Archive for October, 2008

I Carved My Own Virtual Pumpkin! It Was Super Easy!

October 30, 2008
Happy Almost Halloween Everyone!

I think I’m driving my mom crazy asking her what I should do next. I’m so excited about Halloween that I can’t stay still. I came up with the idea of carving some pumpkins and making some scary jack-o-lanterns and so we did!!!!  My friend Monica carved the one that looks like me!

Jack-o-lantern trio.  Can you guess who's in the middle?

Jack-o-lantern trio. Can you guess who's in the middle?

This virtual carving was great for me since I can’t use a knife yet.  I found it at BloomPetals and you can even e-mail your spooky creations to your friends.



Easy To Make Wonder Woman Dog Costume – No Sewing Required

October 28, 2008


This is me--Wonder Woman!
This is me–Wonder Woman!

“Wonder Woman!” Can you hear me sing?  My friend Silvia created this awesome Wonder Woman costume for me to wear on Halloween.  It was done in no time and it’s really easy to make.


A - B

A - B

C - D

C - D

My mom took 4 measurements: A–from my neck to my tail; B–midpoint between my neck and my tail; C–around my belly; D–a T intersecting the measurement between the top of my front legs and the measurement from my neck to that line and drew a line where the cut outs should be for my legs.


Glue gun & glue sticks
Tape measure
Velveteen in both red and blue, about 1/2 yard each
Gold ribbon, blue ribbon
A file folder or white cardboard
Gold cardboard or gold paint


1) Skirt: Cut a rectangle of blue velveteen.  Length: two times of measurement C plus 4″.  Width: Measurement B plus 3-4″.  Bodice: Cut a rectangle out of red velveteen.  Length: measurement C plus 2″. Width: Measurement B plus 1″;
2) Glue ribbon to one of the long edges of the blue skirt.  Gather by gluing so that the finish size equals that of the red bodice fabric;

3) Glue skirt onto bodice as shown;
4) Fold fabric.  From fold, mark measurement D and draw a triangle for the front legs to come through;

5) Make sure to leave a strip at the top.  This will tie around the neck when finished;
6) Measure up about 5 or 6″ on the open side and draw a semicircle.  This is done so that the skirt doesn’t drag;

7) Mark measurement A from the top of the dress.  Draw and cut out a hole for the tail to come through;
8) Try on.

9) Cut out stars out of a file folder or white cardboard and glue on skirt. Cut a piece of velcro that’s as long as the dress.  Glue one side to the top edge and another to the oposite bottom edge.  Make sure it works BEFORE gluing;
10) Draw a tiara out of cardboard and paint it gold…or buy gold cardboard.  Cut a star out of the red fabric and glue on.  Glue 2 pieces of elastic: one from end to end, and another one to go under the dog’s face;

11) Close up of the tiara;
12) Make bracelets out of ribbon.  Secure with velcro;

12) The work day begins! Let’s go catch bad guys!
13) I’m getting ready to take off flying!

14) Stand up to be ready for anything!
15) I think I see a bad guy up on the roof!

16) Recount the day.  It was a good one!  Now let’s go out trick-or-treating!

Have fun!


Easy To Make Little Red Riding Hood Dog Costume – No Sewing Required

October 27, 2008
This is me as Little Red Riding Hood

This is me as Little Red Riding Hood

With just a pair of scissors and a glue gun, my friend Silvia made my Little Red Riding Hood costume.  It took her less than an hour.  Here is the simple how-to:


A - B

A - B

C - D

C - D



My mom took 5 measurements: A–from my neck to my tail; B–from my neck to just over my eyes; C–around my neck; D–around my belly; E–between my eyes.


Low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
Measuring tape
Red velveteen – a little bit more than the distance between the eyes and the tail
White lace – enough to go around the outfit


1) Cut a rectangle as follows: length–a little bit more than the distance between the eyes and the tail; width–over the dog from one back paw to the other back paw, like an upside down “U”
2) Take measurement A plus 1″ and mark that across the fabric.  Gather the fabric with glue;

3) Fold in half. On the folded edge and starting at the gather, mark measurement A.  On the open egde side, mark measurement A less 3″.  Connect the marking swith a sooth semi-circular line;
4) Cut the fabric as marked;

5) From the gather, take measurement B and mark it across the fabric.  Cut;
6) Fold fabric in half. About half way, draw in a half a circle for the ears and cut out.

