The Joy of Creating

grace-inspiration-boardI feel so blessed.  I have skills.  I learned them.  I earned them.  Instead of partying, I learned stuff.

Learning excites me. I’m pretty much a social bore because of it. I think that makes me a scientist as well as an artist.  Really, I think, to be good at either, you need a bit of both. One is the technician, one is the dreamer. Magic requires equal portions of both.  Life requires equal parts of both! And, because I spent the time in my life learning and exploring, I get to spend my days making beautiful things.

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You can’t be an artist without being at least a little polarizing.  Strong points of view clash with strong points of view.  That’s okay.  Not all gardens need all flowers. And not all flowers are perennials.  Some pop up in the spring.  Some you have to replant each summer, and some are actually weeds that want to strangle the hell out of you. It’s annoying to have to pull out the weeds, but that that is part of surviving in today’s world. Kindness is not everywhere, and there are people out there who believe your destruction becomes their victory.  Sad, sad people.

So, during the week I make dog clothes for my fabulous clients and for rescue events.  And, on the weekend, I’m working on this special project.  I am creating my vision for humans for a very special something. It’s not about making clothes.  It’s about creating a vision — telling a story that will empower those who wear it.  It needs to honor the shape of today’s female form. It’s similar to writing a story, where you want to find that universal truth, that thematic underpinning, that thing that makes people feel. That’s how you translate your voice into movement and form.

I wish I had an extra 10 hours to each day. I also wish this oppressive heat would end.  This is east coast weather, not California weather.  It’s the kind of weather that makes you yearn for the fall. Californians don’t yearn for fall, because it’s basically the same as summer, except you can wear boots.



We Tried Out Our Kissing Booth!

It was our first fundraising event in our Wings of Rescue campaign, and we made $46! For two hours the dogs kissed their way into the hearts of West Hollywood and a delightful pet lifestyle show filmed the story.12017654_492879304208104_4326094930615061651_o

Last week Kelly Jackson, weekend anchor on KSDK (Channel 5) and morning-drive radio host at KTRS, called. She’s helming a project called “How My Pet Lives,” a show that uncovers the unique life of pets and their people, and she invited the Beverly Hills Pupscouts to be part of the first episode. So we fast tracked the kissing booth and hit the streets of West Hollywood.


Healthy Spot lent us their sidewalk. Without permits, we needed to stay on the side street, so we ventured off in search of recruits. Tracy’s approach was great — A loud spontaneous utterance, “DOG KISSES, 25 CENTS!” My approach was not as successful. I told people who we are and what do. One of the sharktank guys said it best: “It’s not my job to listen, it’s your job to make me hear.”  Wendee knew the right pitch: “we need good looking people to be filmed.”  With that, they came in droves.


We made lots of new friends, human and pup. Some might even join the troop!


And the crew was fantastic! They got some wonderful dog closeups and dog tricks — and dog kisses!


The dogs smiled the whole time. And the booth held up perfectly!  It was a bit of a design school project, made mostly from things in my apartment. The plan is to set it up  on Halloween on the Santa Monica Pier for a few hours before we head off to the Santa Monica Pet Expo. Stop by, if you’re in the neighborhood!


The Beverly Hills Pupscouts Earned their Sewing Badge!


I’m so proud of my troop!  We made 15 petticoats and 19 sets of wings.

We were so busy sewing, we didn’t get many pictures.  Our cameraman took mostly video, because… we’re making a really cool video!12029649_10207570540611970_7914294182934139105_o

More on that later. The petticoats are so cute — red mesh with red grossgrain ribbon on the edges. We had four people sewing, three people pulling the gathers, pinning the waistbands and cutting the velcro. And six people cutting out and bedazzling the wings.   They did a better job on the wings than I could have ever imagined!

Brie and Leo were our guests, and Brie helped us sew!  We’re making Leo a set of wings because they are going to join us for at least some of our holiday campaign to raise money and awareness for wings of rescue.Wings-of-Rescue-Pitties-Fly-Logo-620x350

We invite you to join us on the Santa Monica Pier On Oct 31st from 10-12. We will have a kissing booth! And with each kiss, you get a little bottle of doggie shampoo!  We have a really nice benefactor who is helping us out. The kissing booth is for our video that we are making. Like I said, more on that later.  kisses

I was so busy sewing, that my poor dogs didn’t get much attention from me.  We were at Jacqui’s gorgeous house, so they did get to run free in the backyard. But they only got this far into the house. I think everyone else had more playtime. I don’t have much to write, because I was so busy.


