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Hi everyone it’s Walter here to tell you about some mischief our pawrents have been up to. First you have to click on this link (it will open in another tab or window) and turn your volume up but don’t forget to come back to this page.

Now back to the story. A couple of days ago we all hopped in the car but we didn’t get to go for a walk. Mom got out when we pulled into the parking lot (dad stayed with us in the air conditioning) and came back with a big box. She put the box in the back of the car and when we got home she took it out. Look what was in the box!

It's a Shark!

It’s a Shark!

I did not want to get too close to that thing at first. Mom and dad were very excited and played with it a lot. First they did a test drive on the small (5 ft. x 6 ft.) rug in the kitchen.

Look at all that crap in the canister from just one little rug!

Look at all that crap in the canister from just one little rug!

The pawrents were all giddy about how you could watch the dirt pile up in the clear canister. You know what they say about simple minds don’t you? As you can see I wasn’t very scared by this Shark really. After the first test drive they emptied the canister and then went upstairs to vacuum some more.

Contents from vacuuming 4 runners that had been vacuumed the day before!

Contents from vacuuming 4 runners that had been vacuumed the day before!

Can you believe they vacuumed rugs that had just been done the day before? As you can see it was worth the effort. Millie and I aren’t scared of this shark at all. It is actually pretty quiet for a vacuum.

In case your pawrents want to know the details my mom made me include this link to the Shark. They are happy they got this new vacuum because obviously the old one wasn’t working very well.


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Before I get to today’s post I wanted to answer the question I posed on Wordless Wednesday.  A few of you were correct in guessing that the mess on the floor was a couple of piles of Nina’s fur.  She is a double coated dog and is shedding like a fiend right now so I used an undercoat rake and that was what came out.

Undercoat Rake With Fur

Surprisingly enough as a dog that looks solid black on the outside, her undercoat is mainly a light grey.

Pulling back the guard hairs to reveal the undercoat

She still has a lot of shedding and brushing to endure.  When the weather is nicer we like to do the brushing outside and leave the fluff for the birds.  Note to Remington: If Beth would like some extra fur to weave with yours I would be happy to bag it up for you.  Nina’s fur is extra soft so it could only complement your own fur.

Now on to the real reason for this post

This week I shipped my first order to a paying customer for one of my drawstring project bags and I am happy to report that she is very satisfied with her bag.

Crocheting Cat Project Bag

I made this bag for Miss Madi’s mom Cecilia who likes to crochet mini afghans that she donates to her local humane society for the kitties to snuggle with until they find their forever homes.  I love the way this turned out.

Lining fabric for Crochet Cat bag

My favorite feature would have to be the lining fabric.  I was at one of my local quilt shops during a sale and saw this fabric and knew I had to get it for this bag.  The snap loop in the above picture is used to feed the yarn through to keep it neat as you pull it out of the bag.

Cats & Yarn lining fabric

Of course I got more fabric than I would need for this bag so it will likely show up again in another bag sometime. As an added surprise I included a handmade mouse filled with catnip for sweet Madi.

Nip filled mouse for Madi

You must visit her blog to see just how much fun she had with it!  I can’t help but smile looking at all those pictures of Madi playing with the mouse and the commentary is very funny too.

If any of you are interested in owning one of your own customized drawstring bags feel free to contact me regarding pricing, sizes and available designs.  They don’t have to be used as knitting or crocheting bags exclusively.  I am currently working on a few new orders so stay tuned for more fun creations.  I am also working on setting up an Etsy shop to make the process easier and I will let you all know when that is ready.

Thank you Madi and Mom for being my first customers.  It has been a pleasure to work with you.


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