It is so fun when an idea just smacks me on the head and the project blossoms quickly! This is what happened with "Saucy Woman". I wanted to make a cheerful, silly gift for my Mom on her 95th birthday. Mom has a long track record of "make or make-do", as she used to say, that started way before the current interest in up-cycling and re-purposing. I have an early memory of watching her make a shower gift for a friend. She made a figure using a pair of kitchen scissors for a body with a yellow onion for a head and a chore-boy scrubber for hair. Just in the past year she entertained herself by making a doll house entirely out of trash: little cardboard boxes, plastic containers and so forth.
So, what could be more fun than making a birthday greeting using trash elements? Saucy Woman's body, head and hat are one 6"piece cut from a broom handle. Her face is air-dry clay. I had made a trip to the recycle center just the day before I thought of this project, so I had to open a small can of tomato sauce to use the label and the can. The hat brim is made from cereal box cardboard, keeping the word "original" intact. Of course, you recognize the source of the hat veil and the skirt. I was thinking of cherry tomatoes when I strung the red bead necklace. Happy Birthday, Mom!