Can I ask, how easy are these to put on the dog and do they stay put? I volunteer at a dog rescue that uses kennels and unfortunately donations only stretch to the most basic package at one of the boarding kennels they use. This means concrete kennels, minimal bedding (too much time and money washing large amounts of bedding) and no/minimal heating, which can be a bit hard on the dogs. Fortunately the rescue have had quite a few coats donated and most dogs have coats to wear but they're odd sizes and some fit better than others. I was hoping to be able to sew the dogs custom sized coats but I've spotted a few photos of greyhound PJs and was contemplating PJs instead. These are fidgetting, overexcited kennel dogs though, who are pleased with any scrap of attention they get, and it's hard enough to get a harness on some of them to walk them, let alone clothing. Are these fussy to put on, do they involve lots of leg lifting and standing still on the dog's behalf?
I found it a hard swap to craft for actually! None of my ideas seemed to transfer to any crafts I could do, as my knitting and crochet attempts failed miserably, and I didn't want to send a load of fabric painted stuff. So, I dug out my toiletry goodies and used the Bath Item Gift Hypothesis episode for inspiration (and a bit of glowing goldfish - minus the glowing, as I struggled enough just finding a plain one!) and made the bath goodies, the tie-on-the-door for the doorhanger organiser (including Sheldon's discarded planetarium membership card to test the pocket for size!), and the cake in the mug was a bit of a cheeky quick idea based on katcal's wists, I wanted to get a plain mug to decorate but with the operation and being out of the country for a week I ran out of time to order the bits and bobs. It was fun giving the toiletry stuff a go though, tried a few new recipes from Craftster
I love that episode when Sheldon gets "fired" so decides to breed glow in the dark goldfish. I was looking at the remanants of fabric today trying to figure out if I have enought to make myself a doppler bag. I was so pleased how the Zebra turned out, though it took an absolute age to cut out (I wanted to make sure it all lined up perfectly) and I love the way the handles are also the closure on that pattern!
I will be waiting to pounce on the postman tomorrow now....
That was the inspiration for part of one of my items, unfortunately it had to be one of the failed attempts of his I suppose as I just couldn't track down a glow in the dark fish (all will make more sense to my partner when she receives!)
I would've done but the cases were a little warped where they'd been packaged in a bag rather than a plastic pot, so I don't think they'd have fit snuggly (these went back to their round shape during baking). Not a huge deal anyway, but wouldn't mind figuring out how to stop greasy liners in the long run! Have bought myself a silicone pan recently but it seems so much easier and more hygeinic to use liners, especially as I bring cakes into work or give them to my housemates quite often
There's a running family joke to do with rubber ducks between me, my mum and my stepdad, so I'm surprising him with a duck theme for his birthday. Nothing major as they're currently buying a house, so don't really have the time or money spare for a big party - so I whipped together some fun presents (even wrapped in some rubber ducky wrapping paper I tracked down) and made a little batch of cakes to take over tonight, just so he has some candles to blow out! I found these adorable rubber ducky candles and couldn't resist - he loves chocolate cake too so I have a batch of them with some other duck-themed candles but they weren't feeling so photogenic last night - I'll take a pic tonight once they're all lit up!
The blue buttercream turned a little green, but I had to make do with whatever ingredients I had left in my fridge still in-date after a week's holiday! I think the little fondant bubbles add the finishing touch though (and mm, eating leftover fondant, yumyum). They're even in rubber ducky cases, though unfortunately they got all greasy and it doesn't really show
I know that when painting metal, it's recommended to prime it by rubbing it down with sandpaper to give a slightly rough edge (only a slight one), as this allows the paint to get a proper hold rather than chipping off every time you touch it with something slightly sharp, might be an idea for the plastic. Then you can get spray paints designed for plastics too
Just checking in. Going well but I'm off to visit my brother in Scotland tomorrow so may be awol for a week (cringe, 9 hours of trains and buses tomorrow, may be able to get some serious crafting done on the move though)