Mary, no wait, Monica had a little lamb.

A long time ago, I purchased this heinous creation from Goodwill for $2. I’m sure whoever made it thought it was adorable, as did whoever bought it from them. I, however, bought this piece for it’s potential…which shall be revealed at the end.


My first step was to remove the lamb/sheep/white fluffy animal & the backing that held it in place.101_1119

Once I removed the back, I had to remove about 20+ staples to release the lamb from it’s tacky applique prison. I did save the backing to hold my new “thing” in place, and I am going to also reuse the lamb portion as well.


And here it is all disassembled.

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Next, I took the wooden part (sans dowel) outside to spray paint it a nice green (sageish) color. It’s by Krylon. I think it’s called leaf green. I am totally making that up, I must admit, because I am too lazy to get up and look at the name of the color. If you’re dying to know, leave me a comment.

Then somehow I didn’t take pictures of this next part, so bear with me. As I let the spray paint dry, I took a fat quarter I bought at Wal-Mart and cut it slightly bigger than the lamb thing. I used the lamb oval as a template, per se. The fat quarter was about $1.00 and I had MORE than enough fabric. They have lots of cute patterns, but for this project I chose a simple black/white dog print.

Finally, I assembled it all back together and hung it up.

But first, a story.

The whole reason I bought this item is because of a constant problem in our household.

The dog leash.

It never fails that it is 7:43 am on a Monday morning, and I am frantically trying to find Pee Wee’s dog leash to take him out to potty. Usually, this search happens in a frenzy since I need to leave for work at ohhh 7:47ish. Yeah, I plan ahead. Go me. I search everywhere. I mean everywhere. I do. I promise.

Then, I call Daniel who is usually at work or on his way.

Me: “Where’s Pee Wee’s dog leash?”

Daniel: “Wherever we last left it.”

Me: “Well, duh. You have no idea, really?”

Daniel: “Um, no Monica.”

Me: “You don’t love me!”

Daniel: “Monica, I gotta go.”

Me: “Are you cheating on me? DANIEL!”

Daniel: “Huh?”

Me: hangs up the phone

As you see, I completely go crazy. I then look over and see the leash on the kitchen table. I promise I totally did look there.

Point being, this could be avoided. My solution?


Ta-dah! It’s right by the door and easy to find/use. Isn’t it cute? It is! Not bad for about $4 total and about 20 minutes of time.

For the record, yes, that blue collar is Pee Wee’s Coach collar from the outlets. Also for the record, the faux Coach bag I have is totally a real Coach…in my head. Look, we’re on a budget people.



  1. Jamie
    September 15, 2009 / 1:48 am

    CA-ute! I cringed and the lamb and was wondering what potential you saw there. Love the puppy paws.

  2. Gwen
    September 15, 2009 / 1:51 am

    Now there is no excuse for you being late! Yeah sure right..Say bye bye to the lambie and I love your idea and redo. Also, SOOO glad that you are out of your funk!

  3. Naomi
    September 15, 2009 / 2:11 am

    I love it!!

  4. JennXOXO
    September 15, 2009 / 3:14 am

    So cute! Love it!

  5. Krys
    September 15, 2009 / 1:49 pm

    That is AWESOME girl! I LOVE it! I've been in a funk for the past month too. I have over 2000 post in my reader I need to TRY to catch up on. I'm gonna do my top priority reads (like yours) and not worry about the rest. I have just been…. blah…lately in every aspect of things. I have lost 13 pounds, and I'm now out of the 200's forever. It should be alot more, but I haven't been working out like I should. (go figure)I'm glad you decided to wait on a house, I think that's a good choice. You'll see that having a house isn't as much fun as it sounds like, because there's SO much more expense. In the past month alone, we've had to get a new roof, AND a new Central a/c. They had to replace the ducts and everything! As much as I hated apartment living when I was there, I sometimes wish to go back to not having a yard to mow, pest control to pay for, things to break, etc. I have TONS of things to post, so hopefully I'll be back in action soon. Doc gave me prozac on Friday and so I'm hoping a week or so of that will kick me back into gear.

  6. Lindsey @ Better After
    September 15, 2009 / 3:12 pm

    Ha! I love your phone conversation freak out! Sound like something I would do. Love the leash holder!

  7. Jessica
    September 15, 2009 / 6:52 pm

    What a great idea! Great job! You are making me want to get off my lazy butt and finish some of my projects!

  8. Rita
    September 16, 2009 / 12:35 am

    You crack me up. I cant decide what I like better, your stories or your creations. I just read this whole blog and re-read it to my teenage daughter (who by the way loved your lady gaga comment- I commented on that one already).We think you're too great!!Anyway just can't wait to see and hear what's next.

  9. Embellished Bayou
    September 17, 2009 / 4:05 am

    Love this! You have such vision! Hope you had fun at Britney, I'm jealous!