Friday, March 24, 2017

Canine Couture

Could you two be sweeties and finish that cape for me?

Canine Couture
(blink)



Canine Couture
"Sure!"



Canine Couture
"Hmmmm"




Dog Blog Post #2394


The boys take their props very seriously.

Photography Assignment



Our Daily Challenge - Mar 24, 2017 - "Hobbies"

Daily Dog Challenge 1969. "Just For Fun"


They'd Rather Be Playing


Can't say I blame them.


Bitey-Face
"Roar!"


Bitey-Face
Yodeling?



Bitey-Face
Opera?



Bitey-Face
Jazz?



Bitey-Face
It's a dog thing


Daily Dog Challenge 1968. "Goofing Off"


Sleeping Beauty
Zachary: "Zzzzzz"




Just Because I Can


A Stitch In Time
A Stitch In Time






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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cookie Inventory


Need More Cookies
Zachary: "Need more Cookies!"


Goodness, aren't we rude.


Cookie Inventory
(blink)



Cookie Inventory
(considering options)



Cookie Inventory
Penitent Puppies



Dog Blog Post #2393


The boys taking inventory of the Cookies.

Looks like a Pet Store trip is in my future.

The smallest Cookies are for small things - like coming over and being a Dress Form, or coming in the house when called.

The medium sized Cookies are "Good Bye" Cookies. Pretty sure the guys are happy to see us go when they get those.

The large Cookies are a relatively recent addition to the collection, and have mainly been used for props, although the boys get one if they are used.

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - Mar 21, 2017 - "All in Order"

Daily Dog Challenge 1967. "Dog Stuff"


Meanwhile, Yesterday...


Still sewing, but did manage to get the shots, even if they didn't make to Flickr or the blog.

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

Our Daily Challenge - Mar 20, 2017 - "Close Up Portrait"

Daily Dog Challenge 1966. "Up Close and Personal"

Up Close and Personal


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Waiting

Waiting
Henry: "Now?"


No sweetie, not yet.

Dog Blog Post #2392


My floor littered with dogs Waiting for the nightly shoot.

Every time I stirred in my seat, Henry would raise his head in Anticipation only to be disappointed.

Tonight I was working on a prototype pattern for the boys - a notch up from the V-Collar I've been making of late. It was originally based on a commercial pattern for a dog coat I bought for $1 (one of those 5 for $5 sales).

I traced the back pattern piece off and shortened the length to work better for my photography needs, then switched the closure allowance from front to back, but otherwise left it alone.

It was... a disaster. There was no way that garment was ever going to fit on the boys, and I hadn't even put in the sleeves yet.

Round two.

I traced off the necklines/shoulders of the front/back pieces and then eyeballed a lower edge of something I hoped would be a fitted-cape shape - something LIKE my V-Collars but fitting closer to the neck and around the shoulders.

It was... a bit better.

At least it was workable.

So I spent the rest of the evening calling Henry (the non-fidgety dog) over and taking in a pinch of fabric here and pinch there (for a Cookie, of course) until my "dress-form" got bored and left the room.

Zachary had abandoned me for Hubby long before, even though he had been getting Cookies for Nothing.

As the evening closed, I was really happy with the back neck seam and the shoulder seams. The front is probably still a bit too big, but with all the ruff fluff I hesitate to make it too snug. I definitely need to shorten it around the front legs so it doesn't ride up when they lie down sphinx-style - the most common pose - and then decide what the lower front width/shape should be.

Problems for another day.


Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - Mar 19, 2017 - "Waiting"

Daily Dog Challenge 1965. "Anticipation"


Waiting
(sigh)


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Golden Leprechauns

Golden Leprechauns
"Happy St. Patrick's Day!"


Dog Blog Post #2391


Once A Year our Golden Leprechauns come out, and if you're Lucky you might get a Golden Cookie.

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - Mar 17, 2017 - "Once A Year"

Daily Dog Challenge 1963. "Lucky"

Golden Cookies
Lucky Cookies


Oops


Took this yesterday, and posted to Flickr, but forgot to include it here.

Obviously, the associated text is referring to yesterday's "Ruff 'n Hood and Friar Pup" shoot.

Ready and Waiting
The Goldens Gather


They love the attention and treats, and were none to happy that the shoot was delayed while I finished up the Cookie Bags.

Henry, in particular, kept coming around and nudging me to remind me that it was past time.

This is my kitchen in its "studio" configuration. The reflector is just visible, clipped to the fridge handle on the left.

The flash isn't there yet (I was walking over to get it when I took this) but the stand is just visible, hiding behind the umbrella.

When I actually shoot, I'll have the kitchen lights off and the umbrella CFL on, to provide the light the camera needs to focus. The main light for the picture comes from the flash.

Note that dogs, floors, and cabinets are all the same color - hence my love of backdrops.


