We would like to take this
opportunity to thank all of our
loyal customers and friends
who supported us for so many years at the Canada Blooms Spring Show.
After much thought we have decided to make a change and
are very excited to be
exhibiting at the One Of A
Kind Spring Show.
Seeds will not be sold at this show. They will be available online at:
We hope to see you there...
here are the details -
One Of A Kind Spring Show
(Booth Q - 05)
When: March 28 - April 1, 2012
Where: Direct Energy Centre
Exhibition Place, Toronto
For more information click here:
"Art has always played a part in my life in one form or another. It has been my saving grace and a wonderful outlet for stress. It is meditation; a time for me to
"Mythological history intrigues
me. Gourds are mythological
in a sense and it fascinates
me to think that every culture
has probably used the gourd in some form or another. There is
a long history of usage."
"Just think, the gourd was
possibly the first bowl, the
first vessel or musical instrument. That is quite an amazing thought."
"When I start a design I
don't have a complete picture
in my mind. I work with
the gourd and the design
develops accordingly. It must
be balanced and must
compliment the natural
shape of the gourd."
"The design must
look finished or completed;
neat and tidy but
not busy. Don't ask me how
I know when the design is completed, I just go by
my gut instinct."
"My need for detail plus my
need for perfectionism are the
two things that constantly challenge me. I struggle with the outcome of my work not being good enough for me."
"When I first started gourd art,
I tried to not put too much
effort into it. I wanted my
work to look crafted, not refined...more like a folk craft.
I did not want to fail at
trying to create gourd art."
"But over the years my
outlook has changed. I now
jump right into complex
patterns without thinking too much about the
consequences. Usually things unfold just as they should."Advice To New Artists
"Let your instinct lead you. Do
not limit yourself...just do it. As Susan Jeffers said, ' Feel the fear and do it anyways. ' Do not judge your capabilities or limit yourself. Everyone is creative; it is just what we think is art that limits us."
"Connect with other artists.
Take art courses and workshops. Attend art shows. Exhibit at shows or in studio tours. We are all human
beings and have insecurities when we start out."
"Quite honestly I have a love-hate relationship with gourds! I
love to work with them however
I hate the process of completeing
the project. I am such a
detailed perfectionist and
I do not want my work to
look amateurish. I take
pride in what I do. So
now I try and do my art
using the 70% rule."
"I am a member and board
member of the Canadian Gourd Society. In 2009 I participated
in the CGS in Ontario and was awarded two first place ribbons
and one third for my three
entries in the beginner level
of painting and carving. If I do compete again, the rules state
that I will need to participate in
the intermediate level. But
since I am not competitive, I
have not entered since!"
"I do a lot of education when interacting with the public. I also hear many stories about gourds and gourd art. For example this past summer I was told that the Rastarfarians in Jamacia are very particular about what they eat out of. The fellow said that a Rastarfarian will carry his own
gourd bowl and will not eat
out of anything else."
All About Antlers
White Tailed Deer
Antlers are bone and are
displayed primarily by the males
of the species. Female antlers
are found within caribou and reindeer herds although they are much smaller than the males.
When growing the antlers are covered with what is known as velvet. The purpose of velvet is to provide nutrients and air to the rapidly growing bone. Just before breeding season this velvet is shed, usually by rubbing against trees and saplings.
Deer velvet has been scientifically supported and substantiated by
the FDA because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Velvet improves the functioning of the immune system and will aid muscle recovery after exercise.
Antlers are used as impressive signs of dominance and as weapons against other males during mating season. If you
are a male, they help attract
the ladies too.
Dipper gourds must be trellised
to have staight handles. If you want curly handles grow them
on the ground.
Mini gourds are easy to grow
and dry quickly. They are lovely
for wreaths and ornaments.
Out Of The Mailbag
Hi Carolyn and Linda,
I just wanted to send you a
short email to thank you for
the excellent workshop at
your farm. I must admit I was
a bit nervous as I had never
worked with gourds before but
your relaxed style of teaching inspired me.
It was a great introduction
and now I am just itching to
get at the few gourds
I bought from you.
I also loved your shop and workshop. Beautiful light and lots of gourds and supplies - it's like being a kid in a candy shop.
I'll see you again in the spring.
I am hoping you will
be having more workshops. I
shiver just thinking about it!
Susie McDonald - Toronto
Are you a Gleek? If so you
would have noticed the gourd shakers during a Spanish
number on Glee.
Here is the song Love Shack sung by the Glee Club:
It's A Dogs Life
Mickey didn't have a great month. He ran into a branch and
gouged his side. He needed a cone as he wouldn't leave the nasty wound alone.
A friend told us about this lifejacket type ring and it was far more comfortable for him and for us too. That plastic
cone hurts when it is shoved against the back of the legs.
Being a young dog it didn't
take long to heal and Mickey is now back to his usual antics.
Music Pic of the Month
The musician: John Southworth
Life Is Unbelievable
To listen click here:
To learn more about John Southworth click here: http://barnyardrecords.com/bio%20john%20southworth.html
I like blogs and was recently
sent a link to a really interesting one. It is "Love Your Home" and was set up by Antonella, one of
our sharp eyed gourd sighters.
Antonella has many interests.
In addition to travelling and
being involved in saving
heritage buildings, Antonella
has a real passion for
decorating, renovations, home decor and interior design.
This "Love Your Home" blog is informative and full of ideas
ranging from working with
small spaces to quilt care, home projects that are economical and
Don't waste a moment...check
it out...it is good.
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