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Pet Poufs!

I think it’s about time I officially introduce the new patterns we debuted at Market!  Today I’ll be featuring our new Pet Poufs pattern.  Bet you could never guess who inspired this creation!  :-)

Square with ella on black poofs in background

Yes, that would be my Miss Ella! or doodles (she’s a Labradoodle), doods for short, Ella bowbella (Sam and my nickname for her) and the list goes on……..  poor thing, it just dawned on me – I wonder if all these names are confusing to her?  They’re all said in love so I bet she gets it!  Well that was a bit of a diversion from the pattern introduction.

The pattern includes 6 sizes of Poufs that are based on standard crate sizes, so if you’d like to use it in a crate it should fit.  They are great out of a crate to!

I recommend on the pattern that you stuff the Pouf with an old comforter.  It’s really comfy, washable, cheap, good for the environment…..  and if you don’t have one laying around, grab one at a garage sale for a couple bucks, or the Goodwill.  I wonder what they thought when I left the Goodwill with 7 comforter?  And that was only one trip!

We made our samples out of Minky type fabrics.  They are soooo very cuddly.  Ella LOVES her’s.  They could really be made from any fabric.  Of course for a dog that likes to dig at its bed to get comfy, a canvas/denim would be better.  At Market Amy Barickman was showing a new line of colored denim she was coming out with and we ordered some for the beds.  It comes in yummy home dec colors and will be GREAT for the Poufs!  I can’t wait for it to get here!

We use a nice long 24″ nylon zipper that is made for bags.  It has a nice big pull tab that’s easy to grab and can be cut down to any size.  If you have troubles finding the 24″ zippers I’ll be adding them to the website soon.  If they aren’t up yet and you need one, email me.

Pet Pouf! - front cover

Front Cover

Pet Pouf! back cover

Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other uses for the Poufs ~ the uses are really endless.  The way the pattern is written it would be very easy to modify the shape and/or size to fit your desires.  I’m going to make a stack of them for my little guys as floor pillows out of the Cowboy Minky (yes it just arrived.  I’m so excited!)  Remember the House of Shannon and the cowboy room from Market?  The Minky projects are beginning.

 

How ’bout some puppy snuggles!

 

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My daughter’s kitty loves hers!

Archie loves the camera!

Archie loves the camera!

Bella Rose being bashful.

Bella Rose being bashful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archie and Bella Rose are my friends puppies.  They were 9 weeks old when they posed for these pictures.  Aren’t they ADORABLE!!

 

“Pet Poufs” will be a class this fall if you live locally.  Watch for the new schedule.

Who would you make a Pouf for?  We’ve had lots of fun making these and I’m sure there are many more in our future!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Monday’s Motivation

never get tired

It’s so true!  Don’t tire of doing the little things – it could mean the world to someone.

I hope you’re the recipient of one of those “little things” this week!  Have a good one.



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Blessings ~
Terri

 
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A little rest and relaxation!

I’ve just returned from a much needed break with my family.  We all need a little R & R at times.  It’s been a nice break.  I’m so thankful that all my kids could make it.  For those of you with adult children you know how challenging it can be to get everyone together, let alone for a whole week!

Just a little glimpse into our Alaskan Cruise.

the kids at Glacier

Baby Joe’s the only one that didn’t come.  We didn’t think this vacation was a good fit for a 1 year old.  From left to right – Jason (kiddo #3), Ryan (kiddo #1), Bethany (Ryan’s wife), Sam (Ryan and Bethany’s first), Bethany (kiddo #2), and Jeff (Bethany’s husband).  I love them all so much!  They are each amazing people.

My parents came ~

My parents came ~

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along with my sister and her husband.

We cruised the inside passage in Alaska.  We sailed from Seattle on a beautiful sunny day.

Ketchikan ~ Juneau ~ and Skagway where the ports we visited.  Also spent a morning cruising the Tracy Arm Fjord.

Jason and I cruised the Misty Fjords in Ketchikan.  The kids and I visited the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and a large group of us took a trip through the mountainside on the White Pass railway in Skagway.

Throughout the trip we were delighted to see some fun wild life that we don’t see here at home.  Bear climbing a tree, a beautiful Caribou just staring at the train, mama seals with their babies, orca’s, killer whales, porpoises.  It was pretty amazing!

Alaska was experiencing a bought  of unusually nice weather while we were there.  It was great!

Now I’m going to leave you with a string of my favorite pictures from the trip.  this is when my web-guy would say, “wow! that was a content rich post”!  I think that means I got carried away with the pictures!  :-)

 Seattle sail away

eagle close-up

glacier close up

group train pic

heading out to Misty Fjords 2 Ketchican sign with mountians

Ketchican sunset

Ketchican

leaving skagway 3

lighthouse

Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau

misty fjords  bi-plane skagway from the train

skagway sunset

Tracy arm 1

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Last but not least, this is Sam in his suit for formal night on the ship.  He was the most handsome fella there (trust me, he got LOTS of attention from the ladies)!

sam formal night

Whether you have a big vacation planned for this summer or not, be sure to make a little R & R time for yourself.



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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A little different motivation for this week.  How do you use your quilts?  I get asked that question a lot!  I use my quilts in so many different ways.  I really decorate with quilts.

I stumbled upon this post from another blog I thought might be inspirational.  Ways to display quilts.

Hope this inspires you to get out some of those quilts where you can enjoy them.  Or maybe use them in a different way.

Hope you enjoy!

antique red quilt storage

Click HERE to see all the other beautiful quilt displays on the Sarah Says Sew blog.



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri