We moved into our house almost two years ago . This provided me with something i'd never had before . A yard .. and space to garden . To say i have a black thumb isn't exactly right ..I just have no real idea what i'm doing .
Our yard has one major drawback in the world of gardening . We get very little sun . This meant I had to alter my dreams of the overgrown english garden . So hats a girl todo when she wants lots of color in the garden ? I picked up the art of mosaic and cement !
For the past few months a dear friend and I have been traveling around town to all the local thrift and junk shop buying colorful plates and mosaicing them on brick flower bed edging . It's taken about 30 of these segments and who knows how many plates,bowls and figurines but one flower bed is now fully ringed with these .
They really are a delight to look at and so much fun to make . The picture is of the very beginnings of the wall .
We have since finished it . I promise some great pictures soon. We also started to mosaic tera cotta pots .I don't think there is anything as satisfying as hunting for plates and then smashing them with a hammer or tile nippers !
We've also begun to make our own planters out of concrete . There are literally hundreds of recipes and the ingredients are so so much cheaper then buying pots . The first project we did used two plastic bowls one smaller then the other ,portland cement ,play sand ,cooking spray and water . The resulting bowl is just plain awesome . the only thing we have left to do is drill a drainage hole .
On the top we embedded tumbled glass for a beach glass look .
Up next are concrete sculptures ! I just need to learn how to weld so that we can create sturdy armatures . Luckily Durham has a TechShop ! And i'll be taking a basic class this monday . I really don't care if my welding is ugly as it'll be encased in concrete.
Concrete is amazing medium . And can be sculpted much like clay . so I really look forward to all kinds of projects .
Right now we have to Hypertufa planters curing . I can't wait to add plants to those as it's really easy to get moss to grow on them .
So as you can see the weather has just been to nice to sit inside and make jewelry . I'd much rather sit outside right now making "jewelry" for my garden .