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Personalized Ornaments Now Available

Introducing our new line of personalized custom engraved Christmas ornaments!  Just in time for the holidays, we now offer several lines of unique laser engraved ornaments which can be personalized. 

Firstly, we are offering a line of couple's first Christmas ornaments.  There are several designs to choose from, just add the names of the couple and the date.  In case you didn't get one for YOUR first Christmas together, we can back-date them to reflect whatever year your first Christmas was celebrated.

 

 

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage!

Yes, we are also offering a line of Baby's first Christmas ornaments.  Again, there are several nursery themed designs to choose from.  Then add in the baby's name and the year.  Or, give us the birth date and we'll put that there in place of 2014.

 

And let's not forget the furry kids!  We are also offering ornaments for your dog or cat.  For the cats, choose from a paw print design or a cat silhouette and finish with your kitty's name. 

 

For the dogs, we offer the paw print or the silhouette of the specific dog breed. 

 

Now we can help you celebrate the Christmas season by recognizing that special someone and preserving the memories forever!

 

Bowties Are Cool!

We have recently introduced a new item to our shop which is causing quite a stir!  We have covered a nylon webbing collar with a white oxford shirt collar and topped it off with a set of 3 interchangeable bow ties.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/163912880/formal-bow-tie-white-shirt-dog-collar

The set includes a traditional black tie, a red silk tie and a cute tartan plaid tie.  They have proven to be quite popular.

But now we want to give people a little more choice and flexibility by offering new bowtie options.  We will be launching these items shortly, but in the meantime here is a little teaser:

And, for you Dr. Who fans out there, here is a little message from our boy Charlie:

Cheers!

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Busy Little (Sewing) Bee

There's been loads of activity going on behind the scenes here at Lady Maggie over the past few days.  We have been very busy creating the latest in our Fall 2013 collection of coats.   We will be posting them over the next several days.  In fact, we listed this lovely coat earlier today on our Etsy shop:

 

 

 This blue plaid tartan print is lined with a lovely golden yellow fleece for chilly autumn walks.  It is accented with a navy blue quilted collar and a fixed coordinating belt.

We are very excited about the new range.  We have some absolutely gorgeous fabrics that we just know you are going to love!  And you will notice that this collection offers a slightly different cut to our coats.  In response to some feedback, we have incorporated a notch in the bottom hem to allow room for a tail without interfering with the line of the jacket.  We are also incorporating the very popular collar and faux belt in these designs.  In addition to creating a striking coat, it also allows us a chance to play around with different buttons on these designs. 

Each day forward we will be revealing one of our new designs on Etsy.  We will be posting these on Facebook and Twitter as well. 

And remember, these are custom created coats; the listings on Etsy are simply listings for our sample coat - you can order any of these designs in any size you wish.

I hope you enjoy seeing these new items as much as I have enjoyed creating them!

Cheers,

Rebecca

 

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Lady Maggie's Rescue Story

Back in England, we supported rescue through donations and attending rescue events such as the Pug Dog Welfare Summer Garden Party.  However, there is not a great need for pug rescue fosters in the UK.  In fact, there is a waiting list for both becoming a foster and adopting a rescue. 

Conversely, we were aware of the great need for rescue organizations in the US.  We planned to adopt a rescue pug once we were settled in the US.  However, we were completely unprepared for the stark reality of just how important rescue organizations are in the US.  Adopting was one thing we could do, but there seemed to be so much more need. 

When Cindy (founder of PugHearts of Houston) contacted us to let us know she was starting a pug rescue, we jumped at the chance to help any way we could.  Over the next few months our lives changed forever.  Being involved in rescue opened our eyes in so many ways.  We knew that any further additions to our household would strictly be rescue. 

In April 2007, Cindy called us to say she had a scared little lady who had come to PugHearts from a bad situation.  She asked us to foster her.  We met Cindy in a parking lot and when she opened the back of the car to reveal the crate, the little girl inside literally took my breath away.  My heart immediately ached for her and I wanted to hold her.  Sadly, she was shaking with fear and was not happy to be held.  The rope burns on her neck hinted at the reason why.  We took her home determined to help her learn that humans could be good and kind.  Richard & I discussed names and decided Maggie, after Margaret Thatcher, was a good fit.  She was a little Iron Lady who had survived a horrible life.  We promised her that her life would be better. 

Eventually, we officially failed as fosters and welcomed Maggie as a permanent part of our family.  And I'm also happy to report that this little Iron Lady does indeed rule over our household with an iron paw.  She is loved beyond measure. And thankfully she has decided that we will suffice as pug parents.

