Adoption Day

Gideon. You’re the best.

Always right by my side. Looking up at me with those big brown eyes, just waiting for a head pat or belly scratch.

That’s all you ask of me. It doesn’t matter what I say, or how often I’m stressed, late, messy or grumpy, you give me your best all the time. All you ask of me is a little attention. Some scratches, tug-a-war and a walk around the block.

So today, Gideon, I celebrate you. It’s your “adoption day” on Saturday. You were 4 months old when we brought you home with us 3 years ago. I’ve never regretted it for one moment.

So to celebrate, we bought a big bag full of doggy treats, food and bones to keep in the car, for when we notice homeless dogs who are looking for some kibble. Gideon also got to lick peanut butter off a spoon and he’s sporting a much needed new doggy tag.

 So happy we belong to each other, Gidster.

*p.s. If anyone is interested in this dog tag, I bought it from a fantastic shop on Etsy called,   J Hollywood Design. These would make great Christmas gifts, for the animal-lovers in your life. My phone number is actually on the front of Gideon’s tag. But ya know, I used my re-touch tool to remove it. I trust you…but there’s always that random person who shouldn’t have access to people’s phone numbers.

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DIY Fabric Labels

Today’s been a good Saturday so far. It was raining early this morning, but it cleared up long enough for Gideon and I to take a 3 mile walk. Those long walks often end with a stop at our local coffee shop. A latte for me and a heart-shaped dog biscuit for Gid. We walked home through sunny sprinkling and hung out in the backyard while my hens enjoyed some yogurt. It’s been one of those days where it always feels like early morning. Something about the light and quite.

So today, on this fabulous Saturday, I feel like sharing. I’ve been asked several times how I create my fabric labels for my clutches.

Here’s how:

You need an ink jet printer, freezer paper and cotton fabric. You should be able to get freezer paper at any grocery store, usually by the tin foil. It’s original purpose was to wrap meats and fish for freezing, in this plastic coated parchment paper. Somewhere, somehow, it was discovered that if ironed to fabric, it made for a fantastic applique aid.

One. Cut out a piece of freezer paper and a piece of fabric a little bit larger than 8 1/2″ x 11″. I usually use a beige cotton fabric, that isn’t too sheer. I also, almost predictably, skip steps to make things go faster. I “measure” by laying a piece of copy paper down and cutting around it.

Two. Iron the crap out of your fabric. Making it really smooth. Following instructions on your freezer paper box, iron your fabric to your freezer paper. I dry iron the shiny side to fabric, with fabric on top. Iron, and iron, and iron.

Three. Cut it down to precisely 8 1/2″ x 11″.

Four. After you cut it, for good measure iron again. Making sure the edges are sealed.

Five. Design your page. Test print to make sure it’s exactly how you want it. I was working on some pre-Christmas stuff. Test print, until you are happy with the size and font.

Six. Place your fabric sheet into your ink jet printer and print away!

Seven. Cut out your new labels, peel off the freezer paper and enjoy!

I usually iron my labels after giving them a chance to dry. I’ve washed them in cold water as well, and the color faded slightly, but not too bad. The possibilities are endless. Anyway, enjoy and I hope you find this helpful. Let me know if you have any more questions!