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an unlikely pair

   

an unlikely pair

can unlock the magic 

like gaga and bennett

thelma and louise

nemo and dory

 

embrace color and lighten up your life!

 

 

 

 

 

japanese, indian and italian silks 

 

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins July 20, 2016 2 tags (show) Add a comment

the most special father's day gift - ever

it would be father's day soon

once a day for pam to look forward to, now a day to dread since her father passed away five years ago

she had a special bond with her father

her mother had a special bond with her father

their dog mica had a special bond with her father

a sadness enveloped her with a deep emptiness like a hole in a well that kept going 

she cried and when she could cry no more

she started to feel stronger than ever, started to feel an immense love

like when you look into your dog's eyes

this wasn't going to be a day to dread anymore

she'd make it special

she found the 'special' in houndstooth pet's repurposed gift idea -  abracadabra - be a magical gift giver

she would have kathleen magically repurpose her dad's ties into dog collars for mica

mika is on her mom's lap all day long

she knew her husband was with her, but now she would have comforting reminders all day, like a favorite warm blanket of protection

 

 

 

the anticipation was as thick as molasses 

it was father's day

she handed abracadabra to her mom

her mom opened the gift

she stopped...  she gasped...   her eyes lit up like a giddy young girl similar to the first time she laid eyes on her husband

mica sniffed the collars with a familiar delight - she knew

a meaningful surprise of love

love, it makes each moment special

 

 

 

the most special father's day gift to her mother - ever

 

wanta be a magical gift giver?

can you think of a special fabric that would be meaningful like this?

check out abracadabra for ideas

 

 

   

in fond memory of pam's magical dad

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins June 21, 2016 0 tags (show) Add a comment

prototype testing - day 4 (final day)

harness testing

day 4

FINAL DAY!

these star testers say:
loooove the simple design
looooove the soft leather
prefer the leash attachment on the back

(other testers may have different results in regard to the leash attachment)

so long, it's been real fun!
xo mack and spencer


http://www.mackandspencer.com/

 

 

 

 

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gypsy soul fashionpreneur artist

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins June 04, 2016 1 tags (show) Add a comment

prototype testing - day 3

harness testing

day 3

mack and spencer love harness testing

today's focus is the sit and lay down test

i need those bright orange shoes, like now!

 

 

http://www.mackandspencer.com/

 

 

 

 

dazzle your pup . dazzle your life

 

gypsy soul fashionpreneur artist

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins June 02, 2016 1 tags (show) Add a comment

prototype testing - day 2

harness testing

day 2

holy hollywood!

it's super stars mack and spencer testing out one of the harness designs!!!

why of course they have their own site
where you can find their exclusive t-shirts, pet first aid kits, or profesh photography, animal communication and reiki by their mom!


not only are they photogenic and talented, but their mom is too

http://www.mackandspencer.com/

 

 

 

 

dazzle your pup . dazzle your life

 

gypsy soul fashionpreneur artist

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins June 01, 2016 1 tags (show) Add a comment

prototype testing - day 1

harness testing

day 1

who are these famous mystery dogs?

find out on day 2

find out later if they like this design

 

 

 

 

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gypsy soul fashionpreneur artist

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins May 31, 2016 1 tags (show) Add a comment

introducing tic tac

laugh til your belly hurts

dotfuls of smile and laughter

this silk beauty can be washed 

 

 

 

 

click on the photo for details and to order yours now

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins May 30, 2016 1 tags (show) Add a comment

why i was forced to leave the tails on the trails show

(so james bond kidnapped me and forced me to fly to france on a private jet....  haha)

these are my rainboots after the tails on the trails arboretum show

mud-splattered from the tips of the toes, up the stripes, and over the blue rim

  

 

it was muddy and it was almost as cold as a crisp chicago december day (in the middle of may)

but that's not why i was forced to leave the tails on the trails show after less than two hours

