Dog Days




dog days

plural noun

1. the hot period of the summer reckoned in ancient times from the 
heliacal   rising of Sirius (the Dog Star)
2. a period marked by inactivity[source]
Word Origin
C16: translation of Late Latin diēs caniculārēs, translation of Greekhēmerai kunade
…1530s, from Latin dies caniculares, from Greek; so called because they occur around the time of the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star ( kyonseirios). Noted as the hottest and most unwholesome time of the year; usually July 3 to Aug. 11, but variously calculated, depending on latitudeand on whether the greater Dog-star (Sirius) or the lesser one (Procyon) isreckoned.


This week, I had a request, at less than a day’s notice, to make a sausage dog pencil case as a birthday present. I did not succeed. After getting some way with a sausage dog, I realised that making it a suitable size to comfortably fit a collection of pencils in would make it rather too large to carry about. So, rather than abandon altogether, I finished it up as a felt toy…


…and made a quick pencil case with the only dog themed fabric to hand.

And, instead of the days of inactivity forecast by the almanac writers of old I ended up with a sausage dog, a pencil case and my first Friday sewing finish in a very long time :)


I’m linking this post with TGIFF, which is being hosted at Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Happy Friday!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


11 thoughts on “Dog Days

  1. Carol

    Great save on the sausage dog pencil case!! Why do people that don’t sew think you can just poop out projects they want, lol
    xx, Carol


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  3. Wendy

    that sausage dog is adorable – you just made it up as you went along? Well done on summoning up some fabric with dogs on it, I definitely wouldn’t be able to do that. Rabbits, no problem, dogs, no chance,


  4. Kim Sharman

    You have been industrious. Kudos to you on these wonderful finishes. The sausage dog is adorable; clever you for dreaming up such an imaginative doggy. Cute pencil case. I love the sweet fabric.


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