Scarecrows didn’t win,but still good news!



Photo by Jamie Gumbrecht

My Beatles Scarecrows did not win the contest, and truthfully, I wonder if they had been arranged the way I had asked(on a little card tied to each scarecrow), if they would have made a better presentation. But, even when I voiced my distress to the person in charge of the scarecrows at the  Atlanta Botanical Gardens, she said although there was no way to perfectly arrange the over 100 scarecrows in perfect execution, mine looked “fabulous” and I shouldn’t worry about them. Really,the root of my frustration was Paul being in the middle.

But on the bright side, the Boys were mentioned in an article for Access Atlanta by Jamie Gumbrecht! Thanks, Jamie!

Geez, I hope John’s pants stay up….


Here’s how they looked right before I put on their ties and added a few bits of decor to their guitars. This was also the pic I put on a  tag on each scarecrow, with a note saying,”Please arrange us in this order”. John’s pants fell down shortly after this was taken!


Adam Savage meets Jamie Walrus!



This was a totally non-allowed photo, according to the staff, but considering how many flashes and cheers erupted from the audience when I went down front to do this, I think the crowd would have tackled whomever would have tried to make me delete it. I mean, in the line to get in,people kept asking me, “Are you gonna take his photo with Adam?”  When I did manage to rush down front and it was my turn, I simply got caught up in the moment and just said, “All I want is a photo!” After it happened,one staff member did get very nasty with me. I do feel bad for people who lined up for pics and questions and were turned away because we were out of time. I  understand if they let one person take a picture, they should let everybody. But sometimes we get lucky in these situations.

I think Adam got a kick out of Jamie. He seemed a little surprised: “A..walrus puppet is first in line!”, then smiled and said, “I’ve…heard about you.” Then, on a whim, I turned around, held Jamie aloft, and the crowd went wild. And it was a huge,loaded ballroom full of people, maybe a thousand or two? Flashes went off left and right, blinding me. Steve was somewhere taking a photo, and he was using his camera, which has a tendency to take blurry photos when you don’t use a flash.

So Adam, if this wasn’t allowed and someone got mad at you,I sincerely apologize. I worked so hard to get this puppet ready, find you, track you down after trying to sort through that whole nutty schedule book and I was so thankful I got to take it. I loved hearing about your “100 Wishes”,and it’s terrific  how you like to get in there in costume and enjoy the Con with the rest of us.

Secret Project #3 Completed!

If you were wondering about the post I made with the photo of Jamie Hyneman and wondered what sort of tomfoolery I was up to, wonder no more!


My Jamie the Walrus puppet will be attending Dragon Con with me next week. He was built for two reasons. The first was that my Geek Night friends dared me to–last weekend we were having a birthday party and we were watching Mythbusters, and the whole “you gotta do it” premise came about. The second reason is that I very much want to meet Adam Savage at Dragon Con,and I thought this character would make a hilarious photo opportunity.

Jamie the Walrus still needs a  pair of glasses, which I will hopefully dig up in my vast box of found objects and props. His little shirt is a toddler shirt from a thrift store, and his beret his handmade. He has marbles in his flippers to make them flopsy. He was such fun to build I got him finished in just under 8 hours.

Wish me luck!

(file under Jamie Hyneman Mythbusters Walrus Puppet)