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Ruff 'n Hood and Friar Pup

What are you two doing???

Ruff 'n Hood and Friar Pup
Henry: "We stole the Cookies from the Rich to give to the Poor."


You're going to give all those Cookies away?


Ruff 'n Hood and Friar Pup
(blink)


Every single Cookie?


Ruff 'n Hood and Friar Pup
(whimper)

Eh hem...


Ruff 'n Hood and Friar Pup
Henry: "We might keep one or two... bags."



Hmm....


Dog Blog Post #2390


Looks like Ruff 'n Hood and Friar Pup have struck again, although I have serious doubts the boys will be distributing them anytime soon.

Photography Assignment


Daily Dog Challenge 1962. "Smart"

Takes a clever dog to pull of such a heist, no?

Our Daily Challenge - Mar 16, 2017 - "Green"

This is the completed Robin Hood outfit, coming in as prop #11 for the year. You might recall I trotted it out a few weeks ago in an unfinished state to fit a challenge. It's been done for a while, just waiting for the moment to be right. :)

The hat was downsized from Butterick pattern (#4574) - another $1 purchase from a 5 for $5 sale. I cut the fabric (fleece remnant) according to the pattern, then shifted the pattern down and recut the top and back end to make it much shallower and bit shorter. Stupid me, I didn't think to trace what I did in case I wanted to make another - a flaw in the process I fixed when I make Friar Pup's outfit. The feathers were actually from the floral department, as the bagged pheasant feathers looked terrible.

While you can't really tell, Henry is indeed sporting yesterday's Obi Wan Doggie robe as it was intentionally envisioned to be worn.

The Cookie Bags are prop #12 on my "prop a week" attempt. They are fully seamed and even have a casing for a drawstring on top, although only the right bag has one inserted.

The bones were cut from leftover scraps of Friar Tuck's outfit. I traced around the end of a spool of thread four times and drew some connecting lines. Ta-da! Instant bone pattern.

I whipped them up right before the photoshoot based on simple instructions for sewing a drawstring bag in a book I picked up from the library last weekend. I cut several more bags of various sizes from excess yardage bought years ago for quilt, but ran out of time to stitch them up.

Ruff 'n Hood Props
Ruff 'n Hood Hat and Cookies Bags


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Obi Wan Doggie

Obi Wan Doggie
Jedi Zachary: "Where's my lightsaber?'



Obi Wan Doggie
Henry the Happy Jedi



Obi Wan Doggie
Zachary the Grim Jedi?



Obi Wan Doggie
Jedi Henry, after placing himself in a trace



Dog Blog Post #2389


The force is strong with this one.

Photography Assignment


Daily Dog Challenge 1961. "Beware"

Our Daily Challenge - Mar 15, 2017 - "Holes"

A rather low-tech effect, with the basket sitting on a small stack of black coasters, on top a small dark end table. The coasters separated the basket from the table without being visible to the camera. A small bit of fabric gave the basket a tilt. A few quick swipes of anti-exposure in Lightroom during post-processing made the table disappear.

This was supposed to be a Friar Tuck costume, for some future shot when the topic is right. But when I took an iPhone shot of it on Henry when I finished it last night, and texted to Hubby (in the other room - stop laughing) he said "Obi Wan".

You know... I think he was on to something.

The basic pattern was from a Grim Reaper pattern from Simplicity (#1349). The local fabric store periodically has great sales (5 patterns for $5 vs. $15-$20 each) on various brands. At that price, I can afford to pick something up in hopes I can make it work without feeling the least bit guilty.

In this case, I traced the men's large grim reaper collar pattern pieces (front and back) eyeballing in what I hoped would be a pleasing lower curve and length. The hood was made per the pattern.

The fabric is a yard of fleece (remnant) so I didn't need to line it. Easy to work with, although the sewing machine grumbles a bit when the seams start stacking up.

I particularly liked how the collar came out, and will probably use it again, as I've been looking for a good pattern for a cape. I might add an inch or two to the length, and will definitely give the boys a bit more room around the neck.


Obi Wan Doggie
Jedi Zachary, channelling the Galactic Emperor



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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Look Out Below

Look Out Below
Fearsome Faces!



Look Out Below
(nibble nibble nibble)



Look Out Below
Bellies for tickling?



Look Out Below
"He he he"



Look Out Below
Look at all that flowing fur



Dog Blog Post #2388


Switched to the 35mm lens and looked down.

Gee, what a surprise, the boys were playing Bitey-Face.

Today's shoot is sans flash, 1/40s @ f/2.8, with ISO 1250-1600.


Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - Mar 13, 2017 - "Ground or Grounding"

Daily Dog Challenge 1959. "Below"

Look Out Below
"Roar!"


Can you tell I'm trying to get back on their good sides after yesterday's Lampshade Shoot?

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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Day After

Must have been some party...

