Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Personalized Polka Dot Dog Bowls


Personalized pink polka dot dog bowl from Zoe Pepper
Another area into which I have ventured over the past few months is in designing some cute dog bowls, like these polka dot ones available through Zazzle. I've done a number of designs, but I think the polka dot ones are my favorites. It's really hard not to like polka dots.

I did designs that you can personalize, but I also did some that are just decorative, just in case you don't want to personalize your dog's bowl, or your dog has some incredibly long name that simply doesn't lend itself to being featured on a bowl.
Green with white polka dots dog bowl from Zoe Pepper

You can see the whole collection of dog bowls at my new Zazzle Store, Zoe Pepper.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Finally - a Sale!

Pink Roses and Rhinestones Luxury Dog Collar
I was beginning to think this enterprise was as doomed as my search for a day job, until finally, at long last, I sold this pretty pink rhinestone dog collar. It's handmade of pink dupioni silk and a gorgeous ribbon sewn into roses that I enhanced with some ring mounted swarovski crystal rhinestones.

Ring mounting is incredibly tedious, just in case you were wondering.

Also exciting is the fact that the collar is going to a zip code in Pittsburgh where I used to live, which makes me feel awesome and a bit nostalgic all at once. So after a summer of deafening quiet, it is nice to hear a tune of hope.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

An Etsy Treasury Loves Me

Pastel Brocade Luxury Dog Collar Handmade with Glass Beads and Freshwater Pearls
I got featured in my first Etsy Treasury today. How cool is that? It is called Impulse - Love it. Want it. Get it  and it is by eclipseline. This pastel blue and pink brocade beaded luxury dog collar is part of the treasury.

I have been noticing the treasuries from the front page, and it seems to me that virtually all of the items featured are on white or near white backgrounds. It's kind of boring, although I do understand the desire to have the front page seem fairly homogeneous, and I guess a default background is probably appropriate. 

I, myself, have done 4 Treasuries. 
Quintessential Coral - features pretty coral items.
A Parliament of Owls - features owl items.
A Flamboyance of Flamingos - features, yes, flamingo items.
Opposites Attract - Turquoise and Red - features items that incorporate both colors.

Of course, it is unlikely they will end up as front page material. 

I have started photographing my work against a very light background, as I think my dog collars will be more likely to be noticed and treasured that way. Is it the most creative choice? Probably not, but I'm not here to reinvent the wheel, and since I haven't made a sale yet, I want to increase my chances of being seen. Right?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Purple Silk Luxury Dog Collars

Purple silk luxury dog collar
I have completed and listed for sale on Etsy a couple of luxury dog collars in this luscious, iridescent purple silk. 

This one has three large AB crystals on the front. It features cobalt blue heart shaped beads, and both round and faceted blue iris beads. I used some gorgeous freshwater pearls that have been dyed blue. They provide a beautiful, luminous contrast to the iridescent iris beads. All are topped with tiny gold seed beads. You can get this exquisite luxury dog collar at Etsy.

This purple dog collar is similar to the first, but definitely not the same. It uses the same iridescent purple silk and blue iris glass beads, but also features pale pink freshwater and glass pearls. The pattern on this goes all the way around the collar. This purple silk dog collar is also available at Etsy.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Expressing an Artist's Inspiration

Portrait of the artist as a middle aged woman
I filled out my "About" page today for my Etsy shop. Surprisingly, it wasn't as hard to do as I thought. For most of my life, talking about myself, expressing my inspirations, just wasn't that easy to do. 

I think a lot of artists have trouble expressing what motivates their work. For me, I think it was the result of a lifetime of having my parents react to every idea I had as if it were something I was doing on purpose to embarrass them. I never quite got that, but the list was pretty long, so basically, just breathing could somehow upset them. 

So after more than 5 decades of negative reinforcement and feeling as though my work was without worth, it is good to finally feel as though I am entitled to actually be paid for what I do. 

Yeah, my therapist helped me with that.

I am continuing to work on my dog collars for my Etsy shop. Not that anyone is looking, but I am still trying to move forward despite the lack of lookers. It took more than 50 years to get past being ashamed. Hopefully it won't take that long to get a sale.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pretty Pink Roses Luxury Dog Collars


Pink Roses and Pearls Silk Dog Collar

I found some brilliant pink silk dupioni recently that became the foundation of several beautiful luxury dog collars. On a couple, I combined it with this ribbon that is itself sewn with ribbon in a swirling freeform rose pattern.

This pink roses collar features a pale pink freshwater pearl nestled into the center of each rose, which is festooned with pink AB seed beads. It is available at my Etsy store, Zoë Pepper.


Pink Roses and Bling Dog Collar

I also made this smaller collar with a similar theme. It features Swarovski crystals set with ring mounts for extra security. I think these would be lovely on a white dog, but I also think they'd be absolutely stunning against a black coat as well.

As with all my collars, they are individually numbered and are one of a kind creations.



Friday, May 10, 2013

Taking Your Dog to Work

If my dog doesn't like you, I don't like you.
Like every one of you, I get a pretty wide array of email stuff in my inbox every morning, and this morning included a piece by Farhad Manjoo called Don't Bring Your Dog To Work. I Don't Like Him. In the article he discusses the fact that not everyone loves your dog the way you do, and going to work to be subjected to other people's dogs is annoying. I think that's true, unless you happen to be a vet or a dog groomer. Then it is annoying but at least profitable.

Fortunately for me, I work from home which means that I am around my dog, Sunny, all the time. He does dual duty as guard dog and doormat, the latter of which he does very well, and the former, well, not so much. A year ago someone broke into the house while I was there alone [!], and it was all he could do to get up and smell the guy. 

It didn't earn him any performance bonuses.

But back to Farhad's article. His assessment of dogs in the workplace is sort of like my feelings about your kids doing the commercials for your small "whatever" business. Just don't. They are probably only cute to you, and the people who tell you they love your dog/cat/kids are probably lying to you because you are their boss. Outside of work, I think you make your own rules. At work, I agree. Leave the dog at home.

Love Me, Love My Dog, from AllPosters