Oh My Gourds!

Gourds and more gourds!  There are so many different types, I was amazed!

gourds

We have grown quite a few different ones just for fun.  They are beautiful and colorful additions to the Thanksgiving decorations as well.  Two years ago we planted goblin egg gourds in our summer garden.  We thought the grandkids would like display some around their Jack-o-lanterns at Halloween.

goblineggsmixgourdTruly, they are the exact same size as chicken eggs.  The colors are vibrant and fun to watch develop on the vine.  I know that I had more fun watching them grow than the grand kids, LOL.  They were more interested in the size of the pumpkins.  I am always amazed at the yield of just one plant.  By the end of the plants cycle, we must have had 25 to 30 gourds.

Okay, now you are asking yourself what am I to do with so many egg sized gourds.  Well, obviously there is always a fun, creative use for just about everything out there.  But, first they had an immediate use, my table at Thanksgiving.  Once there colorful presence was finished there I decided to let them dry and see what happens.  My mother in law had given me a book on drying and decorating them.  I truly didn’t realize it would take over a year for them to dry out completely.  I checked them just this past spring, still not totally dried out enough to play with.

driedgoblingourdsNot so pretty anymore huh?  Light as a feather now, washed, and sanded smooth they are ready to paint.  Well, five of them are ready anyway.   Decisions, decisions,  I know they will all be different, but where to start……………….. Cyn

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About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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