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Friday, November 25, 2011

Making a dog bed to make Spender feel more at home

Guest post written by Luckas Randleman:

We just recently adopted a little puppy and he's still adjusting to life in our home. The kids have been begging for a dog for a long time now and I thought that we would finally oblige them and get one. Besides, once they started begging for one, it made me want one around the house myself!
But we're trying to teach both the puppy and the kids boundaries. One thing that I want to prevent form happening is the puppy sleeping on our beds, so I thought we could make him a really special dog bed for his own to help with that. When I was online looking up some dog bed directions, I ran across the site clearwirelessinternet.com. After I looked through it a little bit I decided to change over our home internet service to one of the packages that I saw on there.

I found some instructions on how to make a dog bed that even I could do, so I made it a project for myself. I let the kids pick out some fabric for him and we worked on it together. I think that he really likes it. Now we'll just try and make sure that he doesn't chew through it!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Inspiration & A really Cool Find

Every once in a while I treat myself to choosing a topic, throwing the topic into my address search bar, hitting the find button, and seeing what comes up.   Why do I do this?  I'm sure this is just one of those quirks that you have to know me to understand!  What I can tell you is that I have found tons of inspiration, numerous topics to blog about, and some really cool , weird, and unusual things.  Sometimes I find  a  real gem!

Today, I came across a word that was unknown to me... "hamper gifts".  Because I was unfamiliar with the term, I punched it into my "trusty" address bar as a question... and was tickled to find out it's basically a wicker basket filled with lots of goodies.  It's a British term, what we Yanks call...a Gift Basket!  or Picnic Basket!  ;-)   I'm used to calling a hamper a container that holds laundry.
I found the information in a British  flower shop... now bookmarked of course !  

Normally I would have gotten my answer and  and dashed "in" and "out" of  the site.  But as an artist I'm attracted to color...it draws me in.  So my first impression was how pretty this  site is, and it made me want to look more...both out of curiosity, and my attraction to flowers.  If you are familiar with my work, I love doing floral lampwork beads......  
   and floral digital collage sheets.  
Even my jewelry tends to lean toward a floral theme.  You can find more examples of my work here
 Click Here for the tutorial for this bracelet
 So I was absolutely mesmerized at the visual impact of this site!  The color combinations of these Hamper Gifts "wowed" me.  So much color inspiration for my glass work!
So what started as a quest for inspiration and information soon became...wow!  what really nice  baskets.... and then my curiosity got the beast of me!   oops I meant best of me!  ;-)  and I was looking at everything... really sumptuous flower bouquets....And  wait! ...a section for Mom and New Baby!  How cool is that?!?

One more thing...If I wanted to... I could actually order from them.  They do international shipping via flower shops all over the world.  How about those cookies! Oh yeah they didn't have those , but they do have chocolates !  Amazing huh?
  My quest today 'kinda mirrors life.... you start down one path and you end up on another.  And if you want to know how to take care of  your cut flowers.... this is a great site for information and how-tos....wikipedia additives-for-cut-flowers.  

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