Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cheer Up on a Monday: lego shopping video

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I bet most of you can relate to this video, especially if you have had to buy the ‘right’ toy for children, or have left your shopping to the last moment, and I LOVE the inventive use of the auto shop to solve parking dilemma!

Wishing you the very best for this week’s festivities, may it be a happy, loving, and safe time for you and your family & pets. Thanks for coming along with me on my 2012 journey, I hope we have an amazing journey in 2013.

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Fizzy Waits for Santa

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my dog Fizzy

my dog Fizzy

I confess, if it were not for my wonderful, cheerful little friend Fizzy, I probably would not be in the mood for Christmas this year, but it is necessary for me to get up each day, and exercise him, play with him, greet all the people and dogs we meet along the way happily, and of course, it will be our very first Christmas together. I finally put the Christmas tree up and decorated the house, and dug out the Santa hat for him to play with and pimped out his very own holiday stocking, which was originally a cheap paw print affair picked up from a discount shop, now it has his name spelled out in sparkling green rhinestones.

Fizzy with his stocking

Fizzy with his stocking

In the five months I’ve had Fizzy he has grown, and is now turning 1 year old! He is a little taller, filled out more but still trim and as everyone likes to say when we meet them on our walks ‘he’s in top condition’. Fizzy no longer shies or veers away from oncoming trucks and buses, but walks calmly on the footpath trusting he will be safe by my side. We don’t have to race past the houses where dogs bark at him – I insisted from the beginning that we maintain our regular pace though he would naturally have run and I just used to say ‘its alright’. He still does not chew or have any destructive behaviour, doesn’t dig, no nuisance barking, and knows his boundaries. I can leave the side gate open and he will only come out if I call him, and then he comes to me and stays near me… he in no way resembles the mad dogs bolting for freedom that I’ve met over the years when visiting friends and family. I am proud of my good, smart, boy who always has a big grin and is as gentle as a lamb with children and other dogs. I also love that he likes to walk an entire street on the sloping curb and not step on the cracks (just like I did when I was a kid) and that when given freedom at the offleash park, he chooses to run around like a mad thing with me – where I run, he runs (and weaves around me barking his little heart out) in short he is my shadow, just like everyone told me he would be. My shadow, my friend, my studio mascot, my security system, my gym membership, and my therapist. He is all he should be.

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And the winner in the Starzyia 5 Days of Christmas was someone who left a blog comment, yay! Lucky number 17 was picked out by random.org and the winner was Samara Maddison. The result can be viewed here

Handmade Gifts for Pet Lovers

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Not only are pet lovers genuinely thrilled to receive a gift that celebrates or cares for their pet, I recommend gifts for pets in cases where you are racking your brain for something to give ‘the person that has everything’. I also highly recommend handmade gifts for pets because they are safe, non toxic, and usually created by a pet owner who knows exactly how to create something durable that lasts and is comfortable or enjoyable for the pet recipient. Toss out the cheap imported rubber toys that are punctured in no time at all and have been doused in chemicals before being exported from God knows where, and grab something exceptional and unique!

no kids, just pets! sign by GreenGypsies on etsy

no kids, just pets! sign by GreenGypsies on etsy

I love this, it brings a smile, but there are lots of choices for handmade sign in the GreenGypsies etsy store

pet mugs made by lilPawsUp on etsy

pet mugs made by lilPawsUp on etsy

lilPawsUp on etsy creates amazing mugs for lots of different kinds of pets and different breeds, I definitely want one that looks like my dog Fizzy.

pug softie by TrackandFieldDesigns on etsy

pug softie by TrackandFieldDesigns on etsy

I love this, so cute! And you can also get animal motifs on very gorgeous laptop and device bags in the TrackandFieldDesigns store on etsy (I love the horses, and the deer!)

clock by nakeddecor on etsy

clock by nakeddecor on etsy

I think this is really quirky and just wonderful, its made by nakeddecor on etsy

keep calm and obey kitty by AustinCreations on etsy

keep calm and obey kitty by AustinCreations on etsy

I love this! All cat owners know the consequences of letting the cat think he or she is in control! They are such aristocratic little things. Makes me miss Roman (bless him we had him for 19 years) these prints are made by AustinCreations on etsy.

cat bow tie by SnoopCattyCatt on etsy

cat bow tie by SnoopCattyCatt on etsy

Lots of gorgeous colour and pattern choices in the SnoopCattyCatt store on etsy, you can even get a traditional neck tie or tuxedo.

durable guitar toy for dog by wagsandwiggles on etsy

durable guitar toy for dog by wagsandwiggles on etsy

This store has it all… from toy carrots, to eggplants, and I can’t go past this toy guitar coz my dog Fizzy is a real cool dude, I’ll be visiting wagsandwiggles this Christmas.

horse water colour illustration by Mysoulfly

horse water colour illustration by Mysoulfly

And finally, something for horse lovers, the watercolour illustration by Mysoulfly on etsy will go down a treat.

Now I am well behind in my duties… I have not decorated the house, I have not decided on the details of my Christmas giveaway, and therefore have not created and sent this months Starzyia newsletter… not to mention I have not had my breakfast yet today and for an incredible first time in my life my mother has prepared and sent her holiday cards before me (I usually get so excited I do them midway in November and then keep them until its decent to post them). I guess I am missing my friend Diane more than I could ever realize and not quite in the right mood yet to do these joyful things. But I’m about to go get one of the guitar toys for Fizzy and that will help me out in the holiday spirit department.