Ever since Koly and Fe got their new dog beds, they’ve kind of been bugging me.Don’t get me wrong. The beds are adorable and I love them. They’re still the perfect fit for our decor – dark background to hide the black puggle hair with just a splash of bold colour. Something was… missing, though. As much as I loved them, they just didn’t seem complete. Then it hit me: I hate an undressed bed. A home decor magazine would never show a human mattress just tossed on the floor with a fitted sheet on it! No! They would have a lovely frame and a variety of pillows to soften it up. That was exactly what my dog beds were missing. For weeks, I’ve been sketching and planning and dreaming of the perfect dog bed frame, but I’ve been stuck. See, I have a very specific type of leg in mind – short hair pin legs. They’re wildly expensive, but I think they’ll be worth it when the design is done. I just have to find them! In the mean time, I set about doing what I could to dress up the beds with pillows. I’ve spent untold hours fabric shopping. There’s so much out there. Nothing seemed…right. It was all too loud, too patterny or too sold and too boring. I decided our first pillow needed to be a statement piece. I’m absolutely in love with pillows that have quotes on them. I have a ton of them – Harry Potter quote, Peter Pan, dieting humour and more. This time, I knew I needed a dog quote, one of my favourite dog quotes. The only problem? I can barely write neatly in pen! LOL, the thought of trying to write fluidly in fabric puff paint was insane. I tried it, just once freehand and I made such a mess that I threw the fabric out. *humpf* I did a little Google searching and found out there is a much easier way to put paint onto fabric: freezer paper stencils. Holy woof! It’s so very easy. Here’s what you need: 2 – 19 x 19 squares of heavy weight fabric (I used black denim from the bargain bin – $3 score!) Matching thread Polyfil or other pillow stuffer 2 shades of Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint Freezer paper (not waxed paper) Sewing Machine and/or hand sewing needle Let’s do this! Print your chosen quote on regular printer paper or download the one I used here. (I decided to mix my fonts. The script is called Clementine Sketch and the block font Impact Condensed). Lay a piece of freezer paper, waxy side down, over your print out and trace the outline of your letters. (Don’t worry about making it perfect! Ok you guys… this is LEGIT the hardest part of this DIY dog pillow. Use an X-Acto craft knife to cut the outline of your letters. Centre the wax paper on your fabric, right side up. Heat your iron to the appropriate temperature for your fabric. Press the iron over the freezer paper, smoothing out wrinkles and securing the freezer paper in place. (The wax part will melt slightly, which will keep it in place without leaving a mark. Fancy, right?) Fill in your letters with Tulip Dimensional Fabric paint. Allow paint to dry for 30 minutes or so, then carefully peel away the freezer paper, taking care not to smudge the paint. (If you let it dry completely, you could end up with freezer paper stuck to the paint.) Set the panel is a safe place, away from curious dog noses and allow paint to dry for 48 hours.
One of the very best things about what I do is that I get the chance to nerd out over cool dog crafts with people who are just excited as I am.As much as I love making projects of my own, I also really really love when you guys share your projects with me. The other day, we were hanging out on the Kol’s Notes facebook page, when our friend Sofie shared a project that Brody the Puggle made at daycare to help celebrate Halloween.
Ohmiwoof! He painted his own Halloween pumpkin!What a ridiculously adorable idea! And seriously, it’s so easy that even at this late stage in the game, you can totally get this project done before the spooky day. Here’s what you need: Non-toxic, washable children’s paint Pumpkin or a craft Funkin <- affiliate link Let’s do this: If you’re working with Kolchak or a dog like him, lay down a large, large drop cloth. Dip their paw in paint and blot off the excess with a napkin or extra paper. Place paws firmly on the pumpkin. Wipe paws and change paint colours as often as desired. Allow paint to dry. If you’re using a craft pumpkin, consider sealing it with spray shellac.
How woofing cute, right?!What a quick, simple and SUPER adorable puppy craft project. I can’t wait to try this with Koly and Fe tomorrow! Have you ever made puppy pawprint pumpkins?
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A few weeks ago, we shared how we’re helping Fe’s ACL by limiting jumping and teaching him to use pet stairs to get on and off the couch.In fact, for those who have been following along, we’ve been sharing the on going saga of Fe’s torn ACL’s and our adventures in conservative management, both with the right leg last year and the left leg this summer. These stairs, along with a ramp for our bed and a passel of rehab and alternative therapies mean that Fe is healing exactly the way I want him to. After a bunch of training, Felix is using his stairs pretty consistently now. I still occasionally catch him hopping on or off the couvh like a kangaroo, but those moments are getting fewer and far between. Now that I’m convinced the steps are here to stay, it was time to give them a make over. There are a lot of things I love about the Solvit PupSTEPS – They’re nice and sturdy because they’re made of wood, not plastic. They are collapsible, so you can fold them down and tuck them away when you have company. They’re lightweight, so I can move them around myself, with little effort. There’s only one thing I don’t love about them: They’re a dark stain and a dark brown felt. You guys, my living room is all greys and blacks and beiges. These brown stairs look so, so out of place. I don’t mind doing what I need to to make life easier for Fe, but I also don’t want a big, bulky mismatched set of stairs to be the first thing people see when they walk into our living room.
