Big Mouth Puppets

Here is a picture of the big mouth puppet and the toilet paper puppet I made as samples to show the children at church how to make puppets.
Our morning Sunday school students and our evening excite night kids had a great time making puppets today.  I think they all did a terrific job, but most importantly had a great time.  Here are some pictures of a few of the puppets.

Shade garden update

 Unfortunately the vase for the water fountain did not hold water.  I placed another pottery piece in the top and made another succulent garden.  I dug a hole for the fountain and placed a large square tub in it.   This worked perfect for the fountain.  I used some leftover ceramic pieces to surround it.  Some spray painted bowls and pvc pipe were used to make to make the fountain flow at multiple levels.

My New Shade Garden

Finally, I am fixing up the area at the back of the house were nothing seems to grow.  I gathered up old pots, thinned some plants, found an old pump and picked up a few yard sale items.First I pulled all the virginia creeper.  Next my DH helped move some old  brick chimneys with the help of a dolly and his lawnmower.  

First to the fountain.  An old pump, I’d never gotten to work, a yard sale pot, scrap tile and a stump.  After a lot of work I got it going.  I used a ceramic pumpkin pot to hold the pump under water and ran the tubing through the eye and the lid to keep out debris.  Pebbles, some old candle holders, and succulents finish it off.

Next I caulked three 24 inch tiles to lay over two of the chimneys for a nice wide bench.  The third chimney was set up right and a ceramic bowl was set into the opening.  Then succulents, moss and shells were added.

Some final touches, a fern and a yard sale chandelier.  Upcycling and reuse makes a nice seating area for for eight dollars.  This completes stage one of the shade garden.