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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 the first two Feel Better Friends (FBF) that I’ve made. If you remember I did a previous post about the process of becoming a volunteer with FBF.

My first doll was for a “Little Boy M” that I can’t tell you much about or show any pictures of by request of his family. He is just under two years old and according to his bio loves dogs and cats.

I decided to make him a stuffed dog to go along with the doll.

The stuffed dog pattern is called “Patchwork Puppy” and is from the Crochet World April 2012 issue.

One of the things I found out since I did my test doll was that instead of making crochet eyes there was a machine embroidery that I could use. I love the way the eyes turned out and it’s so easy to make any color I need.

The hair for this doll was made using Knit Picks CotLin DK weight yarn that was first hooked into the scalp. To get the finer look to the hair I separated the strands of the yarn using a tapestry needle.

One of the challenges I had with this doll was that I wanted to sew his clothes so I could make an outfit similar to the one Little Boy M was wearing in the pictures I was sent. I downloaded the patterns from FBF but they were a bit too big for my doll. After a few attempts I finally had a pattern that would fit. The embroidery on his t-shirt is copied from the picture I had of Little Boy M.

I can tell you that Little Boy M and his family were very happy with their Feel Better Friend doll and his Patchwork Puppy.

My next FBF doll was for Viviauna a young girl with a variety of medical problems. I have permission from her mother to post her pictures.

Vivauna

Vivi’s doll

One of the challenges I had with this doll was that it is my first with a wig.

The elastic band holds the wig on.

My first attempt at the wig didn’t work out so well. The crocheted cap that I hooked the hair in became misshapen and I had to pull it all out and make a new cap. This time I made the cap a bit smaller and also put the hair in a little looser. As you can see it turned out great on my second attempt.

The reason this doll has a wig is because Viviauna is having surgery on her scull that will require all her hair to be shaved off. Along with the cute jumper I crocheted I also made a head band for the doll to wear when she has her wig off. I also added a scar like the one Viviauna will have after her procedure.

An ear to ear scar

To complete the items for Viviauna I added a head band for her to wear after her surgery.

Vivi’s doll with accessories

A few days after shipping off the doll with her accessories I received some pictures of her with her new friend.

I think her smile says it all.

Making Feel Better Friends dolls has been a great way to use my crochet skills for charity work. I already am well on my way to completing my next doll for a little boy. If you know of a child with medical problems that you think would benefit from having a Mini Me to help them you can visit the Feel Better Friends website to request a doll. I am assigned to the northeast USA but I think you can request a specific crafter if you would like.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. The weather so far this winter has been miserably cold especially in the mornings when it has been in the single digits (degrees F). When it’s that cold neither of us can stay outside for more than a couple of minutes without trying to levitate and not walk in the snow. There is one way to make that better.

I really don’t like these booties.

In order to give us enough time to do our business we get fleece booties put on our feet. I think most of you would agree wearing booties is no fun. Here is a little video of how much I hate wearing these things.


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

The funny thing is that once I get outside in the snow it’s like I don’t have any booties on and can walk and run around normally. Why is that?

BTW I have such tiny feet that my mom custom made my booties to fit me. We were so happy that the temps this afternoon were in the 20’s and we got to have some play time in the snow. We have about a foot of it on the ground right now. That was lots of fun.

Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. First we have to apologize to Rosy and Lady Shasta for taking so long to do this post. We of course are blaming our mom for dragging her feet.

Look at these pressie packages!

Millie’s pressie package arrived first so we will show you that one first.

I have to help get it out of the box.

Thanks for these great pressies Rosy!

Everything was in that cute burlap bag and there was even a magnet for our mom’s car. She will put it on sometime after she washes it the next time.

Here is a video of us opening the pressie package and our first reactions to the pressies.

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

Thanks Rosy. You sure know how to shop for a gal.

Now it’s time to show you what Walter got from Lady Shasta.

It took some work but I finally got this bag open.

There were four wrapped packages inside.

All of these smell good.
Can I help you open anything?

I’ll open this one for you Walter.

Look at all the great pressies Walter got.

Here is a video of the action to get Walter’s pressie package open and our reaction to what was inside.

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

Thanks Lady Shasta. You sure know how to shop for a guy.

I spent most of my time playing with the gator toy and we put the treats right in our cookie jar. I will wait to use those tennis balls until the winter is over. I wouldn’t want to loose them in the snow. Mom wouldn’t let us eat the two big cookies right away but we did try them a couple of days later and boy were they tasty.

Well that is what we got from the Blogville Christmas Gift Exchange. We want to thank Oreo and his mom for coordinating it and of course a big thanks to Rosy and Lady Shasta for being such great shoppers.

Happy New Year 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 Holiday Santa Snacks Dog Treats. 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:

“As all dog-lovers know, the most excited family members on Christmas morning are the furry ones. And it’s this special canine connection with the season that inspired Blue Buffalo to create Santa Snacks. Santa Snacks are oven-baked for a crunch that will send Santa shooting up the chimney. Made from an original recipe, Santa Snacks feature some of nature’s most delicious and nutritious ingredients including oatmeal, cinnamon, barley, pumpkin, flaxseed and carrots.”

Look at the cute shapes these come in

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

These treats are a nice size

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

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.

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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 Holiday Santa Snacks 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!

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.

2017 Christmas Card – Front

2017 Christmas Card – Back

We got to open our exchange pressies today and will show you all about them later this week. A very big thank you to Rosy and Lady Shasta for them.

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.

It’s Christmas Eve!

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. We know we’ve been lax in posting and are going to try to get our mom to do a better job for us. I wanted to show you all the Christmas cards we received this year.

In case you were wondering Millie and I kicked butt on our pawrents in the card count.

 Here let me show you a close up of that tally board.

There is an asterisk next to the one email card our pawrents got because it’s from their dentist but they got at least 4 snail mail cards from charities or companies they do business with. Can you believe that our beloved Chewy.com addressed their card to our mom and not to us? Our vet did the same thing! I’m pretty sure that Millie and I are the ones who do the Chewy reviews and we are the unfortunate patients at our vets too. That’s okay even with those cards we still beat them in the total count.

In case you were thinking that I’m so good at posing here is a little animated thing that the Google machine put together of all the shots mom took of me.

As most of you know it takes lots of shots to get one good one. We will be back tomorrow to show you our Christmas Card.

He everyone! It’s Walter here. Really I’m hoping that one particular member of Blogville sees this post and can answer a question.

Hi Tuiren (and everyone else out there)

I was wondering if you would do me the honor of attending the Blogville 2017 New Year’s Eve Bash with me.

This sounds like a really fun time and I know Fenris already asked Millie to go with him.

Hi Fenris! I have a stick here that we can share if you would like

So what do you think Tuiren. Shall we make it a double date?

I sure hope she says yes