Posts Tagged ‘cute’

Etsy Store of the Week – RoverDog

I’m so sorry for getting this week’s Etsy Store of the Week feature out so late in the day! This past week has been exhausting both mentally and physically for me and I needed the day to recharge. In order to recharge I stayed up way too late last night playing with a new skill (screen printing), slept in way too late, watched a football game at the bar with hubby and then saw the new Harry Potter movie! It’s been awesome and much-needed. So now I’m finally sitting down for long enough to tell you about this week’s featured store: RoverDog which makes the most stylish coats for dogs that I have ever seen!

RoverDog creates her stylish pet clothing in Toronto and then ships all over the world. And while I’m not usually that big on dressing up my dogs (Ok, except for the holidays!) we now have a wonderful little chihuahua that has decided that mildly chilly is just too cold for her. So on my journey to find something comfortable, warm and not too frilly for Bean, I found it can be frustratingly difficult to find what I want in a dog coat. And then came along RoverDog! This is what I want, and isn’t this dog just dapper?

Skipper peacoat for dogs by RoverDog

Taking a look through the shop, I also stumbled upon a cute little number for my nephew-dog-in-law, a yorkie owned by my very preppy and high-end business working in-laws:

Tie and oxford shirt for dogs by RoverDog

And the models in this shop couldn’t be cuter!

Anorak for dogs by RoverDog Pea coat for dogs by RoverDog

These are made to order so if you have troubles fitting a particular dog you can get exactly what you need! And because these are made to order, the last day that you can purchase one and expect it for the holidays is December 1st, so hurry up and pick one out from RoverDog!

So do you dress up your dogs for warmth, charm or fashion? Let me know!

Etsy Store of the Week – Storeyshop

Oh! I’m excited about this week’s Etsy store because it’s one that I’ve had my eye for a while now. There are probably a dozen or so items that I’d love to purchase and I’ve tried to keep it to four – so hard! So this week’s store is Storeyshop, a UK based (I know, I’m so international) hand cut and laser cut greeting card and more shop. The sense of humor and love that comes from Storeyshop is wonderful and makes you stick around to check out her tons of listings (192 right now!). With that much creativity, she’s got something for everyone!

So for the item that I want the most, I’m having a hard time deciding on just one! And then I remembered, hey, this is my blog – I can have more than one! Isn’t life liberating once you realize your own power? Well, that’s true, but yeah, greatly exaggerated in this case. However, these two great cards are ones that I would love to get for Roger on some anniversary soon!  Storeyshop has lots more of these “I love you more than…” cards and can customize the message too in case you can’t find exactly what you want.

I love you more than my iPhone card by StoreyshopI love you more than coffee card by Storeyshop

Another card I’d like to get Roger is this next one. He likes Superman and comics (but prefers the Hulk or Batman if anyone’s listening and caring at the same time) and this would be just right! And I just love the layered work done on this greeting card.

Super hubby card from Storeyshop

Storeyshop offers some great humor-based love greeting cards, but it’s not all she offers. There are housewarming, birthday, holiday and random occasion cards too. They all have bright colors and bold, simple designs which is the hallmark (ha!) of her cards. Here’s one in particular that I like because of the detail work on the house.

New home greeting card from Storeyshop

So if you need that special occasion card to let someone know how special they are, or need to stock up on unique Christmas cards, check out Storeyshop on Etsy!

Etsy Store of the Week – katherinejlee

This week’s featured Etsy store is katherinejlee! Katherinejlee has a line of environmentally friendly home goods and decor ranging from tea towels to pillows. Besides being good for the environment, her designs have a sense fo whimsy which make her beautiful and simple designs that much better.

