Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Adding Vinyl and Sublimated Items To Our Store

We decided to invest into our store and try out hand at vinyl and sublimation.  Which, for us, was rather exciting.  Both allow artistic expression that could be applied to ceramics, windows, clothing, and "you name it".

Feeling like a kid in a candy store, we proceeded to try out hand at various projects.  Some turned out very well the first try, others will require practice.  One of the most exciting aspects is the ability to take a photo and apply it to various items such as cups, pillows, shirts, and many more items.

Pretty much anything we make we can put on something.  We will be slowly adding these to our store and like our other products, we will be able to customize them for our customers.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Taking the dogs for a walk....

I have two Frenchtons , who are just the best.  However, I must admit, I am a little lax on the leash training.  The youngest is only 5 months old and a bundle of energy with teeth.   I think he has gnawed on almost every item here in the house.  Thinking I'd give him a change of scenery, I decided to take both of the rascals out for a walk.

Even though Ash is only 5 months old, he is a hair heavier than Kali (2 years old). He's going to be my big boy.  He is already 20 lbs, which is a large size at 5 months for a Frenchton.

So off we go on our adventure.... Kali takes off pulling all she can to explore and mark her "domain". Ash on the other hand is lagging behind, looking at me as if to say  "What are you doing to me and why?".    Before trying to get firm on leash rules with the dogs, I decided to let Ash get accustomed to the process.  A little after starting our walk, he and Kali decide to intermittently switch sides or cross each other's leashes.   If they weren't criss-crossing , they were running behind me then looping around up front on the other side.  This lasted for about 3 blocks, then I decided it was time to cut the walk short.  Yep, I won't be taking them for a walk again unless I'm prepared to be stricter on the leash training.   I had thought about just taking Ash by himself to get used to the leash but did not want to endure Kali's looks of betrayal on not being included .

I'm not too concerned at this time on keeping up their walks.  With their both being young, they spend 90 percent of the day wrestling and running around the house/yard like their tails are on fire.  

Monday, September 5, 2016

Pet Designed House Sign with Numbers

One of the most enjoyable parts of what I do is working with customers and designing new items.  You never know what will be requested and that is part of the fun.

We recently had a customer request a house sign to look like a beagle holding a bone. After some back and forth conversations on the design,  we ended up with a new item we are very proud of.  

As with our other items, we are able to modify this to look like someone's pet or general dog breed.    Click here to view these products.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Leash Holders Designed to Look Like Your Pet

Kind of excited with this new project.  It's new but it's not. What's exciting about it is the way it is used, as a leash or key holder.   One of the nice aspects of our design are all the different ways it can be implemented.  On this new item, we are using the front portion and giving it a new purpose.
The tongue is used for the main leash and the hooks can be used for leashes, keys or whatever you want them to hold.
As with our other items, this can be painted to look like your pet.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

DIY - Fixing Up My Lower Bathroom

One of my goals has been to go through the house and fix-up/repair the rooms.  We've lived here for about 11 years and some of the rooms needed work when we got the house.  Now it was time to tackle the lower bathroom. Yea!!??

