Saturday, January 3, 2015

DIY Stuffed Animal Shelf

Happy New Year!

In the spirit of resolutions to get organized, I have a quick and easy project for you today.  I'm not going to lie - we have a bit of a problem with stuffed animals in our house.  Try as we might, we can't seem to pare them down at all.  They all have a back story (even the flimsy ones from various fairs and carnivals)!  So, instead, we built them a spot so they won't keep clogging up closets.

All you need are two 1 x 4s and one 1 x 2 boards.  Ours were 10 feet long but you could do any length.  Sand them down a bit to smooth out ends.  We painted ours first, but you could wait until they are assembled, too.  We didn't paint the back or bottom.  

Nail the two 1 x 4s together at a 90 degree angle.  (The bottom board of the shelf should butt up against the back, giving you the most width.)  Then attach the 1 x 2, having the bottom board butt up against that.  

Find some stuffies for quality control.  Is it me, or is that cat smiling extra wide?

Side view: you can see how their bottoms nestle in to the ledge and don't slip out.  

We took the entire shelf and screwed it right into the studs of the wall (a stud finder, drill and husband are all very handy at this point!).  

Dig out all your stuffies from drawers, closets, underneath blankets, etc. and line them up.  Don't they look happy?  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Valley Dog: hands-free leash review and GIVEAWAY!

Seems like I start every post lately with "long time no blog", but when I logged on and saw my last post was Easter!?  Yikes!

I do have an excuse!  Ever since last fall, I've been getting back into running.  In fact, I ran my first 10K in the spring!  For me, that was a huge accomplishment - setting a goal in the fall and working towards it - even running all through the New England winter - outside!

Photo: Carb loading post race with Melissa Gould.
Ooops!  We're not running in this photo! 

All along, I have had the best training partner - this guy!  Normally, he's a pokey walker, stopping to sniff every plant.  But, when his harness is on, he knows it's go time.

Photo: Christmas run with my furry running buddy.
Christmas morning - sky is blue but temps were low!
Skip ahead to this spring, when my friend Jen of Happy Valley Dog asked me to try out her hands-free dog leash.  Ever since our first run, it's the ONLY leash we use!  It's totally adjustable and gives just enough leash length without us getting tangled up.  It's sturdy enough for me to grab if I need to pull him closer, but still lightweight enough to be comfortable. 
Jen's girls with their dog Mason.

My girls had fun using it (it adjusts to their tiny waists) to take the dog for walks this summer.  And, with the clips on both ends, I can use it to clip the dog to a post (especially helpful if I need to hose him off!). 
Good boy, Mason!

I'm so happy with this leash - we immediately bought one for friends who have a new puppy!  Jen also makes these amazing dog toys out of repurposed t-shirts.  Our friends' puppy couldn't get enough of his (I don't have any clear pictures of him playing with it because he was so excited - all the photos are blurry!). 
Red and Blue Dog Toy, Upcycled T-shirt and Tennis Ball, Super Strong Dog Tug
Like what you see?  Good!  Jen is generously giving away one of her adorable dog toys to one lucky reader!  All you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite product in her shop (and your email so I can contact you!).  For an extra entry, you can like her on Facebook.  Just leave a comment that you did.

   Giveaway will close Sunday, August 24th at midnight EDT.

I'll be back soon with another review - this one just in time for school to start!


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