Dog Valentines + Free Printable

Happy Monday everyone!

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make an easy valentine you can give your dog, your neighbor’s dog or whomever!

I got inspiration for these from Sarah over at Whimsey & Hope. Hers are adorable, so be sure to go check them out!

The valentines I made include five different designs and sayings:
“I woof you”
“Best friends furever”
“Love is a fur letter word”
“Be mine furry valentine”
“I pawsitively adore you”

For these valentines you will need the following:

• Cardstock
• Scissors or X-acto knife
• Snack stick or treat of your choice

You can download and print the valentines here: Dog Valentines
The printable is formatted for a 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

I highly recommend that you use heavy paper for this project. Regular computer paper will probably tear and will not hold the treats in place.
Also, depending on the diameter of your treat, you may have to cut a little more than what is shown in the pdf. (the two vertical lines on the valentine)

Have fun, and please share pictures if you give your favorite pups these valentines! 🙂

 

 

DIY No-Sew Dog Bandana

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Hi everyone!

Today I have a super easy tutorial for you!

One of my favorite dog accessories are bandanas. My dog hates wearing pretty much everything except for his coats and bandanas. They are the perfect little accessory to dress your dog in and another plus is that they don’t mind them! 🙂 This DIY is perfect if you don’t have a sewing machine on hand or are a little bit challenged when it comes to sewing.

I went to Hobby Lobby this week and picked up three different fabrics. One of them I used in this tutorial and the other two other I am saving for more DIY projects, so stay tuned for those!

The materials you will need for this project are the following:

1/2 yard or 1 yard of fabric (depending on the size of your dog, also buy extra in case you mess up!)
Scissors
Dritz 222 5/8-Inch by 20-Yard Stitch Witchery, Regular
Ruler
Steam Iron
Damp Cloth
Pencil

  1. To get started, take out your fabric and flip to the side that is not going to be shown when your dog is going to wear the bandana. Draw a triangle with your ruler or trace a bandana you already have. If you don’t mind frayed edges or an uneven cut, then you can cut the bandana out exactly the way you want it. If you would like a clean edge, then I suggest measuring an additional 1″ so then you can fold and “hem” the edge.
  2. Start cutting away!
  3. Once you have finished cutting, measure 1″ from the edge and start making a dotted line so it’s easier to fold your edge.
  4. Grab your Stitch Witchery and line it up with the edge you would like to finish off. Measure and cut. Place it in the space you measured (between the edge and the 1″ marks you made). Fold up on the dotted line you made. In the above photo, I had already placed the Stitch Witchery in the fold of the fabric and ironed it. I am just showing you the width of it compared to the fabric.
  5. Dampen a cloth (I used a new washcloth I had) and make sure to wring it out well. Set your iron to the “wool” setting. Place the cloth over the edge you are working on, with the stitch witchery in it and place the iron over the dampened cloth. Leave it on for about 10 seconds. It’s important that you don’t move your iron when you’re doing this. When you have finished a complete edge, flip it over and repeat on the other side.
  6. Do this to the remaining two sides.
  7. I decided to leave the folded up edges on the ends that tied and it helped me double knot it around Max’s neck. You can also grab velcro and sew it on the back if you don’t wish to tie it.

There we go! A pretty simple, decent looking bandana with no sewing! 🙂 Be sure to share pictures, if you decide to go ahead and follow this DIY!

Peanut Butter & Carrot Dog Birthday Cake

Happy Friday!

I decided to write a blog post today about Max’s birthday cake that I made for his first birthday. I was contemplating baking him something this week and writing a blog post about it, but decided that since I received questions on Facebook about his birthday cake, that I would share the recipe instead of baking something new.

I got the recipe and inspiration for this cake from Katie over at And Everything Sweet. You can see her post with the recipe here.

Katie decorated her pup’s cake with the cutest bow and banner! I’m not sure exactly how she made the bow, and since my baking skills aren’t quite that advanced, I decided to refrain from trying. 🙂

Instead of making a banner I wrote Max’s name with peanut butter instead. I also wasn’t sure what size pan Katie used, so I stuck with a traditional 8 inch round pan. I was going to double up but figured that Max is such a tiny dog and didn’t really need the extra cake, especially since no other pups were in attendance for this party.

 

 

To make this cake you will need the following;

Ingredients:
1 cup of white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup shredded carrots
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
8 oz non-fat cream cheese for frosting (you will not need the full 8 oz)
*optional: Milk Bones for decoration
*optional: additional 1/2 cup of peanut butter for decoration
Directions:
Mix the flour and baking soda together. Then mix in all other ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-40 minutes.
When cake is finished baking and has had time to cool off, frost with cream cheese. Make sure not to go overboard. Although this is a special treat, try not to put too much cream cheese on the cake.
Optional:
You can take Milk Bones and line the outside of the cake to give it a more finished look.
To write a name on the cake and add more decoration, take a ziplock bag and fill a corner with approx 1/2 cup of peanut butter (preferably creamy). Close the bag and cut the corner you filled with peanut butter. Make sure not to cut the hole too small or too big. You will need a hole large enough for the peanut butter to smoothly pass through. If you make the hole too big, it will be harder to write. Once you have cut your hole, squeeze the bag of peanut butter and write your pup’s name and/or make designs. Have fun with it! Your pup won’t judge your artistic abilities, or lack there of. 🙂 If you mess up you could always lightly remove the peanut butter with a paper towel, and use the cream cheese to fill in that spot and re-try!
When you are finished you could slice and serve like you normally would a cake. I would advise this especially if you have other pups who will be eating, or you are serving this to a smaller dog. Max was solo at his party, so I let him dig in at first and then eventually I cut a smaller piece out for him since it was easier for him to eat that way.

