Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Funnies ~ The Cure for a Crabby Pug

Hi everyone!

It is me...

Today is the start of a Holiday weekend!

I know I should be smiling like I always do, but today I am feeling CRABBY!

I must have woken up on the wrong side of the pug bed this morning!

My momma hates to see me cranky so she has spent the whole morning trying to make me laugh!

She has tried everything!

She blew in my ear...

Tickle torchered me...

and Blew on me again...

Boy!  I sure am making her work hard!

I think I know why I am still cranky...

Although she is doing all of the right things...

I am the only one who can make myself feel better.

It is my job to feel good so I am going to stretch and turn this frown upside down into a smile! :)

I Feel Much better now!

Thank you for trying to cheer me up momma!

I LOVE you!

I LOVE you too my Archie!

I am so glad you are feeling all better now!

We are going to all have a FUN Holiday weekend together!!!

Your dad and I have lots of great things planned to do with you!

He is lighting the grill to start the BBQ already!

We are making all of your favorite things!

Tee Hee!

What a silly boy!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

What FUN things do you have planned?

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

We cannot wait to hear!

Melissa & Archie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crewel Embroidery ~ From Wall Flower to Wildflower Garden!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I am so excited to show you my latest project that I just finished!

It is a Fiber Wildflower Garden that has been waiting to bloom for over a decade!

There is a FUN story of how it came to be!

About 10 years ago, I bought a vintage 1970's crewel embroidery kit from Ebay to learn how to embroider and create a beautiful garden all at once!

This 12 x 12 square is actually only half of the giant kit that I started many years ago.

Embroidery is a wonderful craft that takes a lot of time and attention to detail that I guess got pushed to the side as other kits, projects and paintings presented themselves in my heart and hands over the years.

While cleaning out my craft closet this Spring I found it again and saw the wonderful stitches I had started with Emmitt by my side so many years ago.

I looked at Archie and thought, what a wonderful Summer project this would be to finish the part I had started and make it into something new for our sun room.

I had an idea in my head that I wanted it to be a fiber creation that grew on a 3-D garden wall just like you would find outside.

I knew it would take more time than just the Summer to finish the whole kit, so I decided to focus on completing the half I started and cut the other part off to complete at a later time if I decided to.

Like life, when making art... there are no set rules.

Make every piece your own so that it is FUN for you to create!

My twin sister Melanie is not only an amazing fiber artist, but also a gifted gardener!

Look at her real wild flower garden!

She inspires me everyday and after seeing her living work of art, I knew just how I wanted my garden wall to look!

To combine the other fiber arts I love to do... fabric collage and crochet, I decided to add felted wool shapes cut out like leaves to finish the flowers and crochet an abstract painting along with Strings of Pearl succulents to complete my garden wall.

I wrapped the crewel embroidery around a 12 x 12 x 2 canvas and then mounted the crochet abstract fiber "painting" to a 16 x 20 x 2 burlap covered canvas.  

I hung the embroidery onto the larger canvas and then covered it with the crocheted succulents I made.

Ta Da!

This is my new fiber garden creation!

I just love how it turned out!

I found the perfect wall to hang it on that I can see from every angle and corner of the room.

It is also hanging right by the door where we go out into the backyard so it feels like you have either brought the outside back in with you or you are taking a breath of anticipation of what you might see when you go out!

I am really happy with how it turned out!

It also feels good to finish an old project that if i finished back when I bought it, would never have been made into what it is now!

How wonderful to know that everything blooms when it is supposed to in its own time!

Melissa and Archie

Friday, August 08, 2014

Friday Funnies ~ Teddy Learns to Swim!

Hi everyone!

It is me...
Archie's Corgi Cousin Teddy!

Guess what I learned to do last weekend?

I'll give you a hint...

My orange jacket is not just sporty... 

It is puffy & floaty too!

You are so smart!
You guessed it!

I learned how to Swim!

My proud mom and dad, Melly & Mark, even took video for you of my first lesson!

Ta Da!

I am so excited because I get to swim this weekend too!

Now I know the doggy paddle so I will be a corgi kicking machine!

Get ready to watch me make some waves!

My little legs may be kinda short...but they are strong!

Splish Splash!

The Dog Days of Summer are officially here!

Cousin Teddy

Monday, August 04, 2014

Pug Notes 2015 Pug & Dog Art Calendars are Here!

Happy Monday everyone!

R-Chee & I are so excited to present our 
2015 Pug & Dog Art Calendars for you to enjoy all year long!

Each one is jam packed with our colorful canine creations!

My pug & dog paintings fill each 12 month calendar that can be framed after the year is done! :)

Click here to see the Pug Art Calendar above up close!


Click here to see the Dog Art Calendar below up close with all of the details on how to order yours today!

 Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions.

R-Chee is here manning (or pugging) the phones ready to answer all of calls.

We are so excited that it is calendar season already! 

Fall is in the air and we are breathing it in! :)

What is your favorite season?

Please leave us a note and let us know!

Melissa & Archie