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19 February 2013

New Venture

I think my dear DIL thinks that I am bored and need purpose in my life so she has devised a "plan" to give me something to while away the boring hours of my day.:)

She is of the opinion that her two furry babies should be able to enjoy the same comforts of home as she and hubby do, and has decided to expand that to include all furry babies.

 Chloe and Beau, our furry babies have their own web page and Facebook page if you would like to have a look. If you want to read about her two lovelies, who I might add love their nana, you can go to this link.   On the link site there are also more photos of the "children" on their facebook page.

To this end she feels that all pets should have the luxury of resting their dear little heads on a soft comfy cushion.  So she is in the process of designing cushions just for pets, and has enlisted my help to make sure said cushions are in the luxury category and include some hand embroidery.

So as a result, last week I received a package in the mail with the first lot of fabrics and instructions:

After some deliberations as to colours and some instructions from my friend Di on how to use visofix I have come up with the first two

The wording is to ensure that the humans in the family do not steal the cushions for their own use.  The design range will expand I am sure as we go on.  Which means I am so glad that in the last couple of weeks I realised I could no longer vacuum and have engaged a nice lady to do it for me.

Now I can sit back and embroider and pretend I am a lady.

Fortunately I do not have to do the machine sewing of the actual cushions DIL is much more experienced in this. My  sewing machine and I are definitely not friends.

There will be more designs coming, and will be on the Wag the Dog Website as soon as we are organised.

 I have given myself a new nickname...if these sell in any numbers I will be then known as "sweatshop shirley" only hope is they will not turn the "dungeon" under their home into my workroom.

That on its own is a reason to stay healthy so I can live in my own lovely little unit, sitting back with my needle and threads in idle relaxion.

More pretty cushions to come.  I'm on a roll.


  1. Those are really sweet and wishing you all very well with this new endeavor.


  2. My Dear Friend Sweat Shop Shirley. Pretty Funny.. Neat Words and of course stitching. One never knows this new wee business may really take off.. I would prefer My Friend relaxing in her lovely little unit whiling away her days stitching and being Happy and Healthy. Hugs Judy

  3. Oh, Shirley! I can just picture you sweating away with the needles flying ! lol This sounds like a fun, new adventure, and I hope you'll have lots of great times with your new job! Cute designs, too.

  4. LOL! Just so you know you aren't alone...I have a dear friend (Betty) whose sister (in Northern Alberta -- a few hours' drive north of where B. lives) owns a dog grooming salon, and has kept Betty (65+) steadily employed making doggie coats, boots (!) and beds for a few years now. No fancy hand embroidery, but some of the coats have had buttons, zippers and/or lace trim...

    Maybe the 2 of you could form a union... ;-)

  5. hi sweatshop Shirley, hope you are enjoying your doggy stitching, I am sure these will be very popular

  6. Hehehe Sweatshop Shirley, these are going to be a big hit.

  7. Oh, I want to be dog lying on these wonderfully sewn new fabric creations from the unique Sweet Shop Shirley --SSS! :)))

  8. sweatshop shirley. entering a new phase!

  9. New career sweatshop shirley!
    I guess you'll be busy.

  10. Oh my gosh, Shirley...I am ready back through your blog, and cannot believe how many posts I've missed! I'm in shock...seriously!!! These will be the cutest doggy cushions EVER!!!
    xoxo- Julie