Rachel Petitto on Oct 26, 2016
I bought this for my puppy and not only do I love the look, but she LOVES being snuggled up in it!
It all began with a little dream...........
I've been sewing and crafting as long as I can remember, a talent I inherited from my late grandmother Nona. As a little child, I'd sit in her lap as she sewed on her old Singer treadle machine. I'd sit next to her and watch her crochet and embroider by hand. I wanted to learn everything she could teach me and she gladly taught me everything she could.
Over the years I began to master all types of arts and crafts and made clothing for my entire family. After a divorce, I had to go back to work so like three generations before me, I became a barber/stylist. I didn't have as much time for my crafting anymore and I missed it. So, a few years ago, I unlocked that seamstress inside me and I haven't stopped since.
I opened my etsy shop in February 2010. It was a slow start, but I was patient. In December of 2012, I was able to purchase a multi needle embroidery machine. That's when my hobby started looking more like a business.
After owning my own barbering business for over 23 years, the common physical challenges began to take a major toll on me. I had to make changes in order to continue so I started to split my time 50/50 between cutting hair and sewing/embroidery. I closed down my barber/style shop in September 2012, and began renting a booth in another shop. I'd work three days a week cutting hair and the rest of the week was spent sewing at home.
Unfortunately, just one year later, on September 15, 2013, I shattered my left arm and shoulder in a bad fall at home. I had to have orthopedic surgery on my arm and shoulder. I had shattered both. Now I have a metal rod and sixteen screws holding my arm and shoulder in place. My hair cutting days were officially over. I was in a state of shock. I didn't know how I was going to survive.
After about three months of initial recovery time, I officially started working this business full time. It was difficult with the arm and shoulder pain, and it wasn't the exit I had planned from barbering. But things don't always happen as we plan do they? Sometimes a tragic event can be a hidden blessing. I didn't quit and I didnt' give up, despite the long term healing my arm and shoulder required. I found ways to continue despite my disability.
Today, my little dream has come true. I'm working seven days a week to create unique items for your pets. I've recently expanded my business to include a clothing line called "Dapper Dogues + Glitzy Paws Boutique". My items are created with love and passion for dogs. My items are designed with your fur kid's comfort and safety in mind. All items are stitched in my smoke free home.
Unless you count my Shih Tzus, I have no staff. It's just me doing it all. Cutting the fabrics, sewing, embroidering, pressing, packaging, shipping, etc. Friends ask me, "Why don't you hire someone to help you"? It's simple. Every item is made and created from my heart. I can't teach someone else to do that. Besides, it wouldn't be "my" work. No one else is going to do things my way, so I will continue as a one woman show. I need to know every item leaving my home meets my standards of quality. The only way I can guarantee that is to do it myself. That does mean you will have to wait several weeks for your item. Maybe even more than you or I would like. But, I will not cut corners just to produce a quickly made product for a quick turnaround. I want to stand out among the rest.
I'm extremely picky. All fabrics are washed and pre shrunk before cutting. Each item is neatly ironed and starched with my own "home made" pressing starch. Your doggie toys and bandanas and will be packaged individually so that they arrive in perfect condition. The clothing is shipped in padded mailers or boxes.
When you open your package, I am confident you will see the quality workmanship, feel the love that went into making it and find the wait well worth it.
I often donate a portion of my sales to rescue groups. Helping animals in need is something I'm dedicated to. My own dogs are rescues. This is my way of giving back.
Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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Owner, Maker, Designer, Seamstress, Shih Tzu Mommy
I was born to create! I am not happy unless my hands are moving. Sewing and crafting is who I am. I love it! To be able to do something I love so much and help dogs in need is a blessing.
Ace, my Shih Tzu assistant, graciously picks up my fabric scraps, spools of thread, and various other "bits and pieces that fall to the floor, in exchange for a tiny treat morsel. He's constantly "on the job" helping me keep things "neat and tidy".
My policies are very simple. I am a perfectionist. Every item is handmade, packed and shipped by me and me alone. I have no assistants and nothing is mass produced! Each item is custom made for you in my smoke free, pet friendly home. I create these items from the heart with "hugs and stitches". I hope that reflects in my work.
I practice the Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Meaning, I'm not here to "copy cat" other sellers. I'm very creative and I have plenty of my own ideas floating around in my head. I'm only scratching the surface. I don't need to copy another seller's work. I would appreciate the same respect.
Accepted payment methods
- Money Order
I try to ship in all orders within two to three weeks. Depending on the volume of orders at the time your order was placed and the number of items you order, it could be longer even up to six weeks. Especially during the holidays so order early.