One thing I do like about the previous owners of the house, they apparently knew less about home repair than I do.   This was one of my discoveries when I tore up the bathroom. After reviewing the damage, it was decided the floor needed new tiling,  walls/doors needed painting, cabinet needed new doors and paint, along with putting up decorative touches.
Was actually pretty pleased with how this turned out.  My first step was to tear out the old toilet that was broken and prep the walls and floor.  This is when I discovered the prior owners DIY skills.   When removing the old toilet, the two anchor screws broke off.  Ok, no biggie, I'll just replace those.  Lo and behold, the toilet flange had been completely cemented in with only the screws showing (what the heck??) . Well, this was interesting, how to fix this?  When inspecting closer, the area was uneven by a large amount.  Part of the reason the old toilet leaked and cracked was from half the base under the toilet being much lower.  
After trying to chip and hack at the cement, I decided to grind down the broken screws and put another later of cement on top, leveling the area and making a solid base.  Since the new snaplock tile was going to raise the area a quarter inch or so, it was no problem.  I now had a nice level opening I could attach the new flange to.
 My next step was  to replace the cabinet doors with wooden ones that would have finger hold indents instead of handles. On one of my visits to the local hardware store, I seen a light green high quality interior paint that was mistinted, on sale for 5 bucks.  Yet, that would work just fine - yes, I'm on the cheap side.
After reviewing Pinterest, I had decided to put a shelf above the bathroom door and a more decorative one above the toilet.   When doing the decorative one, I wanted scalloped wooden braces with a decorative front.  I was so proud of myself, using the scrollsaw to cut out a clam shell on each end and an anchor in the middle.  Wasn't until I went to put it together, I realized, the anchor was upside down.  Well, I'll just tell people that was intentional and my idea of an anchor...
Since the two bathrooms are very small, I wanted the bathroom to be self sufficient, all
bathroom supplies would be kept in the bathroom. The shelf above the door would hold all toilet papers, the shelf above the toilet would hold all towels supplies.  The tiny shower would get soap and shampoo dispensers that would attach to the walls, and lastly, the sink cabinet would have mini-shelves to contain more items. 
I love ocean life and decided this would be a good theme with the bathroom being light green. So I grabbed my brush and paint and a couple of murals up on the walls.  The towel holder was made from rope and metal clasps to represent a ships rope.  

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Make Your Old Interior Doors Look Like Paneled Doors

old versus new doors
old versus new doors
Been slowly working on updating the house the last couple of years. We bought  this  home about 11 years ago and have not done too much to it besides build a new deck.  Decided it was time to work on the hallway doors. They were the original ones that came with the house and were the hallow doors made with that dark panel wood.
I had seen other sites that had put the trimming on the doors and painted them all one color. This is very nice, but I wanted to also use coloring to add dimension to the door. I had decided on having lighter color on the outside of the trim and a darker on the inside. This would 'hopefully' give the illusion of the doors having different depth to them.
This was a very easy project. First I cleaned the old doors up and put wood putty in the spots that had nicks or wood missing.  I then measured the doors and make two squares out of the trim.  One square on top and the other on the bottom part of the door.  You can pretty much use any kind of trim you want, just go to your local hardware store and see what they have and what you like.  When placing the top square, keep in mind that the bottom square may bump against the door handle so plan accordingly.  I know some people state just gluing the paneled squares on are sufficient, but I'm one of those people who want to make sure it will hold.  I used glue and my air pressured stapler.  Once you have the doors cleaned and prepped along with the trimming placed, you can then paint.  Don't be afraid to use your imagination or your own style in painting them.
Thought this turned out pretty well.  It at least made my tired old doors look new again.
old versus new doors
old versus new doors

My First Halloween Casket Prop

Damien and Mr. Skeleton
Damien and Mr. Skeleton
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. Every year we try to add to our collection of props to get that "just so right" haunted look. . The best props in our collection are the ones we make ourselves; They turn out great,  the supplies cost very little and are sturdy enough to last for years.
This year we decided to work on a life sized coffin to hold our Mr. Skeleton.  As with my other DIY projects, the first place I started looking for ideas was on  Pinterest. Didn't take much time to find a really nice DIY instruction for one made from Foam Board - http://www.spookyblue.com/halloween/coffin/.
The nice thing about doing the props yourself is modifying them how you want them to look.  I did not like the use of duct tape to fasten the sides together and I wanted it to be very sturdy.  We used 2 inch Foam Board instead of half inch and used silicone to glue the sides together.  The sides and lid were also notched in about half an inch to join together better and allow the lid to actually close properly.  Besides making the board impressions, we used a marker top to press in the impressions for nail heads, these were painted silver. There was also the issue of the width of the bottom of the casket (where the feet would go).  It was a little too narrow for my taste so we made it a couple of inches wider.
The instructions we found on Pinterest were nicely done and showed lots of pics for each step. We just wanted to add our own revisions to it.  Which I encourage anyone to do. Use your own style and design when following DIY projects.   finished coffincasket sideiltd2lidcasket 3.