These days you will find me more on instagram
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Unfortunately my health is causing me more issues and I have to cut back on commitments again
I have just had Trading Standards with me for the past hour checking out Posh Dog Bakes – and – – they like me!!!
There is one labeling issue they need to check – I have ‘This is a treat’ – and it may have to say ‘complementary treat’. And they said if DEFFRA ever say that I need any laboratory testing – they will pay for it for me! How amazing is that!
They were dead impressed with my record keeping and paperwork – and said I had done an amazing job considering how complex it all was and what a small scale I was working on.
I am thrilled to bits!!!
It’s very quiet in the town so I have skipped doing a bake this week. Instead I have a couple of commissions to get done.
First on the machine is a big pair of pants for one of our Posh Dog pals. He has worn my belly bands for a couple of years – but now he’s getting a bit more – um – ‘leaky’? So we have decided to make him a big pair of proper big girl pants.
This chilly, dame weather is perfect for making jerky – well at least it’s good for something!!
Parsnip is Alfie’s personal favorite. I leave him a few in a pot on the floor and he just helps himself when he feels the urge to chew. It’s much safer – otherwise he helps himself to shoes – balls of yarn – ribbons – – –
You would be amazed by how much the shrink white they are baking
I think I have worked it out – I love designing and playing with my fabric – and cutting out – but I want to cut out more! It’s the getting organised and sorting it all out after that is the hard work. And when you have finished – the photographing and listing – well that’s like eating a frog!!!!
I have decided to learn a few bag making tricks this year and expand the Posh Dog range to make things for people out of dog patterned fabrics – bags – purses – useful bits and bobs to try to gain a few sales in the summer months. The coats and jumpers go crazy during the winter months – but come April I need other ideas.
I am calling it Posh Dog for You and so far there are camera straps and a pretty soft bag.
Coming soon will be bags and storage – and a few other useful items. If you have any suggestions for a project just let me know.
You will find the new items under the Accessories section of the shop
As we all know – it’s snowed!
As you can expect – I have sold loads of jumpers and coats in the past 10 days. There is still a bit of choice – although not much in the fleece coats!
Drop in to the shop quick!!!
You know me – never sit still!!
We have new fabrics for this year
And I have found some super cute ribbon to use for the clips
Can’t wait to get at them!!!!
I am sure someone is pinching days out of the week – they seem to be flying by already! I just seem to get started on the week – get things going and under control – and it’s Saturday and I have to go away again.
So far in the last 10 days or so Alfie has chewed – the brand new jumper I made him – TWICE.
I can repair – but – honestly – how ungrateful!!!
He has also chewed Henry’s old fleece – that only just fitted so that’s a goner.
He has also chewed his new vest I made for him to go under his rain coat – there is so little left of that you can’t even tell what it was.
I think I will knock up a couple of quickies with the new super chunky yarn that has just arrived – perhaps he will find that too thick to chew!!!
I am not proud – I can hold my hands up and admit to my baking fails!!!!
I have a big, paw shape cutter – and I had the idea of the ‘Paw-fect Beefie Biccie. Made from fresh steak mince from Lee and with doggie choc buttons for the pads. So far – good idea.
It’s not going to plan!!!
– I put the buttons on after the biscuits were almost cooked – thinking that they would melt and stick on – wrong – they (mostly) fell off!
– I put them in for a bit longer – thinking that all they needed was a bit more time – wrong – they (mostly) fell off!
– I put them back into a very hot oven – thinking that a blast of heat would quickly melt them – wrong – they (mostly) fell off!!
– then I tried putting them onto the raw dough and cooking them into place – thinking that a long time of heat would melt them – wrong – they (mostly) fell off!!
– Next time I am going to cook them on a much higher heat than I do normally – and I am thinking I may grate the buttons as well!
Mind you – there is nothing wrong with the taste – Alfie is tucking into them quite happily, odd buttons and all
We are back up the strength and baking again. This time of year is actually busier for us than Christmas – with all the tidying up and moving about – plus we have had a new unit put in the shop – so there was painting and decorating to sort out as well.
For the Valentine menu this year we have Prawn Cocktail treats (made with fresh cold water prawns of course!!!!) and Strawberries and Cream treats (yes fresh strawberries in January – and they smell divine). I used a tiny bit of natural food colouring in the strawberries – and I love that the are a bit pink!!
We are back from our holiday – I haven’t been out – seen any one – done anything for 10 days. Alfie was NOT a happy chappy to have to come out to work this morning!
