"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, July 4, 2013

I accidentally broke one of my favorite Homer Laughlin dishes

yet I could not bear to throw the pieces away.
Instead, I decided to use them in some of my cement work.

I decided to try to create a cement quilt look to this stepping stone, using some broken dish pieces I have saved, along with some tile pieces and slate quarters I have found in hardware stores.
Now I can enjoy my china..............outside!

In previous posts I have shown you my pumpkin vines that are now in full bloom............
I also found a way to create cement pumpkins . I love pumpkins! I can now decorate my yards and porches when fall comes!
Aren't they cute?

I also experimented with black color for cement. It makes a pretty color for planters ..........
don't you think?
I love working with cement and am trying to think of useful things to create with it.
How about you?
Do you work with this, and if so, what are your ideas for creative uses?
I would love to hear!


Connie said...

So clever of you to reuse the broken china, Kathleen! You are such an artist! :-)

Sherri Farley said...

Very creative way to use the china pieces. I love the pumpkins too.

aprilmecheelesdulllife said...

I love all your cement projects!! What kind of mold did you use for the pumpkins? You have great ideas !

Laurie said...

I've never worked with cement, but I have to say your patchwork stepping stone really haa inspired me, as I love learning new things. Did you use quick-crete?

lil red hen said...

I have a few pieces in that same pattern ~ beautiful! And you've put the broken pieces to good use. I don't think I have your talent for working with cement.

Wonky Girl said...

Well, I have always wanted to work with cement like you do. Love the idea of using broken dishes and making it look like patchwork.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

I love that pattern too, I have a enourmous bowl that was Grandma's with it.
I think your pumpkins of cement are brilliant. You have a goldmine there, is there somewhere close by you could sell them?
The earthy way you've colored them is perfect too.

The Farmers Daughter said...

Love your creativity with concrete! I've never worked with it much but am sure getting inspired by you! I'm pinning this!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Great save, Kathleen! It really did make a pretty stipping stone. Your "pumpkins" look great, too.

Hill Top Post said...

Pumpkins, planters, and stepping stones of cement...all works of art. Now, I am wondering where this new medium may take you.

KathyB. said...

I love what you've created ! I did make a cement planter a few years ago but never did much more than that. I like the cement pumpkins and the black planter is stunning.

Good idea using your broken china with cement.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sadly, I don't have any talents working with cement so no suggestions. But it was great that you could recycle a treasure into something you can still see and enjoy, Kathleen.

magnoliasntea said...

Love the nine-patch stepping stone.
Your are becoming the queen of concrete! I LOVE those pumpkins.

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen,

Oh you are clever making that cement quilt. Just love it. Your pumpkins are amazing I had to take a second look. Looking forward to see what else you make with cement Kathleen.

Happy creating.

Sandy said...

Would you be willing to share with us how you made the pumpkins? They are beautiful and look so real.