Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Art Schmart

Last week when I was in Seattle I paid a little visit to one of my favorite garden stores. It's trendy and a bit swanky, lots of garden goo-gaws and the like. I love these concrete leaves, I've even made of few of them myself. It's really easy, just mix up some portland cement with sand and water, grab a rhubarb or hosta leaf ...arrange the upside-down leaf on a pile of sand so that it keeps its natural shape and start gooping on the mud. Let the concrete cure a few days in the shade, peel off the leaf and Ta Daaaaa...garden art! The one shown above is....wait for it.....$189.00...he he ha ha. Okay...this one is painted, maybe that's why it's worth so much more than I could ever imagine paying. I have all of these paint colors in my paint stash, I could go get mine out of the yard and paint it up for ya....


Or I could go find one of the hosta leaves that I made like the one above, I think it might be buried under a pile of winter leaves over in the shade garden.

This leaf below one of many that I've made...hey.... for 189 bucks I could goop some paint on it for ya...heck...I'd even deliver it! Art shmart, I've always thought these "stone leaves" are cool...but come onnnnn people....that's a lot of dough. Guess I've been livin' in the boonies too long to understand how anyone could pay that much money for some sand, portland and leftover paint.







4 comments:

Jerrie said...

The price of those leaves is crazy - I have seen them all over!

The thing is Archer has been making them (including rockin' paint jobs -metallic even) since he was 7! I have a nice collection, however most of them have stayed at Grandma's (he is cheap labor) or been given as gifts! If you ever want an experienced teen to help I am sure he would love it! :)

tami said...

That is a lot of dough! Frankly, I prefer the moss patina you have going. A little color and not too flashy. I still haven't made any but I think about it, so maybe this summer.

Diane Mandy said...

Good question!

Shelly said...

Jerrie - I would like to make some more..hmmm...leaf-n-pizza party?

Tam - Crazy huh? We've been talking about it...we should just do it!

Diane Mandy - I'm fullll of questions...lolol.