Paraphrased from my cousin Patje who is just starting a blog at The Grannie Nannie
Dear Helen Hartman
I can’t get our visit to the Yard Art Emporium out of my head. Concrete is just one option and I'm trying to wrap my mind around the thinking behind some of the choices people make. Love some guidelines to know how to keep from going overboard.
Dear Especially Loved Loved One,
First, do not, I repeat DO NOT go overboard with concrete wrapped around your head!
|I prefer a fashionable flotation device on my head!|
When it comes to vintage, Helen usually embraces the too much of anything is wonderful attitude.
|I was going to make a joke about this being enough to mix drinks for Helen for the weekend until I read the actual ad - where is says this cart full will last 2 days!! Helen was definitely born in the wrong era!|
But in yard art it does seem there is a fine line between expressing one’s individuality in home décor and a cry for help.
I can’t speak to other parts of the country but here in the South it does seem like there isn’t much people won’t drag into their yard to use as art or as a planter.
|An actual HOME in downtown Louisville, once featured on American Pickers, btw.|
Sometimes you know you are looking at actual art in someone’s yard but you have to wonder where it’s all going to end.
|Yep, another actual yard, this one along a highway west of Louisville.|
Helen likes to keep it simple. Maybe a single statement piece.
|Hubby Hartman and Daughter - and the 'statement' is: "I finally found the right size martini glass for Helen!" Or maybe just Happy Pink Saturday!|
My daughter likes to say of pink elephant barware we find now and then, it’s a test – when the pink elephants start to dance, you’ve had enough! (With some people Helen would amend that to - when YOU start to dance, you've had enough!)
|"Yes, You're sexy and we ALL know it, Georgina, but people are starting to get a bit uncomfortable with you singing about it, especially as you're dancing to the Star Spangled Banner."|
I think it’s that way with yard art. When you have so much that your home becomes a tourist attraction – it’s time to have a yard art sale!
|I tired to save him, but the lure of the yard art was too strong!|
Guess I know where we'll be headed this weekend.
All this talk does have Helen yearning for some yard art, though. I actually only have small artsy animals under trees but would be open to suggestions –
|You know I'm joking, right? I actually just want to know what kinds of people I'm dealing with here. Consider it a Rorschach test via lawn decor.|
What kinds of art would you/do you have in your yard or garden? Helen wants to know!