Love on a leash
Dog collars are a must-have accessory. So why not choose a collar that is as unique as your dog? At Hollywoof Styles, you can. At their Woodstock studio, Melissa and Micheal Brown hand-make custom collars ($12 to $19) and leashes ($14 to $22) based on a pet’s age and size. The Martingale collar ($16 to $20) is the company’s most popular style because it provides more control over the dog without the choking effect of a slip collar. Choose a variety of collar ribbon colors and prints (birds, dog bones, flowers, skull and crossbones) at www.hollywoofstyles.com and various pet stores in the greater Atlanta area. Hollywoof Styles also will be at the Decatur Holiday Marketplace on Dec. 2-3 at Clairemont Elementary, 155 Erie Ave., in Decatur.
It took John W. Golden about 15 years to develop the right style and look he wanted for his whimsical dog prints. At some point, the North Carolina digital artist hopes to have every recognized breed in his dog series, including mixes such as Labradoodles. So far, Golden offers more than 95 dogs with different colors and markings, covering more than 45 breeds. The 8-by-10-inch prints on archival paper are $18. But Golden, who lives in Wilmington, also offers larger sizes and an option to personalize prints with a dog’s name instead of breed. Prints also can be mounted on 3/4-inch wooden blocks. Visit etsy.com/shop/johnwgolden.
For a memorable gift, put your pet’s face on a pillow. Using eco-friendly felt, UGA law school grad Elizabeth Newton hand-sews pillows in the likeness of your favorite pet. Using photos of your pet, the Atlanta native makes a sketch on paper and fabric. Then she cuts the colorful fabric and arranges the pieces to capture your pet’s personality and physical characteristics. That’s the fun part, she says. Newton adds a back to the portrait pillow and stuffs it with poly fill. Pillows run about $50 for in-stock designs. Custom designs are $65 and up. Visit www.pecanpillows.com or etsy.com/shop/pecanpillows.
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