Saturday, March 28, 2015

10 years- pattern giveaway

To celebrate 10 years of blogging and for having 50+ followers on my blog, I wanted to have a giveaway. They are just fun to do!

I wanted to do a pattern giveaway so that anyone regardless of where they live could enter, but couldn't decide on which pattern to do.

So, I'll let you choose. Any pattern whether it be sewing, knitting, crocheting or whatever kind that can be purchased online as a pdf (no shipping required) up to $10 is eligible. You can choose one pattern worth $10 or a couple totalling that amount. You choose!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what pattern(s) you want, where I can buy it and how to reach you.

It's important that you leave a way for me to contact you. Believe it or not, but I've had people enter and I have no way to reach them, so they forfeit the prize. :-(

I moderate my comments to keep spammers out so if you don't see your comment right away, don't worry. It will show up.

I will choose the winner on April 5th.

Until next time!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Training Missy part two

Another part of training Missy was teaching her to not bolt out the door when we were going in or out. She's funny in that even if she is sound asleep if she hears me unlock the door she is wide awake and in my chair wanting to go with me. (Unless she is super tired.) She whines a bit if Nick leaves, but she will howl and put up a bigger fuss if I leave her.

We had taken her in the car the other day and I had to go someplace and poor Nick had to listen to her howl and bark her head off. So, we don't take her too many places. She really doesn't like to ride in the car much though she is getting more used to it. However she especially hates it if one of us leaves her alone. She does do well on Bach rescue remedy. She knows where I keep them and stands up to get the drops. I need to order more. I've also given her the Mimulus remedy for seperation anxiety.

Now she is fine being outside by herself. Doesn't care whether or not I'm with her but not if she's separated anytime else. Which is weird to me.

We've taught Missy to sit, lie down and give a high five so far. She seems eager to please and I plan to teach her many more tricks! Freddie knows how to shake, sit, and lie down. He's been feeling a little neglected lately, but I try and give him attention every day that he shows up.

In the afternoon, if I notice she is being snarly to Cooper I'll bring her inside for a nap. She is just like a kid who doesn't want to take a nap. She fidgets and makes little grumpy sounds. All I have to do is put in her tape (yes, she has one!) yawn loudly a few times and she is out in five minutes. And asleep for three hours. Then it's back to playing outside.

She is a lot of fun. Glad we got her!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Project bag

It measures about 9 inches long and 2.5 inches tall.

Yarn stash

The bottom row is Plymouth encore.
The three small green skeins are unknown.

The red and purple is 100% wool. I think they both will felt.

Training Missy part one

I'd never housetrained a puppy before and frankly didn't think I was up for the challenge. But when we found out that our friends couldn't keep Missy, we asked if we could have her. They said yes as long as they could have visitation rights. :-)

When we first got Missy, I would feed her and watch her closely afterwards. Then I'd take her outside about every twenty minutes to "potty outside". Each time she would go I'd praise her excessively and sometimes give her a treat.

By the end of her first day with us, she seemed to have gotten it. She goes to the door when she has to go. We ask her each time, "Do you need to go outside?" And if she does she'll bump her nose on the door. She has gone twice in the house in the past month we've had her. Both times she told me she had to go, but I missed her signals. I think it's important if you're going to have a puppy to stay close to them to learn their signals. I never make a big deal when she has an accident. I just clean up the mess. Show her the area and say no in a firm voice and that's it.

A friend recommended these to me. Pet tablets. You dissolve one in a spray bottle. I'm quite impressed. It gets the smell out as well as the stain. I use it for laundry stains as well.

We got her a leash early on because I wanted her to get used to one. We haven't gone on walks yet except around the yard and she doesn't try to chew the leash anymore. It helped that I dabbed some orange oil on it because at first she did chew on it.

I've noticed she is very private about going number two. If I praise her while she's going or even talk to her she will usually stop or try to hide. The best purchase I've made was to buy her an extendable leash. I've been using it for her nighttime potty breaks and she seems to like it. She can go off and be "far away" while she does her business, yet I don't have to worry about her running off after a skunk or something.