I have a somewhat simple squirrel plan that works well for me. I have set up their own feeder. I got one of those corn cob holder things and mounted it to my fence on the OTHER side of my yard from my garden. I just have to remember to keep it filled with corn cobs and the squirrels are so busy with their "ok'ed" food that they leave mine alone. I hope it helps!
I just had to send a little note to say what a fabulous room! We painted my daughter's room in exactly that shade of osage orange but hers is daffodil yellow on the top half, and the orange is on the bottom half.
My husband and I did this last year. He was Mario, I was Peach, and the baby was Toad.
I made her hat out of a cotton t-shirt and red felt. I measured around her head for a brim, then made 4 triangles with rounded bottoms (to match the brim). I made another set of 4 triangles that were twice as wide at the bottom as the first set. (I'm sure you could use a circle as well, but I like to make life a little bit difficult).
Here's the tricky part, I sewed the two circles together to the brim leaving a small opening, which I stuffed like crazy to make the hat poofy. THe trick to this is stuffing it enough to make it round, but leaving enough space inside for your head.
I have a really cute picture, but can't seem to get the picture loaded. I'll try to post it later.