Cycling the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes from Heyburn to Harrison

On Sunday, Mr. Tux and I made a day trip to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes to ride with his dad and stepmom. The four of us plus Tuxley cycled 16 miles with 0 ft of elevation change. We had perfect weather and a wonderful time. A tasty lunch of sandwiches and fries in Harrison at One Shot Charlie’s marked the half way point of the ride. After we got back to the cars, we drove back to Harrison to try some of the famous ice cream from the Creamery. The ice cream definitely lived up to its reputation. It was DELICIOUS!

To wrap up the wonderful day, the four of us had a wonderful dinner of spaghetti and sat around the camp-fire visiting for hours. It was at least 10pm before Mr. Tux, Tuxley and I loaded up in the Pilot for the return drive home. Overall, it was a glorious day of riding and good times with family. I can’t wait to do it again.

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This is my favorite picture of Tuxley from the day. I LOVE his ears and facial expression here.IMG_0629

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IMG_0677Tuxley was ready to head home. It was way past his bedtime and he made sure we knew it. Ahhh grumpy doxies…

Kiera

{Happy Monday}

With all of our traveling and adventures lately, Mr. Tux and I haven’t had time to take many Tuxley photos. Here is our favorite from the photos taken Saturday afternoon while playing in the backyard. Isn’t he the handsomest Doxie ever!?!! I just adore my bundle of Dachshund!

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Wednesday you will have a special treat…stay tuned for the awesomeness of a guest blogger!

Kiera

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Dachshund Blanket Tutorial

On a recent trip to JoAnn’s, I made the awesomest, most wonderful find in the half-off flannel section. Doxie Prints! Totally fabulous fabrics with adorable, little doxies frolicking. I fell in love with the cuteness. However, there was a problem. Some of the fabric was way to girly and feminine even for my standards for Tuxley. He may wear purple, have a pink lambie as a favorite toy, and cuddle in a flowered blanket, but the French Dachshunds were just too feminine even for me. So I came up with Plan B. Our friends own two adorable doxies themselves, and, lucky for me, they have an adorable little girl along with a handsome little man. Three doxie blankets coming right up.

IMG_2499Look at the awesome fabric!! IMG_2509Little doxiesIMG_2508I think I am in love with this fabricIMG_2505So cute…makes me want a girl doxie of my own… IMG_2503Fabric for Tito’s blanketIMG_2502Fabric for Tuxley’s blanket IMG_2501Last but not least, Moxie’s soon-to-be new blanket

To make all of Tuxley’s snuggle blankets, I use a simple pattern that I have adapted from a basic receiving blanket. It takes me about 20-25 minutes start to finish to make one of these blankets. To make a dachshund snuggle blanket you will need:

  • 2 yards of flannel (either 2 prints of your choice, or both of the same print)
  • a rotary cutter
  • a craft cutting board
  • a clear cutting ruler
  • scissors

First I wash both yards of fabric in a warm cycle to ensure that any shrinking or color running happens before I start. Once the fabric is dry, iron out all the wrinkles. This will help you immensely in the next step. After the fabric has been ironed, place fabric 1 face up on a flat surface. Layer fabric 2 on top of it face down. Smooth out all the wrinkles. The fabric should all be stretched out now and flat, right sides together. Like this:

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Next, I fold the entire blanket in half and then half again so that the raw edges are lined up for trimming. Take your cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter and trim off the raw edges, making sure that the edges are completely even.

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trimming the edges

Once I have the blanket square, I take a kitchen bowl round stencil and use it to round the corners. This blanket can be made with square corners, but I personally prefer how the rounded corners look. After evening out the edges, I sew along the edge of the blanket, stitching a generous 1/2 inch seam allowance. Remember: leave a 8 inch opening on one side for turning the blanket right-side out. Now that the seam has been stitched, grab the scissors and notch the round corners to ensure that they will turn smoothly. Then flip the blanket right-side out and flatten.

Next, I sew a seam around the blanket again, this time creating a 1/4 inch seam that holds the edges together and finishes the blanket. If you wanted to be more creative, you could try using binding tape, or some other ribbon to create trim. But I have found that the simple finish works best with dog blankets. Here are the finished blankets:

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Tito’s blanket turned out amazing!

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All wrapped up and ready for delivery

As you can see from the pictures, the edge is simply finished and the rounded corners give it a softer edge. If you have any questions on how I did a certain step, please let me know. I am sure I am missing pictures of some of the steps.

Bonus Points: Here are pictures of Moxie and Tito enjoying their new blankets, courtesy of our friends. Disclaimer: I did not take these photos and do not own the rights to them, but am getting to show them off to you with special permission.

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Have fun making a cuddle blanket for that special dachshund you know.

Kiera