DIY Dog Bed

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It all started when our 50 pound puppy decided that the couch was his bed. He has a kennel that he sleeps in at night and whenever we leave, but he would prefer to be with us when we are home. So the couch is an obvious choice, right? My husband and I decided that we were gonna enforce our new rule of “Rogan is not allowed on the couch.” Our discipline went something like this. . .

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Which brings me to why I decided to get Rogan a bed of his own. At first we were just going to buy one, but after looking at different stores we realized that they weren’t made very nice. Most of them had this gross stuff that looked like hair (instead of real stuffing inside of them), and they weren’t the most washer/dryer friendly.

I looked for ideas on Pinterest, and I decided to pull out my sewing machine and make him one. I modeled my version after a tutorial found here. Originally, I was going to make one identical to the picture below because it’s so cute and pretty. But after looking at the fleece selection at Hobby Lobby, I decided that none of their prints would give the same effect, and I wanted a color that matched Rogan’s hair. (it’ll look less gross after he sheds his hair on it)

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I found the material at Hobby Lobby. I bought a yard of clearanced red fabric to go inside of the fleece cover and a yard and a 1/2 of the sock monkey fleece. Next, I made a pillow out of the red fabric by sewing it together with my machine.

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[I will be doing a pillow tutorial later on if you don’t know how to make one, but you can also find tons of tutorials online as well.] I stuffed the pillow with stuffing that I already had and sewed it up all of the way.

Most importantly, I scotch guarded the pillow. (the hubs idea :)) Now it doesn’t matter if the pillow gets wet. It should be water resistant.

Next up was measuring and cutting the fleece.

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I left about 6 inches of fleece all the way around the pillow. I cut 4 inch long by 1 and 1/2 inch wide slits all along the fleece. Then, I tied the fleece together by double knotting each tab of fabric around the pillow.

I also bought a zipper for the fleece, just in case I decide to sew it up (instead of the knots). I may get tired of unknotting/knotting it every time I want to wash it.

I really like the way it turned out and so does Rogan! It’s always way cooler knowing you’ve made something. :)

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Easy Peasy Craft

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Nope. The towel isn’t the craft. My mom made that for me. Sorry. :) But isn’t it lovely?

The craft is the bottle turned into a flower vase. It’s nothing spectacular, but it was super easy to do. It didn’t cost anything to make because I already had all of the supplies. And who doesn’t like free decorations? I’ve been needing something to go next to my hand towels in our bathroom, and this works perfectly.

I used an old Crush soda bottle and cleaned the sticky labels off with Goo Gone. That stuff is amazing, by the way. 

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Then, I just used some satin brushed metallic gold spray paint and voila! What a lovely FREE vase. 

I’ve been dealing with a sick puppy for the past couple of days. :/ Apparently Rogan has some sort of allergy that’s making him swell up with hives. Thank God for Benadryl. Seriously. I took him to the vet yesterday and hopefully he gets better soon!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Easy DIY Dog Toy

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So I had a lot of free time on my hands today, and decided to share this dog toy post with you as well. I was inspired by Stephanie Elizabeth’s blog post on, Fab You Bliss, found here. If your dog is anything like mine, then it’s probably hard to keep toys from being completely demolished/chewed. That’s why I love Stephanie’s idea! After making one rope toy, I still have enough materials left over to make at least two more. Now I don’t have to worry about whether or not this toy gets ruined. It’s not a big deal, because it was free.

All you need to make this dog toy is any type of jersey fabric (I used 3 of my husband’s old t-shirts), a rubber band, and some spare time. You simply cut the fabric into about 30 long strips, knot one end, braid, knot the other end, and voila! You’re finished. Cutting the fabric takes the longest, but the next time I make one I won’t worry about making the strips exactly the same size.

For the complete directions you can visit Elizabeth’s blog.

Here’s Rogan with his new toy. What do you think? I’d say he likes it.

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DIY Infinity Scarf

Sorry I haven’t updated you guys in a while. Life has been uber busy, like seriously non-stop. I’m still working on my online classes whenever I have free time. I’m super close to taking my midterm. I’ll probably take it by the end of the week. I can’t wait to finish Career Step and start my REAL job. :)

In the midst of all of life’s craziness, I was able to find some time to crochet an infinity scarf. I know, I know, it’s not really the right season for making these, but I’m planning on making them throughout the year. I want to have them ready to give away as gifts or sale for next fall/winter. It only took me about 2 hours to make. I’m excited about trying different patterns and designs as well!

Click here for the super cool blog that I found the pattern on. This blog has a ton of cool FREE patterns. If you like to crochet you should definitely check it out. If you don’t know how to crochet you can look up different video tutorials online. There are a ton out there, and crocheting is super easy to learn. I’m not just saying that. ;) My mom made me learn how when I was little, but I was never really interested until recently. Now I’m thankful that she taught me back in the day, because it all came back to me so quickly. (like riding a bike)

Anyway, here are the pictures. Let me know what you think. :)

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