Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Funnies ~ Archie Screams for Ice Cream!

Happy Friday everyone!

Can you believe it is the last day of September 2011 already?

Fall is here and I am going to celebrate it with an ice cream cone!

My mom just made me one with extra fiber!


I think chocolate yarn is safe to taste isn't it?

and it even has nuts on top!

How fun!

Gimme that! :)

It is MINE!


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! :)

Tee hee!

It is FUN being a puppy filled with too much fiber!

It makes me feel kinda bossy!

What are you doing this weekend?

Please leave me a note and let me know!

I think we will go to the local farm stand and pick out some pumpkins!



Archie Bossy Pants

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Meet Roux ~ A Fabulous French Crunchberry!

Happy Thursday everyone!


Look how cute our newest Frenchie friend, Roux, looks in her Crunchberry Sweater Vest from The Variegated Collection!


Yellow, Mustard, Hot Pink Vareigated body / Hot Pink bobbles / Hot Pink collar

Her mom, Colleen M., generously sent me these wonderful photos to add to The Sweater Vest Gallery!

Oui, Oui!

She is the cutest French Crunchberry we ever did see!

Tee Hee!

This sweater vest and many other designs are in the Etsy Shop today!

Please let me know if there is a certain sweater vest you would like me to make for you.

You can see all the possibilities anytime in The Sweater Vest Gallery at

I am happy to make a custom sweater for you anytime!

Just choose the custom sweater vest option in the Etsy Shop in your desired size, XS, S or M. :)
Archie and I are adding new sweater vests to the shop everyday!


a & m

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Pug Art Collection Additions ~ Pug Sculpture & Wool Pillow!

Happy Wednesday everyone!


My new sculpture that I ordered from Brianna Blue Studio is here!

I have a wonderful collection of Beth's work, and I now needed an Archie sculpture!

Meet Archie Bear!

The lime green was an easy choice for me to make.

Beth will love to make one for you too in any color you like!

Archie just loves him and so do I!

The final new addition I have made lately to my pug art collection is this fabulous wool pug pillow from Germany!

It is made by one of my favorite artists on Etsy MaldiMaglia

She makes all of the wool pugs I love to collect in a rainbow of colors!

He sits perfectly on my new chair from IKEA under my magic bubble scuplture!

How fun is that?

What new pug items have you added to your collection?

Please leave me a note and let me know!

I cannot wait to hear all about them!

melissa & archie

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What an Honor! ~ Blog Feature ~ Lion Bran Yarn Blog

Archie and I are so unbelieveable honored to be included on a Crafty & Creative Post on The Lion Brand Yarn Blog!

We have so much fun creating and sharing with you!

Thank you for always playing with us!

Please jump on over to the LB post today to meet the other fabulous artists featured that will keep you craving for more!

In the meantime, we are working on our bucket full of bobbles over here waiting for their window shade #2 debut!

We cannot wait to show you when it is done!


a & m

Monday, September 26, 2011

New Additions to my Pug Art Collection ~ Pug Doll & Lampwork Bead

Happy Monday everyone!

I am so excited to show you the newest additions to my pug collection!

As you all know, I love to make pug art, but I also love to collect it from all over the world!

My wonderful husband recently went into my Etsy favorites and found this fabulous pug doll I have been wanting forever!

I was so thrilled to find it on my pillow the morning of our 16th anniversary!

It is so special and goes perfectly with Emmitt's mini-me doll that means the world to me!

The second pug masterpiece I have to show you is this unbelievably cute pug lampwork bead Melanie got for me!

I have him right on my desk next to my little wooden sculpture of Emmit!

It makes me so happy to have Emmitt and Archie together all around me!

I have more new pug art in my collection to show you this week!

What is your favorite thing to collect?

Archie says his is to collect rocks!

Please leave us a note and let us know!

We cannot wait to hear all about it!


a & m

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Funnies ~ Archie the Worker Bee

Happy Friday everyone!

It is me... Archie!

