Stash Report January 22, 2017


It’s been raining here lately, here’s my dog Jetty cuddling up in his bed staying nice and cozy!

New Year, new stash numbers! I’m so happy. I ended 2016 using more fabric than I bought, but only by about 2 yards, so I’m hoping to do better this year. I have a finish under my belt already for this year which I’ll be posting about Friday, it was a fairly large quilt and all from my stash, yes!

I also started a new quilt. I am following the Butterfly Blossoms tutorial by MSQC. I used some Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Charm Packs that I had bought a few years back for the quilt. Luckily I was able to find some yardage online for the border fabric. I thought I would be able to use some other fabric I had bought last year, but it didn’t look right. Hopefully I will be able to use that fabric for the backing.

My goal this year is to really thin out my stash. The Butterfly Blossoms quilt is for a cousin’s baby due in April and I’m happy I was able to use mostly fabric from my stash to make the quilt. I have another cousin due in May and I’m hoping to exclusively use fabric from my stash. It’s so hard with all these new adorable fabric lines coming out all the time!!

Used this Week: 9.75 yards

Used year to Date: 9.75 yards

Added this Week: 1.5 yards

Added Year to Date: 9.75 yards

Net for 2016: 8.25 yards

I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Little Buddy

2015-09-18 08.15.13 Jetty sure has been cracking me up lately. For those not in the know, Jetty is our 6 year old dog. He’s a terrier mix and he weighs about 10 lbs. He’s a small guy, people always think he’s a puppy when they see him but he hasn’t been a puppy for some time now. In fact, DH and I joke that Jetty is becoming a teenager. He likes to hang out by himself a lot of the time and he’ll frequently leave a room when either of us comes into it! But lately he has been sticking closer to us. I took this picture the other morning when I got out of the shower and found he had made himself comfortable in bed with DH.

Recently, I put a baby gate up in the doorway leading from our kitchen/family room into our dining room/living room. Now that we have dark hardwood floors down, his light fur shedding is so much more prominent… we didn’t think of that when we chose the color. Oops! So I put the gate up so he wouldn’t be able to go into that room and therefore, I wouldn’t have to clean in there as much. The solutions an exhausted pregnant lady comes up with! That room is at the front of our house and he used to like to jump up on the sofa and watch the people go by (and bark at them) so I think he’s a little forlorn now that he can’t go in there.

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Some people say that animals are more sensitive to their humans when they’re sick and I know there are some animals like that… I just don’t think Jetty is one of them! But I have noticed him sticking closer by me the more pregnant I become. Maybe he is sensitive. Or maybe he’s just feeling attention starved since I haven’t been able to get down on the floor and play with him like I used to! I took this picture as I sat down at the computer this afternoon. He parked himself right below my feet. He hardly ever does that. With all of the work that’s been done on his body lately, DH can’t really get down and play with him either. We take him over to my in-laws house pretty regularly though and he gets to play with their miniature pinscher, they’re about the same size and best buddies.

He sure is a funny guy and we’re happy to have him around!

Introducing the newest member of our family: Andy!

As you may or may not be aware, I am the proud owner of a wonderful dog named Jetty.

Look at my handsome boy!

Look at my handsome boy!

We adopted him in February 2010 from a county shelter. We’ve been so happy to have him in our lives. He’s just a wonderful, loving, smart, cuddly dog.

Over the past couple months I’ve been thinking about adding another dog to our family. My brother has been volunteering at The Pet Rescue Center and told me about an adorable dog named Andy. He’s a deaf, albino Spaniel mix of some sort. After thinking it over and talking it over with my husband, I decided to take Jetty out to the PRC to meet this guy. What a cutie! He and Jetty started playing right away and they approved our application.

On the way home from PRC!

I picked him up last Tuesday and he’s been a bundle of energy ever since! He’s about a year old but VERY puppy-ish. He’s not completely deaf but definitely hard of hearing, so we’re working on hand signals to train him. He knows “sit” about 50% of the time. He’s not quite housetrained, but we’re working with him.

So, what you're saying is I'm *not* supposed to poop in the house?

I’m so happy to introduce him to you and welcome him to our family!!

…And Jetty makes three.

You and Me, and Jetty makes three.

Ever since Mike and I moved in together (November 2008), I’ve been wanting a small dog, since we live in an apartment. At the beginning of this year we actively started looking for a dog to bring into our home. Mike was being scheduled more night shifts and he didn’t want me to get too lonely while he was working.

We both knew that we wanted to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue, for two reasons. One, because dogs in pet stores tend to be incredibly expensive and two, the dogs sold in pet stores typically come from puppy mills, cruel facilities that breed dogs in inhumane conditions. Not only did we not want to support any organization that mistreats animals for their own profit, but the puppies that come out of those establishments often have multiple health problems due to rampant inbreeding.

We visited a few rescues and shelters, and finally one rainy Saturday morning we drove out to the Orange County Animal Shelter to look at their dogs. The shelter is not a no-kill shelter, which was one reason we wanted to go there. We wanted to try and give a dog a home before it was slaughtered. Once we got there, I was overwhelmed by all of the faces of the dogs looking back at me. Since it had been raining, they were all wet and pathetic looking, many of them were shivering and bedraggled looking. Jetty was one of them.
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