Hopefully stupid Mediacom will fix the Internet today.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Hi, all. We are once again without Internet, thanks to our POS providers. That's why we haven't been around much; using the iPhone to comment sucks! We're calling them today, so hopefully they'll do their job and fix it!
The good news is that, provided this issue gets fixed, next week will be another Review Week! I'm a little swamped with reviews, so I figured I might as well clear things up a bit; we have family visiting soon (they arrive the 16th), and I want to be able to bitch and moan about them uninterrupted!
PS: the blogger app has improved!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Hi, all! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!
Today I'm doing a review for the fabulous company Mattie & Margot, makers of gawjuss collars. Here's a bit about the company:
It's just two humans, two dogs, and two sewing machines here at MATTIE & MARGOT — and one of the dogs is actually named Cooper! More on that later.
I'm Rachael, and I'm from Cincinnati, OH, currently living and working in Mountain View, CA. My middle school Home Ec teacher used to sew my projects for me because I was so dreadful at sewing. Fast forward a few years, and I have three dogs, all different sizes, and I can't find dog collars that I like, or in the right sizes. Fast forward a little more, and my crafty boyfriend, Garret, is teaching me how to sew because it's the age of DIY and I figured we could make our own dog collars. It took quite a few months (and quite a few broken sewing machines) to get them right, and here we are! Our dining room has been converted into the craft room, which houses our two sewing machines and loads of ribbon.
Garret's from Pittsburgh, PA, and he is really good at making things. He created a ribbon rack for the wall in our craft room. To his dismay, I quickly ran out of space, but we're working on that. He takes a lot of the photos for the site, and keeps Margot out of trouble. Mattie lives in Ohio with my parents, where she has a huge yard and two Shih Tzu mixes to chase. Cooper is the dog that started it all — I got her when I was in college, and my family has taken in 5 dogs since!
So there you have it. It's just the four of us here in California, with our two sewing machines and a rack of ribbon. But we love making dog collars, and we're getting really good at it!
I absolutely LOVE the collar I have from them! It's beautiful, durable and it has a metal buckle. I don't think I've mentioned this before, but Mom and I are total suckers for metal buckles on collars. They look so much better than plastic ones, not to mention they're more durable.
Something about this company that I found to be really unique and very cool is their Recycle Program. Click the link for full details, but the basic gist of it is you send in your old collar from Mattie & Margot back to them, they give you a 30% discount and once you pick the new collar you want, they send you a new collar made with the old collar's metal hardware, and you get a key fob made from the old collar! Pretty cool, huh?
They have so many options as far as color goes, so many that I literally lost track when I tried to count them (I got off track at around 125 I believe). I adored that they had so many shades of my favorite color, blue, to choose from. Usually when you're looking for blue you only see two options, dark blue and baby blue. At Mattie & Margot, they offer 27 shades and patterns of blue.
Here are just a few of my favorites they have:
It took a long time, but I finally pick the absolutely gorgeous Turquoise collar in size small (10-15" 1" width) to review.
Mattie & Margot offer two width sizes, the standard 1" for bigger dogs or dogs like me with long necks, and a 5/8" Miniature size for smaller/short neck dogs. Only two things disappointed me with Mattie & Margot, and one of them was they don't offer my favorite width of 3/4". Still, hardly a con in my book!
|Cute business cards!|
|I love getting notes!|
|Aw, that's so sweet!|
|Wrapping makes it that much better|
|I loved that the logo is on the inside, instead of being an eye sore|
|Here I am modeling it.|
Dachshund Mommy: I picked the 1" over the 5/8" width because I love the thicker look on Nola and Boston. They can pull it off!
Great customer service
Easy to navigate site
It came wrapped in yellow tissue paper, which is something I love
CONS (if you can call them that):
They don't make harnesses! :p
They only offer 1" and 5/8", not my preferred 3/4"
Overall, I give Mattie & Margot my highest rating of 5/5 stars and 2 paws up! I can definitely see us buying another collar from them in the future.
Head on over, and tell em Nola sent ya!
Kisses and Tail Wags,
(Disclaimer: I was provided a free collar in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid or perked to write an positive review, and all opinions are my own. We really do love Mattie & Margot that much!)
Monday, May 27, 2013
|A killer smile|
|Bodyguards (L to R: ME, Boston, Auggie and Phee as a pup)|
|Attitude and a big mouth|
|Appreciation for praise (my new take a bow trick!)|
|Serious fashion sense|
|A glamorous (not really), over-sized bed|
|A fit, sexy body|
|Flowers, from your adoring fans|
|A deep, sensitive side well versed in fine literature.|
|Lots of fruits and veggies|
|And plenty of exercise!|
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Hi, all! Dachshund Mommy here with week 3 of the May Photo a Day Challenge. I'm really pissed right now, because yesterday evening I shattered the screen on my iPhone. The phone still works, thankfully, but the massive spiderweb effect created by the shatter makes it hard to read, not to mention the screen is now rough and raised. I'm going to try and get one of those screen repair kits, and see how that works. Fingers crossed!
Which of these is your favorite, and why?
Which of these is your favorite, and why?
|Day 16: Mail box|
|Day 17: Season|
It's already bloody hot here. It's going to be a LONG summer.
|Day 18: Want|
Dan D Doughnuts. They're a local thing, and the best doughnuts ever. Their cinnamon twist is to die for. I won't eat a doughnut from Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Doughnuts, ect, because Dan D's has ruined them for me.
|Day 19: My favorite view|
My favorite view is actually the ocean, but this looks pretty cool, doesn't it?
|Day 20: Light|
Of my life. She has the best smile.
|Day 21: I care about this|