Idea Overload

Ever feel like there are 726,819 things you want to do but you have no time to do them? I pretty much feel like that all the time honestly but it seems to be worse lately. I decided to turn some of the want-to’s into getting-done’s so I picked a few projects and started collecting materials for them. Let me just say – it’s taken me WEEKS to collect some of these materials! It’s insane!!! There’s still one that I have to purchase… I’m having to have it custom ordered. Custom ordered people! It’s craziness I tell you. Then there’s that whole minor issue of actually accomplishing the project once I have the necessary materials. Lord knows when that’ll happen. Every time I think I’m going to have time, something else comes up. I had planned to work on these a little bit each night but I’ve changed my schedule around a bit at work and now I’m not getting home until 7pm. By the time I cook dinner, pack my gym bag, pack my lunch and eat dinner, it’s 10pm. That’s my bedtime so that means I got nothing crafty done for the day. Plus, our weekends are a blur between the have-to’s (like laundry, grocery shopping, yard work) and social events so there’s just very little time to do anything creative. I WILL find time though (if for no other reason than that the materials are currently living on my kitchen table which will eventually drive me completely batty). So, wanna know what I’m working on???

I’m working on this Bugsy Tic Tac Toe but I’m tweaking the base a bit. This is going to live outside in our backyard. In truth, my husband is going to paint the ‘bugs’ for me. I can’t paint to save my life. 🙂

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This little baggie of sweet clothespins is yet another project (source unknown). This is the one for which I’m having to custom order an item… any guesses? Yeah it’s that clothespin stamp!

Love is Sweet

 

I saw this absolutely adorable idea on a blog called A Beautiful Mess. They have some of the most creative things I’ve ever seen and their photography is amazing. I’m crazy jealous. Anywho… since we have both cats and dogs in our house, we’re going to copy cat this adorable kitty spoon rest and then try our hands at creating an equally cute puppy one. Fingers crossed!

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I have what I think is going to be a super cute idea involving this printable.

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And last but definitely not least I’m working on this cute embroidery project.

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With any luck – they’ll all be done by the end of the year. HA!

Then I can get started on the other 726,814 ideas I have.

A Furball Update

So I thought I’d give you guys a bit of an update on this situation.  

Both kitties are now spayed and declawed.  I’m normally against declawing an animal but ours are strictly indoors and Widgit was so feisty I was afraid one day she might really hurt Lita (that’s my dog).  They both healed up great and don’t seem to be missing their claws at all. 

There’s a lot of playing hide-and-go-seek in mommy’s closet.

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There’s a lot of hiding in the box on the cat tree.  This is, by far, Widgit’s favorite place to take a nap… and a bath… and to play.

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Widgit also found the place where I stash the worlds softest blanket which I use to snuggle up with while watching tv.  It’s been hard to get her out of this since she found it.

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There’s also been a lot of stealing their big sisters bed.

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And a lot of Aurora/Lita snuggle fests.

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There’s still a few occurances of Widgit beating up on her little sister but it’s getting better.  Mostly that’s because Aurora is growing up.  She’ll always be a petite little thing, but she’s learning how to take her sister on.

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Widgit is growing on me, mostly because she’s the snuggler.  And I’m her favorite person to snuggle. 

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All in all, we’re quite happy with our little family.

Window Shopping Wednesday – French Prints

I’m always on the hunt for fun and funky stuff to add to my house.  I wandered across this fun Etsy shop the other day and I just had to share with you guys!

This weeks featured shop:  French Prints

If you have kiddos then I think this Alice in Wonderland print is perfect for a kids room.

alice in wonderland book print

I have a friend who was obsessed with butterflies in highschool and now every time I see one I think of her.  I think she’d like this butterfly print.

butterfly book print

Are you a dog person?  If so, and if you happen to love Boston Terriers, then this one is for you!

boston terrier book print

I’m going through a bit of an elephant phase right now so I’m loving this print.  This one could also be super cute in a kids room.

elephant love book print

My MIL is in love with birds and when I saw this I thought of her.  This one’s for you Emma!

bird art deep in the woods book print

And last but definitely not least is this fun, quirky Christmas moose.  I sort of love him.

christmas moose book art

Thank you for shopping with me today!!!

Window Shopping Wednesday – Pink Chalk Fabric

One of my goals for 2013 was to spend more time crafting.  So far, that’s been a success.  I spent one weekend in January crafting and my February crafting day is coming up soon.  I haven’t actually gotten much accomplished… it’s more like sorting through all of my projects that are in some stage of started and figuring out where to go from there.  I’ve made a few things though.  I promise I’ll show you pictures and what not soon.

