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A sad little laugh

I have this shelf in my dining area with a sad, lonely little LAUGH sign.

There just wasn’t enough oopmh! It definitely needed some help, but I had some parameters: 1. it had to add some height, and at least a little color, 2. it needed to be fairly lightweight as that heavy shelf is in sheetrock with some rrreeeaaallllyyy long nails, 3. couldn’t cost more than $10.

Here’s what I came up with thanks to a trip to Michaels and a 20% off your entire purchase coupon. (love those!)

The grass sprigs are wired, but that really fine wire that once its bent one way, its stuck. I couldn’t have errant blades of grass, so I just used some floral tape to take the wrapping up a little bit higher to hold in those stragglers.

From this: (Yes, that’s a dog butt back there. My helpers are never far away. ūüôā )

To this: Much better – though apparently I could not focus the camera…

The finished product:

I like it! It fit into all of my parameters, and it looks nice in the dining area! I’m not thrilled with the candles, but decor is fluid and always changing, right?

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New collars

I was featured!

Hi, my name is Linsey, and I’m addicted to making collars.

Here is Bailey’s new one:

Sure, its got a little pink, but real men wear pink.

And Piper’s frilly, girly collar.

Bailey’s martingale for rally.

Two gorgeous models.

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Money Saving Dog Toys

Are your dogs killers like mine?

Do your toy boxes look like toy graveyards? Missing body parts, squeakless squeakers, shredded limbs?

Its a sad state of affairs. I hate spending tons of money on new toys, because they last 5 minutes, and they are expensive!

My dogs LOVE these: Skineez Dog Toys They are stuffingless, which means no mess, and they flop around nicely. But they are about $10 a piece in stores!

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

You can get these at Petsmart for about $1.99 a package. So, for $4, you can have 10 new toys.

In the past, I have taken these squeakers and sewed them into freshly washed old toys and the dogs thought they were new. This time I wanted to take it further.

I got some double sided material at Hobby Lobby. Its fur on one side, and the cheetah side is pretty tough feeling.

I cut it into pieces, sewed up 3 sides, inserted a squeaker, sewed the fourth and done. I’m not going to win any prizes for beauty or creativity here, its about the dogs.

This one had room for 2 squeakers, so I sewed a line down the middle as well.

That lasted all of 10 minutes. Here’s what I learned:
1. The squeakers de-squeak very quickly, but that’s ok, because the little dog here prefers them that way. He likes that pouf of air and pop of plastic rather than the squeak.
2. The fur side is really easy to get through, and the cheetah side takes a little longer.

They are still playing with this toy about a week and a half later, so it wasn’t a total loss, but I needed to protect the squeakers a little more.

Here’s what I came up with – squeaker pockets. Simple fleece squares.

Insert those into the fabric pieces…

Made those double sided…

And now have a whole basket of new toys!

The dogs approve!

You know its a good toy when Bailey rolls on it!

This is why toys don’t last…chewing already.

So far, so good! Let me know if you decide to make some for your four legged friends!

 

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Handmade Kindle Cover

This project was featured on Under the Table and Dreaming!

Happy New Year!

The #1 gift on people’s wishlists this year according to Yahoo! was the Amazon Kindle. I admit that when they first came out, I was pretty skeptical, but I became more and more of a fan as they evolved. I got the 3G version for Christmas and I LOVE it!! I read whenever I get the chance, and I read fast, and the Kindle is the perfect tool to supply my demand.

I needed something to protect my new best friend, so I figured why not make it myself? I’m no seamstress, but I know enough about sewing to tackle this project. Here is what I did:

1. Cut 2 pieces of your choice of patterned material, and 2 pieces of coordinating fleece. The fleece was cut to 7×10, and the patterned material just slightly larger.

2. Sew 3 sides of the fleece together to make a pocket, and trim the seams.

3. Make sure your Kindle fits in there, and snug enough so that there’s not a lot of wiggle room.

4. Sew 3 sides of your patterned material, right sides together. Make sure its going to be large enough to go over the fleece. My seams here were 1/4 inch, I just followed the end of the presser foot.

5. Turn the outer pocket right side out, slip it over the fleece pocket, and check the fit. Make sure to poke out the corners and give it a light press with the iron.

6. I decided to use a button and elastic closure on mine, so I found a button from a project years ago and sewed it to the front of the outer pocket only. (It matches better in person.)

7. I neglected to take a picture of the next step – I didn’t have enough hands! I turned in the top seams about 1/4 inch, placed both ends of the elastic loop between those folds on the back side, and top stitched around the whole thing. Here is what it looks like finished.

8. Voila!

I linked this in the following places:

I ‚̧ Naptime

Today’s Creative Blog

Hooked on Hepworths

The Speckled Dog

Under the Table and Dreaming

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Homemade Christmas Tree

One week until Christmas!! Are you ready?

I saw the picture below on a blog that I now cannot remember (sorry! If you know, let me know!), and fell in love.  I had to have it, and I knew I could make it Рwith some help.  So, on Black Friday when everyone else was standing in line at 4 am, my dad and I got creative!

I wasn’t blogging at the time, nor was I planning to blog, so I don’t have in-progress pictures, but I can give you the supplies and the steps. ¬†Its easy!

Supplies:

3 Р1x3x 6 foot boards  Рwe only ended up using 2, and they were $2.38 each

1 – 1/2 inch dowel rod – I think it was about $2 as well, maybe less

1 base – I used a piece of scrap wood that my dad had lying around, you can use anything that will keep the dowel stable

Prep work:

You can use any lengths you’d like, but for my tree I used the following:

6 – 15 inch pieces

3 – 12 inch pieces

3 – 9 inch pieces

3 – 6 inch pieces

2- 3 inch pices

17 – 2 inch squares

1. Measure twice, cut once, sand forever.

2.  Drill a hole in the middle of each board the same diameter as your dowel rod.  You want a pretty snug fit, because this thing is heavy.  We used a drill press to drill the holes in the middle of each board, which made that process much faster.  Also drill a hole (but not all the way through) in the middle of the base piece.  Make sure it is deep enough to keep the tree stable.

3.  Personalize.    This is when you decide whether you want to stain your tree to keep the natural wood look like the original, if you want to paint it, or cover each piece with scrapbook paper (could be really cute!).   To get  my look I REALLY watered down Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Forest Green and Burnt Umber (base) and painted it on.   *Note Рremember to paint the very tip of the dowel rod if you want some hanging out to attach a bow.  BUT, paint will make the dowel swell, so you may have to assemble the tree upside down.

4.  Let that dry overnight.

5. ¬†Assemble your tree! ¬†Play around with it. ¬†Mine isn’t exactly like the picture, and yours won’t be exactly like mine. ¬†The boards should slide around the dowel, so you can have them sit at all different angles for a more dimensional look, or you can have them all the same.

6. Decorate! ¬†I liked the look of some plain tea lights and some red and silver ribbon with the quintessential red bow. ¬†You can use ornaments that would sit on the branches, votive candles, hanging ornaments, anything you’d like!

7. Enjoy!

I’ve shared this project ¬†at Under the Table and Dreaming:

And at I ‚̧ Naptime

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