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Hi Everybody it’s Millie here!

Hey mom, I'm bored!

Hey mom, I’m bored!

The weather has been terrible for getting outside to play in our yard. This is the face I give my mom or dad when I want them to do something for me. Do you think they can make it snow so we can play in the white fluffy stuff?

We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

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We are also joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you some baby rattles I made recently. I haven’t been able to let you see my recent crochet creations because I have mainly been working on some things for a baby shower for my niece. The shower was the weekend after New Year’s day so now I can show you what I’ve been making.

This week I will show you the rattles I made and in upcoming Hookin on Hump Day installments I will show you the other items I made including an afghan. I wanted to make a rattle to go with the afghan and I found a cute pattern in one of my magazines, Crochet! Presents Gifts to Go – Spring 2013.

Butterfly Kiss Rattle

Butterfly Kiss Rattle

The afghan is made in the sage green color that is the body of the butterfly and I picked other yarn colors that would go well with it. All the yarn for the butterfly is Bernat Satin. The secret of how to make the rattle make noise was as simple as a cat toy (as described in the pattern instructions).

This is what makes noise in the rattle.

This is what makes noise in the rattle.

These come in a package of four so I had three left over and I didn’t know what I would do with them. I thought I might make a few more butterflies and donate them somewhere but just before Christmas I received a text message from my sister (the grandma to be) with the following picture attached and the message, “Liz just sent me this…apparently hinting!”

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My sister is a very accomplished knitter but she doesn’t crochet and since these were crochet she figured I might be able to make them. Luckily I had already finished everything I was planning on making for the shower but just couldn’t resist adding these too, after all I had three left over cat toys to use for something. I went to the website where you can purchase this set, hoping to find a pattern to purchase, but of course there wasn’t one. Thanks to the Google Machine I was able find free patterns for all the veggies. The next thing I did was check my stash of yarn and was happy that I had all the colors I would need for all four veggies.

Veggies anyone?

Veggies anyone?

I used worsted weight yarn in a variety of brands from Redheart Super Saver to Caron One Pound. I wanted to use worsted weight to make sure the rattles were big enough to fit the balls inside. For those that might be interested I will let you know where I found all the patterns.

As usual I didn’t follow the patterns exactly in some places. One in particular was the tomato that called for you to sew some yarn around the outside of it to make indentations to look more like a tomato. I didn’t think that would be safe for little hands so I omitted it. I also didn’t like the way the stem and leaves on the tomato were made and modified it to be crocheted more like the eggplant stem was made.

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To finish the project I also went into my stash to whip up the little market bag to put the toys in. I’ve made enough bags now that I can practically do them in my sleep. I just had to figure out how big to make it.

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I also added a lining just to keep all the seams neat. If you have been keeping count you realize that I had only 3 cat toys left for my rattle inserts but made 4 more rattles. Before I started my last veggie, the tomato, I asked Charlie if we had any empty film canisters around. Being former Kodak employees and film users it wasn’t hard to find one.

Not my picture but this is what I used.

Not my picture but this is what I used.

Next thing I did as go to the junk drawer (doesn’t every house have one of these?) and pull out a couple of lock washers.

Also not my picture but this is what I used.

Also not my picture but this is what I used.

I popped a couple of washers inside the film can and stuffed it into the tomato. Here is a little video showing you the rattles in action.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the baby rattles I made for my Grand Nephew to be. His due date is January 28th so he should be here soon.

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I didn’t receive any compensation for any of the links in this post but include them for anyone that is interested in finding the patterns.

Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We are calling mischief on our secretary, otherwise known as our mom. She didn’t do any posts about our Christmas cards we received all during the holiday season so today we are posting some pictures of the final collection of cards we received.

Wow! This sure is a lot of cards we got.

Wow! This sure is a lot of cards we got.

Glad you could join me Millie. I wanted to make sure our friends knew how thankful we were for all their cards.

Glad you could join me Millie.
I wanted to make sure our friends knew how thankful we were for all their cards.

We want to thank everyone for all the cards we received this year. We just love seeing all your pictures and pretty cards you send. We especially liked the card that Phenny’s (Angel Easy’s) pawrents sent. You had to fully open it to see the whole scene on it so we put it on one of the shelves so you can see both sides. It’s near the top right of the cards.

This picture was taken a few days before we received even more cards. So here is our final picture of just the cards and the white board where our mom keeps count.

Final card count and display - Christmas 2016

We think the reason our mom didn’t do any posts was because of how pathetic their card count was. Here let’s take a closer look at the white board.

