Monday, January 24, 2011

I made Fritz Dog Boots!

This is from a few years back but still worthy of sharing with my friends here. :)   We adopted Fritz from Adirondack Save-A-Stray four years ago.  He is a rescue dog that came to NY from Puerto Rico.  He is the best pal we could of asked for.  He knows what's 'his' in the house and what not to touch of ours.  If it's not given to him it's not his and he won't touch it. 

Fritz loves the snow but his poor paws get so cold when walking in the snow we get here in Upstate New York.  It's either the cold or the salt they put on the roads that make his paws hurt.  He will hold a paw up and refuse to walk.  So I had the bright idea of making him boots. ;)

This story starts out in January of 2009.  The day started out with me finishing Fritz's snow boots.  I had bought the materials a while back and had started working on them.  I thought they turned out good compared to all the different boots I had searched out online.  That and I have never made a dog boot 

Back Side of Boots:

Front of Boots:

Needless to say Fritz was not amused with them.  I thought they looked adorable on him...but Fritz had other thoughts.  If looks could

I had to force him to walk with them on.  He actually did okay with them.  They have as you can see in the pictures white grip pads which kept him from slipping around.

We went outside.

And that's where all went wrong.  I took him to the backyard and put him on his run.  He just stood there. He was probably so embarrassed that one of his dog friends might SEE him with those 'things' on his   So I decided just to walk him about the yard on his leash until he was comfortable with them.  He was doing good and then I decided it was time to go back in the house.

Well Fritz had other plans and jerked his head and slipped out of his collar and took off running......down the street.  Flipping off his boots as he ran.  Well I was right behind him running.  After about a mile I couldn't run any more. (It was below zero that day)  He thought it was this big game.  He'd run about a block and wait until I could catch up a bit and then take off like a bat out of hell.  I thought I was never going to catch him.  We ran/walked for miles.  I had people coming out of their houses with treats (which being a picky dog Fritz ran away from them refusing their treats).  I had this guy walking his Golden Lab trying to help.  He tried for the longest time to help me get Fritz.  Fritz would run up and see the dog until we bent to grab him...then he' run off.  Ahhh the fun he was having! ;)

Bill had been at home the entire time I was doing all this.  He had no clue what was going on.  He finally noticed I was gone and my camera was sitting on the truck as I had tossed it up there when Fritz took off.  He took off in the car looking for us.  As soon as he saw us he drove up opened up the door beside Fritz and jumped out and grabbed him.  I couldn't believe it...he didn't run from him.  He thought I was just playing a game! grrrrr ;)  My lungs felt like fire...breathing in all that cold air.

When we got back home I only had one boot left in my pocket! :(  We drove around looking for them.  We found 3 total.  1 was still missing.  I think these teens that were walking by may have picked one up.  We looked and looked and it was no where in site. :(

Speed ahead to this winter (2011) Yes it took me until this year to decide to try them   I had used one of my jar openers for the first four so I had to scrounge around for another jar opener.   I had used the opener for the grippies on the bottom of each boot.  With another opener found I made him a new boot.  He's done well with his boots this year.  No running away from me.  Although that nightmare fills my mind every time I have him out for a walk with his boots on. ;) 


I found the idea to make these boots at the link below.  I used her general idea and changed it up a bit.  (higher boot, double elastic and added a warm lining)  You'll find the pattern here:


Sunday, January 23, 2011


Hurry up and get here!  It's cold here today!  It's 6 out now and they are calling for it to get -15 tonight with wind chills around -25.  I'm tired of this winter.  Snow...cold...snow...cold...the weatherman sounds like a broken record. ;)

Have a 'warm' weekend my blog friends. :)

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tea anyone?

I thought I'd share my newest EBay purchase.  I'm just loving it.  I'm not sure where I'm going with it to, but I knew it would be mine when I saw it while checking out EBay a couple weeks ago. :)  I've been trying to locate where it comes from. I'm sure it must be Italian made as it's signed Italia.  But then I could be wrong.  I've been known to be now and then. Just don't let Bill know I said that. lol  It looks to have a rooster drawing beside the Italia on the bottom.  I've never come across anything like it.   It has it's love spots but that's what makes it charming. :) If anyone could shed some light on who it might be by I'd appreciate it. :)

The bottom side...

Looking down on the top...

The backside.  Don't you just love the handle.  It's what made me fall in love with this teapot.

The front view...

And finally the side view...

Have a wonderful upcoming Friday and weekend!  We're in for more snow tomorrow. *sigh*

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

I'm feeling blue....

Well at least my china cabinet is. ;)  I finally pulled out all of my Christmas pretties out of my cabinet.  It was the last to go.  I really do not have enough Valentine's Day decorations to fill the cabinet. I also wasn't looking forward to having to change it out again so soon.  So blue it was.  This should carry me through for a while.

Here are a couple snaps of my china cabinet filled and feeling blue. ;)  These are all pieces collected from my Mom, Bill's Mom, estate sales and the like.  Sorry for the glare.  The sun is hiding today but it sure was bright coming in the windows.

 I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday! :)

~ ~ Kim

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Lene's Web - - Oh the buried treasures to be found here!

I haven't had a chance lately with the holidays and all to go out and find many treasures so I thought I would share with you my favorite place to visit when I go home to Ohio to visit my family.

On my visits back to Ohio my daughters have started taking me to one of their favorite out of the way places,  Lene's Web , 11313 W Elmore Eastern Rd, Oak Harbor, OH 43449  

I could spend all day there just digging and looking for treasures. When I asked if I could snap some photos of her place she said she was honored that I would even ask.  She is just the nicest person you'd ever want to meet.

I've been looking through the photos I took.  I missed a whole section of beautiful beautiful glassware she has.  I can't believe I missed that section.  I'll just have to do an update when I return home for a visit and a trip to Lene's Web. ;)

Here the photos that I did snap while there.  After looking through these I am wondering why I didn't snap so many more.  There is so much cool stuff there and I only mainly grabbed snaps of some of the isles.  If you love 'stuff'  you'd love roaming and digging around with me and my girls at Lene's Web. :)

Walking up to the main building:

There is also a barn to the right of all this with MORE in it. ;)

Once inside the main building.....

I sooooo wanted the stove...but how to carry it on a train? ;)

One of the things my daughter bought was this cool old bowl.  When looking down at it it appears to have been slightly squished before the firing.  It' not an oblong by purpose.  Such a cool old bowl.  I tried to talk her out of but was a no go. :)

My purchases.  I had to go small as the last time I went home I ended up carrying huge things back with me in my carry on bag on the train, it was

Such a fun time....I CAN'T wait to go again. :)  Maybe next time I'll have to use FedEx or UPS to ship my treasures home. ;)

Thanks for taking the time to look through the many photos I took.  You know just looking through the photos again I find so many things that I  'should' of bought. ;)

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