Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thankful Thursday ~ You Always Make Our Day!

Happy Thursday everyone!

R-Chee & I are so excited to share these fabulous photos our cutie patootie friends have just shared with us!

They warmed our hearts & made us smile from ear to ear as they model their new sweater vests for us today!

Meet Tallulah Cornbread from Texas in our first photo!

Her mom Jenn S., just loves her to pieces and picked the perfect colors for her!

Millie and her sister are doing the happy dance in their new sweater vests!

Photo courtesy of Alexa P., WA

Pearl loves her new sweater vest that her mom Sue T., in NY just got for her!

George loves his Barkclava and Dog Sweater Vest Set!

Royal Blue hat / Lime trim / Aqua bobble

Photo courtesy of Chris T.,MA

...and last but not least our dear friend Tweedles is playing in her backyard in OR with her moms in her Forget Me Not Sweater Vest & Barkclava Dog Hat Set too today!

Thank You so much for sharing your wonderful photos with all of us!

You have all warmed our day and hearts with these fabulous photos!

Thank you so much for sharing your joy with us!

We love you and love making your Sweater Vests for you!

I have lots of sweater vests available as Ready to Ship Sweater Vests in my Etsy Shop today!

If they are sold out or you do not find the colors and sizes you would like, No Problem!

I am thrilled to make you any color combination that you choose!

Please let me know if you would like me to make you a custom Woofie Warmer, Barkclava Dog Hat or Sweater Vest.

You can make up your own color combos or...

You can see all the possibilities anytime in :

The Sweater Vest Gallery at

The Woofie Warmer Gallery at


The Barkclava Gallery at

I am happy to make any color combos you would like and now also make Smile, Love & Peace Squad Badges in my Etsy Shop that you can add to any Sweater Vest, Hat or Neck Warmer!

How Fun!


Melissa & R-Chee

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tunisian Crochet Pug Doll Up Close & Personal

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful birthday wishes for Archie yesterday!

He had a wonderful day all because of you! :)

He got a bunch of new yummy toys that he cannot wait to show you on Friday!

Today I want to show you a closer view of the new Tunisian Crochet pug doll I made for him.

This is the second project I have created with this new craft I am totally enjoying! Here is the first project I made with all the links to how you can get started too if you would like!

I just love the look of the stitches of the first stitch I have learned so far... the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

The Tunisian Crochet technique is perfect for creating flat work so I made up a pug doll for Archie using Tunisian Crochet for the body and single crochet stitches for all of the limbs, ears, birthday hat and facial features.

I free formed the shapes for all of features and sewed them on after the pug body was complete, sewn and stuffed.

It was so FUN to make it up as I went and watch him come to life!

The glass eyes came all the way from Germany!

Melanie found them on!

She just made these two amazing fully jointed mohair bears!

I think they put the perfect final touch to his puggy face and the wonderful bears!

They come in all sorts of sizes and are very affordable!

Ta Da!

I just love how he turned out and he was so FUN to make for my Archie!

Happy Birthday little boy!

We are so lucky to have you!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Archie! ~ 2 on Twosday!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today is a very Happy Day!

I am here to wish R-Chee a Happy Birthday!

He is 2 today!

Oh R-Chee...

Come out! Come out! Where ever you are!

I have a Birthday Treat for you!

Here I am!


A Treat! A Treat!

Are you my Treat?

You look delicious!



You are sweet ...

I want Sweets!

I want...



Ice Cream




Oh Yes R-Chee!

Those are coming with my song!


Your momma and Dad are lighting the candles right now!

No worries little man!

You will have a big party and all of your friends are invited!

Now for your song...

Happy Birthday to you...



Little stuffed friend!

Let's wait to sing until they light the candles so I can blow them out!

Ok Dokey!

I will practice my my song while you practice your puckering! :)


Now that he is distracted I will grab that Treat he brought for me!

I must fill my tummy with sugar before I fill my lungs with air!

Tee Hee!


We are having a party and you are all invited!

The door is open and there is cake & ice cream for everyone!

Let's celebrate together that I am 2 Today!

I am so lucky to have all of you!

