Marist Holiday Traditions – Atlanta – November 3 2012

Welcome Packages have been sent so I can now tell you where I will be this year at Marist.
Once again I am going to be in Centennial Center, Corner Booth 115 – you should see me as you enter the room – I’ll be in the same spot I’ve been in for many years now. Facing the room to enter, my booth is on the right – about the 3rd row over – I’ll look forward to seeing you there. It’s a great show – wonderful vendors displaying fabulous arts, crafts and then some.

Home is indeed where the heart lives….


They say a man’s home is his castle. Well I don’t know about you but my home is mine as well. I think it should be representative of what is good and true for one’s own personality – not necessarily representative of what’s in vogue online, in magazines or what someone else thinks is the proper design and layout.
For me, the cabin in “On Golden Pond” represents a kind of perfection to me. Warm and cozy.

Marist Holiday Traditions update

Ok, I now know where I will be for Holiday Traditions.  Still in Centennial Gym but it looks like they changed the layout a little for this year.  Facing the doors, I will be on the right nearest the door on your right as you enter the gym.  You should see me as you walk in  #115  just on your left if you enter the door on the right.  Looking forward to seeing all of you again.  Will try and post again with some photos of things planned for Marist!

Marist Holiday Traditions – Atlanta November 5 2011

This is probably one of my favorite events to show at or attend – the variety and amount of vendors with beautiful arts, crafts, wares of all kinds for your perusal.  I’ll be there —- not sure of if my location has changed for this show, but hopefully same place as always!

Holiday Traditions, sponsored by the Marist School Parents Club, is held each year on the campus of Marist School and is one of the largest juried arts and crafts shows in the Southeast. Produced through the hard work of over 400 volunteers, it is well known for its quality and warm hospitality. All show proceeds go directly to support Marist School programs.
Holiday Traditions 2011
November 5, 2011
9 am – 4 pm
Admission: $3
*No strollers
3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road. NE
Atlanta GA  30319

 

You Gotta Clean Those Gourds – and prep BEFORE PAINTING

 

For over 15 years now, I have worked with gourds. For the most part, I just paint them. For today, I’d like to address the issues of cleaning and prepping the gourd for painting.

Let’s start at the beginning. I have had frequent questions about cleaning a gourd as well as questions about the moldy appearance a gourd has while drying. Unfortunately, more times than not, people have told me that they threw out the gourd ’cause it was moldy’. That is generally a mistake.

As a gourd dries (the process takes a couple months to as long as a year to dry) it dries from the inside out, mold appears grossly on the outside. That’s ok, it’s drying. IF IT IS NOT SOFT, LEAVE IT ALONE. It’s still drying … mold and all. They seem to like cooler temps while drying, I like to put any gourds that I’m drying on racks during the long drying process.

For an example of gourds I may let dry (I don’t grow them myself, don’t seem to work on my shady land), I usually buy some at Thanksgiving for decorations, the small ones for your dried corn and gourd centerpiece. After the Holiday, I’ll put them on some racks or in a basket and leave them on my front porch to dry. Those that get soft over the months, I toss over the mountain or in a sunny spot that might have a chance for the seeds to grow the next summer. The rest I leave till a day like today or in my case yesterday, hot, sunny, July day when I find the initiative it takes to clean them and I do it en masse.

I found every dried gourd that I had bought, been given or dried myself like the Thanksgiving gourds. Gathered them, a small kiddie pool, bleach, a good scrubbie and set to work. This is not a particularly fun job, more like cleaning silver! Getting all the dirt, mold, old skin off till I find that nice hard shell underneath. You may want to use a mask as recommended. I just throw all in the pool filled with water and a few cups of bleach. Then I get to work scrubbing (use gloves if you must). It takes quite a long time to accomplish this but to date in all the years I have been prepping gourds, this has been the best method I have found for me. I must have cleaned 50 or more gourds yesterday.

After cleaning them I keep them outside to get good and dry. When dry, and I as get ready to “paint” my Santas and other funny things, I prime them with something like Kilz water-based primer.

Why prime? Because of bleed-through. I don’t want some deep stain natural to a gourd bleeding through a beautiful Santa that I have painted with all intentions that it last forever for the people who may acquire it. I don’t want someone to have a ruined piece because I didn’t do the proper prep work. Prepping is everything. Despite what you might see on home improvement shows: Prepping and priming are an insurance policy of durability. Sealing it properly also is a good time investment. I use polyacrylic. While not meant for the outdoors, it is suitable for covered porches. And if you are looking to leave it outside, find a sealer meant for the outdoors. Not one coat, not even two, give it three or four coats of sealer. Again, a little time invested in the finish coat assures you durability and long lasting appeal.

Questions? Ask them. I’ve always been open to giving answers about anything I do with paint!

2008 Show Schedule

                           

   June 14 – Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival, NC   

   July 4-5 – Cashiers NC – Mountain Makings

   Aug 15 – Lake Toxaway – The Greystone Inn, NC

   Aug. 30-31 – Cashiers NC – Fall Fling

   Oct. 11 – Highlands NC – Civic Center

   Nov. 1 – Marist School, Atlanta GA  Holiday Traditions

   Dec. 4-5-6  – St. Ann,  Marietta, GA  Apple Annie

 

 

Finally – More Old ENGLISH SHEEPDOG artwork on eBay

mailboxOver the last several months I have had requests for more Old English Sheepdog artwork on eBay – so finally I can say there will be and this morning I got round to putting up a wonderful Mailbox, mail box or postal box – whatever your preference in naming it!  So here it is and watch for more.

My eBay name is ddittman so have a look and see what else is to come!

Plans for this last week of May and beginning of June include a few neat storage containers, a lap desk, a silverware chest, a painting or two, and who knows what else..