Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dogs & Containers

As you can see I am a little more than puppy-obsessed lately, and how could I NOT be with this darling face looking at me all the time:

A few weeks ago I posted the making's of a DIY dog food storage bin and I hadn't gotten very far at the time. Well, as it turns out, one of Erin's very creative friends offered me a few suggestions to get the ball rolling on the project. Here is her much appreciated suggestion:

Hi Erica, I was checking out the blog and saw the doggy tin post and have a couple ideas. I think it could be cute to put paw prints in the sectioned off space between bone and lid, either in black or a stand out color like red, pink or even yellow. Another idea that came to mind was filling in the bone with color and then accenting the rest of the tin with the same color, in polka dots or another design. Oh, it could be cute to put some sort of grosgrain ribbon in the sectioned off space and the very bottom for balance. That might be a bit girly though! A combo idea that just came to mind was filling bone with color and then putting the ribbon (with some sort of polka dot or other graphic design) around the top and bottom Good luck with your project! Cheers, Lindsay

All of Lindsay's ideas were super cute and also super easy. So I decided to try adding a series of black polka dots around the tin. I would have done a color, but I had a black Sharpee and was actually too lazy to run to the store to find a cute color. But the black turned out really cute, and I am addicted to all things black and white so it works. Next I added the name, Kasey, to the inside of the bone. Finally, I drew a big paw print on the lid and still left room around it in case another flood of creative energy hits me. (Unlikely.) And.... as you can see, that is as far is I got:

I was thinking about adding polka dotted grosgrain ribbon around the side of the lid. However, it's a good thing I didn't get around to it because I think Kasey would have ripped it off immediately. She's into biting anything and everything. Including the dog food bin, already!

On a side note, I was at the Pottery Barn Outlet last week and picked up this huge glass jar to contain dog treats. It was a $30 jar (seriously, who wants to spend that much on a jar?) that I snagged for $10 (which is still a bit much if you ask me, but I saw similar jars at Target that were at least $15 and I know this one is better quality). I think it looks a little more decor friendly than your typical dog treat container and it's easier to access than the resealable treat bag.

Two more things: First, yes, I realize I need to stock up on more dog treats, the jar is running a bit low. Second, yes, I realize I need to work on my photography skills because I have none! Any suggestions on how to take better pictures? I'm using a Canon Power Shot SD750 with 7.1 mega pixels... so I'm guessing it's not the camera's fault.

1 comment:

SoBella Creations said...

You can always go to Google's Picasa and lighten them up. The software is free.

I have also found that if you set the camera on manual the pictures look crisper.

I use a Canon also and love it.

Love your pet containers.