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Below are the 14 most recent journal entries recorded in Gourdmania's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
12:21 pm
Groud Dolls
I started two gourd dolls with air dry clay faces. The first two faces shrunk too much so I couldn't use them, so I made two new ones.  Now I need to figure out if I want to paint the faces or just leave them a stark white, which contrasts nicely with the brown of the gourd.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, September 24th, 2010
2:49 pm
Volunteer Gourds
This year we have some accidental gourds growing in our garden. We have one at each end of the long patio and I'm doing my best to keep them from leaping the fence. But I was out of town for five days and you know how fast gourds grow. So I need to get out there as soon as I'm done with work and make sure they didn't leap the fence.

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
12:12 pm
Wanted to mention a new community called cucurbitaceae for those that like to grow Gourds, Pumpkins, Loofahs, Squash and other members of the gourd family.
Friday, January 11th, 2008
9:27 pm
newbie here.
I took my first gourd class a few weeks ago, and this is what I came away with.
Setting Sun Gourd
Gourd, leather dyes, pyrography, embedded dichroic cab.
I'm addicted!
Hubby is taking me to the Welburn gourd farm tomorrow. I can't wait to choose my own from all the available shapes.
Sunday, May 27th, 2007
9:36 pm
I'm so glad I found this community!

I am a newbie gourd artist (got a box of gourds with mold waiting to be cleaned) but have dabbled in a similar art- devils claws! (as seen here, here, here, here, here, and here)

Has anyone else dabbled in decorating and/or growing these? Between the end of April and now (end of May) I have been planting the seeds from last years crop out in my fields but have yet to see any sprouts. :( I'm going to try and get a few started indoors with a glass jar and moist paper towels, then move them outside when... if they sprout.
Friday, April 13th, 2007
10:44 pm
I didn't know gourds smelled
I took the gourd I grew last year and decided to clean it. I think it's ready. So I soaked it and that was very hard to do.

This is what we finally came up with. We put it in a criter cage. What you don't see is the top has a bird bowl with a plastic super cup full of heavy pennies to keep the lid and the gourd from flying out. I was scared it would go through the roof. An hour later I took it out and scrubbed it down with soap and water to get the mold and skin off of it. Check out how it turned out!

I love the color. Now I just don't know what to do with it. Originally I was going to make it into a canteen but now I don't know. I need to decide because that will determine the type of cut I make on it. I think the shell is thin so I probably can't use it for anything that requires durability. I don't know anymore. Well I did find out something after washing it. They smell like maple syrup. At least that's what my husband said it smelled like. I had described it as a cross between vanilla, cinnamon and pepper. Whatever it was it's made me light headed and hence the groggy emoticon. Oh wouldn't it be ironic if I was allergic to these darn things I love so much? I can't wait to seal it with wood sealer so it won't smell so gross anymore.

Current Mood: groggy
2:38 pm
Gourd Necklace
I entered a contest and one of my beaded items got an honorable mention. I'm not sure which one yet but I'm guessing it's my gourd necklace shown here: http://createwithzel.vox.com/library/post/gourd-necklace.html
I emailed the contest organizer and she said,"Here's the complete list of winners," but then she didn't include a link. So hopefully she'll let me know soon.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, April 12th, 2007
1:26 pm
Oh no. You're the only member here so far. I hope that will change. I joined the Gourd Journal community and it was pretty dead too. Very disappointing. We've go to get more gourd fans on one place. Anyway, I love gourds so much. I'm more of a gourd gardener than an artist but that may change once I get a good harvest...or more accurate IF I get a good harvest. Last year I managed to raised two birdhouse gourds and one swan gourd. I think they are ready to be cleaned and used although my biggest and prettiest one doesn't rattle. I got some great seeds for dipper, apple, Martin, birdhouse, swan, mini bottle, bushel and snake gourds. My yard is small but I'm going to see what I can raise. Oh and Luffas too. I want to grow my own sponges. I think that's so neat. I love how fluffy and soft the leaves are. They aren't nasty and spikey like mean squash or pumpkins. They have such a velvety feel and I love the smell as well. So unique like that of baby budgies. Unless you've smelled one you can't really describe it. I'm very excited about this year's growing season.

I've also gotten two wonderful books on gourds. I just finished reading Gourds In Your Garden and have started on Making Gourd Musical Instruments. I hope that my first craft will be making some type of instrument. That would be so neat! Music is one of my other passions. Well I'll stop here for now.

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
10:06 am
New Domain
I'm happy to say I just got a new domain name for my gourd art. It's Gourdmania.com. I haven't started building the website yet, because it takes a few days to go through the system and get listed with the host and all that. Stay tuned though.

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, November 30th, 2006
3:56 pm
Water Bottle/Canteen Gourd
My boyfriend makes the coolest gourds. His vision is very different than mine. This is a gourd he made using his handprint. It's a gourd water bottle.

Current Mood: creative
3:52 pm
Welburn Gourd Farm
Of all the photos I've taken out at the Welburn Gourd Farm, this is one of my favorites.

Current Mood: excited
3:48 pm
Owl Gourd
I had fun making this gourd using pyrography and acrylic paints. It's one of my favorites so far.

Current Mood: creative
3:27 pm
A Fresh Start for Gourd Art
I'm a member of another gourd community that had almost no traffic in a long time, and to make matters worse, it didn't show up in the L.J. search engine when I tried to find it, even though I typed in gourds and gourd. I'm not sure why. So I thought I'd start a fresh community and see if things don't pick up with regular maintenance. Or if the other 'gourd journal' community picks up, I'll participate there too.

Current Mood: creative
3:15 pm
Welcome to Gourd Mania!

Current Mood: creative
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