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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Possum Hollow Gourds

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Meet another one of our talented crafters joining us for Chadds Ford Days on September 12th-13th.  This interview is with Mary Ellen Sweeny about her business, Possum Hollow Gourds.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up, etc.?

My name is Mary Ellen Sweeny.  I attended Calvert Maryland and now am a retired nurse.   I have always loved doing crafts.

How did you end up in Chadds Ford Days, and how many years have you attended?

Another vendor told us about this event.

What is your craft and how did you get started in it?

I took a class on making a gourd snowman, and then starting making Gourd birdhouses and bird feeders myself.  I then made bowls and vases, and later purses. We eventually added walking sticks to our line.

Do you use any local goods in your craft? 

Yes, we buy the gourds we use for our crafts from a gourd farmer in Pennsylvania.

What is it you want people to remember about your craft/how do you seek to inspire people?

Most people will say our products are very creative and colorful.  The true test is if the customers come back the next year and we have had that result quite often.

How do you seek to impact the community with your business?  

I strive to serve my customers and hope that they become returning customers.  I also give classes and just have fun with it.

What in particular can we look forward to seeing at your booth this Chadds Ford Days?

You can look forward to seeing lots of Halloween themed products, such as jacks, ghosts, Frankensteins, and scare crows. We will also bring painted bird houses and feeders, as well as plain gourds with leather dye.  And there will also be one-of-a-kind gourd purses that are lined.

Be sure to check the link below to learn more:

Gourd 3

Gourds 2

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