Luckily, the Solvit PupSTEP pet stairs are wood which means you can easily refinish them to match any decor in just 3 or 4 easy steps!… [read more]
I absolutely love discovering DIY Pet Art projects.Love it. I have an entire wall of custom art featuring my dogs and the crazy dog lady in me always wants more. This weekend, I discovered this super simple, so fancy DIY Dog Silhouette project made by Tori at Wag. Wear. Repeat. and I lost my mind. (I lose my mind over there a lot to be honest. Tori is stylish, crafty, handy and I’m pretty much always excited by what she has to share. OMG, her acrylic dining room chairs, you guys. WANT TO BE HAVING. I digress.) All that crafty brilliance really shows in this super simple, so woofing fancy metallic backed pet silhouette project. The whole thing is so easy to do, it’s SUPER affordable (like under $10) and if you wanted to, you could customize it with a silhouette based on your pet. I love how it add just a hint of shine and I think it’s absolutely BRILLIANT how she “created” the round, metallic board. I’m already planning a woof load of projects using this same technique – can you say Christmas art?!
Head over to Wag. Wear. Repeat. to find out how Tori made these awesome DIY Pet Silhouette Paintings.
At Casa de Kolchak, we love chilling out on our deck.In the summer, we like to be out there all day, as much as possible. When you’re chilling out in the sun all day, you need to stay hydrated. Last week, we shared our frozen bowl for dogs, which is out favourite way to keep our water bowl cold, but what about the humans? We’ve got to stay hydrated too. Besides, enjoying a few beverages on the deck with friends is an important part of summer!
I wanted to infuse a little dog love into a fun DIY Serving Tray.
I should have known it was totally too good to be true.I mean, since I got beck from BlogPaws in Vegas, the weather has been pretty woofing good. A bit of light rain here and there, but nothing like the torrential downpours we get all winter. It’s been so nice out that apparently, I’ve lost my umbrella. WHOMP WHOMP. Not exactly what you want to discover when your dog is whining to go out and the skies are unleashing enough water that it’s time to think about building an Ark.
I started searching the big wide interwebz for a replacement umbrella, preferably one with a doggy twist.I was so excited when I found this tutorial on how to make a Design It Yourself Umbrella over at Paper, Plate and Plane and I am in love with the “raining cats and dogs” design that she shared!
Here’s what you need: 1 unfinished wood crate (She got hers from Joann’s but if you used your 40% off coupon at Michaels, they would be woofing cheap!!) 4 castors Small screws for the castors (choose ones that are both thin and short, so they don’t crack the wood or stick out) Stain or Paint (or you can leave it au naturel. Heather had stain kicking around from an old project.) Lightly sand any slightly rough areas on the crate. If desired, paint or stained everything except the bottom. All paint/stain to set for a few hours or overnight, then flip and paint/stain the bottom. Watch out for drips! Smooth them out and wipe off any excess paint/stain. Allow the bottom to dry completely When your crate is completely dry, you can add the casters. DO THIS CAREFULLY! The pre-made crate uses thin wood. You want to use small screws and proceed VERY slowly so you do not split the wood. If you do get minor splits, you can put a little wood glue in to sure them up. If you wanted a bit more of a solid area to screw the casters into, you could use wood glue to attach cut pieces of wood to the bottom corners BEFORE you paint/stain/otherwise decorate. Once everything is dry and assembled, fill it with toys!
Can you even imagine a simpler project?!
How do you corral your dog toys?Heather Buzby is the talented lady behind OK Collars offering handmade, custom collars to pretty up your dog and show off their personality. Her dogs, Kayla Dover and ellie Mae, are spoiled rotten, totally adorable and so lucky to have a human who makes such tasty treats. Head over to Facebook to see all her adorable creations.
- 1 – 5 x 7 stretched canvas on a wood frame
- 1 – Acrylic Paint set (We got this one for $2 – score!)
- 2 – 4 hooks
- Q tips
- Optional: Waterproof Shellac Spray
- Choose your base colour. You might have guessed that Mama is fond of turquoises, so we choose a bright greeny blue.
- Put a small amount of paint in a mixing container (We use our old yogurt containers so we don’t feel too guilty when we throw them out). I probably used about 1/2 tsp of paint for the background and honestly, I mixed too much.
- Add a small amount of water to the paint. You want it to be around 60% paint, 40% water, but we didn’t exact measure. You’ll know when it’s the right consistency – we trust your judgement.
- Using a cotton ball, cover the entire canvas with your chosen colour. Don’t worry about getting it even, we’re going to distress it in a minute. Allow paint to dry for 2 – 3 minutes.
- Place the canvas under the faucet and hit it with a quick burst of water, wherever you would like your lightened area to show. All the excess water to run off. Allow canvas to dry completely.
- Once your background is fully dried, it’s time to add the paw prints. Mix 3 – 4 colours of paint, in the same 60% paint/40% water ratio.
- Use cotton balls soaked in the watered paint mixture to create the large circle of the paw prints and Q tip to create the toes. Don’t be afraid to let paws overlap or to go off the edge of the canvas. You want it to look fairly busy. Don’t worry about being tidy – the charm of this piece is that it is a little messy, the paws aren’t uniform and the colour is watery in some areas and darker in others. Once you’re happy with the paws, allow canvas to dry completely.
- I decided to paint the word WOOF in one corner. I thought it would be full of whimsy. I hate it and immediately regretted it.
- If desired, spray the whole thing with waterproof shellac to seal it. Don’t be tempted to use brush on shellac. Your master piece will blur and smudge and, if you’re anything like me, words that aren’t fit to print will spew out of your mouth.
- Once your paining is completely dry, screw your hooks into the wood frame. Make sure you have chosen hooks that can be secured with small screws or that you have predrilled the holes to ensure the frame doesn’t crack.