Sometimes the cold weather can be a good thing. You may have to stretch your imagination a bit but I find myself using it for creative in-the-house-where-it’s-warm time. Two cold snaps ago I decided my puppy, Coco, needed a little jacket, being under 10 lbs. and us already having single-digit temps. I came across an old corduroy shirt, the sleeves long worn out but still nice fabric that I’d kept around for who knows what.
Then “what” happened, and my puppy got a red jacket. It makes me smile because once upon a time I had my picture taken wearing that shirt posing with my first cocker, about 30 years ago. Whoda guessed?!
Another future memory is the paintings I made of my puppy’s foot prints, the front ones anyway. I wanted them to be her baby prints. I made a piece of art out of Coop’s foot prints several years ago. It was an outside project on a warm day, him being bigger and more controllable.
Coco was a different story. I laid everything out on the counter, prepped as I could be for the coming mess. She had no clue what was going on and wasn’t the least bit interested in knowing or cooperating. I haven’t groomed her at all yet so her feet are very hairy, in all directions…
…not to mention wiggly and thrashing.
I got a few good smears out of six or eight tries, not bad all things considered! Then I had to clean hairy, red-painted feet and the remaining mess. I picked the best four works of art and finished off three of them, my sister thinking the yellow/orange one looking like leaves.
It was a fun project from start to finish. I haven’t decided which one to frame yet but they already make me smile with the memories. I can’t wait to see what our next cold front will produce!