Made in the U.S.A. Santa Gourd

Enter for your chance to win this hand-painted, “Made in the U.S.A.” themed  Santa Gourd!

Gourd Description:
Measures 21” high, 55” in circumference and weighs 3.2 lbs.
The theme for this Santa is “Made in the U.S.A.,” and there is at least one item on the gourd, sometimes more, which represents each state and the District of Columbia.

Cost: $10/per ticket OR $85/per 10 tickets

Made in the U.S.A. Santa Gourd

Enter for your chance to win this hand-painted, “Made in the U.S.A.” themed  Santa Gourd!

Gourd Description:
Measures 21” high, 55” in circumference and weighs 3.2 lbs.
The theme for this Santa is “Made in the U.S.A.,” and there is at least one item on the gourd, sometimes more, which represents each state and the District of Columbia.

Cost: $10/per ticket OR $85/per 10 tickets

Winner Will Be Drawn on November 15, 2022

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Click Here to View the Catalog of Items found on the Made in the USA Gourd:
  1. Alabama:  package of peanuts found in the Gullah basket
  2. Alaska: Birch Bark Basket made by the Dena’ina people. A similar basket is on display in the Anchorage Museum.
  3. Arizona: The first “Traditional” Christmas stamp was issued on November 2, 1965 in Silver Bell, Arizona. You will find it on the letter to Santa
  4. Arkansas: Author John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8, 1955. His book, “Skipping Christmas “, is found in the book stack
  5. California: “Gumby” is in the toy sack. This toy was created by Art Clokey in the early 1950s after he graduated from film school at the University of Southern California.
  6. Colorado: A Christmas tin of Celestial Seasonings is tucked in the Gullah basket. The company was founded in 1969
  7. Connecticut:   The Game of Scrabble is tucked in the toy sack. In 1948, James Brunot purchased the rights to manufacture the game from inventor Alfred Butts. The game was manufactured in Dodgington, Connecticut.   Silly Putty is also found in the toy sack. James Wright, working for the US war production board, was trying to create an inexpensive substitute for synthetic rubber at a General Electric lab in Connecticut and discovered this fun toy.
  8. Delaware: First design of the Christmas Seal used in the US was adopted by Emily Bissell, an American Red Cross Volunteer in Delaware to raise money for a TB sanitarium. She got the idea from a postal clerk in Denmark who was also trying to raise money for TB. You will find the seal on the back of the envelope, below the letter to Santa.
  9. Florida: oranges in the Gullah basket
  10. Georgia:  Peach and Vidalia  Onion Sauce found in the Gullah basket
  11. Hawaii: Pineapple found in the Gullah basket
  12. Idaho: Huckleberry Jam found in the Choctaw basket
  13. Illinois: Tinker Toys are found in the toy sack. The Tinker Toy Company was formed by Charles Pajeau in 1914, in Evanston, Illinois. The Radio Flyer Wagon, beside the toy sack, is produced in Chicago, Illinois.
  14. Indiana: Tucked in Santa’s pocket is a ticket to attend the Christmas Light Show at the Brickyard, home of the Indy 500.
  15. Iowa: The Littlest Angel book is found in the book stack. It was written by Charles Tazwell who is from Des Moines, Iowa.
  16. Kansas: Wizard of Oz ornament
  17. Kentucky: Louisville Slugger Bat is in the toy sack. The first bat was made in 1884 by John A. “Bud” Hillerich who was 17 years old.
  18. Louisiana: Famous Praline Company Praline is found in the Gullah basket.
  19. Maine: Maine Blueberry Syrup is found in the Choctaw basket
  20. Maryland: home of Francis Scott Key who wrote the poem on which the Star-Spangled Banner  is based. The sheet music is behind the Choctaw basket.
  21. Massachusetts: a bag of Massachusetts cranberries below the flag and strung in the garland around the base of Santa.
  22. Michigan: Ford truck ornament
  23. Minnesota:  Home of Tonka Toy company. A Tonka Truck is found in the toy sack.
  24. Missouri: Birthplace of author Maya Angelou. Her book, Amazing Peace, is found in the book stack.
  25. Mississippi: Choctaw Indian split river cane basket
  26. Montana: the state flower is Bitterroot. A seed packet is found in the Birch Bark Basket.
  27. Nebraska: Birthplace of author Nicolas Sparks. His book, Holiday Collections, is found in the book stack.
  28. Nevada: tucked in Santa’s pocket is a ticket for the Nevada Ballet Theatre production of the Nutcracker.
  29. New Hampshire: New Hampshire-based company, Draper and Maynard, made a padded baseball glove for a Providence shortstop, Arthur Irwin, in 1883. This is the first recorded baseball glove made in the US. It is in the toy sack with a baseball.
  30. New Jersey:  The popular board game, Monopoly, is based on the streets of Atlantic City. You will find it in the toy sack. The flexible flyer sled, beside the toy sack, was patented by Samuel Leeds Allen in 1889 in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.
  31. New Mexico: New Mexico Green Chile Flakes are found in the Choctaw basket.
  32. New York: the Statue of Liberty takes place of pride in the snow globe that Santa proudly holds. The most iconic symbol of our country was a gift from France, dedicated on October 28, 1886.  A ticket for the Radio City Rockette show is tucked in Santa’s pocket and a Teddy Bear sits in the radio flyer wagon. The first bear made in the US, to honor Theodore Roosevelt, was made by Rose Michtom, wife of a Brooklyn toy and candy shop owner, Morris Michtom on March 3, 1903.
  33. North Carolina: Born in Greensboro, North Carolina on September 11, 1862, author O. Henry wrote the book, Gift of the Maji, found in the book stack. A tin of Moravian Cookies made in Winston- Salem, is found in the Gullah Basket and the fli-back paddle ball is found in the toy sack. It was invented in the 1920s and the Fli-back company was founded in High Point, NC in 1937.
  34. North Dakota: In 2007, 8,962 people simultaneously made snow angels on the lawn of the state capital in Bismarck, North Dakota. You will find a tribute to this on the snow angel ornament.
  35. Ohio:  Play-Doh is found in the toy sack. It was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. Play-Doh was reworked and sold to schools in the 1950s.
  36. Oklahoma: The record cover of musical Oklahoma is tucked behind the toy sack and Gullah basket
  37. Oregon: The View master, found in the toy sack, was invented by a pharmacist in Portland, Oregon.
  38. Pennsylvania: Crayola Crayons, found in the toy sack, were invented by Binney and Smith in 1902 in Easton, Pennsylvania.  The Slinky toy, also in the toy sack, was first sold at Gimbel’s Department Store in Philadelphia in 1945. The Hershey Bar and  Hershey Kisses were made in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The kisses are found in Santa’s pocket and the Hershey bar is in the Gullah basket.
  39. Rhode Island: Kenyon’s Johnny Cake Cornmeal mix is made by Rhode Island’s oldest manufacturing business, established around 1700.
  40. South Carolina: the Gullah Sweetgrass Basket from the low country of South Carolina.
  41. South Dakota: The Pasque flower is the state flower. A seed packet is found in the Birch Bark basket.
  42. Tennessee: The Moon Pie was invented in 1919 by Earl Mitchell when he worked at the Chattanooga Bakery. This sweet delight is found in the Gullah basket.
  43. Texas: Known for its rolling hills of bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas is found on a seed packet in the Birch Bark Basket.
  44. Utah: The Sego Lily is the state flower of Utah. It is found on a seed packet in the Birch Bark Basket.
  45. Vermont: Vermont Maple Syrup, found in the Choctaw basket
  46. Virginia: Eastern Shore Popcorn, made in Cape Charles, Virginia, is found below the quilt and strung with cranberries as a garland around the Santa base.
  47. West Virginia: Author Pearl Buck was born in 1892 in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her book, Once Upon a Christmas will be included in the book stack.
  48. Washington State: Birthplace of Bing Crosby. He was born on May 3, 1903, and become known as one of America’s best-loved crooners.  He will forever be known for his rendition of the popular song, White Christmas. The album cover is located behind the Birch Bark basket.
  49. Wisconsin: known for its delicious cheeses, a packet of Wisconsin Cheese Curds are found in the Choctaw basket.
  50. Wyoming: Indian Paintbrush is the state flower and will be depicted on a seed packet in the Birch Bark basket.
  51. Washington, District of Columbia: birthplace of author Sandra Dallas, you will find her book, A Quilt for Christmas, in the book stack.

