These are some pictures of the art my husband makes in our yard. The flamingos live in the front yard. They are a miss matched bunch, including one rather diseased looking fellow that some previous owner tried to paint purple. My husband has moved them around over the years, putting them in various poses, including hanging out of the pine tree. At Christmas he hangs little wreaths around their necks. The day he added the wind spinner to the mix the little girl next door came over and started "riding" the flamingos. It was the cutest thing. She had no idea we were watching her so we got a perfect performance.
Keith has hung about 20 of those twisted plastic wind spinner doohickies in our plum tree out back. They sparkle in the breeze and make a little jeweled garden. It was so pretty when the plum was in bloom. The tulips were in bloom when I took these pictures, which was a nice little touch. The gazing ball below is sitting in the center of a smaller plum tree that Keith has coaxed into growing in a round bower like shape. I think the yellow dandelions add a pretty bit of contrast!
The little guys below are made of mini bowling pins and plastic half balls . They spin in the wind and are so cheerful! Jaunty even! Most of the spinners he makes hang from tree branches but I just loved these little garden stake spinners. He was going to make about 50 of them and make patterns in the lawn but we were afraid someone would come along and steal them. We had someone steal two of our flamingos once. So sad.
Keith makes all this stuff out of plastic toys, dishes, and bicycle parts that he finds at thrift stores. Its a great way to recycle, although it is also a dangerous hobby. He collects more stuff that he will ever use! I think he ought to sell them but so far its a no-go. At least I get to enjoy them!