Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Busy Hands

Although the temperatures still remain high, we did get some much needed rain recently which thankfully seemed to break the high humidity.

Ollie went for his second set of puppy shots yesterday and we were so proud of him.  He took the injection like a little man, as well as all the pokes and prod-dings by the Vet.  I was holding him while he was being examined and although he did seem to tremble at times, he wasn't the least bit fidgety which really surprised us for a ten week old pup.  He got a clean bill of health and will return next month for his third and final puppy shots.  

He weighs a whopping 5.9 pounds now!  It will be three weeks on Saturday since he's come home and we've noticed a significant change in his size during that time.  

Here he is just a few minutes ago.  Do you think he has enough toys to keep him occupied?


You mean I have to share my toys with Frankie?
How many dogs do you know that get mail?  Ollie did.

This afternoon our mail lady dropped off a package addressed to Ollie from his Auntie Ter'e in Florida.



Inside we found a slew of toys for Ollie and even a catnip mouse for Frankie.  

Thanks Auntie Ter'e!  We love them all!



So while Ollie plays and naps, I try to keep my hands busy.  I finished the second stitchery design from Brownyn Hayes' Wishes quilt which you can read about here.


 
In addition, I was able to prep the last five blocks for the Comfort & Joy quilt along.  I'm doing mine in wool-on-cotton which is a technique I love.



I'm currently working on the gingerbread men block...while Ollie sitting, of course.



Although I'm not spending a lot of time at my sewing machine, I feel as though I am getting a lot accomplished.  

Ollie sitting isn't such a bad job after all!


40 comments:

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Handwork seems to be the best solution while Ollie is so young. I didn't see the inside of my sewing room for about a month after I got my little Oliver last year. Then I got a baby play yard and he spent time there while I sewed. Now he's older, he allows me to sew and he sleeps under the ironing board!

Janet O. said...

Your certainly have kept your hands busy. Those applique blocks are wonderful!
Ollie seems to have plenty of things to keep him busy, too. : )

Cotton Blossom said...

He's so sweeet! Have you considered a FFF with Ollie's likeness? I would love that, just sayin'

Heartsdesire said...

Oh, Kaaren. Ollie is such a little sweetie. What a laid-back personality he has. You certainly made the right choice when you choose him. Good to see you're keeping busy while "Ollie sitting." Your wool and applique is gorgeous.

Stephanie said...

As the saying goes...busy hands, happy heart. A furry puppy and woolie goodness. What could be better?

WoolenSails said...

He is so adorable and really filling out.
Love the pieces you have been working on, nice to do smaller things in the summer.

Debbie

Quilt Hollow said...

Ollie is just adorable!

Sandi said...

When I saw that you were doing a wool and cotton version of Comfort and Joy you inspired me to order it.

I'm now trying to decide on background and where to start.

Ollie is looking very dapper!

marina said...

lots of lovely crafting happening. Love the wool project, it's coming along great.

Lori said...

Ollie is so adorable!! Sitting and stitching while keeping an eye on him isn't too bad of a job:)

Bev said...

Ollie can come and stay with Auntie Bev any time! xoxo

Cheery wave from Bev

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sewprimitive karen said...

Ollie, you have a lot of toys lol. You must look so cute tossing them around, especially that sheep that's as big as you are!

SueB said...

I will sit for Ollie any time that you need a break. And yes Ollie you have to share your toys with Frankie..

Candace said...

Gosh - Ollie looks like one of his toys, Kaaren! His color is so pristine! So glad to hear he is a good boy at the vet - that makes a big difference! It's also quite nice that he's "encouraging" you to do so much stitching!
Cheers!

textilefiend said...

I love the Bronwyn Hayes Stitcheries. A couple of years ago I made her "Quilt for a daughter" for my daughter's 18th. There are lots of charmins stitcheries around the edges. She is quite popular here in Sydney!

Carrie P. said...

I would love to Ollie sit too. You are working on some really pretty blocks while Ollie sitting.

Mary said...