Final card count white board - Christmas 2016

As you can see we really kicked butt on our pawrents. Our dad tried to sneak a few more cards from businesses in but we wouldn’t let him.

Did you notice that cute little elf sitting next to our cards?

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Our mom got that from her best customer along with some very delicious cookies. His little “Nice” sign can flip around to show “Naughty” too. We were glad he thought we were nice. One of the cookies even looked just like the elf.

Almost too cute to eat.

Almost too cute to eat.

Thanks again to everyone that sent us a card both by email and snail mail. We cherish each just the same.

We also want to thank our friends that have started sending us their stamps. That was another thing our mom didn’t do any posts about but we sent a reminder with the cards we sent out. This time we will make sure we tell you all about it. If you didn’t save your stamps from your Christmas cards it is never too late to start. Just save any stamps you get and send them to us whenever you would like. We accept them all year round.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here.  We love participating in the Blogville Christmas Gift Exchange every year. This year Walter received his gift from Buddy and Millie received her gift from Addi. They both know how to shop real well.

This is my box Millie I know I'm just taking a look

This is my box Millie
I know I’m just taking a look

Walter’s pressies weren’t wrapped so he was able to just grab them out of the box.

This is a great toy! I'm going to have lots of fun with this.

This is a great toy! I’m going to have lots of fun with this.

Addi did a great job wrapping my pressies.

Addi did a great job wrapping my pressies.
Do you see that my name is on the card too?

That’s just the card Walter and you know I will share with you anyway.

Here is the loot we both got.

Buddy sure know how to shop for a guy like me.

Buddy sure knows how to shop for a guy like me.

Addi did a great job shopping for me too!

Addi did a great job shopping for me too!

After mom got all the tags and wrappings off everything we had a great time playing with the toys. Here is a little video action of some of our pressie opening.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Neither of us are any good at opening pressies even though Walter can rip an envelope to shreds in minutes. We let our mom unwrap the pressies from Addi and then we had fun with them.

I bet this rope will be fun to play with outside too.

I bet this rope will be fun to play with outside too.

We both really like chew bones.

We both really like chew bones.

Here is a little bit of the action of us playing with some of the toys.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

We can’t thank our exchange partners enough. We love everything we got and should get lots play time with these. Those treats from Addi were very tasty too.

Thanks also to Oreo’s mom for arranging all of the exchange partners. We always love participating.

A Candle for Easy

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Today Blogville lights a candle to honor our dear friend Angel Easy who has made his final journey home. We also take this time to remember all our friends who have left us this year.

Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. This month we are reviewing Wellness WellBites Grain-Free Lamb & Salmon Recipe. There are other flavors available too.

Wellness Soft Wellbites Lamb and Salmon bag - front and back

There is all kinds of good stuff in these treats and lots of things they don’t have such as being grain free with no artificial flavors. You can click on the image above to read more or click the link above.

Millie Walter - waiting for treat - treat in hand - in focus

You can see in the above picture that they are even scored so your peeps can break them into smaller pieces. We don’t really recommend that though.

Come on mom! We've waited long enough!

Come on mom!
We’ve waited long enough!

Just a little more waiting until the "Okay"!

Just a little more waiting until the “Okay”!

Now on to the video to show you what we thought of these treats.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Did you see that? Walter refused to eat them!! As you can hear our dad say in the video, “That is a first”. We don’t know what it is about them he didn’t care for because we have tried other treats with those ingredients and we have tried other Wellness treats and loved them.

Millie - snarfing Wellness treat

Not to worry though because Millie really loved these treats! We have to give these treats 4 paws up (because that is all the paws Millie has) and we recommend them to all our friends.

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This month we are joining Oz the Terrier and Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Chewy.com blog hop.

One of the reasons we chose this treat was because this month Chewy.com is teaming up with WellPet for the “Give the Gift of Wellness” campaign. For every Wellness product purchased through Chewy.com from December 5th – 19th they donated a meal to a local rescue. In addition, for every Wellness Product selected by Chewy reviewers they will donate 5 cases! So even though Walter didn’t like them we helped homeless pets by doing this review and Millie is happy to have the whole bag all to herself!

Disclaimer: We received one bag of Wellness WellBites Grain-Free Lamb & Salmon Recipe Dog Treats from Chewy.com to review. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and will receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of ours.

Merry Christmas!

We know we haven’t posted much but we have been visiting all our friends blogs to see what everyone has been up to. Today we just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and share our card with all of you.

Front of Card

Front of Card

Back of Card

Back of Card

Later this week we will show you all the cards we received from the Blogville Christmas Card Exchange and the pressies we received from the Blogville Gift Exchange also.