Tuesday, June 8, 2010

make - pets toys and more.....

catnip fish toy

Tools and Materials
Draw a Fish template
Pinking shears
Cotton batting or wool scraps
Piece of paper
Needle and thread
Upholstery needle and thin sturdy twine, for hanging

Catnip Toy How-To
1. Trace template onto two layers of fabric. Cut out shapes.

2. Pin right sides together, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew seam, and leave 1 1/2-inch opening for filling.

3. Trim seams with pinking shears.

4. Turn right side out. Press seams flat.

5. Stuff with cotton batting or wool scraps until firm. Shape a piece of paper into a funnel, and use it to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried catnip or to fill the whole toy with catnip.

6. Hand-stitch opening closed.

7. If desired, make fishing line: Thread an upholstery needle with 30 inches of thin sturdy twine, and sew through the seam of the fish's mouth. Tie knot to secure.

Dog Dining Station

This easy-to-build dog feeding station raises your pet's food and water to a more comfortable level and keeps your floor neat.

Tools and Materials
Wooden stool
Drill, with a 3/16-inch bit
Paint, in two colors
Protective rubber
Heavy card stock
Spray adhesive
Stencil brush

Dog Dining Station How-To
1. Measure your dog's leg from his paw to his withers. Cut the stool down to that size. Draw two 4 1/2-inch circles with the compass on the face of the stool. Drill a small hole near the perimeter of the circle. Using the jigsaw, set the blade into the hole and cut along the line, repeating for the other circle.

2. Prime and paint the stool. Allow to dry. Affix protective rubber to the feet of the stool.

3. Create a stencil out of heavy card stock by drawing the letters of your pet's name and cutting them out, or use a design of your choice. Spray the back of the card stock with spray adhesive and set the stencil in place. Dip your stencil brush into a different color paint than previously used, and gently pounce the brush all along the stencil. Peel it off right away

Dog Biscuits

Show your four-legged friend some love with these tasty homemade dog treats.

Makes about 5 dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog's size.)

4. If desired, you can spell out your dog's name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won't stick).

5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

all images and how-to's courtesy of Martha Stewart

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