Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hat Photos and Recipe

Hi, everyone!!  I've taken pics of the cute little cowboy hats, for which I've come up with Western and Mexican designs (stay tuned).  Here they are:

Aren't they just adorable!  I've ordered some small guinea hen (black and white spotted) feathers for the Western hats, and will buy thin satin ribbon of different colors, so within the next week I'll have some hat/bandanna combos ready for listing.  I'm so excited about the forthcoming line!


Now...are you ready for a mouth-watering recipe?  Weird-sounding name, but is it good!


1 pkg. Oreo cookies (not Double Stuff)
6 TBSP. melted butter
1 8-oz. pkg. softened cream cheese
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 TBSP. cold milk
2 3.9-oz. pkg. chocolate instant pudding
3 1/4 cups cold milk
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 large tub Cool Whip

Crush the Oreo cookies in a food processor or in a Ziploc bag (with a rolling pin) into fine crumbs.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Stir in 6 TBSP. melted butter, and incorporate into the cookie crumbs with a fork.  When the butter is distributed, transfer the mixture to a 9" x 13" baking dish.  Press the crumbs to the bottom of the pan.  Place the pan in the refrigerator.

Mix cream cheese with mixer until light and fluffy.  Add 2 TBSP. milk and 1/4 cup sugar.Mix well.  Stir in 1 1/4 cups Cool Whip.  Spread over the crust.  In a bowl, combine instant pudding with 3 1/4 cups cold milk.  Whisk for several minutes until the pudding starts to thicken.  Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the cream cheese layer.  Put back in the refrigerator for five minutes to allow the pudding to firm up.

Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top.  Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top.  Place in the freezer for one hour or the refrigerator for four hours before serving.  Bon appetit!

Since the dessert is layered, you probably know why it's called Chocolate Lasagna.

I need to communicate with a buyer, so I've gotta go.  Take care!

Oh Happy Day!!

Hi, everyone!!  This time you didn't have to wait long for my return here.  You might call that turning over a new leaf, and I hope this trend continues.

Some wonderful things have happened since yesterday evening.  First of all, I was pretty fed up with the mediocre (understatement) performance of my computer.  While I'd be typing, the text would stop appearing on the screen, the back button didn't always cooperate on the first click, and the page changes were as sloooow as molasses at the North Pole in January.  In short, I had frequent aggravations with the dumb thing and was contemplating replacement of it with a different brand.  Well, yesterday evening I threw up my hands in disgust and decided to switch browsers from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome.  There's no comparison - performance has been flawless, like night and day!  As a result, I'm enjoying use of my computer soooo much more, plus the switch doesn't cost a penny!  Internet technology has come a long way since Explorer was introduced.

Here's the piece de resistance:  here I've shared bits and pieces about my participation in the Etsy Expats Team, participation that's included curation of bi-weekly theme Treasuries.  This morning I got up to read a Convo (Etsy's internal email) from the winner of the next-to-last competition.  The title of the Convo was, "Congratulations...You're the Winner."  Do you think I'll ever stop doing the Happy Dance???  The theme was Colors That Make Your Heart Sing," and was there competition - eight people each submitted at least one entry!  The last winner couldn't decide which of my seven should win, so she made ME the winner.  I'm unable to post the links here, so I'll give you the titles, which you can enter into Etsy's Treasury Search (or you can go to bloomingtailsdogduds.etsy.com and click on "Sally" on the lefthand side of the screen and then click on the Treasury link): 1) Kaleidoscopic Kreations - Etsy Expats Team; 2) Brighter Than Bright - Etsy Expats Team; 3) The Most Colorful Time of the Year; 4) Gold Is the Way to a Woman's Heart - Etsy Expats Team; 5) Pastels of Spring Make One's Heart Sing - Etsy Expats Team; 6) Black & White and Red All Over - Etsy Expats Team; 7) Colors That Make Your Heart Sing - Rainbow Sherbet.

