The steps were so easy, I am sorry I waited so long to tackle it. First I glued down the main squares, centering them, with mastic, glue for tile. I began to layout some of my treasures, and after a day of tinkering, I began to glue them down, using clear tile mastic, so that the glass pieces would show what was underneath, the wood tones, mimicking the look of sand on a beach of course. Then, the next day, today as a matter of fact, I enjoyed a day of peace and quiet with kid and hubby gone. Sitting on the back porch, with my garden for inspiration, I mixed up the white grout, making a pasty texture, and wearing gloves I smooshed it in all around the little pieces and chunks of tile, taking a wet sponge to smooth things down. As it dried, I repeatedly wiped to keep the glass showing and the levels smooth. I forged ahead and finished several items, all working quickly to go back and rub with a web sponge, and then a final polish with a towel. I love the results!
Hard not to be inspired, with all of natures beauty around me! Hope you are having a nice Sunday. The message in church today, really hit me, it was on the Good Samaratin. We all wore bandaids home to show where we are in the most need for healing. I have major poison ivy on my wrists, but I put the bandaid on my arms, where I need help being more welcoming.
I happened to be sitting next to a gal I hadn't talked to in awhile, she was on crutches. During the service she shared with me that she had invited a girl friend to live in her home due to a divorce. I was suddenly inspired to ask if we could include her friend's kids in my daughters' Kiddie Kamp and offer the women some respite, and their children some fun; we have so much to offer, and kids need to be able to enjoy being outside and hanging with others to help them through the trauma. Here is a pic of my daughter and some of her kampers from last week. I hope we can all be welcoming, and enjoy the experience together!