I do know we had so much fun! Jacqui’s giant square dining room table was the perfect place for us to set up the four machines.  We talked, laughed, and had an all around fun time.  The general consensus from the afternoon’s labor was that a good invention would be a bobbin that never runs out.

Introducing My Line of Puppy Separates!

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Puppy separates! My inspiration for this small collection was the beauty of dogs.woofie and bear holiday 5

bear modeling court jesterIMG_0028Their fur is exquisite. Their musculature, daring and alive.  I wanted to offer a wow factor for the holiday season, without covering the body with too much fabric.

There are times when a poofie skirt is what’s called for. Some boys like pants. Maybe you have 2 dogs who like to share clothes, and one is a boy, one a girl.  And how nice to be able to switch-up looks according to how you feel? Maybe switch out the black skirt for a hot pink one?  Or a sweater for a dress. My answer — a line of separates.


I even made a sweater ensemble! The skirt also goes with the Christmas vest.

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The style is inspired by court jesters, elves and the magic-makers in life. I made stockings to match.5 stockings

 Click here to see the individual components.


Introducing The BH Pupscouts Holiday Event!

We will be raising money and awareness for Wings of Rescue.

funny-cats-gangster-940x550Los Angeles has too many dogs and cats in its shelters. This fabulous organization flies those sweet pets to points north. My ‪#‎fashionSavingDogs‬campaign rehomed 46 dogs through the organization a couple of years ago. The pilots are generous and amazing people, lending their planes and time to save dogs. And the homes these dogs land in are paradise. A pitbull pup had a lake in his backyard! Another lived by the beach.

We will be earning our sewing badge making petticoats and hats so we look like stewardess (I’m filming it for the out-of-towners).


 Then we will be earning our acting badge when we make a promotional video.


Then we will be earning our parade badge when we enter our Wings of Rescue “float” in the West Hollywood Halloween parade.



And we’ll get our rescue badge when we deliver the check to Wings of Rescue. Hopefully we will earn out TV badge by getting on a morning show, or better yet, on Ellen! (okay, I know. Now I’m dreaming. You know what they say — dream big or just sleep). We even have some FL, NM and AZ pupscouts who will be helping from afar!


We will be having fun, and Wings of Rescue will be able to continue serving Los Angeles’ lost and forsaken pets.


Wings of Rescue recently suffered a devastating loss. In May of this year the plane owned by their Founder, Yehuda Netanel, a plane that was responsible for flying up to 50% of the animals that the organization save, was destroyed in a plane crash during a test flight following its annual inspection. Both test pilots perished. We are so thankful that Yehuda was not in the plane at the time, but all are still reeling in the aftermath of this sad event. Because of this, Wings of Rescue is struggling to keep up with the demand of all the pets in need of this life-saving long-distance air transport program.

With almost 3 million animals being destroyed annually in city and county shelters nationwide, Wings of Rescue is making a tangible difference with its unique alternative to the shelter system, with a lofty goal to fly 7,000 pets to freedom this year. However, with the loss of their major transportation medium, this goal is going to be more difficult to achieve unless they have the support of our Wings of Rescue friends and donors.flyinghome

Wings of Rescue’s former airplane, a Piper Malibu Mirage with a JetPROP engine conversion, was able to fly up to 60 animals each week. With the purchase of a safe and efficient previously owned Pilatus PC-12, they would be able to fly 200 animals each week. That is an increase of 140 pets that can be saved per week. Essentially with this aircraft they would be able to complete their goal of saving 7,000 animals this year and double that number for 2016. Over the lifetime of owning this plane, they will be able to save over 100,000 animals. In addition to the animals that they will be flying with their new plane, they are also freeing-up kennel space in the shelters for additional animals to have the opportunity of being adopted.

The Beverly Hills Pupscouts are so proud to be helping this organization.  Many of us are rescues, and the rest are dedicated to helping dogs who have landed in harsh circumstances. Join us!




I Fell Onstage!!!


Our newest Pupscout. Her name is Lola.

Yes, I did.  I fell.

This was not a first for me. In second grade they put me in the 4th grade Christmas presentation.  I was to play a spinning top and sing this little song.  Our first performance was an assembly for our peers, and a boy I had a crush on was in the audience, so I decided to spin my heart out. I got dizzy and fell. Today I was ready to go up on stage, and I was juggling a dozen plates in my head, and I sort of thought there was an extra step, so, as I turned to coax my dogs up on stage… I FELL ON MY ASS!!  What can you do.  We are who we are.  Be proud, or be miserable. I’m a klutz.  I accept it.


