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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a new volunteer organization I’m working for. In the October 2017 issue of Crochet World Magazine they had an article about a non-profit organization called Feel Better Friends (FBF).

According to their website, “Feel Better Friends are handmade dolls stuffed with love and well wishes, crafted by volunteers and donated to children battling cancer and other illnesses.” I’ve enjoyed making amigurumi crochet figures so I thought this would be a great way for me use my crochet hobby to help others.

In order to become a volunteer for this group you have to create a test doll. The first thing I had to do was find a child to make a doll for.  My grand nephew is a bit young yet and I don’t have any other young children in my family. I finally remembered one of my friends that I get together with to crochet and knit had a 2 + year old grandson. Jan was more than happy to let me make a doll for Chase.

Meet Chase

I went over to her house one morning to meet Chase and take some reference pictures. He is a typical 2 + year old boy that is full of energy and exploring everything. I needed to pick up some yarn to match his skin color but everything else I needed I had in my stash.

After a few weeks of work I had the Chase doll done.

One of the things that took the longest was putting in the hair. Chase has a nice full head of hair so I wanted to give his doll the same. Each strand of hair was looped through the crochet stitches. Then I had to trim it like a hair dresser to get it to the right shape.

When I first handed the real Chase his doll his eyes got very big and he could tell it was just for him. I think you can tell by the look on his face that he liked it.

Chase, Grandma Jan & the Chase Doll

After giving Chase his doll I submitted pictures to the FBF volunteers in training Facebook group and was quickly admitted to the approved makers group (you don’t have to be on Facebook to volunteer though). I’m already working on my first official FBF doll for a beautiful little boy. Do to privacy concerns I probably won’t be able to tell you much about my future subjects but I hope to continue to show you the dolls.

If you enjoy making amigurumi and want to volunteer your talents you might want to give the Feel Better Friends a look.  They make dolls for children all over the world and currently have a fairly lengthy waiting list. I look forward to bringing a smile to the face of lots of children that just need a hug and need someone to hug when they might not be feeling very well.HOHD-Badge

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Happy Halloween everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here! We are here to do this month’s Chewy.com review.

Let’s see what is in the box this month.

We are reviewing Blue Buffalo Boo Bars. These are a limited edition treat and are no longer available on the Chewy.com site but there are lots of other great Blue Buffalo treats available too. Keep these in mind for next year and you might be able to grab some then. We did find these Health Bars that sound like they might be almost the same thing.

According to Chewy.com:

“Boo Bars are oven-baked for a crunch that would startle a vampire. Made from an original recipe, Boo Bars feature some of nature’s most delicious and nutritious ingredients including pumpkin, carrots, barley, oatmeal, flaxseed and cinnamon.”

The Boo Bars come in fun Halloween shapes

These treats are made in the USA too and we know how much we all appreciate that.

The treats are a nice small size

Those treats are too small to break apart right mom?
We would really like to try a whole one.

If we don’t look we won’t be too tempted.
We wouldn’t have had to wait so long if you didn’t try to grab yours.

We finally got to try a couple of pieces. Take a look at our video that we took. You sure can see how much we loved these treats.

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

We both think these treats are great and even got another one to try.

We have to give these treats 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) and we recommend them to all our friends.

Now we have a treat for one of our readers. We found a $3 coupon for Blue Buffalo dog food in our bag of treats.

Since we don’t use that brand of food we will send this coupon to the first commenter that asks for it. That is our treat for one of you.

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This month we are joining Oz the Terrier and Koru Bear for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Blue Buffalo Boo Bars 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.

Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Yesterday was a special day for both of us. Five years ago Millie first set foot in our home.

Foster Parents Michael & Darcy watch as Charlie has Millie sit for a treat.

I was kind of scared at first and when my foster pawrents left I cried myself to sleep. Funny thing is that when I woke up I didn’t cry anymore because I knew I was staying here forever.

Also five years ago Walter was born (okay we don’t really know when he was born but it is a close approximation). His life didn’t start out too well but a few months later he would be here in his forever home too.

