Tuesday, January 28, 2014

a new member of the family

With my son finishing college and getting a job about 4 hours south, our precious Lab ''Tikka'' has moved with him  :*(   She will be very happy with Jacob and Anna - and she gets to go to work with Jacob almost every day as his Forester Dog.  She will love that!

Here was Tikka as a puppy:

Then, a gangly teenager:

and as a 'big girl' :)
She is 80 pounds of pure joy!  Love that dog, and miss her a lot!

Back just before Thanksgiving, we had to put our older dog, Tucker, to sleep.  I miss that big lug SO much.  He was such a HAPPY dog!  He wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was happy until the end.  He was in a lot of pain though, and we knew we did what was best for him.

Tucker as a puppy:
Tucker as a youngster:

Tucker as he got older:

So, being 'dogless' would NOT do around here, so I frantically started puppy shopping.  We knew we wanted a larger dog.  Before we got our first dog (a SharPei we named Hooch, who died of a stroke about 8 years ago at 14 years old), we were looking for a Mastiff (after falling in love with the French Masiff on ''Turner and Hooch").  We were never able to find a Mastiff, but we were happy when we found our Hooch.

In my search for a puppy, I came across an ad for a female ''Saint Bermastiff''puppy.  The ad said she was 4 hours away, but oh was she CUTE!  I did some research, and found out she was a mix between a Saint Bernard (her dad, 150#) and an English Masiff (her mom, 110#).  Well, she actually ended up being 12 hours away, but one of the owners was going to be 4 hours away last Thursday.  He was driving 8 hours in the morning, and we could meet him in the afternoon.  So, after OK'ing it with the hubs, my younger son and I prepared for the 8 hour round trip - and came home with the cutest puppy on earth.  It took us several days, but we finally named her ''Blaze'', although I have not 100% settled on that name.  I still prefer ''Lucy'', but the menfolk don't like that one :P

Luckily, Tikka left behind plenty of toys to keep this little girl busy.  And, I am also very busy trying to potty train and crate train a new puppy!  I really *really* want to get that Seascapes string quilt basted, but don't know when that will happen.  Maybe I can get my younger son to puppysit while I do it one day this week :)

And, yes, this puppy will be huge.  HUGE.  Probably around 120# I'm guessing.  She has legs as thick as tree trunks!  But, she is the sweetest little thing ever!  I plan to try to get her as socialized as possible - living out in the sticks has it's drawbacks that way, it will be a challenge!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Seascapes string quilt top finished

I am over the moon about this quilt top and can't WAIT to quilt it so it can go on MY bed ::VBG::

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Moda Bake Shop: Wishes String Quilt

I am very happy to bring to you my latest Moda Bake Shop project ''Wishes'' string quilt!  I am over the top excited about the way this came together!

I am remaking this quilt for MYSELF in ''Seascapes'' - making pillowcases to match too :)  One pillowcase made already, and backing will be the 'tiles' (with white grout).  Binding will be the striped print I have on the edge of this pillowcase :)


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

second finish of 2014

I can't share my first finish of the year (soon though, promise!), but here is my second finish of the year!
My scrappy trips quilt is done done done and in my etsy shop :)