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I have a gourd fetish. I can’t get enough of them this time of year.
I’ve told you before that I dry them and save them from year to year. It’s nice to have plenty of dried ones on hand to use.
I dried the big one in the front back in 1991 and I’ve used it ever since. My sweet daddy grew all of the gourds in this basket.
I made a cat lamp out of this one grown by my dad.
I made this little guy out of another gourd from my dad. The little football player was my grandfather’s and is probably 90 years old!
A big bowl of dried gourds adorns my buffet this time of year.
I have to buy colorful, fresh ones each season. It wouldn’t be right to just decorate with old ones.
First I wash them. Look closely, you might get a glimpse of my groovy 1970’s laundry area.
Then I brush on a thin coat of Future Floor Finish. It gives the gourds a beautiful sheen.
Don’t worry about the little bubbles. They’ll disappear. Future always does this on my gourds.
Look how shiny and pretty they look! Let them dry before you touch them. Future is very sticky.
Pile them in an old bowl and enjoy!
Be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for great ideas and inspiration.