Another ScrappyDoo Scraphappy Day for March

Using scraps to make something new was all about the dogs again this month.

Well, apart from these cotton dishcloths I have been making as a ‘must do something useful while I’m binge watching a Netflix box set’  in the evening (which is ‘Dirty John’ at the moment by the way).  Recognise the colours? It’s the leftover cotton yarn from the niece’s baby blanket.  I’m actually going to start a new Eastern Jewels blanket – and keep it myself this time – because I had almost enough yarn left over from the first one to make another.  I just needed another four 100g balls and am waiting for those to arrive.  The cable cardigan I’ve started is far too complex to do without staring at it fixedly so these fit the bill.

But, I digress – back to the dogs.

Remember those fabric samples for car seats I showed you before ?  I made a dog collar for Stan with some of it on Scraphappy day in January.

I decided to have another look at the samples for March’s Scraphappy day and, bearing in mind the state of Flo’s blanket which she regularly pulls out of her bed and then uses it to tempt Stan into a game of tug of war, I thought it might be time for something new.

I feel quite guilty about that blanket as somebody had put a lot of work into making it but, if I tell you I rescued it from a charity shop initially, then used it as a throw over the back of a chair before demoting it to dog bed status, I hope you’ll forgive me.  It has certainly had a life.

Anyway, with ScrapHappy day approaching,  I got a few of the samples out again and took them off their hanging cards.

I decided to use an orthopedic pillow for the insert as I bought it for when I had a neck ache and it made it worse.

I joined a couple of pieces together for both back and front and closed one end – a bit haphazardly – with a snap closure.  I might as well have sewed it right up I suppose as the fabric pieces claim not to be washable but we’ll see about that.

Here’s the side with the ‘depression’ in the middle in case Flo wants to avail herself of its orthopedic qualities

and here’s the other side which is smarter in my opinion so will be placed facing up in the bed.

Like so

At first Flo studiously ignored it.  I expect she was upset that her old blankie had gone and was busy thinking of ways to destroy the new one.

Then she came round to the idea.

I must say, this monthly ScrapHappy challenge is good for me because, in an effort to join in, I usually come up with something useful that I probably wouldn’t have  bothered with in the normal course of events. Plus, my scrap bin gets smaller.

Joining in again this month with Kate & Gun’s monthly Scraphappy Day where you too can use your scraps of fabric, yarn, paper, wood, anything to make something useful or lovely or both and show it off to the world.  You don’t have to join in every month, only when you have something to show.  Details and a list of other participants’ scrappy endeavours over on Kate’s blog.

 

 

 

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on March 15, 2019 - 09:10

    You have been busy! Flo looks less happy – but is that just because she doesn’t like having her photo taken, or is she still mourning the loss of her other blanket?

    • #2 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 10:58

      Perhaps both – she has that kind of look about her anyway. Maybe I’ll call it her ‘resting bitch face’ 🤣

  2. #3 by claire93 on March 15, 2019 - 10:29

    that’s a great use of the upholstery fabric, and looks very chic as a dog mattress!

    • #4 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 10:55

      I think they find that pillow a bit more comfortable than I did.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on March 15, 2019 - 12:07

    I must say, Flo did look a bit reluctant initially, but I bet it’s comfier than her old blankie, even if it doesn’t smell right yet.

    • #6 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 12:15

      Stan loves it and now gets in the bed in preference to one of the comfy leather chairs – which is a good thing – but the cats have also discovered it so he has to wait in line. Maybe I should buy a job lot of orthopedic pillows and make lots of these to spare my sofas and chairs – but then they would ignore them in that special way animals (especially cats) find to be annoying.

      • #7 by katechiconi on March 15, 2019 - 12:21

        Or indeed Husbands, who seem to have an overwhelming need to steal your one favourite pillow from the six on the bed…. It’s a rather adult and sophisticated bed covering they have now, almost Downton Abbeyesque in its tweedy elegance!

      • #8 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 12:55

        That’s what I was going for of course 😉
        I do like a good excuse to put ‘esque’ on the back of a word though and I see you feel the same.

