September 23, 2010

A Present, The Puppy And Lots Of Points...

I was so surprised when my package arrived from my Victorian Cuff Swap partner, Natalie of HungryHippie blog. I have been reading her blog for some time, and she creates the most wonderful things. I can't believe that she sent me TWO cuffs!!!
One cuff is comprised of a handcrafted rose with crystals, chains, pearls and an openwork heart charm. It's soft, creamy, and feminine. It's gorgeous and fits me perfectly!
The second cuff (did I tell you she sent me TWO cuffs?) is going to be perfect for me when I wear my black outfits - and I have more than a few! The center is another handcrafted rose in black fabric, with a "witchy" cameo. (See her nose and chin?) It's so clever. The black lace looks like a spider web...
which is perfect when you see what she created for the closure...a beaded, spider-embellished button! She edged the cuff with yummy, black tulle. Gosh, they're fantastic, don't you think?
These are both of the cuffs in all their glory. Natalie is a talented seamstress, with a wonderful, creative eye. I'm so honored to have been her swap partner and have received TWO cuffs from her hands.

Please click here to visit her beautiful blog and compliment her fabulous work. Thank you so much, Natalie. I love them and they'll both get a lot of use from me. They're gorgeous!
This is the cuff I sent to Natalie. I started by sewing some of the special, beaded lace I have to the base fabric I used for the cuff. Then I sewed the center embellishment from a vintage pin in a beautiful, Gulf coast ocean blue. I hand stitched all the beads in the same color to add more color to the cuff, and then I sewed a vintage pearl button for a closure.
Here you can see my label and acorn peeking out from the back of the cuff. My work wouldn't be complete without an acorn stitched somewhere into the finished piece. I hope Natalie gets lots of use from this piece, and that she enjoys wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.

I also tucked a few extras into her package. You can click here if you'd like to see her post about it.
I'll give you a short (hee hee) update on Fezzik today. Here's what the corgi did yesterday...
  1. Went swimming in the pool with me (Right. NO photos). He was very brave and swims like a pro.
  2. Went for a car ride to shop with Mom and Kes for his own collar, leash, a travel crate (a second one) and a bag of his own puppy food. He was very well-behaved and loves shopping with "the girls".
  3. Went for his first walk on a leash. It went something like this: walk, surprise that he had a leash on, mini-freak, walk, repeat. Mostly, walked like a good boy and finished on a high note - which means he didn't freak at the end.
  4. Took a nap...upside down.
  5. Retrieved Kes' stuffed squirrel to Mom, who tossed it three different times after he brought it to her.
  6. Beat up the stuffed squirrel. (He loves it!)
  7. Had only one accident in the house, because Mom wasn't paying attention to him. Of course, she immediately cleaned it up, disinfected and apologized for not listening. It won't happen again because Mom isn't on the ball.
I'm so happy with him. Can you believe he slept quietly in his crate from midnight to 7:15 yesterday morning? I was thrilled!

In case you'd like to see more photos of Fezzik and Kes as they get accustomed to each other, you can click here for the newest Flickr album. Thanks for all the sweet, welcoming comments you've left for him. I'm trying to get around to answering all of you. It may take a little time, so please bear with me.
Here's what I did yesterday...
  1. Woke up and let Kes and Fezzik out. Let them back in.
  2. Walked 1 mile (dogless). It's a new routine I've added to my day. (2 miles day before yesterday, but shorter yesterday because my first walk left my legs a little sore.)
  3. Fed the dogs.
  4. Took the dogs to Pet Supermarket.
  5. Let the dogs out and back in.
  6. Sewed all the pieces to create the blocks for the 500th Post lap quilt.
  7. Cut them into quarter triangles.
  8. Repeat #5
  9. Dinner with Handsome.
  10. Took a little nap. (hmmm. Can you believe I was tired?)
  11. Repeat #5
  12. Played with the dogs.
  13. Repeat #5
  14. Wrote my blog post.
  15. Lights out.
I can see that my concentration for a project will be a little off for a while. No worries. I'll still finish the lap quilts on time for the giveaway. Let's see if I can fine-tune the schedule today.

22 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

DeeDee said...

Oh Donna....you lucky girl..thsoe cuffs are so charming...when do we get to see the ones you made? I will wait with anticipation...and you are right your partner does make some awesome stuff

what a schedule you keep..and you go onthe mroning walks..bentley and I are anxious for cooler weather so he can be leash trained too...

Night to you and Kes and Fezzik...

Liszha said...

Wow, beautiful cuffs! But yours to her is great too!
I didn't know the puppy was home already. Oh, it is such a sweety! How he looks at your older dog. Just wanna cuddle him!
Hugs,
Lisette

Sherri said...

