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.
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 ol' 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.