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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. We always like to share some of the nature we find in our yard on our annual Christmas card so today we will give you a close-up view of the nature pictures on this year’s card.

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Let’s see some of the interesting nature from our card this year.

Our mom loves trying to capture pictures of the birds in our yard. They move fast so sometimes she has to get lucky to get a good picture. This is one of her favorites this year.

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White Breasted Nuthatch

You know we love all the flowers in our yard, but our dad had fun this year taking pictures of the dahlias in a nearby arboretum. This pink one is a real beauty!

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Many of the flowers we have planted in our garden are attractive to all sorts of pollinators and butterflies.

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Giant Swallowtail on Clematis, Mrs. Robert Brydon

That clematis is a non-vining or bush clematis, and our parents enjoy watching all the bugs that use it.

Finally, we have a look at a frosty Rozanne Geranium.

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For those of you that aren’t on our Christmas card list here is a look at both sides of our card this year. Feel free to take a copy for yourself.

We hope you enjoyed seeing the nature pictures from our card this year and we wish all of you that celebrate it a Very Merry Christmas!

Join the Nature Friday Blog Hop

We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to tell you about the Christmas stockings I made. Last year I finished a small quilt that we hung on our fireplace. It’s a bit small for the space so this year I searched online for a Christmas stocking pattern to crochet so we could add them to our display.

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The stockings were hung from the quilt with care…

First a little word about how I hung them. Since the stone on the fireplace is so irregular, we couldn’t attach anything to the stone to hang the stockings from. Charlie found a 1/4″ dowl that was already stained and would work perfectly for that spot. To attach it to the quilt I used a matching brown thread and sewed three loops that hang down from the quilt. The dowl slips through the loops and even close up it’s difficult to see.

Now let’s get to the stockings. 

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Charlie’s stocking
(Blue yarn is Red Heart Giant in Dark Country Blue – possibly discontinued)

I found the Country Cottage Stocking crochet pattern for free on the Who’s Homemade website. On the pattern page there are also links to paid patterns on Etsy and Ravelry and a video to show you the entire process.

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Millie’s stocking
(Red is Caron One Pound in Claret)

The pattern instructions are well written and with the video there is no way to go wrong. I went “shopping” for the yarn from my stash and was happy to find colors that coordinated well with the quilt.

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Walter’s stocking
(Green is Caron One Pound in Grass Green)

The only thing I did differently from the pattern was I added four rounds to the main stocking before adding the cuff to make them a bit longer.

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Cindy’s stocking
(Purple is Red Heart With Love in Aubergine)

I like how the use of post stitches gives you a more closed fabric for the main body of the stocking. The toe was easy to work and with the help of the video the heal and cuff were no problem either. The white yarn is also Caron One Pound. It’s always nice to be able to work from your stash and create something new that will be a part of our holiday decorations for years to come.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly known as Hookin’ on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Today we are thankful for all our friends from near and far who send us cards each year.

Thanks for all our cards!

That picture was taken a few days ago so here is a picture of our cards as of today.

Christmas Card collection as of Christmas Eve

We printed out all our e-cards too so they could hang with our paper cards. This year as usual we beat our pawrents in the card count.

The current card count is:

Millie & Walter

13 Snail Mail cards

14 e-cards

Total Card Count – 27

Mom & Dad

12 cards

Two of our pawrents cards came from pet stores and one even had coupons inside. The coupons are probably okay since they will no doubt be used to buy us treats and toys. There might even be more cards coming since our postal service has been pretty slow this year and if so we will do an update.

If you weren’t part of the card exchange and didn’t receive a card from us here is our holiday card to all our readers.

Front

Back

We’re joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop and the Howliday Card blog hop and wish all our readers a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and a Happy New Year. We sure hope 2021 will finish better than this year has.

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. I wanted to show you a new Christmas decoration I made.

Christmas Dachshund Quilt

I started this in a class during the 2019 Genesee Valley QuiltFest. The class was taught by Cynthia England and it helps to demonstrate her “picture piecing” technique. This pattern is called “Santa Pooch” and you can buy the pattern and fabric pack from her.

Close up of Head

The finishing instructions call for you to embroider the eye on the dog and it has you outline the white parts of the Santa hat to help them stand out. Charlie and I thought the outlining fell a little flat so I purchased some fluffy fleece from JoAnn Fabrics and added it to the hat instead.

Detail of Head with Fleece

Adding the fleece was quite fiddly but I managed to get it attached and I love how it turned out. I also added the little bell to his scarf which was part of the kit. I did most of the quilting using my embroidery machine.

