Create Personalized Lawn Art for Your Yard

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

— Aristotle

Thank you, Aristotle. You got it right. Just as we say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder this statement can be said of art.

As art emerges whether it is created by us or by others, it does reflect some feeling or idea that may be significant to the creator of it. We get a sense perhaps of their inner thoughts and feelings but we too find some inner stirrings as we view those pieces.

Not each piece of art will affect each of us in the same way. Does that mean it is not 'art'?

Not being a renowned artist or art critic, what I think and say may be of little import to those who read. But one thing is for sure: I know what I like and respond to that which makes me feel. All types of art from the most simple to the most complex can produce that result for me.

Creating these posts for your garden and for gifts will allow you to express some of the artist hidden within waiting to be exposed.

For Those Who Fancy Steampunk...

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Whimsy on the Lawn

Our lawns and flower gardens often are one of the ways we express our creative side. Whether is is how we arrange the plants and flowers in the yard or how we add lawn art to the landscape, it is a reflection of who we are.

Whimsical lawn art creations give some of us the opportunity to show the fun side we may not show all of the time.

To some, anything in the yard that is not a natural creation is taboo. And that is as it should be. Each of us has to create our own 'paradise' that reflects how we see 'art.'

So, if you have a soft spot for fun and whimsy in your yard, you may wish to consider making some of these posts that my daughter has made recently.


Recycling, Upcycling, Repurposing ....Whatever You Call It....You May Find Yourself Doing What HE Does...

What You Need

To create your own posts for your yard, you will need:

  • a 2 x 4 (can be whatever height you desire....these are about 4 1/2 feet tall)
  • paint in various colors (exterior)...confer with your paint expert at your local paint shop or at Lowe's or Home Depot
  • an assortment of brushes
  • acrylic spray/or other finish to seal your finished paint
  • screws, nails, hammer, screwdriver
  • odds and ends that you may wish to attach to the post when it is complete
  • a saw may be needed if you do not have the wood cut prior to bringing it home
  • a bushel basket full of fun and imagination

Unexpected and Clever

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What's Next....

After all materials are assembled, you can begin.

  • Select a color to paint the entire piece of your wood that is your canvas for your creation. if you wish...as you will notice a background was not painted on each of these posts. That is entirely up to you.
  • Paint it, let it dry, and paint again so you have a nice even coat. Let dry the second time overnight.
  • Now, you are ready to show your creative side.
  • Select a 'theme' for your post. Will it be all about nature? You decide.
  • Sketch your ideas on your post. You do not need to have design on all four sides but you can.
  • Select items you may wish to attach to the post and plan where they will be attached.

Sea Turtles are a Favorite of My Daughter

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Now, then, Let's Continue

All of the ground work and preparation have been taken care of so now you are ready to begin.

  • Using the paints you have chosen, you can now paint the images you have sketched or that will come forth as you are working.
  • If you are attaching items to the post too, be sure to envision them in their spot as you are working so that they will become a part of your finished work and not look like they are just thrown on at the last minute.
  • After all painting and attaching of items that you wish to add has been taken care of, let your post dry for several hours.
  • Then apply acrylic spray or brush on the substance you have selected to seal your work against the weather it will be exposed to once it becomes part of your landscaped lawn and garden.
  • You can attached bottom to it so that it is stands (making an X out of two pieces of wood and attaching to the base) if desired.

The posts shown in the photos are planted in the ground; and I wired mine to the fence with thin wire temporarily. I am going to put a hook on the back so that I can 'hide' the wire from view by attaching it to the hook but I was anxious to get it up so have not done so. (Yes, the little hook and wire will be visible from the other side of the fence.)

Never Too Many Sea Turtles for My Daughter

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Selecting Your Theme or Themes

You may wish to select a theme for your posts that will carry through on all of them that you create. Or, you may use a different idea for each one.

These posts came to life out of my daughter's vision. She chose to create them to add some charm and accents to her lawn and flower beds.

The colors she chose are reflective of her personality: purple (all shades) are among her favoirte and the yellow is reflective of her sunny disposition.


