Halloween 2016

November 1st, 2016 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Dogs No Comments »

I have been missing for a while.   Been busy quilting which I normally do not blog about, but will soon.   I am trying to finish a Halloween quilt that I started 2 or 3 years ago.  Or it could be 4 or 5 years ago.

I finished the piecing and now am quilting it.  The big challenge is that I wanted to learn to do free motion, so part of my quilt was done with a walking foot and the other parts are free motion.

I basically suck at it, but it is a new skill so I just need to practice to get better.   I actually do not mind doing this on an actual quilt versus a spare fat quarter.  I am hoping it will be a reminder of where I started (that is if I get better).

On to Halloween!

I did my normal decorating, pumpkins that light up, spider webs, etc.   I added a new bone spider, bone rat and and bone vulture.

The Boneyard Mini Spider Skeleton

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I also like to get the big candy bars and be the cool house.  But the last two years I have seen a trend where large groups of children come together.  About 10-15 in a group.  As you can image this wipes out the candy pretty fast and with that volume, I cannot even stop to see the costumes.   I prefer the one or two children at a time deal.   Of course the little boy next door showed up twice just like he did last year.   I told him to stop doing that and I would run out of candy.  LOL  He could have least changed his costume or waited for a huge group and confuse me.   Too funny!

Speaking of children, the last two children of the night wore this adorable NASA suits and you put the candy down the flexible silver tube (aka dryer exhaust hose) it drops into their air pack on their back.  Sooooo cute.

This year I added two new items, an electric fence light that made “sparking” noises when you got near it.

 

I ended up putting it on the baby gate that I use in the doorway so the dogs do not get out when I answer the door.

The other goody I got was a short-circuit lab light bulb that fizzled in and out like one of those spooky haunted laboratories that mad scientists do human experiments!   Eeekkk!!!!!  This one is sold by Gemma in case you want one.  I got mine at Wal-mart.

It has a little switch that you can either make it motion sensor or not.    I liked it a lot.  Made it real spooky.

I also dress up the dogs like a good dog mom.   Doug resisted Eli getting dressed but I think he really thought he was cute.

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He was a prisoner of Love.

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It was a tad bit tight but he did just fine.   The label on the back glows in the dark.   I just love how it looked on his hind legs.  So cute.

Olive was a dinosaur!  A cute one I might add.   Olive does real good with costumes.

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You can see her costume better on the video below.

Penny on the other hand HATES costumes and sweaters.  She is 100% dog and does not like that sort of thing.

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She does make a cute little panda.   Look at that panda tail on her back.  So cute.

For fun I made a little video

 

Thanks for looking and Happy Halloween!!!

Annual Pool Party 2016

July 4th, 2016 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Digital Creations, Dogs, Outdoor No Comments »

Yesterday was my annual pool party.   I use to do the annual Christmas party but it was getting so hard for everyone’s schedule.  There were too many activities to do both on my schedule and my family members to pull of the Christmas party in December.

My brother in law was always kidding me, but seriously inviting himself over to swim in my pool.   So I started this tradition.  Dogs and all.

My theme this year was Nautical or more ocean themed, Tropical and Patriotic.  LOL

I had bought new chair cushions that were a blue and green coral because the other cushions were getting a bit flat and out of shape.  Hence the ocean theme,  Since my outdoor tableware was a tropical pattern and it was the 4th of July weekend my theme automatically became the Naut/Trop/Pat theme.

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To start with Eli (my brothers dog) had to wear his new patriotic bandana.  Little does this dog know that he is going to be exhausted by the end of the evening.  Eli has a fear of the water and thinks it is his personal responsibility to try to save everyone out of the pool.   Get ready Eli, it will be a crazy day.

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Penny can smell the ribs cooking and is really looking forward to a bone or two.  But she is being very patient.

Penny is a sweet natured Terrier Mix that has a bad habit of nipping at people when the other dog gets excited.   More about the other dog later.

Penny’s DNA is a complete surprise to me.

She is a terrier mix, but I guess she is more of a Chihuahua/Australian Shepherd mix.  Her fur, when long, does look like a Australian Shepherd, and maybe her legs do look like a Chi’s, but I thought she would have more terrier in there.

