Lucky Penny Ball

2000 Lucky Penny Ball (1)

Lucky Penny Gazing Ball

To create your Lucky Penny Gazing Ball garden art, you will need the following:

An old Bowling Ball
450 Pennies
“Goop” Outdoor Adhesive
Wire Brush
Face Mask
Rubber Gloves
Cardboard Box

For Grouting:
Weld Bond Glue
Grout or Paint Color Additive

Sand and wire-brush the bowling ball to roughen the surface and remove all gloss. Wear a facemask to avoid breathing in the dust. Wipe the bowling ball with a clean dry rag. Cut a circle in the cardboard box to support the bowling ball while gluing on the pennies. Starting on the opposite side from the finger holes, apply a thin layer of glue and press pennies onto the bowling ball face up. The amount of glue is important; the pennies must adhere to the surface without glue coming up around the edges. If this happens, use a toothpick to remove excess glue. Work a small area at a time as pennies may slide down the curved edge of the bowling ball until glue begins to set (approximately 10 minutes). Leave a small space between pennies to allow grout to fill in around them.

Let glue cure a minimum of two days prior to grouting. To prepare grout, mix Weld Bond Glue with sand until it reaches the consistency of thick paste. Add enough colorant to achieve desired color (“rust” was used in the pictured project). A few tablespoons of soil may be added to darken the grout. Wear rubber gloves and use an old spatula to apply grout to penny ball. After grouting, first wipe with a damp sponge, then a soft cloth until grout residue is removed from pennies. Allow to dry one week before putting in your garden.

To keep your Lucky Penny Ball from sitting directly on the soil, pound a small stake in the ground until 4” remains above ground and insert one of the finger holes over the stake.

Your Lucky Penny Ball can be left unsealed if you want the pennies to change color with age. Older pennies will turn green, newer pennies will darken as they contain less copper. If you decide to seal your Lucky Penny Ball, several coats of marine varnish such as Man O’ War will keep your Lucky Penny Ball looking new for many years.

Chocolate Cherry Cake

1 Deep Chocolate Cake Mix (Duncan Hines, Pillsbury, or Devil’s Food)

1 can cherry pie filling

2 eggs unbeaten

1 T almond flavoring



6 oz. package semi sweet chocolate morsels

5 T butter

1 C sugar

1/3 C milk



Preheat oven to 350°.

Stir cake ingredients together until moistened and bake 30-40 minutes in greased cake pan.


Bring butter, sugar and milk to a boil. Stir in chocolate morsels and whisk to blend. Pour over cake when cool.

Kathy Loved to Cook

Kathy was an excellent cook…some even thought of her as a “gourmet” cook, and she liked to try even the most complicated recipes. Then again, some of her most memorable creations were simple recipes with a few creative tweaks to make it her own. One that comes to mind is her fabulous Chocolate Cherry Cake, which was basically a cake mix with a can of pie cherries added to the mix. This recipe and others from friends and family will follow. If you have one of Kathy’s recipes that you would like me to include, please comment below. I will contact you by email to get the recipe.