Metal Works Art from Junk

There are so many other ways to add fun to your lawn. If metal working and creating things from scrap and junk metal is your thing, then what are you waiting for.

The two videos that were selected show clever ways that metal has come together to add a new bit of interest to your lawn.

You may get some good ideas from viewing the videos and you definitely will get a few smiles!!!

Favorite Post #1...Steampunk

Two of the posts emerged as favorites.

One is the Steampunk post and the other is the Family post.

The very first post shown in this hub has a Steampunk theme. If you are not aware of Steampunk, you can find all about it at http://www.steampunk.com/

The goggles she used as an accent are actually the inexpensive plastic type you can pick up most anywhere. She spray painted them to give them a bit of character.

The bugle is just one she found at a yard sale and added a bit more fun to the piece.




Hearts of Love on the Family Post

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Favorite Post # 2 ....The Family Post

The family post is mine. My daughter created it for her yard but it became my Mother's Day present.

So, as she was creating the posts her precious little son, my youngest grandson, was in the crafting room with her the entire time.(It is actually a section of your very spacious two car garage that is not used for cars).

As she was working on the post, that she had decided would be the 'family' post, Little Man would come over and check on the progress.

On the one side you will see the fanciful birds that she painted.

Since there are four of them, two boys, Daddy, and Mommy, she painted four birds.

And Little Man was very excited about them. But he asked, "Where is the Nini bird?" (He calls me Nini...). So a Nini bird was added even though I do not live in their house.

You must know how touched I am by this and that I did shed a few tears as she told me this.

This post sits proudly in my flower bed and I cannot pass it without smiling.

How loved I feel...what a precious Mother's Day present.

Relax and Enjoy the Natural Setting ...Augmented Perhaps with Creations You Adore

"Home" for the Little Bird Family on the Post

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Simple and Fun

This is a relatively simple DIY project to do. And one that can be completed by your children as well.

It does not have to be expensive either. The wood used for these was from the bunk bed that Daddy had made for my eldest grandson. So the wood was repurposed and now adorns our lawn.

Have fun with this.

Use whatever wood that you have available. Make it as rustic as you care to. Personalize it so that it is a reflection of a part of your life and a the lives of your family. But most of all, make it fun.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

— Thomas Merton

Yes It Does

Not that I need to add one tiny word to what Thomas Merton said but I agree, 100%. Lost and found all wrapped up in the art we experience.

Family Post including Nini Bird

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Chaunticleer...My Very Own Metal Art from Barberville Florida

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Included also are some other yard decor that you may wish to consider ....scroll through the following photos for ideas.

Close-up of a Birdfeeder

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Functional Yard Art

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pstraubie48 5 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you flourish for stopping to read and comment. I do have fun with my yard...it is a fun way to express the whimsy side of me :D

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

Yard art creates a nice whimsical effect and can add color during the winter months. I enjoyed your creativity.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping to visit, AuFait. I am not too much of 'stuff' in the yard but a few lovely well placed lovelies work for me.

I am hoping my girl comes up with some other new idea to spruce up the lawn.

Hoping all is good with you this morning Many Angels are headed your way ps


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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas

Shared this and was thinking of letting you know and somewhere that thought got lost in Neverland, or somewhere. Shared of course! :)


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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas

Summer is nearly gone and not too soon to suit me. The heat just kills me every time. We are to have 100 degrees both Saturday and Sunday and not far from those temps tomorrow and Monday.

You have some great ideas here and anyone wanting to do these things should probably get with the program pretty soon if they're going to because fall is nearly here. Before much longer we'll be hearing about goblins, and then Santa Claus!

Hope you're having a good week and looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Take care . . .


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, Glimmer.

My daughter is a huge fan of the sea turtle and has worked to preserve their nesting areas in the past and still does. That one is in a prominent place in her yard.

Hoping all is well with you Angels are on the way this evening ps


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Glimmer Twin Fan 17 months ago

I LOVE the turtle post! What an awesome idea and lovely hub Patricia. I really enjoy projects like this, I don't need loads of expensive supplies and I get something personal and decorative! Shared around. Hope you are well.


