Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crazy Quilting Fingers and the Death of a Pillow

Hello there, here is it the middle of September.  I guess I am your calendar today.   Now I have two things to cover today.  Well many things of two subject.  Our wonderful Crazy Quilting and the death of a pillow. 

So hang on this post goes on and on for a while.  Maybe a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa or a hot toddy?

We have a no kill shelter here for furbabies of all kinds.  Even a horse and a goat.  Mainly dogs and cats that people drop off as unwanted garbage.  Even some that have been so abused and shot, yes shot that limbs have had to be amputated. It is not a pretty picture but unfortunately so true.

I thought I can help, not so much as the manual work anymore,  somehow Mother Nature has a play in it-we love you Mother Nature.   BUT if there is a will there is a way right?  

I have so fallen in love with Crazy Quilting and thought why not create some Crazy Quilted cell phone/sun glass pouches/cases and sell them and allllllllllllllllll the proceeds go to Haven here in Lubbock?  So that is what I did. So far I have sold 3 and so excited.  At first I wanted to donate it all for a furbaby out at Haven that had no back legs.  Someone so injured her with a gun that her legs had to taken away.  I wanted to get her one of the little carts with wheels.  Well they have purchased her one of the little carts.  So they are always looking for "stuff' for the babies so just will donate all of the funds from me and y'all.  

Just wanted to show some of the pouches.  Here they are then the death of a pillow coming.   : )  Here are a few of them  Hope you enjoy seeing them as I have creating them. 

                                                                This beauty is sold.

The wings and little butterfly here are from Little snippets in Ireland.   Thank you Geraldine

This tree Faerie is sold also.
Fayette is sold also

This a few of the hand drawn by myself and then created into a silkie/ciggie to play on my work.   Now not to sound like an advertisement they are at my Etsy shop Art of Annette.
Now for the pillow death.  
As you might remember we lost our precious Jewel, sweetest full blooded dog ever.  We miss her terribly and have a giant hole in our heart.  Well our sweet Libby missed her also.  Just hung around with no life in her at all.  We thought we have to adopt another fur baby, surely that will perk that baby up and she can live the rest of her life with some playful antics. 
We went to Haven and found no one that we thought would be compatible with  Libby.  To the pound we went.  There were barking and lunging dogs and thought oh my goodness we can't do this.  So went home and thought about it and then went back to the pound.  In the first cage with the bigger dogs was this sweet black non barking baby.   We thought non barking while all the others are going nuts?  Oh my.  We took him out to the little area where you get to know them.  He was so happy and we took him back to his cage.   We went back and got Libby to meet him to see if they would gel together and get along.   Libby is the Queen here at our home.    They did get along  and adopted we did.  Libby has a new  boy toy named Charlie.
Now they said he was 2-3 years old.  Nope don't think so,  maybe 1 1/2 years.  This guy has springs in his legs and oh loves to play.  We thought he might be to rough for Libby.  She is 9 now and a rescue fur baby also.  We call them 100% dog. Libby is Brittany  Spaniel and Australian Shepard.  Now Charlie is Border Collie mix.  Only his mother knows what the other part is. We are all mixed breed. 100% human.  
Libby and Charlie the cone head here.  He has slipped thru the cracks and still had his boys. 

Playing all the time,  He loves it and Libby does not lay around all the time now. 

We have several places in our enclosed sunroom-AKA dog house they can share.  It has a heater and air conditioner so they are very comfy.  
A lot of movement in this pic but they are watching Hubby for one of the most favorite times of the day.  We feed them twice a day. 

He has their full attention.  Libby gets special food she has allergies, gotta spoil these babies.
Lots of play time.  Now when Charlie wants to play and Libby does not, she lets him know in a not shy way.  They play like this several times a day and giving Libby new life.  Her boy toy .

He loves the Frisbee,  he goes and gets it and brings it back just not where we are.  He will learn.

Now this treasure of a toy.  At the pound he loved it so we forced ourselves at Petsmart to get him one.  Oh he works it over let me tell you.  His prize and he hides it so Libby won't get it.

Here is Charlie, there was a pretty pillow on this chair but I guess it fought him on who gets on this chair.  Sadly the pillow lost and gave it's life so Charlie could rock on this chair.  The pillow did have blue stuffing but not any more.

Sharing here.  Now we did have a pretty cotton rug on the floor of the sun room.  There are parts of it now so I guess another item gave it's life to Charlie.  Libby just sat and watched and thought silly dog you are going to get into trouble.  We have a doggie door as you can see in the background, he would not go thru it.  So we tried the taping of the door open with nothing in front of it.  That worked.  Next step is to tape a towel in front of it.  That worked.  The next step is go thru without the towel and the door closed.  That does not work.  No sir eeeeee.   Nope, nada nothing.   Even with his food bowl outside.  Lots of jumping and flipping but nothing. 
We are going to keep trying, he is so smart so surely he can get that little simple trick.   Oh he does bark in the sunroom and when Libby goes out with him we will venture out with the bark. We have no Dragons in our yard at all.  Charlie keeps them out and we can sleep at night.  
There you go.  I hope you enjoyed it for a few minutes.
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.


  1. Hi Annette. You are lovely. What a fabulous idea to sell the pouches. your new baby is wonderful. I'm a real sucker for animals especially cats! Did you hear about the fire we had at a dogs' refuge here in the UK? More than 50 dogs were killed, and they were the ones that had already been adopted and were waiting for their new families to collect them. The awful thing is that it was arson. A 15 year old boy has been arrested, although he denies everything. Unfortunately he was the victim of an unprovoked dog attack a few months ago, so that could have been a motive. His identity wasn't officially disclosed, but of course people soon found out and now he and his family have received masses of death threats and they've had to go into protective care. On the upside people donated over £1 million in the first 2 days, and Simon Cowell is sending all the rescuers on an holiday.I know he can afford it but I think it was nice of him. He's dog crazy! It brought home to me the difference between people and how they react to things. I don't like the death threats, but my first reaction was to wish incredibly nasty things would happen to the boy. I regret that now, as he hasn't been found guilty yet. Some of the rescuers were incredibly brave! About 250 dogs survived.
    Anyway just wanted you to know that I love your work (as usual), especially the tree faerie. It's very noisy here. We're having a whole new kitchen installed. Yesterday they ripped the old one out and today the electricians are here completely rewiring. It's going to take about a fortnight, so we'll be having a lot of pub lunches (shame, lol!) Blessings

  2. Lucky Charlie that he found you and you found him. Hope he figures out that doggie door! All your pouches are gorgeous--you are a star at crazy quilting!!

  3. Resue dogs are the best! I always say they are grateful for being rescued from Doggy Jail. My Bosco is 1 year now and he plays hard with 1 year Tyson. Junior is 10. Bosco loves Junior. They don't play, but Bosco loves to hang out with Junior. Tyson is scared to death of Junior. So goes the dog world ~lol~

    Beautiful pouches and a lovely idea and purpose.
    xx, Carol

  4. How wonderful for all of you to get a new dog , loved seeing the photos of both of them playing around, really fill the house , don't they ! And probably told you before, but you really have the hands of a fairy, such pretty, colorful and delicate works . xoxoxo

  5. Oh Annette! I loved that story!! And I am so glad that you got Libby a buddy to hang with! I can see the difference in her smiley face already! What wonderful people you and Eldon are to share your home with these wonderful friends!! And the cases you are making are gorgeous!! Maybe you could make a small doggie quilt that the haven could raffle off? I bet that would bring in lots of $ for those babies!! You are awesome and wonderful my friend and have a huge heart of gold! I am blessed to know you and call you friend! xoxo


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