You know how, when you’re decorating a bedroom, and you’re 98% done, but you just can’t find the right thing to fill that odd-shaped gap over the table between your bed and the wall and you’re reluctant to just put up whatever because you’re in love with the paint color and would regret poking holes in it for no good reason? So annoying.
Fortunately, there’s a shop in Antigua, Guatemala, that has these wonderful, brightly colored masks that are perfect for just that spot.
Of course, I had to completely rework the hanging mechanism before I could put them up. They came with twine loops running out of their foreheads — no way was that going on my wall. I came up with a combination of wire, tiny eye screws, and thumb-tacks that enabled me to mount the masks so that they hung straight and the wires weren’t visible through the eye holes. It’s a good thing I’m not Snow White’s mother, though, or I’d be dead for sure from jabbing the thumb-tacks through the thin wood and into my fingers. (At least I hope I’m not Snow White’s mother. One of the pin-pricks left a piece of paint lodged in my flesh, and it’s been kind of painful as my finger decides what to do about it. I’m monitoring for gangrene and/or Guatemalan superpowers.)