We have had many fosters come through our home.  Some have stayed a short time, some for a long while.  Some were not healthy enough to find forever homes and lived their final days in our care.  All have touched our hearts. 

With all the changes in our lives, we do not foster any longer.  We still actively support rescue though and will do for the remainder of our lives.  One way we felt we could help was to donate a portion of our proceeds to rescue.  As such, any purchase through our Etsy store made with the code "PHH" in the notes field at checkout will support PugHearts of Houston via a 10% donation of the purchase price. 

So, help a great rescue and support an Iron Lady in her golden years by shopping with Lady Maggie.

Thank you,

Rebecca

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Behind The Scenes In Our Studio

Every item at Lady Maggie has been handmade by me in our North Carolina studio.  I wanted to take this opportunity to allow everyone to take a peek inside. 

Of course the first step in creating a Lady Maggie masterpiece is selecting the perfect fabric. 

Once the fabric has been selected, then it's on to the cutting table.  There the fabric is hand cut to the pattern I have created.  Certain fabrics such as our wool and boucle fabrics are destined to become jackets.  Some of our fabrics do double duty as they will be used for collars, beds and cushions!  Here I am cutting out a pattern on the gorgeous Michael Miller fabric, Sunny Russian Floral.  This particular fabric has been discontinued, so when our stock is depleted there will be no more items available in this stunning fabric.

Once the fabric has been cut to the desired pattern, it's on to the sewing machine.  Several of our items, such as the Chanel-inspired coats, require loads of intricate stitching.  The fine details such as the satin ribbon edging add to the complexity of the design.  But I think we can all agree that the end product is well worth the extra time and attention. 

Meanwhile, sometimes I have some close supervision whilst completing my tasks.  In this case, Denny is watching over me to ensure quality control.

Some of our items, such as our donut beds, require serging.  This extra step ensures the seams are extremely durable and will withstand years of wear and tear.

We even have an industrial embroidery machine for personalizing items or adding a decorative touch.  We brought this machine with us when we emigrated from England.  In addition to the thousands of stock images and fonts, this machine gives us the capability to create our own designs.  We are excited about some potential projects; perhaps we will share some teaser images in the future.  Meanwhile, can you make out that beautiful Union Jack? Just gorgeous!

Well that concludes our tour.  I hope you have enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peak at our studio.  We are extremely proud of our space.  And we are extremely proud of our brand.  We feel the time and attention to detail in our pet accessories helps to set us apart from automated, mass-produced products. 

Meanwhile, here's a teaser of a gorgeous houndstooth wool fabric that I have in mind for a new coat. It is yet another fabric we have imported from England.  Which means that not only is it impeccable quality but also it will be a limited-run fabric for Lady Maggie.

Please check back with us and see what we have created with this lovely British fabric. 

Cheers!

Rebecca

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Welcome to Lady Maggie's Musings

Welcome to the Lady Maggie blog!  We are so excited to be launching our new website and Etsy shop with our new Lady Maggie brand. 

For years we have been making bespoke coats, collars and dog beds.  We began back in 2005 but have undergone several changes since then.  As a matter of fact, we started on a completely different continent!  Back in England we created our own design coat specifically for our pugs.  We wanted a coat which was easy to fit and remove.  We also wanted something that would showcase the gorgeous British fabrics that our family was using to create bespoke tailored suits.

After a transatlantic move to Texas, we started making items for a local pug rescue.  We opened an Etsy store under the name deRebecca and sold coats and beds.  We also sold home décor items. 

Recently, we relocated from Texas to North Carolina.  We set up our home studio and began to make preparations to re-open our store.  However, we felt that given both our change in location and our shift of product focus it was the perfect time to launch a new brand.  Lady Maggie was born!  We have been given permission by our eldest pug Maggie to utilize her name and image.  In fact, you will probably see and hear quite a bit from Lady Maggie herself on these pages.

We will now offer more dog-related accessories.  We are expanding our range of collars.  We have also began offering new styles of dog beds.  And we have some gorgeous new fabrics with which we will be offering custom dog coats.  But remaining true to our original intention, we will also be offering some home décor items such as accent cushions.  We love the idea of having a gorgeous throw cushion and a dog bed in the same fabric.  Why shouldn't your dog's bed compliment your home décor? 

We hope you will check back often, as we have some very exciting items we will be unveiling in the coming weeks.  And please contact us if you have any special requests.  All of our items are custom made, allowing us to fulfill any special needs or desires you might have.

Please take a moment to look around the site, browse our Etsy store and let us know what you think.

Regards,

Rebecca