This is how the front lawn looked, standing at the creek, looking toward the house. The grass was pretty, the boxwood hedge was pretty, but it didn't fit with the creek and the wooded area on the other side of the creek.
Here are a couple of views toward the house as it looks today.
We added a path that curves from the front porch down to the little bridge over the creek. The boxwood hedge is gone. There is still a little grass on the left side of the path, but it will get smaller. Just to the right of this picture on the other side of the tree is the little patio/sitting area that we added this summer.
Now, some of this same area viewed from up near the house and looking toward the creek and the road.
Still lots more to do, but it is getting there.
And, in case you are waiting to hear about the hand—I think I got it. Here is my line drawing that I will use for my quilt. I am just showing you the hand because I really shouldn't show what I am doing until it is either accepted or rejected for the invitational.
In case this is not clear, the arm is holding something and the hand is coming around to support the item being held.