Penny DNA

Oh well, I digress.

The other pooch at the party is the “Head of Security”, my Maltese Olive.  She barks her head off at any potential stranger. Which can be very annoying.  This in turn gets the other dogs worked up.   Penny then nips, Eli growls.  All this because a little white fluff ball says “This is NOT a DRILL, I repeat, This is NOT a DRILL”  Barkity barkity bark bark BARK BBBBAAAARRRRRKKKKKKKKK.

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Do not be fooled by her cute dirty little face.   She means all business.

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Here she is with her Uncle Doug who is trying to get her to behave.  LOL, good luck Doug.

Crazy, fat bellied, dirty face Maltese.   God I love you!

The night before the party I made some cute Ocean themed framed pictures of my appetizers and drink menus.

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I think they are real cute.  I designed the background using Photoshop Elements and used mostly Lorie Davidson images.  I don’t remember the font name but it looked like a Pirate font to me.

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We put cut flowers into mason jars and added some American Flags.

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So how do you add a patriotic theme to a tropical dinnerware set?   Just add some star stirrers.  LOL.   Yup it creates the theme just right.

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Please note the appetizer plates match the fabric of the chairs.   I just loved this octopus I found at Joann Fabrics.  He really made the ocean theme complete.

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Appetizers made and put out.  Please notice the dog nose on the lower left corner of the picture.  Eli must check everything out.  Especially if he can smell it.

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Wide shot view.  Notice the large movie screen.  I bought that at Amazon and it is amazing.  It is portable and can easily be put up in 30 minutes or less.  Depending if the helper will let you read the instructions.

You can get it from Amazon HERE.

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Guests have arrived, my sister kicking back with a Sangria.  You can kinda see the cushions that match the plates.

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My grand niece Kenzie playing in the pool with Eli.  Eli loved the shooting water.  He was completely drenched by the time the day was over.

Here is a video of Eli playing with Kenzie as she shoots water in the air.

Eli trying to save Kenzie.  This poor dog ran around the pool all day long trying to save us.  He did manage to save a few pool toys.

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My beautiful niece took a selfie at the party!

By this time I stopped taking pictures as I was in the pool, eating, talking and enjoying myself.

By nightfall we watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” on the big screen.   We had popcorn and theatre boxed candy.

When it was over it was around 11pm, so everyone went home, tired and happy.

Until next year!!

Dog Clothes

September 30th, 2015 klwade Posted in Dog Clothes, Dogs 1 Comment »

So the loveable Eli posed in this jacket I made for Mac The Pitbull.   Mac is doing an auction to get money to help many many many dogs.   Yeah!!!!  We love MAC!!!!

The nice grunt from the Mac Pack said that some people may want to order a coat from me if they do not win the auction.  Or maybe the love the coat but their dog is a different size than XL.  So I am putting this out here so you can order from me directly. The sizes are from XS to XL.   I have a variety of patterns that I put on the back of coats (see some samples below).  I have not set prices as of yet, but it will vary depending on number of thread count on the embroidery, cost of fabric, etc.     I will update this post when I have some additional information.

But in the meantime, here is the adorable Eli showing off the coat.   Please note that Eli is too small for the coat so if your dog is XL it will fit better.

Please leave a comment if you are interested and I will contact you back.  My email Karen@shinytinfoil.com is not quite working right.   Yikes.
Dog Coat Front

 

Dog Coat Side

Dog Coat Overview

 

Dog Coat Top

Dog Coat Happy

 

 

Cool designs I use on coats.  I have a zillion more, but just some ideas to get you creative thinking flowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for looking, and even more for supporting Mac the Pitbull in his hard work to save dogs!!!!

 

 

A Look of Love

August 21st, 2014 klwade Posted in Dogs No Comments »

Penny Love copy

 

I recently adopted a new dog to keep Olive company so when I finally go back to work, she will have company.  It has been rocky.  Penny is a chewer.  Penny is not confident on where to go potty!  Penny chases the cats.   But Penny loves me.  When I am lying in bed, she will put her paw on my arm.  Sometimes I catch her looking at me.  With love in her eyes.  I think she likes me!!!!

Adopt!  Your next best friend is at the nearest shelter or rescue group!