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

Have fun and be creative today!


  1. I am a Christ follower as well!

    My shop is

    I don't sell any doggie products, but I do have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels :)

    Praying our shops are very successful!!

  2. What a cute store you have, Cindy! You are now one of my fave shops & in my circle. May God bless the work of our hands! :)

  3. Those collars are adorable! Isn't it great when something just falls into place and feels so right?

    I have five dogs. A very senior Labrador - he's 14 years old - but still going strong (most days), three Beagles and a Bagel (Beagle/Basset mix). Life around the house is NEVER dull :D

  4. Thanks so much, Raven Chicks! 5 DOGS??! That's awesome! I totally want to get up to 5 or 6 dogs one of these days. Don't you just love 'em? They bless our lives in so many ways. :D

  5. Another black lab owner here, just saying hello and
    good luck in your Etsy shop!
    For anyone who might be interested, we have a post on our blog about a great dog beach we found while on vacation last month (Feb post).
    Photos included:

    Good luck to you from a fellow Etsy shop,

    1. That's great information about the dog friendly beach! It can be difficult to find a quality place to go on vacation that is dog friendly. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day and say hi to Luka for me!

  6. Good luck with your shop! I have a shop on Etsy too!
    I know what you mean by not following your dream. I went into Education but should have gotten an art degree. Not that I regret my teaching experience. I went into retail also (sadly), after my daughter was born. The p/t hours fit my lifestyle at the time. For the last 7-8 years I have been making as much time as I can for my art. It feels good!

    1. That's awesome, Carole! I'm glad you're making time for your art - it's like a reward whenever you are able to express your creative side - at least it is for me! Best of luck with your etsy shop, too!

  7. This is so cute, your newest follower and fan . .


  8. Thanks Mo!! Your blog is too cute! Have a great day!