I am at work with momma today!

She says I am a huge help to her by...

Snorin' to make white noise so she can concentrate!


I am good at that I tell ya!

I am also a very good pug heater, but unfortuantely, not a very good air freshner!

Tee Hee!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

What are your special talents?

Please leave me a note and let me know!

I cannot wait to hear!


Archie the Worker Bee

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ollie is IN the Office

Hi Everyone!

It is me ... Cousin Ollie!

Happy Thursday to you!

My mom, Melanie, brings me to work with her every Thursday!

I am here to take your calls!

Gotta question?

Well, I gotta an answer for everything. ;)

I'll just wait for the phone to ring...

Dooo tooo doooo...

Noooo worries...

Take yewr time furmulatin' yewr thoughts.

I get paid by the hour ... in bird seed :)

Tee Hee!


Cousin Ollie with my Octopus dollie ;)

~ Over & Out ~

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fred's Amazing Photography ~ RMNP Workshop ~ September 2011

Hi Everyone!

Fred just got back from a weekend photography workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park with John Fielder.

He had a wonderful time and created these amazing images that I could not wait to share with you.

I will let them speak for themselves...

What do they say to you?

I am so proud of Fred!

I have framed them all and have created a Fred Gallery wall!

He inspires me everyday!

Life is Art... Art is Life!



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Fiber Art Project ~ Bobble Window Shade

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am sooo excited to show you what Archie and I just made from our favorite crochet Round Ornament Pattern.

After having so much fun making our Magic Bubbles Fiber Art Sculpture, we had another idea of how to decorate our home with them!

A Window Shade!

Isn't it pretty?

We made it from a tie holder thingy we found at our new Denver IKEA while shopping there a couple of weeks ago.

There was a whole bin of them just sitting there at $8 each!

I held it up admiring the crochet covered circles all joined together complete with a hanger hook smiling with excitement.

28 circles meant I could make 28 more bobble ornaments to enjoy!



This wonderful new window shade for my bathroom!

It lets in light and provides privacy too!

My husband Fred was so impressed, he asked me to make one for the upstairs bathroom too.

You should have seen my face light up!

28 more bobbles to make!


Archie and I got started in bobble production right away!

I use Lion Brand Amazing Yarn in several of their different colorways to make the bobbles.

I love them all so I used all the ones I own.

You can pick all of your favorites or even just one ball as the colors change throughout each skein and you will have a rainbow of bobbles even by using one skein of your favorite colors!

Then when I am done making all 28 bobbles, I just sew each one inside a ring of the IKEA Tie Holder Hanger with a little stitch using white thread.

Easy Smeasy!


Looks like my bobble production partner got himself kinda sleepy!

Boooom! ZZZZZzzzzzzz


No worries!

I'll wake Archie in plenty of time before dinner! :)

What could be better than an afternoon of enjoying the new Fall breezes blowing in with a sleeping pug in my lap and my favorite yarn wrapped around my busy hands?

Fun! Fun! Fun!

If you would like to make one too, here is the free pattern for the bobble ornaments and a link to IKEA.

If your IKEA does not sell them online, check EBAY. I found several available at very reasonable prices.

What fun things are you up to today?

Please leave us a note and let us know!

We cannot wait to hear all about it!


archie & melissa

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Pug Painting ~ Winking Pug Puppy ~ A77

Happy Monday everyone!

I am so excited to show you the new Winking Pug Puppy painting I just finished!

It is my second pug painting of 2011, and it was inspired by the smiles that Archie brings us everyday! :)

I was having so much fun painting that I forgot to pull out my camera until I was almost done painting this little guy!

Here he is just before I added the finishing lines and shading...

But... If you would like to see how I create my paintings from start to finish, I have documented the process for you to enjoy.

Tee Hee!

He is so happy to meet all of you!

He is officially pug design A77, now available on my website on all of my products where you can choose the design.

Please feel free to contact Archie amd me anytime with any questions. :)

Have a super day everyone!


a & m