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The Pupscouts went to Pawapalooza. They had a costume contest. There were four winning catagories — three of those prizes were taken by us! Coco Chanel won in the evening out category. She had a full presentation and it was so creative. They went as lobster dinner.  Coco was in a lobster costume. She was in a cookpot, and her two sisters were dressed up for a night on the town.  Annabella won the doppelganger category.  This was intended to be a person and pet look alike.  Annabella was so creative, she carried her doppelganger on her back!  It was a cute costume with two little bears (I think they were bears) delivering a package.  Then I won the grand prize!  Woofie was in a tux, and Bear went in drag.  (It was West Hollywood after all.)  They were Blaire Waldorf and Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl. I wore a skirt that matched Bear’s dress.  I had lent dresses to my fellow pupscouts, so I think they gave me grand prize because of how wonderful everyone looked, and because I told them my mission, to save rescues by shining a light on the cause.

Wendy Burch from KTLA 5, Lola and Cheryl Teigs. BLONDES RULE!!!

We had a very special camera man, young Adian, the grandson of one of our members. He’s in the forth grade, but I think he did pretty good!

Then we went back to my apartment and had a cookout and a badge ceremony.  The strawberry shortcake was a big hit, and it was nice to relax.  Although I didn’t really relax so much.  But I had fun creating a fantastic meal.  I just love creating, no matter what I create.



All in all it was a super-fun and crazy day! I found myself giving the quickest greetings to friends, and I might have appeared curt.  My mom used to say when I cooked or sewed, that I was like a tornado. I still am. When I commit to something, it’s a 200% commitment, and I tend to take on more than a sane person can handle. My brain is so busy making sure the zillion things I have set in motion are all playing out as they should, that I come off a tad antisocial.

I happen to be in a hypercreative state right now, and those creative projects supercede everything in life. I am determined to succeed at the mission I have set before myself. l love all the friends and family who are taking the journey with me. The pupscouts who have contributed to the motion of our troop have so inspired me that I have written a fun and funny reality show revolving around them. The entire pet fashion world has inspired a TV series. And dogs in general have inspired a second series.


Mariah and Coco Chanel

I really, really can’t wait until one of these projects steps out into the light, because with it the rescue message that inspired it all will spread far and wide. So when I do something inappropriate, like cut you off mid sentence and fly off — please know it is not personal. Just join the ride.  xoxoxo

#PAWSAPALOOZA #PupscoutsROCK #rescuesROCK #MeanPeopleSuck #DogIsGodSpelledBackwards

Beverly Hills Pupscouts Pool Pawty!


From left to right: CoCo Chanel, Sookie Small paws, Coco Puffz, Annabella, Bear, Woofie, Kiki, Daffodil.

Thirteen posh pups and seventeen humans came together for a gorgeous day of sun and fun.

It was a perfect day.  A gorgeous pool. Fun toys. A great spread of food.  There were boys in sparkled speedos, girls in teeny weeny bikinis, lovelies in life jackets, and a few pups who chose to do the day naked. We wanted a group shot, and the raft turned out to be the perfect staging tool. Nobody wanted to jump!

Kiki was our hostess. She’s a rescue who found her way into a wonderful home where she lives with her two rescue brothers.



Once everyone arrived, we had a mini meeting. We’ve had a few months of summer fun. It was time to plan our holiday charity event.  The thing that Pupscouts do best is to charm and delight. Cute dogs in uniform happily posing for cameras are the best conversation-starter anyone could ever invent. We know this from experience. When we dress the dogs up and take them out for lunch on Rodeo Drive, or to any sort of streetfair, within seconds dogs posing like rockstars bring smiles to a full posse of passersby. That’s when we share our message. And it does elicit support, even donations.

The are a national organization of socially responsible dogs and their people who like to earn badges and raise money for causes. They began in New York City with a group of prominent Fashionesta dogs. The organization gained national attention when they appeared on Good Morning America.  Nightline followed, then National Geographic’s “Spoiled Rotten Pets”.  The Beverly Hills troop loves to make videos, participate in fashion shows, promote dogs, help rescues, make new friends and, in the process of doing all that, they love to have fun.


Woofie, thanking the sun for the joy he has found in his new life.

