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Handkerchief Dog Bed

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One of our weekly rituals is taking the dogs to the groomers. Barney and Duff have long hair and being boys, they get dirty every time they’re outside. (Gertie, on the other hand, is a total gem [and short hair] and doesn’t need to go very often…we love girls!) Every time the boys return, they come home sporting adorable little handkerchiefs tied around their necks. We used to throw them away after a few days, but to us it always seemed a waste to throw away all of that fabric…and an idea was born! Read more →


Puppies Pickin’ Apples

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A few weeks ago all of us went apple picking and it was really fun…here are just a couple of pictures from the day! ( you can tell the pups had a great time!) Now, it’s time to make a PIE!




Our Maine Vacation

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We went to Maine for vacation this past week…here are some pictures. Enjoy! Read more →


Crochet Fans…Meet the Ami Ami Dogs!

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If you’re a sucker for cute little animals, then you will love AMI AMI DOGS by Mitsuki Hoshi!

Our friends at Harper Design sent us this book, and it’s amazing. The book introduces readers to various techniques of Amigurumi, a popular Japanese art of crocheting stuffed animals. The signature style of Amigurumi (which translated means “knitted stuffed toy”) are the animals’ large heads and small bodies, which add to their adorable appeal.

The book gives you instructions for basic crocheting (perfect for beginners like us!) and features patterns and detailed directions for 12 kinds of dogs, including Chihuahua, Welsh Corgi, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Dachshund, Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, French Bulldog, Beagle,  and even a Pug!

Here’s a few images from the book…enjoy! And here’s how you can get your own copy!




A Toile Bed for the Puppies!

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Our little mutts, Duff, Gertie and Barney, were in desperate need of a new dog bed.  We’ve been hunting for months, but nothing ever seemed right.  Honestly, they really don’t care about a new bed, but of course we do!  And it also has to match our decor!

We were doing what we always do, rummaging through the local fabric store when lightening struck….we found the perfect fabric for them!

Alberto ADORES toile fabric, but I just DON’T.  For those of you who don’t know what toile is, it’s a fabric that has scenes on it (usually pastoral or oriental).  For example, picture an old English countryside with women in hoop skirts and parasols lounging under trees.  It is usually a color such as black, red, blue or green on white.  But the toile we saw that day was different.  It was truly inspirational.  When we saw the hunting dog scene in brown with a blue background, it was kismet!  We finally found the perfect fabric for Duff, Gertie and Barney’s bed.  We also found a tan chenille fabric in the remnant pile that would serve as the backing for the bed. It was sturdy, cheap (very important), and it matched the toile (extremely important.)

Now we just have to put everything together. Read more →


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