7) Fitting time;
8) Open up and gather the center part so that you end up with measurement E;

9) Start gluing the lace;
10) Continue gluing the lace, leaving openings for the ears;

11) Supervising is not an easy job;
12) Glue the lace all the way around;

13) Cut velcro as follows: Half of measurement C plus 1.5″.  Pull apart. Glue to the inside…but BEFORE YOU GLUE make sure the rough part WILL NOT rub against the dog, and that when all is in place, it actually sticks together;
14) Glue a little piece of elastic to hold the hood in place.  Where you glue will depend on the shape of the dog’s face.

15) Glue a piece of ribbon on the outside gather.  Leave enough material to make a bow.
16) Cut velcro as follows: Half of measurement D plus 1.5″. Pull apart.  Glue to the inside.  Follow the instructions on 13 above.  This will go around the dog’s belly to keep cape in place.

17) Try on;
18) Pose;

19)  And when in the woods…watch out for wolves.


Halloween Checklist Reminder: Don’t Forget Pet Parades!

October 25, 2008

I love Halloween!   It’s coming soon.  So I’m making a list of things to do so that I don’t forget anything…

It's always good to make a list.

I like making lists to help me remember what I have to do.

  1. Go to a pumpkin patch – Progress Report:  We’re going today.
  2. Carve a jack-o-lantern – Progress Report: My parents said we can do that tomorrow or Monday.
  3. Have a black cat handy – Progress Report:  I asked my neighbor Tonio who is a cat and happens to all black and he agreed to be our Official Black Cat for Halloween.
  4. Find spiders – Progress Report: My dad says we have plenty around the house.
  5. Decide on Halloween Costumes – Progress Report: My friend Silvia has made me two awesome outfits.  I’ll have to think which one I’ll wear or I’ll just come home and change so I can wear both.
  6. Candy – Progress Report:   I like eating the bunny candies I find in my backyard, but my mom says they are not good for me, so I have to find another option.
  7. Go to a Halloween Pet Parade:  Progress Report: I found a bunch for today and tomorrow.  The question is can I make it to all these places.  Well, if not me, maybe you can:


Howl & Prowl Parade for Pets and People

Greenwich Town Hall, Greenwich, CT


Howl-O-Ween 2008 Parade and Costume Contest

Navy Pier, Chicago, IL


The Barker Lounge’s 5th Annual Howl-O-Ween Bash

109 Aldene Rd. – Bldg.1 – Roselle, NJ





Pet Pride Parade

1200 15th Street (at Harrison) – San Francisco, CA


South End’s Annual Halloween Pet Parade

400 Tremont St. – Boston, MA


Sunnyvale Howl’oween Pet Parade & Faire

Plaza del Sol – Sunnyvale, CA


Hancock’s Resolution Halloween Pet Parade

2795 Bayside Beach Rd. – Pasadena, ME


Pine Valley Halloween Pet Parade

28810 Old Hwy. 80 – Pine Valley, CA


Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade

Livingston Park – Long Beach, CA

Watch their FUN video 


 8.  Make a list of all the things I’m forgetting – Progress Report:  I’m on it.


I’d better go do it!


Learn Spanish Fast: Read Niqqi’s Blog!

October 23, 2008


¡Hola amigos!

Did you ever want to learn Spanish but didn’t know where to begin?  The answer is right here, right now!

No longer a question.  I choose both!

No longer a dilemma. I choose both!

I am proud to announce that from this day forward my blog–Niqqi’s Blog–will be published in both English and Spanish.  Just click on the NIQQI EN ESPAÑOL link on the sidebar to get an instant translation.  Oh…and by the way, it’s not a computer generated translation, it’s the genuine me–Niqqi en español!

¡Que se diviertan!