The Day After
Henry - the life of the party?



Dog Blog Post #2387


Unlike Mr. Zachary, Henry was perfectly fine having a lampshade put on his head.

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - Mar 13, 2017 - "Lampshade"

Daily Dog Challenge 1959. "Ears"

Henry's ears are softly furred, softly dangling, with a substantial, heavy feel to them and a chance of getting infected if the weather gets really hot.

His ears are considerably thicker than Zachary's, although it's hard to tell if that's due to thicker leather or thicker fur.

Most likely, it's a combination of both.

Henry is indifferent to having his ears scratched/petted. He would much rather we scratched the ridge of his back, and does a happy dance and arches his back to show his appreciation.


But Wait... There's More!


Not Happening
Zachary - putting his paw down


Apparently, nine year and one day old Golden Retrievers don't have to pose with lampshades on their heads.

I really must read their contracts more carefully.

I was actually taken by surprise on this one, as Henry's more apt to balk at strange things over his head than Zachary.

After a few tries I gave up and went with this compromise shot, as the lampshade itself wasn't the problem, he just didn't want it over his head.

Zachary's ear's are softly furred, softly dangling, and very supple - flowing through your fingers like warm, heavy silk.

His ears are considerably thinner than Henry's, although it's hard to tell if that's due to thinner leather or thinner fur.

Most likely, it's a combination of both.

Zachary likes to have his ears scratched and petted, and I'm more than happy to oblige.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Zachary

Happy Birthday Zachary
Zachary: "It's good to be the Birthday Boy."
Henry: "Yup... more gray hairs for you."



Happy Birthday Zachary
Henry: "Another year older, another yard wider."


Henry!

Dog Blog Post #2386


I don't know much about Basketball, but I know a Ball Hog when I see one.

Here's Zachary, celebrating his 9th Birthday with a ball for every year.

Zachary is, without doubt, both the smartest dog we've had as well as the one with the strongest desire to please.

He almost tries too hard to figure out what you're thinking, making "stay" (aka Do Nothing) one of the hardest things for him to do.

He seems to think that you must want him to be doing SOMETHING!

I taught him how to load/unload the drier and pull the laundry basket down the hall, plus all the usual tricks, and he loves to show them all off.

For a Cookie, of course.

He is seriously food motivated.

Happy Birthday Baby Boy, and here's wishing you many more Lacrosse Balls in the years to come.


Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - Mar 12, 2017 - "March Madness"

Daily Dog Challenge 1958. "Many"

Happy Birthday Zachary
Henry: "He he he"
Zachary: "Just you wait, puppy. Your Birthday is coming up in a few months."



Birthday Boy
Birthday Burger for the Birthday Boy and his Best Buddy


Zoomed


Saturday's challenge was "Zoomed", so here you have Henry at MAXIMUM ZOOM on my iPhone.

Up Close and Personal
So close you it looks like you can almost touch him


I was sitting right next to him when I took it.

Impressive, isn't it.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Yellow Flowers

Dog Flower?
A cheery little Henry Flower



Dog Flower?
A not so cheery little Zachary Flower



Dog Flower?
Zachary: "Get my agent on the phone!"



Dog Blog Post #2385


Amazing what you can do with two sheets of card stock paper and a plain head band.

The paper was folded into quarters and freehand cut, leaving a short, square tail at the base. Each tail was individually wrapped around the headband and tapped to the back of their petal. Each petal was taped to its neighbor in the back with a small piece of tape.

The results were surprisingly sturdy.

While neither dog minds this sort of foolishness, Zachary always tries to hold really still when I put something oversized on his head, leaving him looking grumpy.

The second shot was after I gave him a couple Cookies.

Note the petals haven't budged a bit, despite his animated chewing.

Photography Assignment


Daily Dog Challenge 1956. "Cheery"

Our Daily Challenge - Mar 10, 2017 - "Mellow Yellow"

117 Pictures in 2017 - #47. "Petals"


Dog Flower?
Henry, humoring his Momma




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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Down Time

Even super models get days off...

Tuesday


Bitey-Face
Happy Zachary!



Bitey-Face



Bitey-Face
Henry: "Roar!"



Bitey-Face



Bitey-Face



Bitey-Face



Wednesday






Bright Idea



Bright Idea



Bright Idea



Bright Idea
Henry: (rip shred)



Bright Idea
Henry: "Zzzzz"


Exhausted
Zachary: "Zzzz"


Dog Blog Post #2384


Tuesday:

Our Daily Challenge - March 7, 2017 - "A Favorite Verb"

Daily Dog Challenge 1953. "Favorite Activity"

Wednesday:

Daily Dog Challenge 1954. "Ideas"

Thursday:

Just happy-snappies :)


Photography Assignment



Thursday


Waiting for Cookies
Waiting for Cookies



Down Time
Henry: (more) "Zzzzzz"



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