The 2021 ornament for the Happy Halloween series is an up-close shot of Bigfoot. As you can see, this guy really does have BIG feet. Looking at him like this, he bears a striking resemblance to a werewolf. They are both covered in hair. They both are usually seen in the woods or a similar nature scene, and they are both more visible under the full moon. The big difference, however, is that a werewolf actually looks more like an upright wolf than a human, but Bigfoot looks remarkably more human than animal. Is he the missing link? Does he represent evolution or de-evolution? I guess that depends on the point of departure. If he began as a type of ape, then this is progress. But what if he began as a man whose humanity slowly disappeared? Like some type of Ron Swanson-esk character on steroids. Or is it something else entirely? Are there whole Bigfoot communities?
Hallmark has recently started producing some special ornaments specifically for St. Patrick's Day, much to my delight. The photo above is one of the "Season's Treatings" ornament series, and it features a shamrock cake surrounded by cupcakes, a lollipop and gold coins. This year, I felt inspired to try to duplicate it, somewhat at any rate.
Here it is! I used my Wilton shamrock cake mold to make the shamrock shape for the cake, then I used some store-bought cupcakes and butterscotch candies for the gold coins. To make the lollipop, I used a white Lifesavers candy, then cut some green strips out of sour apple candies and wound them around the Lifesaver. It was a fun way to spend an hour or so, and not bad for my first attempt.
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