Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sleeping In Style

I finished another sewing project! This one was rather intimidating as it required me to come up with my own pattern and do my own measurements. Luckily I convinced myself I needed a rotary cutter and, WOW, did it help! Made cutting so much easier, quicker and more precise.

Anywho, here is the finished results! And, yes, they are dog crate covers! :) Our pups sleep in our bedroom (one raises a ruckus literally ALL night long if she isn't in the same room as us) - and for the longest time we've dealt with the beauty a black metal wire crate brings to the essence of our master bedroom.

I've been wanting those nice wooden crates that look like furniture - but when hubby got me my sewing machine my mind starting working - huh, I wonder...and wallah! The dog crate cover idea was born.

First I made fleece slip covers for their mats (old yoga mats I had cut up for the bottom of their crates - in hideous purple and blue). Then the covers for the crate - and it looks marvelous! There is even a front flap that can be pinned up for everyday use to open and close the door and unpinned to further conceal the crate when guests are over!

Also tired a different cookie recipe this weekend much to Matt's delight - Soft & Chew Peanut Butter cookies - we used up the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter we've had for ages (it sounded good but wasn't really practical - EXCEPT in these cookies!) - and added an extra 1/2 a cup of regular crunchy peanut butter and lo and behold we now have 4 dozen cookies...a little much for 2 people SO I am sure that friends and coworkers will be receiving end of some cookies soon!

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Momma Val said...

Cool covers! I tried to make something for our dog when he was still in a crate way back. That is totally awesome. Yes, those are ugly creates to look at aren't they? Cookies look delicious!!! You have to read my current post about bags when you get a chance. Are those covers for modesty in the sack? JK!

Nadine said...

I love the covers! I could use one for the bigger dog, as he has a metal crate. That would much improve the sight of it.
And if I had eggs in the house, I'd be making those cookies right now. Instead I'm raiding the Halloween candy. Dur.

Matt's Miscellany said...

I don't like to toot my own horn, but it was my idea to use the 'chocolate' peanut butter in the cookies.

Where's my shout-out?

Love ya.

Momma Val said...

Yeah Matt! Great idea. My husband also wants to make sure he gets the credit when it's due. Look out Martha, here comes Matt!

Electronic Goose said...

Cute, and nice new blog design. I have those exact same sneakers!!

Stacy said...

Momma Val - Thanks! And no - we put the dogs completely out of the room for that! ;)

Nadine - We haven't bought Halloween candy, so I have nothing to raid - hence the cookie baking. We are both working Halloween weekend so I don't think we will be home to pass out candy. :(

Matt - Yes, I will fix that - your idea was marvelous!

Electronic Goose - Thanks! I am not too sure about the new background - seems a little distracting - but I do love my new header picture. Those are pretty comfy sneakers huh?

indykari said...

Mmm, chocolate PB cookies sound yummy! I tried a new recipe this weekend too - frosted butterscotch cookies w. walnuts. My favorite book is The Biggest Book of Cookies from Better Homes & Gardens. Such pretty pictures, I just flip through the pages until I land on something that I can't resist!

Sarah Pead said...

your covers look great. way to go with that sewing machine and coming up with your own pattern. it looks flawless! :)

Electronic Goose said...

I've worn the sneakers so much, the soles are wearing out! :)

Stacy said...

indykari - I will have to check that book out! Sounds marvelous!

Sarah - Thanks! I had fun making them!

Electronic Goose - Mine too! I am about ready to whip out the super glue to try to reafix where the sole is coming off the shoe. :(