Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Funnies ~ R-Chee's Temper Tantrum!



Happy Friday everyone!

It is me... 
R-Chee!

Today I thought I would try out a new tactic on helping us doggies get more of what we all want...

Food!

Here I am throwing a TEMPER TANTRUM until I get what I want!

I will let you know how this goes over as soon as my momma's new batch of Shepherd Pies comes out of the oven! :)




Here is the recipe just in case you want your pawrents to make some of these tasty morsels at your house too!



Shepherd's Pie

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

1/2 lb ground turkey, beef or chicken
1/8 cup milk
5 small potatoes
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup shredded carrots

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

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop potatoes into quarters and boil for about 20 minutes until soft.
Drain pot and mash with milk until creamy.  Set aside.
Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick spray and squish a meatball sized portion into the bottom of each muffin tin.
Sprinkle with peas and carrots.
Scoop a layer of mashed potatoes on top and bake for 20-25 minutes until meat is cooked and potatoes are lightly browned.

Storage:  Refrigerate or freeze unused portions.






Update:

Operation Temper Tantrum failed!

Momma did not reward this behavior!

She just put ear plugs in!

So I thought I would try this... Being adorable!




... and it worked!

Yippeeeee!

Yummy!

Nom! Nom! Nom!

Moral of the story... 
You can attract more bees with honey than vinegar!


Here I am blowing kisses to you!

* Meat and potatoes flying out of puggy's munching mouth*

Have a Super Duper Weekend everyone!

xoxoxoxo
R-Chee

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thankful Thursday ~ Friends Sharing Smiles


Happy Thursday everyone!

R-Chee & I were smiling from ear to ear when we received these wonderful new photos of puggies enjoying their variegated sweater vests!

We could not wait to share them with you!


Meet El Guapo!

He is a special puggy at the Smushie Ranch in CA!

He came to them all the way from Hawaii and loves his new vest in his favorite tropically citrus colors!



... and these wonderful puggies, The Gawthorp Pug Pack, Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney, from IL are meeting the Easter Bunny today in their bright and festive outfits!

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


and

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!

xoxoxox

Melissa & R-Chee


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Gotcha Day R-Chee!



Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today is a very special day at the Langer house!

Today is R-Chee's 2nd Happy Gotcha Day!

I cannot believe we picked him up 2 years ago already!

Time sure flys when you are having FUN!



Archie inspires me everyday and always makes me smile!

He is a true gift with a kiss from over the rainbow on his forehead! :)



Fred and I love him with all of our hearts!


Today is a very special day indeed!

We are soooo lucky to have my sweet Archie!

xoxox
Melissa

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Peaceful Pugs ~ Love without Words


Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am so excited to show you my newest pug painting that I just finished!

I titled it...

Peaceful Pugs

It shows the LOVE pugs show us everyday without any words needed. :)

I took photos all the way through my painting process to reveal them springing to life from sketch to the final painting. :)




















I just LOVE how it turned out!

Each painting I do is special to me.

I just never know who will appear or what wisdom they will share.

This painting reminds me the important life lesson that... 

Our actions speak louder than words.

Show someone how much you love them with a kind gesture today.

It will be felt in their hearts and remembered in their minds more than words can say.

xoxoxox
Melissa & R-Chee


Monday, March 25, 2013

Sneak Peek at my Spring Projects!


Happy Monday everyone!

I have some FUN sneak peeks for you today!

I have been busy crafting this weekend during our Spring snow storm!

We got about 10" of snow here in Boulder!

I LOVE Snow Days!


R-Chee and I have lots of projects on all of our studio tables!
Besides drawing & painting some new pugs for you to enjoy, I am working on two fiber art projects this Spring!

The first one is making 56 crochet granny circles to sew into window treatments for R-Chee's Pug Cave!

They are so relaxing to make in the afternoon's and the evening is devoted to my retro mushroom rug hooking that will decorate the pug cave wall!



What projects are you doing inside and outside this Spring?

Please leave us a note and tell us all about them!

We cannot wait to hear!

It is so FUN sharing our favorite things with each other!

Thank you for always playing with us!

Have a super day everyone!

xoxoox
Melissa & R-Chee

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Funnies ~ Look Deep into my Eyes!

 
Happy Friday everyone!
 
It is me...
R-Chee
 
While my momma is busy in the studio, I have been learning how to hypnotize her!
 
I want to cast a spell on her so that she will feed me more and think it is of her Free Will!
 
The first lesson I learned is that you have to get your subject to look deep into your eyes and concentrate and relax.
 
That is not actually as easy as it sounds since everytime my momma does this, she smiles and gives me a big hug and a kiss!
 
She never just sits still for one minute!
 
The 2nd thing I learned is a very important lesson...
 


