Well, I learned a new thing y'all! And I'm pretty excited about it. I sort of want to make everything an illustrated GIF now! That's why I've added them to the shop!
Here are two of my favorite examples at the moment. The first is of our dog Gus. He makes insane eye contact with the camera when we have his ball right above the camera lens. So it only seemed right to capture his dedication in a little GIF.
This second GIF is of our foster dog Sarge. He got adopted this past Thursday and I miss his goofy presence very much. But I can't say enough about the amazing family that adopted him. He's gonna have the best life. It makes my heart happy thinking about how he was a stray in Texas and now has a loving family here in Washington.
One thing that Sarge did that I loved was jump on the bed and plop himself in your lap and stare up at you. Many times he'd get comfy and fall asleep there. Then pop awake because he didn't want to miss anything fun that I or the other dogs might be doing. So here is a sweet little GIF of sleepy Sarge.
I'd love to help make a GIF of a special moment or quirky characteristic of your pet. They make an awesome gift to send someone some joy they can share.
The final product is emailed to you or the gift recipient and includes...
- a .gif file perfect for website use or text messages
- a .mov file formatted for sharing as an IG Post
- a .mov file formatted for sharing as an IG Story
Instagram can't post .gif files at the moment, so I make you a roughly 15sec video loop of your GIF as the perfect work around. ;) The movie file for IG Stories is formatted to fill the whole screen for a nice clean look. An example of the Gus Illustrated GIF formatted for IG Stories is below.
Since I am used to mailing all my portrait products with a thank you card, I wanted to do the same for this digital offering. So I made a digital thank you card that will be included in the final product email. It can also be used to include a gift note from you to the recipient.
I'm really excited to see where these portraits go. But even more so, I'm excited that these GIFs can be little pockets of joy that we can share and send to one another. You can order your Illustrated Pet GIF here.
Stay well out there!
I'm really proud of the above photo. July 2019 was the one year anniversary of submitting my LLC paperwork for All Dog Kind. And this Ballard Seafood Fest booth marked a big milestone for my business.
A few months prior, I found out I'd be participating in Ballard Seafood Fest. It would be my biggest event to date by far - a two day annual event that boasts an attendance of 75,000 people. Needless to say I was nervous but ready to step up and represent my little business well.
So I got to work on booth design. I would be sharing a 10' x 10' booth with fellow artist and maker Sam of Samantha Slater Studios. We worked together to make sure each of our 10' x 5' spaces complimented each other. We intentionaly crafted a welcoming and fun booth. We tested the flow of the final booth design at Fremont Sunday Market. So when the big weekend rolled around, it all came together beautifully! I had an incredible sales day and met tons of amazing people at Seafood Fest.
This booth is jam packed with love and DIY. It features...
All that effort continued to pay off. I was able to feature the booth design in other 10' x 5' events, like the one above. I also got to use my new fancy tall pegboard displays for 10' x 10' events like the photo below! Even adapting them to do well at outdoor events.
I'm excited to keep pushing forward and keep improving my display. It feels like a precious and important way to get the story of my business out into the world.
So you've unboxed your new DIY Flower Crown Hat for Dogs and you are super excited to get started creating stunning crowns for your pup. Let's get you oriented so you can be on your way!
In the above photo you can see the hat laid out. The top of the hat, where we will later be adding flowers, functions very much like a sandwich. There is an opening on one side only.
Next there are two loops for the dogs ears to go through. This is an important feature of your dog's new hat because the ear loops allow the hat to be secure and comfortable on the top of your pup's head. They anchor the hat so, unlike many other designs, the hat does not need to rely on overly constricting elastic.
Third is the adjustable "bracelet" knot. The hat doesn't need to be, and should not be, super tight on your dogs head. You should be able to comfortably fit three fingers between the elastic cord and your pup.
PRO TIP #1:
Adjust the size of your new hat before you place it on your dog. That way once you are ready for your dog to wear your gorgeous flower creation, only minimal size adjustments need to be made.
Open your hat and you can see that there are three rolled up strips that have been provided. We are going to use these to assemble your flower arrangements and attach them to the hat.
Remove the strips. You'll notice that they are hook side out when rolled. This allows them to grip the soft strips inside the hat. It will be important to have the 'darker hook side' out when wrapping your flowers.
Also note the flower arrangement zone. You'll want your bundles of flowers to stay in this area so when you fold your sandwich over you'll have no issues closing the hat.
The video above shows how to best wrap your flowers with the strips and place them in the hat. By wrapping one flower at a time, with darker hook side out, you insure greater chance that the flowers won't slip out of the strips.
By bundling three groups of flowers you achieve a nice lush flower crown and have more control over flower placement in the hat.
Once your placed your flower bundles, close up your gorgeous flower sandwich and give it some gentle pats to allow the strips to grab and do their job.
PRO TIP #2: Place hat on your dog as if your were putting their head through a harness. Using your hands to create an opening they can put their nose and head through.
PRO TIP #3: Once the hat is on your dog, you can tuck the dangling bead cords up into the ear loops so they disappear for photos.
Last but not least let your heart explode with joy as you see your pup look fabulous in the DIY Flower Crown creation!!
Don't forget to tag #alldogkind and @alldogkind when posting to social media so we can admire your creations!