Friday, July 6, 2012

It's Called Y'art Y'all!


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.

No, it's not Helen's house. She had never seen this house until yesterday when she just turned into a subdivision on her way to the grocery store. Didn't even have to go 2 blocks in to find this fine example of yard art gone to excess. Don't believe me? Just keep your eyes open. It's everywhere, people!

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!



46 comments:

  1. I'm not big on yard art, but a lot of people in Fort Worth are. Metal "Lone Stars" have taken over the town, and there's one notable house on the south side of town that has every conceivable piece of wooden yard art on display...the old lady bending over with her panties showing, windmills, ducks, donkeys and other assorted farm animals, airplanes wooden flowers...and a whole flowerbed across the front of the house full of plastic flowers. Yikes!

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    1. What must the inside look like??? I Like those stars on barns or outbuildings but not so much on houses. LOLing at the lady bending over, literally a flash from the past.

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    2. Oh...I forgot...I do have one lone concrete artichoke (Don't laugh. Veggies are good for you.) in the corner of the front flowerbed. I never come in the front, so I didn't remember it was there. Other than that, my yard is a y'art-free zone...LOL In the back yard, I have a small ultra modern looking fountain and a large wrought iron chiminea. Do those count?

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  2. I think Michigan must think it's a southern state because I see yard art gone wild all the time there! Some people don't have the 'I think that's enough' switch :) Love the post and thanks enjoying my blog - I always love visiting your wacky self!

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    1. LOL - when it comes to tackiness the whole world has a Southern streak somewhere! Thanks for coming over!

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  3. No yard art for me, but I'm surprised that Helen doesn't have a pink flamingo or two!

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    1. Oh, I have a flock! But Hubby Hartman keeps taking them down to mow. I'm thinking he can't do that with something big and concrete!

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  4. I have a few resident tortoises as yard art but I need a STATEMENT piece, kinda like the martini-holding elephant. Oh yeah ....

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    2. I KNOW! You need something special to set your yard apart from the ordinary. It will haunt you until you find the right piece.

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  5. Ummm...I have very little-nothing like you show above. An antique wheelbarrow, a antique rolling cart, a painted bicycle with flowering basket and a couple of angel sculptures. Can't wait to see what you come up with! xo Diana

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    1. I love your bicycle - it looks so romantical!

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  6. I've seen some Philadelphia locals use inoperable toilets as planters on their front lawn. I'm all for up cycling, but I'm not sure how I feel about predominantly featuring a crapper on the lawn. Hmm.

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!
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    1. Yep - I've seen that around here too! It's a, um, way to go. Or maybe it's a way you can't go.

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  7. Right now, we're sporting some left over flamingos from Josie's party for croquet, as well as a few owls, toadstools and garden gnomes. I can't wait to see what you end up with!

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    1. I bet your yard looks cool. I honestly doubt we'll go big. But you never know when hubby gets in the mix.

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  8. Helen, Our mom used to see things in yards and say "oh I wish I had one of those." I would tell her later in life,"damn good thing we were poor mom, cause you would have all that yard crap, and be on hoarders" LOL, smiles, Susie
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    1. Bwahahaha! You aren't related to me, are you? That sounds like something someone in my family would say.

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  9. Zero. Zilch. Nada!!! And thanks to a very active and Nazi-like HOA, neither do any of our neighbors! :-) We have driven past homes that have been so full of "yard art" that the house was no longer visible. I am NOT tryin' to go there! :-) Have a great weekend!!!

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    1. LOL _ we had one of those HOAs in a neighborhood once. What a nightmare. Now I live in the country where, I kid you NOT, the only HOA rules are No goats, no living in a tent and no cinder block sheds. That's IT.

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  10. Now that's a glass worthy of Happy Hour!!! Yard Art-I'm boring, just 2 cement birdbaths and a planter. oh yea, there may be three little pigs on a trowel out there too:@)

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    1. There HAD to be pigs! I actually do want a bird bath too.

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  11. Helen,
    I have a couple of bird baths and one ceeeeement dog here: http://savannahgranny.blogspot.com/2011/06/friendly-front-porch.html
    Elvis is on the front porch and we are a long way from the street. HOA snoops can's see him.

    That is some concrete supermart you have in your area.

    Have a great weekend, Ginger

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    1. Elvis on the porch? I LOVE it. I really do want a birdbath - that may be the first piece I get.

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  12. I hung a vintage metal mailbox on our hip roof barn shaped shed. Of course I needed a faux window on the side and a window needs a window box...my window box is a vintage metal chicken feeder hung under the fake window frame! A vintage laundry tub, a boy and girl cement statue each about 18 inches and the grand dame: a 4 foot stone pagoda in honor of the Korean children in the fam... I'm working to add more but my husband keeps noticing!

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    1. LOL at vintage-ing behind hubby's back. That's why I like jewelry and magazine, he doesn't even know. You barn shaped shed sounds WONDERFUL.

