Sunday, October 6, 2013

MY FANCY, BEAUTIFUL MOSAIC GUTTER DRAINS

A few months ago, I decided I needed gutters on one part of my house.  There was just too much water coming down in that one area.  Gus is the guy who helps me a lot and I asked him to install the gutters.  I went to the hardware store and got some of those roll out bright green water diverters to attach to the bottom of the downspout.  I kept looking at those and knew I just could not live with such a plain, common downspout.
I knew this was an opportunity to create!!
Gus and I designed these and I just LOVE the way they look.  I already had the rocks and the decorative tiles.  As he was building the drains with concrete, I placed the tiles and rocks.
And, I had several metal birds and thought they would look so beautiful on my downspout that looks like a river or waterfall.  They are bright metallic gold and I smeared concrete on them to make them look messy and old. (Old is what I do in my work and love things to look old.)
This is the other one.  Over time, it will get more and more stained and I'll love that. 
 I might even paint some stain on the areas that are not getting naturally stained by the water off of my roof.
Gus dug and put a pvc pipe under my rock walk to divert the water.  Look who now calls it his/her home.  That big ole toad frog is always in there during the day and comes out at night.
While the concrete was still wet, I asked Gus to put a few of these tiles along my rock walk and I added this little cement dove.  Gus was wiping and cleaning the concrete from the tiles and I asked him to smear and smudge the concrete ON them.  I think that looks old and when they finally get stained from weather, they'll look really nice, (to me).
Excuse me!! I'm trying to take a picture, here!!!
Charlie and Punkin started playing in my way.
I live on a hill and am always working to divert water from going under my house. So, I asked Gus to build this rock border to keep excessive rain water from flowing under the studio part of my home.
I just took this picture and am very proud and happy to say it rained last night and this morning as a cold front was coming through.  We have been in a horrible drout and really appreciate any rain that comes our way.

52 comments:

  1. Very creative! I have a rain barrel under each of our drainpipes or I might be tempted to do something like you have.

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    1. Thanks! My downspouts are in such tight places, I wouldn't want a rain barrel there. Such a good idea, though.

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  2. You did get creative with the downspout. It looks wonderful. I like the little birds and I almost missed the cute frog. Thanks for sharing, great idea! Have a happy week!

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    1. Thank you! I really do like looking at them, when I'm walking by.

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  3. They sure look better than the alternative! Just. lovely!

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    1. Thank you! I sure didn't like that bright green thing!!

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  4. Wow, what a wonderful idea and they look fantastic. Wishing you a blessed week.Jen

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    1. Thank you! It wasn't hard to do and I love the way they turned out.

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  5. What a wonderful idea! I hate to think now how dull and plain ours look! Enjoy your week! You shared a lovely mosaic!

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  6. This is SO creative! I love it! If I didn't live in this historical house that we don't own, I would steal your idea! And you've made a little home for Froggy too! Love the bird touch! Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thank you! It was fun putting it all together. I'm wanting it to look like an old home. And, Mr. Froggy OWNS it, now :)

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  7. What beautiful little pools for the rain to end in. Such a creative idea. I'll bet Mr. Frog loves bathing there!

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    1. Thank you! I really love how they look against my house and rock walk.

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  8. I am not sure where I came across your blog, but I love it. You had me at the header.

    I am your newest follower and after I hit publish I am adding your blog to my blog list.

    I'll be back.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I've visited your blog several times and always love your colors. I'm following, too.

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  9. What a fabulous idea. Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Very creative way of diverting the water. I have not seen something like this. The tiles look beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much!! And, they really do divert the water very well. If it rains while I'm home, I can't help but keep watching how they work.

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  11. That is beautiful! It looks like a place where garden fairies would hang out when you're not looking!

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    1. Ohhhhh!! I certainly hope so!! and, thank you so much!

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  12. Thank you so much for posting to Garden Tuesday. I love this!!!! I want to do something like this too!

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    1. I know someone building a beach house and I was thinking they could do this and put dolphins on it. Many possibilities. Have fun creating your's!!

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  13. Hi Lynda, so happy to find that you have another blog. I love the fun and creative drain spouts you have created! I used concrete to cover the cracks in my curbing and then added small rock pebbles to it to give it a similar look. You have taken it a lot further by adding the fun tiles and birds. Love it! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann, I really love this blog and sharing my home and nature happening in my yard. I love using the little rocks and bet your curbing looks really nice.

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  14. I just love these areas that you have made. It is creating a yearning to do the same here. Love, love, love.

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  15. Upi're giving us some good ideas here! love the little tiles!

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    1. Thank you! I found those at a Mexican tile company and they were on sale. Lucky me!!

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  16. Hi Lynda,
    What a fun and creative way to divert water away from your home! Very attractive, and I love the frog who comes to visit. Perchance there are fairies too? Thanks for sharing at my HOME and enjoy your weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. I just betcha fairies do live around here. I feel their presence!

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  17. what a wonderful idea!!! Beautiful!
    I am so happy that I had some time to pop over here today and see what you shared!
    Thank you so much for joining in on my little party this week! I hope to see you again soon! Have a great weekend!
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    1. Hi Tootsie, Thank you for sharing my post on Facebook!

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  18. This is such a great idea!! I love it.... Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events..hugs Tammy

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  19. I love your gutters, works of art!!! Such a creative way to handle a problem, they are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you!! They're working right now because it's raining..yay!!

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  20. These are beautiful and create art with function! Thanks for sharing this at TTF!

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    1. Thank you! I loved working on them and love the way the water flows on them when it rains.

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  21. So smart and creative! I love it!
    Sherry

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  22. Wow! This is awesome! I'm Pinning this!
    I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you!! and, thank you for pinning it. I think anyone could have fun designing their very own gutter drains.

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  23. Lynda, What a fantastic design for rain gutters. You are such a wonderful artist in everything you create! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. I always love seeing what projects you're working on.
    Hugs,
    Jody

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    1. Thank you, Jody! I have really loved my mosaic gutter drains. They're right where I walk and look out the french door.

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