Only I can prevent forest fires

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The secrets out. With this years Halloween costume I have to admit I love Smokey the Bear. As an adult I’ve stalked him in parades to take pictures and now I’ve crafted my own bear suit. I was pretty much born with the obsession. My parents met fighting forest fires so I knew who Smokey the Bear was before Mickey Mouse. 

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Only you can prevent city fires. And OH, I, don’t know why this door says Ohio.

Only you can prevent city fires. And OH, I, don’t know why this door says Ohio.


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Details from the costume: Paper mâché shovel (the “wooden” handle is a wrapping paper tube). The belt buckle is made from hand cut paper letters and spray paint. I sewed the jacket and it's the first thing I’ve ever made with sleeves.

Details from the costume: Paper mâché shovel (the “wooden” handle is a wrapping paper tube). The belt buckle is made from hand cut paper letters and spray paint. I sewed the jacket and it's the first thing I’ve ever made with sleeves.

To stay authentic I like to incorporate my purse into my costumes. This year I’ve created a fire pouch from felt.

My Yosemite cap was the true inspiration for my costume. Purchased on a trip this spring I wanted to make sure I’d be able to repurpose my $10 souvenir. The ranger cap is meant for children so apparently I have a head the size of a 3 year old. 

Lastly my favorite part is the mask and ears I sculpted with needle felting.

Comparing noses with other creatures from the city forest.

Comparing noses with other creatures from the city forest.


Fun fact; Smokey the Bear walks around shirtless. Bear hug anyone?

Thanks Jen, Chanda, Uriah, Sara for my multiple photo shoots and photo direction.