Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dog Collars

It's almost hard for me to believe at this point in time that a mere 13 days ago I got the whim to make a few dog collars to sell on Etsy.  The problem with a few is, it quickly grew into MANY.  In for a penny, in for a pound I guess.  I did some research on collar sizes and every time I thought I had a few sizes selected, it kept turning into more.  In the end, I had 11 sizes...

~Crickets chirping~

Well, how do I know what's popular unless I make them...RIGHT??

The fabric pulling quickly became addictive because if there's one thing I do have in my fabric stash, it's BRIGHT BATIKS.  I've been collecting them for the last 4 years in varying amounts - Fat Quarters, 1/4's and 1/3's.  I realized that even if I made 5 quilts, I'd have left over fabric.  What am I saving it for exactly?  Am I saving fabric like my Grandma has saved everything her whole 92 years...for good?  Am I waiting for this mysterious "For Good" to come along?  What date is "for good" exactly?  Surely, I wasn't going to miss a few inches from some of them...right?  Each batik that I put up against Maddie, made me giddy.  Next thing I knew I was making 5 collars for each size.  Sigh.  And then Mike said, "What about Halloween?"  Yep, that made a few more collars....there went fabric from my Halloween Quilt.

SIXTY COLLARS and 13 days later....they are all made and I have them listed on Etsy.  Gasp...yeah that's right, I said 60.  Hangs my head.  SIX ZERO.  No matter how I say 60 it doesn't sound any better but they're all freakishly sitting here in a pretty box.  God forbid I do anything small.

These babies are awesome!  I just love them, they look yummy.  You and your Pooch can check the whole collection out by clicking here:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Gone to the Dogs

I made Maddie 1 collar and 2 leashes and then I realized how much I liked making them.  I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on the ones I’ve made so I decided to make a bunch of them.  I’m going to list them on Etsy and hope to sell some by word of mouth so I’ll update again when I get that far…it’s a process.  Worst case scenario, no one wants a collar and I donate them all to Elm Brook Humane Society.  Really, that’s not exactly a bad scenario either!!

First off, I had to wash and Retayne my Batiks.  What does one do when they need to dry a LOT of 1/8 yard cuts of fabric?  Why, they use the dogs kennel as a drying rack OF COURSE!!

drying rack

Here’s the color selection I have made so far.  With all the different sizes I’ve created, that’s about 36 collars.



These are the fabrics that I need to iron and top stitch.  That’s another 26 collars. 


Next up, ordering hardware!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SBS Blocks

I’m way ahead of the game!!  They are all written up, changes saved.  I’m D.O.N.E. for the year!!









Monday, August 1, 2011

Moneik’s Friendship Swap Block

Still working on Swap blocks.  This is Moneik’s that is due in August.  I believe it’s called Lover’s Lane.