08 January 2011

Before and After

Today my family and I went antique mall shopping together.  It's our newest Saturday tradition and I pretty much love it the most :)
I walked away with a few treasures but this is the one that I was most excited about:


A $2 vintage suitcase.  I had been looking for one since before Christmas but I needed a certain color and a cheap price.
My wonderful mom stumbled upon this and I was soooo happy.
I had envisioned an adorable dog bed for Catalina (it was supposed to be her Christmas gift).
Better late than never right :)
So, I armed myself with vintage lace, vintage fabrics, vintage buttons, yarn, wood grain contact paper, and a hot glue gun.
All of those items turned my cheap vintage suitcase into the cuuuuuutest dog bed ever!!
This is was I ended up with it:




and since Picasso spent the night last night, he climbed in and tried it out for Catalina:



I love it.
Isn't it great to take something and turn it into something else completely?
I'm feeling super inspired to create more now!!

xo
janel

29 comments:

  1. This is absolutely ADORABLE. I would steal the idea, but my precious Jack Russell would eat that suitcase up.

    Question- did you make the triangle banner across the top? I've been looking for someone who makes them (real size, haha) to purchase for my wedding.

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  2. oooh! it is so cute!! I have been looking for a good suitcase to make Kizzy a bed just like that!

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  3. Hi cara-
    I did make it! Email me if you want more information ;)

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  4. Oh my gosh... that is the best idea in the whole entire world.
    Can I say... Etsy shop!?!
    I would buy one for Millie definitely! She's a little vintage bohemian baby like her Momma... except she's a Boxer. I think I'm going to feature you on my blog... like right now even.

    pickingwildflowersblog.blogspot.com

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  5. That is super cute! I love it :). You did a great job!

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  6. i like that pillowcase ;)

    turned out beautifully!! awesome job!
    xo
    christen

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  7. So so so cute!

    BTW, I've been enjoying your journaling class.. I need to get my photos posted to flickr. It's a good start to the year! xoxo

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  8. OH my goodness, that is the cutest thing that I have EVER seen! I wish that I could make something like this for my pups, but they would rip it apart :( Thanks for sharing!! & I love that little squirrel, I love the Martha Stewart pet line!

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  9. I was so not kidding - I'm such a weirdo. The blog is already up. That's HOW MUCH I absolutely adore and drool over your creativity. You HAVE to be your students favorite part of their day.
    I'm an Early Childhood Ed major and Human Development Advocate and I am a firm believer in keeping the art and creative expression classes in schools - so many are cutting them out. (omg - look... another blog idea!)

    I wish I would have appreciated the art and music when I was in public schools the way that I do now that I found myself on such a spiritual/self-discovery journey. Back then, I was this little soccer and cross-country jock and I cared too much about P.E. and didn't savor the art and music and other creative things as much as I should. Anyways, my point is (which always requires going around the world to get to) is that I appreciate you as an art teacher and a future/almost adoptive mother. I mention that in my blog that I posted throughout my Blogger browse tonight.
    It's about how much I am creepily obsessed with your reinvention of this groovy suitcase. Here's the link: peace and love, bjj

    http://pickingwildflowersblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/crazy-obsesssed-over-this-emphasis-on.html

    (sorry for the novel) ;)

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  10. that is so adorable!!

    -jessica

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  11. that is sooooo stinkin adorable! love.

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  12. this is awesome Janel!

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  13. OMG i've wanted to do something like this for my boston terriers FOREVER! love it :)

    www.stuffyoulllove.com

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  14. Such a great idea! Love it!

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  15. what a great idea! you are SO creative! i'm wondering if our cats would ever go for something like this. i'd love to make one!

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  16. omg janel...
    this is the cutest thing ever!! not that i would expect anything less from you, you are so creative
    i looooove it:)

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  17. This is awesome!! I am not a pet person, but if I ever do have a puppy, I will FO SHO be doing this!

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  18. Oh my gosh, how sweet (both the bed and your pup)! What a great idea.

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  19. That is an incredibly cute idea!

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  20. LOVE this project. You are a very clever crafty gal, the bed is so sweet!
    I think the little squirrel is so lovely too, did you make it?

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  21. OMG! Adorable. I have two avacado green suitcases like that in my garage. My doggies are gettin' new beds!!

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  22. awh! im in the middle of making one of these for my cat! i got a leather suitcase and just trying to get it cleaned up!

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  23. Oooh my word! I love it!! I'm so stealing that idea!!! :)

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  24. I made a pet bed inspired by yours...check it out

    http://aprilbest1981.blogspot.com/2011/03/dog-bed-fit-for-queen.html

    I really enjoyed making it! and the dog LOVES IT :)

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