Monday, August 2, 2010

Country Living

I am blessed to be able to live in a very rural area. You know, the kind where everybody knows everybody, and neighbors {don't} work on their vehicles at midnight and wake up my baby, until I walk the 1/4 mile to their house in my bathrobe and tell them to shaddup, keeping an eye out for {skunks} the whole way... 
oh wait, that did happen. 

Anyway, one of the great things about my {country} life (aside from being able to squeeze a chicken anytime I need to bake a cake) is that I have a lot of space. 

I have a large garden, really more than my family of 3-and-a-baby needs, and I have a cute little corn patch, that does not have a problem with crows...

But do you think that's going to {stop} me from making a scarecrow? 

Not!

And of course I made my scarecrow a lady scarecrow. :o) 


Meet Ruby: 




A 6'2" statuesque blonde who works hard for a living. (And no, not in a working-girl kind of way) Since I don't have a crow problem, rather than calling her a "Scarecrow", I'm going with "Corn Shepherdess"

I made her body using 3 pieces of scrap wood. I used my own dimensions (height-wise. No way am {I} that skinny) to distance her head, arms and hips. (Should have gone to her waist- not hips... then clothes would fit better...) I used Herr Handsome's drill and some 3" screws to attach the arms and hips to the main beam.



I made Ruby's head with a piece of a burlap feed sack, stuffed with {straw} of course! Right there is another {perk} of rural life: my chicken feed comes in burlap sacks, so I've got a lot of it. 




Doesn't she have a lovely face?

I got a skein of yellow yarn at a thrift store for 50 cents, and attached it to a thrift store hat to make lovely long hair, which I braided. (Girl is outside all day, she needs to have her hair off her neck.) I decided to make her blonde, cause I hear they have more fun.

I attached her head to her body with staples, and covered the staples with some jute twine. 




Ruby's shirt, skirt, and belt, and bra are thrifted or hand-me-downs, and I added a flower to her belt with hot glue. I was going to stuff the bra with straw, but I thought that might be too {itchy}, so I stuffed it with polyester stuffing. Lucky girl is a D-cup! 



I threaded a rope through her skirt to cinch it tight above the "hips", and tied and {stapled} the belt to the hips. The skirt was a LOT longer, but I was sure if I left it so long, some critter would come make a nest in her drawers, and pop out and scare me while I'm working outside, so I cropped it. Ruby looks like the kind of gal who can pull it off though, right?

Total cost for my {sassy} scarecrow?


Shirt - on hand
Skirt - on hand
belt - 10 cents
hat - $1
 yarn - 50 cents
burlap, wood, straw, acrylic paint - on hand


Total cost: $1.65


She's cheap! (and fairly easy)




<3 AmberLou






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27 comments:

  1. Your yard goddess is awesome!!! I love it!!! I think we all need one of these whether we have a garden or not!!!

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  2. What a super 'scarecrow' - she's so pretty! Scarecrows used to really ick me out as a kid, and it's lovely to see one that just scares the birds and not little humans - well done!!
    April at www.21stcenturyhousewife.com

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  3. Love your corn shephardess! She is awesome. Had to laugh at the closeups of the face. Due to the straw, she has a bit of whisker action going on. Not that there is anything wrong with that. :)

    Awesome job, girl. You made me smile.

    suzy

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  4. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  5. That is so cute. I will have to make one for fall for my grandchildren to enjoy.

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  6. Your Ruby is so cute! I want to make a girly scarecrow now, and put it on our front yard. But I don't want to scare away the birds that we're feedings. Dilemma....Thanks for the instructions. Oh, yeah, I've come by via All Thingz Related.

    Su-sieee! Mac
    This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

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  7. i love the shade of Ruby's lipstick.:p
    i like her get-up, too.

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  8. Now that is a different scarecrow. Nice job!
    Joyce M

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  9. FUN! Now I wish I had a larger garden. My only garden pest is our pet pig! I doubt Ruby would help!

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  10. Love the scarecrow. Very Girly Girlish. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. That's sooo cute!! I need Ruby for my backyard!! Thanks for sharing:)
    Visiting from justsewsassy.com
    come by and check out my fun giveaway going on right now:)

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  12. I LOVE SCARECROWS! Yours is adorable. La

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  13. That the cutest scarecrow ever--love it.

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  14. Nice to have you join us for Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  15. I love Ruby...she is a great corn sheperdess!!

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  16. How silly you are - I love all of your attention to detail. For some reason the flirty skirt cracks me up! Thanks for linking up with Fabric Fun Thursday.

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  17. That's one good looking Corn Shepherdess!

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  18. I used to live in the country. I miss it. We had tractor day at my high school. :) This scare crow girl is so cute!!

    Thanks for linking to Transform Tuesday.

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  19. Thank you so much for linking up. I am having a Stash-Busting September party. Check the blog for details soon...

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  20. How cute!
    Thanks for linking up!
    ~Liz

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  21. Oh I love her! I am pretty sure that is the cutest scarecrow I've seen. WE just bought land in the country and I'm so excited to have space and now a girl scarecrow.
    -Crystal

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  22. That is cute! Thanks for joining us at "AP Tuesdays!" @ New Nostalgia! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

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  23. How cute! I love her! (I bet the boy scarecrows would like her too! lol.)

    Thanks for linking up with for Friday Favorites!

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