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ImageLance
Aug 25, 2010 8:51 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Has anyone grown, used, dried, or otherwise had experience with Tennessee spinning gourds? I have a pile of them that I have grown this year, and I am wondering how long before they are dry, recommendations on drying and preparing, decorating, using, and such. These are a very small gourd, and used to be used as spinning tops. An internet search on spinner gourd will find some links, although they are not a popular one at this point, it seems. I am hoping to be able to use them for Christmas presents this year, with my son and I decorating them sometime this fall or early winter. Currently, the vines are still growing (and growing, and growing, and growing...), and I have not harvested any of them, although I am sure many of the fruits are full grown and mature.
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ImageLaVonne
Aug 25, 2010 2:11 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

They make wonderful christmas decorations when painted with acrylics, decoupaged, amd when small enough pendants.

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ImageLaVonne
Aug 25, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Here is more:
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ImageLance
Aug 25, 2010 2:27 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Wow, those are certainly some wonderful looking projects. I wish I could paint that well, but have never been that good with free-hand stuff. But, I may give it a try, as my son does enjoy it - he is 7, so perfection is not a concern as much as having fun with it. Since I probably have close to 50, maybe more, there are plenty to experiment with.
Did you dry any of these yourself? Any ideas on how long they need to dry for before I can clean them?
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ImageLaVonne
Aug 25, 2010 2:54 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Lance you don't have to be that experienced. Start with easy ideas, like leaves and daisy like flowers.

If you get them green, or grow them, once they have reached maturity set them on racks that are small enough yet will give them circular air flow until dry....depends on the weather as to how long...seeds will make noise when shaken....then you wash them with warm water and non-soapy steel scrubber...looks like a nest of copper colored large wire....once clean, set aside until dry then decorate as you want....you can also stain them with various stains, maple, oak, etc., then spray with a clear acrylic sealer. If you are going to use them has hanging ornaments, pendants, you will need to drill a small hole through the top from side to side so that you can attach a large jump ring, ribbon, or fishing line. Use a Dremel...for best results.

Happy Gourding
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ImageLance
Aug 25, 2010 5:22 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thank you for the encouragement. I can be quite crafty, but I tend to be a perfectionist, as well. Check out my interview in the spotlight cubit, and you can see some photos of my wood projects. Even in grade school, I can remember marking out and measuring posters and other art projects to ensure I got it right.
My son and I make many things together, so I am sure we will have fun with it regardless of the outcome. I have learned to lighten up and just go with whatever he wants to try, and not worry quite so much about perfect results. Still, I am amazed at how well some people can materialize what is in their mind, or even replicate what they may see. I think we may end up with a decent size pile of Christmas presents, all the more appreciated because we did it ourselves, starting from seeds.
One final question: Do you think we will be able to use them for Christmas this year? The birdhouse gourds I grew last year took all winter and into the spring to feel like they were ready for use.
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ImageLaVonne
Aug 25, 2010 8:34 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

"One final question: Do you think we will be able to use them for Christmas this year?"

Lance, I can't say for sure but I am guessing that if you still have warm weather, the gourds should dry and you could have some to work with this year, especially if you don't have to mail the little gourds off those you would give them to.

Let me know how things go. BTW some let the gourds stay on the vines until the vines shrivel up and some drying takes place naturally.

Happy decorating
LaVonne
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ImageLance
Aug 27, 2010 10:33 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Ears perked up! Ears perked up! Big Grin Big Grin Blinking Blinking Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up Thumbs up Whistling Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious! Group hug Group hug Smiling Smiling
Smileys from my son. I was showing him the designs you posted, and he thought there were some good ideas there. But he always wants to add in smileys.
We went out today and harvested about 70 of them, as the vines just died for some reason - I noticed lots of vine borer damage, though. And stink bugs trying to suck out every last bit of juice they could from the little gourds. We mainly went for the ones on the ground so they would not rot, and still have a bunch left hanging on the vines. I think we may get those soon, as well, before the stink bugs make them shrivel too much. I have them on drying racks in the kitchen window, which the sun should dry them fairly fast, I am hoping.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageLaVonne
Aug 27, 2010 11:45 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Congrats.

I should have mentioned that the little gourds in the first pix's are decopaged with napkins that were collected from stores that sell very decorative party napkins, then accentuated with paints for more boldness on some areas....then shellaced to give them a high gloss. I use an acrylic spray...in matte or gloss depending on the final results I am looking for...Marti likes to use the Matte finish on her birdhouse gourds.

LaVonne
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denimangle
Aug 27, 2010 4:15 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
A'' Y'all have to stop doing this to me Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Now ill have to add Tennessee spinning gourds to my seed list
LaVonne, the tiny pendent gourds are to die for Thumbs up
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ImageGourd
Sep 15, 2010 7:13 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
I love those pendants too.. very nice, now we have to figure out how to market them for selling.. should we make a forum for selling? I think we can, lets get our thinking caps on and make a couple of rules..

I'd buy a couple of these myself.. they are gorgeous.

A.
ImageLaVonne
Sep 15, 2010 10:43 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Take notice of the Store front that Marti and I created...at the moment it is a forum but as soon as Dave gets in finished it will be a Store with forum.,

http://cubits.org/DMEnterprises/ Gourds and Homemade Jams, Jellies & Crafts

we will be offering the small gourds decorated as well as jewelry make form gourds and other things.

LaVonne
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ImageGourd
Sep 16, 2010 8:25 AM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
That is great news... who would have thought 20 years ago that we could have stores in the air..lol I love it.

That is what it feels like, stores somewhere in space.

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