Friday Find! Meet Julie Lancaster of “Off The Cuff Stuff For Pets”

Julie and one of her Mi-ki-s "Jet"

Hi everyone! This is Dakota and I am pleased to introduce you to a new friend of mine. Meet Julie Lancaster, the creator,  owner and brilliant designer  of  Off The Cuff Stuff For Pets a site that features one-of-a-kind, handmade -by- Julie accessories and clothes for pets!

Julie is a dear friend of my bonus daughter, Marla, and it was Marla who first brought Julie’s superbly crafted items to my attention. I was so intrigued by her talent that I wanted to not only learn more about her, but to share her items with all of you!

Julie spent many years working in a tedious office job and knew that this was not how she should be spending her life.  She is highly creative, zany, seriously gifted in the arts (she  has extensive experience working  with textiles and has painted many   murals) and decided that she must spend her life away from the boring office environment and pursue her true calling,  that of being an Artist.  Having artistic talents in a myriad of areas,  Julie’s quandary was what would she create, how would she channel her gift?

Along with being an artist, Julie is also a dog lover, specifically the adorable Mi-ki breed.  (Not familiar with Mi-ki’s? You can read about them here.)  Julie began breeding Mi-kis (her website is www.mikilover.com) and decided she needed a sling to carry her tiny dogs in to make them feel safe and secure when visiting the vet. Her slings would enable her to keep their tiny paws off of the vet floor as well, thereby avoiding picking up any germs. She wanted it to be fashionable and comfortable, hence the birth of the Bling Bling Sling.

Gena and "Bling Bling Sling"

Julie also makes harnesses, coats and a bevy of other items. She takes great pride in the fact that all of her items are one-of-a-kind.  She is ecstatic to be  utilizing her  background and talents  as a seamstress and  artist, as well as her  experience in working with textiles, doing work that satisfies her soul.  Her work is superior quality and she works closely with her customers to be sure that their piece will not only be unique, and reflect their individual personalities,  but  that the finished product is a true work of art!

"Crimson Queen" Dress

Julie cares about the environment as well! Almost all of Julie’s items are made from recycled materials that she finds at Estate/Yard sales. She uses everything from old prom dresses to wedding dresses. She says that by using recycled materials she is able to keep her cost down and in her words “if you take from the Earth, give back”. 

Pink ruffle coat

Sunday is Earth Day  and by using recycled materials Julie is truly helping to preserve our environment.

If you are interested in having Julie make YOU a one-of-a-kind creation there are a variety of ways you can reach her. You can find her on Facebook, you may visit her website,  and you can reach her via email: julie@offthecuffstuffforpets.com

Dazzling Dreams

I hope that you have enjoyed meeting Julie and seeing just a few of her gorgeous items, as much as I enjoyed introducing her to you!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Comments

  1. OMD! They are so pretty! I like the bling bling sling but I wonder whether I’m a bit too big (I’m actually petite) in it and I don’t think my mom is strong enough to carry me that way. You see, her back is really naughty and bad these days.

    Well, may be I should get the pink ruffle coat! What do you think, Dakota?

    I’m the first to leave the comment too : )))))Yippeeeeeee

    Licks
    Eva

    • Oh Eva!!!! I think that you would look GORGEOUS in the pink ruffled coat! That would make me love you that much more!!!!!!! I would love to see you in such a beautiful coat! But you are already beautiful coat or not!

      I don’t think that Marla realized that you are a DOG….BOL…I think she thought it was your Mommy saying that SHE is petite. Not sure if a Sheltie would fit in a sling….I bet she could make a coat though!

      Haaa! You were first to leave a comment as well!

      Have a good day my beautiful, darling, precious Eva!!!

      All of my love, Dakota

  2. i buy things from julie and i just love them.Keep up the good work girl.mary haymaker

    • Mary Hi!! Thank you so much for stopping by and vouching for how wonderful Julie’s items are! THANK YOU! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Pretty!

    • thanks Rumpy! Mom wishes I were a small dog BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Julie sounds like one talented lady! Her dresses are beautiful!

    • Hi Bassetmomma! OMD is she ever talented! You should see her murals and paintings and everything! My mom was completely blown away when she saw her items! Mom wishes I were a small dog so she could carry me around in a sling. Hmmmm…wonder if my kitty brother Cody would like one?

