A dog bed fit for a king | Make a dog bed cover

 

Dog on bed

This is Gillis and he’s a great dog in every way. One of Gillis’ cutest moves is a hold the dog bed in your mouth move which, according to research, is a method of self-soothing. You can see him self-soothing below with another bed. What stresses this dog needs to alleviate? I have no idea, he lives like a king.

Gillis self soothing

Gillis, for all his wonderfully endearing qualities, wrecks dog beds regularly because of this self soothing. The corners get all gummed and discoloured and the bed covers look disgusting. I was thrilled to find a great DIY project on a wonderful blog last year and made my own version. Find the original inspiration blog here.

I bought a painters drop-cloth at Canadian Tire because it is inexpensive and durable and I wanted the rougher look. I used supplies from the dollar store for most everything else.

Supplies:  hardware store painters drop cloth// craft brushes from dollar store// black paint from dollar store// a roll of self adhesive book cover from dollar store//x-acto knife// sewing machine

I measured the existing insert from one of the ruined dog beds (there are a number to choose from around here) and created a design in Adobe Illustrator to scale. The inspiration for the design was the Nova Scotia flag because Gil, even though born in Ontario, adores Nova Scotia. I cut out the rectangle for the first side and for the other side I used the prefinished edges of the drop-cloth to create an overlap back. Using the print-out as a template I cut a stencil from the roll of self adhesive book cover. I placed the medallion, peeled off the backing, stuck it to the fabric and applied the paint. I then used painters tape for the cross on the outside and was done.

Dog bed in progress

It certainly isn’t a perfect paint job but I wanted a rough, handmade feel. All that was left  to do when it dried was to sew the three pieces together. I’m quite sure I’ll end up making another fairly soon so I didn’t make gusseted sides which would have made it look much better. Perhaps next time.

Finished dog bed

You can see below what reaction it got from his highness.

Gillis on bed

Kensington Market – great reads

Kensington graffiti

Kensington Market is a truly unique neighbourhood in Toronto. One of the oldest areas, it is the definition of urban multiculturalism. You’ll find Caribbean patties, Mexican tacos, spices, vegetables, fish, cheese and great cafes. Not just food, though, the area has the best vintage shopping in the city and a large selection of contemporary crafts shops. The neighbourhood is congested, noisy, smelly and lively. You’ll see great graffiti and people from every walk of life.

The colourful history and heritage of Kensington Market is a rich vein for literary mining. One of the oldest areas of Toronto, Kensington started out as a neighbourhood for newly arrived immigrants fresh off the boat.

Two books that use Kensington as the primary setting are:

The Gnomes Eye by Anna Kerz

and

The Market Wedding by Cary Fagan illustrated by Regolo Ricci

http://www.goodreads.com/places/7107-kensington-market

Both are available at amazon.ca

Crochet bowl | Crochet bowl

The dead of winter can be all about staying in, watching tv and nesting. This little crochet bowl was made in one evening easily and added bonus… keeping your hands busy while you watch tv means no hands in the snack bowl.

crochet bowl

I spied this nylon cord at Home Depot and the colour suited my son’s bathroom perfectly. I used a 12mm crochet hook and since I haven’t crocheted since grade school I looked up a quick refresher on YouTube. It’s just like riding a bike, once you remind yourself of how it’s done, it comes right back to you.

crochet close-up

crochet bowl

crochet detail

Next I want to try some in soft cottons and perhaps an oval shape.