Rhonda's Garden & Gifts

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2014 Schedule 
I apologize for the gap in my website information - I took time off to welcome and assist with my grand niece and everything else got a bit behind!!! (well worth it!) 
May 31 and June 1
43rd Annual Northern Illinois arts/crafts show 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday on the DeKalb County Courthouse lawn Sycamore, IL (intersection of Routes 64 & 23)
August 3
Art at Ellwood House and ice cream social! 9am - 4pm at 509 North First Street, DeKalb, Illinois, 60115.
September 20 & 21
Riverssance Festival of Fine Art at Lindsey Park in the Village of East Davenport, IA.   
10am - 5pm on Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sunday. 
October 10 
 I am delighted and honored to be teaching "Design your own gourd kaleidoscope " at the Midwest convention of Baskets and Gourds, held October 10 and 11, 2014 at the Sinsinawa Mound Center in Sissinawa, Wisconsin.  This event is hosted by the Midwest Basket Guild, Wisconsin Gourd Society and Iowa Basketweavers Guild.  For more information contact klinglers@mchsi.com or call Toni at (563)580-3128

Latest Rhonda Originals

Shakeries are so much fun for anyone with a music interest

Tic Tac Unravelled $65
This gourd is ~6"X6" and the finish is multiple colors of blues with hints of green and silver.

Bittersweet sold
Alcohol dies converge to create the camafloge of browns while pine needles compliment the edges.

Blarney Gourd $67
This gourd is enhanced with glass, wire, and fibers in all shapes and sizes to imitate the blarney!

Birds chirping, dirt blowing, weeds growing!

As usual, I am behind!  The fruit tree buds are swelling and the Old English Rose bush has leaves on it -much to my surprise.

So, I am off to the garden inbetween gourd painting, drying, carving, etc!

I really do need to cut back more this year........I think I said that last year too!


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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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I carry trans tint dyes-all colors available in 2 oz bottles. $5.00ea
Trans tint dyes fade less and slower.  They are alcohol based.  These will be available at the Orion gourd festival, September 22th!  I have dyed a spinner with each color so it is easy to pick and choose colors.  I will also have samples of the various things you can do with trans tint dyes.  I have checked with the post office and the trans tint dyes can be shipped, 4 at one time at $5.20. 

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If you are a fellow artist and are looking for help directing people to your art and studio, go to 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 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 will 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 and contact information!

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2011.12.04 | 2011.05.01 | 2010.06.06 | 2009.10.04

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Welcome to Rhonda's Garden & Gifts
You may view the artist's profile on "About Rhonda"

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.

Sunshine Captured 8" tall X 10" wide -sold
This effect acheived by combining several processes.

Turquoise Cavern 8" Diameter 4" tall $79
The gourd is carved, opened and then a patina effect is added throughout.

Kaleidoscope Gourds - $45 includes stand
Each gourd design is unique - inside & out - great gift idea!

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 enhance our lives and environments.

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