Altering a Dog Costume

tinman-costumeLast week at work one of my coworkers asked if I would alter a little costume she’d gotten for her dog. She wanted to support a friend who was running a marathon, but the costume she’d bought was much too large for her very tiny dog (going by the measurements, it might be smaller than Peter). To be honest, I’m a beginner sewer, so I don’t like having the chance to mess up other people’s stuff, but I couldn’t bring myself to say no, so….I ended up with two days to alter a little Tin Man dog costume. Continue reading


Winter Stitching: Rugs and Hot Water Bottles

Rug supplies

Rug Making Supplies – wool strips and large crochet hook

So here I am, slinking back ashamedly to post about my meager winter projects: I crocheted a rug (several months ago) and made a hot water bottle cover (last weekend). I’ll start with the rug, since that was finished first. At some point in the distant past, Mom sent home a box of rug strips that belonged to Grandma. She couldn’t make rugs from them anymore, so they were passed on to me. I decided a simple crochet rug would be fast and easy, especially with the strips already done. When I opened the box, I found that “rug strips” was a bit of an exaggeration. There were lots of random scraps, some strips of old jeans, and a few strips/scraps of wool (according to the burn test).  I had what I thought was a large pile of wool strips, a big hook, and directions for crocheting an oval from the old Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (the one with all the hideous 70’s projects).

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Finished Baby Beanie

Finished baby beanie – close up of flower

Thus far, this blog has not succeeded in shaming me into working on projects. But I did get the little beanie finished in time for the baby shower! They had also asked for favorite baby books in lieu of cards, so I added Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I just had to look up how to spell caterpillar. From what I remember, I actually used to pronounce it “catapittle,” maybe that’s why I still can’t spell it.

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