Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Fun with Gourds

I can't believe how fast time flies - I have been a "Contributing Angel" to this wonderful blog for more than half a year!!  This is already my seventh post!

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Many of you may not know that I am a Gourd Artist as well as a Blogger.  I create many unique items with gourds......gourds that I grew in my garden (see the picture below of gourds growing in my garden).  I have been making these "Gourd-o-lanterns"©  for over 15 years now. 

As a Christian I do not believe in the "true" meaning of Halloween but I love the autumn season & I love the deep dark colors of the fall.  I always try to make my "Gourd-o-lanterns"© goofy or funny as opposed to scary or nasty.

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What is a gourd-o-lantern you might ask?:


From first frost to all Hallows Eve the Gourd-o-lanterns are a welcome guest to any house harvest time.

How to use:

NEVER put a candle inside

ONLY use low voltage lights – eg. Christmas tree light strand (bunched up and placed inside), night-light etc.

NEVER leave light plugged in/turned on while unattended


(all gourds were grown in my garden & all pictures & artwork that you see below are the sole creation of Angie Ouellette-Tower.  See "copyright, permissions & disclaimer" at the end of this post)
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Silly Scarecrow
I think this scarecrow will make you laugh rather than frighten you.  I even used his face as a model for a linoleum print card that I made (see above right in the collage).  Click HERE to read about the history of scarecrows.

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Funny Frank N. Stein
He is not to be confused with Frankenstein (hahaha) - His first name is Frank, middle initial "N." and last name Stein.  He is a genetic clone and still has some stitching on his forehead and jaw, along with some "stem cell" bolts in his neck (the bolts are made from the gourd stem).

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Gourds grow in so many different sizes and shapes unlike the pumpkin shape - that's why I think this version of the gourd-o-lantern is the most popular.  You can't grow a double decker pumpkin but I paint the bottle neck gourd to look like a pumpkin.

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Winking Witch
I have no idea what she's winking about but I  think that her single tooth just adds to her smiling charm.  She has moss hair and a Halloween purple buckle on her hat. 

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Black Cat
I grew up with cats as pets and I always thought it was silly that such superstitions exist about a black cat - that's why I researched that superstition last year in a blog post (click HERE to read that post).

ENJOY this Autumn season!

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1 comment:

  1. I think these are adorable. Last year I told myself I would plant gourds, and then I totally forgot and only planted pumpkins. I need to remind myself next year to get gourd seeds, because they provide a plethora of beauty and fun at this time of year. Gonna put a reminder on my phone:)