  
THE SETTING WAS NATURES BEAUTY AT ITS BEST
 

my tent was facing a gorgeous pond and i could see excited and proud fur parents walking and holding any kind of dog you could imagine -  from great danes to bull dogs to teeny tiny dogs smaller than a nyc rat  

the wind was whipping and whirling into my tent
as if it's only desire was to turn my canvas into dorothy and toto's house
flying high in the air until it arrived in the land of oz
with over 200 lbs of weights on my canvas, that wasn't enough
we removed the sides and back of the tent
but then the wind attacked my new display ladders with collars on them - and they started falling

i knew i had to protect the collars that i poured my heart and soul into, lovingly hand crafting for months and months (all in the evenings after working all day at my corporate job and on the weekends) 
sadly i had no choice, i had to leave

if you stopped by and i had already left
i sincerely apologize - i sent you an exclusive special if you're a member of the houndsie list

(if you're not part of the list, you can sign up here - go to the left column and click on 'Woof Yes'!)

 

oh, and here's my tent at the beginning of the show

looks pretty peaceful (kinda) at this point, right? 

i've been getting TONS of compliments on the new displays

(my design and my husbands craftsmanship)

  


       
so with the craziness of having to leave the show

you must be thinking that i've had it with this outdoor spring show

don't get me wrong, it crossed my mind

 

WHAT AM I DOING

AM I CRAZY TO DO ALL THIS

AND FOR WHAT?

 

 but even with all the craziness and even with tears in my eyes 

 

I FELT THE LOOOVE

 
~ the love of my husband, my knight in shining armor, 
helping me load the car, unload the car, set up the tent, tear down the tent, load the car and unload the car (most of this all within a few hours and with numb feet and hands) 

~ the love of my neighbor vendor and customers as they helped me save the collars - they all chipped in and held parts of my tent and display before they  blew away

~ the love all around of proud fur parents and their pups, hopeful potential fur parents, dog rescue groups with hopeful dogs - looking to find their forever family 

it was then, during all the chaos that i suddenly realized

  

TAILS ON THE TRAILS IS MY FAVORITE SHOW! 

  

* not only do i get to see and talk to you, my dream client

* i get to meet your special puppy

* in a gorgeous natural setting

* surrounded by hopeful families and  dogs looking for their forever home

   

and that warms my heart to no end  

this show is all about loving dogs in god's country


if i did see you today, it was and always is a pleasure

   

 
I CAN'T DO WHAT I DO WITHOUT GIVING BACK

10% of proceeds from the show were going to 4 greyhound racers - i did make a few sales, but unfortunately there were no profits after expenses since i had to leave the show so soon :(

however, i donated some gently used collars, leashes and coats for the greyhounds - and i'll also be donating a check from my own  personal funds!  

it always feels good to give back :)

 

what kind of james bond thriller have you been in lately? 

 



  

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins May 15, 2016 0 tags (show) Add a comment

dog bonding time (i'll be there)

  

dogs deserve to look as voguish and hip as you 

 

i'll be at the morton arboretum tails on the trails!

with my elegartsy collars and leashes

i'm honored to announce that 10% of proceeds go to 4 greyhound racers

may 14th.. http://www.mortonarb.org/events/tails-trails

you and your pup will LOVE this bonding time!

 

*miles of nature-filled hiking trails


*win the peanut butter licking dog game


*cool stuff to buy for dogs


*cool free stuff


*training tips {yah I know, your dog doesn't need any frickin' training, he already rocks!}


*meet all types of dogs and their rescue groups

 

stop by, would looove to meet your dog/s {oh, and you too, haha}

 

 

 

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins May 12, 2016 1 tags (show) Add a comment

be a david copperfield gift giver

oh yes it is

it's that special time

my special someone soooo deserves the BEST GIFT EEEVER

i got your back

click on abracadabra below

and be ready to disappear into the fairyland of magical gift giving! 

 

 

new!!!

 

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Kathleen Naomi Atkins May 04, 2016 0 tags (show) Add a comment
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