In honor of earth day I want to share this re-cycled art project.
For my birthday this year I told Joe instead of buying me a present I wanted him to do a project with me, ( like most guys he would have preferred to crack open the wallet & make a trip to the mall) BUT being the nice guy he is we made this ladybug. Joe isn’t an artist but he does come up with a lot of clever ideas, making the lady bug from a helmet was actually his idea and as a bonus he has access to welding equipment! I claim credit for the antenna made from the plant hanger though! Thanks also to Neil & Jonathan who helped Joe with the cutting & welding.

This turtle has the distinction of being not necessarily the "best" present Joe ever gave me (that would be a diamond anniversary ring) BUT it is my absolute favorite present! We were walking by an art supply store on 33rd st. in Manhattan one day & I saw this turtle and commented on how cute he was. Several months later he was under the Christmas tree. Rarely does such a surprise get by me & my extreme holiday snooping! He has sat in my garden since, the older & rustier he gets the more I love him! He was also the inspiration for our ladybug.