Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gourd Art and more Gourd Art!

Before I get started on this post, I first want to thank every one of my blogging friends and not blogging friends who come to this blogsite and read my posts and make comments. You've all been so uplifting and encouraging in your words. You really have given me the courage to take that first step out there in marketing my artwork. I really love creating with gourds and I'm so happy to have pieces already in one Gallery! I owe a good deal of that happening to my friends who have told me to "go for it", "your work is awesome" etc. I've prayed about this a great deal and I'm hoping that this is truly what the Lord has in mind for me to do. I've asked him to give me the talent and to help me express my talent thru my work in Gourd Art. Here are pictures of my latest work. If you see something that you would love to have just contact me and I'll get you a price list.

I've got to say, I'm terrible about uploading and posting pictures but here's seven of the newest pieces that I've made. I hope you like these also.
It looks like all prayers have been answered in regard to the weather around here. We got rain all day long yesterday and today it has been raining and sprinkling all day also. God does answer prayer, our ground has been so dry that it's cracking open all over, except for the places we've been watering. So far the gourds that we have planted are doing alright but the garden is a wreck. We're still getting just a few tomatoes and peppers but that's about all. Our Stevia plants are doing very well and we'll be harvesting them soon. Stevia is not hard to grow once you get the plant established but getting them established is another story. The root system is very close to the surface. They like to be kept damp but not wet and they definitely don't like to dry out. Once they're out in well fertilized ground though they do very well as long as they have water. The bugs leave them alone altogether. Yippee! We had a terrible time with bugs in the garden this year. We've tried organic methods of insect control but they didn't work very well and I'm not going to put insecticide on something that's going in my mouth! I hope everyone else has had better luck in gardening this year. We've got a very dear friend named John who let us come pick tomatoes from his garden (He's got a very green thumb) and we made 42 jars of Salsa from the tomatoes we picked! He's also growing some gourds for me and I can't wait to see how they turn out! I think I've done enough talking for one post. I know, I should post more often. I will try.

God Bless you all!

15 comments:

glor said...

Hmmm, goodness, where have I been? Your gourd art is just amazing. You are truly talented. Just beautiful.

Deneen said...

The gourds are all amazing. I hope to save up and buy a few as gifts for the holidays.

Lynette Killam said...

These are beautiful, Barbara...how clever of you! Love the sound of your salsa, too...:)

Thanks for stopping by to visit my page!

Lynette

Theresa said...

Good for you my friend! Your work is gorgeous and should be shared!

Keep at it and hopefully the weather will be good to you there!

HUGS!

Jeanne said...

I'm glad to hear you've got the confidence with regard to your gourd art. You pieces are beautiful. Best of success to you in your endeavor.

Our garden didn't produce much this season, unfortunately. I think the weather had much to do with it, and you can't control that. Thank goodness there's always next year!

The Garden Bell said...

These are truly amazing. You may think I only love yarn, but I do love to dabble in other arts. I sure wish you would give us a simple tutorial on how to get started with this new form. I especially love the dragonfly and leaf one. Heck, they all are amazing. Would love to know what type of product you use to get such a wonderfully shine on the finish. Do you have an Etsy store?


Thanks as always for stopping by the garden,

Kate

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

More beautiful gourds. I just think that is amazing!!

Parsley said...

You do have a lot of talent.

Shelia said...

Hi Barbara! These gourds are so beautiful. You're really talented at this.
Thanks so much for popping in to see my barnyard! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mieke said...

Thank you for you nice comment on my 'sheep' Barbara!
These gourds are fabulous. I grew gourds for the first time last year and they have been drying and waiting to be painted since...I just don't know how to start, but with you beauties in mind it just might work out!

Eileen Bergen said...

Barbara, your gourds are lovely. I especially like the pierced ones with waves of (is that) twine running around the middle. Lovely!!

Shropshire Suz said...

HI....clever you and thats a lot of salsa you made hehe
Not really a cook better with the paint brush hehe..l hope
Hugs Suz x

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Barbara,
I was just thinking about you and saw your comment...wow, you have been busy! And what beautiful art for fall too...perfect colors! I love it all and hope you are doing well...
Love,
Cindy

Shelia said...

HI Barbara! Thanks for popping in to see my little Carter.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Barbara,
I just popped over to say "hi!"
Hope you had a good weekend!
Hugs
xox