I had great fun recording this song of a resourceful woman for the album As Fortune Would Have It, and it always makes me smile. It was first printed in 1900 in the USA and was later recast and polished a good deal; I don’t know when or by whom. I imagine the song originated in Britain, but I’ve discovered nothing of its history.
As for the scarecrows, there’s quite a fashion these days for scarecrow festivals and competitions in field and town, but I couldn’t find one to quite match the description of the lady in the song. Far too attractive!