The bake this week is liver treats
I have to admit that I was a little anxious about using liver – I have seen so many people saying how horrid it is to work with – smelly and difficult to clean up after – that they weren’t going to bother again. Well – I will – it was not big deal – and the dogs on my rounds this morning seemed to be well impressed.
Available in the shop while stocks last – 10 little bone shaped treats for £1.
OK – there is a limit to how much I can resist cute doggie fabric.
I have 5 metres of this and it will be making an appearance as bandannas as soon as I have a bit of energy!!!
I have been thinking about warning flags for absolutely ages. Now I have Alfie – the need for one has become urgent.
You have to admit – he is beautiful!!!
One side of Alfie’s says CAUTION – and the other has I AM SHY on it.
The flags sit over any type lead. Whether it is – rope – fabric – leather – braided – chain – all of them will be suitable. They are made from 100% bright yellow cotton so that they stand out when you are walking. The printing is an iron on applied vinyl transfer – I print these so it can say just about anything you need. The fabric is backed with a thick interfacing so it is strong and won’t buckle up – and the fun snaps on the bottom edge add a bit of colour to draw attention to it.
I have found it stops anyone just walking up to him and trying to pat him – totally terrifying the life out of him and making him pee himself. People are now asking about him – and when they see him cower under me they kind of get it. It is much better for him – he needs to see people about him – but know they are not interested in grabbing him.
I will be making standard one for – blind – deaf – unfriendly etc but if you want something in particular then just get in touch. They will always be a bright yellow colour – it is what is used in the dog world for drawing attention to – and red just does not show the letters. I could edge in a red trim if need be though.
They should start to appear in the shop soon – they will be Accessories section -when I have created it!!
dogs = smell.
Sorry – but dogs can rummage out the stinkiest smells to roll in – yo have been there – sheep poo – cow poo – and the worst (they REALLY love) – fox poo. EWWWWWW!!
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The little lad is settling really well. Just look at his head position.
His body posture is much better – he is eating his dinner in one go and not running off all the time and he has stopped hiding away from me – he comes and snuggles on the sofa. He has the odd panic attack – but they are getting less.
He is in the shop front these days – he won’t be touched – but he does not hide his head anymore. He did come out and say hello to a friend that dropped in – the goat and Wills were in the front so he was with them – and she has 2 dogs so smelt right – he actually nosed her before he took cover again. Huge progress.
House training is proving a bit of a block – his agoraphobia means that he does not want to nose about outside – so he does something and wants to come straight back in – he forgets that there may be something else to do!
At the moment we have a good day, all boxes ticked – then 2 or 3 –
not good – well – missed the team meeting days! Overall – he is working so hard, and he’s such a sweetie.
You know me – I have to knit – can’t sit still if I am not knitting. I had planned to be working on new jumper knitting pattern – I did promise that I would work up the ‘Joseph’ in several other sizes – but with everything that has been going on my brains are mashed potatoes at the moment – but I still have to knit!!!
What to do? I need something. So – here we go – knit strips and make some blankets. I get to knit and play with colours – without over taxing what’s left of the mash – what’s not to like?
This is the smallest size. Worked with a chunky weight yarn on slightly smaller needles than normal you get a lovely soft, thick, snuggly blanket which will keep your pet really cozy – and as it’s Robin acrylic – you can wash it over and over again and it will come up like new.
Now I am ‘in the zone’ I am playing with colours. The next blanket will be bigger – and a mix of 3 purples and an aqua colour.
Not finalised the prices yet – but they will be similar to an equivalent sized jumper.
This week I have baked “chocolate” cookies.
Not human chocolate obviously! Doggie chocolate is made from carob. As we are ‘de-junking’ the recipes as much as possible – I have not used the processed dog drops – I bought a proper carob bar and grated it – so we still have no extra additives.
Available from the shop today and tomorrow.
There is nothing – nothing – in this world better than a happy, snuggly, furry pal. Our favourite Posh Dog Pals just happen to be the special needs purries over at The Craft E Kittens.
These guys are all special needs cats. Kitty has between 3 and 5 – depends on their care needs – and they love to try out our new products. They have really taken to the new sleeping bags. The long hair cuddle fleece is just so snuggly no one can get into the bag because they are too busy fluffing their bottoms on the soft pile!!!!
I am so pleased that they loving the snuggles
The old goat has been about with his camera – meany a truth!!!!
This week I have baked Apple Sticks and Cheese Love biscuits
This is the first time I have done 2 bakes – mainly because I promised everyone cheesey ones – but I wanted to experiment with the apple to see if my idea would really work (it did).
