This is supposed to look like a porous rock but is man-made and much lighter than rock. It's called Hypertufa. It's made with a mix of portland cement, peat moss, perlite and water. I made this bird bath last fall - shortly before I began a new flower bed which was shortly before "the incident". (Don't ask - I won't tell.) ANYWAY, I started by digging a hole in the ground of the size I wanted the bird bath to be. I stirred up the mixture like a witch's brew until it was the consistency of oatmeal. Yum. Then I started filling in the hole. I use a skinny twig to measure the thickness as it's best to have it 1 to 2" thick. I did not want this to be smooth and I did not want it to have even edges. Then I covered it and walked away for at least a week. Then just pull it out of the ground and ta da - it's a bird bath. See what you think:
Yes I know the water in there is dirty. I cleaned it immediately after I took the picture just to see if you're paying attention....
The next picture shows the underside of the bird bath:
And this is the bird bath sitting on a tree stump in my bird garden. Son #2 is bringing me a more appropriate sized stump. Isn't he a good boy?
Now on to current events. We had our monthly gathering last week of "The Woolies". It was the most perfect day to spend at JM's very lovely lake home. She has a large patio facing the lake which also has very nice shade. It was a mid-70 degree day. It doesn't get any better than that.
JM served us a delish lunch of chicken salad on croissants. The salad had dried cherries in it. It was so yummy. We just added accessories to our plates and headed back out to the patio.
Our Ms. Jean always has something to show and this month she'd just gotten this quilt back from the quilter. It was a Country Threads pattern and she used all Civil War repro's. It'll be perfect on a table. Wait a minute - wouldn't it look great on MY table??
Here are a couple things from the New Leaf Stitches pattern company (aka Kari). Kari had vended at Paducah this year and these were a couple new things she showed:
Remember the gal who hosted us? Well, she's the same person who made 17 - yes, 17 - quilts for her daughter's wedding party. The wedding is later this month. There is no grass growing beneath JM's feet, let me tell you.
These are some of the girl quilts: