It all started when I was tapped to bring the cake for the Second Grade Puppet Show. This is an event right up there with your Fourth Grade Play, with all sorts of rituals including the making of puppets, the writing of the script, the cast party, and the Cake.
This year’s play is Beauty and the Beaks, the story of a bunch of beauty shop chickens who rescue a turkey who faces a future of being stuffed with chestnuts. Their solution: hide poor Lance from the farmer by dressing him up as a chicken. Like, with a skirt and a hat and the ultimate disguise, pantyhose.
The puppet show was a smash. Here’s my fella, whose role as listed in the program was “Lance After Makeover.”
As for the Cake, the chickens in the book are fabricated out of cloth and feathers and such, so that immediately got my attention as I cast about desperately for the way to decorate the cake. We happen to own three fake chickens that usually come out around Thanksgiving time. That was 90% of the decoration: fake chickens.
Who needed clothes. Which led me pretty fast to the only way I know how to make clothing.
Most of which was done while watching Project Runway and What Not to Wear.
Which meant that I kind of got into knitting for these chickens maybe a little more I’d like to admit.
To give these chickens their best look, I thought the fake chicken couture ought to draw the eye upward, toward those gorgeous chicken eyes, and away from the pear shape that so many barnyard fowl struggle with.
Accentuate the positive!
Anyway, this leaves me with an idea for a CONTEST. Stay tuned, people. In the meantime, go bone up on old episodes of Project Runway and What Not to Wear.