When I saw some gourd seed packets & some painted gourds someone had painted, I said, "I can do that" and my daughter Laurie said, "Gourds, oh gourds". Thus the name I used over several years while doing "Craft shows"
You are only limited by your imagination, & I have a BIG imagination. I looked on the web for gourds that were sold "RAW" (just washed, not cleaned out) and started learning how to clean them inside & out (Could not have done it without the help of my wonderful husband Joel) and I was on my way. The next pictures are of SOME of my creations.
I purchased a tiny miniature electric saw for some of my intricate designs. There are MANY kinds of gourds & the growers are VERY particular about them. The gourds are usually fertilized at night by a moth, so Crossed pollination does happen, so the growers go out at night & put tiny mesh sacks over the blooms to prevent this.
If I broke a gourd, I made use of it.
I received requests from people for different designs & tried my best to create what they wanted.
I made jewelry boxes, potpourri holders, banks, light houses Lamps & other designs.
Different Holidays gave me the chance to do cute or scary designs
I painted the APPLE Gourds like apples & strawberries
I made birdhouses from Maranka gourds. They reminded me of Sea shells
The Bumble Bee is a Mexican Bottle neck. The elephant took 3 gourds to make. Two bottoms from Kettle gourds for the ears & a bottle neck for the head.
My Whale lamps were very popular. I have more pictures, but I have reached my limit of 15 pictures. I just might post some more. I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my handy work. Kay Haynes
Published March 31st, 2016 8:17 PM
2 of 10 comments