All is cute. Ollie is absolutely adorable. Love the projects your are working on. Great job. You do such beautiful things.

Ter'e said...

Glad Ollie's toys arrived all right. I knew that bright yellow envelope would not get lost!!!! You cannot beat a good KONG toy! Next time, Master Ollie will get a green froggie, just like Charley plays with.
Ollie is looking like such a big boy. He is simply precious.
Love your stitchery! WOW! Gorgeous!!!!! I need a week with you - leading me thru stitchery 101!!!!!!!

Hugs to you all,
Auntie Ter'e

Michelle said...

where can I order that pattern? Love it...love the puppy too!

Michelle

Rita said...

Ollie is just too cute! What a sweetie pie.

Pam in IL said...

Ollie is so cute and nope, he doesn't have enough toys, lol. My MIL sends mail to my dogs several times a year -- they get Valentines, Easter treats, Halloween treats, birthday presents and Christmas gifts or whatever my MIL wants to spoil them with.

Your projects look great too!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Kaaren,
Oh my goodness, I love the sitching "Home is Where the Heart is" like my blog...its beautiful!
Ollie is adorable, I am sure he is bringing you much joy.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

paulette said...

Ollie is so dang sweet!! A little powder puff of <3!! Also love your Comfort and Joy blocks...wool is definitely the way to go!! Make everything sing! :o)
P

Elzaan said...

Ollie is very brave! Well done by looking very well after him. I am sure he can't be in a better place.
Enough toys? No-one can ever have enough toys LOL!
Lovely stitchery and blocks. It does seem as if you get a lot done.

Allie said...

Oh my gosh he's so cute - I just want to give him a hug! So adorable, Kaaren. I'm glad he did so well at the vet. Your projects all look wonderful and PERFECT for Ollie-sitting!

Kris said...

Wow, is that Ollie just the cutest little white dog on the planet or what?? And who in the world can EVER have enough toys!!! And I love your hand projects!!! Ok, and what is an FFF?? :-))

Darlene said...

Oh Ollie, you are so stinkin' cute. And, look how you've grown (handsome and dapper, indeed)

Kaaren, my goodness look at your beauties. Your Comfort & Joy blocks are wonderful.

Elyte said...

Lovely work Kaaren, and thanks for the tip about the Red Brolly project. A special cuddle for Ollie too.

moosecraft said...

You certainly are getting so much accomplished while Ollie sitting! He looks like he behaves more than not... he's growing so quick too!

Teresa F. said...

You have been really busy, I'm sure ollie is taking much of your time but still you've managed to make some wonderful things. Love the stitchery and the wool applique is awesome.
Hugs,
Teresa

Deb said...

Ollie is SO cute, if I didn't already have two Doxies, I'd be looking for one just like him!

edyB said...

Just tuned in to catch up this month and was so happy to see little Ollie in all of his cuteness! What a love! I can just feel the joy ~ I'm so happy for the two of you!
Thanks for the FFF ~ another fun one ~ of course!

Keep smiling!

Siobhán said...

Awww, that little Ollie is just adorable! I love your hand projects--the embroidery looks great!

Trace4J said...

Ollie is just a sweetie.
Sheer happiness is furry ones and stitches.
Hugs & JOY to you Friend
Trace


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Merilyn said...

Glad to hear that Ollie got a clean bill of health! Yes my little dogs tremble too when we have to visit the vet, but thankfully those visits are short ones and they're racing to get out of the clinic as soon as possible!!!
Good to see you are progressing with your handwork, it's looking very nice indeed!!!!

Polly said...

Ahhhh, Kaaren, now you know one can NEVER have enough toys!!! Yogi says hi to the Youngwhippersnapper!!

EllenaElizabeth said...

Cute little fella and so brave. So many pets are freaked out by a visit to the vet. Yes, I think he has enough toys. LOL

Janet said...

I love your little guy, I have to keep saying that, lol. Love the wool applique, it looks so great.

roccagal said...

I luv the Ollie updates and your lovely handstitching Kaaren!

desertskyquilts said...

Love your wool basket!