Happy Easter 2017!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!


With all the rain in Seattle this year, Sebastian is making good use of his new hang out spot too.  Tour coming soon!  =)



His pastel bandanas are available in my shop here.


XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Sebastian Meets Up with Amara in Seattle!

Sebastian had his first official youtube experience and he loved it!  Amara in Seattle is so much fun and full of surprises!  See the below youtube videos where Sebastian makes an appearance and show our new friend Amara some love!

Photo by +Amara In Seattle 





And here is the full article written by Amara.  Cheers to puppy love!

XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Doggie Valentine's Day DIY Ideas

It's that time of year again and Sebastian is wondering how I'm going to express my love to him.  HA!  Here's a collection of some adorable ones we found online worth checking out, including one I did a few years ago that's a true keepsake.

The most obvious one first: FOOD

Here is a recipe from our pals over at Doggy Desert Chef who have been baking away for years now. I'm picturing these yummy heart-shaped treats with some cream cheese frosting or??? 



On the Etsy Blog - Adorable conversation hearts from a dog's perspective



Sebastian's personal recommendation: these sausage hearts from Fab DIY (minus the arrow, obviously).  I'm thinking the two halves could be "glued" together with a little peanut butter or something safer for your hungry beast?



And then some craft projects that will last longer than two seconds - Keepsake items are always my fav and I'm so fortunate to have a dog that appreciates anything I make him.

Here's a heart-shaped paw print keepsake we made a few years ago.



Over at TheBrokeDog.com is an easy printable project consisting of conversation hearts for your dog's collar.  How cute is that?!



Doing a Valentine's Day photo shoot with your pup?  You will need to check out this amazingly easy heart-shaped "head piece" from Pretty Fluffy.



XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian




Black and White Sunday

Introducing Sebastian's new personal instagram account!

@SebastianUnleashed


Happy Black and White Sunday and thank you to Daschund_Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever for hosting such an awesome blog hop. 




XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Serged Cat Security Blankets for Shelter Cats


We just completed our 5th Annual Craft for Shelters event and I wanted to do a special post on these cat blankets because they are so easy to make and such a cool concept!  Sebastian is posing with our finished stack we donated to Seattle Animal Shelter.

They are fairly small in size so you can make quite a few from just a few yards of fabric.  You can do a single layer of fleece, a double layer of flannel/other soft materials, or a cute printed quilting cotton with a fleece back.  And if you have access to a serger, you can just edge-stitch the blankets!


Rounded corners are faster to serge in my opinion, but nothing wrong with squared blankets either!  Grab a plate or any round object to trace your rounded corners with and then cut it out.


Set your serger for a 3-thread overlock narrow stitch and put it on a short length (between 1 and 2).  It's simple and effective.  We also did some with variegated thread and those turned out very cool!


That's all there is to it.  It's a 10 minute project!  We tried to get a photo of one of the shelter cats with our blankets and it's definitely not easy to make them pose.  Sebastian says I shouldn't be so surprised, ha!


Here's what the shelter coordinator said about how they utilize these blankets: 

"These are very special blankets… they will carry the cat’s scent with them to the new home and while they are in the shelter as their bedding is rotated and all other scents around them are replaced, the blankets will stay untouched. Think of them as distressing blankets more than for warmth… kitties will have other bedding for this purpose."

15"X15" was their requested size, but seems to me like the blankets can be a variety of sizes.  Or how about larger ones for the dogs.  Contact your local shelters and ask them what they need!  I also found this link online to the Snuggles Project, which is another great organization encouraging people to make blankets for shelters.

Additional resources we've found for blankets:



XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

5th Annual Craft for Shelters Day RESULTS!

 We crafted for 6 hours straight like a bunch of mad ladies, ha!  I'm very pleased with the finished items this year.  Sebastian stopped by Quality Sewing and Vacuum to count everything before we take all the items to Seattle Animal Shelter next week.

We completed:
                     - 26 bandanas
                     - 30 rope toys
                     - 9 crate beds
                     - 36 cat security blankets (new project this year!)



As usual, we had some very talented volunteers!  Check out the monster rope toys our friend Tammy made.  


Sebastian sure likes this rope toy but he knows there's another dog out there who could use it more.  Rope toys help give shelter dogs some comfort and something extra to chew on in their crates.


We had a new project this year that I loved - cat security blankets!  After I contacted the volunteer coordinator at Seattle Animal Shelter, I learned they had a huge need for these cat blankets.  The coordinator told me, "These are very special blankets… they will carry the cat’s scent with them to the new home and while they are in the shelter as their bedding is rotated and all other scents around them are replaced, the blankets will stay untouched. Think of them as destressing blankets more than for warmth… kitties will have other bedding for this purpose."

I love this idea.  Makes me wonder how many other shelters out there could use blankets like these.  They are only 15 inch squares and so easy to make.  We made some with one layer of fleece and some with double-sided flannel.  We also used a serger to finish the edges.  I totally recommend this project to anyone out there wanting to make items for shelter cats!


Cheers to National Craft for your Local Shelters Day!

XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Most Popular DIY's for Craft for Shelters Day with Links!

Cheers to National Craft for Shelters Day!!  The official day is July 21st and we are having a crafting party on the 23rd at our local sewing store here in Seattle.  Here's a collection of the most popular DIY's for the shelters.  What do you think?  Which ones would you make?

Click on photos to be directed to the DIY tutorials.



No Sew Dog Vests from the Etsy blog

Rope toys - the perfect craft for young kids or adults who don't know how to sew!

If you have DIY craft ideas for shelters, share the links in the comments so we can check them out!


XOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian





Wordless Wednesday - Alki Beach!

Tried out the skateboard thing tonight.  Sebastian says maybe in the next life...




XOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

link within

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...