2014 in review

Oh lookie here!! Not a smidgen as impressive as some of the others we have seen, but we were grateful to find this hidden (by another 234, 556,325 emails) in our inbox! We have had such a great year blogging and you’ll know from previous posts that we really count 2014 as being our first year! We’ve made so many beautiful new friends and are grateful for each and every one of ya!! Here’s to more fun in 2015!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Huge Woofs,
Carrie, Myfie, Ellie and Millie x

Halloween Spooktacular: This is HOWLoween

We are delighted to join in with the Halloween Spooktacular blog hop! We’ve been having lots of fun and Mum has been taking lots of pictures (as per usual)… here are the spoils.

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That giant orange friend we were introduced to met his demise yesterday. Mum stuck knives and pins in him and said some words that turned the air blue. She said she has never carved a pumpkin before and this was her first attempt. We totally believe her because this is what it ended up looking like! We weren’t really sad about him meeting his end though, because he smelled soooo good!

Then we moved onto things that were much better looking…

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That’s us! Mum muttered something about photo quality and light, because she is so unorganised it was nearly dark out by the time we posed for these. But anyway, we think it doesn’t really matter and you’ll get the message.

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Ellie makes a great witch, she doesn’t really need a costume but mum put one on her anyway!

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The trouble is her hat always slips over her eyes, and when that happens it makes her sleepy. She wondered if this would be spooky enough in a Pirate-Witch kinda way. It didn’t really work but she wasn’t giving it up.

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Next up is Myfie, we call him the Great FrankenMyf! Yeah his costume is a bit of a mish-mash so he ended up as a sort of Frankenstein-come-wizard type dude…

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He’s pretty happy with himself still, he says the spookiest thing about the whole event is how devilishly handsome he is anyway! (…yeah whatever dude)

Millie lay down

Millie is the cheeky little witch she always is, just with more colour! She didn’t really want to have her photographs taken, she was too busy sashaying around in her costume… until she saw us having ours taken and thought there might be some treats involved.

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She was all smiles then… Kinda!

We hope you all had an ArrrWwwOooOohHhhHHhHhHHHHh-ing good Howloween! Special thank you for the hosting of this special bloghop too!!

Won’t ya join in?

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Wordless Wednesday: SuperModel

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Eek…and we’re off!

Firstly, I would like to apologise for not being around much this week. The truth is the last couple have been mega (does anybody say that word anymore?) busy and stressful. Some of you may know I have been working hard to get my little shop launched… and it’s been absolutely terrifying! HA.
I am nowhere near the excited and comfortable phase yet, but I hope that will come with confidence and time.

Earlier in the week I announced the winning name for the collar-naming competition I had. Here it is:

Hello my name is

Clever huh? Thanks so much to those of you who either added a name here or popped over to my Facebook page to enter. Every suggestion meant so much to me!

Then on Wednesday, October 1st I launched my actual shop over on Etsy!

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I won’t spam you all here with the individual pics, but if you do want to come over and take a look… here is our little portion of that huge market place: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PawedCouture

I was so lucky that within the first hour of announcing the shop open, I received my very first online order.

I do have plans already buzzing around my head for lots of new products and I won’t JUST be selling on Etsy, but… one step at a time, one paw in front of the other, right?

The pups have been an amazing comfort throughout this process, bless their furry little hearts and they make an appearance over there too, in their tester gear. It would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?

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Millie look out

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I just wanted to thank everybody here for their support and encouragement. I will try to keep you all updated, but the most important thing is… We’ll be back with more pup pics swifter than the wag of Millie’s tail! (which is really fast btw 😉 )

Hugs,
Carrie, Myfie, Ellie and Millie ❤

 

Black & White Sunday: On The Fence

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The garden where the Pawed Shedquarters lives gets really boggy and soggy when it rains. It’s felt really autumnal here of late, and those of you who read my post a couple of weeks back will know that, for me, that’s something to celebrate. For the pups though… not so much. Oh they prefer it being cooler of course. Being cooler, generally means more rain around these parts though. And more rain means the garden becomes a swamp! The garden becoming a swamp means that they can’t come in… and that produces the faces you see here in my pictures today.

