The Making of a Christmas Card



Yesterday I posted my Christmas card picture and explained that my guinea pigs cannot be together because they fight. Today I will share more of the pictures I took and show the making of my Christmas card.

The set up:

set up


I had my camera on a tripod so I could prevent as little movement as possible so the frame would line up. I used a roll of fabric snow set up on the dinner table with a box behind to create the background. The dinning room does not have the best lighting, but I do not own any photography lights and it would not have made much of a difference anywhere else in the house.

The clothing and props:


We had to get the cards made in order to be printed in time to mail, so I did not have time to make a more elaborate or interesting scene. I took two snowmen off my bookshelf and arranged the two sleds with stuffed Christmas guinea pigs next to them.  The wicker sleds I got when I was a kid, and the stuffed guinea pigs were gifts last Christmas.

The hat is a Yankee Candle jar candle topper accessory, so it has no strap. It is the smaller hat in this picture:


The holiday cape and bandana came from Petsmart, and are Life’s Fur-tas-tic! brand. The bandana ended up being too small to fit, so it was not used.

Each guinea pig wore the one hat and dress individual and I took a few different pictures hoping to get something useful.

Cola’s individual pictures:



Fizz’s individual pictures:




Then after picking out the best pictures, photoshop’s magic put them together (and removed red eye):cropsantahats

Merry Christmas!

Well, it is the second day of Christmas, so Merry Christmas!


My guinea pigs posed for the camera this year to feature on my Christmas cards.

Cola and Fizz cannot be together because they fight, so they had individual photos taken and photoshop put them together. I can post a series of photos on what that looked like another day.


While searching the internet for guinea pig related things I found

The site’s banner

Here you can find all sorts of information about guinea pigs (also known as a cavy), where to adopt them, a store for gifts and books, and lots of pictures!

adoptable guinea pigs

The store on the site is an amazing place! Here are some items you can buy:

1. Tote bag $6.50

2. CavyCozy$8.25

Guineas love to hide, it makes them feel safe and these are a cute and wonderful item to make your pet feel loved. These come in a variety of patterns, check the store out to see for yourself.

Guinea in a cozy:

3. Magnets $6.75

4. Note cards — assortments from $1.50 for a single card to $6.50 for a pack.

5. PigFeeps!

These are adorable little guinea pig statues. Each is a one of a kind, and they are currently on sale for $10.25.

Look, it is a guinea pig dressed like a pirate!

They also have links to many other great sites that sell guinea pig themed and related items at their Madmarket.

If you are thinking about guinea pig ownership, please take a look at their care guide.

I love this site for what it can teach you about responsible pet ownership – always be an informed pet owner. A guinea pig, as with any other pet, should only be obtained after careful consideration of your life style and what the animal needs to be happy and healthy.

If you love or are interested in guinea pigs I encourage you to take a look at the site to see what they have to offer at!

Bunnies in Sweaters!

So I was looking into how to make a sweater for a bunny…not that I have a bunny mind you, just for fun to see if there was any info out there. Of course, I never did find anything about making sweaters for bunnies, but what follows are what I did find.

1. A discussion about whether bunnies need to wear sweaters on Flickr, Bunny Lovers Unite. Here are some pictures that users included:

2. Bunnies made out of sweaters

This is a bunny made out of an angora sweater, made by Sonja Ahlers.

3. This bunny wearing a sweater at Tiarasaurus Knits:

4. This Bunny in Can Bunnies Wear Clothes?

5. Animals in Outfits:

And just because I love Guinea Pigs…here a couple from this wonderful site: