A New Stamp…..

Amazing how far behind we can fall in such a short time!  Steven started to finish our backyard patio over 3 years ago.  He made a huge dent in our large yard at that time.  We were sure that the following year we (lol I me he, I suck at cement pouring) would make even more progress.  Nada, not a chance,  I fell and broke my wrist and Steven was taking care of me for that summer.  Last year, we were dealing with family issues and the time slipped away quickly.  Seriously, the yard has been at a stand still for a couple years.

Well, with the back yard being chosen as our son’s wedding venue, we are (oops Steven is) busting his fanny to complete the patio before the big day.  This is where the patio has sat for some time….

dirtleveledpatio start

Off to the left is the finished portion of the patio, hard to see in the shade.  Then, a fancy template and a pallet and a half of cement later……


Steven has finished a huge area, you can see the older pavers, they are much darker in the background.  We have a fire pit right behind the wheelbarrow.  Our plan is to lay pea gravel around the pit next.

Every winter we talk about installing a step to level out the ground and putting a stop to the river of water that flows through the middle of the yard.  Now was the time to do it……


I couldn’t believe the amount of dirt we had to move to level out the lower patio.  He has now finished this end of the patio, the pavers extend all the way to the step.  It is beautiful!  Better pictures to come as we get it cleaned up and finish the other end of the patio.

I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful DIYer for a husband/partner…… Cyn



About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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8 Responses to A New Stamp…..

  1. Theresa Boyle says:

    WOW Cyn, It is looking great. Can’t wait to see it.

  2. i like this post, we visit again for more updates , thanks for sharing this article.

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  4. kelleysdiy says:

    Really looks great so far….and your kitty is enjoying your accomplishment!

  5. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a superb article… but what can I say…
    I put things off a lot and never seem to get anything

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