Blue Rock Gourds. She sells hand grown, hand painted and stained gourds, bird houses, feeders, butterfly houses, masks, santas, bowls and jewelry gourds as well as washed craft ready gourds for artists and crafters. After looking at their website I fell in love with them. They have pictures of their home where their store is and pictures of the family together making and selling gourds. It makes me yearn for the days of my youth in the mid-west and of a simpler time.
What is your real life like?
I am married to the "GourdFather" my awesome hubby Milty and we have two beautiful children Zane 16 and Abbie 7 and one spoiled dog "Johnny Cash". I work a mind numbing job in a tax office, dreaming of gourds, crafts and my craft shop in our house. I love to walk the dog, watch my kids play soccer and baseball and going on occasional dates with the Gourdfather. My dream is to work full time as a gourd artist and have my quirky little gourd shop.
What is your process?
Blue Rock Gourds grows, cleans and stains all the gourds by hand. The Gourdfather is the driller, packer, stainer and craft show set-up. I paint, sell, maintain the website, ship and pack and market the gourds. We make a great team!
Business Goals and Vision...
Short term I will be glad to make it to Christmas with gourd orders! Long term I would like to be a full time gourd artist, work on my website and become more internet savvy, I would rather paint gourds than build a website it scares me!
How do you market your business?
You can see Blue Rock Gourds at various craft shows in Pennsylania, Delaware and Maryland.
Follow my blog and you will be entered to win a gourd birdhouse! I give a gourd a week away FREE!!
Do you subscribe to any business related blogs, zines or magazines?
I love magazines, I just got my first copy of ReadyMade and wonderful hipster craft mag!
I just started blogging and I could become addicted! I follow mostly craft blogs:
http://foldingtrees.com/ cool paper creations blog
http://debbiegootterdesigns.blogspot.com/ my new fellow blogger!
www.betzwhite.com wonderful felted goodies
www.thefunkyfelter.com I am in the holiday boutique!
What inspires you?
The loveeeeeeeee the color GREEN, it makes me feel good. I also love vintage looks and vintage buttons with sparkle. I am an old Bonnie Raitt fan from way back in the day, she also makes me feel good! I love being home creating gourds and vintage button jewelry.
Who is your favorite musical artist? (click on the artist name to see a video)
BONNIE RAITT who else!
What are two of your favorite things from your shop?
Red Butterfly house
Warty Hard Shell gourds, they ROCK!
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