Reuse an old tree to make a log pathway in your garden. Good use of "yard" trees and other wood that can't be milled; works much better in climates without termites. Good drainage under the log rounds will make the path last longer.
There is no doubt, if you have a garden you must know it is the perfect place for enjoying the sun, breeze and green in your home. Garden is amazingly great place to relax and rest after a busy day. So this time you should spend more time on the garden.
Elf house on a tree! That would be cute in the garden, especially in the tree over grown with ivy. How about some battery tea lights in the windows during outdoor parties. I hear the fairies/elves whispering "home school project" in my ear.