The spirit of harvest has come to Jefferson's table even in the brilliant sunshine and almost summertime weather. An unmistakable scent of dried leaves and a flurry of floating, flickering orange & black Monarch butterflies play on the wind. We are planning for a fine banquet to celebrate. First is the fun of creating some decorations. We found ideas for these fanciful dancers and went straight to work by soaking a big mound of corn husks. We tied a secure knot around the top of a generous handful.
Next, holding our bundle upside down, we folded the leaves down over the tie and stuffed the center with a little rolled up husk to make a head. We secured that with a strong tie that makes a neck. Now just fold and roll up some husk to make the arms. tie at each end and insert through the center and then tie another strong string around the waist.
The next step is to make a full skirt so take some big long husks and place them upside down around the waist and tie securely. Fold the leaves down to make a puffy skirt.
We cut some decorative trim and made braids to dip into food coloring and glue on for hair.
And now after some drying time we have a charming little troupe of dancers to grace our dinner table...