Friday, April 28, 2017

On The Road Again?

On The Road Again?
Foot loose...

On The Road Again?
... and fancy free?

On The Road Again?
Zachary: "I'm blowing this popcorn stand."

Dog Blog Post #2408

Should I worry that Zachary is wearing his traveling hat and bandana, and has a polka dot bundle?

On The Road Again?
Henry... why are you listing?

Photography Assignment

Daily Dog Challenge 2005. "That's a Wrap!"

Our Daily Challenge - April 28, 2017 - "Polka Dots"

The bundle is made from a Fat Quarter.

That's 1/4 of a yard, but instead of a normal 9" x 44" slice they take a full yard and cut in half and then half again, resulting in a rectangle about 18x22".

The fabric store sells precut Fat Quarters of quilting fabrics in nearly as many patterns and colors as they sell quilting fabrics (i.e. a lot). I honestly don't know if they cut-n-fold their own Fat Quarters or get it pre-folded, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was the former.

Fat Quarters more rectangular dimensions are useful to Quilters and Crafters, and at $.99 on sale they are a great way to add some fun color/pattern with little expense.

I've probably used them more for prop "table cloths" than anything else, but they can be neckerchiefs in a pinch (a bit snug), napkins, ... etc.

Both the recent Dog Scout Sash and the Badges I added to it were from Fat Quarters.

More usefully, I sew up colorful bags that I fill with bird seed and then heat in the Microwave to keep my tootsies warm.

I typically sew up six bags every year around Christmas. When the fabric grows thin from use, I then have instant backups.

At the end of the year, I sew up six more bags and and pour the old seed into the new bags.


New bags for pennies.

New seed, when heated, smells like breakfast cereal. If you happen to over-heat at some point (and I always do) it takes on a hint of burnt popcorn. Thankfully, both fade fairly quickly.


White Hat
Zachary - the strong, silent type

Daily Dog Challenge 2004. "Tell A Story"

Once upon a time, there was a brave and loyal Golden Retriever who spent his every waking hour watching over his Lacrosse Ball?

Golden Retrievers are definitely typecast as one of the Good Guys - and rightly so.

Their breed standard practically reads like the Boy Scout Law.

"Temperament: Friendly, reliable, and trustworthy"

... with "... displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident." thrown in for good measure.

(The Boy Scout Law: "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.")

Our Daily Challenge - April 27, 2017 - "Creative Overexposure"

Star spangled tulle (netting) over white stretch velvet.

This was shot using two flashes, instead of my usual one, with the second one coming in from the left, on the floor, with a small softbox, pointed up the backdrop.

White Hat
Henry: "I'm not silent!"

White Hat
Zachary - still silent

White Hat
Henry: "That's because nobody is knocking on the door."

So very true.

Truth in Advertising: Henry is much less likely to bark than Zachary, as Henry stops to consider if the noise is worth barking at before putting forth much effort.

Typically, he usually just "Boofs" a few times, and then waits for the two-legged residents to do something about it.

(Meanwhile, Zachary's in the background putting forth his best rapid-fire bark.)

Now if Henry decides there really is something evil outside, he offers up a much more intimidating growl than anything Zachary can put together.

The best bark was from my first Golden, Beau. I called it a Heavy Howitzer (vs. Zachary's machine-gun). Zachary would bark-a-bark-bark to rouse Beau, who would let loose a few wall-shaking barks, and be done with it. (That seemed to satisfy Zachary, who would clam up as well.)

Having heard Beau from outside the house, I know I wouldn't want to find out what was on the other side of the door.

Beau also had a deep-belly growl that could curdle your toes, which thankfully only came out for strange bumps in the night.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Twisty Path

Sorry - I've been engrossed reading about the history of fashion.

Never fear, though, the boys were modeling, pictures were taken, and then posted to Flickr.

It's just the blog that's been lagging a bit.

Twisty Path
Henry tuft

Henry's Coat

Henry's Coat
Amber waves?

Following a...

Daily Dog Challenge 2003. "Twisty"

... path through Henry's coat.

The especially rich color is due to the lighting, as in, Henry laid down with his curliest bits on his shadowed side.

Our Daily Challenge - April 26, 2017 - "Details"

FWIW: While it doesn't show in any of the pictures, Henry was sporting a wide-brimmed hat for all shots as he chilled with his head on his paws.

The hat shades his entire head (think "sleeping cowboy") and keeps the flash out of his eyes.

Other than his ruff and a few wayward tuffs on the nape of his neck, Zachary coat is completely flat, rending him rather useless for today's challenge.

He earned his Modeling cookies, tonight, running through his favorite tricks.

Dog Blog Post #2407

Henry's Coat
Henry swirl

Golden Fields

Golden Fields
... of Henry...

Golden Fields
... fluff

Photography Assignment


All that Glitters
Oh my


Daily Dog Challenge 2002. "Versus"

... future?

