Homemade Braided Collar for a Yellow Lab

Winnie deserves the world. She is the sweetest little sea otter/dog in the world, and I love her. So today I made her a collar! I’m going to give it to her on Christmas and I can’t wait to see her eyes light up when she catches sight of this nautical necklace. (Yes this dog is ridiculously human-like so stop judging)

Here is how it turned out.

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I followed this blogger’s guideline.

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Cut WAY more rope than you think you’d need. Tying these knots eats up rope like crazy so make it super long. For reference, I put mine together on my bed and it was snaking all over my floor. You can always cut off extras later so be generous. Also if you want, cut the two middle pieces significantly shorter. They remain stationary the whole time, so you can almost cut them the length of your pre-existing dog collar plus an additional 6 or 8 inches for the loop.

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Here is the braiding process. Remind you of childhood making hemp bracelets?

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Once you figure out the knot, the hardest part is attaching your hook/clasp or making a loop. I used the cut, burn, and wrap trick that my sister taught me.

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I think Winnie will like it.

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She loves new jewels.

Gingerbread Land 🎄

My mom went all out for Christmas like the craftier version of Shannon Beador. One thing I remember most was her making Gingerbread houses.🍬

Sometimes I would come home from school and she would have cookie sheets spread out all over the counters, timers clicking down for the next batch in the oven, and a mixer full of Royal Icing just waiting for my finger to dip in it. “You are not going to like that Laura,” she would warn, and every time I would ignore her and obnoxiously complain with a disgusted purse in my lip, “it is too sweet.”

It was fun to watch her experiment. She’d envision the shape she’d want for the house, cut the templates out, and then bake and build the entire thing by hand. It was incredible.

I especially loved seeing her melt candies for windows, and OF COURSE I loved to help decorate. She even threw Gingerbread decorating parties for my sister’s Girl Scout troop. They were legendary, literally.

The last time we went to our childhood home, the new owner told us that all of the women in town still talk about it. She turned the basement into a little winter wonderland. 🍭🎅🎄🎁 No joke.

She was one cool cat. 😎

Since this will be my first Christmas without her, I want to remember her favorite gingerbread houses. Here are a few of the vintage Good Housekeeping magazine winners she adored.

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These are serious works of art. No one makes anything cool anymore… Well expect for this Up version.

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This Cape Cod style is cute too!!!

Aren’t these just a little slice of heaven???

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Miss you mom!!!!

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Sea Glass Wreath.. Wreaths are for WINNERZZZZ

2 years ago I started collecting sea glass. At one point, my collection had expanded so much that you’d think it was Kristie Alley’s waistline (ugh I miss Joan Rivers). I didn’t know what to do with all my big pieces and everyone kept nagging me, “what are you going to do with all that glass?”

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So I started making a sea glass wreath!

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Still needs more fill… filler filler!! Don’t tell Kylie Jenner that though, I think her lips have enough.

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My hands were so raw from wrapping each piece in wire that I had to take a break….  (I’m talking like a week off). If you want to make something like this, definitely take your TIME & wrap it as tightly as you can! It’s hard work, but the result is well worth it. And, don’t be like me. Get thicker wire…maybe even splurge on the copper.

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What do you think?