This is one of the first pictures taken of me in my new home so it’s the closest thing to a puppy picture we have.

Yesterday we had a little celebration.

There were a couple of big bones and mom added some whipped cream down the middle.

I’m trying not to stare.
Maybe if I don’t look I won’t be tempted.

Eventually our mom let us have our treats. Here is a video of all the action.

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

We both took our bones to the grass where it was easier to chew on them.

It takes a lot of concentration to break this huge bone.

It’s tough to get my mouth around this thing.

We both worked hard on those bones but our pawrents took them away after we had eaten about half of them. They said they were worried about what it might do to our tummies and they promised that we would get to finish them soon.

What a great way to celebrate 5 years in my forever home.
And a great way for me to celebrate 5 years of life.

Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here! We are here to do this month’s Chewy.com review.

Walter worked hard to get the treats out of the box

We are reviewing Fruitables Whole Jerky Strips Chicken Tenders. There are other flavors available too.

According to the Chewy website these treats come with a warning.

“Warning — Fruitables Whole Jerky may cause your dog to drool, tremble, howl, and show a sudden increased interest in everything you are doing — don’t worry, these reactions are perfectly natural! Whole Jerky Roasted Chicken Tenders Dog Treats starts with the highest quality sliced whole chicken tenders that are then slow cooked to bring out a savory roasted aroma and flavor that drives dogs wild!”

You can read more about them on the Chewy.com website. These treats are made in the USA too and we know how much we all appreciate that.

Some of the pieces are quite large

You aren’t going to break that in half are you mom?
I sure hope not.

Sigh…you did break that piece in two.
The pieces are pretty big though.

We finally got to try a couple of pieces. Take a look at our video that we took. You sure can see how much we loved these treats.

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

We both think these treats are great and even got another piece to try.

We have to give these treats 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) and we recommend them to all our friends.

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This month we are joining Oz the Terrier and Koru Bear for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Fruitables Whole Jerky Strips Chicken Tenders 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.

Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. While moving all my files from one computer to another I discovered a picture that took me back over a decade ago.  A young Angel Nina was hanging out in the yard while helping Charlie do some gardening.

Many of the plants towards the front of the planting were just put in the ground during that spring of 2005. The small tree in the middle with the red leaves is a Japanese Maple. In front of the maple tree to the right and left are a couple of evergreen shrubs.

Here is the same Japanese Maple and evergreen shrubs about 11 years later. Some of the shrubs that are in the top picture were moved as the tree and other shrubs grew and crowded them out. You never know how a planting will turn out when it first goes in the ground. It’s always fun to stumble on a picture of what our yard looked like when a planting was first done to remind us of how it once looked. Gardening definitely takes patience to wait for the final outcome.

Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you a clutch purse I made. One of the other reasons I haven’t blogged much this summer was because I had a family wedding to attend and along with being away for that I also did a bit of sewing for wedding gifts and made this clutch to go with the dress I wore.

I found this pattern in the April 2015 issue of Crochet World magazine called Rendezvous Clutch. It worked up to the perfect size to hold my phone and a few essentials. I wasn’t sure at first if I would add the flower details but decided that it was too plain without them. It also helps to weigh down the flap so it stays closed.

The original pattern called for a zipper across the top but it didn’t call for a lining. With the way the crochet fabric had fairly large holes in it I decided to add a lining so nothing would fall through and you couldn’t see what was in the clutch. Speaking of the crochet fabric, it is made with a special stitch called “Crossed Double Crochet” that is well described in the instructions. At first it was a bit awkward to do but it got easier once you got used to it.

To make the bag perfect I added a couple of pockets, one with a zipper, to the lining. The pattern was very easy to follow and the bag worked up to the same size as the pattern description.

I used about 1 1/2 skeins of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn. Usually I don’t enjoy working with cotton yarn because it seems kind of sticky but this time I used a Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook and the yarn slid easily around my hook.

Picture from Crochet World Magizine
April 2015

I’m real happy with the way my bag turned out and hope I have some other occasion to use it sometime.HOHD-Badge

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