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BOO! Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween, my Fisk-a-friends!

I couldn’t resist using the holiday as an excuse to get a little crafty. But, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a hat worthy of a scarecrow costume here in Central Ohio? Or any idea how hard it was to find a straw hat for an adult’s head, period—-‘worthiness’ aside!?!

Darn near impossible! LOL.

The story goes a little like this: I went to 7 stores looking for a straw hat with no luck. I thought of all places that I’d strike it rich at places like Joann Fabrics, Michaels or even Hobby Lobby. In fact, after striking out at the first two, I practically skipped down the aisle all the way to the back of the store when the Hobby Lobby employee enthusiastically said we have straw hats! Follow me!

She lead me to the minature dollhouse aisle that had a small stack of straw hats for dolls and said will these work? Uh, no. All I could do was laugh at that point.

Finally, I went to a craft wholesaler and found this straw hat for $2.50, but it looked like the chiquita banana lady’s hat with the brim sticking straight up. So I flipped the entire brim down which then made it look like an Asian conical hat. So then I flipped half up and half down and finally settled on liking it that way except it would spontaneously flip back up. LOL.

I decided to get it anyway knowing I could do something to make it work. I first tried hot glue, but the weave was too strong and the glue wasn’t keeping it from flipping back. So, I settled on handstitching portions of the brim in place and it worked! After that, all that was needed was a black crow which I wired in place and a raffia bow and some silk sunflowers that I cut off the stems using my Mixed Media Amplify Shears.

I finished off the look with the face makeup which is just red lipstick and liquid eyeliner. I also made raffia bracelets and ankle bracelets by cutting up a hula skirt and slipknotting the raffia pieces onto twine that I then tied onto my ankles and wrist. The sleeve cuffs of my flannel and the cuffs of my ripped jeans covered the twine, so I truly looked like a stuffed scarecrow.

It was super fun to put together, but even more fun that the girls went to a costume party with me and they were dressed as Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. I couldn’t convince my husband to go as the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion, so instead he went as Smartie Pants. He hot glued rolls of Smarties to his jeans and wore a dress shirt, with suspenders, glasses, and slicked his hair over. It was hilarious!