St. Patrick's Day HAT Contest

Another Holiday... Another contest!

This one is the "Who Wore it Better" HAT contest.  
All pets (dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, turtles, etc) are welcome to enter!! 


Make sure the hat is related to St. Patrick's Day.  It can be handmade or bought.  
Accessories (like beads, bow ties, etc) are encouraged!  

Send your photos to sewdoggystyle@yahoo.com
Deadline for submissions is February 28th.

Prize: A tasty handmade greeeen squeaker donut with sprinkles!
(Please note: if I receive contestant photos who are not dogs, I will adjust the prize accordingly)



Contest will run from March 1st to March 8th.

If you are new to this blog, you can go here to see a similar previous contest.

I hope you join in on the fun!!!


XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian  

National Love Your Pet Day 2011

Sebastian and I declare a 3 day weekend for National Love Your Pet Day!!


We cuddled, we slept in until 7am (yeah), we pigged out on turkey meat, and we soaked up the sun at the dog park.

I also gave him the day off from wearing silly things.


What did you do?


XOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

One Dolla Dog Crown!

Sebastian, The Leprechaun King!!


Sebastian and I are regulars at Joann Fabrics and it's hard to miss the dollar aisle along the checkout line.  The instant I saw this visor for kids, I knew exactly what I was gonna do!!  


All it took was a little tweaking and a few staples.  Literally just bend the visor to form a circular shape and staple it in place.  I was also excited that I was able to still use the stretch band it came with.


What's even more fabulous is this is basically a One Size Fits All hat!!  The stretch band worked on both of my dogs perfectly too!


Test the size of the circle upon your dog's head before stapling.  There is really no room for errors on this project.  Here are some other things at Joann's (but not in the dollar aisle) that your pets can also rock!!


Here is Chanel modeling the bow tie as a headband


All of this brings me to my next mission:
St. Patrick's Day WHO WORE IT BETTER Contest!!!!  

Submit your photos of your pet in any kind of St. Patrick's Day themed hat to sewdoggystyle@yahoo.com to be entered.  The hat can be handmade or bought.  Photo props (such as beads, bows, etc) are encouraged too!!  More info on the contest will be up soon.


XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Cupid Arrow Carrier!

Sebastian awaits his true love.



INSTRUCTIONS:

You'll need a paper towel roll, some paper, chop sticks, elastic, spray paint, paint pen, glitter and a belt.
I got extremely lucky because I had this red glitter belt laying around waiting to be transformed and it happened to wrap around Sebastian's body perfectly!  (If you don't have a belt that fits, you'll need to make a strap of your own)


Cut the roll to the desired length and cut out a round piece of sturdy paper to close the bottom of the roll.  Then glue it in place with a good glue, like Fabri-Tac.


Spray paint the roll black.  While waiting for it to dry, lay down the chop sticks on sturdy paper and draw out the desired shapes/sizes of the arrow heads.


Cut out the arrow parts, glue to the chopsticks and then spray paint them gold.


Now back to the black carrier while the arrows dry!  I used a white paint pen by Tulip to write "Love" and then sprinkled glitter.  


After the writing dries, line the top edge.  I used gold bias tape.  Make 4 slits in the back with a knife and pull the elastic thru.  You should have two pieces of elastic to keep the strap in place (hopefully this picture explains it better!).


And there you have it!


You'll have to get creative with how you wrap the belt/strap around your dog.  I did it two different ways:

1. Around the neck, criss cross under the chest, between the arms and connecting back over (shown in first picture at the top of this post).  

2. Diagonal over the chest, diagonal under the chest between the arms and then bring together at the waist like an actual belt (shown in next picture).  

I apologize if this is confusing!!  Sebastian's hair seems to hide the majority of the belt.


Oooooooh, he already busted out an arrow!  Though he's looking at a squirrel.  Hummmm.


XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Make a Cheesehead Hat!

The Challenge: Cheesehead Hat

The Reason: Superbowl Sunday!!!  Gooooo Packers!!

The Victim: Sebastian


Want your own cheesehead hat?!?!

Here's How:

You'll need foam, yellow spray paint, elastic string, and 2 small paperclips


Carve the shape of the cheese with a knife.  Then make the "holes" by gently pressing the foam with your fingertip in random areas.


Spray paint that bad boy!!!  Might need many coats to get rid of that green.  In fact, I never entirely got rid of the green.  



Here is a look at the bottom.  I pressed in an area for Sebatian's head, but this step is optional.  I BENT the paperclips and pressed them into the foam in a manner preventing them from pulling back out (bend and curve the clip, insert straight up and then turn).  Tie the elastic around the paperclips (do that before insterting the clip) and voila!!


Time to get that camera out, share some smiles, and enjoy the game!!!

***Please be aware this is not a finished craft that will last very long!  The foam didn't hold up as well as I had hoped, but it'll last long enough to take a cute picture.


Gooooo PACKERS!!!!!

Heart Shade Contest!

I am so excited to present to you my 4 SUPER adorable heart shade contestants for my Valentine's Day giveaway!!!

Please join in on the fun and cast your vote at the top right of this blog!



About the contestants:

Bentley: 2 years old 
Lives in Fort Worth, TX
Loves to play fetch and hang out in the shop

Lola: 2 years old
Lives in Prior Lake, MN
Loves the dog park and her Nyla bone

Cooper: 4 years old
Lives in Prior Lake, MN (Lola's brother!)
Loves tug-o-war and snuggling

Ginger: 13 years old (!)
Lives in Fresno, CA
Loves to eat and sleep

The winner will get to choose one of these handmade squeaker bone toys:


Happy Valentine's Day!!!

XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Poll closes 2/8/11 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

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