4th Annual National Craft for your Local Shelters Day - The results are in!

HUGE shout out to Quality Sewing &Vacuum in Seattle for letting me host this special event in their store and use their sewing machines!


We completed: 31 beds, 28 dog toys, and 49 bandanas


We had volunteers of all ages stop by to donate their time and talent.


All of our fabric and materials were donated by volunteers and customers. 


We made quite the mess, but everything turned out beautiful and I can't wait to see the shelter animals using our hand-crafted items!


All items are being donated to Seattle Animal Shelter.  Check out a few of the shelter models below available for adoption!



Until next year, furiends!


XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

4th Annual National Craft for your Local Shelters Day!

The official day of National Craft for your local Shelters Day is July 21st.  It was started in 2012.  Help us keep it going and growing!  Read below for all the details and plan your own Craft for Shelters event!


What is National Craft for your Local Shelters Day?
It is a day set aside to recognize that we can give back to our local shelters in a crafty way.  This includes making beds, toys, vests and bandanas that say "adopt me," leashes, and sew much more.  What better way to give back to a shelter than the best way you know how - and for us, it's crafting.

Sebastian and Winston posing with a pile of handmade rope toys

How can you join the force?
We've come up with a list of things to think about to help everyone interested
1.  Decide on a shelter to donate to - contact them and make sure they want to receive your donation.
2.  If you are not sure what to make, ask your shelter of choice what it is they could use the most - besides money and food of course.
3.  Decide what materials you are going to need.  Utilize what you know you are great at and make sure your "game plan" is realistic.  Do you need a pattern?  How long does it take to make one of your items?  Etc.  If you decide on "adopt me" items like vests or bandanas, make them bright and eye-catching.
4.  Set a date to craft and also think about organizing a craft night with your crafty friends just for this project.  How fun would that be?!
5.  Don't forget the cats and other animals in shelters.  Cats could use bandanas for adoptable pictures and to help attract attention.

Winston on top of the crate beds volunteers made in just a few hours!



Inspiration and Links to Tutorials
2.  Braided Dog Rope Toys - it does not get any easier than this! 
3.  Pet Bed


Shelters around the Nation in Need of Crafted Items:
Women's Humane Society in Pennsylvania
Dogs By Debin in Kansas City, MO

Seattle, WA pet lovers:  Come join us at Quality Sewing and Vacuum in Ballard on July 25th!  We'll be making items for the Seattle shelters all day.  Call (206) 782-9400 for more details.



XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Sawdust Art Project


My grandpa used to create artwork with the sawdust left over from his wooden projects.  How cool is that?  I decided I wanted to make my own piece of art using his same technique with a pet portrait.  Winston was the perfect choice because his face has so much color and character.


To give you some background, my grandpa was an amazing wood turner and made beautiful wooden bowls and vases.  He would then save the sawdust and create art on canvas with the different colors.  He passed away a few years ago, but still had shelves full of "organized" sawdust.  I knew right away I wanted to do something special with what was left.


My grandpa created mountains and interesting shapes with the sawdust, as shown below.


For my own piece, I started out with a simple sketch of Winston's face on canvas.  I made shapes for each "color" area so I would know where to apply what shade of sawdust where.


I used Aleene's Matte Decoupage glue because it's super easy to apply and holds the sawdust well.  I applied glue to one section at a time sprinkling on the sawdust as I went.


But then I decided the sawdust looked better blended and I started overlapping a lot of the colors.  After it dried, I used Tulip black and white puffy paints to add features to the eyes and nose area.  


I'm so happy with how this project turned out!  It's sentimental and unique.  I love that I was able to use sawdust from my grandpa's collection.


And here's Sebastian posing with my masterpiece.



XOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Celebrating our First 6 Months in Seattle

A collection of our photos taken from Kerry Park throughout the past 6 months.  Enjoy!

Our first day in our new city - November 2014.


As scary as it was to move away from everything I thought I knew, Seattle felt like home instantly.


Sebastian and I walked for miles the first few weeks thinking each day was the last day we would see the sun for a while.  But the sun never stopped coming out.  Turns out Seattle is anything BUT dark and gloomy.


Then it snowed.  What?!  I remember waking up to it and running down to Kerry Park to grab this photo.  The snow froze and lasted for 4 days on the Queen Anne hill where we live.  The entire city practically shut down.  Thankfully, the snow never returned.
  

Sebastian and I have become sunrise and sunset chasers.  And we aren't the only ones.  Photographers fill up Kerry Park every morning and night hoping to catch a once-in-a-lifetime view.


Then came December - our first Christmas in the city.  Sebastian rocked his sweater almost the entire month and allowed total strangers to take his picture everywhere he went.


Sebastian in the nude!  We pass Kerry Park every time we take a walk, which is a lot.


Not sure what we were doing here.  Many of our late night potty walks end up here too, because, why not?


Then came Superbowl preparation.  We became crazy Seahawks fanatics as part of our Seattle experience.  Plus, you kinda stuck out like a sore thumb if you weren't dressed in lime green.


And here we are the day before the Superbowl making a scene in our matching fur vests.  If I'm sure of anything - life is better with dogs.


Mother Nature is always up to something worth capturing.  Here, the fog rolls in as the sun disappears.  I've never paid so much attention to the ever-changing horizon.


And of course Sebastian is always there by my side to witness the beauty of it all.  My little heartbeat at my feet.  


Mt. Rainier standing in all its glory at the butt-crack of dawn.


Ok, we may have had a few dark and gloomy days (ha!), but the sun always finds places to seep through.


That sky.  


As the clouds come and go, our love for Seattle continues to grow.  


Still just a girl and her dog rediscovering the city each day as if we've never seen it before.


And here's our latest, taken today at the end of our 6 month wrap.  Reflecting and feeling grateful for everything we've experienced here thus far.




XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

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

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