I have a bootie-load of fabric in my fabric stash so I’m not actually in the market for more.  I’ve succeeded in not purchasing any for several months now but that’s mostly due to avoiding places like Joann’s like the plague.  Haha.

I did run across this cute little shop called Pink Chalk Fabrics online the other day though (completely by accident, I swear) and I thought we could at least virtually shop for some fun fabric.

This weeks featured shop:  Pink Chalk Fabric

Kokka Nancy Wolff Space Explorers Purple

Space aliens.  On fabric.  I don’t really need to say more about this do I?

 

Alexander Henry Mecca For Moderns Mercer Park Grey

I {heart} this fabric.  So modern.  Lovely colors.  Come home with me!

 

Keiki Mind Your P's and Q's Forest Critters Cream

Forest Critters.  Eek!  So cute!

Cloud9 Fabrics Happy Drawing Too Dachshund

Dashshund fabric.  Come on now!  AND in sweaters.  Cuteness overload.

 

Etsuko Furuya Echino Fall Collection 2012 Acacia Natural

I’m going through a bit of an elephant phase right now.  Can you guess why I love this fabric?  😉

 

Kokka Dutch Door Press Matryoshka Dolls

I think this fabric is just precious.  I have no idea what I’d make using it but I love it.

 

Laurie Wisbrun Olive The Ostrich Olive Pink

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – this fabric would be so cute used in your Valentine’s decoration for next year.  Perhaps made into a dish towel?

 

Patty Sloniger Les Amis Socks the Fox Aqua

Oh holy mother… I think I just cheated on my husband.  I want, I need, I ADORE this fabric.  *DROOL*

 

Patty Sloniger Les Amis Turtle Parade Teal

Speaking of my husband… ya’ll know we have a thing for turtles in our house… (see here and here)

 

Patty Young Textured Basics Hexies Multi

I love these hexies!  It’s like paper piecing without all the work!

 

Tula Pink Salt Water Sea Stripes Aqua

The movement in this is just exquisite.

 

Oh my.  Now I want to go fabric shopping.

Sigh.

Window Shopping Wednesday

If you know me at all then you know that I have a love for all things ‘animal.’  I have a wonderful dog who I adore and I love to spoil her when I can.  She has more toys then she knows what to do with and she has food allergies so I can’t get her very many treats.  I can, however, spoil my friends dogs on occasion!

This weeks featured shop:  Harry Barker

These Country Treats would be a great Christmas gifts for the pups in your life. 

I really love these Dog Food Containers.  It looks so much nicer than giant bags of dog food hanging out on your pantry floor!

When you’re taking your pooch on a walk you should definitely have these Biodegradable Baggies with you. 

If you like to purchase gifts that give back then you should absolutely consider these Canines for Veterans Dog Treats.  First, Canines for Veterans saves dogs’ lives, rescuing them from shelters.  Next, they teach military inmates how to train these dogs to serve wounded veterans. This gives the inmates a purpose and helps rehabilitate them.  Finally, the trained dogs are paired with wounded veterans, assisting them with everyday tasks and enriching their lives. For more information please visit CaninesforVeterans.org.  A portion of the sale of this product will go to support this worthy cause.

I know my dog would looove to play tug of war with these Cotton Rope Carrots.

If you really want to spoil your pet or to celebrate the addition of a new pet how about this Gift Bucket (there are several options available)? 

Thanks for shopping with me today!  Now go take your pooch for a walk!

Trundle Coffee Table

What do you think of this Trundle Coffee Table from Ana White

I’ve gotta tell you, at first I wasn’t all that impressed.  She calls this her “20 Second Tidy Up Coffee Table” which I totally get, especially if you have kids.  However, I don’t have kids.  Well, I do, but she’s the four-legged & furry variety.  But that’s when inspiration struck!  If you have a dog I’m sure you know what I’m talking about… we have a box of her toys in one room and by the end of the day, it’s like a squeaky toy mine field in our house.  Those suckers are EVERYWHERE!  So, I wonder… could I put half of them in this coffee table and let her play with the other half and rotate them out every few days?  Would I remember to rotate them?  Would she smell them hiding in there and rip the table to shreds in an attempt to get them out?  There’s a lot to think about here….

What are your thoughts?

