Sunny, clear and a tiny bit cooler and drier today. What a relief after what seems like weeks of rain and overcast. Decided this morning to try making some stepping stones. I bought two very cheap ($1 each) oil drain pans at the Dollar Tree last week. They are just the right size/depth to make round stones. Mixed up about a half-bag (30 lbs) of mortar mix and poured it into one of the pans (coated the pan with cooking spray first). Then I pressed a big heavily veined hosta leaf into the wet mortar. I'm hoping that will leave a pretty imprint. I had a little mortar left over, so tried making one of those concrete leafs...put another hosta leaf on a bed of sand to support it (in a small tub), then spread the mortar over the leaf. We'll see how that works. I also had enough to pour a tiny heart mold and another slightly bigger heart mold (the tiny one is an old jello mold, the bigger one is from a plastic lined Valentine's candy box). I did the candy box mold during the winter and it came out beautifully. I'm trying to get my nerve up to make a silicone mold using silicone caulk mixed with corn starch. My hope is to make smallish molds of various objects, hearts, sea shells, etc. and then be able to pour mortar into them. The resulting "things" I'm hoping to use as ornamental "objets" set into concrete pathways.
I guess it will be a couple of days at least before I know if any of this mortar stuff worked! In the meantime, I'm thinking of digging out the grass in the area in front of the garden shed that I've already marked out for paving. I have several bags of concrete mix standing by and it might be a good time to try to get at least 2 walkmaker pavers poured. I'd like to start making a little progress on projects that have been on hold all summer because of the weather! I can also use the dirt I dig out to backfill around the Pond Circle beds. I redid the rick-rack brick edging around the beds there last year and now that the dirt has settled, some of the bricks are leaning.
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