So – first the Apple Sticks. These are just apple and whole meal flour. Literally – that’s it. I shredded the whole apple – skin and all – and used it as the base for the biscuit. They are a lovely golden colour because I don’t use any additive to bleach the raw apple – and they have a wonderful texture because of the skin and the whole meal. You can really smell the apple in them.
Then the Cheese Love cookies. A certain Alfie’s favourite!!!
I bought some super cute little shaped cutters so we can have all sorts of different shaped cookies.
I bake the treats on a low heat for a much longer time than people cookies so that they are harder and crunchy for the dogs to chew – and it helps them keep longer. You can usually keep them for a good week – if you are allowed to !!!
Packs are available in the shop now – only today and tomorrow. New flovour next week.
– Now this is something you don’t see very often – my work table clear and clean. I have really cut back on my work load recently so I can keep my head above water – making a huge effort to finish up things – and not taking on any commissions. The floor needs a good old much out with all the scraps and such – and then we can launch into summer work.
Something that has done me a power of good these past couple of weeks is some goodies that I received from The Fabulous Fox. I have serious problems with bath and soap products because of my Fibro – and they wanted to see if I was able to get along with their products.
I love – just love the bath salts. I normally just chuck a handful of Epsom in the bath – but these Pink Bath Salts are divine. I felt so much better after a soak in these. And the smell is lovely – normally the added chemical scents make me gag – but this was really relaxing.
They also sent me some of the Cocoa butter soap. Normally my hands are so sore after I wash them and feel all rough and scratchy. This is the first time I can remember that my hands felt nice after washing – really soft and comfortable. Wonderful.
I love washing my hands now and I would live to try their other bars. They do a sample pack with a little bit of everything to try. when things get a bit more settled – I will have to indulge myself!!!
find their website HERE
Alfie is making huge progress in settling in. It is going to take time – he has been in care for months and he has no experience of anything.
He has taken to sitting on the sofa though. I had to teach him how to get up on the seat – and he was scared to do it by himself for a while – but he got u p all by himself last night – and chewed the pattern I was trying to write up.
Showing my age now – that was a phrase when I was a kiddie when the blokes went to have a haircut and spruce up to go out on a Saturday night.
In our case – it’s biscuits.
I am going to try to bake a few dog biscuits on a Thursday night eventually for sale over the weekend. I have filed in the forms to register for licence to bake animal foods and I have quite a lot of catering experience – so it should be ok. At the moment I am just practicing – so if you would like a cookie for you pooch – feel free to drop by the shop and ask for one.
This week I have baked – Peanut Butter Cookies
In the interests of trying to get back to some sort of ‘normality’ – like that normal is ever achieved round here!!!
I started working on a pattern for a pet carry sling ages ago – but it got shoved to the back. Last week one of my friends in Conscious Craftie was having to carry her dog about as he was poorly. Totally relate – she was asking if someone make her a sling to help her out – she thought it was an odd idea – emmmm – welcome to my world!
Her pooch is a little bigger than I had been designing for – so it was a perfect opportunity to learn and grow!!!
So this is the finished design worked up. Serious upcycling – it is from a pair of curtains that a friend gave me to reuse.
There is a high side – for the head to peep out, and a high side to snuggle the bottom.
The pouch is lined with a matching fleece fabric to keep him cosy.
and the final result – with added dog
There are a couple of things that I need to change – starting from scratch with vague idea here! This is going to make life so much easier for them both.
These pet slings will appear in the shop as and when I can source the fabrics. They need quite a long length of fabric, and I have the idea to repurpose unwanted curtain and upholstery fabrics. Curtain fabrics (and cotton upholstery fabrics) are so strong and soft – and they come in long lengths – which is ideal for me – and you can get so many pretty patterns.
Just keep an eye out – or PM me if you need a certain size that I don’t have listed
Please welcome Alfie to the family
Alfie has come to me from The Animal Care Centre in Lancaster. He is about 10 months and terrified of just about everything. The TV totally freaked him out – and he literally jumped 2 foot in the air when he saw his shadow.
He has the sweetest, gentlest nature and loves cuddles. He is very keen to learn and you can see his ears go up because he is desperate to have a go – but is too scared. He is showing great progress already and can get on the sofa by himself and is learning his name.
He is smaller than he looks in the photo – large terrier size really. He will be coming to work with me – but he won’t be meeting and greeting the public for a few weeks until he gets used to being out in public.
It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I have to let you all know I lost Henry in the night.
He died in my arms – snuggling up like he always loved to. It was very peacefully – he just stopped breathing.
I will not be taking on any commission work during April.
