Feb 8, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
I have gourds. Medium sized and smaller ones that I'm looking to decorate for spring and summer. My hope is to sell them this year in late April


I have all kinds of good ideas for fall, but not for spring.

Ideas? Pictures would be even better. Sweet smile.
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ImageRoadrunner
Feb 8, 2010 9:22 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Thanks for stopping by, Trish...I am on my laptop (75th BD gift) so don't have access to my gourd pictures...tomorrow is my Gourd Group meeting and I will take my camera.

Do you have a woodburner? Lots of nice art work with those. Jo
ImageTrish
Feb 9, 2010 10:47 AM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
I don't, but my son does. I bet he'll let me borrow it- great idea!!

That got my thinking cap on!
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ImageRoadrunner
Feb 9, 2010 10:06 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Here is a gourd one of my friends brought to me today...

I am in charge of the Fellowship table at Church Sunday...not only is it Valentine;s day...but it is our Western Sunday too...So I wanted to decorate the table with the Cowboy Poetry days theme "Cowboys and Sweethearts....She made me a gourd with a cowboy and a cowgirl burned in the gourd,,,then cut out hearts and covered the cut outs with stained glass...a little battery candle goes inside...

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ImageRoadrunner
Feb 9, 2010 10:07 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

the heart side...

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ImageRoadrunner
Feb 9, 2010 10:08 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

I had invited a gal I met at a craft show to come to our gourd group today...here is a gourd she brought for "show & tell"

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ImageRoadrunner
Feb 9, 2010 10:09 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Side view...

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ImageTrish
Feb 10, 2010 8:04 AM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Jo- Thanks!!

That last one is perfect- very spring-y.

Now to find time to do it!!
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Imagemarti
Feb 11, 2010 10:17 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
I paint birdhouse gourds and like to paint them with flowers like sunflowers and bees or pansies, or roses. This gourd I've added butterflies on it. This is a gift for a friend.

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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
ImageRoadrunner
Feb 11, 2010 10:38 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

I love the flowers and colors...just one comment...isn't the hole a little big for a bird? I'll have to find that sheet that tells what size holes should be for different birds...

One year I saw a bigger bird go into a House Wrens nest and destroy her eggs...mean old bird!! Grumbling
Imagemarti
Feb 12, 2010 11:55 AM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
The hole is 2 inches, which works fine for the birds around here. For the smaller birds I do smaller holes. Some times I also put a perch on the front of the gourd for the birds to sit on.

Marti
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
ImageRoadrunner
Feb 12, 2010 6:23 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

That's a good size....yes, a perch is handy.

My 2 story bird house never got a tenant last year,,,then a man told me to put a wee drop of vanilla on a cotton ball inside...I'll try that this year.. jo
ImageGourd
Feb 18, 2010 12:04 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Hi there Trish,

Lots of good idea's Jo. I've seen some hung like Chili Ristras in long reams. I guess they have to be kind of in the medium to small size, but they look great with some twine string and raffia as the leaves. Just make sure they are sealed and hung where the rain doesn't hit them and they will last for a very long time (Many years) you may have to reseal them every year to have them keep their sheen.

I luv gourds.
ImageEufaula
Feb 18, 2010 5:43 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Here are a few I saw at a Craft Show in North Carolina. Sorry I didnt get the gentlemans name! I was so impressed! I wanted them all.

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My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!
ImageEufaula
Feb 18, 2010 5:47 PM CST
Name: Lynn
More Gourd Crafters in North Georgia.

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My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!
ImageEufaula
Feb 18, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Lynn
I think they should have been called Gourd Colorists... arent they beautiful!

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My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!
ImageEufaula
Feb 18, 2010 5:51 PM CST
Name: Lynn
..and one more!

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My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!
ImageGourd
Feb 18, 2010 6:48 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Euafaula,
those apples look good enuff to eat..!! great job they did, thanks for posting these photos..
ImageRoadrunner
Feb 18, 2010 7:00 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Oh my goodness! I adore ALL of them..Thanks you so much. Hurray!
Imageazreno
Feb 22, 2010 10:35 AM CST
Name: Lynn Reno
Mesa, AZ
Purple Rocks!
I LOVE the floral cutout gourd, I never would have thought about that.

But the colored ones, those are to cool. How are they doing that? The apples I guess is just an all over stain but the others...an airbursh?

And what sort of stains would you use, I just love the color on the apple gourds.

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