We are a group rescue advocates. Most of our pups are rescues, and those that aren’t promote the cause. Rescue isn’t a breed, it’s what happens to any dog who lands in an irresponsible home or a sorrowful circumstance.  So you don’t have to be a rescue to promote the cause.  We decided that our holiday event will be to promote Wings of Rescue.

Wings of rescue provide desperately needed air transport for their rescue partners and the thousands of animals they save each year from high kill shelters in California. They fly these precious passengers in private airplanes to their new forever homes up and down the west coast in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and even Canada.  Wings of Rescue has already saved over 12,000 dogs and cats and is going to rescue 7,000 more by the end of 2015. They are a 501c3 charity so your round trip operating costs and donations are tax deductible. We will be earning our sewing badges as we make petticoats and caps to alter our uniforms into stewardess outfits. Then we will hit the streets, raising funds to sponsor some dogs who will be a part of this holiday event.

After the meeting, we learned about water safety and doggie first aid, then it was time to swim!


Delicate little Jade, a rescue.

The water was the perfect temperature, I’m guessing close to 90 degrees. Everyone was in the pool, and we all stayed there for houra.  It was picture time! We had raided the dollar store and purchased a dozen blow-up floaties.


Kris, Teddy, Bella, angel and Julia.

Our newest member, Lola, had no fear of water! She jumped off the raft and swam for shore. Some of the dogs who had never been swimming weren’t really sure what to make of this long-legged darling’s actions.


Lola, swimming.

Sugarbaby liked floating in her pink boat…



Bear and Sookie Smallpaw studied the situation. Sookie was a good swimmer, but this would be Bar’s first time swimming. He had the doggie paddle down, although it was more about survival than fun to him.


Bear & Sookie Smallpaw

Coco Puffz was the first one in the pool.


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Annabella is our smallest Pupscout, but she is big in spirit!



Daffodil loved her little floatie.



Bella had fun with mommy.


Bella and Wendee.

Coco Puffz commanded from the bow, Kiki took the stern. Annabella, Woofie and Bear were busy figuring out what this thing they called “pool” really was.


Coco Puffz, Annabella, Bear Woofie, Kiki, Daffodil’s butt

Five o’clock rolled around and it was time to go home. The dogs, after chasing each other around the pool and swimming, were worn out! I’m guessing each is off sleeping in their bed right now.

To join the Pupscouts, check out our meet-up page:

Stand up for your Rights!

Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight. ~ Bob Marley

After nearly a year of being bullied, I just took the first solid legal steps to address the abuse.  It feels so good!!!!  I think our system only works when you use it.  When laws are broken, those responsible need to be held accountable.  To sit back and complain, or cry poor me, or just move on with your life is not an effective reaction to someone else’s bad behavior. It just makes those people think abuse is okay.  It feeds their entitlement. It burdens them with the guilt of their own actions. Their next victim awaits, all because you decide to just move on.  Inner strength comes from courageous actions. It’s the stuff our nation was founded on. I feel like a superhero right now.

No more squashed me! I’m standing up!  #meanpeoplesuck #freedomROCKS


Some LOLA Fashion

I’ve been lax in posting LOLA fashion stuff because I’ve been so busy writing!!


You know what I’ve noticed?  I greet dogs before people! On the street, in stores… I go up to every dog, give a gushing hello and tell them how beautiful they are! I’m not sure if that is unnatural or unhealthy, but it feels really good.

I’ve spent the last four years deeply entrenched in the dog fashion world. So guess what I’m writing about? It’s a one hour black comedy, probably for a cable station. I tend to write black comedies. Occasionally I’ll write a drama, with tension-relieving comedic moments. I love to poke fun at human foibles, and I love to make people feel something true.  This particular series has a lot off fun poking, and a lot of something-true.  Think “Toddlers & Tiaras” meets “Desperate Housewives”, only with dogs.


Anyway… back to the fashion stuff. I finally made my Darling Dolls & Dashing Dudes Video!  This was a campaign I ran, where I custom made for 18 people 22 original samples (some got two), for an insanely low price. On a private website I gave them a slew of fabric choices. They told me what they liked and we went from there. It was a lot of fun, and quite the learning experience. I’m doing it again in August.

Not everyone was able to send in footage, but what I got was GREAT!

I also made a whole line of human skirts!  I found myself constantly wanting a cute skirt. Little minis to toss on over a pair of leggings. I couldn’t find any I liked! They were all straight and tight. I wanted FLAIR! I wanted glistening confections to wear with t-shirts and boots — play clothes and date clothes bubbling with panache! I’ve been too busy to promote them, and too busy to date! It’s the writing. I’m finishing on the 4th of July. After that comes my anti-bullying campaign. Stay tuned!!