Note:  I included a Raggedy Anne because I can’t imagine Christmas memories without one, however, there are several different references to the origin of the doll. Due to this, I did not list her with a specific location.

Last but not least, the quilt. It is dedicated to every state. I cannot imagine that there is not a state where quilts have not been pieced and sewn since the country was founded. As for myself, every quilt that I paint takes me back to being a very small girl, sitting by my grandmother, playing with buttons and colorful spools of thread while she sewed. My hope is that whoever receives this gourd will find an item, hopefully, several that will bring back special memories.

Gourd Care

Your gourd has been sealed with a high-quality acrylic varnish. To clean, wipe with a soft dry cloth. I do not suggest placing it in water or using any type of cleaning agent on it. With proper care, the gourd should last for years.

Please be aware that your gourd is not indestructible. It can break if dropped on a hard surface. Never lift the gourd by the stem. The stem is the most fragile part of the gourd and will break with pressure.

Artist Statement

I traveled to Ghost Creek Farms in South Carolina and chose the largest gourd I could find. I hope the person who receives this gourd will enjoy having it as much as I have enjoyed painting it.

Working with my hands, and creating objects has always brought me joy and contentment. Many times it would have been cheaper to buy it, but I would have missed out on the joy of seeing it come together.

After a career in healthcare, I have arrived at retirement and so I paint. The gourds that I paint might be best described as memory gourds, because that is what I paint, memories. Memories of Christmases past, of candy that never tastes as sweet as my mind remembers. Of the toys dreamed of as I carefully studied each page of the Sears and Roebuck catalog. My gardener Santa’s let me wander once again through my parent’s flower and vegetable gardens and the sewing Santa….I am standing very still while my aunt pins, measures and adjusts the dress she is sewing for me from a pattern carefully selected from pattern books at the local fabric store. Who remembers that? When patterns were only .50 and .75 cents!

I sit at my desk, open the paints, pick up the brush, choose a gourd and my day begins. I live in an old house. A 1923 bungalow, with my husband and two tiny dogs. Our home is Rutherfordton, a small town tucked into the foothills of Western, NC. – Freida G. Pearce

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Cost: $10/per ticket OR $85/per 10 tickets

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The winner will be selected and contacted on November 15th.

Good luck!

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