You Did What?


It’s a question I often hear when people hop in my car for a ride.  I flip my visor down to block the hot Texas sun and then you see it – my two-sided round mirror attached to my visor with a dog collar – a very pretty dog collar.  The setup clearly exposes my design philosophy, first find a way to make things function (or in this case dual function), then make it pretty.  Thinking outside the box helps.  It’s really just as simple as that.

You see my Honda Element came with a mirror on the passenger visor, but not the driver visor.  I thought about it and decided if I bought a nice cosmetic mirror and could find a way to attach it to the visor, it would be especially nice as I could then also remove it for use if needed.  Think “gee I forgot to pack a mirror in my suitcase…oh yeah there is the one on the visor”  kind of thing.


Then the second part came to me; just use a nice dog collar to attach it.  I mean, they have those great snaps, which make it very easy to quickly remove the mirror, and hey, you never know when you might find a stray dog that needs your help.  It works, and I keep a couple of extra leashes in my car too.  You never know when they might come in handy!


Luck of the Irish

It’s been several weeks since I posted an article for Etsy Friday, but I am seeing green and ready for St. Patrick’s Day!


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Dog Treats

Check out these luscious all natural green dog treats from Pos Bag of Bones Bakery in New York.  They are just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  So keep the green beer for yourself and let you dog have some of these!  Each classic chicken bone is decorated with organic yogurt chip icing and sugar free sprinkles. You can even have your dog’s name added to the bones!

Two medium sized (3.5″) bones and two shamrocks (3.5″) will be wrapped and shipped to your pup like a gift.   Please keep in mind that all Saint Patrick’s Day orders must be received by March 11 to ensure that they arrive in time for the holiday.

All treats are baked to order from Pos Bag of Bones Bakery.  Original recipes have been taste tested by owner Lauren’s two pugs.  They are all made with natural and organic ingredients; no preservatives or artificial flavoring are ever used in any of their products.


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Leather Collar

This exquisite couture large leather dog collar is by Argos Collars.  The natural beauty of premium Italian leather, with a little green bling in the stone studs!  Absolutely perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day!  The leather is specially treated with oils to maintain its good looks both outdoors and indoors.  Suede liners are also available for this collar.  All hardware is made of stainless steel and stitched together with heavy duty nylon.

Shop owner, maker, and designer Dado states that “the idea was to make a product worthy of the stamp ‘Made in the USA’.  I wanted to design collars that stood out and made people turn heads. All my designs feature 5 vibrant colors that are Feng Shui elements such as Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. I am very passionate about my product and I love to see when people and their pets enjoy what i have created.”  His dog Benji inspired these wonderful products made in Los Angeles, California.


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Dog Bowl

Oh the inspiration continues!  This lovely ceramic dog bowl is made by Lauren of Lauren Bausch Original in Macon, Georgia.  Once again so pretty in green, this wheel thrown medium sized stoneware bowl will keep your canine pal happy at feeding time, and will keep you smiling every time you see it.  Signed Lauren Bausch on the bottom.  Oh yeah, and there is a bowl on her Etsy site just for kitties, too!

Lauren used a speckled brown stoneware clay and added the “Woof” bone to create this uniquely designed food bowl. It is food safe, microwave, and dishwasher friendly.  Be sure to check out Lauren’s many other pottery designs, and her blog.


Pet Valentine


Valentine Beanie

Isn’t this the most adorable Pomeranian photo you’ve ever seen?  The valentine beanie hat adorning it’s head is by Eternal Light Shop is just too precious for words!  The hat ties under the dog’s chin and obviously makes for some great photo opportunities.  The owner Priscilla uses the best quality 100% acrylic yarn and can customize the hat in different colors and sizes.  She has been crocheting since she was 12 years old, and puts a lot of love into each piece she makes!



Heart Collar

Cute, cute heart collar for your beloved dog is by Etsy seller BowWow Store.  Definitely both paws up for this one!  Custom made in various sizes, this collar features a quick release side accent buckle, wide mouth nylon slip lock buckle and a heavy weight nickel plated D-ring to attach to your pets leash. The collar is sewn on a industrial sewing machine using the strongest thread available.  A matching leash in available for some collars.  BowWow Store has been selling collars and other pet products at dog shows and craft fairs in the northeast for the past 10 years.



