Monday, October 26, 2009


I just got back from an incredible gourd buying trip in Pennsylvania with Jeff,my husband. We had the chance to stay in the home of an Amish family and meet their 6 beautiful daughters. One of the highlights was gathering around the family table and enjoying amazing meals prepared for us, with all of the ingredients grown on their farm. We especially enjoyed the grape juice straight from the vine, the homemade yogurt and the salad, picked that morning from their garden.

We spent our time buying, painting, learning about and hand picking gourds from their fields. We even attended the Pennsylvania Gourd Society meeting and met lots of gourd loving people - it was a Gourd Feast of info! Pennsylvania was beautiful and I loved learning about the Amish people and their culture and making incredible new friends.


You can see the family barn in the background -

Just like my husband said, a calendar picture everywhere we looked.

Here are the TURKEY gourds just picked from the field -

they look just as great in their natural form as they do as a TURKEY - I think...

This is a picture from the horse drawn buggy ride we went on. I ended up with swollen eyes and an itchy face (I'm allergic to horses). That part was no fun, but the ride was amazing...look at the color of the fall leaves. Esther, the second daughter, drove us around the area. She is only 16 and has been driving the buggy for years! Wow! I know it was a lot harder than she made it look!!!

It was a fantastic experience and I am back in the studio with excitment, ready to get Christmas going.....

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