Ya’ll.  It’s been six months since I’ve updated this blog.  Six.  Months.

I don’t even know how to justify that.  Seriously.

It seems like finding the time to create things, take decent photos, edit the photos, write a post, and publish it is impossible.  It’s ridiculous.  I never even introduced ya’ll to Bauer!

I saw this tiny guy on the shelter’s website and I knew he had to come and live with me.  Seriously, who could resist? He’s even on a quilt!


They told me he was ten months old over the phone, which was the perfect age.  When I got to the shelter to pick him up, they brought him out to me and he was TEN WEEKS old.  How do you make that mistake!?  Between working full time, going to grad school, and running the shop I didn’t have time for a ten week old puppy who has to go out every hour!  Of course, I was madly in love with him, so I said “Come on, little dog.  Let’s go home.”


You see that smart mouth?  This little guy is always talking back.  I love it.

We had a little bit of an adjustment at first, especially when it came to my quilting WIP.


Bauer, those are Momma’s fat quarters!

But oh my word do I love this “little” guy.  The shelter told me he was a Chiweenie (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix).  There is definitely a whole lotta Dachshund in my sweet boy, but the rest is surely not Chihuahua.  For one thing, he weighs nearly 30 lbs.  I tell people that he’s “Dachshund and whatever was wandering through the neighborhood” but I am guessing the other part is Redbone Coonhound.


I can’t be sure, but I think he’s pretty happy being my baby.


Doing Good for Kona – February Progress

I was really feeling like February was not a great month for my 2013 resolution to Do Good.  It’s comforting to look back over my photos from the month and see that I did more than I remembered.

I destashed some of my vintage linens to raise some money to donate toward Cooper & Lego’s veterinary bills.  You can read the story of these two sweet pups if you like.  I even had one sweet friend donate even though she didn’t buy anything from the destash!

Again this month, I made lots of promotional “fliers” for adoption meet & greets for the Humane Society.

I had the honor of making two extra January blocks for Do. Good Stitches for Amber (Ambernoel!) was finally blessed with the baby she’s been waiting to adopt for three years.

I felt called to make a donation to FITCO Cares, the charity started by Chris Kyle, the Navy Seal who was killed attempting to help a fellow veteran with PTSD.  As a Navy and Air Force granddaughter, and a Marine Corps sister, charities serving our veterans are very close to my heart.

I ordered a bulk back of leashes and collars to be sent to the local animal shelter for use in their Dog Walk/Adopt-a-thon event

I traveled to Norfolk, VA to visit my younger brother.  While he and I were eating at a Panera, I handed my debit card to the cashier and asked her to use my card to pay for the lunch of all the sailors that came in to eat.  It was easily the most fun I had all month – seriously, if you ever get the chance, do this!  It feels amazing.

I wrote countless handwritten notes to local businesses asking them to sponsor the Humane Society’s golf tournament.  I think I’m up to about 40 notes right now.

I drove my first transport leg, carrying Lennox (who you see there riding shotgun) and two other dogs (crated in the backseat) on one stretch of their journey north to rescue organizations who were waiting for them.  The dogs were so sweet and it felt great carrying them a little closer to their new homes.

I finished another shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.  That particular one is for a 2-4 year old boy.

Volunteered at the animal shelter’s Adopt-A-Thon.  I largely did laundry – washing all those dogs before an event uses up a lot of towels!  20 dogs and 2 cats were adopted that day alone, which is HUGE for this area.  One couple even drove 200 miles to adopt one of the cats they saw on the website1

I’ve sewed one February block for Do. Good Stitches this month, and then I came down with a serious headcold, so the other two (one for me and one for Amber) will be in next month’s tally.

I’m really enjoying keeping track through pictures like this.  I think it even spurs me on to do more.



Doing Good for Kona – January Progress

I posted back at New Year’s that my Word for 2013 was Do Good, in honor of my sweet dog who did so much good for me.

I wanted to kind of wrap up the month of January with my progress, not in a prideful way but because I find it comforting to look back and know that I am honoring my sweet boy.  The photo collage above are pictures that I snapped with my phone to record them for my own sake.  Among them are:

Ordered a handmade sock bear from Etsy to be sent to a child victim of Hurricane Sandy through Craft Hope.  I wanted to contribute, but didn’t have time to make a stuffed toy myself, so I “outsourced” the crafting.

Made my first two blocks for the Trust Circle of the  do.Good Stitches charity quilt bee.

Filled three shoeboxes full of gifts for children in third world countries to be distributed through Operation Christmas Child.

Became the page manager for the Franklin County Humane Society Facebook Page (if you’re an NC local, I’d be honored if you’d visit and “like” the page).

Began creating fliers for adoption events being held by the Franklin County Humane Society.

Attended an adoption event and took photos of the dogs currently up for adoption.

Gave the toys that were meant to be Kona’s Christmas gifts to the foster dogs (that was an extremely emotional experience).

Destashed my mini charm packs from Quilt Market to raise money to help pay medical bills for two dogs that the Humane Society took on with extensive injuries.

In many ways, although I know the work that went into all this, I feel like I didn’t do enough.  I just keep reminding myself of this quote, which i love.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  Desmond Tutu

And I’ll keep on

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