Good taste versus... um... yes. Maybe we'll just leave it at that.

I made the sequined collar back in February, but I believe this is its debut.

It is a simple V-Collar, with sequined fabric (a remnant strip) over heavy felt. Although it took a couple hours to make, being sewn entirely by hand, it was easy, mindless work. The regularity of the sequins made it pretty much impossible to screw up.

I love the sturdy weight of this piece, and so I'm keeping my eye out for additional colors to show up in the remnant bin.

Henry's neckwear is made of rows of little plastic pyramids joined together, sold by the yard on a spool with the ribbons. This is one yard, held together a center-neck by a strip of masking tape on the back. Took me about 30 seconds to figure out the crossing point and tape it together. Done.

Moments like that make me think I work way to hard on (most other) props.

Our Daily Challenge - April 25, 2017 - "All That Glitters Is Not Gold"

All that Glitters
Henry: "I'm from the future!"

All that Glitters
Henry: "We earn more Cookies."

The jabot speaks for itself, I suppose. I took a length of lace fabric (not ribbon) and cut an angular piece about 5" wide and the narrow end and... um... however long that looks :) on the wide end. I then ran a piece of thread across the long length, creating simple accordion folds about every inch. The neck band is extra-wide seam binding, top-stitched top and bottom with the lace inserted in the middle and stitched in place by hand. The collar is actually folded over to make the lace pop out, else it would hang straight down from the collar. I never got around to getting a clasp for it, so the ends are are granny knotted in the back.

(As much as I liked the look, I was afraid the lace would block the "glittering" and thus it had to go for the rest of the shoot.)


All in a Row
March of the Cookies

Four LEGOs... Four Cookies... One Happy Henry.

Daily Dog Challenge 2001. "Four"

Our Daily Challenge - April 24, 2017 - "Queue or Line-up"

Henry, showing off his Special Skill (aka "doing nothing")

The very thing that Zachary is most incapable of doing.


By a Nose
Henry's nose

Daily Dog Challenge 2000. "Less is More"

Our Daily Challenge - April 23, 2017 - "Minimal"


The less said about this next shot, the better.

Howdy Pilgram?
Zachary: "Howdy, Pilgrim!"

So when I reminded the boys today was...

Daily Dog Challenge 1999. "Earth Day"

... and suggested they abandoned their high-tech ways and go back to a simpler, more Earth friendly way of living - at least for a day - this is what I got.

Our Daily Challenge - April 22, 2017 - "April Showers Bring May Flowers..."

Blame the guy who posted the ODC challenge - he's the one that reminded me of the alternate ending, "... what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims!"

I promise, this looked MUCH better in my head.

In fact, I should have just photoshopped it and saved myself some time.

Yes, everything you see is real, and on the dog as advertised.

FWIW: The Flat Hat is taped to a pipe-cleaner halo, resting (precariously) on Zachary's head.



(ps. I have subsequently tossed this collar and come up with a much simpler, and definitely more attractive, alternative.)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Zebra Cuffs

Faux Fur

Zebra Cuffs
Wrong side : Right side

Zebra Cuffs
... a bit closer...

Zebra Cuffs
... and a bit further.

Dog Blog Post #2406

The boys are firm believers in faux fur.

Photography Assignment

Our Daily Challenge - April 20, 2017 - "Save The _______"

Daily Dog Challenge 1998. "Feet"

The Golden Retriever standard specifies: "Feet medium size, round, compact, and well knuckled, with thick pads."

... also known as "cat feet" (although we don't say that too loudly around the boys).

Of course, without regular grooming, those sleek Cat Feet quickly turn into Fuzzy Golden Slippers.

Zebra Cuff
Up close and personal

I didn't intend on this side showing.

I was just looking for an easy way to get the cuffs on their wrists, as sliding things over furry paws - against the grain - is... hard.

It's what it looks like - a pair of buttons with a bit of elastic looped between. I take the elastic off, wrap the cuff around the wrist, then put the elastic band back on to close.

Works great.

Zebra Outfit
The definitely not cave dog outfit

This is the top half. The collar is a standing collar that curves gently from about 3" high, just a bit back of the "shoulder" seam, to 1" at the end (front).

Yes, that's the shoulder seam - or at least the dog equivalent.

Yes, I know, it doesn't line up with the fold where you would think a shoulder seam should be, but that's because my boys have way more behind their front legs than they have before them.

To put it another way, dogs - when you lay a pattern - are hunchbacked. :)

Honestly, I need either a second seam or maybe a dart about 5" inches behind that one, to take in that "flip" that bears no resemblance to a dog's sleek non-shoulders.

Ah yes, something for the next project.

Sorry about the bad lighting - I didn't have the flash out tonight.

Will, once again, try to get a better shot in the future,

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