“Be Mine” Dog Tag

Happy Valentines Day!!  Great “Be Mine” metal dog tag by Woo Woo Workshop should get your pooch plenty of love!  The “Juliet” Woo Woo Tag™ is the shop’s newest design with triple layered metal. Made of a soldered nickel silver heart onto a scalloped copper plate with two layers of lightweight aluminum, the design just begs to be touched.  The tag has an aluminum contact backer with space for adding pet name and contact information.  Be sure to visit both Melissa’s Etsy site and her beautiful blog  to see all of her unique handmade designs.

The tag is ready for wear right out of the package, and is sealed with clear polyurethane for protection.    Woo Woo Workshop guarantees that your pet will have the coolest tag on the block.  Love is in the air!


A Big Woof!

It’s Etsy Friday and I’ve got some really great dog finds!



Border Collie Artwork

First is some fantastic original graphic artwork by Etsy seller Gemini Studio.  Artist Stephen Fowler creates giclee prints of his original illustrations on archival matte finish paper.  This particular print is 12″x12″, but custom and larger sizes are available upon request.  It is a hand signed and numbered print.

Stephen professes a “fascination with big graphic artwork, vintage/urban design, and advertising posters”. Although Gemini Studio began as a handmade greeting card company, it now includes a variety of media including graphic design, photography and illustration.  Themes include Cats & Dogs, typography, Chicago themes, Food & Drink, and other beautiful designs.  Also be sure to check out Stephen’s website at  Inspiring!  Although his art must look just fabulous on big loft walls, I’ve no doubt it will look just as nice in your home or office (or both)!


Engraved Buckle Dog Collars

 Need a colorful personalized dog collar for your pet? Or an engraved buckle on that collar?  Check out these great pieces by Shop Mimi Green!  What a fantastic idea to combine the info normally found on your dog’s tag right onto the collar’s buckle.  Your pooch will be styling and safe!  Buckles are made of a hybrid metal/plastic and are lightweight.   Washable designer fabrics stitched to tough nylon webbing make the collars both durable and easily cleaned.

This classic cotton collar comes in 5 sizes and 2 widths. No matter if you have a Great Dane or a tiny Chihuahua, a laminated cotton collar by Shop Mimi Green will fit your dog just right, be super strong and match your dog’s cool style!  Be sure to check out their collars in bridal leather (3 colors) and many wonderful shades of the softest velvet.



Dog Placemat

Bring on the messy dinner!  These great oil cloth and chalkboard placemats by Diggity Dawg Designs make cleanup a breeze. The one shown in the photo has a lovely turqoise dot border design, and comes with a single white piece of chalk in it’s own coordinated carrying case.

Personalize with your pet’s name or your own endearing words or design.  Free your imagination and get creative!  I love items that are beautifully and simply designed, yet serve a very practical purpose.   These oil cloth and chalk mats score on both counts.  They can be used on any flooring, and are easily cleaned by wiping with a wet sponge or damp towel.  Then just air dry and you are ready to go again!

Chalk Mats measure approx. 12″ x 19″ and fit standard size pet food and water bowls. There’s room for two bowls on each mat. Each comes packaged with a custom hang tag which makes them ready for gift giving.  When on the Diggity Dawg site, but sure to also check out her toy hampers and cute toys for dogs.



Dog Pillow

Val’s Art Studio makes some truly detailed and beautiful felted design pillows. I just love this one with the little terrier. So cute!  Val needle felts a “painting” out of wool roving onto recycled, felted sweater fabric.  Then she uses ribbon and trims on the pillow sides, and a coordinated print fabric for the  pillow back.  Pillows are stuffed with an organic cotton/bamboo, eco-friendly non allergic batting.  These are personalized by using a photo of your favorite pet, and then turned into either a pillow as you see here or a wall hanging.  Each is a true endeavor of love!

The measurements are approximately 9 x 11″ – 11 x 12″.  These are “art” pillows and meant for gentle/decorative use only, and can be created in either the box style design or with a ruffled trim.  Let Val know if you have a color preference and she will work with your color palette, keeping in mind that recycled sweaters are used as the base for each of these one-of-a-kind pillows.  Also, if you want, your pet’s name can be added to the design for an additional $25.00.