The first mosaic I ever made was a green lizard on a blue background (made from left-over kitchen and bathroom tiles). I’d found a wrought iron half-circle table by the roadside and dragged it home for upcycling. Next I progressed to smashing tiles and covering an Ikea-bought table with flowers.
I really liked the abstract flowers but was never happy with the grout colour I mixed up. It’s always bugged me. I attempted to remove the grout a couple of years ago but found it was too noisy, too hard and gave up. I’ve contemplated taking the table to the refuse centre several times but each time something has stopped me. I’m so glad it did.
As our new neighbours are having extensive building works done I haven’t felt so guilty creating a racket in my workshop, so while they’ve been drilling, so have I !!
I don’t know how many hours or Dremel bits it’s taken, but I dug out as much grout as I could and re-grouted in black. And I love it
Our next-door neighbours were great bird lovers and would feed their feathered friends in the garden each day. They had sparrows nesting in the eaves of their roof, a bird table in the garden and a bird house on the side of their garage where blue tits would raise their young in safety. Every bird was welcome, apart from the heron that emptied the fish from their pond!
All photos taken from my back garden
When they announced they were moving I wanted to make them a gift that would be both useful and personalised, so I decided to mosaic a blue tit on a garden planter.
We’re going to miss them very much but we’re happy that they’re enjoying their new home and a more peaceful way of life.
Annie was much loved and left a big hole in her family’s lives.
“Dogs are only in our lives for a short time, but they stay in our memories for as long as we live. It’s a small consolation, but it’s nice to know we can always visit them in our thoughts”
Hey, long time no see. I hope that you’re all keeping safe and well and enjoying this totally strange summer. It’s been such a long time since I’ve had the time to sit at the keyboard and catch up, but here goes … this is a post about posts!
At the beginning of ‘lockdown’ (23rd March in the UK) I began working on a new project. The plan was to cover the two remaining fence post on our patio with mosaics and, as I already had all the materials, I just needed to come up with the design.
When we had a new fence put up, probably about 12 years ago, I covered one of the posts with an ivy design and lilac background. As the ivy post sits in the middle (with the remaining two either side) I wanted to come up with a design to compliment the colours. Every year our neighbour’s climbing rose bushes pop their heads over the fence and give us the most beautiful display. As luck would have it, they suddenly came into bloom and helped me make a decision. I picked out purple/lilac flowers for the top of one post and white flowers for the other – and hoped they would match the mosaics I completed three years ago on the other side of the patio. Click here to go back in time to see the other mosaics.
Just like last time I experimented with making my own ‘stained glass’ using nail varnish. I’ve learned that red doesn’t stay true (because last time some of my ladybirds faded) but I’m hoping the green and pink won’t fade. These posts won’t be in full sun, so fingers crossed.
Of course I had to incorporate all the beasties that visit our garden too; ladybirds, bees, butterfly, snails, a frog and a Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Probably my favourite because the ‘Wide ‘Mouth Frog’ joke always makes me laugh ’til I cry!
This little mouse represents a lifetime’s fear and a bit of exposure therapy for me …