My way to remember Lulu

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This past summer my family’s beloved pet of 14 years passed away. She had been sick for awhile and it was time to let her go. Lulu, a Shar pei mix, was a loyal and loving dog. I can remember going with my Mom to help pick her out from her litter. I held her on my lap on the way home and was so excited to have such a cute and cuddly addition to the family.

In no time she grew up and loved to leap in the air, fetch sticks, give kisses and dance. I always felt safe when Lulu was around. She had a loud bark and could look very fierce if she wanted to. I think her favourite thing was just to be around her family. We never had to worry about her wandering off, she always came when called, and you could always find her taking a snooze wherever our family was gathered.

My sister and I never tired of trying to get her to wear hats and outfits, which she hated but tolerated up to a point. Earlier posts that featured Lulu are a video we made of her, Homage to keyboard cat, and the one summer we buried her in the sand, What I’m obsessed with today… 2 dogs and a cat.

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Before Lulu passed away I got my Mom to get some modeling clay and make an impression of Lulu’s paw. I work for Peartree Impressions, a company that specializes in transforming delicate hand, foot, and pet impressions into stunning, one-of-a-kind keepsakes. They have a fantastic natural-clay kit to make the impressions in, but since I couldn’t get one to Lulu in time they were able to take a duplicate from the modeling clay. I had impressions made for me as well as my brother and sister. I choose to do mine in Aqua and have Lulu’s name written in script.

I wanted to figure out a way to display the impression with photos of Lulu and this was my solution. I got the frames and embroidery floss from Michaels and the twine from Target. My parents live beside a huge lake and Lulu loved the water so I incorporated the driftwood I collected there last summer. Hot glue helped to make sure everything stayed in place. I used a picture of her as a wrinkly puppy and another from her later years and I’m very pleased with the outcome!

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Peartree Impressions is running a great spring giveaway until April 10, 2014. You can enter for a chance to win two of their impressions kits. Share with a friend or keep them both for yourself. They also make great gifts! Click to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY. Check out more examples of what Peartree offers on their website, Facebook and twitter pages.

 

CONCLUSION

Now every time I sit at my desk I’m reminded of all the good memories and fun times I had with Lulu. I feel like I have a little piece of her with me and that makes me smile.

an animal sweatshirt DIY for those cold days

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Well last I checked it’s still winter. Yes, really! I’m not kidding you! I’m shocked too. It feels like its got to be at least March, but no, February just started. This DIY is pretty simple and you can do some of it, like sewing on the sequins, while sitting in front of a toasty fire with some hot cocoa!

My sister Halie, who is also modeling the sweatshirts, and I were out shopping one day and admiring all the tops with animals on them. We’re both a fan of pretty much anything with a animal on it. This gave me the inspiration for a DIY we could do together, so off we went to H&M to buy some cheap sweatshirts. These oversized ones cost $19.95.

SUPPLIES:

Plain sweatshirt, felt, sequins, nylon thread, thread the same color as felt, scissors and needle, sewing machine (optional)

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First you need to pick an animal. Halie chose a fish and I picked a bear. Look up the silhouette of your animal of choice online and either use it as a reference to draw a pattern or increase the size and print it out. Just make sure it’s big enough but not bigger then your piece of felt.

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After cutting out your felt in the animal shape use the nylon thread to sew sequins all around the edge of the felt. Stitch about a 1 cm from the edge so you have enough room to sew the felt to the sweatshirt.

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Once your done sewing the sequins on, pin your animal to the sweatshirt. I put the sweatshirt on a dress form to make sure I had it positioned properly. If you don’t have a dress form you might want to (carefully!) try on the sweatshirt to ensure it’s not crooked and adjust if needed.

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The last step is to take the thread that matches the felt and use the sewing machine to stitch between the sequins and edge of the felt. You could also do this by hand. I’ve washed and dried my shirt in the machine and it came out perfectly fine! If your not into animals a large letter, varsity style, would also look snazzy on a sweatshirt! The sky’s the limit!

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conclusion

RAWR!!!!!!

What I’m obsessed with today… Parrots

Parrot hair clip from Now, Voyager

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Vans released these Van Doren Authentic reissued parrot print shoes in March. Click HERE to purchase off the Vans website.

Hand beaded parrot clutch from Anthropologie

Parrot origami necklace in black silver

Image 1 of American Apparel T-Shirt With Party Parrot Print

Party Parrot t-shirt from American Apparel

A Nest Napery tote bag

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Markus Lupfer Sequin Parrot shirt from Asos

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Nike Air Max “Beaches of Rio” pack is released this month and the colors are inspired by the sand, surf, and exotic birds of Brazil.

