Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Baby Gift & New Family Member

Here is a photo of the gift I made for my Cousin's new baby.  He was born last week and they have named him "Xavier".  They live a couple of hours away from where I live, so I posted this to them so they could start using it straight away.
I told them that they could use it as a coverlet for in the bassinet or car seat, change mat or tummy time mat, whatever they wanted to use it for.  I wish it could have been bigger, but I just don't have the ability to make larger pieces as my sewing machine is not a quilting model and I'm not that talented enough to even know where to begin when it comes to fancy quilting.  I simply stitched in the ditch of all the squares on this one.

I have just stitched up another block on my CHS Alphablocks, photo next post.

Some of you may remember my post last year here, where I told you how we had to say goodbye to our beloved 15 year old Staffy "Jed".  I thought I wouldn't ever want another dog after losing him as my heart was broken and I didn't want to experience that pain again.  Well that feeling lasted for 6 months and then I felt that the house just seemed so empty without the patter of paws on the tiles and someone to greet us when we got home.  We discussed it at length and decided that we would like to rescue a dog and to my surprise my husband said he would prefer to rescue a senior dog, as we were just too set in our ways now and didn't want a puppy all over again or juvenile dog that may come with some bad habits.  I had my concerns about an older dog, but then we saw "Ellie" on a rescue site and just fell in love.  My husband was saying how she wouldn't get a home because she was older and a little overweight, yet we loved the breed (yes Ellie is another Staffy) and we could provide her with a loving home for her final years.  So I agreed to go and meet her, and yes of course she came home with us.  She is a purebred blue Staffy and she is 10 years old, she had papers that came with her providing these details, we actually bought her home on her 10th birthday.  She is a sweetheart and has settled in extremely well, we couldn't have asked for a more placid, relaxed dog.  Yes she has some issues, weight was one but she has already lost quite a few kilos with us, she also has what they call a "cherry eye" where some of the pink of the inside of the eyelid sticks out a little and some lumps and bumps in places so she's definately not pretty, but she has the most gentle soul.  She is not very photogenic, but I managed to snap this photo of her as she lay asleep.  

You either like the breed or you don't, I LOVE them.  
What most people do not realise is that Staffies were called the "Nanny Dogs" in England and America in the 1800's due to their affinity with children.  They were chosen for their loyalty, love of humans, and desire to protect their human children and were often left alone to watch the kids!
These dogs were considered the perfect family pet ... those of us who own such breeds can definately understand why!  She is amazing with my Son and he absolutely adores her.
Until next time, happy stitching

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A is for Angel

Here is a progress shot of my Carriage House Samplings Alphablocks.
I have just completed the A block.

What next, B block or a Christmas ornie design, mmmm decisions, decisions!!!
Until next time, happy stitching