Monday, June 04, 2007

Stepping Stones

Last year when my family came for a visit, my mom brought some materials to make stained glass stepping stones for the my garden. The stones were a huge hit. When I went to visit her this spring, she had cut glass for several more stones. We wrapped and packages all the cut pieces of glass and shipped it to my house so I could add cement and turn the pieces into more stepping stones.

I've got two sizes of hard plastic molds to make the stones. One mold is a 16" round mold and the other is smaller and shaped like a brick. So I can make one stone of each size at a time.

So far, I've gotten two stones of each size finished. I think I have about 10-12 more round stones to finish and 3-4 brick sized stones.

It's going to take a while to get them all made, but I'll share them as I get them finished. There will be a lot of these stepping stones in my yard. It is a good thing that our yard is large.

Since I made the stones pictured here, I've decided that I like the grey cement better than the white. The cement itself is white and the grey color comes from adding a colorant. The white stones seem a little more artificial or something to me.

I make these stones outside because the cement can be a bit messy. Sherman loves to help us when we are working outside. He will stay with us all day when the weather is cool. But as the weather heats up, Sherman struggles to stay cool outside. He is not built for hot weather. Here are a couple pictures of Sherman trying to beat the heat with a cool drink of water.

16 comments:

mel said...

Very cool stepping stones - what a great addition to your lawn & garden! Cute pooch too ;)

cpurl17 said...

Those are great!
Your family is so creative!

Sue J. said...

Love the stepping stones. But, oh, Sherman. What a cutie!!!! I could watch your header pics all day. They are just great! Give Sherm a smooch for me.

Monika said...

I must be thirsty, because seeing Sherman drink that water, makes me want some too real bad! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures of him! I would love to cuddle him, such a beautiful boy. You show not enough of him!
Tha stepping stones are phenomenal! Wonderful pieces! Do you like the smell of wet cement? I go, drink some water now. Bye! ;o)

Stacie said...

good dog! I love the stones, and what a cool idea to use stained glass! Those Noro squares are awesome too!!

Zonda said...

Those are fabulous!! Awesome work there! Keep showing them! :)

Jennie said...

The stones are so pretty! What a fantastic idea. You are so creative. :)

Dipsy said...

What an awesome idea this is - and these stepping stones are certainly the most fabulous looking ones I've seen for a long time! I'm really impressed!

Bezzie said...

Your mom cut the glass for those? Wow. You guys are quite a team!

Sherman's such a cutie! That first pic is a riot!

Cole said...

The stones look very nice. That gives me an idea for something to do once G and I get a place of our own. Sherman looks so sweet!

Stacey said...

those are beautiful! I love the lattice one. My dogs struggle to stay cool too - they want to stay outside with me, but want to go in the basement where it's cool!

Bobbi said...

The stones look great! And Sherman is a cutie! :)

Batty said...

Those stones look great, and Sherman is adorable.

Deb said...

I love your stones. The grey looks better. It's nice to have a buddy outside to keep you company isn't it? Sherm, Holli says "Hi!".

gilraen said...

Your stones are fabulous and having something at home that your mom helped to make, even better! Will you show us pics of them in situ when you are done? :D

Sherman looks like alovely dog :)

Mom said...

He's such a good boy! (Brad too!)
Have you run into many broken pieces of glss yet?