Fen’s Sherlock Coat and Hat

I made this coat and hat for my grand-dog Fen about a month ago.  He lives in Colorado and is a big shivering baby Great Dane.  Anyway, I sent the coat and hat to Fen and it never arrived.  Then about a week ago, we received it back in the mail.  So, now I feel kind of bad that I griped about the Post Office losing my package, when I actually put the wrong address on the package.  Oh well, after paying twice to get it to the right place, Fen now has a new reversible fleece Sherlock Holmes coat and hat.

On one side of the coat I put applique letters spelling his name and the other side is plain hounds-tooth.  The hat came from an adult costume pattern.  I shortened the sides of the hat, since his head is as big around as a human’s but is much more shallow.  The only thing I did not like about the coat is that the neck opening is too large for him.  I will fix that the next time I can get a hold of the coat.

Houndstooth Side

 

Personalized Side

Fen in his new outfit

A Very Busy Spring Break // New Toys // Dogs on Thursday

Spring break is a time to flock to the beach, or head to the mountains to ski, or get away to destinations unknown for many people.  For this, not so ancient grandmother, spring break is a time to enjoy a quiet week at home with no school work, exams, or research papers due.  This year, I had one of the most enjoyable spring breaks ever.  I was able to really focus on my new venture and here are the results of my work thus far this week:

There is a matching Bishop style dress in the works for Ella’s little sister Lauren, and both are to be completed in time for Easter.  Photos of both dresses together when they are finished.

Now on to the new toys.  Since I started this venture, I have, naturally, been looking at pleaters.  My experiences with the local shop (see earlier post) have been less than fulfilling and I, also, want to be able to pleat my own garments on the fly.  Enter a friend from church who’s sister was looking for a buyer for her pleater.  Yipee!!  Look at my new baby:

Oh yes, I thought I was just buying the pleater.  I did not know it was already mounted and everything.  I am just tickled pink, or in this case, orange….LOL

Taking a page from the Obama “How to spend without the appearance of spending” reference manual, I was able to save enough money on the pleater by buying it from my friend, that I bought this:

This little old lady (below) is on her way to the shop for a tune up.  I learned to sew on this machine while doing a project for Girl Scouts and it belonged to my mother until she passed away.  Don’t ask the machine’s age, you will be asking mine…

Finally, last, but certainly not least, Ebby was less than thrilled with the St. Patrick’s Day party favors we brought home from the restaurant last night.  Somehow, the camera made her eyes green…She is such a party animal.

That is about all I have for this week.  Of course, Spring Break is not over till Sunday night, so you never know what kind of trouble I can manage between now and then…Fair Winds,  D

Spoiled Princess // Dogs on Thursdays

Funny thing about friends, they really know your true identity.  Ebby has a friend here in Auburn.  Let’s call here Aunt Lynn.  Anyway, Aunt Lynn was so excited to see that Ebby had brought us back here that she gave her a welcome home present.  As you can clearly see, Aunt Lynn not only knows Ebby’s size, but her inner personality as well.  Thanks Aunt Lynn!

Happy Thursday everyone!  Be sure to love on your pets today if you are lucky enough to have them.  Deborah

Ebby’s Birthday Celebration // One Year And Counting

Ebby’s birthday is on the 9th of October.  So she and I went on an excellent adventure today to celebrate.  We went to Hancock fabrics where we bought her a new yard of fleece for two new blankets.  Of course, what motif would one get for a one year old Chihuahua?  How about this:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Then we went to PetCo and picked out a new bed, new chew toys and sweaters.  As I write this she is bringing me her favorite toy to throw for her, her brother’s 15 year old, ratty potato man stuffed thing…Oh well, at least she will use the sweaters and the new bed…  Finally, we went to lunch together at one of my favorite places for wings.  We had loads of fun and everyone wanted to take her off my hands….

Hot Wings For Ebby's Birthday, Yum!

