Monday, August 11, 2008

Swan Gourds

Hey, here is a funny thing. I had squash plants growing in my green bean patch and didn't know where they came from. I thought that some pesky seeds volunteered themselves in that patch, just the same way they have in other patches for the past 2 years. But when they started flowering with a white flower instead of a yellow, I was stumped.

Jared, being more aware than I, noticed that the fruit on the plant was shaped like a gourd. Then a light went on in my head: I had planted some swan gourds in that patch before I planted the green beans. I had given them some time to come up, but they never had, so I thought they were duds and went ahead and planted the beans.

I am really excited for these gourds! You can paint them to look like swans and use them as fall decorations. I always have good intentions of planting decorative gourds and corn but never do. But this year will be different!

Oh! I just remembered something else I was going to tell you. I found two cute pattern books over the past couple of days at
artsy-crafty babe's blog.

The first one is this one:

Tiny Yarn Animals: Amigurumi Friends to Make and Enjoy

You can look at the book at, and take a look at her blog for some finished animals.

The other book is pretty little purses and pouches. I found it advertised on the left hand column of her blog, but you can see it at too.

I just might have to try my hand at these!

I hope that you find some excitement in the little things today, too!


  1. I too found that cute book off of Artsy Crafty Babe. I think I'm gonna buy the book and work on those animals this winter.
    Swan gourds are neat.

  2. I didn't know you crocheted (spelling?)

  3. oooh! I can't wait to see how those turn out! I've always wanted to have a garden!