Rob and I are getting antsy to try making hypertufa , but the weather and our schedules just haven't cooperated.
In order to keep myself pumped up, we've purchased all the supplies (the first place I could find perlite was Menard's in Champaign, although perhaps I was looking in the wrong place at the other stores I tried last weekend) and I've also been thinking about things in our yard now that pass as yard art.
I figured that I'd blog about them, while I'm at it, because it turns out, I really like them.
My favorite is a sculpture Rob made long before I ever met him, when he was taking a bunch of art classes at Parkland. It's a woman bending forward with long hair stretched out in front of her.
True story: friends of his parents displayed in their store in downtown Paxton when I was in high school. I remember seeing it, labeled his name and thinking, “Whoa, he's good.”
Now, it's in our backyard, growing cool mossy stuff and reminding me of when I thought of Rob as that cool, artsy, dreamy guy.
When Rob and I started dating, I was all, “Rob, you should make meee a sculpture.” I was living in an apartment at that time, so this is before I started monopolizing his time for DIY projects in what's now the home we share.
He made me this fleur-de-lis, which I love and display next to one of my favorite sedum plants in the garden. However, he made it from what was formerly the sculpture of a pork chop. I love what it is now, but every once in a while, I wish we had a sculpted pork chop lying around. It would make a cool conversation starter.
One of my friends, Alice Vaughan, brought me this cool, metal bird sculpture as a gift after Milou and I spent the week dogsitting her ultra-sweet Doberman, Beau. (I credit Alice with telling me that the Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus  adopts more than Dobermans, which ultimately led to us adopting Milou .)
Alice gave it to me before we put up our privacy fence  last year, but I moved it when the fence was complete because it just looks so cool against the white background.
A few springs years ago, I pruned our small rosebush without really knowing what I was doing - and the dang thing exploded. Now, it's huge and we bought an old screen door from PACA  to support it. The door is actually leaning on a steel stake, but I love how it looks in our yard.
And finally, I'm not sure if this twisty root qualifies as yard art, but I think it's cool. I think it used to belong to the tree that fell in our backyard before I bought our house. The stump is still there but it's rotting in a cool way. I'm pretty sure I dug this section of root up, and started using it to contain this sedum plant sometime last year.
Our yard art isn't terribly classy (save for the original sculptures made by Rob) but I feel backyard a fun, funky vibe. I'm only hoping to add to that when we start making hypertufa creations. It's not stuffy but it is fun.
How about you – got any cool yard art (or DIYs) you'd like to share? Email me  with descriptions and photos, and I'll share them here.