As is the routine, the item that I want the most from her store is… and oven mitt! Oh, I just heard groans of boredom everywhere! But have no fear when katherinejlee is here! She has created a beautiful organic cotton oven mitt with a great mandala/flower pattern. And we really could use a new one since the one we have now is well… gross and burnt!

handmade organic cotton oven mitt by katherinejlee

The next item is a close second (and only lost because of the actual need of the first), and showcases that whimsy I was telling you about. And I love the picture too, I just want to curl up and read a paper in it! Isn’t the lighting just magical?

hippo pillow shams organic cotton by katherinejlee

Katherinejlee has some other great designs for pillow covers for the rest of the house too. The first repeats the design from the oven mitt and the second is the cutest little owl pattern. You could really add some beauty to a living room with these designs!

organic cotton handmade pillow cover by katherinejleeorganic cotton handmade pillow cover by katherinejlee

Katherinejlee‘s shop is cute and practical – and I’m in love! Check out the rest of her items now!

Oh so excited!

So today, one of the Etsy sellers lucky enough to be featured on the front page was mooshygooshies. And I was immediately drawn to the item that was shown:

Mooshygooshies's custom metal key chains with dog silhouettes

Aren’t those just up my alley? Dogs AND crafts! I couldn’t be happier. Ok, maybe if she somehow worked Fat Tire beer into the listing… 🙂

Anyway, I immediately contacted her as the rest of her stuff is just gorgeous. Clean lines, graphic prints and more dog themed items. I’ve asked her to come up with either a pit bull silhouette (I’ll forgive her for overlooking the second most common “breed” in America!) or if she could base a silhouette from Muttley’s adorable mug. I gave her the link to the picture that my business logo is based on, and quite possibly the best picture of Muttley ever. Take a look at it on the front page of my business site here. Wait, you didn’t know that I also run a successful pet sitting and dog walking business, besides my slowly (hint: quite slowly) emerging craft business? Where’ve you been?! I even have an employee! Check it out!

Anyway, enough self promotion. The cute little cards that mooshygooshies offers is what I’m ordering for my annual Thank You cards and gifts for clients of Lucky Mutts this past year. Last year I included little treats for the pets and a Belgian chocolate treat for the humans. This year I’d like to top that by a little. Nothing crazy, but everything totally adorable! And yummy too. I’ll probably be making the pup treats again this year, but maybe a little gift too? Who knows, it’s still early. Though I would like to get these out around Thanksgiving.

Why Thanksgiving and not the holidays? Am I being that politically correct? Heck no! Well, actually in a way… But the main reason is that Thanksgiving is a time to remember those you need to be thanking and for thanking the abundance in life. What a perfect time to thank my customers for keeping me fed the last year and to wish them a happy holiday season. And marketing wise, it’s pretty good timing!

Why even blow money on clients? Because they are the best! They pay me to play with their dogs! They trust me to love and attend to their most cherished ones. It’s a responsibility and a task that I enjoy doing and I’ve been able to craft a wonderful business out of my clients. My small business has allowed me to grow as a person and stretch my creative (and sometimes ADHD) mind in new ways. Lucky Mutts has allowed me to be the wife I want to be, the dog owner others dream about and quite possibly one of the happiest women on earth.

See! I’m getting on all emotional-grateful and I haven’t even ordered the thank you cards yet! Off to play one last game of mah jongg before retiring to bed with my latest marketing required reading. I hope all is wonderful in your world and that you cuddle with your fur-kid with extra love tonight. They deserve it!

Etsy Store of the Week – SoFino

This week’s featured Etsy Store is SoFino. SoFino is based in Charlotte, North Carolina (which is quite a distance from her original home of Serbia!) and offers beautiful felted soap that is affordable, beautiful and quite practical thank-you-very-much!

These soaps are so gorgeous your guests may think twice about using them, but if they don’t use the soap, maybe you shouldn’t open your soap-loving home to such dirty guests! hehe… Anyway, if this economy’s got you down, or at least spending a whole lot less on yourself, it may be time to splurge on something truly useful. And as always, my choice first!

SoFino handmade felted soaps

Aren’t those just the prettiest? And such beautiful technique SoFino has in order to achieve those perfect silhouettes by felt! Ok, I can hear some of you saying that yes, those are pretty, but what the heck is felted soap!? The felt surrounds the bar of soap to act as a scrubby, sudsy tool and allows you to use the soap to the last sliver. After the soap’s used up, the felt remains and can be filled with more soap, made into a drawer freshener (just add a drop or two of essential oil) or as a plain wool scrubbing pad. So don’t you see how practical this beautiful splurge can be?  (Can you tell that I’m convincing myself as well?)

