Fly, Birdie. Fly!!!!

One of the challenges of having dogs, especially faithful-to-their-breed retrievers, is that the big, red one loves to capture anything that scampers within his domain (which is every square inch of our property).  Seriously.  Earlier in the day I had the displeasure of finding a final resting place for the fuzzy little flop-eared that said-red-dog presented to me upon waking.  Thanks.

Red Dog:


After returning from the quilt show with my brother and his family in tow we discovered this, red dog’s latest victim:


Fortunately, this one was still alive.  I think the dogs became distracted by our return.  I can’t explain it any other way.  Normally, this would be dinner.  Sad.  I know.  I hate that aspect of having this dog.  However, I guess he’s just doing what nature is telling him to do.  The naughty little thing!!!  

I inspected this lovely white bird (not certain if it can be called a white dove or white pigeon -neither of which are wild around here) and noted that he is quite torn up under his wing and also has a small puncture wound on the top of the other wing.  Clearly a result of big-red-dog’s mouth.  I kept the bird in a box last night (can’t fly) but knew something must be done in the interim to keep it more comfortable.  So….my brother came back up today (sweet husband working) and helped my little man create a “bird condo.”  I didn’t even have to go to Lowe’s or Home Depot for supplies!  We managed to find everything we needed to construct the condo.  Johnny (brother) gave A some wood working lessons including working with the table saw.  I couldn’t find any safety goggles (I know. I know) but he used my sunglasses.  Cool, eh?  


This is the end result.  No laughing.  We used what he had and it was a quick put together.


Tomorrow we’ll be headed over to PetCo or Petsmart to inquire about general first-aid care for the pretty little thing.  Then…I have no idea.  We can’t keep the bird and I wouldn’t want to.  I hate to see it confined to such small space and am only doing so until it can be rehabilitated.  Hopefully, I’ll find someone at one of those locations that will be a wealth of knowledge and all will be resolved soon.  Until then, it was a great afternoon project for my eager little man to work on.  Good job, A (and thanks little brother).  



Handmade goodness

As I’ve already mentioned, I really wanted this year to be more about gifts made with our hands (at least as much as possible). Here are just a couple of examples of things made this year.

This idea came from Lorilee over at Livenlearnnow. My intention was to paint the acorns but didn’t get to it.  I decided (on Christmas Eve) that it could be a project that Andrew helps me with.  I purchased the hand-made catapult from here and the acorns from here.  The target was just made out of felt circles drawn from a pot, a plate, and a bowl and backed with another layer of felt. Man, I love felt.  It has to be some of the most versatile fabric available!  

These great little coloring totes now go everywhere with us.  They can be taken into restaurants and even transport any portable school work that needs to be done on the road.  The fabric for Andrew’s tote actually came from the fabric I purchased to make his quilt.  However… homemade gift list was longer than I had days to create them.  I still have plenty of fabric so that is one of my next projects.  Hannah’s tote is made from Anna Maria Horner’s fabric.  So fun. I love the ric-rak that I picked up at the last quilt show in Long Beach.  

The pattern I used is for the “Large Coloring Tote” and can be found at
It was pretty straightforward and easy to make. 

colorbaga  colorbagh

This last little thing for show-and-tell was a gift for me made by my lovely children.  Daddy picked out the kit for this stepping stone and the kids did all the work (supervised and directed). So pretty and I’m so proud of them for finishing the project that took a couple of days (steps) to create.  Thank you, darling children. And thank you wonderful husband for helping them create something for me that I will always cherish- especially their handprints and initials on the belly. 




Dolly Love

I have to admit that this little project has set me down a new road that I am enjoying immensely.  There is something very special about creating treasured items for your children and this one, for me, has been the most special. 

Meet Fay. 


She was created from the pattern Kit, Chloe, and Louise over at WeeWonderfuls.  I knew the minute I saw Hillary’s dolls on her blog that I wanted to make one for my daughter.  Fortunately, she posted the patterns for sale in enough time to get her done before Christmas.  This also gave me the opportunity to use some of my luscious fabric to make some fun outfits for her.  This dress was  made from one of Anna Maria Horner’s lines.  The orange shirt was from probably my all-time favorite designer, Valori Wells (which, admittedly, changes often because there is just so much great stuff out there).  




I had first made the body and wig from the pattern using a different type of yarn but wasn’t satisfied with her size, nor her hair.  Those who know my daughter, know she has curly hair that spirals and I really wanted the doll to reflect parts of my DD in her.  I found this chunkier yarn that was variegated and messed around with the yarn until I found a way to get that look.  As much as I love the hair on her, the photos make her look as if she’s “all hair.”  That’s okay though.  I still love her.