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Classy summer fabrics for small dogs

I did a little materials shopping over the last few weeks that got me in the mood for some summer style creations.  The Madras on top was intriguing to me because most of the other Madras plaid fabrics I've sewn with have been more pinks & purples in color. This one has a more masculine feel while still being breezy for summer. Pairing it with the light blue gingham fabric would be a fun and tasteful combination. I'd love to use the navy and green gingham with a coral pink and medium tan. Together they make a preppy summer set that reminds me of beachside relaxing. I think it has a Southern twist to it as well — a classy combo that Reese...

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Safely walking your small dog

Spring will be here before you know it! At home in Phoenix, we’re already enjoying our walks with Pipsqueak and Bosco in beautiful weather. Although this time of year always makes our allergies act up: Pipsqueak has episodes of reverse sneezing every year around this time, and I have general seasonal allergies. I learned a trick to gently blow air in the direction of her nose to help calm things down, which is typically effective. If nothing else she loves the one-on-one attention ;) If you’ve been considering getting your small dog (20 lbs or less) a new harness, now’s a great time. The Comfort Vest Harness is custom-made to your dog’s dimensions and requires a few weeks of time...

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Upgrading your Custom Pet Portrait with the digital artwork file

This post is a part of Custom Pet Portrait series, where I share an in-depth look and answer questions. The rest of the posts are linked at the bottom of this page. In this Custom Pet Portraits blog series, I’ve shared some portraits of super cute dogs, answered frequently asked questions about ordering a portrait, and explained how I create them so that they capture the unique personality of each pet. In this post, I want to show some of the other things that you could do with your pet’s portrait if you purchase the digital artwork file as well. Digital artwork files explained First, you may be thinking, “What is this ‘digital artwork file’?” Basically it’s the computer image I...

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A look at the Custom Pet Portrait creation process

This post is a part of Custom Pet Portrait series, where I share an in-depth look and answer questions. The rest of the posts are linked at the bottom of this page. Each Oxford Dogma Pet Portrait is custom made to order, meaning I have a process that I use to fulfill the order but each one is treated individually, with care. And I know it’s totally worth the care that goes into them when I get a response like this: “I am obsessed with these. You nailed their expressions perfectly. I am amazed at how much personality you can see in these!” —Danette, dog mom to Watson and Angie Step 1: Gather the source images Because I really want each...

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Custom Pet Portrait FAQs

This post is a part of Custom Pet Portrait series, where I share an in-depth look and answer questions. The rest of the posts are linked at the bottom of this page. Getting custom artwork commissioned can be a mysterious thing. In this post in my Custom Pet Portrait series, I’ll answer common questions about the product and process. “How does this whole process work?” You’ll start by placing your order in my shop, just like you would with any other product. After I receive the order and process payment, I’ll email you with a link to a form to fill out that covers details about your pet (these questions are listed below). This form has space for you to provide...

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