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Greyhound,Whippet,Italian Greyhound Dog Gifts TreatsA love of antiques and dogs turned into www.HappyHound.Artfire.com, www.HappyHound.1000Markets.com and www.HappyHound.Etsy.com . Using beautiful antique Victorian Heraldic illustrations, I rework them into gift tags, notepads, note cards, wedding tented numbers and decals for ceramic items like treat jars, mugs and tile coasters. Additionally, I make Cheesy Treats, Handmade Soaps, Wedding Moss Initials and Wedding Birdseed favor packets under the HappyHound label.
One of the most exciting aspects of this has been the response from people that want custom work. A few of these have been making 200 tags for a Whippet Show , custom Bull Terrier tags for the Bull Terrier organization to sell to aid rescue, shop tags for a new store and Napoleonic Bee wedding table number cards. Doing these custom pieces encouraged me to expand my offerings to personalized items for my shop customers. The custom work allows both me and the customer to enjoy the creative process as we select art, fonts and colors for the finished product.
Since opeing my shop, I have expanded my offerings to include images of Cats, Horses, Bunnies and other Victorian images like Bees, Hearts, Fish and others. I think people appreciate the talent it took Victorian artists to draw these intricate illustrations during a time prior to the popularity of using photgraphic images in newspapers and books.
Like many of the artists and craftspeople here, I was and am inspired by my loving dog. Winston, my 9 year old Italian Greyhound, is such a daily source of inspiration and joy. One of my favorite quotes is:
"If there are no dogs in Heaven,
then when I die I want to go
where they went."