Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Etsy Voter

Hey all!

If you have a moment of extra time, would you please vote for me in the Etsy voter? Mine is this listing: Houndstooth Doggy Bandana

And here is the link to the Voting Click HERE

So, if you could vote for me, I'd appreciate it! Winners get put into a gift guide, so I need all the help I can get to get to the top!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Who doesn't love pugs??

Well I sure love pugs! When I was little, I always wanted a dog. A pug to be exact.

I started saving up my money for one. Not having a regular job at that age, it was going to take me ages to have enough money for one. I was in grade school at the time. Well, one week during Christmas time, my parents said we were going to go to one of my dad's coworkers house for a Christmas party. When we got to the house, we went out to the garage which I thought was kind of odd, until I saw all the kennels of pugs! My parents had surprised me and picked out a little baby pug for me! I had known since I was little that I'd name a pug "Princess". Yes, I know many people hate those types of names for dogs, but hey, I was young!

My Princess is now gone, and I sorely miss having a pug around! I know that someday I will get another one. There's nothing like personality of a pug. Honestly. Until you've owned one, don't knock their smushed in face.

Here's one shop on Etsy devoted to dogs, and pugs in particular!

Lydia And Pugs

This has got to be my favorite item of hers. I love pink, and I love the floral pattern on the pug! Salmon Pug Patterned Folded Note Cards

So if you've got a minute, go check out her shop!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Rescue Boys

So, I've been busy this week taking in some rescue chinchillas.

Here's their story.. I'm an admin on a chinchilla forum. So we get a fair number of chinchilla rehomes and things, but then one was posted in my area. The original post was by a breeder that the woman had contacted, not the lady herself so I didn't know the details of the chinchillas until I called the lady. Turns out there was two pairs of chinchillas, so 4 total.

One pair was of two standard greys. Turns out, one has malocclusion. Now, for those who don't know what malocclusion (malo) is, it's a issue where the teeth grow too much. It's common in animals that need to wear down their teeth like rabbits and chinchillas. There's two types. One is where the incisors grow crooked or grow too long, and the other type is where the roots of the molars keep growing non-stop into the jaw and eye sockets. The first type is treatable over time, as the chinchilla can go into the vet and get the incisors trimmed periodically. However, the second type is not treatable. You can prolong the life by pain meds and hand feeding a mush food. But there's nothing to stop the growth. As you can imagine, this type is extremely painful. Normally the first sign is drooling and the chinchilla will stop eating since it hurts to chew.

Sadly, this one chinchilla has the second type. Two of his molars are growing into his jaw. Now, for whatever reason, this woman's vet did not want to put the chin down despite the fact that it has no quality of life whatsoever. I discussed this with the woman and stated my view on it. I also stated that I rehome chinchillas, I cannot keep any more as I have 5 myself. So seeing as how I could not rehome this malo chin, I did not want to take him in and stated rather blunty that he did not have much life left in him sadly. So in the end, we decided that I wouldn't take him. However, the breeder is taking him. I won't really go into this, but I don't really agree with it. That is like keeping this chinchilla in pain that he doesn't deserve. I'd be more inclined to give him a peaceful passing, but it's not my pet.

So anyways, I took the other pair. Turns out these two have had issues as well. The beige, Gus, attacked the violet, Hammie. So Hammie is missing a bunch of fur and has scabs on him from the attack. This lady did not separate the chinchillas because she didn't want to spend the money on another cage. This is just so sad as you can easily get used cages for about $20 on craigslist around here. So she left them together. When chinchillas choose to fight, normally they don't stop. And chinchillas will fight to the death, so to leave the two together was a death sentence for poor Hammie. And it isn't Gus's fault either, he just doesn't like Hammie. So, needless to say, I have now separated the two.

There were other typical owner mistakes like horrible food and other things which could have been avoided by some basic research, but I won't get into that here. Basically, PLEASE if you are going to get a pet, research first!

Onto pictures!

This is Hammie. As you can see his fur is rather messy and one of his scabs is evident.

And Hammie chowing down on hay. Seems like he must have not gotten it much at his previous home!

And then one of Gus, he's just a little scared

I believe that I've already found a new home for Hammie, the violet. Now I just need to find one for Gus! I'm sure he'll find one soon though! I will be posting more pictures of them for sure as they get used to being here. Hammie will probably be going home next weekend, but I'm not sure how long Gus will have to be with me. I'll work on figuring out his personality to place him with a loving home.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Needle Felting!

Ever since I knew what needle felting was, I've wanted to try it. I think I saw it on a hgtv show a couple of years ago. So, the other day I bought a needle felting kit! It's great because it came with a number of colors of wool, a needle, the foam pad, and some instructions.

I really want to learn how to make a seal, or a flower or something like that, but for my first attempt, I decided to make a cupcake! I think it turned out fairly well for my first try ever!

You can find any number of kits on Etsy, but I got mine from a fellow CAST team member yarn2spin

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Silly Lila

Lila is so weird. I mean, I guess most dogs are kind of weird, but Lila makes me laugh.

So, Lila sleeps in her kennel at night. We've been doing that since she was a puppy and she doesn't seem to mind, so I continue to put her in her kennel at night.

Well, when I woke up this morning this is what I saw. Lila sleeping upside down. She loves laying upside down and it never ceases to make me laugh. What a goof, she has no shame with her legs spread apart like that!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I'm addicted to handmade soap..

Yes, it's true. Since joining Etsy I've found the joy of handmade soap. I mean, I love pineapples and cotton candy, so obviously I'm overjoyed that I can buy soap smelling like these things!

But, my boyfriend asked me "Are you sure this stuff is safe?" And I said of course it is! It's actually better than store soap. But I wasn't quite sure why. So I looked it up.

Handmade soap is better for you than store soap because it doesn't contain any of those nasty chemicals and preservatives. In fact, most store bought soaps contain strong chemicals like Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and parabens. SLS is commonly used as a filler, but in actuality it is bad for your skin. It can dry out your skin, is harmful if it gets in your eyes, and I've actually heard that it is like a heavy metal and can accumulate over time, being stored in your body.

Not only is handmade soap better for your body, but you can also support small independent businesses by buying from them.

Here's just a couple of my favorite soap stores on Etsy..
Luscious Lather
Mum Mum's Crafts
Sweet Treat Your Body
Dirty Ass Soaps

Sunday, May 31, 2009


So I have another potential wholesale or consignment opportunity. I'm a bit more excited about this because it's a local company. I have wholesaled before to a company in Chicago, but this one is only a couple miles from my house. It's a little grooming and boarding facility.

My grandma brought her basset hound mix into the place for a bath and the owner asked my grandma where Lydia (the dog) got her cute collar and leash set It's this set if you're interested Kawaii Skulls Collar which I find funny that my grandma bought that set for her dog. My grandma is in her 70's haha! But anyways, my grandma told her that I make them, and so the owner gave my grandma her card for me to call and talk about selling at her store.

So, all I have to do now is call her! Of course, I hate talking on the phone, but for my business, I think it's worth it. So hopefully it goes well! I prefer selling to the buyer, but I enjoy that stores want to sell my products, it just makes me feel good :)