Facebook for Dogs

It occurred to me this morning while taking my dog for a walk that they also have a version of Facebook for all the neighborhood dogs. It’s the mailbox stations. Every morning, Kady Jo and I go for a walk and the first stop is the mailbox. We stop so that she can check out the recent “statue updates” posted by other dogs in the neighborhood and then she updates her status and we continue on our walk. Occasionally on the walk there will be random status that only she can find and sometimes she will just check it out and sometimes she finds a statues she must investigate for as long as I will allow her too. Sometimes she will leave a reply and sometimes she just keeps walking. In a doggy way kind of sense, this is her way of getting to know the other dogs in the neighborhood and keeping up with the neighborhood doggy gossip. What do you think the dogs would call it, ” Buttbook?” I wonder what she really learns about other dogs in the neighborhood on this version social networking?  Image

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Thinking of opening a second shop in Etsy

I am considering opening a second shop on Etsy. My current one focuses mostly on weird creatures and fun crazy stuff but I have recently been making things out of yarn, scarves and booties and I really enjoy making things like that. My thinking is that a shop for cold weather items, which is much different from my current shop and since they are so different I thought a rather than just making one shop full of all my stuff, it might be better to separate them. 

Can anyone give any tips or what their experiences are, pro’s, con’s? What do you guys think? 

When bad things happen to experiments

I have recently started playing around with my yarn collection again. Though I am now in Texas and have no need for things that are soft and fuzzy and warm, I still enjoy making the occasional scarf or hat on the Knifty Knitter Loom set. Since I really don’t need to make hat’s for my kids for the winter this year, I decided to experiment and see what else I can do with my loom set. Oh sure, look down on me for using a loom instead of needles, if that is what they are called lol, don’t look too far down you’re nose at me. I have tried to learn to knit but I have one little drawback, I am left handed and everyone I know that can knit the traditional way has tried to teach me, the cross hand south paw seems to confuse everyone and frustrate them. I tried learning from books, it’s just incredibly difficult to learn that way for this south paw, however I have accepted that and found The Loom, which I love! Though I enjoy making hats and scarves, my true love is making weird creatures so I decided to experiment. 

I started on a round loom and I successfully made a ball. Woo hoo ! It needed something else however so as I was making a brown ball,  I took a break and my daughter took the first blue ball and put it inside the loom with the  half  of the brown ball finished, and out of the mouths of babes she replied  ” mom, this looks like a nest with a egg in it”. She was right! So, that’s what I made. I finished off the “nest and attached the “egg” inside it. Looking great so far!

Usually I use buttons for eyes, however those are not safe for babies (or cats) so I decided to attempt to stitch with yarn a face and since I decided to turn it into a cat toy (no cat can walk away from yarn, right?} I wanted to add some dangling yarn was feathers and this is what came out. 

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Wow! Ugly as heck! When I first gave it to my cat to see if he would play with it, he just laid down with it and started “cleaning it”. Well, it did smell funny, my yarn has been sitting in the garage for 2 years, so I threw it in the washer and dryer. When it was finished, and still intact ( I always like to test the convenient washing method on anything I make) and smelled like my favorite blanket, I gave it to him again. 

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Simba played with it for about a minute, got bored and it’s been laying on the floor every since. So much for a cat toy. 

Every once in a while my kids will pick it up an throw it at each other but that’s about it. For my next yarn experiment, WHITE YARN SNOW BALLS!!! We are from Idaho and we really miss the snow, so tomorrow, I will experiment and see if I can make some “snowballs” that my kids can safely throw at each other this winter! I hope our dog doesn’t decide to make them yellow snowballs!

Just remember, even things that turn out bad can be the start of something better and even if it’s not perfect in you’re eyes, doesn’t mean it won’t be perfect for someone else’s. 

Keep experimenting!

 

 

Trouble Keepers

Well, summer is over and for the first time, all three of my children are back to school. During the summer the house was loud and chaotic but in the midst of everything, I did get a few things made, not much, but I did create a few new things for my Etsy shop.  I also did a bit of experimenting with different crafts here and there. I think the craft that I really enjoyed was needle felting. I managed to make a really strange scary looking felted bird. The kit I bought had everything you needed to make a panda, well, mine turned into a scary baby penguin. Though it is nothing I can put up on my Etsy and only my cat seems to love it, he has hidden it somewhere I think, I really enjoyed attempting something new and different. 

I also attempted my hand at making quilted coasters which did turn out very cute, at least I think so. I attempted to learn “free motion quilting” which is quite a bit harder to do than what it looks like from the sewing shows I watch make it look. 

I did add a couple of new critters called Trouble Keepers in which have a pocket and you can write you’re trouble (such as a fear or worry or a broken heart) on a little piece of paper and put it into their pocket where the Trouble Keeper will keep it safe until you are ready to face you’re trouble head on. The creature I have here is The Fear Keeper, you can write you’re fear down and he will keep it for you until you are ready to face it. 

Now that my house is almost clean again, I can soon get back to work creating new creatures and experimenting with new techniques. I think I shall continue to practice wool felting as it is fun and relaxing to do. 

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