I have always wanted to photograph the live oak tree that our city lights every year for Christmas, and this year I did! Hope you enjoy it.
I just love these new leaf id pet bandanas. They come in green leaf and pink leaf. You can see the listing on my websiste here!
She’s hungry. Ok, so she’s really not hungry because you just gave her a treat 30 minutes ago, but hey that’s no reason to stop asking. And ask she does, with just the sweetest little “Feed me NOW” meows she can utter from her not-so-hungry round self. And then she adds emphasis by wrapping herself around your legs over and over again, to the point where you are certain tripping is inevitable. She literally leads the way to her food bowl as her meows become more plaintive.
She stares at the ceiling and meows repeatedly. You can’t help but follow her eyes. What does she see up there? Is she crazy? She continues to meow and stare, and you find yourself staring along with her. Seriously, WHAT DOES SHE SEE UP THERE??? You reason it must be a bug, probably a big bug, and your body prepares for a flight response. Hers prepares for a pounce response.
She’s being pestered by another cat, or the dog, or a child. She screams so loud that you are absolutely certain that there is a mountain lion in your house. You are so startled you spill your drink and have to gather your composure as you wonder how something so loud could possibly have come from her tiny little body. Naw…you must have imagined that.
She wants in, she wants out. She wants in, she wants out. She wants in, she wants out, and she is vocalizing her discontent with the idiot that randomly placed these architectural blocks throughout the house! They can serve no purpose.
She gives a low, almost inaudible growl. She is warning you not to move her from her current resting spot unless you have antiseptic meds and bandages close at hand.
She sees a bird or squirrel just outside the window. Ok, hunting time. Her jaw quivers and the chattering is incessant. You reason that those desk drawer glides really do need replacing, until you realize that your kitty is just doing a little impossible stalking of the outside critters. The chattering continues until the fortunate bird flies away or until the squirrel finds a bigger pecan tree. Life is bitter for an indoor cat!
She hisses, not unlike the classic Halloween cat, in fear or as a warning to other cats or dogs to keep their distance.
She wants affection, and gives a little “ttrrrrrr” when you pet her, or a “I’m just so happy you are in my life” meow. Now these are the best sounds ever, especially when followed by eyes that search your soul and a kitty blissfully curled up in your lap. Or maybe lying stretched across your chest. The house is peaceful and quite now, and all is right with the world. You decide that your kitty has the right idea, and join her for an afternoon nap.
About a week ago my dog Gracie gave me a bit of a scare. I turned on the back porch light and let her outside for one last time for the evening before going to bed. It was about 10:00pm, and as soon as she stepped out onto our back patio and into the semi-darkness, she immediately took out after something she had seen. She veered left and to some trees just off the patio. We had a clay basin with water on the patio (with temps this week at 100 degrees), and I was sure something had been getting a drink when I opened the door to let her out. I went out after her and didn’t see anything. Afraid it might be a possum or who knows what, I got her back inside as quickly as possible.
After getting her settled in her bed for the night, I went back and turned on the patio light again, making sure all other house lights were off, and watched to see if whatever she was chasing might come back for more water…and they did. To my great surprise, and enjoyment, a pair of tiny screech owls came to drink at the basin. At first I thought they were doves, but the body shape was all wrong – and then one of them turned their head almost backwards to peer in the window at me! Little golden eyes in the night, they made quick flights in and out of the trees to the water, and hopped and gave short flight on the patio chasing evening bugs. I stood and watched them for about 15 minutes until they disappeared completely into the darkness. I guess I always thought of owls as big birds, but these certainly were not. Still, they are predators with talons, so Gracie had best leave them alone!
Well, the recent Austin Pet Expo I attended is over. I have been reluctant to attend a big event like this, and I think I now remember why – they are a lot, and I mean a lot, of work! It was a fun event and I handed out dozens of business cards and met lots of pets and their owners. I think the best thing about any in-person event is getting to meet folks directly and talk about your products/business. And you get really great feedback. People tell you what they do – and don’t – like, and why. I consider all input good and informative, letting it serve as a basis for possible product refinement and new creations. One thing I saw at the event was people carrying their small breed dogs in slings, so when I find time that may very well be my next new design! My best seller at the expo was my new pet idBandanas, which I will be writing more about soon.
One really neat thing I finally was able to use at the pet expo was my Shopify card reader. I used it on my iPad (after first testing it at home), and it worked beautifully. Honestly it worked so well that I think I could just sell things from anywhere, just like you see in the commercials. Perhaps I should carry it, along with my new pet bandanas, in my purse. Hmmm…
I also know that I don’t want to do a really large event like this again. I think something much smaller, and even closer to home, would work much better for me. I would be interested in attending a fair that only requires a 6′ folding table and a couple of chairs, along with a limited number of my smaller products like bandanas, toys, blankets, and crate mats. I don’t want to think that all my preparation work and extra things I had to purchase or create for this event will be wasted by not having another event, I just want to keep it smaller and more manageable. I am certain that there will be at least one local fall craft fair that will suit me perfectly!
That being said, my other decision since the Expo ended is to put my crafts back on Etsy. Etsy admittedly has the greatest global marketplace, and has been the best overall venue for me. It worked for me prior to blogging, social media, and attending any craft events, and that’s really saying something. I do still hope that in time my new shop website will replace my Etsy shop, but for now products will be listed in both locations. I will be spending time the next couple of weeks getting everything re-listed on Etsy, with product descriptions that match those on my new site. Fall has always been an especially busy time for me as a crafter, and I know that September is sneaking up quickly.
The best comment I received at the Austin Pet Expo-
Your creations take pet products to a whole ‘nother level!
Glad you think so!