by: www.OfficeJax.Has.It The online surplus outlet store home and office desks partitions furniture ps3 bicycles jewelry diecast models and collectables
We would like to thank the local libraries, schools, and universities for recommending students to visit us when doing research on any of our information topics.
Gourd Enthusiasm Growing Around the World
Gourds pLaid an essential role in the daily life of early cultures. Commonly used as containers and vessels, they were also used for musical instruments. Some cultures used gourds for birdhouses and feeders and this is what most people today think of when they hear the word gourd. Or maybe you can remember a dipper made out of a gourd at Grandma's house years ago.
Now artists and crafts people have discovered a new medium to develop their creativity. I'm not sure when the gourd craze officially started but it worked it's way into my life about eight years ago by way of an article in a gardening magazine. It looked interesting and so that spring I decided to grow a couple gourd plants.
My first creations were, of course, birdhouses. Later, after some research and book purchases, the world of gourds exploded and I have found that the creative possibilities are limitless. Even if you can't come up with your own ideas there are a multitude of books and tutorials written by gourd artists and crafters explaining different techniques that can be done with gourds.
Gourd craft is working its way into the hands of accomplished artists who have found the gourd to be an exciting new way to showcase their art. They are not just for crafters anymore.
So now that you have gotten a little gourd enthusiasm of your own what comes next? Well, the gourd of course. Gourd growers and suppliers, once few and far between, are beginning to pop up everywhere. Many can be found on the internet.
Gourds come in all shapes and sizes, from minis to giants. The name of the gourd can give you a clue about the shape, such as egg, cannonball, canteen, basketball, bottle and so forth. You get the idea.
In order to work with the gourd it must be dry. If you happen to find gourds being sold in the fall at a farmers market they will most likely be freshly harvested. These will have to dry for a few months to a year or more depending on size. I personally don't like to purchase green gourds, as they are called, just in case they haven't fully matured. Some growers new to the world of gourd craft don't understand the needs of the gourd artist. They are only concerned with growing gourds for fall decoration. A poorly grown gourd, instead of drying, may rot or have a shell too thin to work with.
I'm in favor of buying gourds that have already dried. This way surprises and disappointments can be reduced. You still may have a few along the way though. When gourds dry they produce a moldy skin that eventually dries on the gourd. This skin has to be removed before art work can begin. After the skin is removed you may discover some holes or warts on your gourd. Or during cleaning you might discover your hard gourd has turned soft once you got it wet. This is the sign of a thin shell. There are things that can be done with a thin shell but for the most part we look for gourds with thick, sturdy shells.
To avoid these problems, look for cleaned, ready to craft gourds. These gourds have been cleaned for you. Cleaning is a messy job and you may not have the desire or area in which to do it yourself.
So come and join in the fun and find out for yourself the addicting powers of the gourd.
Martha Bloom: grower and crafter of gourds.
