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I never thought that a cover for a tin can could make me so happy, but it does!

Etsy seller The Lab knows how to think outside the box, or tin can as the case may be, and that is what makes them so fabulous.

Here’s how Pup Cups work:

First you take these super cool, handmade “cup” cover and admire the fine workmanship and super cute lab.

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Then you go into your kitchen and take that tin fruit/vegetable can you were about to discard and wash it out.

Last, take the cover and slip it over the can. Done and done.

Then you, like me, can feel really happy because you not only recycled a tin can, but because you did it will a lot of style. One more great thing– these Pup Cups are around $7. Yes that is right — you don’t have to choose just one — you can afford to buy all of your favorite The Lab designs!

Are Mimi Green Collars Durable?

I get asked this question all the time.

Lots of our customers have dogs that play in pools, rivers and mud daily. So far, we haven’t had one that didn’t come clean!

Lacey thinks her Matilda collar is very durable!

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Beautiful Lacey belongs to Wendy at Paws on the Run.  Wendy is an amazing pet photographer, her images are totally fun and touching. She just expanded her doggie day care to include Paws on the Run Photography check out her portfolio. It will be 30 minutes well spent, trust me 😉 I love her blog too, http://crazyandlittle.blogspot.com .

And mostly, I love that Lacey is fashionable, but doesn’t let her style keep her from having fun. You keep playing hard in your Mimi Green collar Lacey! It is super durable, I promise!

You can get the Matilda Collar that Lacey is wearing here.

The All Consuming Doggie Shirt

So I’ve been gone for awhile and part of the reason is these new shirts. I have been designing, adjusting, adding, photographing and messing with these shirts for weeks.

Here is a photo of the most recent incarnation:
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It is like a shirt, but also like a dress. Here is Zoe wearing it at the Spring Pugnic.

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Everything she wears looks good, but I am pretty impressed with the shirt — finally!

In a few weeks we will be offering the collar to match this shirt. That turned out way cute too.

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I don’t have a great photo of Zack in his alphabet shirt, but you can kinda see how handsome he looked in this photo. That pug behind him, I almost stole that guy. He was the cutest! And he had just undergone plastic surgery to remove some of his face wrinkles because he was getting infections. He was going around telling everyone that he had a little freshening up done for the Pugnic. Either way, he was the cutest! 😉

Back to the shirts– I am not sure that I am describing them well. I call the letter shirt the Alphabet Shirt, but really it is the Initial Shirt since the customer chooses the dogs first initial for us to sew on. I think people don’t know that they choose the letter! What do you think?

You can get this beautiful shirt here.

Happy Birthday Mimi!

It has been the best of times. Really, it has. Yesterday marked the 1 year anniversary of my first listing to etsy — the Cecilia Collar.

Now, a few incarnations later, the Cecilia is our all time best seller and it has a super close place to my heart.

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I really can’t believe that it has been a year! I guess when you are working so hard, learning so much, and having so much fun times just flies by!

Even though it has been a really happy year, this week was really emotional for me. I really wanted to take inventory of my life and ask myself, “is this where I thought MG would take me after a year?” Truth is that I don’t know. I didn’t start this business with a plan — I just totally dove eyes wide shut!

In fact, before I started I did no research to find out what I needed to be a real-life company, I didn’t look to see what others were putting out there in the doggie fashion world, I didn’t worry — it just felt right so I did it!  I know it must really bother some people in my life at times, but that is just me — if something feels right I go for it, if it doesn’t I stay away. I don’t always have clear reasoning, but I know what is right in my heart and Mimi Green was something that felt right for my family.

The decision to start MG was my own, but all the sweat and tears hasn’t been just mine. First my mom started helping me sew when I got so overwhelmed I just wanted to crawl up and hide. Then my sister Paula would come watch the kiddos for me so I could get some un-interrupted work done and when she wasn’t here Dan was entertaining them and keeping them out of momma’s way! Auggie has grown up with the sounds of my machine — he even had a bed in my studio until I had to make more room for a second machine. And why you ask? Well because my wonderful husband jumped on this runaway train and joined me in the venture this January. Lately, my mother in law has helped us with the flowers– she sends boxes from Wisconsin full of them every week!

And then, not to be forgotten, there is my little sis Paula who not only watched the kids, but learned the biz and is now just as valuable to the process as Dan and I are. She comes over every day after school and keeps us sane and organized. As you can see, it really has been a gigantic group effort.
Noah helps with things that he can like sweeping the studio or connecting buckles. Even Auggie gets in there and makes huge messes helps out! 😉

I won’t lie and say that it has all be fabulous. There have been a lot of ups and downs, mentally and financially, that have taken their toll this first year. I will say that I think that I have grown so much because of this and I have learned to be a better problem solver which isn’t my Strong suit!

Besides everyone who has helped me grow this baby, I am so thankful to all the awesome people I have met this year through Mimi Green. Customers in this industry are fantastic, I mean people who love animals are usually good people to be around! All the stores we have worked with have been great. In fact, I do consider some owners that I only talk to via email friends.

So what does this next year bring? I don’t know for sure, but I want to start it off running! Today I present to you our 1 year anniversary designs. And there are a many more than these that Dan has under his hat still!

Meet the ‘Annie’ Anniversary Collar:

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The Buttered Popcorn Anniversary Flower:

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The Blue Bird Tank:

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And the Flying Heart Tank:

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We have one more tank coming out this next week that will be super cute. I am dipping my fingers into the world of doggie T-shirt design — we will have lots to show you including some awesome 70s style iron-ons!

I hope you all keep following us this coming year. I think that now that we are finally acquainted with Mimi Green we will be able to spend the year coming up with even cooler products for your dog!

xoxo-Amanda

Cessie the pug

My little black hairy boyfriend

I hope my husband isn't too jealous. I don't normally kiss men other than him. hehe.

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I love this boy. Isn't he the most handsome thing you have ever seen? Only a real man can pull off, and enjoy, wearing a crochet flower! Zack kept bringing me over flowers that he liked, he did end up keeping that white one 😉

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And his sis Zoe looks like these flowers were made for her!

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Isn't she amazing??

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Well I am totally in love with these two. And it makes me so happy that they are the first owners of our new flowers.

Introducing… MImi Green Spring 2009!!

Okay, today is the day! We have some super cool new products and new relationships to tell you about!

One: New hand crochet flowers —
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Nothing says Spring like blooming flowers!  These are totally washable, easily removable, and the best accessory Spring 09 has to offer..hehe…

Two: Our new line for Wagnolia Bakery — 4OFthem

Delicious times 10! Blueberry, Lemon, Strawberry and Tangerine all ready for your Spring 09 consumption. You can't get these on the MImi Green site, they are exclusive to Wagnolia Bakery and are offered in select retailers all over the country. Will keep you updated on where you can buy one!
So far, I know for sure that they are availible on Fun Dog Fred  and soon they will be on Wagnolia Bakery's site

Lets look at more flowers, they make me really happy 😉
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You can buy them here– on Mimi Green — for $12.95

I am so happy, hopeful, and swept up with all of this! I love working with Pam at Wagnolia Bakery — She is so super creative and really stylish.  Pam is also the genius behind Haute Diggity Dog  who, I'm sure most of you know, has the GREATEST dog toys ever.

Okay, enough excitment for tonight! off to bed I go!

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