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Marla says:

    I wanted to respond back to Eva- I am very petite myself, a little under 5 feet. I own 2 Bling Bling slings from Julie, and if anything this will help keep the pressure off your back, and your arms free. It is seriously the best invention EVER!!!!!! and I can put multiple dogs in the Bling Bling sling, plus the straps are adjustable!

    Each item Julie makes is one of a kind, and I have SEVERAL unique harnesses from her that you would never find in a pet store or a doggy boutique. Julie’s creations are AMAZING!! which is why I have so many from her. By the way Caren is my “Bonus Mom” and this article truly reflects what an incredible writer she is. And also Dakota is part of my family he is such a sweet sheltie boy!!

    If anyone wants a quality harness.dress,Belly Bands, Bling Bling slings contact Julie Lancaster! she also can do sports harnesses too!

    Love, Marla

    • Hi Marla!! Wow!!!!!!!!!!! you sure said some wonderful things and Mom and I thank you!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you, thank you my “human sister”…..

      Barks and licks and MUCH LOVE, your Sheltie doggy brother, Dakota

  6. Wow – she does make beautiful items. Thanks pal for introducing Julie to us,

    • Hi Mario! I know!! I sent her link to Daisy…she wears kitty clothes but I bet that she could make something for kitties too!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. sue says:

    WOWZERS!! that is some mighty fine diva doggy apparel!! Beautiful!!

    • Sue I know!! Isn’t it? I bet she could make something for kitties too!!! Wouldn’t that be too cute! cody is lucky he isn’t a girl BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. snoopys@snoopysdogblog says:

    Hey Dakota,

    First of all I think your Eva would look super pretty in one of those outfits, she would look like the Princess she truly is :)

    I love that the outfits are recycled and the fabrics she chooses are gorgeous….. if perhaps a little girly for me…. Tee Hee

    I think my Mum would love it if I was a little smaller and she could carry me in a Bling Bling Sling – it would have been really useful when I was a puppy…..

    You’ve got some really talented friends buddy,

    Have a fun weekend,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  9. Hi Snoopy!

    I agree that Eva would be even more stunning than she already is if she had one of those outfits!!

    They are a little “girrly” for me as well….BOL!! wonder if she makes “boy stuff?”

    Yes wouldn’t that be cute for a puppy….or even….dare I say it….a CAT!!!

    BOL!!

    Hope you have a great weekend too my friend!

    Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. OMD!! Those things are gorgeous!!! Love them!!

    • Pepper!! You are the perfect size for them!!!!!!!!! You should get one! I bet you could fit in a sling too!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  11. Hi Sweet Dakota, Please make sure to give your mommy a hug for me OK. Make sure she knows how much I love what she wrote. I really appreciate all the kind compliments too from your furry friends. Well to those who wonder about boy outfits.. YEP.. I have those too. I name all of my outfits. Most are limited because many are used with recycled materials but I do purchase some things like TATOO print ribbons and some trim with motorcycles on them but I have some fun and funky stuff to, like one harness I call PUNK CHICK and PUNK BOY. They are sculls and crossbones on them with pretty pink bows for the girls and black leather trim for the boys and they are made from used denim jeans. I’m trying to reach everyone’s taste from fun, elegant, sporty, and down right eye catching. After all, everyone wants to be admired and get a good rub on the back every once in a while right? Thanks again for talking about my stuff…. I hope to see you friend me on face book so you can see all my new things coming up.And Dakota, I have to come up with something special for you!!! Maybe a very fancy scarf. How does that sound?

    • Hi Julie!!! I sure will give my Mommy a HUGE hug from you!! She is quite flattered!

      Wow!! You have BOY OUTFITS TOO!!??? WOW!!! My Mom is such a slacker that she should have asked you before she helped me write this blog post! duh!!

      A scarf sounds wonderful but Mom said I might EAT IT!!!!

      We love you Julie and Mom and I were happy to feature you!!!!!!!!!

      Hope people will friend you on Facebook and like your page! We did!!!!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. Stephanie says:

    I am a tried and true customer of Julie’s creations. My miki daughter Calla Blaze is often adorned in the beautiful harnessess, coats, and slings designed by this lady who always blows me away with her products. You can call her with an idea and she turns it into a reality that supersedes anything you might have envisioned. She creates the most amazing sports team designer harness(saints fan here) and can create beautiful fun items as well. I am addicted to her products and moreso to her ability to be available to just be friendly, fun, and a wonderful soul who wants the best for you and your fur baby. Love love love Julie’s stuff!

