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Man’s Best Friend Scarves

I’ll be honest with you. I can see the appeal of dogs and I really love the idea of them, but when I’m faced with a real dog I’m scared. Very scared. I always have been and unfortunately think I always will be. It doesn’t matter what breed or what size, until I get to know a dog I will be scared stiff of it.

When I was a kid I used to beg our next door neighbour to let her dogs come and play with me in our garden and then I’d remember how scary they were and spend the rest of the afternoon at the top of the climbing frame too frightened to come down, while two shih-tzus bounced up and down below me. My brother would be rolling around on the floor crying tears of laughter at how pathetic and deluded I was.

Things haven’t changed that much. If I’m on my bike and I see a dog off its leash, I’ll get off my bike and push it along until I’ve passed the dog. My husband will cycle on, shaking his head in despair and calling out a gentle reminder that the toy poodle busily sniffing another dog’s bum isn’t interested in chasing me.

These Man’s Best Friend scarves by Lisa Bliss at The Graduate Collection aren’t scary at all. In fact these rainbow dachshunds couldn’t be scary if they tried. Look how sweet they look with their little stumpy legs.

Rainbow Dachshund Scarf by Lisa Bliss - The Graduate Collection

The dachshund scarves are available with nine dachshunds widthways in mink or rainbow or with one big dachshund lengthways in turquoise or pink.

Pink Dachshund Scarf by Lisa Bliss - The Graduate CollectionAs the dachshund is long , the boston terrier is square and so is Lisa’s boston terrier scarf. Unlike real boston terriers you can choose from pink, yellow or green. I like that one head is picked out in a different colour.

Pink Boston Terrier scarf by Lisa Bliss - The Graduate Collection

Lisa’s scarves are 100% silk, manufactured in the UK and are £90 from the Graduate Collection who champion new and emerging designers in the UK. There are also six fox head scarves to choose from.

Until I can get over my fear of dogs, one of these beautiful scarves can be my dog substitute.

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Valentine’s Day Vases

Are you straining under the weight of all the flowers you’ve received today? Not sure where you’ll put them all when you get home? Fear not, here are some vases for your perusal.

The Le Sack Vase available from Made In Design allows you to create the shape of the vase. Simply put in warm water to soften the PVC and shape the vase, when you’re happy with it put under the cold tap to freeze the shape. Repeat until you get bored. It’s available in quite a few colours and is £9.10.

Le Sack Vase - Made In DesignI really like the shape of this cardboard vase, it is has a smaller glass insert so you can use it with real flowers without fear of getting the cardboard soggy.

Urban Analog - Cardboard Design Vase

I spent most of yesterday making friends with a hot water bottle so perhaps it’s no surprise that I like this porcelain wall-hung vase by Silicium that is masquerading as a hot water bottle. This goes back to my love of things that aren’t quite what they first appear.

Hot Water Bottle Vase - SiliciumOn

Filled with flowers this Dog Vase would force a smile out of the most hardened Valentine’s Day cynic. From Australian company Raw Space.

Dog Vase - Raw Space

Continuing the animal theme with the crème de la crème of vases, turn these horse head vases by Jaime Hayon into unicorns by adding flowers. Available in black or white for £925 or 24K gold for £1480 from Vessel.

Horse Head Vase - Bosa

If you’re hankering after the unicorns but don’t have a grand to spend, there’s a similar (but not as stunning) unicorn vase from Raw Space that’s a bit more affordable.

I was going to include this baby head vase but wasn’t sure…

Baby Head Vase by Mud Puppy

What do you think? Nice or nasty?

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