Sweet Paul Magazine requesting some information on one of my toys for the upcoming Holiday issue. I sent the info right away but tried to keep a bit reserved about it just in case. Well I received a blog update email from one of my favorites, Design Sponge, and there it was...a mention of the Sweet Paul Holiday 2011 issue being out. I held my breath, clicked the link and scrolled through the contents. "Woof" section, could it be? Could it really be? Yep, there is was on page 49... Wags and Wiggles Doxie Dog Toy!
I am in love with this magazine (no, not just because I was included!). The photos, the recipes, the articles, they are all so intoxicating I have read the digital versions of the past issues sometimes more than once. I am so honored that one of Wags and Wiggles toys was included in one of my new favorite magazines, Thank you Sweet Paul!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Today is my birthday....if you know me you know that just saying those words are so out of character. For as long as I can remember I have not wanted a big deal made of my birthday, I always want the event to be ignored and November 16th to begin. As I lay awake last night dreading the clock turning 12:00am because this would mean another year of my life has passed and I would have to add a "+1" to my already large age number, I thought..."not this year!"
I started thinking of all the life experiences and accomplishments of all the years that have passed and thought it is really not right to push those moments, or the ones to come for that matter, aside with my head hung low. This year is different I am going to embrace the life past, present and future with my head held high. Yeah, sure that head has gray hair and a face with cracks and creases that use to only be seen when I was super close to the bathroom mirror but now can be seen from across the room, but that head is also filled with so many memories and life experiences from the past forty-t(cough, cough) years that I would not trade for anything.
At the very least I will take joy in the fact that I am not a dog, because if I was my age today would be ....181. Wow, there would be no way to make that number sound good. :0)
Here's to embracing our age and all the stuff (good and not so good) that comes with it!
Posted by Shawna at 12:39 PM
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I just love what LaunchHer is doing for us women entrepreneurs. It is such a great company that truly cares and helps promote women who are striving to have a successful business while following our passions and dreams.
I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of this fantastic Gift Guide and have really starting thinking about that holiday gift giving list I need to start. Since there are so many outstanding handmade products out there I think I will try to have my list consist of many of my fellow artisan peeps! I am thinking some lovely smelling handmade soaps for my teenage boys...for those of you with teenage boys you know why I am leaning towards the lovely smelling soaps!
Enjoy the guide everyone!
Posted by Shawna at 10:15 AM
Monday, October 24, 2011
If you would have told me a little over a year ago that I would be running a dog and cat toy business online I would have told you you were insane. If you would have said I would be blogging I would have fallen off my chair. Crazy how life is, you think you have it all figured out and then before you know it (and sometimes, without even knowing it) you are living a very different life. I have always been pretty creative and enjoyed doing things myself. Whether that was making christmas gifts (dear family, sorry about that year) to installing reclaimed hard word floors in a past remodel. So I didn't really think much of it when I looked at my ever growing fabric pile and the 4 dogs staring at me and decided to try making some dog toys. I had dabbled in interior design and at the risk of sounding snobbish, hated the way all the dog toys just didn't seem to match the decor of my house. Ok, that is the first of what seems like an endless list of ocd's for me, I have been known to be a tad on the matchy matchy side. Well, one thing lead to another and my Etsy shop was opened late in the summer of 2010. Since then I have enjoyed great sales, great customers and made even greater friends.
Since life has proven to not always go in the direction I plan, I have decided to not plan and just go with it for a while. That is kind of the same approach I am taking with entering the blogging world, not really sure what will come of this blog so I am just going to go with it!
Thanks for reading and hope you join me as I "just go with it".
Posted by Shawna at 7:11 PM