Are you out of your gourd? That’s what my family thought the first time I brought home a load of dried gourds for painting.
This year, I brought home even more.
They won’t think I’m out of my gourd when they see them in Fall and Thanksgiving vignettes. And then Christmas.
These are just the beginning. I can’t wait to show you all the colors and shapes of these painted gourds – pumpkin shaped ones, too – mixed together. Before I show these gourds displayed in later posts, I want to share how to paint your own.
All you need to do is find someone who sells dried gourds. I found my supplier, Tom Keller Gourds, on the internet. Their business is only 25 miles from my house.
I wonder if there are others near your home, as well.
When I visited this year, expecting to see Mr. Keller again, I discovered he has passed away since my last visit.
It’s only been a couple of months. His wife continues his business in his honor but seems overwhelmed in her grief, of course. She is sweet. She is most helpful. She is sad.
I’m sad, too, seeing her struggle.
The gourds they sell are cleaned thoroughly, which can be a difficult job. You know this if you’ve ever done it. It’s well worth buying them already cleaned – it’ll save you hours of work.
My new friend has employees to clean the gourds, sort the gourds, store the gourds – so many gourds! They get gourds from different farmers around the country, so they have every type you can imagine.
Even if you buy them already cleaned, you’ll want to wipe them with a damp paper towel before painting them. Because they’re a little dusty, that’s all.
While you’re painting, grab everything else on your paint to-do list. Your brush is already loaded with paint, so you may as well. And, you’ll be glad later.
You’ll need other items in your Fall and Christmas decorations. Think ahead. Paint them now.
By the way, if you have no gourd resource, my sweet friend, Mrs. Keller, ships to locations all over the world. They have a room packed full of painted gourds that people have sent them – a sampling of what can be done with gourds – from artists who’ve shared their creations. Not my type of painting, but intricate scenes and designs. True artistry and talent.
You will be amazed. Next time I visit her, I’ll take pictures of the examples. You’ll find a few pictures on the website at www,tomkellergourds.com.
You’ll find the phone number on their contact page. You can order from Mrs. Keller directly.
She would welcome your prayers, as well, y’all. How I wish you could meet her in person!
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