Sunday, November 30, 2014

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 800 
Join me and my co-host Sugar for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop! Grab the badge and link up!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Freya's Studio and GIVEAWAY

Hey, guys! Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was good, although I'm sure I don't need to explain how exhausting family can be. ;)

Today we have a review and giveaway for the Etsy shop Freya's Studio. Here's a little about them, and then we'll get into the review.

Freya's Studio was a brain child that came about after Freya and I had some accidents that left us "laid up." I re-kindled my love for sewing and found out a family member had an industrial sewing machine that wasn't being used. Ever since the machine's always humming!

I love using the industrial machine, the noises it makes, the familiar hum, it's relaxing to me. The collars and leashes I make are a wonderful way to finish my day. By far my favorite part of the production process is sewing our logo (hand-drawn by my mom and then digitized by me) onto a finished product. Who knew my little Freya puppy would inspire a whole business?!

When creating collars, I use only high quality fabric and UV resistant thread. These collars and leashes are beautiful but they're meant to be durable and last. Freya and Sissy can be really tough on things so the last thing I want is to buy a new collar every month! We keep that in mind while creating our products.

It's still amazing to me to package a collar and send it to Italy, Canada, Virginia, Washington, Florida, Ireland, the UK and everywhere else in the world. Freya has a lot of friends all over the world and I'm glad she's bringing joy to other lives beyond our own. I always ship within 3 days of payment because no one should have to wait a month for a new collar!

I love getting to see our customers via Facebook and Etsy Feedback appreciation pictures. It's so much fun to see all the different dogs and cats sporting our designs. I'm so thankful for all of our customers our dream has become a reality thanks to you!

Freya has the end all say in when it's time to shut off the lights in the studio. She usually sighs in the doorway or (very rarely) comes right into my lap while I'm sewing. Freya and I talk about the studio over business lunches and she usually lends an ear or paws when needed. She keeps me in line and always gets me to smile or laugh when I'm getting too serious! 

When Freya, Sissy, and I aren't busy sewing, packaging, and listing items we can be found in rural parts of Montana playing dog agility. And on the rare occasion there isn't agility to be found we play freestyle, treiball, or rally with our local friends to stay busy. There's never a dull moment in our studio, or our household!

Freya's Studio generously sent me a collar for each dog (back when the Trio was still the Duo), and even accommodated my request to have Nola's collar have all metal hardware instead of plastic. The Little Beast's neck doesn't really like plastic, so I try to avoid plastic buckles for her. I picked this festive soft green snowflake design for Nola, and this striking red snowflake-y number for Pike. Sadly though, you can't really see collars on the Fluffer Nutter, especially since he's in his winter coat right now.

These collars are fabulously priced, and there's a lot to choose from. They offer a wide array of sizes, and you can customize with your pet's name, a metal buckle, or a snazzy matching leash. The customer service was prompt, extremely helpful, and very friendly. The collars themselves are adorable and durable, and aren't the typical, almost obnoxious Christmasy print. I am very happy with them, and would recommend them to you guys.

For the giveaway:
In order to be entered into the drawing, you must comment below and tell me what your favorite Christmas/winter activity is, and leave your email. You will not be entered if you don't do this! If you'd like to earn an additional entry, you can head over to their Facebook page here and like it. Please note in the comments that you've liked the page.
This giveaway is open to international viewers, and the winner has their choice of a collar flower or bow tie set in the design of their choice. Winner will be picked on Monday and contacted by email. Good luck!

Dachshund Mommy

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Dachshund Nola!

Nola, Dachshund Mommy, Pike and Olivia

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Meet Olivia

Hey, everyone! I'd like you to meet Olivia, our newest addition. She is a 4 month old red piebald Miniature wire haired Dachshund, and she's perfect for us. She's confident, smart, easy going, curious, loving, and very animated. I'm so thrilled to have her! It was a long and unpleasant road to find her, but it couldn't have paid off better.

That thing about group photos yesterday? I meant it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Share Gratitude Blog Hop and A Wiry Surprise

Hi, everyone! This time of year there's a lot of reflection on what we're grateful for (and let's face it, we should be more grateful all year long), so we are joining Loved By A Collie, Cascadian Nomads, Oz The Terrier and Kitty Cat Chronicles in the Share Gratitude Blog Hop. You can find more info about it in the link of Loved By A Collie, so come and join in!

I have a lot to be thankful for, so the Duo and I will show you with both words and photos. Let's get right to it!

- I am thankful to have a tight knitted, supportive, and openminded immediate family and a home I am always welcome at.

- I am incredibly, eternally thankful for my heart dog, Nola. I couldn't ask for a more perfect dog. There aren't words to describe how grateful I am for her. Smart, funny, driven, active, ballsy, patient, focused, loyal, loving, haughty, insane, devious and a mischievous little snot.

- I am thankful for my special Merle Moron, Pike, and how he always makes me laugh. You couldn't find a more loving boy! Insanely active, toy crazed, soft tempered, cheerful, loyal, and absolutely not a morning person -er, dog.

- I am thankful for my newest addition, little Olivia. Confident, laid back, loving, bouncy, curious.

She is a four month old wire haired Miniature Dachshund, and tomorrow's post will be about her! She is perfect for us. <3

- I am thankful for books, and lots of them!

There's four additional shelves to the other side of the door, and as you can see, I need more. 

- I am thankful for music

- I am thankful for art

- I am thankful for some serious doggie bling

There are more collars, of course, but these are the nicest.

- Nola is thankful for her sleep sack

- Pike is thankful for grooming

- Nola's just thankful she doesn't need any grooming (aside from teeth and nails)

- Olivia is thankful for the dog bed and her tug toy, and of course she has become another groupie for Nola.

- We're all thankful for clicker training

- I am thankful my dogs names fit alphabetically (Nola, Olivia, Pike) and don't mess with my OCD ;p

- I am thankful for the beach

- I am thankful I can let my older dogs off leash at aforementioned beach

Pike was 6 months here. So little!

- I am thankful for having more than one book in my "to read or currently reading" pile

- I am thankful to have a job

- I am thankful for my and my family's health

- I am thankful for the sea birds

- I am thankful I can capture a potent image without a fancy camera (taken with an iPhone 5c)

- I am thankful for flowers

- I am thankful for fit, active and healthy dogs

- The Trio is thankful for good food

Posed photos aren't in Olivia's vocabulary yet. :p

- I am thankful for the training relationship I have with Nola, and the ones I am steadily building with Pike and Olivia

- I am thankful for long walks

- I am thankful for dramatic clouds

- I am thankful my dogs are crate trained, even Olivia

- I am thankful both my older dogs are fully house trained, and my youngest is nearly there

- I am thankful for Christmas lights

- I am thankful I sleep well and deep

- I am thankful all my dogs get along

- I am thankful for yoga, and so is Miss Nola

- Pike is thankful for his tennis ball and frisbee

- Nola is thankful for birds to chase

- I am thankful for fresh eggs from our chickens

- I am thankful food good food and plenty of it

- I am thankful for clean water

- The dogs are thankful for tons of toys

- I am thankful for indoor plumbing and hot showers ;)

- We are all thankful for blogging

- We are all thankful for you guys, my incredible readers and blogging friends!

What are you thankful for?

Dachshund Mommy, Nola, Pike and Olivia