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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Time Fun ~ A New Little Change Purse

Happy Monday everyone!

R-Chee & I had FUN this weekend making this little change purse that is just like the one I made last year!

I felt like making something fast and fun for Melly and I had an open afternoon, a purse frame and her favorite colors right in my yarn and fabric stash! :)

Ta Da!

I just love how it turned out and I just gave it to her this morning and she loved it too!


What FUN things did you do this weekend?

Please leave us a note and let us know!

We cannot wait to hear all about it!

Melissa & R-Chee

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Color is Bursting Inside and Out!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Color is bursting everywhere this time of year inside and out!

The Colorado mountain and hill sides are popping with wildflowers!

R-Chee & I are having so much FUN finishing up a crewel embroidery that I started many years ago with Emmitt by my side!

Now my Archie gets to help me too!

We are making this into a new piece with wool leaves added in and different a interesting way to mount it that is floating in my head.

I will be able to share the finished pieces with you soon!

What FUN things are you up to today?

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

We cannot wait to hear!

Melissa & Archie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Funnies ~ The Pug Herder :)

 Happy Friday everyone!

It is me...

Have you ever tried to herd a pug?

I thought it might be a quite a challenge...

But, as it turns out... it is really quite easy!

All you have to do is get behind them and run! :)

It turns out, puggies are not as complicated as I thought!

I think Archie will make a very good minion ...
Don't you?


Here is a movie I made of my first training session with R-Chee...

He is a fast learner!

Next I will get him to hoover up all the peas and grains and noodles I dropped from eating my breakfast this morning...



Kiss Kiss everyone!

Have a wonderful day!

I think mine is off to a great start!

What else should I get R-Chee to do for me as my personal minion?

Please leave me a note and let me know!

I would love to hear your ideas!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 ~ New Product ~ Ceramic Banks

Happy Wednesday everyone!

As promised on Monday, here is my 2nd new product for you to enjoy!

They are great for anyone who needs a safe spot to drop their change from their pockets!

The banks are also the perfect gift for anyone going away to school!

You can fill them with quarters to give them to do their laundry on campus so they will not have to bring it home every weekend! :)

I keep mine in the laundry room to empty out our pockets before any load is dropped in the washer so our loose change does not get mixed into the machine!

The banks even come with its own guard dog built right in!

You can add any of my 100+ pug or dog paintings to your bank!

The bank's design is wonderful!

Your fortune is easily retrieved by taking the rubber stopper out of the bottom of the bank!

Please visit my website if you would like more details and to choose from the over 100+ pug and dog paintings you can put on your bank.

Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions.

I am always here and happy to hear from you!

Melissa and Archie