Friday went well, and despite being bone tired, I was pleased with the amount accomplished. Saturday morning it poured, but a quick check of the hourly forecast assured me it would let up by mid-afternoon. By 9:30 that night, all possible plants were moved. I was soaked to the skin, covered in mud, and my finger tips were too raw to scratch the gazillion mosquito bites I had incurred, but I was again pleased with the amount accomplished.
|Niemanmarcus.com (you can click it, it's a link) carries these hand-crafted garden finials from the MacKenzie-Childs studio, if you wish to purchase, rather than make. My eye is drawn to both the colors, and the "collars" at the base of the finials.
|Glass spheres, such as light globes, vases and votive holders for the globe part, bud vases for the part that connects to the stake, ruffly-edge glass dishes for the collars, lots of glass pebbles, some mastic and nippers...
|...and a box full of china and tile bits. Tea cups are extra good for doing mosaic on round surfaces.
|Heh-heh-heh! Bunny in a blender! Actually, this is the step where you turn them upside down to glue the vases on the bottoms, and the blender was the only thing handy that would hold this one. Really, as I said, no bunny was harmed.
|They were nice just round, like the inspiration pieces, but I do like finials with extra height, so I raided the basket of figurines and salt shakers.
|Since I had left-over brown grout from last week's mosaic fireplace, I decided to try it here.
|A little bluebird for happiness.
They aren't really very similar to the inspiration pieces, but that's the way of art. Another artist's idea sparks one of your own, and off you go, following your own inclinations.
They were a lot of work, mostly because I'm pretty fussy about assembling my mosaics, but at the end of the day, I was again pleased with what was accomplished. This is a good thing, because as I sat working on these Sunday, the heat was being driven by fierce winds that wreaked havoc on the poor new transplants, and then late in the afternoon, came the rumble of thunder, followed by hail. I'm hoping the garden looks better in a few days than it does right now, because if not, I may still be the goofball of garden club, now with a fabulously decorated patch of dandelions and creeping Charlie. Sigh.
When not attempting to be a gardener, I paint some pretty cool walls and things (like the rabbit-in-a-garden kitchen cabinets at the top of this page). You can click on over to my website, theartofthehome.com, to see my portfolio, and find all the information on how to hire me.
Feel free to ask questions or leave comments below, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.