SoFino felted soap

Perfect for the fall and entertaining those Thanksgiving guests. And yes, they’d better wash their grubby little hands before touching my turkey! And she offers some beautiful sets as well:

SoFino heart collection of felted soaps SoFino collection of pebble felted soap

I just can’t stand it – these soaps are too cute! I think everyone on my holiday shopping list may get soap this year! SoFino offers lots more options, and has some pretty spectacular artistic creations, but I can’t feature her whole Etsy shop here, so go on, go check it out!

Looking for the pertinent links? Well, ever since I got so-super-cool and learned how to link the images to their shopping pages, I’ve felt (get it, ha!) that the pertinent links section isn’t all that necessary. So get to clicking on the above links to her store, or the images themselves! See you all next week!

Etsy Store of the Week – FuzzyMug

I’m back from Chicago! It was a wonderful trip and I have lots of pictures, but that’s another post. Oh, and another post that should be up soon is my new running plan for the half marathon. Yes, I’m doing it even though I had surgery on August 16th and the half is on October 17th! And also to be posted soon is my debt confession and repayment plan. Hi, my name’s Krysta and I have too much debt. Hehe! Anyway, as you can tell I’m well rested and invigorated from the vacation, so stay tuned folks.

Anywho… this week’s Etsy Store is great for all you pet lovers out there: FuzzyMug. This Baltimore resident creates colorful graphic images of animals and can do custom orders too. And she doesn’t offer just prints, but notebooks, shirts, cards and calling cards. So you can totally show your animal love!

As always, the item I want the most: this print of a rabbit in black ink (you get to choose which color you want on almost everything!). Besides the obvious cute factor, let me tell you why: I had a stubborn old man of a black rabbit named Spaz for nine years before having to put him down last November. That rabbit put up with my sometimes too-busy-to-cuddle schedule and even endured the 3000+ mile trip to Alaska and back. He survived testicular cancer and the following castration, btw I am so sorry little man! It’s always hard putting a pet to sleep, but Spaz was very difficult for me as I had him from 15 to 24, some very important years in my life and he was there to see it all. So here’s my first choice in FuzzyMug’s Etsy shop:

Rabbit print from FuzzyMug

So do you have a certain pet you’d like to memorialize or just show off? I can think of three dogs in particular that I’d love to have portraits of! Here’s an extremely cute example of one the custom pet portraits FuzzyMug does:

Custom pet portrait from FuzzyMug

There are some of the many art prints FuzzyMug offers. But what about the other stuff I mentioned? Don’t think I forgot! These next two items are for the animal lover (or just your love!) in your life. The first is a great card idea, no matter what age or event and the second is a notebook that would make any pet lover smile.

I love you this much card from FuzzyMug Love me love my dog notebook

A little bit about FuzzyMug, taken from her profile:

 I volunteer my time and design know-how to local animal shelters and I have 4 cats and 3 dogs of my own. They were my inspiration for FuzzyMug and they are often coerced (with many treats and promises of long hikes in the woods) to pose for my portrait ideas.

Now that’s a real animal lover! So let’s not only give a round of applause to FuzzyMug but go and buy some of her stuff! The pertinent links (and if you haven’t noticed, I’ve upgraded my techno-savvy by making the pictures clickable to the listing!):

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Etsy Store of the Week – HandmadeFlowers

This week’s Etsy Store is HandmadeFlowers! I couldn’t help but feature her handmade flower appliques and hair clips because of her gorgeous, buttery-soft, cotton-candy-light photos.

Here are some great hair clips that I would love to wear in my hair.

Handmade Flowers hair clips

And these flower appliques can be used in so many different crafts. You could make your own hair accessories, jewelry or add them to a shirt for an instant romantic look. And wouldn’t it be irresistibly cute to make a wreath with them to celebrate Easter or the summer?

Handmade Flowers appliquesHandmade Flowers Appliques

Handmade Flowers appliques

All the pertinent links:

I just can’t help myself but think of new crafts so I can use these! What craft ideas do you come up with after looking at these gorgeous and handmade flower appliques?