These two skirts are my favorite. I wore the pink one to the A+D Museum gala and I felt so good in it! They each match a doggie outfit. That catches you up on all things dog fashion.  Now back to my script. Happy forth!


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Bullies LOSE! My Anti-Bullying Campaign

I’ve been trapped in a situation where, for the past seven months, some people I know have been using the law to bully me. This is me, stepping out of that trap.


I have no desire to harm anyone involved, so you won’t hear any personal attacks or nasty statements. That’s just not the way to win in life. What I want is to share my experience, and start a conversation about bullying—how it makes you feel and how to rise above it. Bullying doesn’t only happen to kids on the schoolyard. Bullies grow up and they find new ways to do what they do. Sometimes the bullied becomes the bully. I wrote a book about a bullied boy, and I told the young readers of that book to find their power and use it to rise above their circumstance.  There’s a million ways to find your power, and a million ways to rise above being the effect of someone/something else.picture-5

Never wait for your demise, take action — any action, even if it’s dumb!

Here is a cool story about not being the effect of a seemingly helpless situation. December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor. It was a horrible experience when, on that perfect sunny day, the boys on those boats suddenly found themselves watching bombs land on their brothers and on themselves. There was one captain who took control of the situation.  He told his crew to throw potatoes. Now, that might seem like a pointless waste of time, but the sailors who threw those potatoes were among the few survivors who didn’t have mental issues to deal with afterwards. They took action, even if it was pointless. During that moment they were busy doing something and not just waiting for their demise.  I believe that is the key surviving a bully.


Here is a very important note. When you’re being bullied, never sink to their level. You’ll end up mad and you’ll do stupid stuff.  There are laws for free speech, but there are also privacy laws, so you have to be careful what you write and say.  This is probably more applicable to adults involved in adult kinds of bullying. But it’s good advice for all. Always be the bigger person. always act with grace.

So here is my situation is the vaguest of terms. It was a business situation that went bad. I survived, because that is what sane people do. I’m an artist, and my way of igniting my power when  life crashes into me is to make something beautiful, make something true; get lost in the aesthetic universe and just create. Yes, I was financially devastated, but I still had my integrity, and I was rebuilding. I got invited to be the featured designer in one of the most prestigious dog fashion shows in the pet fashion industry–a charity show for a cause near and dear to my heart. Life was looking up! Living right was paying off! I rock!


A couple of months later, the world smashed into my joy.  I’m going to backtrack. At the time when myself and this individual parted ways, she was mad.  I mean steam-coming-out-of-your-head mad. In my analysis at the time, the emotions of this situation were similar to those of a 20 year marriage where the old wife is replaced with the younger second wife, and she’s out for blood. I knew I had to be extremely ethical in my every action. That’s not hard for me, but like everyone, I have been known to backslide on occasion. I knew this couldn’t be one of those occasions or it would come back to bite me in the ass.


Here is where the using-the-law-to-bully-me began. A letter was sent to the producer of this wonderful show, a letter that painted me as everything that I am not — irresponsible, unethical, untrustworthy, incapable, dishonest… I think the producer of the show might still believe some of that. I delivered a fantastic show, and she never even thanked me. I guess I don’t blame her,  She went through hell, too.  She even ended up in the emergency ward from the effect of the threats. I will always adore her because she believed in me, at great cost to herself. Not many people in this world have that level of integrity. 1394575946

Anyway, I have spent close to $8,000 trying to reach a settlement. It won’t go away.  I can’t even express the feeling I get each time either a legal threat arrives in my inbox or a piece of slander/libel from the community comes my way. I had a dream once that a plane crashed on my neighbor’s house. The feeling is like that, only it’s crashing on me. My stomach tightens into a knot. I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. I can’t breathe. A person can’t live like that. I’m guessing all the little kids out there being bullied feel just like that, only worse, because they don’t have an adult brain or the tenacity of a tardigrade to get through it.


(Tardinrades are Earth’s most tenacious creature, able to live in boiling water, solid ice, and the intense radiation of space. They can survive a decade in a desert, without a drop of water to drink, or in the deepest trenches of the sea. They rock.)


So I’m starting this campaign. It will help me to stop my bully so I can get back to creating my life without torment. And I really hope it helps the little kids going through this, too.  I hope my book helps. It’s still in the process of being re-published. The bullying campaign will come out when the book does, so stay tuned.