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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

February 27, 2009
3:03 AM

Post #6195991

This gourd is the only big one I got this year, it rotted and caved in, in the most awful way. Well, I've had it on my mind for a very long time and it has been dry for awhile now. This is how it came out!

It was growing and the tile layers here dumped all their grout out of their buckets into my garden, then it stopped and started to rot and just caved in. I did save all the seeds and it dried but has some scarring. It is 20 inches long and about 20 inches around, I just know it would have gotten a lot bigger if not for this mishap.

I broke the stem off while working on it, but will glue it back on this week, it is going to class with me tomorrow. I don't know if I will patina it black or not. I might do that in class.

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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

February 27, 2009
3:04 AM

Post #6195997

Here is her before picture.

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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

February 27, 2009
3:05 AM

Post #6196004

And here she is getting measured for a new outfit. I hope the birds like their new house and their stained glass window.

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KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

February 27, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6196008

Very pretty - you are very talented!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

February 27, 2009
3:11 AM

Post #6196032

Oh Thank you so much.. It's been awhile that I've done anything to do with gourds.. they are dear to my heart.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

February 27, 2009
3:26 AM

Post #6196101

That is quite the transformation!
d_lilly
Vandalia, IL

February 27, 2009
3:50 AM

Post #6196171

i love it! you made it work! :)
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

February 27, 2009
3:59 AM

Post #6196193

Thank you guys, it was on my mind all summer last year as it was growing, and then over the fall, and winter... well, I'm just glad it didn't all cave in.. DH liked it, but, I spent all day on it today, I washed it yesterday and the darned thing was full of mold.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 27, 2009
3:40 AM

Post #6602857

I don't know how I missed seeing this! I agree...you have enough talent to share some with me!! Jo
Gourd_
Mesilla Park, NM

January 22, 2010
7:23 PM

Post #7486020

Thanks Jo,
I took this gourd to my class one day, and now, I'm going to be teaching classes, so this will be one of the projects that hopefully will be done at the end of the stained glass class if there is time. Very interesting how we can use different mediums on these gourds.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2010
9:26 PM

Post #7486330

Hey Gourd...I still LOVE that piece of art.

BTW...the AZ Gourd Festival will be held the first week end in Feb...why not come visit me for a few days and we'll go on up to Casa Grande and attend the festival?? Jo



edited to correct a mistake I made...as usual. J

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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

January 25, 2010
7:10 PM

Post #7495690

Hi Jo,
I'm teaching class and have a trip to Albuquerque planned for my Granddaughter's birthday during that time. She will be 13... gosh, do I remember those days. We will get together some day I'm sure.
A.

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