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ChitrangadaSharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

Very nice ideas and suggestions to create personalized lawn. The art work is simply wonderful and very creative.

It would be exciting to follow some of your ideas in my little space.

Thanks, voted up and shared!


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Tony for stopping by. My daughter is always coming up with some new clever DIY project. I am thrilled with my post.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Poetryman My daughter is right there with you...even Little Man is involved in Steampunk..he will correct anyone who misidentifies his outfits !!! Politely, of course.

These are fun little activities for kids of all ages.

Angels are winging their way to you this evening. ps


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tonymead60 18 months ago from Yorkshire

Hi

I really enjoyed your hub. I love the artwork and the ideas you put over so well.

nice hub, voted up.

Tony


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aviannovice 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

These are all excellent ideas. Now that the age of repurposing is in, I might just give it a go with some nice bird posts...


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Jill for stopping by. These are a fun little bit of art to give a little perk to a corner of the yard. I hope to do some smaller ones with baby grandson and hope my daughter will make me another one of my very own.

Hoping all is good with you Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Faith, so happy to see you stopping by...we do get so busy and do not always take the time to visit those whose writings fill us in some way.

Yes our family members, many times, are so artistic...this kind of art is not my strong suit but I will give it a try probably with little man.

He spend two nights at my house this weekend and he spent some time sharing details about the post in my yard he helped his Momma with . (This was his first overnight since they moved an hour away so it was an awesome time for both of us!!)

Hoping all is well with you and your family Faith. Sending to you much love and many blessings and of course Angels aplenty. ps


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

This seems like a pretty cool activity to involve the children in. When they return home after being away the yard art will carry good memories.

I like the idea of squeezing in some steam punk wherever it can be fit in.


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The Dirt Farmer 18 months ago from United States

Lots of fun, Patricia! Thanks for sharing your artwork and philosophy.


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Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

Oh, what fun, dear Patricia! I am so glad you popped over to my side of HP Town as it got me to thinking I haven't seen anything from you lately, and I wanted to pop over here to make sure I didn't miss anything ...and, of course, I did!

Both my children are so artist in many ways, and my daughter even has a degree in fine art, but any kind of art, I do so appreciate just as you have stated here. I love seeing lawn art of this nature and all that you have posted here is great and beautifully creative. I love metal art too, and truly love yours! Your family post is the sweetest of the sweet with the little birds and love.

I will certainly give these posts a try with my grandchildren, who always love creating their own special art for me too.

I hope you are enjoying a peaceful Sunday.

Up++++ tweeting, pinning, sharing and G+

Hugs and blessings and many Angels coming your way as always dear friend


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Ann. I do know how it is ....tending to our plants and all. It is one of the things that fills my days more now that my grandboys moved an hour away. (I still see them about twice a week but miss them so since I was seeing them daily.) Anyway sounds like you have your gardening pretty much under control which is a good thing.

Maybe you will decide to make a little post for a corner in your yard too :D

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes I am too, Peggy. They had some horrible storms but thankfully came through with no damage and no injury.

It was hot hot before the storms and I am sure such is the case now.

Take care of you, Peggy and stay cool :D

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, RTalloni. They really are sweet and I am hoping to have my daughter make a few more for me. They bring a little extra happy happy to a corner of the yard.

Hoping all is good with you.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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annart 18 months ago from SW England

Love the fun and beauty of all this, ps! It's quirky and lifts the soul.

Funny you should come up with this now; I spent yesterday afternoon in my garden, flooded with sunshine, planting, weeding, re-potting etc. I had inspiration for once about where to put things and arrange pots in 'chunks'. It was the first time I've tended properly to the garden this year. Another day or two should have it looking just how I want it to.

Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas. I also agree totally with you and Aristotle on the subject of art!

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

Ann :))


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Peggy W 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

So glad that your sister is safe. Parts of Texas including parts of our area have really been devastated. We are drying out this week and the temperatures are rising. Typical temps for this time of year...hot!, hot!, hot! Will typically be that way now until much later in the year. Wishing you and your family good tidings and many blessings.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy Happi to introduce you to steampunk...my daughter introduced me to it.

