For as long as I’ve wanted a vintage caravan, Julian has wanted a vintage tractor. This probably says something about the differences between us :-) To me, the vintage caravan is this gorgeous little cubby house that I can decorate and play in – or have visitors stay! To Julian, the vintage tractor is a marvellous and sturdy piece of engineering that is eminently practical.
This dear little one above, was not eminently practical. Definitely more of a collector’s piece than a working tractor. But once we are settled on Wombat Hill Farm, finding just the right old tractor is at the top of Julian’s list of things to do.
So to celebrate his love of all things tractor, I decided to make him a tractor mosaic – as a table top on a sturdy old pedestal table I found in hard rubbish. We can put it on our porch at Wombat Hill Farm, sit by it in the afternoons, with a beer and some cheese on it, and look out at our beautiful land and marvel at all the hard work that lays before us.
Now the table top was separated from its base by a lovely builder who happened to be building a fence in the street in which we found it. When it didn’t fit in the car, I was busy thinking how I’d have to go home and grab a screwdriver. Not Mum – she trotted up the street to the builder and asked to borrow one. He didn’t have a manual screwdriver but cheerfully came down with his electric drill thing and had that table apart in seconds. He even carried it all across to the car and put it in the boot. What a lovely fellow!
I gave it a coat of sealer – just to make a clean surface that I could draw on and see where I am going with the tiles.
And then the rolling green hills. This is my favourite kind of mosaic – repeating, colourful geometric patterns. In fact, Merryl and I are both so taken with the tyres, we think a whole mosaic of circles would be wonderful …. oh yes!
Then it was onto the tractor body … nice and simple.
Then Farmer Boot himself. He was a wee bit amazed at the colour tile I chose for his hair … grey! With flecks of gold. Yep, Farmer Boot, that’s where you’re at :-) And it’s very becoming!
A headlight … though I can’t imagine Julian will want to navigate the hills of our wee farm at night …
It’s simply too much fun … Despite counting down the days until we finally leave Melbourne, I do so love visiting Merryl’s studio. It’s one thing I will miss – shall have to tile faster!