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Diabolical Corn Husk Doll
October 27, 2009
9:36 pm
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Maud
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Being the behind hand person that I am, I never thought to save and dry my corn husks this summer.  I was reduced to gleaning corn husks a week ago after several days of rain.  They were spotted with black, raggedy, and thin feeling, but I collected a dozen anyway.

This evening I decided to make my first corn husk doll.  I brought the husks up from the basement where I'd set them to dry, clipped them off their stalks, and put them to soak in a basin of warm water.  They looked less than prepossesing, but I thought 'What the hell.  How bad can they be?”.  I learned.

After soaking for a bit, they were limber to the point of limpness.  I chose the best ones to make my doll's head and body, gathered them into the requisite clump, then used a strand of husk to tie them.  The strand broke.   I tried another, yellower strand.  It, too, wouldn't stand the strain.  I finally used string.  

OK.  I turn the husks over to make a head.  So far, so good.  I braid arms.  They break.  I braid legs.  They break.  I say bad words.  Many bad words.  I try again.  This time, I have arms and legs.  I attach them as per instructions and tie them in place with string (I'm dim but I can learn).  

I make a fluffy (hah) skirt for my dear dollie.  She has a speckled, sneering face but I don't want her nekkid.  She still sneers at me. 

When she dries, I hope she'll fluff up a bit.  No matter how well her skirts fluff, she's going to be a tough looking cookie.  I'll post a pic when she's dry and presentable.

Perhaps some vagrant Goth will want her.  Devil with Tail

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

October 27, 2009
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I cannot wait to see a pic of your diabolical corn husk doll!!!!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

October 27, 2009
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You can wait.  Believe me.  She is thin, ragged, speckled, and other-worldly.  I created her so she's mine, but you will be sad and sorry when you see her. 

Lips are sealed

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

October 27, 2009
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OK, is there a trick to uploading photos or does my evil corn husk doll want to remain unidentified?

Please let me know if there is a trick or a special procedure to upload photos.  Granted my corn husk babe is not photogenic, but neither is she shy.  She made me take pics as she was drying in front of my kitchen knives, which makes her look more evil than she is.  The pics of her on my dish towel are less than spectacular so she made sure that that those look blahh.

A littlle help here, please, as this corn husk girlie has a mind of her own.  Whip

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

October 27, 2009
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The how-to on posting pics is over in the “Welcome” section of the forum.  It's really not difficult, but I had to print off the instructions to get it done!

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

October 27, 2009
11:22 pm
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The above are pics of my creation.  She's not a beauty but neither am I.  Be kind. 

She can't help how she looks.  Yeah, she's skinny, and she's speckled with mildew, and her skirt goes all over the place, but who among us is gorgeous?  Be nice, please.

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

October 27, 2009
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I think she's perfect, given the week that this is :)   Devil

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October 27, 2009
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I think it's a nice decoration for fall,it's primative!

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October 28, 2009
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The pointy skirt reminds me of witches or voodoo.  I think she's a great diabolical cornhusk babe!

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October 28, 2009
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Well, she waited to get dressed, everything was taken! Laugh  It's a gret prim little doll!!  Next year, you'll have plenty of time to get all your cornhusks!!  Thanks for sharing Maud!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

October 28, 2009
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These were the funniest posts I've read in a long time.I just had to see Marie Laveau's picture.I swear girls, I laughed till I almost peed my pants.LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

Oops! Maybe I can't say that on here.Shame on youLips are sealedHelp

Exit stage right Happy Feet

October 28, 2009
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Oh, my!   French   Such a bad, bad young lady she is!!

On the other hand, anyone can have a pristeen corn husk doll.  Isn't the point of doing it yourself so that it will be unique?  Brother, is SHE unique!    Cool

Happy Flower

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October 28, 2009
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What can I say, your dollie is unique!!  But you may want to keep her away from the knives—–

and  Maud, you and Shirley  fit right in!!  Welcome to our group!!

Don't cry because it's over—smile because it happened!

October 28, 2009
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Nothing wrong with your doll just a little different. 

October 28, 2009
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Maud, I love your corn husk doll!!

Clover made me do it.

October 28, 2009
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And there's Shirley, that scamp!  Quick, somebody tie her down so we can keep her!

Clover made me do it.

October 29, 2009
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Thanks, all, for the kind words.  My sister believes that my corn husk doll was the inspiration for The Blair Witch Project.  My SO asked me to make a bunch for him so he can nail them up on his property line trees instead of Posted signs.  My daughter was horrified/enchanted with Dolly, wanted to take her to school, then decided not to as she was afraid she'd be expelled for practicing sorcery.

Sigh….

I'm gonna make some more!   Happy Feet

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

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