I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, A church filled with family and friends. I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for, He said one that would make me his wife. ~ Author Unknown

In a few months the Hubs and I will celebrate two years of marriage.  Part of me cannot believe that it’s only been two years but naturally, there’s another part of me that can’t believe it’s already been two years.  Isn’t that always the case? 

A friend of mine was over the other night and we were looking at a few pictures I’d taken (which were awful, btw) of her wedding and she said ‘the one thing I wish I’d done is get a photographer.  I don’t really have any pictures.’  Then today, I read an article on a blog I read called What Junebug Loves about how to incorporate your waggly-tailed furball into your wedding.  It was my original plan to have our sweet four-legged child walk down the isle with one of my bridesmaids and she would be ‘wearing’ a pillow which held our wedding rings.  In essence, she’d be the flower girl.  Unfortunately my pup has lots of medical issues that were just way too complicated to get around and we ended up not having her there on our special day.  I’d have to say that’s my one big regret that I have about my wedding.  I wish we’d found a way to incorporate her. 

The only other thing that I didn’t plan for was the photographer taking pictures of my wedding dress without me in it.  Did you know that there are these gorgeous hangers made specifically for this purpose?  Apparently that’s relatively common knowledge and I just totally skipped over that nifty idea when I was planning for my wedding.  My personal favorites are ones like these (click pictures for source)…

So, this got me to thinking – if you’re married and you had a wedding, what do you regret (if anything)?  Or, instead of regret, perhaps I should say, what would you have changed? 

Also – do you think that you and your spouse will do a vow renewal ceremony at some point?  If so, will it be a big to-do like the ‘first time’ or will it be something small and intimate?  When do you think it’s appropriate to do a vow renewal?  After 10 years?  25?  50?  Personally I love the idea of vow renewal ceremonies.  My dream would be to have all of my family and friends join my Husband and I for a destination renewal somewhere gorgeous and exotic (Greece or Fiji anyone?).  I think we’ll wait until at least 25 years of marriage before we plan this though!

Can’t wait to see what you guys have to say!

Window Shopping Wednesday – Lifeguard Press

Hi friends!  So what did you think of my first installment of Window Shopping Wednesday that I posted last week?  Good?  Bad?

I’m not in the market for anything specific right now so I just picked a random store and went perusing.  Here are the goodies I fell in love with.

This weeks featured shop:  Lifeguard Press

This Jonathan Adler Die Cut Notepad in ‘Turtle’ just makes me smile.  We all know that the Hubs and I have a thing for turtles.  I might just have to get this little guy for the Hubs’ Christmas stocking!  These little guys also come in crabs, elephants, fish and whales.  The whale is super cute too.

Isn’t this Jonathan Adler Dog Bowl Mat in Plume fun?  It just makes me happy to look at it.

I think that these Jonathan Adler Fireplace Matches in Aztec Diamond are just fabulous and would make the cutest hostess gift during the holidays for someone who you know has a wood burning fireplace.  There also on sale right now for half price.  SCORE!

Another great gift is this Lilly Pulitzer Personalized Ice Bucket in Private Party.  Great for people who love to entertain!  There are several more styles available as well.

Go check out all of the other great products at Lifeguard Press!

I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it’s a man or a dog; they’re the best for everyday. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Hi all!  It was another fulfilling day at the local animal shelter.  I know I mostly post about dogs on here but please note that kitten season is in full swing and shelters across the country are flooded with them.  There were over a dozen small kittens available at this one shelter alone.  If you’ve ever considered getting a cat, now is the time! 

Here are the babies I worked with…

Gator

Howdy ya’ll!  My name is Gator and I’m a Basset Hound mix.  Like most Basset’s I am completely scent driven.  This means that I definitely need a fenced in yard because I’ll want to investigate any good smells outside my home.  I need a good walk every day but you’ll need to teach me to heel.  I’m pretty strong too so you’ll need a good arm!  I am super friendly and would love to have kids to play with.  I even know the command ‘sit’!  Please come down and take me on a sleep over today!

Sydney

Aren’t I just the sweetest little girl you ever did see?  I am so incredibly sweet I might just melt when it rains.  I get along great with other dogs and would probably be ok with cats too.  I don’t know the command ‘heel’ but I’m very easy to walk.  I even know how to sit on command!  I’d be great for a family or for an older person who wants a quiet, loving companion.  I’m even apartment sized!  I will need a good brushing a few times a week and to be taken to the groomer approximately every six weeks.  Please come see me today!!

