Sebastian Conquers the Lake Serene Trail

Lake Serene - Check!  


Sebastian rocked it on the stair climbing and impressed all the hikers with his mad hiking skills.


Moss everywhere.  so pretty!  According to online, this gorgeous 7.2 mile (round trip) hike isn't normally accessible until June due to snow.  Yikes.  We only saw a few patches of snow here and there.


We passed Bridal Veil Falls along the trail.  There's a separate hike to reach the top of the falls.  So many paths, so little time!


XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Exploring Seattle - Fremont

Our first "winter" here in Seattle and the city is experiencing record high temps?  Perhaps Sebastian and I brought the California sun with us.  Regardless, it's just about impossible to stay indoors.  Here's our photos from our most recent outing around the Fremont neighborhood.

Sebastian under the Aurora Bridge




Gas Works Park along the Burke-Gilman Trail

The Fremont Troll

Sebastian is the size of a knuckle!

Along the Fremont Canal


XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Mini Denim Heart Toy


We used an old pair of jeans and a small squeaker 
(you can buy replacement squeakers at most pet stores).  

INSTRUCTIONS:  Cut out a heart shape at least double the size of your squeaker.  Then match the two heart pieces, wrong sides together, and stitch one side using a 3/8" seam.  Insert the squeaker and then finish stitching the other side of the heart. (See pictures below)


And that's it!  I stitched around the heart twice, but one row of stitches will do.  
Let the edges fray naturally over time for a cute shabby look.


So easy you'll probably want to make more.



XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian


Super Bowl 2015 - Matching Fur Vests!

Up until a few months ago, we thought the Super Bowl meant parties and food.  But when Sebastian and I moved to Seattle, it became quite clear we needed to join the crazy fans as part of our new city experience.  So we did.


Of course we couldn't just buy a typical jersey (yawn).  I present to you our matching lime green fur vests with a big "12" appliqued on the back!


Now, if you're anything like me and Sebastian (meaning clueless about football), you'll be wondering what's the big deal about the number 12.  In fact, I remember when I first moved here, I noticed the "12" flag up on every other building I passed.  I thought to myself, "maybe player #12 is the Michael Jordan of football."  Then one day, someone explained it all to me - Number 12 represents the fan.


And Seattle is one of the top dog-friendly cities to live in with a plethora of "crazy dog people" so Sebastian and I still (kinda sorta) blended right in as we walked the streets in our matching gear. 


I know you're all dying to find out how to get this look.  We ordered the lime green fur from fabric.com, but the fabric stores have a variety of furs on hand that would work too (incase you're thinking of a more subtle color).


Here's the patterns we used.
Link to our DIY Pet Coat Pattern tutorial for Sebastian's furry look.


Football is so much more fun when you can dress up as twins with your pal, don't ya think?


Cheers to our first Super Bowl we're actually paying attention to.  Go Hawks!





XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Snowy Mountain Peak Pet Tent


Sebastian has moved to the mountains!  

This adorable pet tent is perfect for long afternoon naps.  Check out how easy you can make one from a cardboard box and tape.  A must-have for any sleepy dog or cat!


INSTRUCTIONS:
What you'll need: 
For cardboard construction: Square cardboard box (ours is 14x14 inches, though we wish we would have used a bigger box), packaging tape or duct tape, scissors, long yard stick or quilting ruler, sharpie.
For the outside cover: Brown and white fleece, sewing machine













XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian


DIY Nerdy Reindeer Ugly Christmas Sweater


Sebastian and I are getting ready for our first Christmas in Seattle.  It took us a little while to calm down from all the excitement of a new city, but we've managed to keep up on our yearly ugly Christmas sweater nonetheless!  Besides, Sebastian wouldn't skip it for the world.


We initially just planned on putting a nerdy reindeer on this sweater as you can see from our original materials photo. But if you've ever made an ugly Christmas sweater before, you probably know one thing leads to the next.  There's no "stopping point" when it comes to these things.


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Draw out your pieces on the back side of the felt and cut out.  If you can't draw, there's lots of reindeer and eyeglass images online you can print out.
2. Glue the pieces into place, including your buttons as eyes (I suggest hand sewing the reindeer nose on).


So after the nerdy reindeer was done, Sebastian and I glanced at each other and said, "Nope...not enough."  I started digging through my craft supplies and pulled out my green boa and ornaments.  The gold ornament balls are the mini ones from Walmart designed for the miniature trees - they work perfectly for a small dog like Sebastian.


The boa and ornaments are all hand sewn on.  I wouldn't suggest gluing these items as much as dogs move around.


Sebastian put the sweater on and sat there patiently while I continued to add things.  Such a sweet little dog he is!  (Candy canes are from Walmart mini tree collection too)


At last, we were finished (not really)!  We made a team decision to stop and run down to Kerry Park just a few blocks away to get some photos of the new sweater before the sun went down.


As usual, Sebastian made a scene and impressed the surrounding audience with his posing skills. 


The ornament balls around the cuffs are a must-do if your dog will tolerate it.


And that completes our ugly Christmas sweater for 2014.  Merry Christmas to all of our furry friends out there!



XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Sebastian's One Minute of Fame on the Rachel Ray Show

If you happened to watch Rachel Ray yesterday, you may have spotted Sebastian!  But if you missed it, here is the video of his 1 minute of National fame.  Thank you Rachel Ray!






Link to his DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater shown in the photo.




XOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Wreath From Our Nature Walks


Sebastian and I have been taking lots of nature walks in our new beautiful state of Washington!  Over the past weekend, we went to Olympic National Park and many other beautiful places nearby.  


All you need to buy for this project is a metal wire frame (from any craft store) and some flexible craft wire.  You will also want a glue gun if you add pine cones or items without stems.  Everything else is based on what you find outdoors!  


First is the background greenery.  Pine and Fir trees work perfect for this so make sure to grab a lot of these branches to make the background look full.  Then just intertwine the branches around the wire frame, making sure they are all going in the same direction.


It'll look sloppy at first with branches sticking out everywhere.  Use the green craft wire to help shape and contain the wild branches!  Cut an 8-10" piece of wire and wrap it around the branches, twist, and then tuck into into place so it's not visible.  You should have 5-10 pieces of wire wrapped around the frame when you're done, depending on your liking.


Tuck in all your fancy findings utilizing the green craft wire and the wire frame.  Then use the glue gun for pine cones and berries.


Making these wreaths is actually part of a family tradition we've done for several decades now.  But this is the first time I've ever made one with items from Washington.  I made sure to grab moss because moss is everywhere here! (you can see the moss on the left side below)


Add a ribbon and you're done!  We chose a bright yellow ribbon as we are preparing for a gloomy winter in Seattle.

NOTE: When you are deciding what items to collect, try to stay away from ones that will wilt right away.  Berries and pine will last through the season, but freshly fallen red leaves will turn brown too fast.


We end our nature wreath project with a photo of Sebastian posing on the trail bridge in Olympic National Park.




XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

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