Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Trick or Treat .........




I think I may have mentioned before that I tend to misplace things from time to time .......... usually when I am under a deadline or really, really need that particular item. I have two pairs of bifocals. I prefer one over the other and not too long ago I lost that pair, but found them when I felt them under my foot as I stepped down. I have them on now. They are a little scratched, but my personal optical technician managed to get the frames back in shape so that I can see correctly ........... Um, the one with the pink lashes is Barb, my personal eyeglass fixer upper. And the lady looking at her is her mom, my sweet friend and most favorite camper, Nan.







Barb fixed the glasses awhile back, but she couldn't help me with my dilemma of Saturday night when my camera battery died and I could not remember where I had placed the charger. Every time I use it I think I will remember where I last used it .......... I never do. And because of that I did not get a picture of the finished product of all my labor. The winners of the chili, salsa, and dessert tasting got tie-dyes t-shirts much like the one above. They were orange or green with a black spider design on the front and back .......... and the back of the shirt sports a decal proclaiming the wearer to be a winner of the 2010 Kan-Do Chili, Salsa, Dessert Cook-Off.



Yvonne and I spent an afternoon brewing up some mean tie-dye. Yvonne had her bewitching nails all done up.





The orange shirts were left to ferment in this bucket.



We did other shirts, as well, and used lots of colors in our mad little laboratory.





Here you see a green shirt with the black spider design. We discovered that a cookie cooling rack atop a Sham-Wow was a good way to keep the colors separate and yet contained ..... somewhat, anyway.





A little toast to celebrate didn't hurt. After we dyed them, they had to sit for 24 hours. We met at the appointed time the very next day and had a marathon rinsing. I felt a little wasteful about all that water going down the drain. I am thinking that if we do this again in the spring we should save the water and put it in the flower beds. Wonder what that would do to the blooms .......














We had lots of other prizes as well. Goodie bags for all the kids, puzzles, snuggies, flashlights, coupons for free bundles of wood and bags of ice. You know, camping stuff. We also had a quart mason jar filled with candy corn. All day long folks came in to guess the number of pieces. Yvonne and I were the only ones who knew the number. We confided a little secret to he who wondered in and out all day and to my BFF, Deb. They both scolded us for our trickery. Yes, they did. But one young camper came in and inspected said jar. He came back and asked very specific questions about it. He wanted to know what size the jar was, then he left again and it was awhile before he came in to cast his ballot with the number on it. Do you suppose he went and filled a quart jar with candy corn or something similar in size and counted it? If he did, imagine his surprise when the winner was announced ............ and it wasn't him! Someone even asked if we had stuffed cotton balls in the center of the jar. "Nope, it is all candy." And it was. All candy. We put a Three Musketeers bar in the middle. TRICK OR TREAT!!









6 comments:

SkippyMom said...

What a neat idea! I wish I could tie dye as cool as you - ours never come out that great.

And I love, love, love the hair and the eye lashes on your gorgeous optician. hee - Her Mom is a cutie too.

So fun to be where you are, isn't it?
Thanks for the great smile today.

Brian Miller said...

tricky tricky tricky...lol. lots of fun though...doing the shirts are fun as well....seeing what designs you can make...

Mamma has spoken said...

I so wanted to see the spider on the shirts :o(
But it sounds like you had a great Halloween which is the most important part to the whole story!

ellen abbott said...

Oh you little trickster. the tie-dying looks like fun especially when aided by a little wine.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

cool pictures. i love tie-dye. i've never tried it before though. enjoy wearing the shirts. amy hates it when i do - says it's showing my age. too bad. lol - with luck, she'll get to be my age one of these days and she can wear whatever she wants, too. right???

Pat said...

"Nope, all candy!" That is too funny!

That tie-dying looks fun. Messy, but fun!