Flight at the Ballet scarf from ModCloth

Circus By Sam Edelman Parrot Thong Sandal

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Vultures design by lucas de alcantara from Threadless

If your interested in finding out more about all these bird-tastic finds please click on the picture to be linked back to the source!

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Parrots are bright and fun! No mater how you wear them it’s a great way to start welcoming the warmer weather back into your life. Even if it still looks and feels like winter. sigh.

What I’m obsessed with today… Dogs & a cat

Actually I was kinda obsessed with them all week, and it’s only 2 specific dogs and one cat. My parent’s pet dogs Lulu and Sooner and the cat, Linty, named for her fluffy grey hair.

I’m back from my vacation and although I had an amazing time (posts about some of the cool things I learned at the Transforming Cloth course coming soon!) I’m happy to be home. I missed the city! Especially it’s coffee shops, sushi, and lack of creepy crawlies! Oh sure there are bugs here, just not the abundance of daddy long-legs, black beetles, and horseflies that are in the country. Eeech! But one thing I long for that my country-fied parents have that I don’t is pets. No pets allowed in my condo. which also means no cuddly soft lick your face tail wagging cuteness.

Thankfully I got my fix, for a little while, and even brought home something to remember them by. Lovely little hairs stuck to the bottom of my suitcase.

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This is Lulu getting buried in the sand. She must have liked it because she stayed there for quite awhile.

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This is Sooner. He likes to dig and romp around like a big kid!

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And last but not least Linty. She likes to meow lots but generally stays out of view.

Conclusion: I think every home is not complete without a pet. Now all I have to do is convince my landlord of that!

It’s ok, go ahead and Crywolf

 

 

While researching ideas for my previous panda post (ninja panda lapel pin) I came across this super clothing and accessories brand called Crywolf. I love finding amazing brands that are based in Canada! The two ladies behind Crywolf are Stephanie Drabik & Rose Chang. All of the designs are based on their drawings and are hand-printed by them. With a concept of producing limited edition, collectable, wearable and affordable pieces of art I think Crywolf is headed for a great things!

 

*NEW* Crywolf Canada Crest Ninja Panda Tshirt  

 

I need some of these super cute lapel pins, zipper pulls, buttons, and necklaces. The problem is which to choose? I like so many!

Zombie Cat Lapel Maki Lapel PinHipster Werewolf Big Button Matryoshka Zipper Pull

 

Don’t worry guys, there’s clothing for you too!

  

 

And finally something to make you say awwwww.

Pet Skeleton Shirt

All images from www.crywolfclothing.com and check them out on twitter @crywolfclothing

 

Conclusion: If i can look this good crying wolf I may just have to do it more often.

What I’m obsessed with today… Pandas

I’ve noticed an animal trend lately that I’m totally on board for. Pandas are so cute and furry. I just want to pet and snuggle one, although I doubt they would return my love in exactly the same fashion. I’ve seen panda fashion, accessories, and home decor everywhere! I think I may have to invest in some black and white items of my own.

Click on the pictures to link to the source. Most of them are for sale!

Panda iPad & iPad 2 Sleeve

Panda Bear print 8x10

Ninja Panda Lapel Pin

Panda Danda - Graffiti Love Panda Heart Fine Art Photograph by Patrick Andrew Adams - APTRICK

Vtg Panda Print Blue Black White Knitted Sweater

cute kawaii stuff - Epicute: Snuggly Panda Rice

Hand Drawn Panda Plate - Eats Cake and Leaves

Panda Necklace, Animal Necklace, Hand Cast Resin Accessory

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and finally a super cute video of pandas and a slide. Awwww

Conclusion: Panda (haiku)

He’s so very kind,
Black, and white, and very big,
China’s very own.

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Oh deer! and owl, and bear, and cat, and…

 

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I love sorting through the clearance jewellery at department stores. You never know what kind of sparkly treasures you’ll find. So when I saw a glittery deer I knew he was coming home with me. After placing him with my other necklaces I realized I own a few other animal pieces. Ok, maybe i little more then a few. lol

This gave me the idea to make a photo story with some of my faves! Hope you enjoy them. Their from various locations and have various price points but all have a special place in my jewellery box.

 

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Conclusion: Ahhh…. animals. Maybe I should do a photo story about my different articles of clothing with furry creatures on them. Ha ha, just kidding…. kind of.