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Topic: My liquor-toting best friend - decoupaged brandy barrel  (Read 4433 times)
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« on: July 25, 2007 05:55:39 PM »

Disclaimer!  I did NOT make the barrel itself!  The nice man over at Saint Bernard Barrels did a fantastic job and made this barrel for us.  For only $28 + shipping! 

I decoupaged the town crest on this, though.  I sanded down the face of the barrel, printed the image out on a nice glossy cardstock, and then sealed it with a spray varnish before mod-podging it onto the barrel itself.  I sealed it all up with a couple coats of brush-on waterbased varnish.

It's a working barrel, too!  We cured it for four days with water inside, and now it's full of Jagermeister.  My dog, Kenai (or Howitzter von der Lowenhohle, if you want to be fancy), loves to wear his barrel.  He's a Leonberger, and they're a working alpine breed.  The golden lion crest is actually the town crest of Leonberg, Germany, and was what this breed was originally created to resemble. 

I'm hoping to have a nice wagon/cart finished for him soon, so I can put on a German dirndl (think Oktoberfest beer girl) dress and take him out to our local Oktoberfest this fall. Smiley



It's his first birthday today, and my husband is going to make him a "meat cake" with hot dog candles.  Should be fun.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2007 06:00:56 PM »

That is so adorable. I think it turned out great. Nice job.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007 06:02:01 PM »

OH WOW!  You love your dog!  I want one of those for Flora ( My pitbull/Lab mix)!! That dog is gorgeous and he looks very happy with his new accessory.  Super Kudos to you for the single most amazing dog accessory EVER!
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2007 06:19:06 PM »

OH WOW!  You love your dog!  I want one of those for Flora ( My pitbull/Lab mix)!! That dog is gorgeous and he looks very happy with his new accessory.  Super Kudos to you for the single most amazing dog accessory EVER!

Aw, thanks.  Kenai thanks you too, he's always happy to get attention.  I think the guy over at Saint Bernard Barrels is going to be overwhelmed with all of the new traffic since I feel like I'm advertising for him whenever I show off Kenai's Leonberg barrel. Smiley  He actually emailed me this morning asking where I got the decal and if there were any others!  I told him I'd be happy to help him with other crests if he'd like!
Apparently you can keep brandy or wine in it, and he says it's great for aging tequila.  I'll stick with the Jager though.

Who says just the alpine breeds can carry barrels? I bet you'd have the most popular dog on your block, and I know a pit/lab mutt would be SO cute with a barrel.  Let's start a new dog fashion trend.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2007 06:25:13 PM »

I just want to hug your dog, he's soooo adorable!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2007 06:38:02 PM »

My boy is very happy that people think he's adorable. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2007 07:39:07 PM »

Oh, I'm adopting a greyhound soon, and I may have a welcome home present in mind!
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2007 07:57:32 PM »

Oh, I'm adopting a greyhound soon, and I may have a welcome home present in mind!

Perhaps an image like this to apply on it?  (found on celtichound.org)

http://www.celtichound.org/pb/wp_307ff1ea/images/img3124451e688cb0da1.gif
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2007 08:02:25 AM »

That is so cute (beautiful boy as well!)!  What a great idea!

Hmmm.....I wonder how this would look on a King Charles?....... Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2007 10:00:24 PM »

Perhaps an image like this to apply on it?  (found on celtichound.org)

http://www.celtichound.org/pb/wp_307ff1ea/images/img3124451e688cb0da1.gif

Oooh, I'm book marking!
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