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One-piece Fall Foliage Print Dog Shirt and Tan “Pants” with Fake Fly & Buttoned “Waistband”

30 Jun

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30 Jun

During the past few days I’ve been really busy, between sewing a custom Dog Sailor Shirt for a Min Pin owned by a lady in Massachusetts (business is picking up – YAY!) and taking care of miscellaneous stuff including getting a replacement part for my sewing machine so I could finish the order on time (I hate like anything to keep people waiting!).  As usual, because of my perfectionistic nature (in this case, an attribute) I fussed over the measurements and the overall appearance of the garment, including ironing and folding it nicely so that it’s bandbox appearance would hit the buyer in the eye when she takes it out of the shipping envelope.  I know detail-orientedness is common among the Swiss, and I have some Swiss ancestry, so that could have something to do with what, as I said, is an attribute when it comes to my work.

Today I also listed another fleece garment, a one-piece Fall colors print shirt and tan “pants” with a buttoned “waistband” and fake fly (see pic).  To me, part of the fun of designing and making dog apparel is creating styles that resemble those of people’s clothing.  After all, don’t some of us toy breed dog owners (including me) treat our dogs like little people?  Sophisticated and juvenile styles are, I think, just right on them – a feeling shared by friends who suggested when Dominique was a puppy that I.sell dog clothes   It did well on eBay, and since I opened my Etsy Shop it’s gotten enough Favorites to wallpaper a house.  I feel really encouraged by the positive feedback, too.  Thanks to that I’m more relaxed about it than I was at the beginning; starting a business is scary, although not so much when you’ve had prior experience with it.

Dominique isn’t as fluffy in her present photos as she was when she first started modeling my items.  She’s shed her bison-like winter coat.  But in a few more months I’ll be picking what I call Pomeranian Polka Dots, shed in preparation for growth of her winter coat, off my honey-colored wall-to-wall carpet.  Maybe I should talk to my landlord about getting black carpet (fat chance).  I’m grateful he allows dogs!  A lot of them don’t.

 

Have a great day!  Be back later.

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Dog Dress with Lime & White Argyle Bodice and Multicolored Ladybug Print Skirt

25 Jun

Dog Dress with Lime & White Argyle Bodice and Multicolored Ladybug Print Skirt

25 Jun

During the last three days it’s been Treasury Time for my Shop.  In addition to curating the
“Kaleidoscope of Kolorful Kreations (Pom Moms Team)” Treasury Friday and the Gulf Coast Crafters’ “A Square Deal” on Saturday, in that three-day period four of my items was included in five Treasuries!  Day before yesterday the Lavender, Pink, Navy and Black Dress was featured in the “Pink and Purple – Two of the Few Colors Pomeranians DON’T Come In” Treasury.  Saturday saw the Multicolored Daisies Dress in the “Let’s Go Outside and Play” Treasury, and the Dark Burgundy and Orange Corduroy Coat in the “Gulf Coast Crafters'” Treasury.  Today there were two inclusions: the Rose Victorian Dress with the Panels and Flower-Printed Underskirt was included in the “Pink” Treasury, and the Multicolored Daisies Dress (again) in the “What’s on Your Mind?” Treasury.  Whew!

Yesterday’s and today’s Favorites have pawsitively exploded, too, with yesterday’s totaling 39 (36 listing and 3 Shop), and today’s was a whopping – I kid you not! – 62, subdivided into 57 listing and 5 Shop! 

The tropical storm hovering over the Gulf has dumped rain here all day, with no letup.  Every time it starts to rain here I wonder if it’ll be one of those short-term storms which, in the South, occur often during the summer, but this one won’t stop until Debby (I think that’s the storm’s name) skedaddles.  The gray sky made for a mediocre photo for today’s listing, and as soon as it clears up I”; take Dom and the dress outside to snap some decent pics.  I can’t wait!

My 6-month-old sewing machine is on the fritz.  For better visualization while threading, I always take the needle out and hold it in a hand,.  Yesterday evening I had sewn part of my new listing when I needed to put a new spool on the machine.  Try as I might, I could not insert the needle into the cylinder!  I called my mechanically minded next-door neighbor over, and after fussing with it for a while she was finally able to put it in.  This afternoon I was again unable to insert the needle.  Despite my neighbor’s and my best efforts, we could not put it in.  I’ll have to take it (sigh) to a repair shop.  As I think of how reputable Janome sewing machines are supposed to be, I shake my head. 

 

I’ll upload the mediocre pic, then close for now.  Have a wonderful day and give your furbabies, if you have any, a hug from Dom and me!

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22 Jun

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Several excitin…

22 Jun

Several exciting things happened to me today.  First of all, at 5 p.m. I listed a Victorian-style dog dress with a rose-printed bodice and pair of panels on the skirt,, with a cream, rose and leaf green flower print on the underskirt and a pink satin rose at the “waist” (see pic.)  Within the next five hours it garnered seven Favorites!  All told, sixty-eight of my seventy-seven items have at least one Favorite.

What else was exciting?  I curated an Etsy Treasury for the first time, the Kaleidoscope of Kolorful Kreations (Pom Moms Team) Treasury.  It’s a compilation of  dazzingly colorful multicolored creations – a dog collar, a crocheted dog sweater, beads, bags  illustrations, a Caribbean headband, and a pair of vintage salt & pepper shakers – from ten Shops owned by Pomeranian owners and fans.  You’ve gotta see it!  Not counting the time I spent trying to figure out how to copy & paste the photos, which caused me untold frustration, and getting nowhere (a good Samaritan on Etsy’s Site Help Forum ended up advising me to type the listing numbers into the slots, which thankfully turned the tables), it took a surprisingly short time to select the items.  Maybe I should qualify that: the time always goes fast when you’re having fun!

Yesterday I came across an online article about an intriguing drink for pets: Bowser Beer.  The alcohol-free brew was developed by a farmer’s market pretzel vendor, Jenny Brown.  Dog owners purchasing from her lamented at the unavailability of a beverage with which their dogs could wash down pretzels.  She started doing research on the subject and came up with her first product, Beefy Brown Ale, made of a beef-barley mixture.  Next thing we’ll find out about: beer bellies on dogs.

 That’s all for now.  Have a wonderful day!

 

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Flannel Dress with Chocolate Bodice, Rick-Rack & Bow, and Skirt with Monkey Print

19 Jun

Flannel Dress with Chocolate Bodice, Rick-Rack & Bow, and Skirt with Monkey Print