Before I show you the item, here’s a little background:
About 20 years ago the two elms in our front yard (pretty big trees) both died, one after another, from Dutch Elm disease. My husband cut them down, leaving about a 12" stump. Over the years stuff has grown up over the stumps. Mostly honeysuckle. The living debris accumulated and grew over the years (despite my objection) because they shelter little bunnies and birds. It got to the point were we named them. In this photo, “Uncle Fester” is on the left and “Cousin It” is on the right.
“Cousin It” is a massive bush now and home to lots of birds. But “Uncle Fester”, true to his name, has been a real eyesore and very scraggly. After considerable encouragement from me and the neighbors, my husband agreed to take him down. He put in a whole day cutting away all the debris. Amazingly, the 12" stump was completely gone and replaced by nice dark topsoil. He put on a layer of sod (any hints at keeping it alive would be much appreciated), and I decided to memorialize Uncle Fester with a little token:
Engraved and cut from PG Draft-you-know-what, using default settings. The design was based on some joke monuments I found with a Google search.