Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Good Luck, Bowser!

The vet says that Bowser has some sort of stomach bug. :(
We are scheduling the neuter for a later date as a precaution.

This morning we dropped Bowser off at the vet to be neutered.
Just a minor outpatient procedure, but
Please keep him in your thoughts -

Send him good vibes!
These pictures should help...

This was taken the day Robert & Jessica brought Bowser home -
John just couldn't say no to that little face -
This is the first toy we ever bought for him -
(You should see it now)

Look at that face!
John took this one afternoon when Bowser fell asleep on us -
He still sleeps like this!
Here he is with his daddy, waiting for mommy to finish the Bunny Hop 5K -
His ears used to do the most adorable things -
He still gets into soooo much trouble
(That pot held all of our cilantro until Bowser got a hold of it)
The look in his eyes is often expressed as "maniacal"
But he never means to cause trouble...
Bowser's favorite thing is meeting new friends-
Here's a card featuring Bowser and Bailey, Adolfo's dog
Here he is taking a nap with May -
(My sister's dog - a chocolate lab)
Relaxing in the pool -
They grow up so fast...

We're going to be anxious all day-
We don't get to pick him up until late this afternoon.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bowser the Leaping Legend

This is Bowser

This is Bowser jumping -


And again

And again

And here he is telling us to get out of the pool

Because he's tired

We hope he got it out of his system because this weekend was probably the last time for a long while that he'd get to swim in Grandma & Grandpa's pool!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


While browsing for Halloween decor on Amazon, I came across this cute little book and thought, "Eh. Felt." (I do not like the texture of felt.) Strangely, that same afternoon, a fellow blogger posted a picture of a zombie she had made that was inspired by this book. The next day, I read a review of this book on yet another blog. After seeing this picture for the third time I figured "what the hell" and ordered it online. And it. is. AWESOME.
The book has several different patterns for tiny felt zombie dolls. Why do you need a felt zombie doll? You don't. But they're cute. You can hang them from Halloween trees if you have them (I want one!) or you can do what we did and turn them into refrigerator magnets. Making the dolls is not a difficult task but it is absolutely, positively time-consuming.

We used tracing paper to trace the patterns in the book. Then we cut out the pieces and traced them again onto colored card stock. (If you buy this and plan on making several zombies, I recommend that you do this so that you have sturdy pieces to trace onto the felt in the future.) Our pieces are color-coded and each sheet of card stock is textured on one side. This allows us to find the right pattern easily (colors) and orient them the way they need to be oriented when tracing them on felt (texture) which is especially helpful if you have felt that is not the same color on both sides!

Here we have golden pieces for the zombie duck, pink pieces for the zombie baby, green pieces for the zombie bunny, and red pieces for the zombie thrilla.
There are a lot of materials required for these little projects, so just starting out can be expensive. We had an advantage because we already had a ton of different beads and we had a ton of embroidery floss. (I bought a HUGE plastic bag full of different colors of embroidery floss at a flea market a few years ago for 50 cents. Is that an awesome deal or what?!) The only materials we actually had to buy were a few more beads, some ceramic magnets, toy stuffing, and a bunch of felt. You can buy bulk packages of assorted colors of felt online for really cheap (usually there's not much color variety) or you can go to your local craft store and improvise with what they have to offer. (Ours doesn't offer much!)

Once you've got all of the pieces cut out, you sew on the details.
After the details have been attached, you sew the different pieces together. They all have a front and back that need to be sewn together. Before you've completely sewn them together you cram in some toy stuffing. If you're turning them into magnets, don't forget to stick the magnet in there! We used some craft glue to help keep our magnets in place. Be careful - the magnets will attract the needles you are sewing these up with!

John's Bunny Zombie -
The book has you fold the ears back so that they're hanging down. We like the ears sticking up.

Erica's Ducky Zombie -
(It's already holding up some papers on the fridge.)
John tracing a pattern onto felt with a sharpened pencil.
USE A PENCIL! Pens don't work and markers are messy.
John cutting the piece out of the felt -
John's Baby Zombie -
This one actually doesn't look at all creepy, does it?
(That's supposed to be green drool coming out of that mouth.)
Not-So-Helpful Hint: That pacifier was a bitch to make.

Thrilla Zombie-
Look at this picture and then look at the picture on the book cover.
Mine is better!
My brains look way more brainy and I used glittery red felt for the clothes. :-)
Another Bunny Zombie -

John's Idea of a Joke -
For a size comparison, those colored square magnets are 1 square inch.
These are fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hand tiny.
Seriously, making these is time-consuming. The first night we made these, we were cutting out patterns, tracing them, cutting out pieces, and then figuring out how to put them together. I'd say we spent at least four hours making them and each of us had only produced one that night. What we are doing now is cutting out patterns and felt pieces days ahead of time so that when we have the time to spend sewing them together we'll have all the pieces ready.

Some of the other patterns in the book include a zombie surfer, a pumpkin head zombie, a vampire zombie, and an undertaker zombie that looks a LOT like the thing that married Beetlejuice to Lydia -I've been thinking of some of my own zombie patterns and can't wait to try them out. What kind of felt zombie would you make? What are some of the things you plan to do for Halloween?