I am so happy to hear you all have fared well in the horrid storms. I have been keeping up to date on Austin in particular since my one sister lives there. They have had quite bad storms but nothing compared to other parts of Texas.

Hoping Angels keep you and your family and my Texas family safe and out of harm's way.

ps


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RTalloni 18 months ago from the short journey

Such neat projects from a simple post! We inherited some metal fencing with this house and using bright colored posts to distract from it while delineating edging/beds is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your bushel of ideas!


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Peggy W 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

I can definitely see why those posts and your "Chaunticleer" make you smile. I had to look up the meaning of steampunk...so I learned something new today thanks to you. As to the flooding in Houston, I answered in more detail on the folded plane hub...but suffice it to say, we made out well and are OK. Others were not that lucky. Much devastation and even loss of life. Thanks Patricia for inquiring. Sending blessings your way today. Sharing this and pinning to my crafts board.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That's my girl, for ya'....she and her husband and even her boys are in to the whole steampunk thing so this was a fun project for her.

Hoping all is well with you and that you maybe give one of these a try.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Audrey for stopping and for your kind remarks. I assure you these are fun and really are cute in a yard.

I smile every time I come around the corner which runs parallel to my home. The little yellow post is there to greet me.

Hoping all is well with you and yours. Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

This would really be a fun project to do this summer when kids are saying the 'b' word (bored)---find some wood , paint, brushes, and 'stuff' to add to the posts and get started.

thank you for your kind words.

And thanks for visiting. Angels are on the way to you colorfulone. ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Jodah for stopping by.

The posts really are a fun addition to the yard and do spark conversation. the Family post is a favorite for sure...I do adore the others she did as well and adding repurposed items gives them an extra little perk.

Hoping all is well with you and yours. Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Mary I do understand why you could not leave the art work behind. I do so enjoy the yard but it is a job, every day, for sure....not complaining though...I really do love watching things grow and change.

The little happy post perks up one corner of the front flower bed :D

Hoping all is good with you. thank you for visiting.

Many Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Suzanne Day 18 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

That is one cool steampunk post! Great idea using wood to hand to make something beautiful for the garden. Voted awesome!


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Shyron for stopping to visit. I do adore my little post and hope to be the recipient of more of them.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago

Wow, I love this idea, I will have to try this and you sure gave me some ideas.

I especially like the turtles.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend.


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vocalcoach 18 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I just love doing garden art! And this is by far my favorite hub on bringing life and love to my own garden. The decorative posts are just fabulous. I will start on doing this right away! Voted up++++and sharing everywhere. Thanks so much!


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colorfulone 18 months ago from Minnesota

Sounds like some fun project to do that will add interest and color to any yard. I have been wondering what to do with some of Dad's old blacksmith equipment. - Thanks for the ideas.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

This is great PS. I can tell by your writing that you are so proud of these posts, especially "the family post". These posts are wonderful and simple ideas for the garden. I love the steampunk one and that bugle is a great addition. I love anything recycled in the garden and especially metal art. I have made some of that from old corrugated iron myself. Loved this hub, voted up.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

This is great PS. I can tell by your writing that you are so proud of these posts, especially "the family post". These posts are wonderful and simple ideas for the garden. I love the steampunk one and that bugle is a great addition. I love anything recycled in the garden and especially metal art. I have made some of that from old corrugated iron myself. Loved this hub, voted up.


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mary615 18 months ago from Florida

I miss my big house I used to have. I had a large yard and I made all kinds of wooden crafts. Now since I am in a tiny apartment, I am not free to erect funky crazy art. At one time, I painted a wooden fence with flowers, etc. When I moved, I had a section of the fence moved along with me. I couldn't bear to part with it!

Love your idea of the fence posts!

So good to see you here, have a wonderful Sunday, Mary


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Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago

I love your post and I love your Aristotle quote, this is very interesting and of course I voted it that way.

voted up, UABI and shared.

Blessings and hugs to you.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping to visit.