    • Stephanie wow!!! My Mom and I loved your comment and we love how much you love Julie’s creations! You have my and my Mom’s ears perked up when you mentioned Sports teams!!!! Maybe we should look into a Detroit Lions harness for me? Now THAT would be sooooooo cool!!! thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience and love of Julie’s products! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. Sheila Gardner says:

    Julie’s creations are beautiful and very well made. She puts alot of thought, time and creativity into each item. I love my Bling sling and my 2 diva dogs, Gracie and Fiona, get lots of comments when they wear their harnesses. Julie is definitely the “Queen of Bling”!!

    • Hi Sheila!! Mom and I can tell they are wonderful and we saw (and held) a sling that she made for Marla. Mom loved it!! Love hearing all of these fabulous testimonials!!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  14. Chris Marquardt says:

    I’m thrilled to see that this talented lady, Julie Lancaster, is getting some much deserved credit and exposure. I have two slings, three dresses, four harness vests, two coats, three bandanas, and a bonnet that she designed and made for my dog, Moxie. The public goes nuts over them each time we leave the house. I’d like to see Julie’s creations cover the globe, because of her spiritual dedication to keeping her prices very affordable, using recycled materials, and creating quality works of art that are comfortable for our fur babies.

    • Hi Chris! wow!!! That is fantastic! this is also a marvelous testimonial and I thank you!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  15. Jan Brubaker says:

    I have purchased lots of wonderful items from Julie, from coats, to harnesses, to slings, to dresses, to belly bands. All of them are top quality, custom made, and comfortably fit. Her designs are one of a kind and absoluely beautiful. She can make things for male and female fur babies. I love that she uses alot of recycled materials to make her creations. You will never see anything like this in stores, and she has kept her prices reasonable, due to her love of people and animals. Everyone is amazed when they see the fabulous designs on our dogs. I’m proud to be one of Julie’s customers, and will use her for many years to come.

    • Hi Jan! Thank you for another glowing recommendation! I think Julie has received MORE positive comments than ANYONE I have ever featured on the blog! Love, “Mom”

  16. Pat Cavaliere says:

    Hi ! Just want to say that my three furry “baby girls” have coats and a sling made by Julie. She is so talented! The little coats are so adorable and beautifully made. Everywhere we go my babies draw attention with their bling bling coats! You will not be disappointed with anything you order from Julie!

    • Hi Pat and thanks for stopping by!! I am hoping that some people order from Julie…it makes me wish that Dakota was small and that he was a girl! lol. Love, “Mom”

  17. Donette neal says:

    Amazing stuff. I have both her coats and harnesses. So original and unique. A must have for any pampered pet. Her bling bling sling works great when I take my dog to work too!

    • Donette we love when we see/hear people stopping by giving such wonderful testimonials! I love the idea of using the Bling Bling Sling for taking your dog to work (if you are lucky enough to be able to do that!) Thanks for telling us! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  18. Kroten says:

    Soooooo prettyyyyyy!! can anyone make it for turtle too.

    Can you fit in that Dakota ;)

  19. Kroten you are sooo funny! I would love to see you wearing an outfit like that! Nope! I can’t fit in those tiny little things! I have too much fur and I am too big!

    Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  20. Just a big thank you again Dakota’s mom for posting me the weekend on your blog. A huge huggie to Dakota and many many thank yous to all of you who took the time to post such kind and wonderful remarks.. I hope you all keep up on my facebook page and see what is coming. It always gets better and better.. Hugs my friends all of you… Julie

    • Julie you are MOST WELCOME and you are truly amazing! all of these testimonials state just how much everyone loves you! I can see you have a heart of gold and are so talented that it just isn’t fair !! (lol) It was my honor to feature you!! I am following you on Facebook!

      Love, “Mom”

  21. We just saw the COOL vest on Facebook! …your friend is amazing! Makes me want to be a dog fashionista. OMC…what’s happening to me?
    : O Katie

    • lol Katie!!! You know…those doggy outfits for girls can also fit CATS!!! Cody would never allow me to dress him up and I am not sure if you are the same but they sure are gorgeous aren’t they? Love, “Mom”

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