Still looking for something special for your Valentine? Well I am super, super, super excited about this one!! Let me introduce you to Gone Doggie! Gone Doggie has some of THE cutest stuffed pups you will ever see - This is what I'm getting my son for Valentine's Day!! With their little heart noses, they are THE perfect additions to your little one's stuffed lovies. I love the fun patterns and the fact that several are designed more for the boys - it's always harder to find and buy cute stuff for the guys! My son is going to LOVE his new little pup, I just can't wait to get it in my hands. And honestly, I searched and searched on Etsy for stuffed lovies...and while I found several cute ones, THIS was by far my fave AND the best priced - you can't beat $10!! Kelly, the owner of Gone Doggie, has several other things in the works - you'll have to be sure to bookmark her shop so you don't miss anything!! Kelly specializes in high-quality, custom dog collars. She even has collars for Valentine's Day! I'm thinking about sending her some fabric to make a Saints collar for our dog, Zoya. If Kelly can make a collar for our beast of a dog - Zoya weighs near 140lbs, then I know she can make ANYONE happy!! A member of Artists for Animals, Kelly is truly talented at what she does. I love that I've found a place to buy a gift for both my pup - AND my son!! Here's what Kelly has to say about her puppies - you'll definitely want to read about her personal pets too - they sound amazing!
My plush puppies have been a super hit at my craft shows. They started as a filler for my booth while i built up my inventory of collars. The kids just loved them and they were my primary customers. Both boys and girls loved them. While the college themed ones were the most popular I always tried to make sure there were plenty of prints for the boys. I still have plenty of other boy prints to list. It's just so hard because of the cost to ship them. Now that my inventory has gotten to where I need it to be for the shows I am going to start discontinuing them and only doing them as special orders or special requests but, I have plenty that need to be sold before they are completely gone for good.
You better grab them fast before they're gone for good!
Here's a little more about Gone Doggie and the inspiration behind it:
Tell us about the name of your Etsy Shop. What was your inspiration?
Gone Doggie kind of came about because after getting my first dog ever (growing up I only had cats) I fell in love and went nuts for dogs. Anything dog, all dogs, couldn't do enough with dogs. Instead of saying, "you've gone crazy" my husband would say, "you've gone doggie". My original dream was to open a brick and mortar dog store but, financially that wasn't going to happen any time soon so I began creating and doing craft shows and then etsy. I needed a shop name and that is when GONE DOGGIE was born.
Tell us about your pets.
Do I have pets??? Oh my goodness, YES! Four Dogs and believe me I would have a lot more if my husband would allow it. My oldest is Gunner, an 8 year old chocolate lab. He was a spit fire puppy that taught me what real love was. Gunner is a certified therapy dog. we volunteer with our local school system where Gunner is a reading buddy. We meet with the children who read books to Gunner. It has been a rewarding program for both the children and myself. Jorja is my second dog. She is a black lab mix. She too is 8 years old. After getting Gunner I knew we needed a second dog. Gunner needed a playmate. I found www.petfinder.com and searched all the local animal rescue groups until I saw her photo. Jorja was being transported from the State of Georga from a bad shelter. She was on the list to be euthanized because no one had claimed her nor had anyone adopted her. Jorja has been the most amazing dog. She too is also a certified therapy dog, she has not begun volunteering because she has had some health issues which have prevented her from entering the program. Blue is my third. He is a 3 year hold Husky Mix. Blue was rescued at 4 weeks of age. His mother and 3 sibilings were pulled from a mans driveway who was not caring for the dogs. Despite his young age Blue thrived into a gorgeous, fun loving, care free dog. Finally there is Josie. She is my latest rescue. Josie and her 5 sibilings were dumped outside of the animal control office the first week in December. I adopted her one week later. She is now 4 months old and she is doing great.
What is your favorite item you've created so far and why?
I have to say to date my dog collars are my favorite item. I love fabric and with the collars I can use almost all the fabrics I find that I love. I began creating the collars for my dogs. I wanted something strong and durable but, I wanted something fun. I just couldn't find what I wanted in the local pet stores. When I did see something, the cost was just too much for my wallet. I began experimenting with my fabrics and interfacing but, realized I needed something much stronger than interfacing. I then researched the different types of webbing and learned what tensile strengths were. When I decided to use the webbing I learned I could not sew them on my home sewing machine so I went out and purchased the industrial sewing machine. This machine is a beast. I was afraid of it at first but, now I whiz stuff through it. I then began making the collars and donating them to the local advocate group I volunteer with. Friends and other folks saw the collars and began asking me to make them for their dogs, then a business was created.
Is there anything you would like to tell readers about yourself on a more personal level - kids, hometown, a favorite Etsy shop, etc?
I am originally from Massachusetts. I moved to North Carolina in 2005. It was the best move I have ever made in my life. The move allowed me to start my own pet sitting service. It has allowed me to be at home more with my dogs, it allows us to spend time volunteering and it has allowed me to be at home to work on my creations. I am finally at a point in my life where I can do what I love. I have lots of friend and family in MA. I visit a few times a year but, North Carolina is my home.
I have met so many wonderful folks through Etsy. I communicate with people all over the world. Etsy has been a wonderful resource and inspiration. I have lots of favorite shops and I am as much of a shopper on etsy as I am a seller.
Do you have any plans for up and coming items you can tell us about?
I have lots of idea's in my head. I am always drawing things out on paper wherever I can. I have drawings on napkins, and if I can't draw it, I simply have words describing what I am thinking or seeing in my head.
I have a design on the table for some dog beds. I am tired of buying dog beds that fall apart after one or two times through the washing machine.
I have some different designs for collars. I am working with my embroidery machine to be able to offer names embroidered on collars. I do lots of things custom order. I get lots of fun requests.
And finally, what are your thoughts on Valentine's Day? Do you celebrate? How?
I have to share this great story about a very special Valentines Day. When my husband and I were just dating it was our first valentines day together. He had invited me to his house for dinner. When I got there he had a card table set up and it was all set for dinner. The napkins had these little lips as napkin rings and there were lace doily hearts decorating the table cloth, it was all done up for the special occasion. He was even cooking dinner. It was some chicken dish that his sister gave him the recipe for. He pulled the dish out of the oven and began serving it. The chicken was undercooked and he had to put it back in the oven. He even called his sister to find out what to do. He was so nervous and embarrassed at the same time. The meal was finally done and it was delicious. I later found out that his mom had made up the table for him. It was the last time he ever cooked for me. We have been married for 10 years and he always finds something special to do on valentines day. But for me, that dinner will always be my favorite valentines day.
Kelly truly loves what she does and THAT makes each creation even more meaningful!!
Guess what? Kelly has agreed to give one Champagne Wisdom reader a pink plush Valentine's Day puppy!! SHE IS SO CUTE! Want to enter? Just leave a comment telling us your favorite item from Gone Doggie.
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That's a ton of chances to win. Here's wishing you love and luck...
This giveaway will end 1/31 at 12:00p.m. central time. Winner will be selected via random.org, emailed and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.