Clothing and houseware retailer, Anthropologie, is known for their absolutely stunning window displays. Not only are they beautiful, they are eco-friendly and wildly creative.
Their recent fall windows caught our eye because the main focal point is the use of raw gourds. We appreciate the sculptural, organic flair gourds bring to decor of all sorts and gourd lovers everywhere will appreciate this artistic interpretation. Here are some of the photos from the Anthropologie Facebook page: Enjoy and be inspired with gourd creativity!
Thank you to everyone that came out to the farm for our Fall Open House weekends! We hope you enjoyed the festivities. One highlight from the last weekend was our live gourd auction. These one-of-a-kind gourds were put up for bidding at our retail store. Some exciting news for future Meadowbrooke Auctions- during our Winter Open House for the first time ever, we will start accepting bids online through our website! This is very exciting as we have had many requests for out of town folks to be able to participate in the bidding.
We will give you more details about online bidding closer to the date. For now, here are a few photos of the unique products at the Fall Auction:
If you’re looking for a quick and easy fall decorating project, here is an idea that we just love.
Simply take your small, fresh ornamental gourds and pumpkins and spray paint them different metallic colors of your choosing. We love the look of gold and a taupe-silver together.
You can display these sophisticated beauties in so many ways! Group them together as shown on a cake stand for a gorgeous, simple centerpiece, or display them in a large bowl mixed with pinecones, twigs, and other fall elements.
You can also take this technique and apply it to dried gourds for an arrangement that will last from year to year.
2 inch bottle gourds (shown above) would make for a lovely arrangement. Mix the dried gourds in with the fresh gourds and pumpkins for an interesting, fall display.
We are starting to feel the nip in the air here at Meadowbrooke Gourds! October’s product of the month is our new Winter Glacier Snowman. He comes in 2 sizes – Small 18 inches tall and Medium 30 inches tall.
Snowflakes are cut out in the belly and he comes with an electric light. Winter Glacier is ready for the cold weather with his black top hat and scarf.
Every year, we have a booth at the National Apple Harvest Festival in Arendstville, PA. It is always the first and second (full) weekends in October. The first weekend was rainy and dreary, but the second weekend was absolutely beautiful! The festival saw record-breaking numbers as folks came out to enjoy the delicious, local apple products, vendors, and fun!
Here are a few photos of Meadowbrooke Gourds at the National Apple Harvest Festival 2011.
Since we have seen many gourds come out of the Jack Shaq beautiful enough to sell, we decided to have a contest again this year. Our catalog team will judge all entries and select at least one winning original design. The winner’s design, name and photo will appear in our 2012 catalog. The winner will receive 5% of the wholesale price of each piece sold for as long as we sell it. The winner will be announced before our auction on Saturday, October 15th.
Come out on Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th as well as October 14th and October 15th for a chance to Create your Jack O’Lantern, Scarecrow or Green Witch!
Here is a photo of last year’s winning gourd and its creator, Isabel Ilaria, in our 2011 Fall Catalog! Isabel receives 5% of sales for this product!
Our friends at Plow and Hearth Harrisburg, PA will be holding their Grand Opening Celebration this Sunday, October 9th. We will be there for our Create your own Jack O’Lantern activity!
In addtion to this fun event, we will be at the National Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday!
Activities include: Make your Own Scarecrow and Oops! Sale (Extended from Fall Open House 1) As well as,Create-your-own Jack o’ Lantern, and New this year! Scarecrow head and Green Witch. We put our very best craftsmen in a giant gourd called the “Jack Shaq”. After drawing your design on the gourd, feed it to the Jack Shaq and out will come your one-of-a-kind artistically cut gourd. All ages and levels of artistic skill are encouraged to try this! You will find you have more talent than you ever thought.
(Workshop opens at Noon on Friday. Last seating will be one hour prior to closing.)
Due to the cold and rainy conditions this past weekend, we are extending our Oops! Sale and Make your own Scarecrow activity to this Friday & Saturday, Oct. 7th & 8th. This is the perfect time to visit for lots of fun fall activities and great bargains! This weekend will include: Pick your own pumpkins and fresh ornamental gourds, Create your own gourd jack o’ lantern, scarecrow head and green witch, Oops! Sale, and Make your own scarecrow. Hope to see you there!
Pick your Own Pumpkins at the Meadowbrooke Pumpkin Patch:
Create your Own Jack O’Lantern, Scarecrow Head (NEW!) and Green Witch (NEW!):
Make Your Own Scarecrow:
And don’t forget…… we will also be at the National Apple Harvest Festival!