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151  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: puppy's couch on: February 19, 2008 09:57:59 AM
You could try spraying the areas of his couch that his likes to chew with a bitter apple spray from the pet store or a *mild* hot sauce (check the ingredients because some of the super hot sauces may contain ingredients that are not good for dogs) as a deterrent.
152  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: LOOKING FOR: dog saddlebag how-to on: February 19, 2008 09:54:00 AM
 Dogs aren't really built to carry a lot of wieght on their backs. A good doggie backpack should be constructed so the dog carries the weight on their shoulders (like the affordable agility pack in the previous post.)  Dogs can safely carry a pack that weighs up to 1/3 the dog's total body weight. Start with lighter weight in the pack and then work the dog up to finally carrying the heavy pack. For example my Peke Blitzkrieg (yes, Blitzkrieg as in the Ramones song "Blitzkrieg Bop" Grin) is 12 pounds so he can safely carry about a pound in his backpack. Mostly a couple of plastic pickup bags and the car key. And let me tell you, Blitzkrieg's whole attitude changes when he's wearing his backpack, he holds his head little higher than usual and there's an extra bounce in his step. He thinks he's "working" and is a confident guy.

Here's some examples of my dog wearing a properly fitted doggie backpack

Blitzkrieg has a Ruffiwear backpack that I got on eBay. I'm sure you could make something like it if you made a couple of zippered bags and attached them to a dog harness from a pet store.  
153  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flaming Skull Ironing Board Cover on: February 19, 2008 09:20:44 AM
You asked. I answered. I took a couple of quick photos with my PDA of the Evil Dead Laundry room.

Washer & Dryer wall left side

Washer & Dryer wall right side (we count the dog bobble head as an Evil item because it was The White Elephant Gift We Gave at an Exchange and Got Back The Following year - Spooky Shocked !)

Back wall

Wall treatment

154  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flaming Skull Ironing Board Cover on: February 18, 2008 07:55:39 PM
The Evil Dead stuff came first, the flaming skull ironing board cover came a couple of years later. The story goes like this:
Husband and I had a bunch of action figures, toys, and stuff in the computer room of our rental 'cuz we are fun-loving geeks Lips sealed. Then we buy a house and think we should start decorating like grown ups, but we still liked the geeky toys and didn't want to hide all of them in a storage box or get rid of them. I decided to use some of our toys and fun stuff to decorate the laundry room because IMHO, doing laundry and ironing is an evil chore. Besides, the laundry room was going to be the first room I ever painted in my life and if I screwed the paint job up horribly, who would see it?

I'll post photos of it shortly.
155  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dripping with Crystals Chandelier on: February 18, 2008 07:05:56 PM
I like how your lightbulbs blend in with the crystals so they aren't so out there obvious. I like your version better than the original Cheesy!
156  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Flaming Skull Ironing Board Cover on: February 18, 2008 06:57:43 PM
The cover on my ironing board was stained and never stayed on the ironing board when I was trying to iron something. I needed a replacement but never remembered to buy one. That is until I saw somes flaming skull fabric at the store. "Hey!" says I, "I could make a new ironing board cover out of that fabric using my old ironing board cover as a pattern. It will look great in my Evil Dead/Laundry Room of Horrors laundry room."

I had some left over fabric so I made some matching draft dodgers for the laundry room doors  Grin
157  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plastic bag cozy... 2 of 'em actually! on: February 04, 2008 08:30:41 PM
I have a smaller version attached to my dog's leash, it holds approx 3 plastic bags. Just one more way to reuse our never-ending supply of plastic bags  Cheesy
You're a genius!  Did you make it?
No and yes. I bought mine from a lady who makes them at a dog rescue event last summer. Her version has elastic in the top and bottom of the tube. Last Christmas I made modified versions for my sister's dog and my partner in a dog sports gift exchange. My version has elastic in the bottom and a ribbon drawstring in the top. That way my people could either stuff them with plastic grocery bags or tie the top shut and use the holder with the poo bags on a roll. Here's a link to a photo of my version.http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg103/Germanica_photos/HPIM0036.jpg
158  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: How did it go? Reactions to presents? on: December 26, 2007 08:35:23 PM
For a dog sport gift exchange I made 3 fleece dog blankets and personalized each blanket by needlepointing each dog's name on a bone-shaped applique. My gift exchange partner raved about how I took the time to personalize each blanket. Whew! I was a little worried about the blankets because it was my first applique project. She also liked the picture frame I decorated for her with dog paw bottle caps.

For my husband, I framed out 2 old ceiling tiles from the church we were married in. He loved it! Especially since family has been going to that church for over 200 years, so it meant a lot to him.

Oh, and I made a fleece blanket for my dog. He didn't say much about it, but he did curl up on it for a big chunk of the day so I guess that means he likes it Cheesy.
159  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: My scandinavian-style Christmas tree on: December 26, 2007 08:08:29 PM
It's very pretty, very charming.
Why is it scandinavian-style, if I may ask? Is it because it's sort of simple?

That, and because of the use of colours and materials. I don't know if it's actually Scandinavian, but here in Holland this kind of style is often referred to as Scandinavian.....(correct me if I'm wrong)

In Denmark, it's tradition to decorate our homes and trees for Christmas using the colors red & white instead of red & green. A traditional Danish Christmas tree has all handmade Christmas tree ornaments on it.
160  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What crafty type gifts did you GET? on: December 26, 2007 07:43:33 PM
My Mom gave me a rotary cutting ruler. My wonderful husband gave me a cold heat soldering gun. My in-laws totally rocked my Christmas by getting me a Dremel rotary tool! Woo-hooo Grin!
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