Doggie update – Henry is still very poorly and will be resting at home this week.
The vet is saying it’s his lungs – but it could be bronchitis or a hardening of the muscles. He is on steroids every day and seems fairly content in himself. He is puffing and panting all the time – and can’t do much in the way of moving about as he gets tired too quickly. It is a case of treat – rest – peace and quiet – and keep an eye on. Check up on Friday so he can monitor any changes.
SO – I may be a bit late opening in the mornings – and I will be going home around mid-day to give him his lunch for about half an hour. His weight is dropping so fast he really must eat every couple of hours or so.
We will have to take every day at a time and see how we progress.
Email – leave a message on the answer phone – or Facebook – if you want me for anything – and I will get back to you as soon as I can
Opening times will be a bit erratic this week!
I am sorry – but the little doggie is very poorly. He did not want to come in to day so I will be popping home to check on him and try to get him to eat a bit of lunch – and I will probably be going home early. And we will be back and forth to the vet while they try to work out what the matter is.
I won’t be online – posting or facebook much – you can leave a message on the answer phone – or email me and I will pick it up when I can. Anything desperate – phone hubby on the house phone
Nothing is more precious that my baby
I have to admit that I don’t often make the really big sizes – and these are the biggest I have ever made.
The customer wanted 3 coats – all the same – made to her dogs measurements.
The largest has a back length of 27″ – they are as big as my back board!
They are going to look so smart when they are out and about
Bit of a muddle here in kitten’s world at the moment – the little furry guy is a bit poorly and – or course – everything else has stopped!!!
Henry has a bad tooth. I know something has been bothering him for a couple of weeks – but he kept saying it was all fine and eating his Bonios – and I could not find anything. Well – he totally went off all his food ( Hen eats for a hobby!) – except his Caesar and his Bonio – and then I finally spotted it – his very last tooth on his top jaw has a cavity. So we are off to the vet in the morning to get it sorted.
I am drip feeding him painkillers to keep him relaxed. Bless him – he is not making any fuss at all – just a bit shivery and needy. It’s not scary serious – but you can’t help worrying about them can you? I don’t know how meany teeth the vet will take out – 2 at last – and it’s going to cost us – but it’s gonna be scary.
Dare I say – please buy something so I can pay the bill?
I will keep you posted as to his progress – but he won’t be in the shop for couple of days.
Wish him luck
There are some of us that just don’t take the evening work shift seriously!!!!
I seem to be discovering loads of new doggie stuff lately – but this is Henry’s favourite so far.
This is the Letterbox Treat Pack from Hugo’s Pawtisserie
The Pawtisserie bakes just for dogs – no salt – no sugar – no yucky artificial colours or flavours – or those horrid E numbers – and low fat too!
The letterbox treat pack has a few of all the different flavours – some chokie drops and a scone so you can get a little taster of all their products. I love all the little personal details too – like the matching packaging – the Menu list – the information sheets – and the discount card for your next purchase.
This afternoon Henry is having the scone with his afternoon tea – and I get to keep my butterscotch biscuits all to myself.
My Henry is a digger!!
He does this to all his bed cushions – drives me nuts!!
So – this time we are going to have a bit of an experiment – and let’s just see.
I wanted to cover the front and back with a new layer of fleece. I considered filing in the hole in the cushion – but decided that if I did it would only fall out any way. So I laid out 2 layers of fleece and cut round the shape with about a 3″ over lap.
Normally when you knot fleece blanket – you are cutting flat – in a straight line. As I was working ‘in the round’ – with the way the edges sit unevenly – I cut the top layer – then the bottom layer as separate items
Work in small sections so that you don’t get too far out off pattern
I worked short knot tassels because the covered pad is going to sit into a bed with sides – normally I would have much longer tassels. Carry on working round the shape in small chunks – matching the cuts up as you go.
Work all the way round.
When all the edges are secure – I put it in his bed
I think that means he likes it
The challenge – to create a mat that you can take out and about. That is cosy and snug to sit and sleep on – is a recurring familiar presence when you have to have to be in an unfamiliar place – and is easy and light to carry about so that it is easy to do.
The result –
a super soft cuddle fleece on one side for coziness – strong polar fleece on the other for strength. Sandwiched between the outside fleeces is a layer of 4oz wadding – so the mat is lovely and warm – but still very light to carry. The mats are quilted round the edge to keep the wadding in place – the amount of quilting depends on the size of the mat – and the wrap around cotton herringbone handle is permanently attached – so you don’t lose it!
This will be available is a variety of sizes – each listing has the measurements on it – please check – and if you need a different size I can make it for you