My daughter and grandson had so much fun while these were under construction...that is half the fun of having one of my very own.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Rachel. I do so appreciate your comments.

I am thrilled to have the family post in my yard and want to do one that is just done with Little Man.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Ms. Dora for stopping by.

It is a great little project that I think I may attempt.

Lucky me...I have one done for me already.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Mzbezabbers (hope I got that right). It is fun to find our niche and express our fun side through DIY projects. My daughter is a huge fan of the sea turtle as I said and has been since we lived by the ocean and she tried to help protect the babies.

Thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Rachel L Alba 18 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, I left a comment of your hub as soon as I saw it in my notifications. I don't know what happened to it. Just want to let you know I wasn't ignoring you. This was a fun hub because of all the creative posts you or your daughter made. I love different things like that for the yard. I especially like the chicken and the family post. Voted up and awesome.

Blessings to you.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Molly I am so blessed to have a daughter who fell in love with Pinterest and comes up with new versions of what she sees there.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Ruby Jean They are clever and do perk up the yard. My daughter is the creative one...I just reap the benefits of her creativity.

Angels are on the way to you today ps Thanks for visiting.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks breakfastpop...I share your love of them. My flower bed is so happy happy..I smile each time I see those birds....

Have a lovely weekend

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Time really is the key, isn't it? There just never seems to be enough of it. Since I have moved to my daughter's home I am busy most days with my flowers and plants and in yard work. I miss my eldest grandson for many reasons...not the least of which is how much he helped me with yard work.

I find I have not had the time to be on HubPages. as I would love since I have so much to do.

You know my mantra, Bill...every day is a gift ...my girl continues her fight....each day is a new challenge; little baby is sick and they have not determined what is causing it (but he is like his Momma and his brother...he works through the pain)....eldest brother is about to have another round of chemo..so all in all things are pretty much normal for us.:D We are so blessed as so many send us caring messages and blessings like you!!! Take care of you and yours and best to you in your writing ventures; I know you will be successful.

Angels are once again winging their way to you ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Eric thanks for stopping by.... The really great thing about creating lawn art is that is no wrong way to come up with what is perfect for your little corner of paradise. Hoping to see some of your creations soon.

Have a lovely weekend. Angels are on the way to you this gorgeous morning from Florida ps


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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

I have to admit some of these are fantastic and what acreative way to create lawn appeal.. bless you and thank you for the share...:)


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Rachel L Alba 18 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, How creative and so pretty for the yard and I like that you and your daughter made it personal. Thanks for sharing your personal surroundings. Voted up and awesome.

Blessings to you.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean

Wonderful ideas for lawn art. Fun to create and then more fun for the spectators. Thanks for a beautiful share.


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MizBejabbers 18 months ago

Those are so cute! I do some folk painting like on stools, birdhouses, and stuff, but I would never have thought of this. I love reading about other peoples' ideas and seeing their talents bloom. I am a fan of steampunk, but I like the turtles best. Great hub. Voted up++


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drbj 18 months ago from south Florida

Your daughter has produced some very clever and artistic posts but I'm not surprised, Patricia. After all, she has your creative genes.

The steampunk is my favorite.


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AliciaC 18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the quotes that you include as well as the attractive posts! What a fun way to decorate a garden and create lovely art at the same time. Thank you for an inspirational hub.


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Molly Layton 18 months ago from Alberta

These lawn posts are absolutely beautiful!


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always exploring 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

I love your idea. Clever and creative. I have every animal in my yard,but I didn't make them. I like yours better.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago

I absolutely love these posts!


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

I love stuff like this. We live in a funky city and it is quite common to see homes have lawn art like this.....great ideas my friend. If I had the time I just might try some of these. :) I hope all is reasonably well with you and your family. Sending blessings, hope, hugs and love

bill


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Ericdierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

And a great big thank you very much to you this morning! That which creates a harmonic existence between man and nature is all good. This is now on my to do list with my young son -- we are going to have a blast and it will give us joy in the future. How cool is that? Thanks again.

I think we will get our rustic on and go treasure hunt for some scrap wood and repurpose for this project it will add to our experience.

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