These are a few of my favorite things! Today's lid represents shades of my back yard. It's really not much of a yard; just enough room for a pool and water features that my husband built with the help of our son Nick. We have a small waterfall that flows into a tiny stream, that continues into a Koi pond. Occasionally, pairs of Mallard ducks will fly into the pool from nearby neighborhood ponds. I think they would like to nest in our lush, miniature eden, one problem - our dog. Although he's a hunting breed (Weimaraner), he adores small animals and guards the koi with a surprising intensity. If you ask him where his "fishies" are, he'll get incredibly excited and won't leave you alone until you follow him to see his fish. Nose to the water, he checks to see that they're all there. Recently, we saw him going bonkers at night, watching into the pool, only to discover that there is a frog in our yard (unusual for Las Vegas). He's adopted that too and now all you have to do is ask where his "Froggie" is. He'll rush to the pool and circle it, animatedly searching along the perimeter for his new friend. This momma duck and her babies swim in their own little clay world as a curious koi peeks out to check out the action, while a frog lazes in the sun on it's lilly pad. This scene was all sculpted using polymer clay.