      • #9 by katechiconi on March 15, 2019 - 13:17

        I do indeed 🙂

  4. #10 by KerryCan on March 15, 2019 - 12:49

    Good work! I’m sure it’ll soon become the best seat in the house and every pet will be vying for it. I need to approach Scrap Happy the way you do–as a monthly commitment. I just post if I’ve happened to make something with scraps and I guess I hardly ever do. I’ll aim to do better next month!

    • #11 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 12:54

      It definitely focuses me in the same way as if I start a project, I like to think my readers expect me to finish it so it encourages me to do so even though I don’t suppose anybody really cares.

      • #12 by claire93 on March 15, 2019 - 20:35

        we care ^^

      • #13 by tialys on March 16, 2019 - 09:27

        xox

  5. #14 by katechiconi on March 15, 2019 - 13:05

    Oh, good grief! It’s just one short step from those ‘cats and dogs playing poker’ pictures. But also strangely compelling: what dog do YOU look like?

    • #15 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 13:15

      Oops I took the link down so nobody will know what you mean – https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/726627721101312269/
      I wanted to put the image itself in my reply but I guess you have to be a paying customer to do that.
      I’m not sure what dog I look like – if any – but probably a bit of a mutt

      • #16 by katechiconi on March 15, 2019 - 13:28

        I think I’d be something short and stout with grey spiky fur…

      • #17 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 13:40

        Not that I’m condoning your choice but something like a Miniature Schnauzer? A smiley one though – like this https://www.kimballstock.com/preview.asp?db=a&image=DOG+02+NR0070+01

      • #18 by katechiconi on March 15, 2019 - 14:10

        So far, the moustache has failed to materialise, and the eyebrows are definitely lacking, thanks to chemo. I’m thinking grey Cairn Terrier…

      • #19 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 15, 2019 - 14:17

        Ha ha! Great link. Of course you don’t need to ask what dog I think I look like.

      • #20 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 16:19

        Well, if you will insist on both going to the same hairdresser 🤣 I am also one for the ‘tousled’ look, which is difficult as my hair wants to be straight, but I couldn’t compare myself to a Goldie as they are so kind and gentle and soft and I’m, well not really any of those things.

      • #21 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 15, 2019 - 16:36

        Tee hee – haven’t got to Harry yet, but I used to trim Hicks and I have been know to borrow his scissors for my fringe, so you’re not so far off the mark.
        Think you’re rather doing yourself down there.

  6. #22 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 15, 2019 - 14:15

    Scrappy Dapppy DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Nice bed. Great idea to use an orthopaedic pillow – stikes me though that you’re in danger of turning into one of those people who send off/goes into shops just to get samples of material to make into other stuff. Or are you already that sort of person?

    • #23 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 16:16

      No, that’s not me. A friend knew somebody who had bought a local textile factory and was clearing it out to convert into offices. To be honest, I was hoping for more yardage and less samplage but, hey it’s all car seat fabric round here so I don’t know why I was hopeful. Once I said I’d go and have a look I couldn’t very well say ‘no, I was actually looking for something better for free’ could I?

      • #24 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 15, 2019 - 16:34

        Ah. I see. I did wonder why you had car seat fabric samples.

  7. #25 by The Snail of Happiness on March 15, 2019 - 15:07

    Brilliant use of scraps and an uncomfortable pillow. Dogs are always sad when you take an old blankie away, but sometimes it’s necessary. I had big plans for scraphappy this month, but multiple vets visits got in the way and so I have nothing to show, although, like you I do try to use it as a focus to enthuse me about scrappy projects.

    • #26 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 16:22

      Oh dear, I hope it was nothing serious. I only visited the vets once this month and still managed to come away 130 something euros lighter. With two dogs and five cats, flea and tick treatment costs a fortune. I wouldn’t mind but only two of the cats were invited to live with us, the rest just happened along and decided to stay. 😺

  8. #27 by mlmcspadden on March 15, 2019 - 16:00

    Great use of scraps and the pillow that you couldn’t use!

    • #28 by tialys on March 15, 2019 - 16:20

      That pillow was, ironically, a pain in the neck and I’m glad to find another use for it.