The new unit is in the shop – and it’s all a bit of a pickle at the moment. It is going to look fabulous when it’s all painted tidy again – just bear with me while I de-junk after Christmas and we will be rearing to go again!!!
No more commission work before Christmas please.
Both the websites will close after the weekend to ensure that all the Christmas orders go out properly in good time.
The Kendal shop will be open all Christmas week and close at 4pm on Saturday. Then I am off for 10 days ‘holiday’. The kitten website will be getting a make over during this time with a new shop opening for Posh Dog and Posh Dog bakes.
All the shops will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January for another year of wild and wacky fun and silliness.
I am so thrilled – I finally have a proper, separate cutting table. It is going to make so much difference to be able to spread the whole length of fabric out properly. I have been using the kitchen worktop – but it’s just too narrow when I am cutting the big coats. And besides – I want to make a few bits for myself again.
It’s a large fold up one – so I can put it up in front of the TV and take my time when I want to do some cutting out – and when it fold up it sits against the cupboard wall perfectly. I scrounged 2 from my son now he has closed his shop – so I have one for the summerhouse too.
OK you guys – over the Christmas hols I am transferring The Posh Dog Clothing to a new website.
No need to panic – We are growing stronger – and I am just putting it all under the Bricks and Mortar shop site as that is the one that gets all the attention! In the long run it will save me a bit of money and be easier to run.
In the short term – http://www.princesskitten.co.uk/shophome/cat_883531-The-Posh-Dog-Clothing-Company.html
will still list everything for you
over the next few weeks products will be moved over to http://www.thekittenandthegoat.co.uk/poshdogclothing.html
the princesskitten site will stay active during this time – until all the items have been moved over – after that this site will be used as a transfer page to the new one.
In the mean time –
email for commission work – firstname.lastname@example.org
facebook – search the posh dog clothing company – https://www.facebook.com/theposhdogclothingcompany/
Most of my baking sales are coming through the Conscious Crafties site
Either way – I am taking this next few weeks to gear up for next year!!!!
BRING IT ON
The way it is working at the moment is – as soon as I start to work on some stock pieces I get custom order coming in – so it’s taking me ages to get the new fleece coat colours out.
This is the first of the red tartans – in a large size
The moral of this story is – if you want an order before Christmas – contact me and shout loud – then you will get done before the normal stock items!
So many of you are now using a body harness – and you want a hole added for you to clip your lead through!!!!
I have dropped the wrap around chest band for a mid side band that has a velcro fastening BOTH sides for extra adjustment. This means I can add a button hole stitched space to the centre back for your leads!!!!
So from now on – all the new styles listed and any commissions can have a harness ‘buttonhole’ added.
I don’t add a hole as standard – as all harness are different – but – I can add one if you tell me where your harness sits – no extra charge.
Any requests for coats to be delivered before Christmas – shout out now – other wise it will be January deliveries
It’s a bit dull for you in the kitchen this week. All I am doing is batch baking for the Christmas Treat Boxes – I am actually getting a little callus on the side of my thumb where I hold the cookie cutter!
I have manages to keep the spinach one a bit more green though.
Suddenly had a brain wave – couple of minutes in the microwave. Don’t know why I didn’t think of it before – works great for the apples too.
SHOP NOW if you fancy a Christmas treat box for your furbie
I took last week off baking – I had quite a bit of stock and it was too early to start on the Christmas boxes. What do you know? – this week has gone crazy and I am going mad trying to keep up.
As it’s getting colder I can get the oven ‘drying’ done more – so Jerky is back on the menu!
Alfie goes absolutely nuts for these! They are really sweet and woody and he would eat the whole lot in one go!
It’s all quiet in the Posh Dog Summerhouse – apart form the chomping.
The studio is now fully redecorated – just a tiny little bit of trim to add – and I think I may add hang a couple of naked light bulbs for the dark winter months. I hardly used it last winter as I was so rough – I will need a good light to work by. I am so pleased with it.
I am not baking this week. It has been really quiet in the shop this week and I have winter coat orders starting to com in.
I have new fleece – some novelty prints and some tartan, plaid and Argyle. Checks are all the rage for this season – you can’t beat a good tartan!
If you have a looooong, skinny dog – or a rOund, short dog and would like me to make to order – I don’t charge extra for commission work – it’s what I am doing every day anyway – just contact me.
If you would like to browse in the SHOP – keep an eye out for the new fleece and waterproof coats.