Eureka Tower and Littlest Monkey Boy desperately didn't. So our family went our separate ways and Littlest Monkey Boy and I got down to some mosaic-making.
Now Ali and Shangri La were keen for me to do a little tutorial on how to mosaic. And I am eager to satisfy at least two people who may be reading this blog. But I've warned you I am a complete novice - I'm even more of a novice mosaicer than gardener. But I'm a bit like Monkey Man - I'll give things a go. Monkey Man has taught me a few things actually. A combination of tightness with money, delusion and healthy ego has convinced Monkey Man that it's possible to do almost anything yourself and he'd much rather do that than pay a professional. He's installed our ducted heating, plastered, plumbed, floorboarded... he even put together our internal staircase from kit. That took quite a few days of cursing. But it hasn't fallen down yet. Unlike the plaster which is cracking all over the place. I did put my foot down when he said he'd make our curtains - he can't thread a needle, let alone operate a sewing machine.
So Littlest Monkey Boy was keen to work on the mosaic stepping stone for Wonky. I suggested we have his name "Wonky" and then maybe some wonky designs or a chicken foot. I reckon I could draw a chook foot. But Littlest Monkey was having none of it. Nope there had to be a picture of an actual chicken - a chicken that looked like Wonky. I can't draw. And I certainly can't draw chickens. But Littlest Monkey got out a pencil and paper and drew a very good picture of a chicken. I was impressed. And, I thought, if all of you out in blogworld see this mosaic but know that a 6 year old has had a hand in it they won't judge it so harshly. No need to feel quite so ashamed if it looks crappy. So I was inspired and gushing with praise as we made a pencilled drawing of the chook on the cement block. And then I remembered that Wonky probably was actually a rooster so we added more pronounced rooster bits and decided on the colours that we'd use on our mosaic. In retrospect we really should have used a lighter colour (not dark green) as the background to contrast with Wonky's blackness but Littlest Monkey was adamant that it had to be green for grass.
I bought this stepping stone from Bunnings for a couple of dollars. The coloured mosaic glass tiles were not cheap. It would be much better to have a lovely collection of old bits of tiles or broken china and stuff. But I haven't collected much yet. I have managed some broken bits of mirror and these we used but in the meantime this is a fairly expensive hobby as I have resorted to buying specially made bits of tile that you can get at craft or hardware shops. These do have the advantage however of being all the same width which makes things easier and you get an even stepping stone. I got a tile cutter which also makes things easier and is safer with littlies but you could just smash things up with a hammer I think. I used adhesive and grout that we had for tiling the bathroom. Not sure if this is the best for mosaic outdoor stepping stones but that's what was used.
Meg & Mum's blog as recommended by Jeanetteanne I was sure to do this after I'd finished our Wonky project so that I didn't get too intimidated.