I gave up for the day--it's super humid and like 108 right now.
Moving along on designing the Halloween party stuff, I took a broken limb that was nice and tall and as you can see (I'm the queen of rigging and reusing things--I'm a recycling nut, must be the thrifty Scots in me). I took a half deflated pool float and bound it to the limb to make the body and then took the black tattered fabric and put it on top. The sleeves I had sewn together, but not to the body so I could get them on the limbs, then the gown was wide open in the back. I'm going to sew it on as it's on the body so it won't fly away. There's a hood too and a piece of branch sticking up where the skeleton head I'm making will go. I hope to get a cool limb that's nice and bowed for the scythe and smooth out a curving limb coming off it to make the blade and paint it silver. I'm leaving him in the prone position on the ground. We're about to get some storms, one after another, so I figure the sun will bleach it, the storms will make it dirty and nasty. Then, I'll go about shredding the fabric with a saw blade to make it snag and get pitted more. I'm pretty satisfied. It was a complete free thing. I had a black sheet, rope, a raft, a dead limb, a mask and newspaper and glue for the face, and I'm making the scythe out of wood, so I'm pretty pleased that I'm making such a scary dude for totally nothing. Most things for the party are actually made by me and assembled by me. The only store-bought stuff I'm using is the lighting and the fantastic food spread (I love to cook). I have a bunch of old white lattices for the garden that I never use and I'm taking them apart to make tons of white crosses that will fill up the yard around the reaper. I have some wooden plant stakes I'm tying into tripods to hold Jack O'Lanterns atop them to put amongst the crosses. The only cost of the entry way yard (a couple pumpkins). You know, that's another thing I love about Halloween, you can rig lots of stuff and make it half-baked and it's totally cool, but for Christmas you have to be super shiny and perfect. Score one for Halloween!
p.s. I'm hoping to make some autumn-flavored liquers with things like rum and vodka and fruits/flavors soaked in them that taste like autumn. I'd love your input if you can think of any fruits/herbs/spices to mix.