Tuesday, September 11, 2007

before and after....

I bought these gnarly looking apple gourds at my local apple orchard...Isn't it cruddy looking? all full of dirt and grime and a layer of green film! I scrubbed them with ammonia and water and waited until they were dry and brushed on a coat of varnish....the color just pops out of them with the coat of varnish...I love them nestled in with my hydrangeas in a basket!
I love this time of year....

11 comments:

Penny Carlson said...

How wonderful they turned out! I have only seen them already varnished at craft fairs. Never in their original state. Boy if you didn't know how they would turn out - it would be a BIG leap of faith to buy one in the "before" stage!

Happy Fall!
Penny

jbrealtor said...

I have only seen them in green skin. They last a long time and one year being too cheap to throw them away I sprayed them gold for the Christmas Season. I did throw them out after that, didn't feel the need to paint for each upcoming holiday LOL.
Janet

Laurie & Chris said...

I have never seen an apple gourd. They are really neat looking. I love your basket with them in.

Utah Grammie said...

so...do they "seal" and not rot? Dumb question, but I have never seen them before and i LOVE what you did! Good job!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Oh your Autumn displays are beautiful! Love the apple gourd. cherry

willzmom said...

Ooooo, I love that gourd! Can you dry them like regular gourds?

Anonymous said...

Hey there!

I saw some of those while antiquing last week! I want them!!!! I love the basket you created....

So glad it's fall.....

xoxo,
martha from Elizabeth Hill

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

I don't think I've ever seen apple gourds before. Well, maybe I have and I just didn't know what I was looking at LOL.

Beautiful job you did finishing them. . . . Have to ask. . . did you wear rubber gloves when you scrubbed those things in their original state? Yuck!!

Blessings,

Junkyard Jennifer said...

I've never heard of or seen them before! They look great in your display.

I'm a fellow Minnesotan, delurking. :) I've enjoyed your blog for many months and you're on my blogroll. On a side note, when I lived in Cokato (several years back), The Buffalo Nickel was my favorite place to shop.

Laurie said...

Very lovely! I am finally in the mood for fall decorating, I figure if I don't do it soon it will be snowing and I'll miss out! Thanks for the inspiration.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Great idea. You just left them to dry...did you have to clean out the inside? We love this look...so fall and so fabulous (especially on that stool!

blessings, kari and kijsa