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Busy With Dogs and Dolls

Hello!  So much time has gone by between my last post and this one…  I am sorry.

Our new puppy has taken up much of my time. We’ve had Pebbles, our chihuahua puppy, for two months now.  I’ve enjoyed these early days with him very much.  He’s gone on lots of socializing adventures to Home Depot and other stores (including a yarn shop), parks and walks in the neighborhood.  He is a very sweet boy, but a little scared in new places, so this effort while he is still young should make him a happier adult.

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Pebbles is now 7-months old.  Our vet said he is at his adult weight which is about 3-1/2 pounds!  I thought our older dog, also a chihuahua was little at 7-8 pounds.  This guy is even smaller.  So you can get an idea of his size here is a picture of me walking him.  Pebbles walks very nicely on a leash and enjoys going for walks.  He knows when we’ve turned around and are heading home which is when he will pull ahead and get a little excited.

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I try and include a little bit of dolly related making on my daily to do list.  I find that this is the only way for me to get anything accomplished for my dolls.  If I wait for everything else to be done…  well, it never is.  Sometimes I even have some cuddly company while working.

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I recently finished this spring ensemble for my beautiful Kaye Wiggs MSD sized Gracie.  I must say I wish I had a cardigan like Gracie’s!

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I have also started another spring ensemble for the Kaye Wiggs girls.  Last weekend found me seated at my sewing machine, gathering and sewing the skirt onto the bodice.

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During the week I finished the dress up by hand sewing the bodice lining to the waist seam and adding snaps.  The cardigan was knitted and waiting for the dress to be sewn.  Hopefully, either this weekend or next week I will find some time for completing the embroidery on the cardigan.

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I am wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  It is supposed to get into the 60s tomorrow here in northern Illinois!  I hope you are having some beautiful springlike weather also.

Take care–stay healthy, my friends!

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day to all of our fur babies!

Right now mine is burrowed (chihuahuas love to burrow) under his super soft blanket on a super soft pillow.  He’s had breakfast and some little treats, and now it’s time for a nap.  What a life!

His new hangout is the bay window in the kitchen.  He loves to snooze on his cheetah printed pillow.  I love those tiny paws!  I took this in the afternoon when the sunshine warmed up his “spot”.

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Here are two of my favorite puppy shots from years ago.  My tiny baby with my daughter from his first springtime.  Gosh, he was all ears.

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And, this was a shot in a lifetime.  He only stayed on G’s back for a second, and this only happened once . . . ever.

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I hope all of you puppy parents are enjoying the day with your cuddly fur babies.

Bye for now, my friends! ❤

Happy New Week Everyone!

As I’m sitting in my kitchen writing this blog post I see blue jays flying by, each with a peanut in their beak.  My husband filled the bird feeder this weekend.  I daresay they’ve practically cleaned out the peanuts . . . already.

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Look at the shadows!  We have a sunny day!  I know it’s no big deal for some of you, but it’s only the third one since January 14th; and we’ve waited 9 days to see the sun this time.  It’s amazing what the sunshine can do for your spirits!

My weekend work consisted of knitting this cardigan.  I wanted to create a marled effect, and I think it worked out rather nicely.  I held together two strands of yarn throughout; it’s a bit fiddly to make sure you are getting both strands with each stitch.  I got used to the “feel” when made properly, so when I would forget a strand I would know right away and could correct it.

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Knitwear is pretty messy right off the needles, aren’t they?  The sweater is blocking right now, and already looks neater.  I hope to get the dress sewn today.  (Ha ha!  Well, started at least.)  This ensemble will be for Gracie and Talyssa, Kaye Wiggs’s MSDs.

Yesterday my husband and I went to a dog show at the county fairgrounds.  I needed a happiness boost (after all the sunless days), and dogs do the trick for me.  When I saw the golden retrievers I got a little teary eyed though.  It’s been about 8 months since we lost our last girl, and I miss her still.

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You can see goldens are quite popular; at least where I live.  They were all over the place at this show.  A lot of professional handlers were here and each had many of them in their care.

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(Sorry, for the bad quality photos, iPhone and hand shakiness.)  My husband and I both picked number one out of this group of goldens.  They are all beautiful, but the winner had that extra something.

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After watching the golden retrievers, we spent most of our time watching these teensy tiny cuties.

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We are still new to Chihuahuas, so cannot pick out the winners as easily as we can the goldens.  The Chihuahuas are all equally perfect to me.  I’ll take them all!  Ha ha!  My guy wouldn’t be too happy with that arrangement.

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We also watched the corgis go around the ring.  We both were wondering where their tails were.  I Googled it!  The Pembroke Welsh corgis are born without tails have their tails removed a few days after birth, and the Cardigan Welsh corgis have keep them.  (Thanks for the updated information, Judi!)  We also watched the huge mastiffs and St. Bernards (who could miss these two breeds!).  Oh my goodness, those breeds are huge!  I need to be able to pick up my dog, and these days my back says the lighter the better.

Oh, one more thing, this was in my inbox from Kelly at livelaughrowe.com this morning.  I printed out the February calendar and have it in my studio.  These words are so perfect for “now” and  something I want to read every day in February. ❤  I included the link in case you’d like to print one out too.

I hope you all have a wonderful and sunny week.  Thanks for visiting.  Bye for now!