Hot Wings For Ebby's Birthday, Yum!

Till next time, Fair Winds

Ebby Learns To Swim // Dogs On Thursday

Last week’s Dogs on Thursday post was not one that was planned.  Although we did expect the outcome eventually, it was not welcome.  Anyway, this week I can post photos of Ebby’s first experience with swimming.  While on our trip last week we were able to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  If you own a dog and want to go to the beach with them, don’t go to Florida, go to North Carolina!  Florida does not welcome dogs!!  Anyway, Ebby was more than welcome on the beaches in Kill Devil Hills, NC and she learned to do a little dog paddle on her own.  Here are some shots of the trip and of her experience.  Enjoy.

I am too little to go out there!

I am too little to go out there!

Let's go swimming!

Let's go swimming!

We are going swimming!  Whee!

We are going swimming! Whee!

Ok, maybe Daddy will take me swimming!

Ok, maybe Daddy will take me swimming!

Here we go...

Here we go...

Look at me, I'm swimming!

Look at me, I'm swimming!

Hey this is lots of fun.  Don't drop me!

Hey this is lots of fun. Don't drop me!

Nobody told me you had to rinse off afterwards....

Nobody told me you had to rinse off afterwards....

Dogs On Thursday // Blazer

Blazer and Scott in the fall.

Blazer and Scott in the fall of 1994.

This was not the post I had planned for today, but today was the day Blazer needed to leave us.  He had been with us for 16 years, outlived his brother by two years and his body finally succumbed to the natural degradation that is old age.

He was so tiny at first!

He was so tiny at first!

We got Blazer as a baby from a breeder in Alabama while we were students at UAB.  Here he is in the back yard of our house in Homewood, AL at about 6 months old.

Blazer, 6 months

Blazer, 6 months

And, 2 years:

Blazer, about 2 years old

Blazer, about 2 years old

Doing what he loved the most in life, chewing on a chewy...

Doing what he loved the most in life, chewing on a chewy...

Blazer spent a lot of time with his brother and his cousin Tanya in Auburn, espceially during the college football season.  Here are the three of them together paying attention to their various interests.  Aubie (the cocker) is looking at the camera (his daddy), Tanya is in the middle and is watching some people play nearby, and Blazer, as always, is looking for the next rabbit to chase.

Each watching what is important to them.

Each watching what is important to them.

We have so many photos of him and his brother from the past 16 years, so I am just sharing a few.  Here he is after we moved out to the farm in 2006.

Move out of the way, I am coming through....

Move out of the way, I am coming through....

Here he is doing what he did best.

Blazer doing what he did best!

Blazer doing what he did best!

And, finally, a shot of him last Halloween when he posed for me so gallantly.

I love the farm!

I love the farm!

We loved him and will miss him, but we know he will no longer have to struggle to walk, control his bladder, or hold down his food.  Blazer is now at peace, August 21, 2009.

Takin A Break

I thought this would be a fitting post for my Dogs on Thursday entry, so…
Time to go!
Apparently, Ebby has decided to take a long weekend and head for Jacksonville, FL. She is exhausted from watching all the chaos of finals week for her parents and needs a break. She will need a driver and some stimulating company, of course, so we have decided to go along for the ride. We are all looking forward to a little R&R and some different scenery. Photos to come…

A Dog in a Czech Costume // Ebby Gets Fancy

Well, it is time for my Dogs on Thursday post again and I have been promising photos of Ebby’s kroj.  I made the pattern up from scratch and tried to make it match my costume as much as possible.  It was a lot of fun to put together and made me think of sewing doll clothes.  She is such a ham and she really doesn’t mind looking goofy for her mom.  She will be attending the National Polka Festival with me in May and we will have photos.  Until then here you go:

Look at me, I'm fancy!

Look at me, I'm fancy!

One photo is just not enough!

One photo is just not enough!

Everybody Polka!

Everybody Polka!