Do not practice hypnotizism on yourself in the mirror!
 
It makes you very, very sleepy and you may even sleep right through dinner like I did after this practice session!
 
Oh My!

 
 
Oh well... maybe I will try some other technique to get more treats...
 
Like wiping peanut butter on my momma's cheek and then slurping it off.
 
Yummy!
 
What FUN things do you have planned for the weekend?
 
Please leave me a note and let me know!
 
I cannot wait to hear all about them!
 
xoxoxo
R-Chee
 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pug Notes' Quarterly Newsletter ~ Spring 2013




Happy Thursday everyone!
 
R-Chee & I are so excited to let you know that...
 
The Pug Notes Newsletter ~ Spring 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 George from MA & dozens of gorgeous puggies from all over the world in the Meet The Pugs section!
 
 

The dinner bell is ringing in R-Chee's Test Kitchen!
 
He made you a batch of his Shepherd's Pies in yummy bite sized portions!
 




 
I am excited to introduce the monogram badges in my Etsy Shop that you can add to any Sweater Vest, Hat or Neck Warmer!


 How Fun!
 
 
 
 
... and I have new pug paintings and products to show you in the What's New section!




This is only a preview of what you will find. :)
 

The complete Spring 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!

xoxoxox

Melissa & Archie

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fun Finds ~ Freshening Up Favorite Places!


Happy Wednesday everyone!

It is me...
R-Chee!

I am here reporting from my favorite room in the house!

The Kitchen!

Guess what?

My mom just found a combo of her 3 favorite things at TJ Maxx and she is so excited!

Containers + Color + On Sale!



Look at our neat new Tea and Coffee Station!

She just found these colorful boxes to hold her loose leaf green tea and dad's coffee at more than 50% off!

She just loves how it turned out!

It is so FUN to refresh places you see and use everyday with new colors and textures.

It makes them all brand new again!

That is what SPRING is all about!

New colors, smells, flowers and leaves are popping up everywhere she looks!



My mom is so funny!

The smallest things make her happy!

Melanie just got us this wonderful little fabric ball that is hand embroidered with my name on it!

She put it next to her pug doll and voila... now it is ME!


and she found these yellow corduroy and green velvet pillows at Nordstrom Rack in the clearance bin!

They were the last 2 and only $7.97 each!



WoW!



They really brightened the room and her day!

What new things have you found lately that brighten your day?

Please leave us a note and let us know!

We cannot wait to hear all about them!

xoxox
R-Chee & Melissa


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

1st New Pug Painting of 2013 ~ Black Pug (A85)


 
Happy Tuesday everyone!
 
R-Chee & I are so excited to show you my 1st new painting of 2013! 
 
I think I will name the painting after R-Chee + he was painted on St. Patty's Day...
 
Meet Lucky Charm!
 

I snapped some photos of him for you as I painted him for you to see him spring to life...










 Ta Da!
 
That was FUN!
 
Yay!

More puggies are sketched and will appear soon right before our eyes.

I never know who they will be, but they always make me smile and are a joy to share with you.

This little black puggy is Pug Design A85 on Pug Notes and Dog Art Studio and is now available on all of my products for you to enjoy!

Please contact me anytime with any questions, comments or feedback!

I always love to hear from you!
 
xoxoxo
Melissa & R-Chee

Monday, March 18, 2013

Crochet Granny Circles ~ 2nd Change Purse Project


Happy Monday Everyone!

R-Chee feels like he is running in circles after we made this cute little change purse this weekend.

He is feeling happily dizzy just like when he does when playing his favorite game...


Catch R-Chee's Tail!


He loves to spin and spin and try and catch it! :)



This is my second change purse project and it was just as FUN to do as the 1st one I showed you last week

I made a Granny Circle for this one using this free pattern for a Granny Owl Ornament but I did not make the head. :)


I made two different color combos  using some scrap wool yarn from my stash for the front and back and lined it with a coordinating cotton fabric.

I purchased the metal change purse frame on etsy from MeiMeiWhiteCross .
It was super easy to hand sew it onto the frame to complete the project. :)




Ta Da!

I just love how it turned out!

That was FUN!

In fact, it was so much FUN that I am working on 56 more circles to make into a window treatment for the Pug Cave for Archie!

It will take me a few weeks to complete so stay tuned for photos soon!

I also have some new pug paintings planned for the coming weeks!

...and the Pug Notes' Spring Newsletter that is jam packed with a great recipe, new Meet the Pugs photos and new products for you to enjoy! :)

It is busy, busy here in the studio and I am having a ball!

I cannot wait to be able to share all of the new creations with you soon!

What neat things are you working on?

Please leave us a note and let us know!

We cannot wait to hear all about them!

xoxoxo
Melissa & R-Chee