dog

Doggie Bow Tie DIY

Last week I snagged some adorable anchor fabric while thrifting and knew I needed to find a good excuse to use it. That's when I realized it was high time Mr.Weston got his fancy on, right? Doggie bow tie it is!

FOR THE BOW TIE

Supplies : 2 pieces of fabric 6.25 x 8.25 inches + 1 peices of fabric 6x3 inches (Note - if you have a small dog you might want to downsize this so the bow isn't bigger then their head!)

1// Sew the two large rectangles right sides together (the print on both should be touching), leaving a 1-2 inch gap between start and end seams. Use your gap to turn your fabric right side out, sew your gap closed and iron flat. 2// Fold the small rectable in half lengthwise, with the right sides together, and sew a seam down the raw edges. 3// Turn the small rectangle (now more of a tube) right side out, fold in half and sew about half way down. Trim excess  and turn inside out so your seam in on the inside. 4// Slip the small band you just made over the middle of the large rectangle and "fluff" the side.

Now you can either attach it to a collar you already have or you cane make your own to match...

FOR THE COLLAR

Suplies : 1 peice of fabric 3 inches x the width of your dogs neck plus 2 inches + a buckle set (sold at most fabric stores and Hobby Lobby's)

1// Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew a seam close to the raw edges all the way down. Turn right side out (a long crochet hook is very handy for this!) and iron seam flat. 2// fold over end twice and sew down, repeat for other end. 3// Fish one fabric end through one buckle and sew fabric to itself to keep the buckle in place. Try the collar on your pooch and slip the other buckle over the other end to make sure you've got a good fit (you can slide it down and safety pin it to keep it in place). Sew end in place.

Sew your bow on and you're done!

Oh and Weston is totally ready to start his modeling carreer, he will gladly work for treats!

Meet Weston

We have a new family member! This is Weston. He's a Corgie mix that we adopted this weekend. We had only just started looking around at shelters when we came across him. We've horribly missed our Krammer over the last month and a half and decided it was maybe time to start looking at some local shelters. I knew it was an easy trap to fall into to look for another dog like our Krammer so we really were keeping an open mind, and I'm glad we did. Weston is a lot different then we're used to, but he is one of the sweetest and smartest little guys. He also loved to play and take car rides so I'm pretty excited to take him on trips this summer. Oh, and he loves his chicken sisters too, so that's a plus! It's so amazing to me that a dog like him was abandoned, he really is such a great little guy.

How was everyone's weekend?

DIY : Pet Silhouette Art

Fine and Feathered Blog

A while ago I came across this photo collage and fell in love (ps if anyone has an original link for it I'd love to know where it's from)! I love animals, so naturally I decided that eventually when we have our own house this idea is absolutely is taking over an entire wall. But I got to thinking about it and thought it would be so cute to do some of the silhouettes from our actual animals! Of course, the pupster is our baby so he got to have his done first.

What you need : Photoshop (I use PS Elements 6.. I know I'm way behind on the times..), heavy cardstock to print on, and a frame, and a photo of your pet.

I started with this photo:

Fine and Feathered Blog

It was actually snapped with a camera phone by a friend. So they photo you choose doesn't need to be high quality, but you do want it to be a good side shot of your pet.

Fine and Feathered Blog
Fine and Feathered Blog
Fine and Feathered Blog

Start by just using your eraser to trace along the outline of your pet and then erasing the rest of the photo. If your guy has a bushy tail like mine, you can go wide around it and we'll deal with that next (if yours doesn't, you can just skip down a little!).

Fine and Feathered Blog
Fine and Feathered Blog

Fluffy tails are definitely the tricky part, I used the magic wand tool to grab non-tail pieces and delete them until I had just the basic fluff left. At this point it doesn't need to be perfect.

Fine and Feathered Blog
Fine and Feathered Blog

Using the magic wand, grab all of the white surrounding your little guy, go select > inverse (this will grab any parts of your pet) and then "delete" (just make sure you change your defualt delete color to something other than white, other wise you'll just end up with a white piece of paper!).

Fine and Feathered Blog

Once you have just the silhouette you can go back in and touch up the tail. I rounded my edges off a bit with the eraser so it didn't look so jagged.

Fine and Feathered Blog
Fine and Feathered Blog

Once you have that all done you can go back in and change the colors to whatever you'd like! I originally played around with doing the same colors they had used in the photo that inspired me, but all of my frames are a dark wood and decided it'd be more fun to do the backround a nice crisp white.

Then it's time to frame!

Fine and Feathered Blog

Hope that wasn't too confusing! It's quite simple, really, and took less then ten minutes to do.

Fine and Feathered Blog

I am totally in love with it! Maybe that's because it's my baby but either way - I adore it! I can't wait to do more and one day have a whole wall filled:)