There it is. The beginnings of my very first collar. The start of my first little mini side job.
I recently graduated from college and jumped right into a full-time office job. At the same time, I’m moving in with my boyfriend an hour away from home. Money is tight. It’s been stressful and frustrating — and I was starting to feel overwhelmed. Sooo, in times like these I look for artsy outlets. Usually, I decide to paint, but this time was different. I had to fulfill more than my need to let off some creative steam, I needed to find a way to supplement my income. Nowadays, Handmade Creations + $ = Etsy Shop.
I don’t have the time to paint enough or the ability to give up paintings that I do paint (I get too attached!), I hardly know how to use a hammer, and (at least for the moment) the market for home decor items is just too crowded for me to find my niche. So, I looked to someone I could trust: Archer, my 2 year-old Chocolate Lab.
Basically, Archer told me, “Hey, you know how you always get me new collars for different holidays and occasions? And you know how you can’t always find what you’re looking for? Well, why don’t you make collars?!” He had a point. I did some research and felt completely inspired. It was perfect. Thus, I introduce to you… Nifty Pup! I started an etsy shop, which I’ll post a link to once I actually have collars to sell. Also, I’ve been gathering supplies, figuring out the right process and materials, and scouring shops and online for the best fabrics and ribbons I could find to make my shop and collars stand out. I’ve been loving every minute of this new venture.
A month after making the decision to get Nifty Pup started, I’ve started my first collar. A Grinch-inspired, red and green zebra print. It still needs to be sewn, but I wanted to mock it up so that I felt like I knew what I was doing. I only kind of knew what I was doing. I’m trying to make my first collars in time for the Holiday season – so I need to hurry up. Thinking I’ll start with about 5 Winter/Holiday themed collars. I’m still working on the right sizes and widths, but I’m very excited and hope others will love these collars as much as I do!
Stay tuned for updates and collars! (PS. I’d like to come up with a catchy name for my holiday collection, but haven’t been able to land on anything very clever, so suggestions are definitely appreciated!)