Close up of the quilting

I used two embroideries from Embroidery Online by OESD. The straight border is called “Snow Quilt Border” and the corner is “Snow Quilt Corner”. Since the corner embroidery was a triangle shape and I needed it to have square edges to match the straight border, I used my embroidery software to extract a bit from the straight border to square them up. I also extracted one of the snow flakes and used that randomly in the white background. You can click on the above image to see the details. I also stitched in the ditch around the dog and the gift boxes with invisible thread.

Christmas Dachshund hanging above the fireplace

The fabric pack that came with the pattern had a different border fabric that I wasn’t crazy for so I found this perfect purple fabric to use instead. I love how it turned out and it makes a lovely addition to our holiday decorations.

 

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Remember when I told you “It’s all good.” Well it got even better just after I told you that. We got a message from the dental vet that the pathology report came back saying the margins were clean and all the tumor was removed!

Thanks for all your POTP that helped me get well.

We’ve also got good news about all the holiday cards we’ve gotten.

Here is a close up of the cards we’ve received up to this past Monday.

Don’t worry if you’ve sent us a card and you don’t see it. This picture was taken a couple of days ago and we’ve received more cards since then.

Of course the good news is we are still kicking butt on our pawrents in the card count contest.

The current card count is:

Millie & Walter

20 Snail Mail cards

9 e-cards

Total Card Count – 29

Mom & Dad

8 Snail Mail cards

1 e-card

Total Card Count – 9

We’re so happy for my good test results and for all our friends around the world.

I’m joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here again. Sorry we haven’t been posting much but since my surgery we’ve been keeping things pretty quiet to make sure I healed properly. Today I saw our vet for a post op check up and she thought everything is looking good.

My new portrait has a permanent snaggletooth.

The vet said she could still see some sutures that haven’t dissolved completely so Millie & I are still restricted from any wrestling and bitey face but I can go back to eating my normal kibble. As you can see from the picture above my lower canine tooth now likes to hang outside my upper lip but hopefully that won’t be a problem later too. I’m thankful that all that vet stuff should be behind me for a while. All of the support from my Blogville friends has helped too.

Mom finally got our decorations up and we are starting to get some cards in. So far we are kicking butt on the card count with our pawrents.

Most of these cards are for Millie & I

The current card count is:

Millie & Walter

6 Snail Mail cards

5 e-cards

Total Card Count – 11

Mom & Dad

2 cards

We do have a bit of a mystery that my mom thinks she has figured out. We received a card with no return address and the signature didn’t have any names on it.

The inside of our mystery card. Who could those portraits be of?

The only other clue we had was the post office cancellation. After some Googling our mom figured out that the card was mailed in northern Virginia. The only problem with that is we don’t have anybody on our list from that area. After reading some of our friends blogs recently our mom says a light bulb went on in her head when she remembered that the Downunder Daisy crew’s mom had recently been on vacation visiting family in Virginia. She probably wanted to save some time (for delivery) and some money by posting them while she was here. We definitely think one of the portraits drawn on the card looked like a Scottie and now we think the other dog pictured is Roxy. So we are asking what you think or if Bella, Roxy and Dui can confirm our suspicions.

We sure are thankful for all our friends that send us cards by mail and email. It’s especially nice to get some from our pals that haven’t been blogging recently too.

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie & Walter here. We participated in the Blogville Christmas Gift Exchange again this year and were paired with a couple of the collies at All Things Collie. This is a new blog to us and these collies are all very beautiful and talented. Many are show champions and therapy dogs.

Look at all these pressies!
Mom said not to touch them yet Millie.

Is this better?
If we pose nice then we get to open them.

After some posing mom let us start opening them…er…we really mean that Walter started opening them.

This one looks like a toy.

I love ripping the paper off these pressies.

Walter had lots of fun ripping the paper off all our pressies. Millie has never been very interested in that sort of thing. We got lots of great pressies from the Collies.

Look at all this great stuff!

Let’s take a closer look at those toys.

These toys are made for tough chewers like Walter

Mom said we couldn’t try the treats yet since there were so many of them. Here is a video of some of the action of us opening our pressies.

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

This Squeaky Skull is lots of fun.

Let me see if I can get the squeaker out of this skull.

Oh well, mom wouldn’t let me just chew on the skull toy. She said something about it lasting longer that way.

We want to thank the Collies for all these great pressies. We’ve tried a few of the treats already and they are great. Mom just didn’t get any photographic evidence of it. It’s always fun to participate in the Blogville Gift Exchange and we want to thank Oreo and his mom for organizing it.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We want to wish all our friends that celebrate it a Merry Christmas and to all those that don’t we wish you a very Happy Holiday season. Here is our card for this year.

2018 Christmas Card – Front

2018 Christmas Card – Back

We got to open our exchange pressies today and will show you all about them later this week.

It’s always so much fun participating in the Blogville Card Exchange and Gift Exchange. We hope everyone is enjoying a fun time with family and all those they love.

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