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If you know the joys of owning a pet, you will most definitely relate to this blog entry and DIY project for two reasons: 1. you know that animals are better people than humans and 2. being super pet-parent cheesy is the greatest.

Here is a recent photo of my two sweet little terriers, Polly & Wallace.

LouiseInPerson- Polly & Wallace

LouiseInPerson- Polly & Wallace 2013

Though they are similar in appearance, their personalities are wildly different. Polly, the West Highland Terrier (left), is polite, independent, proper, and mostly mild-mannered with the exception of chasing small to medium sized rodents. Wallace, the Cairn Terrier (right), is a total lovebug. If you sit down in our apartment, he is on your lap in lickety split. Wallace is sensitive to his surroundings and easily distracted. Here is another photo of Wallace from a previous post. To sum them up, Polly is consistently calm & cool and Wallace is a spaz. We have grown to love both of them equally for different reasons and just like in all relationships, there is adapting and compromising involved. 

This DIY (adapted from here) is to capture your furry friends and display them for all to see! For this project, you will need:

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Doggy DIY Materials:

-2 5×7 frames (mine are from Ikea $1.99 a pop)

-2 sheets of 4×6 cardstock

-black craft paint

-paintbrush

-decent ink pen

-doggy paws ( not pictured)

-napkins for clean-up (not pictured)

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Step 1: Apply the paint to your brush and cover your pup’s paw with it. Lighter strokes turn out better for the print.

LouiseInPerson- Doggy DIY 4-1Step 2: Firmly press the painted paw onto the cardstock, making sure not to wiggle too much.

LouiseInPerson- Doggy DIY 6-1I tried a couple of times with each pup to capture the best takes!

LouiseInPerson- Doggy DIY 7-1Step 3: Write something about your pet. It could be a quote, their favorite treat, whatever! I wrote my pet’s name and age under the paw print. Let dry for an hour or so.

LouiseInPerson- Doggy DIY 9-1Almost done!

LouiseInPerson- Doggy DIY

Step 4: Place in frame!

There you have it! Simple pieces that actually mean something to you! I’m so excited to hang mine up. I’d love to know if you have other awesome pet project ideas!

Cheers!

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For Valentine’s Day, I received an awesome DSLR camera from my lovely boyfriend, Mike. I have been wanting a DSLR for some time now, knowing that point and shoots just don’t really compare as far as quality goes. Though I don’t know how to work all of the functions (yet), the camera takes photos beautifully without being technically savvy. Here is what the Pentax K- 5 looks like:

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

I decided to go with a Pentax camera because I found out through research that old, manual Pentax lenses fit and work on the new DSLRs! I have owned a manual 35mm Pentax w/ several lenses for some time now.  How great is it to use old glass on a new camera? Really great. Here are some photos I’ve taken in the past few days of my fellow roommates and of Maine.

Polly Ester

Polly Ester

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