Tuesday, March 20, 2012

If I knew you were coming..... part 2

Well friends, you'll soon find out that my mind jumps around from project to project - maybe I have a form of "Craft ADD"?? Or maybe my mind is working overtime on new, fun stuff to make and enjoy?  Maybe a combo of the two.  While I am currently working on my textiles line that is being slowly unveiled for the public this Friday, I didn't want to forget the fun cakes I have been working on for the the past few weeks!  Believe me, my boys have enjoyed the cake experiments!

As of today, I will have three "pupcake" flavors available for purchase: banana/carob chip, carrot and carob. All are frosted with a yummy cream cheese or carob cream cheese frosting (and yes, I know because I have tasted them myself...) - some even decorated with carob chips.  Currently you may buy the cupcakes on etsy and have them shipped to you - perfect for any time you want to celebrate with your furry friends!  If you are in the Nashville area - you may also order them at Scentaments in Goodlettsville starting Friday.  If you live in the Murfreesboro, TN area......well, I might even deliver some pupcakes to ya, if you're nice!  lol

And yes, even without any salt, sugar, corn or preservatives, the carrot cake is AWESOME! I ate a couple myself.....  All natural stuff for our friends, ya'll - they deserve it! And my boys fight over some cake, let me tell ya.

Here's a pic of the carrot cupcakes & the banana/carob chip cupcakes and a link in case you feel like ordering some....

Hope all of you enjoy this beautiful first day of Spring!
Take care,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Celebrate good times, come on!

Hey friends!  Had THE MOST encouraging phone call today! Spoke to Vickie Martin, the owner of Scentaments Floral Design, a great store in Goodlettsville, TN. Currently my doggie treats are available for purchase in her store - she is the first person who has supported The Little Black Dog Boutique in her own retail store, and I am very grateful for her support! (Don't get me wrong - there are several people that have been instrumental in promoting LBDBoutique - and I appreciate them a bunch, too!)  Anyway, back to the phone call......

What I didn't know is that she used to be a dog handler/trainer for the AKC (American Kennel Club), and her love for doggies and training them has come back to the point where she can't deny it anymore - she will start training again this month! We talked dogs and product and long story short - Scentaments will start carrying my textiles line, which, if you checked out my last post, is "under construction" - no pun intended. So..... if you are in the Nashville/Goodlettsville area, there will be a store that carries my dog collars, dog leashes and soon to be developed dog apparel and bedding/pillows!!! Hallelujah!

I'm so excited! I will see her on Friday to pick out where in her shop my products will be, and then I'll be making fun dog stuff over the weekend to sell in my new space! How awesome is that???  :D

Monday, March 12, 2012

Falling in love again....

I know, this sounds like an odd title for a doggie blog, right?  But I'm so excited - I've fallen in love with my sewing machine again! 

When I was younger I dreamt that I would be a fashion designer and learned to sew at a fairly early age.  My grandmother sewed (still does, actually), my mother sewed and I loved it too.  I went to college as a fashion merchandising major and LOVED all of my classes that dealt with "construction" - actually sewing and creating garments.  Instead of design I went into retail, and away went my sewing machine (and any time I would have spent on it).

Fast forward to a few years later, and my creative side kept calling to me.  Ever get that sickened feeling when you see someone doing something you wish you could be doing?  I felt that way any time I walked back into a craft/fabric store.  Along comes my idea for my "Little Black Dog Boutique"! The textile side (collars, leashes, bedding and clothes) was going to join my treats, eventually, but I'll be honest - it's been about 10 years since I used my sewing machine in college!  I even bought a machine several years ago, but it stayed in it's box, being carried around from place to place until I had the nerve to start sewing again. Threading my machine was actually intimidating.   But........

I LOVE IT!!!! Again. Made a few dog collars this weekend that will be sold in the store, and now I feel like the addiction has been fed - I want to sew more, more, more!  What a joy.  It has taken me a little while to get back into the swing of things, and I made a few mistakes, but I haven't had this much fun in a while.  For March the giveaway to one of you subscribers/members will be one of these fun dog collars!  And check out my store on etsy later this week for more collars and leashes to come!  (My etsy store address is www.etsy.com/shop/lbdboutique)

Have fun and be creative today!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

If I knew you were coming...

I'd have baked a cake!  Actually, I am baking cake today - for my buddies!  I'll be introducing a line of doggie celebration cakes very, very soon - stay tuned!  So far I've made a banana/ carob chip cake with carob cream cheese frosting that the boys LOVE.  Today, I think the flavor is...... carrot!  I'll let ya know how things go! 

Have you ever made a cake for your pup? Anything special that you do for your doggies to celebrate birthdays or other milestones?  Share your stories and pics!

Woof! (Or "Have a great day!")