  9. #29 by nanacathy2 on March 15, 2019 - 18:31

    That is an extremely smart dog bed and top notch use of scraps.

    • #30 by tialys on March 16, 2019 - 09:28

      It’s well posh ain’t it?

  10. #31 by CurlsnSkirls on March 16, 2019 - 00:54

    Great idea for those fabrics going to the dogs, so to speak. 😉 Like those dish clothes as well. Am rubbish at recognising crochet stitches, so must display my ignorance by asking. 🤔 Glad your internet is working again. 🥰

    • #32 by tialys on March 16, 2019 - 09:32

      It’s the simplest of the simplest stitch – Uk double aka US single crochet – all the better to mindlessly churn these out while indulging in some telly watching in the evening. I just chain about 40 with a 3.5mm hook and some cotton dk yarn (worsted?) and off I go until it’s the ‘right’ size.

      • #33 by CurlsnSkirls on March 16, 2019 - 20:22

        Thank you, Lynn! And yes, I think DK=worsted. . . . . Nope. According to Crochet magazine DK is something termed “light worsted” and uses 4.5 to 5.5 mm, whilst worsted uses 5.5 to 6.5mm. But that’s all very loosey-goosey as far as I’m concerned as one also should consider how loosely or tightly one crochets.
        I think we should change that to “find the hook that best fits the yarn and gives you the look you want.” But then I don’t consider myself to know much about crochet… 🥴 But I do love the thought of you going full out with it whilst watching telly! 😘

  11. #34 by kathyreeves on March 16, 2019 - 03:21

    Great looking dog bed with the new pillow! We splurged last year and bought Max a proper bed…a Sealy posturpedic no less, and he ignored it for a good three months, but now he sleeps in it all the time, and in all different ways! Dogs are so funny that way. It sounds like yours are coming around quickly!

    • #35 by tialys on March 16, 2019 - 09:51

      Wow! Just had to Google such a thing – and I thought I spoilt my dogs. I think I could sleep in one of those myself. I particularly fancy the lavender infused version 😺

      • #36 by kathyreeves on March 16, 2019 - 14:19

        Ours is pretty plain but with his loooong spine and short legs (and a good sale) we decided it was worth the $40! The cover is washable, which is what sold me!

      • #37 by tialys on March 16, 2019 - 15:30

        Oh, well, that’s not bad. The ones I was looking at were well over 100 euros – although they were a large size. The Sealy beds appear to have to be ordered from the States so, of course, the shipping makes them very expensive but there’s a make in Europe (forget the name now) which look like the same thing and have almost complete 5 star ratings from people so, when their other bed wears out, I’ll probably invest.

  12. #38 by Born To Organize on March 16, 2019 - 04:29

    Flo and Stan have such sweet faces. I’m glad to hear that your work was only temporarily snubbed, and that the pups and felines are now lining up to take turns. I must have missed the post about the car fabric samples, but how perfect for a dog bed. I like Stan’s collar, too. These scrappy posts are a lot of fun. I look forward to participating and I have fun seeing what everyone else is up to.

    • #39 by tialys on March 16, 2019 - 09:53

      Anything that encourages using up some scraps must be a good thing mustn’t it? I probably wouldn’t do it so often if I didn’t want to have something to contribute to the Scraphappy posts.

      • #40 by Born To Organize on April 1, 2019 - 01:21

        Agreed! And here we are just two weeks away from the next one.

  13. #41 by Kim on March 16, 2019 - 11:54

    What an exceedingly smart dog bed!

    • #42 by tialys on March 16, 2019 - 15:27

      It’s already looking a bit hairy – but the hoover will sort that out (eventually).

  14. #43 by Nanette on March 16, 2019 - 23:38

    Mirrhi has a miserable face on her a lot too, I ask her what she has to be unhappy about but she just sighs and looks away. Perhaps she wants a fancy ortho pillow with a swanky handmade cover. Your Flo is very lucky, it’s a great use of unwanted / exra items. It’ll be smelling skanky in no time and she’ll love it.

    • #44 by tialys on March 17, 2019 - 08:32

      ‘smelling skanky’. You are so very obviously another dog owner 🐶😃

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