This is Cute to the 10th Degree. OMG. Are you sitting down?
Have you heard of Pet Living Wills? They’re like regular living wills except these are instructions concerning your pets’ care in the event you are not available to ask. I can see how this might seem silly to some, but I think it’s an interesting idea and at the very least should get you thinking about your pets’ welfare if you’re not there to make decisions on their behalf. (via Unusual Business Ideas That Work)
$49 a year ($39 to renew) will get you an online record will be kept of:
- when treatment should be provided or withheld
- under what conditions you would support withholding treatment
- what level of treatment expense you would be willing to incur under probable outcomes
I’m betting you could draw up your own living will for your pet for free and post it online for pet caregivers and vets to reference.
I found a great little tutorial on making a custom fit dog jacket over at BurdaStyle.com. This is mainly a tutorial on making & customizing the pattern, not actually sewing the jacket. You’ll need some knowledge about sewing, especially if you line the jacket. But, this is doable so don’t be intimidated.
Your jacket doesn’t have to cost much. Look for remnants at your fabric store—a cute, durable upholstery fabric could be really cute. You could also use fleece. Or you could use a blanket from a thrift store. If you find a fun wool blanket, you could felt it to make a more durable & very cute jacket.
In addition to fabric, you’ll need:
- paper to make the pattern
- sufficient fabric, plus fabric for lining if you plan to line it
- fasteners like buttons, velcro, snaps
- embellishments if you want them
The tutorial shows you how and where to measure. Then how to transfer the measurements to paper to make the pattern.
Here are some instructions to help flesh out Step 4:
- fold your fabric in half & place “spine” of pattern on the fold
- when you cut the fabric, pad the pattern with extra fabric for seam allowances (5/8″ or 1.5cm is standard) unless you’re using fabric that won’t fray such as felt
- add tabs for fasteners
- cut out lining if needed, again padding the pattern for seam allowances as above
- if there will be no lining, hem the jacket
- if there will be a lining, place RIGHT sides together, sew leaving opening to turn the jacket, turn and finish the jacket
- add fasteners and any embellishments
People with cats are far less likely to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) according to a new 5yr. study by Dr. June McNicholas. Fewer headaches, fewer colds and flu, less depression, less stress—the list goes on. Pretty cool!