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  13. Flamingos, of course, but have paired them down from earlier years, a plant stand or two, the backyard has a bicycle, birdbath etc...but the biggest lawn art is my little trailer! Surrounded by thermoses and junk, it looks like a hillbilly rocket ship gone bad! LOL

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    1. You have started something - my mind is now thinking trailer/hillbilly rocket ship - that is AWESOME.

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  14. I have flamingos painted black. They are not emo flamingos, I have just planned to paint their little bones on so they'd be dia de los muertos flamingos. For like, 3 years. So yeah, still black. I also glued several thrifted teacups to saucers to candle cups and then to wooden dowels and planted 'em in the "garden". I can't grow flowers for ^%$# but I'm hoping a squirrel (of which I have 3 regulars, all named Pippi) will try to sit in one. They're supposed to be bird feeders but with my over the legal limit of cats, not so much.

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    1. Black flamingos with bones, you are brilliant! I am buying them by the box when they go on sale end of summer to do that for Halloween. Love those tea cups. LOL on the cats and birds - we fight that battle with ONE cat you think the birdfeeder is a catfeeder.

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  15. ha ha this post is hysterical ! :

    Not much of a yard art person..I just had a small wooden sign hanging off the front porch saying "God Bless our Troops" which had been there since my son went to Iraq. Finally took it down about a month ago since its been years and I realized it was no longer red, white and blue but basically just white.....it had faded away

    Usually the flag hangs from the porch, though...all summer

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    1. I love the sight of a flag on a porch in summer. Our porch is set back and nowhere for a flag, but we do little ones in the garden in July.

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  16. Ha ha ha! Helen, that is hilarious!!!! The things that people drag in their yards (of course, you had me at pink elephant...) I usually throw stuff away, instead of hoarding. Except that lately I've been collecting a dozen old vases from friends, in order to quench my first for easy paint jobs :))

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    1. At some point the junk gets us all, I think. It's hard to throw things away we think we might need some day!

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  17. Oh how funny...that pink elephant is the best....if you are going for one statement piece, that would be it! There is quite the fine line between just enough and too much, isn't there? We have a house in the next town that went a weeeee bit to much....garden statues everywhere (the same one!) It's a fine art knowing when to stop. As far as our favorite lawn ornaments....we each have a vintage chippy statue, then bits of "junk" here and there ~ lately we've been embellishing our plants with chippy plates, because. That is a reason right?
    Thanks for a super fun post :)

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    1. Thanks for coming by --- and inspiring me! I was totally going to look for a new statement piece for the yard but I know a shop that has a whole bunch of 'garden' goodies... I am headed there tomorrow. love the idea of plates for plants, that IS a reason.

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  18. Happy Pink Saturday Dear Helen Hartman, Thank you for your visit and comments, Thank you also for the funny post. I'm afraid the y-art you share in your photos is a nation-wide epidemic. We have those here in the North(PA)too. It only gets worse during the holiday's when they add, I said ADD, holiday y-art to the mix. Good luck finding the right piece for your y-art. The secret to selecting is that you must LOVE it! Joyous Wishes, Linda

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    1. I can't even imagine ADDING holiday lights, etc to the mess, um, I mean mix.

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  19. Your post, as usual, is fabulous, but the 35 comments before me are going to provide some more great reading. I just know it!

    We have a place with full size antique tractors up on poles. Yes it is a huge yard belonging to a farm. These things weigh TONS. That is dedication!

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    1. WHAT? That is amazing. I cannot believe no one around here has thought of that. We have Bass fish and tractor mailboxes around but nothing on pole. We have been thinking about stealing our neighbor's flag pole, but running a tractor up it might be just the ticket!

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  20. I think we struck a nerve, Dear Helen! Look at all these responses! Have loved going through each and envisioning the y'art described. Got lots of good ideas for my own yard, although the Colonel has never been a fan. I do have a wonderful metal peacock sculpture and a metal donkey (of course!) but they are small and on the porch. And of course our flagpole in the middle of the yard. Have to love the stars and stripes flapping in the Oklahoma wind. I say we head back to Columbus, Indiana for a second trip through the concrete gallery. Hmmmm, how to get back home with the 5 ft. tall triceratops?

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  21. Oi, my computer is running away from the thought of all that garden art... I wrote a long comment and just before I posted it, my computer must have annihilated it!
    In short, I do not love garden art. I do love some upcycled items in the garden (not toilet bowls). In my previous (rented) abode, we had a Greek lady sculpture, and my kids, about 2 and 3 at the time, liked to point out her boobs to me and feel her up a bit...(she was the same height as them, so I guess it was amusing to them...)

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    1. LOL on the Greek lady and the kids - I'm sure she was ultra classy, boobs and all.

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  22. i think a teeny little fairy house under a tree for teeny visitors is about right. but i love excess in other people's yards! love your post as always! xo

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    1. I Love that idea. Little things you know are there and others can discover are the sweetest IMO.

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