GourdsByDiane

I LOVE WHIMSICAL, SWEET HAPPY FACES AND WARM EYES

Salinas, California On Etsy since 2020

GourdsByDiane

I LOVE WHIMSICAL, SWEET HAPPY FACES AND WARM EYES

Salinas, California | 14 Sales

Announcement    "WELCOME TO MY NEWLY OPENED SHOP AND SWEET GOURD FAMILY,
I WOULD BE HAPPY TO PERSONALIZE ANY PURCHASE UPON REQUEST,
NOW WE HOPE YOU HAVE FUN LOOKING AND WILL RETURN SOON"

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Last updated on Nov 21, 2020

"WELCOME TO MY NEWLY OPENED SHOP AND SWEET GOURD FAMILY,
I WOULD BE HAPPY TO PERSONALIZE ANY PURCHASE UPON REQUEST,
NOW WE HOPE YOU HAVE FUN LOOKING AND WILL RETURN SOON"

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About GourdsByDiane

Sales 14
On Etsy since 2020

GOURDS BY DIANE

I have been selling hand painted gourds for 25 years through shows and my annual open house. I decided I will try my own shop on Etsy so my gourd family can have a place to be seen and maybe become part of your family.

Gourds go through a drying process for several months after they are mature on the vine, unlike a pumpkin, a gourd starts to dry out from the inside out, it peels it outer skin and gets moldy and becomes wood, a dried gourd is preserved and will last for years.

I buy dried gourds from the farmer, they come to me with dirt and mold which has to be soaked in prepared water and then scrubbed off. Any bad spots are filled with wood filler and then they are sanded smooth. Now it is time to figure out what personality each gourd shows me and I will then start its journey transforming a plain gourd into a beautiful Santa with his own personality and decorations and usually always a big matching bow. I have a little mouse I paint and sign with my initials that goes on the back of every gourd. Every gourd gets a rhinestone attached somewhere on the front. I put my own hang tag on containing some gourd facts and care. Now we are finally ready to be shown.

Shop members

  • Diane Kemp

    Owner, Artist

    Welcome to my creative world of gourds. I am asked a lot "how do you know what to paint on each gourd", I say, "they know what they want to be, I just have to figure it out". I have been painting and showing gourds for about 25 years.

  • KEN

    CLEANER/SHIPPER

    Kens job is to prepare the water wash and clean and scrub the moldy gourds, after they are dry he will sand them smooth getting ready for painting. He will also be the one who mails your purchase to you.

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  • In charge of gourd cleaning, sanding and mailing

    Salinas, CA

    He sets up the cleaning solution, cleans and scrubs each gourd and when dry he sands each gourd to make ready for my painting. When a gourd has been purchased he makes the trip to the post office.

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