Monday, December 6, 2010

#reverb10: make

(what day 5 (letting go) was all about)

day 6 prompt ... What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
(- Author: Gretchen Rubin)

cow costume adder ... this year, i added ever so slightly to an i-can't-believe-i-still-have-it-and-haven't-retired-it cow costume that i had sewn (along with help from my sister-in-law) years ago for halloween, when my brother and his wife visited me. the cow has evolved from cow, cow with bell, holy cow, mad cow, and methane-generator cow. this year - ammonia-generator cow with beer mug.

cow costume history and materials ... as described in a previous post of halloweens of the past, i've continued to repurpose that cow outfit. the sewing materials include fabric/thread, stuffing, wire, and velcro. throughout the years, i've adorned the cow outfit with little trinkets for a "theme cow." (below i have a little back-story with more details about the cow costume and how i have also evolved into a "teaching moment" for environmental air quality issues.)

... is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

sock puppets ... i came across a make-your-own sock puppet kit in the book store recently. earlier this year, the idea of a workday crafts lunch-hour came up with sock puppets as a thought. so it's time to make time for others and me to craft away ... sock puppets will see the light of day in cubeopolis!

back story of re-purposing the cow costume for this year ... two year's ago, i added black & white pom-poms to represent the methane molecule (CH4), along with round styrofoam balls covered in brown fabric for little cow-poop-dingleberries. a bit cheeky but fun! because i'm in the environmental air quality field, it thought it would be fun to tie the costume to the whole global warming/climate change topic. i handed out little pom-poms to people. (it's fun to see people still have them on their work desks or somewhere in their cubicle.)

this year, just a simple adder - blue & white pom-poms to represent ammonia (NH3) molecules. cows burp ammonia, which also is an air pollutant. i came across an article earlier this year that talked about using hops (which is part of brewing beer!) to reduce ammonia. i figured this was another great evolution of the re-purposed cow costume - another cow-educational moment.

note to self:
perhaps there is a cow-like
sock puppet in the future?!

1 comment:

  1. I love that you took the opportunity to make the cow costume, yet another teaching moment! You rock!


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