Other activities are beckoning, so I'll have to close.  Remember I promised a recipe?  I'll post it later today for sure.  I'll also have pics of the new mini cowboy hats.  Bye for now.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cowboy Hats and Buyer's Chats (Continued Again)

I got so wrapped up in  telling you about those mini cowboy hats and bandannas that I forgot to bring up the friendships that can develop between Etsy sellers and their satisfied buyers (the "Buyer's Chat" part of the title of this post.  I'm sure you were wondering who this buyer is and what the chats were about.  Here goes:

You might remember the posts I entered starting a few months ago about a lady and her three teacup Chihuahuas, two of whom love wearing dog clothes.  She has raved about everything I've sewn for her dogs, and a friendship has evolved.  We exchange pics of our dogs as well as chit-chat about what's going on in our lives.  She's such a pleasant lady, and she enjoys my sense of humor.  She's sent several pics of one of her dogs standing up in the driver's seat of her car, to which I've commented, "She must be your navigator" (or in one case, "driver.")  She got a kick out of that.  She's lonely, so she needs a lift. 

Actually, don't we all need a lift, with the dramatic increase in crime rate and other misfortunes in recent years.  What a relief it was to have found out that the Boston Marathon Bomber was captured!  My belated condolences go out to those affected by that tragedy.

Enough rambling for now.  As I said in my very last post, I'll have a scrumptious recipe next time.  Take care!

Cowboy Hats and Buyer's Chats (Continued)

Good to be back just a few hours after submitting my last post.  Not just making up for lost time, but also to continue where I had to leave off due to a technical gluitch which caused the margins of the last part of my last entry to be wonky.  After closing, I made a beeline from the blog to Blogger's Support Forum, where I posted an SOS for resolution of the issue.  Just before starting this post, I checked my last entrymm, and discovered to my delight that the support staff had corrected the matter. The margins are now as straight as a die.  Hooray!!

Back to the cowboy hats.  I don't plan on selling just decorated hats.  In an Etsy Convo, my friend Victoria also introduced the idea of selling hat and bandanna combos.  Brilliant! My Shop already has a few cowboy and cowgirl outfits, and I'll sell the hat/bandanna combos separately, with mention of how good they'll look with the outfits.  The little doggies will be all set for the hoedown in them!

   No way will a hat stay on a dog's head without a chin strap to hold it in place, so I had to put my thinking cap on to come up with a viable means of securement.  What I've decided to do is form two triangles of the same fabric as the bandanna, with an elastic chin strap sewn to them, and fasten the triangles to the inside of the hat with fabric glue, which, once dried, makes whatever you're gluing stay put.  I swear by Liquid Stitch fabric glue, which, by the way, is non-toxic, for fastening trims and the like to fabric, and I've never had a complaint from a buyer about the trim detaching.

Next time, which I vow will be soon, I'll havve a mouth-watering recipe.  Yummm!

Cowboy Hats and Buyer's Chats

Hi, everyone!  Remember my promise to be back soon?  Well, I just looked at my last post, and discovered to my dismay that I last posted on March 10!  How the time flies!  My experience with that has been similar to that of vowing to call a friend, but promptly forgetting to do so until it's about time to go to bed, at which point you think, "Well, another day."  It happends again and again, until you finally drum up the wherewithal to call the person, unless he or she beats you to it.  We Etsians are especially prone to that, with orders coming in and promoting on our agenda as well.  Ny apologies, dear friends!

The movie project didn't work out.  It's a long story, but I'll say this much - from now on I'll stick to conducting business with people who want garments for their little dogs, period.  It's so much easier, not having to worry about meeting production crew's deadline and mine, since sewing and mailing time has to be taken into account.

Last week I listed another party dress, a black and silver lace-patterned number with a black satin panel at the midsection, with a bow of the printed material.  Here's a pic of the dress, which has garnered many Favorites:
Another type of listing is on the drawing board, and I'm really excited about it.  An Etsy friend, Victoria Clark, has a wonderful blog, redletterdaybags.blogspot.com, and I had arranged to have her posts emailed to me.  I really enjoy reading them, and in a recent post of hers she included a photo of a stuffed rhino she'd made.  The upshot is that the rhino is wearing a mini cowboy hat, and in her postVictoria provided a link to the supplier's Etsy shop, Mad Hatter Supply (madhattersupply.etsy.com).  My first thought on seeing the hat and the link was, "Order some, decorate them and put them in my shop!"  They came in yesterday's mail, and I just love them.  In fact, in the feedback I left for the seller I said, "they exceed my expectations."

I don't know what's happeneing with my text entry here; the margin is not even, and it's really frustrating me.  I need to close for now.  Be back later.  Take care!