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Gourd Flower Basket
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All gourd! 8" tall x 5" wide

 

Every year goes by faster and, garden time is HERE...NOW!!!!! Wow I love this time of year.  Life comes alive with color and fragrances and new life, both floral and fauna! The yellow finches get brighter every day. I spotted a tree in bloom this morning going to the post office. A mother rabbit is searching for the best place for her nest. The fruit tree branches are swelling with buds......I LOVE this time of year!

Now my discipline and patience are stretched between studio and garden.  I guess I should say my energy is truly the limiting factor! It dwindles with every passing year. I am happy to do as much as I can and enjoy that production.  To be satisfied with what is and not stress over what is not gives me peace and contentment and a smile!

The black berries look much better this year than last - they were covered well this year in comparison to last.  The fruit trees always look good this time of year, but God controls the final yield. I am looking forward to fresh tomatoes, actually, locally grown produce of all kinds! Scrumptuous eating.

 

 


2015 Schedule 
 
April 11, 2015 
Wisconsin Gourd Festival
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI
9am - 4pm Free parking, Live music, Seed experts, Raw gourds, Gourd growers, Silent auction, Kid activities
 
 
This is the first time for me at any Wisconsin venue so I am doubly excited.  I was fortunate enough to meet some of the Wisconsin Gourd Society members at the fall Gourd and Basket Weavers convention where I taught a class on how to make your own gourd kaleidoscope.  We all enjoyed it and they asked me to teach the class at their gourd festival.  I am so humbled and excited.  I am going to teach and vend at this one - my husband will hold down the "fort" while I teach so he will need your patience and help!  I can hardly wait to meet some more Wisconsin gourd lovers! To register for the "Design your own kaleidoscope" go online to www.wisconsingourdsociety.org/festival under the Calendar tab or Festival tab and send in a class registration form. You will really enjoy this class as well as the end product of a beautiful gourd kaleidoscope!
 
 
May 2, 2015 
 
Mississippi River Valley Art Drive
My house!  22185 180th Ave, Davenport, IA 52807  call 563-508-1853 for directions
or go to www.mrvad.com for a map     Hours 9am - 4pm 
 
I will have gourd art, gourd jewelry, gourd kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope kits, gourd musical instruments, and raw gourds available as well as trans dyes for creating your own gourd designs. I will also feature the exquisite hand made cards of my sister-in-law, Janine and the hand made goat soap of my cousin, Bethany. I cannot wait to tell you my personal experience with this goat soap.  And, I do not have to say anything about Janine's cards, they are simply the most elegant card to which you can put your emotions. See you then!
 

SOME OF THE NEW PIECES FOR 2015

The new pieces debuting at the Wisconsin Gourd Society festival in Madison Saturday, April 11, 2015! 

Raku Laced Vase
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8" x 8" x 6" tall - perfect for an orchid!

Stapled
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4"x4"x4" Color slightly subdued and imprinted

Kaleidoscope Gourds - $45 includes stand and tax
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2.5" x 2.5" Each gourd design is unique - inside & out - great gift idea!

Emerald Eye $75
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5" high by 8" across. Shows off depth, texture, and deep color.

Dolphins Posed $74
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5" height and 8" wide. Appearance of bronzed sculpture of 3 dolphins

Feather Conch $72
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5" tall 4" wide Detailed cut outs, lattice and filigree

Wooden $64
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Large bowl gourd 10" wide 4" tall. Dark wook appearance

SHAKERIE
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Gourd Pyramid Trio
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Illusive
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Amber Waves
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Bronzeness $63
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Cut uniquely, simply enhanced in bronze.

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Gourd Lace $88 - SOLD
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Filigree, lines, natural colors, and black!

Tumbled $72-sold
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A new technique to enhance inlay.

Chestnut Lamp $90 - SOLD
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There is nothing like an unique lamp to enhance your living space.

SPRING

Spring rains, lightning and thunderstorms!

Birds chirping as the sun rises. 

Warm rays of sunshine penetrating the skin.

Winds whisking sweet fragrances past.

New and brilliant colors hold captive the eye.

New found energy exhilarates the body. 

 

 

 


 

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THANK YOU for visiting Rhonda's Garden website!


If you would like to be informed when the next class opens, please go to the "contact us" page of this site and send an e-mail stating your class interest and availability.

I will be in touch!
Thank you!

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If you are a fellow artist and are looking for help directing people to your art and studio, go to http://www.mrvad.com/.  You will find it a great on line opportunity as well as the chance to bring people to your studio during the bi-annual self driving tour!

My studio is open for gourd viewing by appointment for those who are interested in gourd purchases or ordering a commissioned piece! Please call to schedule an appointment: 563-508-1853.
 
It is possible to purchase and ship items from this web-site.
Prices will be listed on the site, sales will be over the phone with immediate shipping available.
Please call or text with any questions you may have: 563-508-1853 or e-mail me: rhondasgarden@csteldridge.com

If you are looking for a speaker for your organization, I love to share what I know about growing, cleaning, safety, and the art of the gourd! I do power point presentations, hands on classes, or a combination of both. 

I also give classes, minimum of 3 people per class.  563-508-1853

I give classes in my home or your location.  See the Class page for current schedule or contact me to set up your own class, with friends or by yourself!

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I truly enjoy my gourd art.  I call it play, not work.  If you see something you like that may be sold, remember, I can never duplicate an item.  I can work with a similiar sized or shaped gourd, similiar colors and embellishments, but every gourd is truly one-of-a-kind. 
I complete all outside pieces, like the pink flamingo, with a seal coat that will protect it for outside display for one season.  After this amount of time you will want to bring the item in, clean it, and reseal it with a coat of wax or other appropriate sealant.  Please do not leave gourds outside during the winter months in areas where the temperature drops below 40 degrees.  The gourds will eventually crack when exposed to freezing and extreme heat.  Even if you take your pink flamingo gourd to Florida, you will want to reseal it from time to time to keep it from cracking and aging - gourds are truly a gift that will last forever, when cared for properly.

Gourd Points $40
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Geometrically a sphere, squared!

White & Tan! $40 SOLD
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This is a gourd you can use as a pencil holder or flower vase!

Gourds have been around forever.  They have been used to carry water, mix food, serve food, musical instruments, worship gods, and their seeds have been a sign of prosperity in tribes and coveted by leaders for many years.  Gourd history is endless, as endless as the shapes of gourds and the many ways that they may enhance our lives and environments.

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