First I had to find gourds large enough to work with. I searched every craft store and garden center in my area and could not find gourds and most people I questioned didn't seem to know what I was talking about. Next I called my parents to see if they could find some gourds and send them to me, which they so kindly did, but the gourds they sent were way to small to use. So I did the next thing I looked up Gourds on Amazon.co.uk, but they were not listed, so I tried the US Amazon site and found them. Happily putting my order in my basket my lovely husband informed me that if they aren't sold on the UK site it probably means that gourds are not allowed into the country:( being a plant and all. Ignoring his warnings I ordered them, conveniently forgetting to tell him the shipping cost were nearly double the cost of the actual gourds, because now I HAD to get those gourds and proceed with my grand craft idea.
|The gourds arrived 3 weeks later:)|
Now that I had my gourds I looked on the web to see how to cut them...um no I didn't think to do this before actually ordering the gourds.... What I found out was gourds can cause gourd flu, due to the mold spores that occur during the drying process. After spending several days researching gourd flu and trying to decide if this is really dangerous, I proceed, taking precautions...
|I open the doors and window of the house and Princess and I start working on cutting the gourds....which leads to problem number 3:(|