Because we all know I have so much time on my hands, I can easily find the time to go to the fabric store, get fake fur, and make an orange cat look like a black dog.
Yesterday, I did a costume inventory to see what was left, so that I did not find myself getting the kids dressed to go trick-or-treating and find pieces missing. Dorothy just needed two white buttons to finish her dress, then she was done. The lion was done, the scarecrow needed a hat, the tin man was done. Where's the tin man's outfit? Oh, over here on this chair. Pick up the tin man's spray-painted silver clothing. Wait, why is the chair now silver?
Shoulda used silver fabric spray paint instead of regular spray paint. Who knew? (And yes, that is a rhetorical question. I really don't need 6 comments of people saying they knew that it would come off even though it had dried for three days, thankyouverymuch. However, if you know how to get spray paint off a wood chair without ruining the finish on the chair, feel free to let me know.)
So Tin Man went from done to not done at all. Time for Plan B.
I got everything we needed yesterday and set to work last night. I decided to "do the worst first" and try to make the stinking Toto costume for the cat. I needed to make it look good, make sure the fur was facing the right way, and make it secure. This is not going to be a removable costume, I am basically sewing hunks of fake fur directly to the cat.
And is was a lot more difficult than I thought it might be.
Marty kept looking over to see what I was doing, and
Marty: "You know, he's going to look like a Dracula kitty."
Marty: "People are going to wonder if you are nuts, sending a Dracula cat with Dorothy trick-or-treating."
Marty: "Seriously, I will give you serious props if that thing doesn't look like a Dracula kitty when you are done. If you get really good, he might look like a cave-cat."
Marty: "So easy a cave cat could do it."
Me: "If you think it's that easy, why don't you come over here and make this, then?"
Marty: "Oh, no. Cave cats are a lot smarter than poo-throwing monkeys."
OK, he had a point there.