Special delivery – goodies galore!

We recently signed Trixie up for BarkBox and she received her first package last week. Of course, we had to video the unboxing to capture her surprise and delight, lol. Unfortunately, I don’t think my WP plan allows video uploads, but here are some photos pulled from the video. Apologies for the poor resolution.

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Is this for me?!?

We were very happy with the quality of the items in her box. There were 2 toys and 3 treats. We have learned over the years that her tummy does best with chicken and turkey as opposed to other kinds of meat-based snacks and foods. Thankfully, BarkBox is fine with making special requests such as this.

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All my favorites!

We got the first BarkBox free by using a coupon code from one of my favorite podcasts, Astronomy Cast. Thanks Fraser and Pamela!

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She can’t wait to dig in!

Hope you are having a wonderful summer (or winter)!

Too hot for a dog walk?!

We are in the middle of an extreme heat wave. I know it’s hot when I ask Trix if she wants to walk, with the intention of walking the 500 feet to deposit the trash, and we get out there and she piddles then turns back around to go in the house.

She would rather be doing this:

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Hope you are staying nice and cool! More cartoons to come very soon, promise.

The best gift – Trixie in 3D!

So I came home from work today and my husband had a sweet, sweet surprise for me – he’d had a 3D Trixie stuffy custom made!! He worked with a company called Budsies and they did a Fantastic job! It arrived today and he video’d the unboxing. Apparently the Budsies folks like to see the reactions from their customers who are seeing their artwork come to life for the first time. I am still smiling hours later. This company did such great work  – all they had to go by was the one image Eric had sent them. There are some cool pics on their website of the work they’ve done and the happy recipients.

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I am so intrigued with this company, had never heard of them before today. In addition to creating custom plushies which resemble actual people and pets, much of what they do is turn the artwork of children into plush toys.

As an artist I love writing/drawing Trixie’s Tales, but my first love was sewing – everything about it, choosing fabrics, drafting patterns, creating beautiful dresses, draperies, and yes, even stuffed animals, over the years. I am thinking that working for Budsies must be some kind of a dream job. Imagine getting to take a very simple crayon drawing of a fantastical monster drawn by a wonder-filled child and creating a real toy from it. Then imagine the look on that child’s face when she sees her drawing come to life, to have for her very own. Just wow!

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After I’d come down from my smiling high, Eric shared the process with me. The whole thing took about 2-3 weeks. The Budsies team was in constant contact, informing him about what was happening during each stage of creation and shipping. I’m not quite sure how he was able to keep this a secret. He said he had a very hard time. He’s always been such a thoughtful gift giver – somehow knowing just the right thing. I told him that he may have reached the pinnacle…it sure will be hard to top this one!