Maisie is a tough little monkey and she plays rough. That means her collar gets dirty...like, really really dirty. For a while, she sported a very cool black fabric collar with hot pink embroidered skull and crossbones. I washed it periodically on the top shelf of the dishwasher (an awesome little trick for cloth collars, BTW) and though that kept the collar clean, all the washing combined with Maisie's frequent wrestling matches eventually caused it to fray. I realized then that a leather collar was a better option for Maisie. She's had the same one for about a year, and modeled it as she snoozed on the couch this morning.
The collar has definitely seen better days, but I've been hesitant to replace it because I couldn't find another one I liked as much. Then yesterday, I noticed that one of the silver decorative bones was missing. It fell off a couple weeks ago during a typically vigorous Maisie/Mr. Peepers playdate, but I was able to fix it temporarily (I am surprisingly handy for a petite Jewish chick). It must have come off again while she was staying at Paul's.
I took that as a sign that it was officially time for a new collar. As mentioned in a previous post, it had to be pink. I searched and searched online, and finally discovered a handmade pink leather collar that appears to be worthy of the Divine Miss M at a shop on Etsy. I think it will look great on Maisie...don't you agree?
Separately, I am considering an update to the design of this blog. I may have found an inexpensive way to do it but have not yet committed at this point, so I'm keeping the details to myself for now! ;)