Volume 8, Number 92
In this issue:
On The Road Again - 'Gourd Times In Michigan and Ontario'
Featured Artists: Lucie Rhadigan Hiner and Sue Westhues
The Bulletin Board - News From Northern Dipper
Out Of The Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
One of a Kind
When: Nov 22 - Dec 2
Where: The Direct Energy Center, Toronto, Ontario
This show is an institution
in Toronto. It has hundreds
of vendors and is very well attended. Wear comfortable shoes. Northern Dipper will
be in Booth X-34.
For details (including videos)
For discount tickets click here:
Northern Dipper will not be shipping orders or having farm visits from Nov. 19 - Dec. 18.
If you were planning on
buying for Christmas please get your orders in now.
On The Road Again
A few years ago Lucie returned to her parent's home and began working any job she could in order to support her three children.
One day she was at an antique show and there was a table there that was missing a corner knob. It was selling for $30.00. She told the owner that she could carve a replacement knob and although he was sceptical
she took the measurements and carved it. She gave it to him and he turned around and sold the table for $300.00.
The lightbulb went off and she proceeded to go to antique shows, etc to buy what she referred to as the "jewel lot." She and the kids would load up the truck and she would turn old raggedy pieces into works of art.
She worked and saved. Before long she had enough to open up a thriving business called the Past Tense Country Store
in Lapeer. Lucie has taught oil painting on Florida Educational Television, restored paintings for many museums and has enjoyed painting in oil and acrylic for almost 50 years.
She currently works mostly with silk floral designs at her business and her designs grace hundreds of homes
and businesses throughout
the area. Lucie's current passion is gourds and like
all of Lucie's work, her
art is truly unique.
Lucie is a real gem and once again proves that with a
little creativity, hard work
and ingenuity dreams do and can come true.
To learn more about Lucie
and her business Past Tense Country Store click here:
We first met Sue Westhues a few years ago when Linda
took a drum making workshop with her. A soft-spoken woman, this Indiana native
has an imagination that
has no bounds.
Sue began her career as a seamstress, first working for someone else. But her head was so full of funky ideas that she wanted to incorporate them into her work. She quit and started her own business.
Fate sometimes has its own plans for people and the purchase of a pack of gourd seeds changed the career path for Sue. She planted them ending up with about 200 gourds and once dried, she
and a friend started to paint them and experiment. It felt
so natural she gave up the seamstress business and started to work with
gourds full time.
A visit to Sue's booth requires more than one trip as it is guaranteed there will be
things you would have missed.
There are tiny instruments
that will fit into the palm of your hand, exotic birds sitting overhead with colourful wings and tails, fairy houses that are detailed with windows and doors and of course fairies.
Sue is as charming as her art so make sure to look her up the next time you attend a gourd festival.
The CGS Gourd Festival
There were lots of workshops at the CGS Gourd Festival. Here is a drum-making workshop that always
fills up quickly.
The CGS had a large selection of categories into which
people submitted their art. It was impressive.
This class on acrylic painting was very popular.
Out Of The Mailbag
The Art of Lyn Rae Howard
Thinking About It
This gourd sighting was spotted by our friend Antonella in the October issue of the Country Living Magazine. We love you Antonella! Nice seeing you at Kempenfest.
To learn more about Country Living Magazine click here:
To see Antonella's new blog site click here: It is excellent.
It's A Dog's Life
"Scratch a dog and you'll have a permanent job."
-American journalist Franklin P. Jones
Have you ever noticed how a dog always turns in 3 circles before lying down? It doesn't matter the breed or the dog, this circling seems hardwired in a dog's genetic code. Why is this?
Many believe that is a behavior that was developed from a dog's wild ancestors. Circling would flatten out the
vegetation making it more comfortable to sleep.
Another theory is that dogs in the wild like to sleep with their noses in the wind and circling helps them orient themselves to the best position.
Music Pick of the Month
The Piano Guys
(Gourd sightings included!)
Beethoven's 5 Secrets -
To learn more about The Piano Guys and hear more of their music click here:
Fatigue & Creativity
The other morning, while reading The Globe and Mail (Sept 27), I read "Surprisingly, fatigue may boost creative powers." Written by Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal, she continues:
"For most adults, problems that require open-ended thinking are often best tackled in the evening when they are tired, according to a 2011 study in the journal Thinking & Reasoning."
"Fatigue, said the study's lead researcher Mareike Wieth of Albion College in Michigan, may allow the mind to wander more freely to explore alternative solutions."
So the next time you have a problem, take advantage of your evening weariness to possibly find a solution.
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