It’s so easy to turn your leftover turkey into dehydrator dog treats.
Turkey holidays are my
Turkey holidays are my
I don’t know why. I
They had frozen salmon on sale at our local grocery store this week, so I jumped at the chance to buy up a bunch and make a big batch of homemade dog treats. All it takes is 5 minutes prep and they drive my dogs wild. Kolchak will do pretty much anything for a piece of these Salmon dog treats.
The walls of my craft room are covering with paintings, drawings, illustrations and digital collages of my dogs. Some I bought. Many I was surprised with. Others we received as a part of blog promotions, but each piece of custom dog art has a special place on the wall – and in my heart. I have almost every piece of pet art I could want except ONE: custom dog coloring sheets.
STRONG NEED! I love to mindlessly color while I watch Netflix or while I am on conference calls at work. And I might be biased, but my dogs are actually the CUTEST dogs that have ever dogged and so, clearly, they need to be captured in all their line art glory.
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An actual greeting card. With a stamp. Delivered by the friendly Canadian mail moose. The gesture was so sweet and unexpected, I could barely contain my smile as opened it. So few people send snail mail these days. Why write a letter when you can dash off an email? Who buys a card when you can text people halfway around the world and have them receive it instantaneously? My heart soared with the care and thought that went into the card – and I knew I wanted to send one back.
There was no occasion too small to be celebrated with one of my handmade masterpieces. I once gave a babysitter a card as a thank you for bringing me a glass of milk, so apparently, I’ve always been a little extra. I’m not entirely sure how I went from being that kid who made a million cards to the adult who hates going to the post office like poison, but here we are. One of my goals for 2018 is to connect with people in my life in a more real way, so I’m undertaking a project: card making. I think there’s something so very special about handmade cards.
The only trouble? My cards still look like an 8-year-old made them in a rush while someone was in the kitchen getting them a glass of milk. I knew I needed some help, so I teamed up with Brittany from Spencer the Goldendoodle. Brittany is a seasoned card maker, excellent designer and all around rockstar.
I am so excited to share our first set of DIY Valentine’s Day Card.
*le sigh* The idea was flawed on so many levels, including but not limited to her distaste for work that makes her sweaty, the fact that she has never MADE pottery and that locating on a whim to partake in her shenanigans is not something I was doing. AJ wanted to call it “Pottery Barn”, which was sadly already the name of a well-known home goods brand. It took some convincing that this was a one-way ticket to litigation, but she eventually renamed this scheme Hairy Potters, which meant it was now a farm, animal rescue pottery shop with a Harry Potter theme because apparently, WHY NOT?
However, AJ’s enthusiasm for the concept did inspire these Harry Potter stickers for dog lovers, so I guess that’s something? We are hardcore, ride or die Harry Potter fans in this house. I read all the books. Often at midnight, on the day they were released. I own multiple versions of the books, like the illustrated Harry Potter versions and the companion books, like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the tales of Beetle the Bard.
Felix listens to the Harry Potter audiobooks all the time to help relieve his sound anxiety and help us all relax. (The UK version read by Stephen Fry, not the US version. Stephan’s voice is like velvet.) I belong to a planner group ENTIRELY DEVOTED to Harry Potter. We even play for a house cup. So yeah. We’re fans. Crazy fans.
When I was a kid, I’d spend hours curled into one of those old wicker hanging chairs on our deck. No matter the season, that’s where you’d find me, snuggled up with a book (and a blanket, if it was freezing.) I was a voracious reader devouring stories as fast as the library would lend me more.
Somewhere along the line, life got busy. I grew up and got preoccupied. While my love of a good story never waned, my commitment to finding the time explore new books, pick ones to read and actually sit down to read them withered. After all, Netflix has like 10 000 ways to spend an afternoon, I have a busy job and an even busier side hustle, two active dogs who want to go on adventures and just a lot going on, in general.
For the new year, I’ve treated myself to a few special things to make reading as cozy and inviting as possible. I’ve filled my Amazon wishlist with books I’d like to check out and I’ve designed these OMG really super adorable reading stickers (I might be biased though?) so I can schedule the time in my planner. (And I like you guys, so they’re available as a free download at the end of the post!).
To help keep me on track, I’m considering joining in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. The prompts are super open to interpretation and there aren’t a MILLION of them like some reading challenges. (Fact: if your reading challenge has 112 prompts, I’mma fail real hard at completing it.) So if you’re looking for a gentle, easy, attainable reading challenge, this is the one. And if like me, you love a book with a dog in it, I’ve got some suggestions.
There’s a lot of reasons why and I’m not going to bore you with them because they mostly sound like I’m whining. Since I’m struggling to find my holly jolly attitude and acting a little more like the Grinch than I care for, I’ve been going out of my way to do things I know will make me feel festive.
I haven’t had this much fun designing a free printable sticker set in a long time. The clip art, which was purchased from NaliaArt and Pipz Design on Etsy paired with the Christmas Watercolor set and the Winter Watercolor set from Design Bundles, is PERFECT. I’m a little in awe of how so many different artist’s work came together so easily. Some sets take hours or days until I’m happy with them. These watercolor dog stickers are my own personal Christmas miracle because the whole set only took a couple hours to make.
Stay tuned for a quick and easy video tutorial coming soon. I love having custom planner clips, but I’m also a little lazy, so I like them to be AS EASY as possible.
New to printing your own planner stickers? Here’s what you need:
Simply print on label paper and cut out! Can’t wait until label paper arrives? No problem! You can print these on regular copy paper and paste them into your planner with a glue stick.
Download your free printable watercolor Christmas stickers now
by clicking on the image below and saving the file.
Settle in, folks. I’m going to whine and moan about being cold and wet for about the next six months. As much as a BC summer fills my heart with joy, a BC winter makes me want to weep. It’s not just me who hates it, both my dogs hate the rain as well.
Seriously! They’re always wet! How do you eliminate that damp, vaguely earthly, yeast-driven smell when it seems like your dogs just never get dry!? You aren’t supposed to bath your dog daily, as it can dry out their skin, make them itchy and create a problem with hot spots. Blow drying them (while necessary sometimes) isn’t ideal either. It dries out my scalp, it definitely dries out my dogs. So how do you keep wet dog smell and mud at bay?
They’re like baby wipes, only natural and totally dog safe, so even if your dog licks their paws after you use them, it’s not going to expose them to scary chemicals or make them sick. They’re also super simple to make using just a few ingredients.
In a bowl or jar, gently mix together distilled water, shampoo, hydrogen peroxide and liquid coconut oil. Open cloths and cut into individual wipes in a size that works for your dog’s paws. Place cloths in your storage container and pour liquid over. Shake gently to disperse liquid, then wait 30 minutes for liquid to be fully absorbed.
Store in an airtight container (otherwise they’ll dry out), checking periodically to ensure they haven’t been contaminated and spoiled. Use as needed to wipe muddy paws and wet, yucky fur.