Sunday, November 05, 2006

I'm not worthy

Okay, I was totally shown up this week, not once, but twice. I'm woman enough to admit when I have been bested.

Last week, I posted about making Maddie's Halloween costume. Later that same week, Maddie got two more outfits in the mail. Let's see how they stacked up...

Original costume: dog as candy corn

Humiliation: 3.5 out of 5
The dog is clearly embarassed, though costume's potential to keep water-fearing dog dry during walk in drizzly weather cost us a point.

Craftiness: 4 out of 5
A solid performance with invented pattern and the superfluous cross stitch.

Bargain-hunting prowess: 4 out of 5
The materials for this costume cost $0.85 - would have scored a 4.5 if I'd used a half off coupon at Michael's.

Total Score: 11.5

Competitor #1: dog as dog wearing a shirt
My friend Liz embroidered a cute design on a little dog shirt for Maddie. Not exactly a Halloween costume, but I think we can open the competition up to include dog apparel of any kind.

Humiliation: 2 out of 5
Maddie picked at this for a couple of minutes when I first put it on her, but as you can see from the picture, she settled in pretty quickly with her bone and forgot all about the shirt.

Craftiness: 11 out of 5
I'm only scoring these out of 5, but this is out of control. This was actually Liz's first attempt at embroidery. My first attempt at anything doesn't look this good.

Bargain-hunting prowess: 2.5 out of 5
Contestant may have scored higher if she had submitted receipts. As is, we are speculating that this would be affordable to replicate based on Liz mentioning $0.25 embroidery floss on the phone.

Total Score: 15.5

Competitor #2: dog as six-legged cowboy
Emily sent Maddie a pre-made cowboy costume. It should be noted that she also sent a Dracula costume to Maddie's litter mate, Bailey. Maddie's costume came with a little hat too, but there aren't enough cookies in the world to make Maddie stand still with a hat on.

Humiliation: 9.5 out of 5
Contestant was awarded 4.5 points for Maddie and a 5 point bonus for humiliating Bailey as well. Judges deducted a half point since Maddie was a little too short for the costume, preventing her from venturing outside for public embarassment.

Craftiness: 2 out of 5
Although technically a store-bought costume, it was purchased a year in advance and came with a special Halloween beagle card. One point awarded for impressive display of planning and coordination. Also, the costume was shipped with a selection of Halloween treats and goodies for me. One point awarded because the judge totally accepts bribes.

Bargain-hunting prowess: 968 out of 5
Purchased on clearance the week after Halloween 2005, this costume was $0.11
What? How is that even possible? Eleven cents? You could buy this using only money boosted from the penny tray.

Total Score: 979.5

So there you have it readers, get yourselves to the clearance aisle. Only 360 days until Halloween! Just be warned that no matter what you pick out, it all ends the same way:

Beagle v. Candy Corn Grudge Match

(Beagle won by TKO in third round)


At 5:31 AM, Blogger Duchess said...

What a doll Maddie is. I personally like the candy corn outfit the best. My two pups, a wire-haired fox terrier and a cairn terrier wouldn't allow me to dress them for all the treats in the world. it would be a game of who can tear the others outfit off the quickest!
you gotta love the pups!

At 6:42 PM, Blogger sgeddes said...

The costumes are great! My favorite is the candy corn!

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Briana said...

OMG that is the funniest thing I've ever seen! The candy corn? The 6 legged cowboy? OMG so funny! That is a great embroidery job too!


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