10.02.2008

A Gourd-y Before and After

The other day I was at Goodwill.  (How many sentences have I started with that phrase?)  They have put out all their holiday merchandise and I stumbled across this little Christmas gourd for $2:

Whoever painted this gourd did it with a lot of love, and it had a little Christmas sheep and a big fat Santa Claus.  Alas, it was not my style.  But the gourd itself was in great shape and I thought I heard it begging me for an autumn transformation!

A little paint, a cute grosgrain ribbon, and my new rub-on letters.  Not bad for a $2 thrift store find!


40 comments:

My home - My life said...

You are amaing - love it!!!!

Sandy Toes said...

I love the gourd you painted! It looks wonderful...wow...the ribbon is great! I need to get some of these new rub on letters!

Carrie...I gave you an award today!
-Sandy toes

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What an incredible transformation....it looks perfect on your side table....gotta love those letters!

Have a great day!

Lisa

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That looks adorable! Love the letters especially :). Where did you get them? Great little grouping on your table, too!!

Blessings,
Stacey

Carrie said...

wow it turn out great I would never have thought out that how creative!

Jboo said...

You are so talented -- love it!!

Janet

Sweet Simplicity said...

SO CUTE! You are making me see things through new eyes. I look at things now and wonder how would that look spray painted a different color. What would Carrie do? hehe!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Awesome!!! So cute!

Blanca said...

Too cute and I LOVE the polka dot ribbon.

LovesPINKandPEARLS said...

just found your blog, and i think its great! and your gourd is pretty spiffy too!

Laurel MacD said...

The combination of the color, the ribbon, and the letters - it's awesome.

Wendy said...

Oh Heavens you are clever...and I LOVE the little bow on top. Too cute!

Ms. Tee said...

Now that's just adorable! How cute :)

tidymom said...

I LOVE it!!

the undomesticated wife said...

Very cute! The sheep is cute, but your rehab is much better! Really, you could repaint it for any season!

I have a killer gourd I bought at a flea market several years ago. It's long and skinny and "J" shaped. It's a santa face, and the beard goes down around the hooked part of the "J."

Letti said...

That turned out great. I love how you can take something that is blah and turn it into something fabulous.

Heidi Boos said...

How do you think of this?? I would have walked right past that at Goodwill, but your transformation is simply amazing (and simple...my style).

The Garcias said...

SO cute! I have not really understood how the gourd would fit into my decorating style, but I would totally put that guy on my table! Good eye!

The Golf Widow said...

I never knew I NEEDED a gourd until now!

Inspired Kara said...

PRECIOUS

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

That is super cute!! I'll have to add some gourds to my fall decorations now! =)

Angie
www.nanasboxnonprofit.blogspot.com

Liza said...

omg that is SO cute! I never would have even been able to envision that. You are definitely going to have me looking differently at things like that!

Christy said...

That is SO cute! Love the ribbon, love the letters....

I want one!!!

Amanda said...

great job! we are on the same page...i just finished tagging lots of my halloween items with the same polka dot ribbon! love it!

Lisa said...

OMG!!! You are so crafty! I love it! You need to get your own TV show! : )

Lisa & Gerald said...

I love the new look! Its great

Aubrey said...

LOL
Your first sentence was funny! I'm right there with you!
For you to see something besides an ugly gourd is so cool. I would have looked at that, laughed to myself and kept on walking. Another incredible transformation!

Jodee Leader said...

I soooo wish I had your creativity. I would have walked right by it in the store too. I love the polkadot ribbon and letters!

Kim @Ticklish mermaids said...

I love the gourd! I have been working on rusting things at home with household products. Have you ever done it? It is tons of fun!
Kim

The Arthur Clan said...

That is so cute! I love what you did with it.

(I also am a huge fan of our local Goodwill. So many great treasures to be found.) :)

Angie in OH

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I love the transformation! Great idea...it turned out so cute.
Diane

Cherry's Jubilee said...

That is such a cool redo. Now for the pics..go into your new post..download your pics as usual. While you are in your post click on edit html and it will bring you to all the codes...where ever you see w440..change it to 640. That is it. Very simple. Nighty night. cherry

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

wow that looks so good, love the polka ribbon, tops it off just right

gotta love what you can get in a thrift store, can you imagine the price in a high end boutique for that little beauty?

Sarah

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

At first I thought you were showing off the "before" version and thought, "Well, to each his own." And then I had to (repent) when I saw the "after"...hee-hee. That is a glorious make-over. Way to go. : )

Tamara Jansen said...

very cute idea! I'm going to have to find a gourd or two for my fall display :)

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

My daughters are like you....they can look at something and imagine it a different way...then transform it. I'm not that good at that. Love this gourd.

Marie said...

That gourd is fantastic!! Great find for Goodwill. My Goodwill is so lame lately.

Faith said...

I agree...it's precious! LOVE the ribbon, it just makes it! I really like all of your fall decor in the previous post. I heart fall!

Amber said...

I'm catching up on some blog reading this morning and saw this project. So fun! Your autumn gourd is so cute and subtle...quite a transformation from the original!

Kim G. said...

What a nice makeover!