Toys are usually shipping within a week or two because I can stitch them out pretty fast. Same for a couple of bandanas. Blankets usually ship within two to three weeks depending on my inventory. Clothing will take the longest due to the time involved in making apparel the right way.
Because of many request for rush service, I have decided to offer it. The rush service upgrade will bump your order to the top. That fee is $25 for up to two items providing all materials are in stock. Your order will ship in three days business days, provided you have purchased this rush service upgrade. Here is the link to that upgrade listing to "Rush Your Order". https://www.etsy.com/listing/159130451/three-day-rush-service-upgrade?
I am happy to work with you to provide you with your order a little faster and no additional costs, if you would let me know your "Must Have By Date" in the "Notes To Seller" box when ordering.
Please understand, its only me doing all the work myself without the benefit of employees or assistants. All items are made to order. Nothing is EVER mass produced or made in advance due to the custom nature of each and every order.
If you are expecting a quick 3 to 5 day turn around, I just can't accommodate you that fast without the Rush Service Upgrade. I am averaging almost 50 orders every 30 days. As my business continues to grow, I may very well have to limit the number of orders I can accept per month.
If you would like to pay for Express mail to receive your order faster, USPS shipping rates will apply when requested.
I ask you in advance for your patience while I process your orders. You may have to wait a little longer than you'd like to get your product, but I assure you, I am producing as quickly as I can without sacrificing the quality of my products.
I ship my items by USPS priority mail or first class. I try to keep the shipping costs down as low as possible and often times, I come out on the loosing end. I'd rather under estimate than over estimate. First Class shipping rates include SHIPPING AND HANDLING costs which includes the packing materials and the container your item is shipped in.
The USPS recently raised shipping rates. International orders going through customs can often cause your item to be held up. Please understand I have no control over this, therefore, I am not responsible for those delays. There is also no tracking on your order once it leaves US customs. Please allow extra time for your order to arrive. Insurance may be purchased upon your request. Please ask me about insurance if you want protection against lost packages. I keep my receipts as proof of shipment.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you should have a problem with an item you purchased from me, do not hesitate to contact me for help. I want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. When it comes to customization, I am willing to work with you on color choices. However, if I don't think your choices are going to work, I will tell you. Sometimes it's best to defer to my judgement and experience.
NO REFUNDS on special order fabrics.
It's rare, but sometimes bandanas don't fit. You must let me know, so I can correct the problem. I will work with you to make your shopping experience a happy one.
NO REFUNDS ON LOST PACKAGES. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR USPS FAILURE TO DELIVER PACKAGES OR PACKAGES BEING STOLEN FROM YOUR DOORSTEP.
Additional policies and FAQs
Good quality fabrics are expensive, but worth every penny. You can see and feel the difference. My fabrics average about $10.00 to $15.00 per yard. I could use a lower quality fabric, but knowing I didn't provide my customer with the best quality product would keep me awake at night. My items will hold up wash after wash. My "motto" is, "Do it right or not at all".
I do not use bargain embroidery threads, only the highest quality imported from Germany. My threads are highest quality polyester and occasionally rayon.
The fact is, I spend more money on my materials and supplies than some sellers sell their finished embroidered item for! The only way they can do that is by skimping on the quality of the fabrics and supplies. It's the absolute best quality or nothing with me.
A word about my blankets. I purchase what is known in the embroidery business as an embroidery blank. Meaning a pre made item suitable for personalization and embroidery. The blankets are the finest on the market. I have search and searched and have not found a higher quality blanket available. The blankets are imported. I do not like that, but unfortunately, there just isn't anyone manufacturing this quality in the USA. This is the only item in my shop that I don't personally make by hand. I embroider these items only.
If you appreciate exceptional quality for your money, that's awesome. Let me create something very special for you.
I encourage you to look at other embroidery stores. Here are a few things you should be looking for. Look closely at the stitching detail. Do the stitches "pop" on the item or do they get lost or "sink in" on the blanket? Is the design centered? Are the blankets thin instead of thick and plush? What types of thread are used? You really do get what you pay for.
Q:May I request a custom order?
A:Of course. I love OOAK custom orders. It's what I do best.
Q:Do you wholesale?
A:I am currently not offering any wholesale orders at this
Q:Do you gift wrap?
A:Gift wrapping is available upon request for a small fee.
Just convey me and request your item be gift wrapped.
Q:Do you ship to another delivery address?
A:Sure. Just convey me the name and delivery address of the
person you want the item shipped to.