Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More on doggy bling

I was at a dog show at the fairgrounds on Sunday, and wow these dogs are blinged up.  Made my dirty-bummed, shedding, dry-skinned chi look like a street dog.  One lady even looked at Nacho with a pathetic face and said in a whisper to her friend "look, at that poor dog...he's even missing teeth".  They both stared with pity.... as if Nacho is so hard up.  Sam just looked cute as ever...but he too got the sympathy looks as if to say "awww, that poor dog, not even a pure bred.."  lol.  

All I have to say to those people is that my dogs have the best life ever... they don't have to be groomed and stand on a table for hours at a time.  They don't have to stay in the van in a cage while you are showing your other prized dogs.  They can be dogs!  And damnit, they are the cutest ever.

Anyways, back to the intent of this posting... there was a lady at the show making leashes and collars with mad jewels & beads.  She actually made the entire leather part on the leashes with this intricate braiding technique.  The price --- some over $90 each!  Craziness.

I am going to research her braiding technique and try to work it into my creations, whether it be for dogs or humans.  I'm sure it will take a lot of practice.

On another note, I made some peacock feather earrings and a hair clip that I wore to a wedding on Saturday.  I received quite a few comments!  I learned that the hair clip was called a "fascinator" in Scotland.  Cool!  The feather's came straight from a peacock at a farm in Kitchener.  I must try to get some more soon.

Have a good day!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Acton trunk sale

So I found out that the have a table at the weekly Acton Trunk Sale is only $10!  The sale is in the parking lot of the Olde Hide House on Mill St. from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm.

I can't attend for the next 2 weekends due to a wedding and work but I think I'll try to arrange a set-up for the Saturday, August 28th.

Most vendor booths are exceptionally expensive.  The Milton Rib Fest wants to charge $200 for a 6x6 set up for 2 days.  Crazy... I could say goodbye to any profit.  I think I will opt out of that one, at least until I have some more inventory on hand.

I'll take photos on the 28th and let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pet bling

So... I have this theory...if 1/4 of the dog and cat owners love their pets the way I do and love to spoil them and dress them up my plan should work.

I had the revelation when I was at Port Dover with my sister, mom and nephews on the weekend.  While people watching, I spotted these 2 adorable chihuahuas hanging out with their "mom" and "dad".  They arrived in style in a pink polka dot basket.  They tested the water in their little pink Burberry style life jackets.  They soon sported their screen printed t-shirts after being hand dried with their special towels.  I thought to myself  "wow those are some spoiled dogs".  I know my dogs are spoiled but c'mon a pink picnic basket? 

Then it came to me..... pet jewellery!!!  I know this is not a new idea but the baubles made for dogs and cats these days are indeed expensive.  I should have given the owners of the spoiled dogs my card and told them I would make some custom bling for their pooches (at a reasonable price).

Oh well, off to the drawing (or beading) board to see what I can come up with.

Wish me luck!