Inside, the house had been readied for the rasher of Fairegarden clan members to arrive with hungry bellies and peals of hearty laughter.
…Although some are Fading Faire. Above: Heuchera ‘Faire Piecrust’, a seedling that sprouted serendipitously.
This year’s gifts for the family were spawned when there was a little leftover leaf casting mix during the manufacture of juice box shaped blocks for lining an unruly flower bed under the garage deck. (For previous Thanksgiving gifts and a how to for other cement crafts, click here-How To Make Leaf Castings.)
With the shape outlined in modeling clay that had been warmed by handling then rolled into a snake and flattened, this one made by little six year old offspring of offspring Semi, LTB during a babysitting extravaganza this fall, the extra leaf casting mix from the block project was scooped into the form. A large nail made the facial features, and later a hole in the forehead for hanging, marbles were inserted for the eyes, then it was allowed to dry and cure. Using the clay is the way to go with free form cement work.
After the rough edges were filed to clean them up a bit, the Catgoods, the official name of these plaques, were painted using the little bottles of craft paint and given a thick coat of polyurethene to enable them to withstand many years of exposure to outdoor elements. LTB was a prime helper with the painting colors chosen, not to mention deft brushwork. I would never have thought to use these color combinations, but love the results.
And there you have the Catgood family. They are a happy, carefree lot. Do not fear them, for all are friendly and smiling, see? They will bring good luck and karma to any home or garden in which they reside, for they were made with all the love we possess for our dear family. It will be interesting to see which goes home with whom, for all are different, both the Catgoods and the Fairegarden family members. LTB took his home and painted it there, earlier this fall. As for the name Catgood, it was a fortuitous typo I once made on a social media site. There was one more cement item made in addition to the Catgoods…
May the love and gratitude of the holidays just passed and those yet to come be spread to you and yours. Happy Thanksgiving!