Monday, July 23, 2012

Coming Soon!!! Eden Design Garden!

Eden Design Garden at Etsy

Big Bad Collars will soon feature collars with custom designed plates from Eden Design Garden

It all began nearly two years ago.  
I got a message from another seller on Etsy.
She was not an ordinary seller.  
She was from my High School.
One of those awful people that there is NOTHING bad you can remember or let alone try to say about them. 
She had some ideas for some collars.
Her work is exquisite. 
I was flattered to think she even wanted to work with me.  
On top of it all she is one of those noble, wonderful people that does great deeds.
You can read her bio HERE
And she is hilarious. 
Oh, would she just trip and curse or something.
I commissioned a necklace for my sister from Eden.
 This is what came back to me: 
(And of course Gail did spectacular photos! )

The inscription plates read:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all. 

This poem has always made me think of my sister since I first heard it when I was small as she was reciting it to a friend.

Thank you Eden.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Vices and Addiction to Absurdity. Big Bad Collars.

Everyone around me here knows I have one serious addiction that I can't kick.  It's bad...and bad for you.  I defend it because it is my only true vice and I can't give it up.
Once in a while I will get disgusted and switch to New Jersey or New York...but like a moth to the flame... or a 4 year old to pixie sticks...I am always drawn back!   The truly shameful part is that we don't even have cable.  Which means I even pay the $1.99 per episode to download it.
 I am a bad bad soul.

But I think I may have finally found a new addiction:  
Britain's Got Talent 
 you tube videos
I have been hooked since Susan Boyle to always come back...looking for that first great joy I felt at finding her.
From the 2012 season:
Pudsey and Ashley!
 As my boy is flinging food bowls at me and barking to demand "more"

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What's New Pussycat? (Enter Tom Jones ... )

Purse Leathers
What to do?  What to do?  Just got back from the leather excited to make something from these!  Any ideas?  Any takers?

And this STEAMPUNK BELT:  fully reversible bronze and red patent.  I LOVE the BRONZE LEATHER
Steampunk belt, Bronze
Steampunk Belt, reversible red patent and bronze
AND Lorelei cut her own hair...note all the piggies trying to mask the chop job.
My wonderful neighbor did the cutest  emergency cut!  
We are 3 for 3 for 3!  All three girls cut their hair at age 3!


my NEW chairs!  
From Goodwill...
$17 each...
I even splurged and bought a whisk...
everything for $35.68!
They have down cushions, by a premier maker out of NC...Woodmark...original tags, original upholstery, 1968
perfect for my 1966 house!
Nap with Dad in Woodmark chair
Brickles is so happy!  Soccerball, nap with Dad, and view of the back yard!
**eventually this will be our library, fireplace and all...someday...we got the chairs :-), just need the shelves**
(Brickles's head is slowly getting better...finally!  But cone ain't coming off until it is FULLY healed.  The toxin of whatever bit him has been horrible!  Thank GOD! for the bulldog constitution)


American Bulldog Princess:  Briar Rose Petal
This her latest sleeping position, the princess, she bends her paw wrist down and rests her chin on a very delicate Thinker pose

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012



This custom overlaid latigo collar and leash set is available only for ALGBR  
It will be made custom for your dog...any size possible :-)
100% for a good cause!

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Friday, February 10, 2012

East and West

The Ballad Of East and West
By Rudyard Kipling

OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!

This is one of my favorite poems...and part of a larger piece (that I highly recommend).

What is fascinating to me is how often it is the opposite of its meaning. 

Too much of our lives is taken out of context and then applied.


Sunday, February 5, 2012


I was talking with my daughter the other day about "special dogs" that you have in your life. There are certain roles that can only be filled once, only by one special dog.

First and foremost is your childhood dog. The one that is your best friend when you have none. The one that keeps all your secrets. The dog that keeps the monsters in the closet at bay and warms you on cold, windy fall days so you don't have to go inside from playing.

 Then there is your soul-mate. No one knows when or from where this dog will come. You usually don't know this dog until he has passed. All dogs are special...but then there is that one, that when he is gone a piece of you has left too.

This is in honor of my childhood best friend: "Bubba" (he came to us with that name :-). A Lab-Newfie rescue that was the greatest kid dog ever.

And Bob. There aren't enough words for Bob. A mixed up lab puppy that was unlooked for and unexpected. And he wasn't even mine... but he was the dearest soul-mate.


CHARITY-- Fleur De Lis Leather Dog Collar and Matching Leash

CHARITY-- Fleur De Lis Leather Dog Collar and Matching Leash    BUY ME! CLICK HERE!

CHARITY-- Fleur De Lis Leather Dog Collar and Matching Leash CHARITY-- Fleur De Lis Leather Dog Collar and Matching Leash CHARITY-- Fleur De Lis Leather Dog Collar and Matching Leash CHARITY-- Fleur De Lis Leather Dog Collar and Matching Leash

FLEUR DE LIS latigo leather dog collar with matching latigo leash
Custom made

Collar: $105; 1.5 inches wides, latigo leather collar with decorative overlay, steel and brass hardware
Leash: $55; 1 inch wide, 4 ft long, latigo leather, Fleur de Lis accent at wrist and snap hook

Collar and Leash will be sold together for this event for $150. Please "note" me your dog's neck measurement and breed.

100% of proceeds will be donated to the ALGBR team for the "People Saving Pets Walk" sponsored by PetSmart

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