Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Blue Rock Gourds

Today: Wendy Overdorf of Millersville, PA of 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 b
e 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: cool
paper creations blog my new fellow blogger! wonderful felted goodies 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

(First picture)
Warty Hard Shell gourds, they ROCK!
(third picture)

Am a fan of these places...
Puff Pastry Shoppe Vivien does amazing work!

Bethie B makes awesome soap! Proud mom of a daisy scout!

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piggy said...

I love the Halloween gourd! Very cute.. Perfect for bird houses!

tanyBUG said...

wow these are very cool! The first picture is really great!

Emily of Ella-Bear Bowtique said...

Wow, those are really unique!

Gallery Juana said...

Thanks for introducing this seller.
The gourds are beautiful.
I love the color and sheen.

SewMuchDetail said...

I love these, no one around here does these!! Sew adorable!

Etsy Green and Clean Guild said...

Very unique work. Great find!!

Mayhem said...

awesome feature...nicely done gourds!

e. said...

i love gourds! they have that great fall feeling. i really like the colors she uses too. very nice

earth and sun folk said...

very cool work! great feature :)

Lara said...

Awesome gourds! Great feature!!!

germandolls said...

I love your pictures. The gourds look great!

Inkspot Workshop said...

Never knew gourds could look so fun and modern! Great work. Also love this idea for a blog feature, actually interviewing the person behind the goods.

Knits and Notions said...

Wow...such great looking gourds! I'm going to have to check these out.

CraftyCupcake said...

This reminds me of visiting my grandmother in the country. Such great work!

glorybe1024 said...

I always enjoy your blog...keep up the wonderful work!

threemoonbabies said...

Great interview! Beautiful gourds!

RagamuffinQuilts said...

Beautiful gourds! I just bought one last week at our local Pumpkin Festival for a Christmas gift. It's an apple shaped bird feeder.


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