I impress even myself. HA ha ha ha ha

So, I have moved all the blah, blah, blah about my dogs over to another website, so you avid crafters, quilters, etc don’t have to listen to me blah, blah, blah about my super awesome fur babies!!  🙂  You’re welcome!

Here is my blog for the dog stuff:  https://wagswagpetsupplies.wordpress.com/  I have some cool new stuff coming up, in case you are interested.  I will be playing “mad scientist” this weekend with my fellow crafter, IF I don’t have to go drop off a foster dog in Vegas (yeah… my life is SO hard.)

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New shop name? New products! And we fail Puppy Kindergarten…. LOL

This is me and my dog, Kyah, on the day that she turned 4 months old….  so about 2 weeks ago.  She is fun, but also a LOT of work.  Anyone who has ever owned a Rhodesian Ridgeback knows that they can be stubborn, high-maintenance divas.  I love it…..  and I am equally as stubborn so, rest assured, I always win.  She has almost completed Puppy Kindergarten, yet she still would rather play with the other dogs than to come when given the command.

Kyah and me at 4 months

Kyah and me at 4 months

I recently split my Etsy store into 2 different store, one for fabric and one for completed items.  I have Christmas stockings, pet collars and leashes, and recently some pet blankets.  I then realized that I have mostly pet items in a store that was to be primarily for quilts and such.  My quilts are mostly gone before I can get them finished, so that is a type of backfire.  However, I have a LOT of pet items in a store that is called “Sew Stitchin Awesome.”  So, I have decided that I need to move my pet items to a store more appropriately named, so I have decided to name the new store Wag Swag.  It will take me a long time to get it up and running, but I will get it done eventually.

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I have been working on making some dog collars, and new blankets out of faux fur and minky  I also have drawn out a dog bone shaped blanket, but I have yet to get time to make one.  I have been working on a tutorial for making your own dog bed, and I will get it posted once I get a chance to finish it.  It is hard to find time to get everything done.  Spring has come early this year, and my yard is in need of some serious attention.

I have also been hand dying some hemp webbing for collars, and I am nearly ready to start putting prints on them and making those into collars.  Where does time go?  Kyah and I did a 5k this past Saturday to raise money for Animal Rescue centers.  I encourage everyone to download a free App called Walk for Dogs.  When you walk your own dog, the site donates money per mile to a local animal shelter or rescue that you choose!!  Such a great cause, for FREE….. and you get some exercise in the process!

Never enough time….

Man, if I could just stay at home and work on all my “brilliant” crafting ideas…. I would have a lot more crafts?!!  LOL….  I am expecting my first order of faux fur to make some doggie blankets and crate pads for my new puppy, and a “tunnel” type of bed for my Doxie.  They LOVE to bury themselves, in my blankets, and mess up my bed.  ???????????????????????????????

I made this crate cover a few weekends ago, but I haven’t put the door on it, yet.  I was having a hard time trying to decide what color of fabric to use, but I want it different than the print on the crate cover.  🙂  I am working on some furniture upgrades for some of my kids, and I will see how my doggie blankets turn out.  I saw some on sale for $100 and thought I could make it for less.  I was so wrong… fake fur is super expensive.  Now I know…..  I will see what I can come up with over the weekend.  Have a safe and wonderful weekend!!

I should be ashamed!!!

I think I should just fire myself now.  I have not even kept up on my blog… so shame on me!  My fabric Etsy store, forsewitseams2, has been keeping me super busy.  My other Etsy store, sewstitchinawesome, is more fun because I actually get to sew stuff.  I primarily make dog collars and leashes, but I have some quilts on there and it was crazy around Christmas because I made Christmas stockings and Halloween stockings.  I am going to stock up on those, this year!

Here is what is new:  for the For Sew It Seams (2) Etsy store, we have been getting in a TON of metallics.  And they sell almost as quickly as I get them in.  The Art Gallery collection Littlest has become suddenly popular, and I keep running out of it.  For the Sew Stitchin Awesome store, there is a LOT of new stuff coming.  I have been dyeing hemp to make hemp collars and leashes.  I also ordered a whole side of leather, in different colors, to cut myself and make some cool collars from.  I also have already started on the dog bone stockings that I sold out of last Christmas.  This coming year, I am doing some out of denim.

On top of all this, I got a new Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, and she starts Puppy Kindergarten tonight.  I am so excited.

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I blame her for my lack of time.  She thinks that my Yorkies are play toys, so I spend part of my day protecting them from her awesome, big paws.  I will post pics of the hemp and leather collars once I get them finished, as well as the bone shaped stockings.  I plan on doing Strut Your Mutt again this year.  Can’t wait!!

Is Christmas over, already?

Wait!!  What happened?  I cannot believe that Christmas is over, already.  My 10 year old got the tree out, and it had ONE whole ornament on it.  YIKES!!!  I am now getting ready for Valentine’s Day… my LEAST favorite holiday of the year.  Why, you ask?  Well, I have been dumped 8 times on Valentine’s Day.  EIGHT!!!  Who does that?  At least wait until the day after…..  LOL….  Oh well……

I was “off the grid” there for a while, since I was so swamped that I couldn’t keep up with orders!  I am a one-woman shop… but I learned some lessons and I will get started earlier this year.  I am going to do some collars, leashes, and such for Valentine’s Day, and I have a new dog rug/blanket I am working on…. and I have something up my sleeve for Halloween that I will work on throughout the summer.  😉

I am also expecting my first grandchild in early June, and I just found out that she is having a boy.  Of course, I will have to sew some stuff for him…..  and I currently have 2 foster Rhodesian Ridgebacks…. and I am getting a puppy in mid to late January.  The foster dogs have a home to go to, so they will be leaving soon.  We will be sad, but I am so glad that they have found their forever home!

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