Vino & Vango Dog Painting Party

Official Beach Dog Class Photo

Vino & Vango in Springfield sponsored an evening of painting your dog (or your cat if you are of that persuasion) and here is our class portrait. That’s me with the Alaskan Malamute in the back. Amazing how the dogs turned out! All of them looked really good! This was a fundraiser for Greenhill, so there were a couple of Greenhill folks there with dogs ready for adoption. All in all it was a really fun evening. (And a good deal of the thanks goes out to Wanda who bought me dinner and a beer right before the event! Thanks Wanda! I’m pretty sure that beer really loosened up the ‘ol paintbrush!)

Cat Quilt

Beverly's Cat Quilt
Beverly's Cat Quilt

Meow! What a great cat quilt! Beverly made this quilt, thought she would get around to quilting it, but never did. She did bind it however. So when I got it, it was all put together, but not quilted. No problem! While I cannot guarantee there will not be any wrinkles on the back when I put it on my frame and quilt it, I certainly am always willing to try. It was a bit dicey around the edges as there was nothing but the binding to hold onto, but not to worry, it all worked out in the end.

I did some curls in the middle, along with some cat tails on one cat in each row. Around the fence border I did some straight stitching. Then in each of the corners I did a cat paw; I was quite happy with the result if I do say so myself! Using a variegated thread (except for the cat paws which I did in a kelly green thread) really tied the whole things together.

Happy quilting!

Alaskan Malamute Puppy Loves Water!

Willow is wet!
Willow is wet!
I like the water...he, he, he!
I like the water...he, he, he!

OK, this is a new one for us. Our previous two Mals didn’t like the water. And when i say “didn’t like” what I really mean is howled like all-get-out when bath time came. Puddles on the street were to be avoided. Rivers? Lakes? No way. But now, our little Willow comes along and absolutely loves the stuff. It doesn’t seem to matter where the water comes from: the hose, the shower, the sky, a stream, a lake….it’s all good.

Guess who is buying a kiddy play pool soon? When the hot weather comes, and even in Oregon it does come eventually, Willow will need a little cold, wet spot of her own in the backyard!