After deciding I'd work Howl-Zoo-Ween dressed as a zookeeper (y'know, in my regular work uniform) I suddenly got the brilliant idea to make an emu costume. Specifically, Pearl the emu. My coworkers occasionally tease me that I look like Pearl because I have curly hair and Pearl has a similar mass of curly feathers on top of her head. Emus aren't terribly intelligent birds to begin with, but Pearl looks dumber than the average emu because she always carries a leaf in her mouth. The bigger the leaf the better. I call it her security leaf.
Anyway, Aunt Sharon happened to be here Sunday night and I asked her if she had any ideas for an emu costume. She apparently had something she wanted to procrastinate so she offered to help make the costume. We met at Hobby Lobby Monday at 10am and started wandering the aisles, with no definite ideas of what we wanted. We gathered a bunch of stuff and left at 11:30! We ate lunch and then went to WalMart, Salvation Army and Kmart before FINALLY getting home a little after 2:30pm. I was convinced we'd NEVER get the costume finished, but we got workin'.
We sewed the top hoop of a round laundry basket into a big old Salvation Army sweater. (I will always be a little sad that I never got to WASH the sweater...) I then hot glued long strands of raffia (grass skirt stuff) all around the hoop of the sweater while Sharon worked on the emu head. I didn't want ANYTHING covering my face so we put the emu face on a brown ski headband. She attached a beak and eyes. I spray painted my raffia "feathers" (and the sweater) brown, black and gray. We finished right at 5:30 when Gene walked in with the kids. Oh, I forgot... I drilled a tiny hole in the beak and inserted a leaf. Anyway, I couldn't try on the feathery body because it was wet with paint, but the emu head headband is hilarious. I works perfectly with my hair so my curls stick up on top like Pearl's curly head feathers. I love this costume!
Hopefully the Friday forecast will change and it will NOT pour rain and ruin all our hard work!