I cannot wait to see you!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Fun Recipe for the Whole Family! ~ Smiling Spuds

Smiling Spuds

I N G R E D I E N T S:

1 Russet potato 
1 egg
1 Cupcake or Muffin Tin
Your favorite grain or rice to decorate faces. 

 (I used Black Rice. :) )

I N S T R U C T I O N S:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Microwave potato 5-7 minutes until soft enough to scoop out center.
Cut about 1/3 of top off. 
Scoop centers out of both side of potato. 
Place large side of hollowed out potato in cupcake or muffin tin and let cool a bit.
When cool, crack in egg.
Place top back on potato.
Bake in oven for about 20 minutes. 
Allow to cool to room temperature, wrap in tin foil and refrigerate for several hours.
Slice the potato with a sharp knife to reveal the perfectly baked egg in the center.
Decorate smiley faces with your favorite edible (dog safe) items. I used Black Rice. :)

Packed with wholesome protein & smiles!

Archie loves them! 4 Paws Up!

R-Chee loved his smiling snack, and I made a whole one for Fred for dinner. :)

This was a FUN recipe that I just made up!

You can be creative with your Smiling Spuds!

Think about all of the possibilities!

You can serve them hot or cold!

 Mash them up with avocado or mayo to make an egg & potato salad for a tangy side dish!

Please let me know if you make some!

I would love to get your reviews!

Melissa & R-Chee

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Funnies ~ Laundry Day! ~ Folding 101

Happy Friday Everyone!
Today I learned how to fold laundry and put it away!
The first step is to take the clean clothes out of the basket.

The next thing you do is sort the shirts, pants, and socks so that they can be folded and paired up. :)

I seem to be stuck on this part.
Sorting means you have to put down the first sock to find the second one!
I think this one needs a bit more chomping examination so I know which one to get!
I'll be there in a second mom...
Nom Nom Nom!

If I chew really fast, I mean work really hard, I should be done with the laundry by dinner!

What FUN things do you have planned for this weekend?
Please leave me a note and let me know!
I think my mom and dad my be going sock shopping! :)
The Happy Helper

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ollie's Magical Mandala!

Hi Everyone!
It is me...
Cousin Ollie!
I am so excited & honored that I can barely finish my breakfast this morning!
My mom, Auntie Melanie, said I could write a guest post today for R-Chee who is helping his momma fold some laundry right now.
He will show you his smooth moves tomorrow for his Friday Funnies post! :)
Today, I get to show you the magical mandala that my friend Marianne in the Netherlands painted of me!

Look at all of the little me's!
They are so beautiful!
Thank you Auntie Marianne!
You have made my whole month!
Tee Hee!
What FUN things do you all have planned for today?
Please leave R-Chee & me a note and let us know!
We cannot wait to hear all about it!
Cousin Ollie
(The adorable & colorful guest blogger :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pug Notes Newsletter - Winter 2013

Happy Wednesday everyone!
R-Chee & I are so excited to let you know that...
The Pug Notes Newsletter ~ Winter 2013 is now online for your reading pleasure!
It is jam packed with fun news, photos, events, recipes, customer photos and more!
Come and meet Scooter & Humphrey from AU & dozens of gorgeous puggies from all over the world in the Meet The Pugs section!

I am excited to introduce 3 new embellishments in my Etsy Shop that you can add to any Sweater Vest, Hat or Neck Warmer!

How Fun!

This issues recipe: Smiling Spuds is nutritious and deeelicious!

...and we even found a FUN Heart Shaped Carrots tutorial to share with you!
Play with your Food & make any meal for your family of 2 and 4 footed love ones feel extra loved and special all year long!
Tootsie is guaranteed make you smile while she takes a nap on her new 24 x 30 Dog Bed (Pug Design A68) her mom Traci R. got for her!
This is only a preview of what you will find. :)

The complete Winter 2013 Newsletter is available here for you to enjoy so please click through when you have time.
If you would like a copy of the Newsletter to be emailed to you every quarter, please just email me anytime or sign up in the green outlined box at the top left corner of the blog. :)

I would also love to feature your pugs and recipes in the upcoming newsletters so please send them anytime you want to!

Melissa & Archie