Chrissy

I have a big, sassy girl attitude all wrapped up in a pint-sized package.  I like some dogs but I prefer them to be small like me.  I’m not afraid of anything and I think I should be wearing diamonds or pearls to showcase the diva I am.  I’m very sweet but I would prefer not to be picked up which means I would do better with older children.  Won’t you come take me on a sleep over today?

Tracker

Hidey ho neighbor!  My name is Tracker and I’m a hound mix.  I walk great at ‘heel’ and even know how to sit on command!  I like other dogs and would love to have a forever home of my own.  I’d be good with kids and just need a 30-minute walk twice a day to keep my energy level in check.  Please come see me today!

Sally

Hi there!  I’m Sally!  I’m a Husky mix which means that in this Texas heat I definitely need to be an inside dog.  I need access to a yard for bathroom breaks but otherwise I want to be lounging in the AC.  I’m not really a fan of other dogs so I’d prefer to be in an only dog household.  I’m a great leash-walker, I don’t pull AT ALL!  I know the commands ‘sit’ and ‘lay down’ too!  Won’t you please come see me today?

Mia

 

Hi friends!  My name is Mia.  Aren’t I cute?  I have the cutest little white moustache.  I am super loveable and would love to snuggle with you and be petted all day.  I’m not crazy about being picked up though so I would do best with older children.  I have a spunky personality and definitely am energetic so I need a lot of play time to keep me entertained.  Having lots of toys or another cat are some ways to accommodate those needs.  Please come take me on a sleep over today!

A dog is for life, and not just for Christmas. ~ National Canine Defense League slogan

I had a friend call me the other day to ask me questions about shots for a dog that she’s fostering.  She has three dogs of her own and has been fostering dogs on and off for years.  Even with all these dogs, she still had questions regarding the proper vaccinations.  I thought about it after our call and I realized how many of the people who fostered dogs for the animal shelter I used to work for had the same questions or worse, no questions at all.  The truth is that many people out there don’t know the proper vaccination schedule and/or don’t realize that dogs need to be vaccinated just like humans.  So, I thought we’d do a little informative post today. 

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All dogs should get their shots.  These shots consist of Rabies, Bordetella, and a shot called DA2PPC. 

  1. We’re all familiar with Rabies so I’m going to skip that one. 
  2. Bordetella is a shot that prevents kennel cough.  Now, you might be thinking ‘I don’t board my dog anywhere’ and therefore I don’t need to prevent kennel cough.  You’d be WRONG.  In the course of your dog’s life it will probably go on walks and meet other dogs, possibly go to dog parks and definitely go to a vets’ office.  In any or all of these places your dog will be susceptible to kennel cough (think of it like a doggie cold).  You’re miserable when you get a cold right?  Why make your pet suffer through that when all it takes is a simple routine vaccination to prevent it? 
  3. DA2PPC – this shot is a vaccination cocktail preventing canine distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, canine parvovirus, and canine coronavirus.  I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck all those diseases are so I’m going to tell you…
    1. Canine Distemper – this is a super scary disease for dogs.  Statistically, most dogs who contract this virus do not survive (75%). If they do survive, most dogs will have permanent neurological damage and young ones will have tooth enamel damage leading to major medical problems down the line.  Also, your wallet will have permanent damage.  It can cost into the thousands of dollars to treat a dog with canine distemper because more often than not they have to be kept in doggie ICU for several days to several weeks.  Unfortunately, distemper is extremely easy to spread.  The symptoms include nasal and eye discharge, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, fever that may come and go, and seizures.  Worst of all, there is no specific treatment for Canine Distemper.  Treatment is largely supportive (IV fluids, meds to ease the seizures, etc).
    2. Adenovirus type 2 – this is basically doggie HIV.  Initially, the virus affects the tonsils and larynx causing a sore throat, coughing, and occasionally pneumonia. As it enters the bloodstream, it can affect the eyes, liver, and kidneys. As the liver and kidneys fail, you may notice seizures, increased thirst, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Unvaccinated dogs of all ages are at risk, however, the disease is most common in dogs less than a year old. Death can result as soon as two hours after the initial signs. Again, there is no specific treatment for this disease (just like with Canine Distemper).  Treatment is largely supportive (IV fluids, etc).
    3. Parainfluenza –  Just like kennel cough is similar to a cold in dogs, Parainfluenza is similar to the flu.  The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching.  In more severe cases, the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever, lost of appetite, pneumonia, and in very severe cases, even death. Fortunately, there is a treatment for this disease using super-strong antibiotics.
    4. Canine Parvovirus – this is the scariest of all common doggie diseases (Canine Distemper is second) that people in an animal shelter environment worry about on a daily basis.  It is the most common infectious disease in dogs in the United States.  The number one symptom of Parvo is diarrhea that is often bloody.  What makes it even scarier is that the virus can live on anything (and everything) for five months… your clothes, your sofa, the grass in your backyard, you name it.  Anything that comes into contact with the Parvo virus should be wiped repeatedly in a bleach solution (some people even have to go as far as bleaching and killing all the grass in their yards).  The incubation time for the virus is 7-14 days which means that the dog may have the virus (and be spreading it everywhere) before it begins to show signs 14 days later.  The majority of cases of disease are seen in dogs less than 6 months of age with the most severe cases seen in puppies younger than 12 weeks of age. There are also significant differences in response to parvovirus infections and vaccines among different breeds of dogs, with Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Labrador Retrievers being more susceptible than other breeds.  There are two types of the Parvo virus.  With the most common, the symptoms will include vomiting (often severe), diarrhea, dehydration, dark or bloody feces, and in severe cases, fever.  The second most common type progresses very rapidly – with death occurring as early as two days from onset.  Again, the treatment for Parvo is mostly supportive (keeping the animal hydrated through IV fluids).  In some severe cases, blood transfusions may be necessary.  Undertaking the treatment of affected dogs and puppies without professional veterinary care is very difficult. Even with the best available care, the mortality of severely infected animals is extremely high. Without the correct amount of properly balanced intravenous fluids, the chance of recovery in a severely stricken animal is very small.
    5. Canine Coronavirus– this disease is the second leading diarrhea-causing disease in dogs (second to Parvo).  Unlike Parvo, vomiting is not common.  Unfortunately, many puppies who have Parvo also have Coronavirus, and vice versa.  Mortality rates in puppies with both diseases are as high as 90%.  Fortunately, it is easier to kill this virus on inanimate surfaces (your clothing, furniture, lawn) than it is to kill Parvo.  As with canine Parvovirus, there is no specific treatment for canine Coronavirus. It is very important to keep the patient, especially puppies, from developing dehydration. Water must be force fed or specially prepared fluids can be administered under the skin (subcutaneously) and/or intravenouslyto prevent dehydration.