I also made Max this handmade hat with craft supplies I had lying around the house. Let me know if you wish to see a post on who I made his hat. 🙂

 

As always, thanks for visiting and make sure to leave a comment if you have tried this recipe or have a favorite you have tried before!

 

Bachelorette Party- DIY Lipstick Piñata 

A few weeks ago one of my girlfriends had two bachelorette parties over the course of one weekend. We decided to spend one night “in” to play games, eat a ton of good food and of course have some girl talk. We ended up having that party at my place since it was easier to just get rid of Ryan for the evening. 

One of the fun things I came across on Pinterest for a bachelorette party was a lipstick piñata tutorial from Studio DIY! You should seriously go and check her out! She has a ton of amazing ideas and DIY projects. 

I pretty much followed her tutorial step by step and was overall pretty happy with the results!


I had thicker cardboard on hand so I wasn’t able to make as perfect as a circle. I also made my flat connecting pieces a little bit wider than my tubes since I wanted to make sure that I was able to hot glue them securely together. I was afraid that the pieces would be too small and would fall through. After I was finished hot gluing I trimmed around the pieces so they were almost flush with the tubes.

The most time consuming part was cutting the tissue and taping it to the cardboard. This definitely tested my patience but this is what makes the piñata beautiful so take your time! 

Here is the finished product! Not too bad for a first time piñata maker! Haha


I had to pose with the piñata afterward because overall I was pretty happy with it and wanted to take in it’s beauty before it got destroyed. Hahaha Ryan hung it up in the garage since he didn’t trust us swinging at things blindly in the house. I filled the piñata with candy, confetti, lipsticks, “bride tribe” hair ties from Etsy, as well as hair ties I made from elastic I bought from Hobby Lobby. I also filled it with some miscellaneous bachelorette items-we’ll leave it at that. Haha 🙂

Here are more of the decorations I put up in our main living area of our house.


I also made a super easy DIY banner of the groom. I photoshopped his face onto a model I found in a magazine and then hot glued it onto cardstock and then twine. 

My piñata only lasted about two swings but it was cute and we had fun with it! I didn’t realize how easy it was to make a piñata! 

DIY Graphic Tees

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This past weekend my girlfriends and I made some graphic t-shirts together. In the evenings throughout the week, we have been working out together, so our plan was to have a little hang-out and make cute workout tanks.
We took to Pinterest for inspiration on sayings, and various ways to cut our shirts. Cutting the shirts seemed a little too crazy for me, so I decided to stick to the basic muscle tanks. By the time I was done with our mini project, I had made two muscle tanks, three off the shoulder sweatshirts, and the cute graphic tee I am wearing in the above photo.

I wasn’t originally planning on making a blog post out of this but it’s too easy not to share! Anyone can tackle this DIY.

 

What you need to get started:

A few tips:

  • Do some shopping for inexpensive basics. If you are going to be cutting into your shirts, I say the cheaper the better. Or if you have old basics lying around you can certainly use those! I went to the Dollar Tree, and surprisingly they had basic shirts for you guessed it, a dollar! Some were fitted women’s tees, and others were very large youth tees that I managed to fit into. I made those into the muscle tanks. I also went to Walmart where they were having a sale on basic shirts for .75 cents and also had basic crew neck sweatshirts on sale for $1. The most I paid for a shirt was under $3 (the one in the photo of this post) and that’s because it was a looser fitting shirt that I planned on making into a more casual shirt to wear with jeans.
  • Do some research and think about what sayings you want to put on your shirt. I found my letters at Hobby Lobby for $3.99/pack. They were super simple to iron in. There are only two letters per pack, so you have to be strategic on what phrases you want to do. I would also plan it out by pulling your letters out for each shirt, that way you will know if you have more than enough letters.
  • Set up your ironing space and pay attention to where on the shirt you are putting your letters. I would recommend marking where you would like the letters to sit while you have the shirt on. I had made a sweatshirt that said “Dog Mom” on it but the letters sat too low on my chest. I ended up adding the word “Crazy” at the top which luckily saved the sweatshirt.
  • Check Michael’s and Hobby Lobby for clearance fabric supplies. I wasn’t sure when I was going to ever use these supplies again, so I went as cheap as possible. I managed to find clearance fabric paint for $1 so I bought those just in case I wanted to do something beyond the letters. I’m glad I did! I ended up using masking tape and painting graphic mountains in the photo above!
  • Have fun and remember, if something doesn’t turn out quite like you’d expect, it’s okay. Between cutting shirts, and ironing on letters straight, something is bound to not go as expected. Like I mentioned earlier, I had only paid $8 for seven shirts so I wasn’t at a complete loss if something didn’t work out. If you really feel terrible about just throwing something away or not being able to wear it, make it a shirt to sleep in or a shirt to do another DIY project in. I have messed up so many clothes from painting, etc that when it comes time to it, I throw on the same messy shirt and pants.

Have you done any fun DIY projects lately? I am hoping to add some more to my list for this summer.