Friday, August 13, 2010

When Art Imitates Life

Usually when packages come in the mail here, they don't have my name on them.  Our postman is very familiar with our dogs' names and recognizes them readily when we go to the post office to pick up packages.  Sadly, they don't know Mr. Taleteller or me by name in there, though.

Imagine my surprise this week when not one, but two packages arrived with my name on them.  One of them was something I ordered a while back, so it wasn't a total surprise.  The second one was a very pleasant surprise that has left a huge smile on my face.

The first one was a bag I ordered to keep my nook in.  For those of you out there who don't know what a nook is, it's an electronic book reader made by Barnes and Noble.  I could write a whole post about it and how much I love it, but I imagine most people's eyes would glaze over.  The thing about it is, once you get the electronic device, you're instantly bitten  by the bug to start accessorizing it.  Mine has a leather cover that I just love, which makes it look more like a book.  It has a nice Celtic Hounds pattern on it and the leather work is truly an art. 

However, you can't have a beautiful leather cover and not want to protect it.  A couple of months ago, an online friend had a Greyhound who came down with a mystery illness that had vets and the university vet clinic baffled.  A wonderful vendor, ShopMollyd, I knew through Facebook offered to make bags as a fundraiser.  I wasn't sure if the bag would fit my nook with its case, but I decided to ask.  Brooke was nice enough to look at the site that makes the covers and take all kinds of measurements and ask about color preferences.  I can't say how excited I am about the end result!

For those who are interested, she makes all different breeds of dogs, but Dachshunds and Greyhounds are very near and dear to her heart.  She makes adorable bags, purses, cup sleeves, collars and jewelry.  I'm not affiliated with her in any way, but I know how great it is for dog lovers to find things that match their breed and I thought it was too cute not to share.

My second package came from Suzanne over at Cult of the Greyhound.  She has a photo blog that I just love visiting every day.  She has some of the most photogenic Greyhounds I've ever seen.  She also makes cards with the photographs she takes.  She made a set of notecards for the recent auction to help the Fort Worth sighthounds who were recently seized after being found in deplorable conditions.  Since I didn't win her notecards in the auction, she sent me some of my own.  They are so beautiful, I doubt I'll be able to mail them to anyone!  Most likely we'll frame most of them and put them in the Greyhound room.  It was such a nice surprise to get them, I haven't stopped smiling!

I know there are a few other packages on their way to our house, but those have some dogs' names on them, so I'll just enjoy my little treasure trove while I've got it!

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  1. hahah my pets got more christmas presents than me last year.... and now I have Princess Barbie, I'm sure that it will happen again this year.

  2. Great stuffs!

    Thanks fur sharing them!

    Khyra and Khousin Merdie

  3. Those are photogenic greyhounds! And I love how these both are sold to benefit the dogs.

  4. What great photos. Love the sleeping beauty with the pink bag carefully displayed in front.

  5. The nook sounds fabulous! I'm going to have to look it up on Google :)
    Those are some beautiful greyhound pictures!! You should definitely frame them all up! I wouldn't be able to give them away if I were you!

  6. Sweetie love a good delivery from the post man, best bit about internet shopping. But now these Nook bags look like they could easily double as iPad bags too!

    Cheers XpS

  7. Let me get in the important comment--love the pictures with both the bag and dogs!!

    I have a nook and a kindle. I love them both,but if your public library loans e-books get a nook! Then you can have the books you own and those you just want to read.

  8. Oooh, love the bags! I've been holding out on getting a Nook since I use our local library so much. Once there are more books available for the Nook through libraries I'll probably jump. LOVE the cover you have for yours!

  9. Oh Poor Greyhound Mama don't get no mail...unless hers pays someone to ship her sumptin. Hehehehee! It's a dog's life, what can I say.
    How funny...mum and dad were just talkin bout those Kindel thing-a-ma-bobs last nite. Just one more thing her won't be able to da mop, da oven, and sucker machine.


  10. How fun to get thise nice suprises!
    I did not know what a nook was, but now I do!
    The little back is very cute! (I wonder if she does newfs) and those postcards are just way to cute!

  11. What great packages - I absolutely adore the cover for your nook. So how is it, curling up with a nook - I don't know if I would like it or not.


  12. I love those bags! I will have to go check out her site!

    I love those GH photos, they are amazing!

  13. LOVE the beautiful leather cover for your nook. And... that pretty Pink Pawsonalized one is DARLING. How talented some two leggers are.
    My mom LOVES to read butt doesn't think she can give up the paper ones for electronic type.

  14. Hey there...
    That 'Nook' sounds fascinating!...and the cover and the case are really lovely too! You always have such interesting things to tell.
    I'm sorry that I've not been around to your blog lately. Please know that I'm still really fond of you!!!:)
    You asked about Puppy names...Yes, I have a few fav's, but am going to wait until I experience his little character more.
    Sending lotsaluv

  15. Ooooh, you know what would be fun? A cover that looks like the Necronomicon from "Army of Darkness"! Ummm, as long as it doesn't have any of the Necronomicon's other "special" attributes ...

  16. I am so glad you liked the note cards, it was my pleasure. Thanks for the comments on my blog and my smile every day. May I just add - the fact that you have a greyhound room is the coolest thing I have ever heard!

  17. Gosh, that bag is just super cute! And I luvs those cards, too! I bets the girls were surprised when none of those pressies were for them. Every time mom opens a box in our house now, I stand right next to her and smile and wag my tail cuz I'm pretty sure it's for me. And usually I'm right!

    Wiggles & Wags,

    PeeS. Can't wait to see the girls tonight at the pawty!

  18. My mom is really eyeing those bags! And the dawgs on the cards are as photogenic as I am, BOL!


  19. That is a gorgeous book! Leather work always intrigues me.

  20. We love your 'book' cover - looked like the patterns you see on the Book of Kells! Just beautiful.
    The little pretty pink bag was lovely too - we must go have a look.
    The notecards are also very cool!
    What a lovely surprise for you - you wont be able to complain about getting no packages now!
    Martha and Bailey xx

  21. ooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
    Pretty bags!!!! Love them!! Nice cards too!!! And more stuffs on 'da ways too!! WowWEE!!
    Oh, and we's likes 'dat book too!

    Have a great fridays and sees yous tonite at PawTy's!!!!
    Josie and IzZY

  22. We have a ShopMollyD creation in house as well. Brooke is a love and makes great stuff...

  23. Awesome bags and cards! My the Mom needs to check out those sites!

    I have to say that I love the models in your photos the most! Big smiles here, for sure!

    wif love from the Luke

  24. Aren't presents and nice surprises wonderful:-) The cards look way too lovely to use. I don't have a greyhound room, I have 2 rooms Beryl isn't allowed in to as she steals things from them, lol! I hadn't heard of a nook before, I wonder if they've reached New Zealand yet? The case is so well done as is the leather cover.

  25. My mom is a little jealous of your nook accessories! She luvs her nook too and does go to that forum you suggested, thanks for lettin hers know 'bouts it. Maybe she will gets one of dose pink bags with boxers on it instead of offense. :)

    WOofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  26. ooo i love the bag! wish I had a nook. I only have the kindle app on my iphone. Maybe cute!

  27. You got pawesome presents for yourself!
    The same happens here... all the packages and cards on the mail come for me...
    My grandpa complains about him getting only the bills!
    Kisses and hugs

  28. Those bags & cards are great! Love personalized stuff for our pets! will check out.......

  29. That's a real cute pinky bag :) Sure gonna go check out ShopMollyd :)

    Nice poses from all of you.. such patience with the camera lady.


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