Here's Philip being a lovely spokesrat model, showing off the shelf liner that I just made.
Phil says, "Introducing..... Stan, my new buddy. He may be small, but he's awfully sweet and gets along great with everyone. Please give a round of applause for Stan."
Here's my new rat, Stan, named after Stan from Southpark. This is the best photo that I could get of him. He needs to take remedial modelling lessons from Phil.
This photo is to demonstrate what all of the other photos of Stan look like. My nickname for Stan is Dotty short for Dorothy. And, I get a lot of criticism for the girly nickname. So, I also call him, Staniel which is better received. But, he has the cutest little dots on his back which you can sort of see in this photo.
I had to do a few adjustments, but the rats should be happy with this.
This was a great solution. I'd obtained a pair of vintage Dritz electric scissors in one of my sewing thrifting finds. The resale value is minimal, so it was just hanging around in my sewing room. WOW. This was perfect. It made the cutting out of the fabric go so much faster and easier.
I don't know if I would use these electric scissors for cutting fashion fabric for clothing, but for straight and fast cuts. PERFECT.
Our current supply of cage liners is way past expired. My naughty boys have chewed them to lace.
Now, for the Sneak Preview.
The nativity scene cotton fabric will be paired with white polkadots on green fleece. Christmasy :)
Brown flannel will be paired with childish animals.
Blue green flannel will be paired with the cream fleece.
The orangish leaves cotton fabric be paired with black fleece. Autumn and Thanksgiving.
Here's my patterns made of foam core boards. I'm not thrilled with them, but they are serviceable. They provide a 1/2" seam allowance, but I don't worry too much about that. The biggest problem is that I don't have a cutting table, so I have to make do with using my bed.
Oh, wow. Isn't that an amazing photo? The little rat won the grand prize. Check out the other winners at the Petco's Facebook page. As is to be expected there is a bit of nasty comments about the rat, but surprising not much of the typical. Most of it is people who know nothing about rats presuming that the rat is stuffed or is a mouse, etc. So, in the end, hopefully, people will learn about how awesome pet rats actually are.
This does get me thinking that I should do this next year, but I must say this photo puts a very high bar to compete against.