You know those things that have been on your “must try” list for a while, months maybe years even.
It could be going vegan, it could be getting into gardening but it just never seems to be the right time to try it. Learning something new can take a while, it seems harder to learn things quickly the older I get, that’s for sure. This can be frustrating because you know what you want to achieve, you know how your success will look, but your trials don’t seem to be getting you there, the journey isn’t quick enough.
One of these things for me is having a play around with concrete casting. Basically making useful and pretty stuff with concrete. My reasons for not trying this yet are, not enough time (true with two small children), not enough space/or I need it to be good weather as there’s only enough space outside (so that rules out 8 months of the year…).
Basically I’m just being lazy about it. I want to make it as easy as possible for me to be successful as I don’t want to fail.
The thing is, the chances of me being alright at the concrete malarkey are quite high. I’ve a background in art and specifically sculpture, I used to do a lot of plaster casting and have worked with bronze too.
Writing this down has just made me realise this is exactly why I’ve put it off- because feel I should be good at it, because of my prior experience (I swear this blog is like therapy sometimes 😉 )
So I really must get over myself and just have a go right?
In order to help me I’ve been sent a book! (I’ve also one to giveaway too)
The book is by Hester Van Overbeek who I first met at Blogtacular in 2015, she’s a superstar crafter and DIY type, who just gets on with creative stuff. This is her third book and it has a total focus on concrete- Making Concrete Pots, Bowls & Platters. It has 35 step by step projects that are of different levels of difficulty.
Each project is broken down into a step by step format, and is carefully explained and photographed.
Most of the materials (especially for the easier projects) are easily obtainable from your local DIY store too.
I think we know which one I’ll be attempting first if smallest has any say in the matter…
This book has given me the confidence to try working with concrete, but I will be doing it outside that’s for sure!
Do you fancy having a go creating concrete home and garden projects? I’ve a copy of the book to give away.
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