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Pathetic isn’t it? They look like stills from a dog charity campaign.
The truth is though, they don’t actually WANT to be in the garden. They don’t like soggy paws as much as we don’t like them having them.
They won’t stay in the shed with me, otherwise you know I would carry them down there. Well, Millie might but then the other two would get upset. *sigh*

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There’s nothing else for it, I have to make them prisoners of the driveway! I swear it is harder on me than it is on them,  if you think their faces look upsetting… you should hear the noise!
They do eventually give up and go inside though, poor little lambs. They can see the shed from there by sitting on the back of the sofa and looking through the window.

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And as soon as I am done and make my way down the path I am greeted by my very own itty-bitty (OK actually reeaaally fuzzy and in need of a hair cute that IS happening this week) welcoming committee!
All is forgiven. But I best give them a treat to make doubly sure!

Is there something that you do that sometimes your furry best friend can’t be a part of, do you recognise these expressions?
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Black & White Sunday: Team Work

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I’m not making it up when I address my business posts (business seems a bit grand at the moment, but you know what I mean) as ‘we’ and ‘us’. I know some people who work alone like to do so to make them look grander in some way, and there’s nothing wrong with that, of course. However, most of you know  that when I say it, I am talking about the pups and I.
They aren’t employees, but they ARE team members. They are paid in treats, love and attention and they pay me back with the same (though their idea of giving a treat is somewhat different to mine).

I’ve spent a lot of time in the shed this week and that means that all pups are also on duty. Ellie (pictured above) likes to patrol the premises. She’s Security, if you like. She can often be heard barking away intruders… and anybody else that dares to pass by anauthorised.

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Myfie is Supervisor. He supervises what everybody else is doing and can do this with his eyes closed and snoring, too! He’s a talented pup.
He is also very fashion conscious, and so he has the role of Chief Product Tester. If it looks good on him, it’ll look good on any pup… apparently.
He’s also the scruffiest and most boisterous (don’t tell him I said that) which is perfect for seeing how the things I make stand up to heavy wear and tear!

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And last, but not least, there is Millie. She is Time and Motion Analyst and Head of Entertainment. This basically means she makes sure each of us have regular breaks by bugging us until we stop whatever we are doing, for a cuddle or a play. The teeth mean she means business.

All very important jobs, for very important pups. Though, the jobs that they have which are most valuable, they don’t even know they have. They are my inspiration, motivation and unwavering support network. I couldn’t do this without them.


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Black & White Sunday: Moody Models

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Sepia Myf

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It was Myfie and Ellie’s turn to test out their new collars and leads/leashes next… However, they seemed to have decided between themselves that they weren’t much in the mood for posing. And why would you be when there are ducks, birds and other dogs to see off?
Every time I got my phone out they both petulantly turned their heads and refused to look at me. Oh well, it’s a good job I think they are gorgeous from any angle!

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Black & White Sunday: Oh hello!

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I think somebody wants to help… Either that or I’m in trouble for spending too much time away? Uh oh

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House of Pawed: A long-overdue update

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Since I wrote this post (House of Pawed) a long, long time ago work has been slow and steady in my Shedquarters. There’s been tears, lots of tantrums and plenty of unseen obstacles to overcome. I won’t bore you with them all, but should you ever have aspirations to take your work outside into a temporary building… think long and hard about it. It sounds easy, and is anything but.

I still have some things that need doing in there, but they are just little finishing touches I hope to add over time. For now it’s pretty much a blank canvas, but it IS finished and I AM able to be working in there… finally! Just in time for summer though, so if I had planned it that way I would be pretty happy with myself… I can pretend!

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Yes, it’s pink and white… it does look a little like a Wendy House for a giants child. But I couldn’t leave it brown now could I?

Let’s look inside…

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Plenty of shelves and cubby holes with not very much in them… that won’t last!

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Neither will how clean and tidy this desk looks!

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The most important thing in this picture is the little Scottie, who watches over me!

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And this is another ‘action station’ where cutting, measuring and swearing will take place.

So, as you can see, it’s pretty plain for now and I am going to need to adorn my walls with inspiration and my floor with mess. But until then, the absolute BEST bit about my little space is that I get regular visits from my ins’paw’ational trio.

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Alright, they mainly come for a sniff about and to be nosy.
It’s a tiny little space but I also intend for them to have somewhere to settle in here with me if they like.

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Yes, Ellie… for you!

What do you think? Have I missed anything essential?

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