Ok, so I know that was long and nasty but it’s really good information to know.  Now, you need to know WHEN to give your dog its shots.  It’s really easy.  As early as 3-4 weeks the dog should get an intranasal (nose spray) injection for Bordetella.  As early as possible (5 weeks at the earliest) the dog should get a shot for Parvo.  At 6, 9, 12, and 15 weeks the dog should get a combo shot cocktail (the DA2PPC).  Also, if you live geographically in an area where it’s necessary, the dog should get a Lyme preventative at 12 and 15 weeks.  At 12 weeks, the dog should get its Rabies shot.  Adults should get boosters of all of the above on a yearly basis.  ***If adopting  a puppy, make sure it’s had the shots listed above (in the required quantities based on age).  If you’re adopting an adult dog, you should see one of each type of injection on their medical form. 

Ok – last but not least – all dogs should be on Heartworm Preventative.  You need to get this from your vet.  You give your dog a pill or a little chewy tablet once a month… easy peasy.  You also need to have your pet tested yearly to ensure that there aren’t any heartworms that slipped past.  Heartworms are a MISERABLE way for an animal to live.  I mean, seriously…. Would you want to live with this?

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Now, I’m not stupid.  I realize how truly expensive all of this can get.  The part of me that worked in an animal shelter says that if you couldn’t afford the dog you shouldn’t have gotten it in the first place.  The part of me that’s a pet owner to a truly expensive special needs dog knows that sometimes, no matter how prepared you are, you’re not prepared enough.  There’s a great article here that you can read that goes through the cost.  What I can tell you is that sometimes you get a dog like ours and that changes things DRASTICALLY.  Our dog has severe food allergies and is on a special diet.  She also has knee and hip problems (common in Labradors) and is on joint pills.  It also depends on the vet you go to.  Places like Banfield or your local Humane Society will offer services at a much lower cost.  We use VCA.  We pay more for it, but I think we get better care.  Regardless of where your dog gets its shots, the shots and the heartworm preventative are a MUST!

Alrighty folks – I hope that helps.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.  I’m by no means a vet, but if I can help answer them I will. 

* Most of my information (that I didn’t know from working with dogs for years and years) was found on the website Peteducation.com – it’s a great source!