It’s a crazy obsession, but I can’t deny a gnome. They simply make me smile and I just love their charm. For several years now I have been filling my home with gnome trinkets, and recently I came across this gnome dog toy (see above) and knew that I just had to do a round up of some of my favorite gnome items.
Enjoy…and I dare you not to smile. These guys are just so happy!
Hey all…I apologize for the lack of posting, but “swamped” doesn’t even begin to define how I have felt this week. I’ve wished for a Friday every day. Speaking of, is it Friday yet?
I thought today might be a good day as any to share a thought that has been bouncing around my head. I have had the honor and privilege of being embedded in the blogger world for more than four years now (through my own projects and working with some other AMAZING blogs). And throughout these past four years, I have noticed a bevy (more like a deluge) of new blogs popping up–some with a unique point of view and thoughtful postings and others, well, not so much.
I truly feel like there is a space for everyone on the web…truly…everyone. But as of late, I have been thinking about how one can really go about finding their niche, showcasing their personal point of view, and not be covered by the shadows of others. It is a VERY hard process, one I am figuring out on the daily.
As a creative individual since birth (I thought I was going to be the future of PIXAR at the age of 9), I know that there is this constant inner-struggle to present yourself as the most unique thinker, with the most original ideas (or maybe that is just me). I struggle with being different enough and noteworthy enough that at times, I forget how to just be me. My House of Harvey experience has been such a true joy for me and game changer because, for once, I put aside all of the inner-stuggles of wanting to be this avant-garde, stylish, mold-breaking, innovator of the blogoshphere and decided to just be me and focus on the things I enjoy most: dogs + design.
The experience has been truly liberating and I have all of you to thank for that. You have not only been encouraging, but have been uplifting and reassuring that there really is a home for everyone in the blogosphere. They may be built differently, painted different colors, and house different families (human and other), but the blog neighborhood is always growing and welcoming new members.
So moral of this story: don’t let your inner-fear or the appearance of competition scare you off from speaking your truth and passion. Just do what you do best and stay honest to your voice. There is room for all.
Thanks y’all. Mr. Harvey and I are so blessed to have you at our house.
He hates the water, but for some odd reason, Mr. Harvey is not opposed to baths. I guess that’s where he takes after his mom: cleanliness is the most important. I think he also has an appreciation for some of the great swag that comes with bath time. Here are our faves.
Mr. Harvey and I a big recyclers. Always have been and always will be. And while a few years back, it may have been a bit harder to mainstay a recyclable and eco-friendly life, today, there really is no excuse. Everything from stain cleaners and treats, to dog beds and poop bags, environmentally-friendly has taken over the dog world…and we couldn’t be happier.
There are a LOT of great eco-friendly dog products out on the market. I’ve selected just a few of my favorites and hope that you will help add to the list. Keep it green humans and canines!
WARNING: This post is MIGHTY expensive. It’s one of the downsides of photography: the equipment will cost you. And even though I could never truly afford to buy any of these fabulous cameras, a girl can dream via her blog.
Whether just looking at them from afar (sigh) or making the big splurge, you can’t deny that these cameras are designed to perfection.
P.S. House of Harvey is on Instagram! Sometimes we even use an actual camera to take those pics….who would have thunk? Follow us @HouseofHarvey!
I don’t care if it’s 94 degrees and brilliantly sunny outside, I want my fall already! I know my shaggy Mr. Harvey could use a break from the heat. So we’ve decided to roundup some of our favorite fall items.
Bring on the falling leaves, crisp air and festive design!
Are you familiar with The Animal Shop by Sharon Montrose? It just happens to be one of my FAVORITE stops for incredible animal photography. Sharon is a remarkable photographer and has a true knack for capturing gorgeous portraits of animals…of all kinds.
I’ve gathered some of my favorite selections from her “Babies” collection (including the baby porcupine that hangs above my bed at home). Just LOVE her work!
Before I head off for my “Cousins Spa-cation 2012″ trip to Scottsdale, AZ, I wanted to share with you some exciting news: we officially have stamps people!
As of late, I have seen quite a few of my favorite bloggers showcase their custom branded stamps, and I’ll admit, I became a bit jealous. So after snooping around a bit (and just flat out emailing them to ask where they got them from), I discovered the wonders that is Simon Stamps. Not only are they speedy, but they produce great work and are extremely cost effective (it cost about $35+shipping for these two stamps. And now I have endless branding options!). I highly recommend them!
And when I pair the stamp with these incredible gold-edged cards I picked up at Pink Tartan in Toronto on a recent trip, they work their magic!
So here is to some happy Labor Day Weekend tanning, relaxing and stamping! Enjoy y’all!
p.s. I apologize for the garish red and green stamp colors. My other ink pad dried up, and this was all that I had at my hands. Next time, I’ll prep a bit better!
I am always looking for simple ways to enhance my Mr. Harvey’s style without having to invest a lot of money in new swag or cause him to be uncomfortable. (Ain’t that every dog owners grief?) So after giving it some thought, I decided to craft up an interchangeable dog collar bandana for him to sport on our walks.
This project is simple, fast and makes quite the statement. And now I can mix and match his fabric bandanas on the daily!
>> 1/2 yard of fabric
>> sewing machine
>> needle + thread
>> sew-on velcro
1. Take the correctly measured piece of velcro (should be the length of the dog collar) and sew it onto the collar with your needle and thread.
2. Take your 1/2 yard of fabric and cut into a square (you want to make sure that the each side of the square is the same length as your collar).
3. Fold the piece of fabric into a triangle. Sew all 3 sides together with the sewing machine or by hand.
4. So your piece of velcro (make sure you use a matching set of velcro for on the dog collar and on the fabric) along the base edge.
5. Adhere your two velcro pieces together and VOILA! instant collar style!
Does your dog like to sleep? Check out this dog bed DIY project!
Lately I have been thinking that it is time I step back into the kitchen (we had a bit of a trial separation there for a while) and try my hand at cooking again. And while I am at it, I will attempt to mix up some homemade fixin’s for my pup and some delicious cooking cocktails for myself (I may need a beverage or two to make it through this).
I think these two books are just what I need to get me motivated!
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