What do you think of when someone says, “Cornfields”? An ocean of green stalks? Tan tassels? Golden rows of sweetness?
I’m eight again, walking with my grandfather’s shepherd/malamute mix, Milly, around the edges of his property. A green grassy border marked the boundary, then a wall of corn stalks, soaring several feet over my head. Milly would bounce in and out of the stalks, chasing rabbits, her fur blocking the spiders and other beasties from staying on her.
Sans fur, I was scared to death to venture in. I didn’t see corn stalks…I saw giant spiders. So many spiders! And the field went from eerily silent to a whispered rustling. I loved seeing the crows as they felt like the only other sign of life. My imagination said that other things lived in that field of corn and they’d be happy to meet me on the next dark and stormy night! Nope!
Instead, I patiently waited for Milly, outside the field of corn and near the guardian of my grandfather’s garden, his scarecrow. Denim overalls, red flannel shirt, and topped with a straw hat, I felt like that blank face was smiling down on me, keeping me safe from the fiends of the field. Corny may not have kept the crows away but he did keep me safe! (I think!)
Pro Tips: This smiling scarecrow warmly greets even the most fearful of little trick or treaters!
- The separation between the top of the hat and the brim makes it look like there’s a band of ribbon around it. But, if you want to keep things simple, you can just cut straight through this section and the two parts will just become one big floppy hat!
- If you are pressed for time, you may skip carving out the bowtie altogether, but it does make him look a little debonair and gives him a slight definition of a chin.
- Don’t worry about being too careful with his hair. If the pieces look a little shaggy? All the better!