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Nov 19 2013

Shop Spotlight Gourdonville

shop spotlight image Katherines cornerShop Spotlight Gourdonville

It is time to shine the light on another creative and talented artist. This week it is Angie from Gourdonville. Like the shop name you will find whimsical gourd creations in her shop. It’s like  finding an enchanted world of gourds!  enchanting world of gourds

angieMany of you may know Angie from her blog Gods Growing Garden. Angie has been creating her gourd creations for 17 years and has sold her whimsical works of art at local craft shows. She opened a website and an etsy shop to find a wider audience and customers for her fun creations.

 

Angie this is such a unique art form. Please share how you became interested in creating artful gourds.

One year I grew gourds in my garden (about 15 years ago now) and the obsession started.  I saw them sitting in my garden and thought “What could I do with these gourds?” – and the ideas started flowing  & haven’t stopped.  Everything in my store is either created from a gourd or my jewelry called “Garden Gems” are resin protected pictures that I took of my garden or of my gourds.The first thing that I made from gourds was “The Gourdons of Gourdonville” © which are houses made of gourds & the roof comes off – inside I’ve created a room filled with furniture made from leaves & twigs and the bugs that live inside I made from Fimo clay.  My husband & I wrote a children’s book about “The Gourdons of Gourdonville” © but it has yet to be published. I might have to self-publish the book someday.

I enjoy seeing a smile spread across someone’s face when they look at one of my creations & I equally enjoy the deep down soul satisfaction that I receive just from creating. I was 4 years old when I first started drawing  I’m in my 40’s now. But, I still can remember sitting at the dining room table at the age of 4 drawing .  Creating is my favorite thing – whether it is drawing, painting my gourds or mixing up a recipe.

 

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Angie since you are working with gourds from the garden. Do you have an area in the garden where you create too?

I create all over the place – When I am cleaning my gourds (you see – they take a year to dry – they become moldy & icky – then I have to clean & scrub them in soapy bleach water) I am creating & categorizing “this one will be a gourd-o-lantern(Halloween gourd) or this one will be a gourdament (Christmas ornament) etc.  So I create outside, on the kitchen table, in the basement – I don’t have a studio so it’s kind of all over the place.

I like the creative names for your gourds.  Black Cat “Gourd-o-lantern”,. Two Elf Gourdaments (gourd Christmas ornaments) – “Rudy Joy” & “Bo Tinsel”. Rabbit Gourd Belly – for Easter candy,  Wedgewood style Gourd purse  Red Brick Victorian “Gourdons of Gourdonville” .

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What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating for your shop?

I’m a Christian blogger and I enjoy writing my Sunday posts probably because I learn so much from my Bible Studies but then I also enjoy  (if you look at my blog you’ll know) – cooking, baking & gardening. I fear that growing & preserving our food and making things from scratch is becoming a lost art – I hope that my blog is a place to go to learn how to do these things yourself.

It has been a pleasure shining the spotlight on your shop today Angie. Where else can we find you?

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  1. Anne Byerley

    Hi Katherine,
    I hope that you are well.
    I just want to say thank you for this and I have spread the word in as many ways as I can, but could not put it on Pinterest, it kept on telling me the Picture was to small,so apologize for that.
    I hope that you have a wonderful day.
    Great big hug from me.
    Love and best wishes.
    Anne

    1. Katherines Corner

      Anne, you are such a sweetie, thank you. Not sure why the photo didn’t work, sorry. You can grab it from my katherines corner pinterest board if you like. Thank you so much for sharing xo

  2. Nicole

    These gourds are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Katherines Corner

      She is so creative! xo

  3. Savannah Ganny

    I was trying to figure out the name Gourdonville when I hopped over. I love these gourds and will go over to check out her shop. Thank you for featuring others on your blog.
    Have a blessed week, Ginger

    1. Katherines Corner

      Ginger I enjoy sharing independents artist shops. If you know of anyone who could use a little place in the spotlight please invite them to Katherines Corner. xo

  4. ladygourmetCatherine

    These would make a lovely centerpiece for the
    Thanksgiving table. Blessings, Catherine

    1. Katherines Corner

      Catherine, you are right, she has such a creative way of making those gourds fun. I can imagine she could create a gourd that looks like a turkey or pilgrim too. xo

  5. Angie

    Thank you so much Katherine for featuring me!! I want to apologize for my delayed response – I was outside raking leaves all day (it was a beautiful day here in Michigan).
    Thanks again so much!!
    Angie

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hi Angie, my pleasure. We were just skyping with my husbands family ( in Michigan) and can’t believe we are having snow and you aren’t giggle. xo

      1. Angie

        Oh wow! Where in Michigan? I’m south east just north of Toledo Ohio.

        1. Katherines Corner

          Twin Lakes area :-) My husband is from the UP xo

  6. KizzyDoll

    These are so lovely…very wonderful xx

    1. Katherines Corner

      She has such whimsical creations. Hugs to you my friend!

  7. Rosey

    These are unique and delightful!!

    As for growing our own food and preserving it, I think it’s becoming trendy and making a comeback (knock on wood). :)

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