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. Kim Sharman says:

    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.


  2. Wendy says:

    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,


  3. Carol says:

    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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