MORE RESOURCES updated Sun. December / 10 / 2023
The Alphabetical Guide To Craft Hobbies | A-Z List Of Crafts Country Living UK
75+ Hobby Ideas For Men Art of Manliness
Hobby Income: What It Is and How It's Taxed Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Thurston County Fair: Last Call for Open Class Foods, Art, Hobbies and Crafts - ThurstonTalk - ThurstonTalk
Thurston County Fair: Last Call for Open Class Foods, Art, Hobbies and Crafts - ThurstonTalk ThurstonTalk
You Can Make This Much Money Before the IRS Considers Your Hobby to be a Taxable Business - Yahoo Finance
You Can Make This Much Money Before the IRS Considers Your Hobby to be a Taxable Business Yahoo Finance
125 Best Hobbies For Women Parade Magazine
Meet Mike Larisey, owner of Maritime Hobbies & Crafts Ltd | DHBC Downtown Halifax
Cobblestone Crafts and Hobbies still for sale in Holland Township HollandSentinel.com
14 Best Fiber Craft Kits for Adults of 2023 | Reviews by Wirecutter The New York Times
8 Craft Hobbies Set To Be Popular This Autumn And Winter Country Living UK
Ulmer: Find hobbies that put a smile on your face Bismarck Tribune
8 craft hobbies everyone's talking about in 2023 Country Living UK
10 Slow Living Hobbies For Self-Care Country Living UK
14 Cozy Hobbies to Try, Just in Time for Fall The Everygirl
50 Easy and Useful Craft Ideas for Adults to DIY Cheaply Good Housekeeping
Where to try new hobbies in San Diego County in 2023 The San Diego Union-Tribune
New Year, New Skills: 7 Hands-On Hobbies to Pick Up Right Now Philadelphia magazine
The 20 Most Relaxing Hobbies to Try This Year Country Living UK
17 Hobbies that Make Money as Side Hustles or Businesses The Penny Hoarder
There’s No Age Limit to Hobbies Jewish Exponent
Bored?! 13 Unique Camping Hobbies To Do While RVing RV Lifestyle
10 Hobbies That Earn You Money Times of India
Don't turn your hobby into a side hustle The Japan Times
Business Intel: Crossroads Hobbies and Crafts Roanoke Times
Endangered Crafts and the Destinations Keeping Them Alive (Published 2019) The New York Times
West Virginia Hobbies & Crafts: A 25-year success story Huntington Herald Dispatch
Normal hobbies? No thanks Mankato Free Press
Aldi Ireland to sell major hobbies and crafts range this week – with prices from €1.99... - The Irish Sun
Aldi Ireland to sell major hobbies and crafts range this week – with prices from €1.99... The Irish Sun
Bored at home? Now’s the perfect time to pick up a new hobby CNN Underscored
Pine Tree ISD students learn hobbies, crafts and more during Genius Hour Longview News-Journal
The 16 biggest controversies in Hobby Lobby's five decade history Business Insider
Hobby Lobby vs. Michaels: Which craft store is better? Business Insider
Crafts & Hobbies City of Aurora
From Hot Air Balloons to Local Art, These Are the Top Hobby Festivals in Northern Virginia - Northern Virginia Magazine
From Hot Air Balloons to Local Art, These Are the Top Hobby Festivals in Northern Virginia Northern Virginia Magazine
Nobel prizes most often go to researchers who defy specialization – winners are creative thinkers who synthesize ... - The Conversation
Nobel prizes most often go to researchers who defy specialization – winners are creative thinkers who synthesize ... The Conversation
How to Make Snowflakes From Paper Real Simple
Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Joann: Which is the best craft store? Business Insider
How do you develop a new hobby that you actually want to maintain? The Globe and Mail
Husband adorably teases wife for not following through with hobbies, and it’s so relatable - In The Know
Husband adorably teases wife for not following through with hobbies, and it’s so relatable In The Know
Shoplifter who attacked store owner with bear spray now free Kamloops This Week
People Have Gone Full 1800s The New York Times
Hobby Lobby grows across America: photos, review Business Insider
New Year, new hobbies to explore The Rice Thresher
7 Hobbies To Take Up During Self Isolation and Lockdown | by Sandra D | Lockdown Peaceful Space - Live, Love, Learn - Medium
7 Hobbies To Take Up During Self Isolation and Lockdown | by Sandra D | Lockdown Peaceful Space - Live, Love, Learn Medium
20 Hobbies that Make Money Small Business Trends
We Spoke to Two Professional Knitters for the Best Tips and Supplies for Knitting Beginners. - Insider
We Spoke to Two Professional Knitters for the Best Tips and Supplies for Knitting Beginners. Insider
How to Reuse Candle Jars Insider
Retirement Hobbies That Make Money Investopedia
Hobby Space Workbench – Mother Earth News Mother Earth News
Hobbycraft sees fast online growth as millennials take up new hobbies in lockdown - InternetRetailing
Healthy hobbies MS Trust