Donna, those cuffs are just beautiful! I'm so glad Fezzik is doing well for you-he's so cute! I'm also waiting for cooler weather here in the Carolinas so I can walk more with our Golden Retriever, Teddy. Have a great weekend!

Carol said...

Hi Donna
The cuffs are beautiful, both what you gave and what you received.

Your pup is so darned cute. Gerry Krueger got a Gorgi too...Morris.. and she loves to show off his antics too.

Your post is a perfect way to start the day on a light-hearted note. Thanks for posting.
xx, Carol

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Donna!

All the cuffs are so, so beautiful. What a great swap!

Your new puppy is just as cute as can be. Loved all the photos. Best of luck, and tons of fun with your new little sweetie!

xo Paulette :)

MosaicMagpie said...

I had a similar day a lot of "Let's go outside and potty" and "Good girl Sophie!". No nap, but I sure did want one.

Love the cuff bracelets both the sent and received. That spider button is just the right touch.
Debbie

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Beautiful cuffs...both sent and received.
Ya know, I got tired just reading about your day :))

(())
Francie

nancy huggins said...

I love the cuffs..I had a pattern and was going to make some for GD and can't find it now. Maybe my friend will send it to me again
I love the pictures of you doggies so will be watching for new posts. My computer will be down Monday until I can get it hooked up again.
Have a great week end :)

Tina Eudora said...

Oh Donna the cuffs are so beautiful! You ladies are so creative!
I adore that little Fezzik he is so adorable and I think he will end up being Kes' best friend!
You are so lucky to be in the middle of "puppy days", those are great times...
Tina xo

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, I don't know where to start! So much goodness in this post! First on my heart is how wonderful your new family member is. So glad he is working out so well. He's such a little sweetie! The pieces for the lap quilt are SO beautiful! What a treasure that will be. Your cuffs are spectacular and so was the one you sent. I hope your day is wonderful! Twyla

sweetjeanette said...

Hey there my sweet friend. I thought of you today at JoAnn's in the jewelry dept. They had (pewter-looking) acorn charms!
I love the cuffs! Both yours and hers are absolutely stunning!

Michelle Palmer said...

Donna~ All three cuffs are absolutely gorgeous... creative... elegant! LOVE the color on the one you made~
Congratulations on your new little boy! Fezzik is simply adorable!
Hope you four have a fantastic weekend~
Hugs, puppy kisses, too!
Michelle

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

That Fez is adorable and I think Kes enjoys the new playmate.
I remember the schedule so well! LOL We raised miniature dachshunds for a few years and it seemed we always had puppies underfoot. I actually miss that! And Fez is so darned cute.
Oh,yeah, I like your cuffs, too. They just don't compare to that pup!
★Linda★

Brenda Kula said...

Wow, you got a new baby to love! I was busy yesterday and missed this news. I scrolled down and saw the two dogs together though.
Brenda

Shirley said...

Hi Donna, Your day made me tired, but it was such a good tired with all the excitement going on at your house. The cuffs are absolutely beautiful. I would hate to choose which I like best. Your corgi is so cute. I finally made a choice of the lap quilt, but you know what if I am lucky enough to win I would be happy with any of them. Well I need to do some more work for my craft show. I got invited to do two more, but I don't know. The reason I agreed to the one is because it is at my grandson's school. Have a great weekend. Your Missouri Friend.

Debby said...

Hi Donna, the cuffs are gorgeous and I love the pics of the puppies..I also think the cuff you created is amazing.
debby

Patty said...

the cuffs are really neat. You new addition to the family is adorable.

Sharon said...

Well I have been away from the computer for a week and look what happens. A Fezzik!!! Will you just look at those ears. With a face like that he shall be very very very spoiled. Ow I just want to get my hands on him. So cute. Teddy says to tell Handsome short legs work quite well. He can beat our UPS driver to his truck with seconds to spare. LOL
Congratulations to Fezzik for picking the right family!

Michele said...

I don't understand how you find time care for puppies and exercise, and work and make gifts and do ALL that you do, and still manage to blog about it. you're amazing.

i love the cuff you made btw. just gorgeous!

Michelle May said...

Love those cuffs! Oooooooo la la!!!
Glad the kiddo is being a good boy and sleeping through the night.
Have I mentioned how much I love him???
xx, shell

Faerie Moon Creations said...

First, the cuffs you received are BEYOND beautiful! And the one you created for your partner is equally as lovely.

And I'm so sorry that I must have missed a post. Your corgi is TOO TOO TOO cute! Fezzik is quite the charmer. :) Congratulations! Theresa

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I've been sick and just catching up this evening on past blogs of yours ~ What an adorable new addition to your family to go with precious Kes!!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

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