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First WIP post for 2014

It is already the 3rd week in January and this is my first WIP post.  That either means that I haven’t done any work or I’ve been to0 busy working to take the time to post.  Unfortunately I haven’t been doing much quilt work.  Life has gotten in the way of the things I want to do.  Oh well it can only get better from here.

I have made some progress on my Asian Shadow Box quilt.  I finished the borders and it has been on the longarm for the last couple of weeks.  I made my own pantograph for this quilt.  I had some 11×17 graph paper that I used to create my design and then I just made a bunch of copies and taped them together.

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Linking up to

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @FreeMotion by the River

WIP Wednesday @The Needle & Thread Network

WOW me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade

Whimsy Wednesday @The NY Melrose Family

WOW Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style

We Did it! Wednesday @Sew much ado 

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

Needle & Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Really Random Thursday @Live a Colorful Life


2014 WIP  Size   Current status
Pink & blue batik  King   binding
Asian Shadow Box  King   FMQ
Kimono  Wall hanging   quilt top
Waterlily  Wall hanging   quilt top
One block wonder  Queen   piecing
Peacock  Lap   quilt top
Blue Hydrangea  King   FMQ
Dragonflies  Wall hanging   Binding
Charm Square Crib 1  Baby   FMQ
Charm Square Crib 2  Baby  quilt top
2014 Completions   Size


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Chewed Slipper’s Surprise

We found this DVD in our mailbox this week.  It was a surprise from Lorena and Amanda, the co-owners of Chewed Slippers Dog Photography.  This summer we did a photo shoot with them. Wally is almost 13 and I wanted to capture some special pictures with him.  They allowed 2 dogs in the sitting so we brought Tango along so that Don could get some pix of him and her together in the Canadian Search Dog uniform.  I wish we had known how special the pictures were going to be because we would have paid extra to add Tilly to the session (sorry Tilly….next time we will include you).  We didn’t know at the time, but a few weeks after the shoot we found out that Tango has Degenerative Myelopathy and the future prognosis for her is not very bright.  It just makes the pictures of her even more special.  They took well over 100 pictures.  When we went in for our viewing, we were overwhelmed.  Several of the pictures brought tears to my eyes.  I am so glad we did the session.  If you are looking to capture some memories of your family (two and four legged) I highly recommend Chewed Slippers.

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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Remembering Cash

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce that Tango’s brother Cash went to puppy heaven.  They discovered that his body was full of cancer so they made the very difficult decision to say goodbye.  Our hearts go out to you.


2004FEB14 – 2011JUL26


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Attention litter-bugs: puppycam ready to switch on

I have loved this breed for years.  I can hardly wait to see the new puppies and watch them grow.  I am hoping to add a Berner to our family in the future.

Attention litter-bugs: puppycam ready to switch on.

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Guilty Dog

I saw this YouTube video and I couldn’t stop laughing.  Anyone who has/had a dog can relate to this.  The lab’s facial expressions are just priceless.  Although Wally never looks guilty (that’s Tango’s specialty) he does have the classic Golden Retriever “love me/I’m so proud of myself”  slanty-eye-smiley-face.  Everyone lucky enough to be owned by a Golden knows that one.  Too cute!!!


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Snow…snow….go away snow!

Spring can’t come soon enough for us this year. According to the weather gods, our region hasn’t seen such a long, grey, snowy and bleak winter since the 1970’s. This picture was taken on the weekend. It shows Don standing in front of the snow mound on the side of our driveway. It is hard to get the perspective right……Don is over 6 feet tall and the snow is several feet taller than he is and this isn’t even the highest that it was. It is going to be well into June before all this white stuff melts away naturally. We might have to fire up the old snow blower to start breaking down the mound and throwing it into the middle of the cul-de-sac to help it melt quicker.

On Saturday we drove almost 3 hours south of here. As we got further away from home, there was less and less snow. When we got to our destination, the ditches and fields along the highway were bare grass. Quite a noticable contrast to what we have here.

It has been a really tough winter for Team Tango to train. It has been either brutally cold or they have been very limited on where there could go because of the depth of the snow. Even with 30″ snow shoes on, Don was still stinking a foot or more into the snow and poor Tango would do “face plants” when she was in a full run and the snow suddenly gave way below her.

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2010 blog in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 112 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 185 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 59mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 1st with 123 views. The most popular post that day was Our Dogs.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were WordPress Dashboard,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for, lifeinthedoghouse, http://www.lifeinthedoghouse, puppy sleep, and

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Our Dogs January 2010


Photos February 2010


My Quilts March 2010
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About Us January 2010


Puppy Halloween Party October 2010

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Welcome 2011

2010 was a great year for ‘Life in Dog House’.  All 3 two-legged kids came for a visit and we added anothor four-legged member to our household. Team Tango participated in 2 missing person and 3 cadaver searches and were re-certified for another year.

I’ve updated the banner with more current pictures of the dogs.  My boy Wally is really starting to develop the classic old golden white muzzle.   I guess that is to be expected since he is almost 10 years old.  He is still really young at heart and physically (other than the white hairs on his face) he looks and acts like a dog half his age. 

We don’t know what 2011 will bring but if it is even half as good as 2010 we will be truly blessed. 

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This story is perfect for this time of year.   Once again a dog shows us the true meaning of love, hope and giving.

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Holy Smoke!

For the last two days we have been blanketed with thick smoke from forest fires in BC.  Visibility is quite poor and there are air quality warnings.  They even cancelled Tango’s training session last night so neither dogs or humans would be exposed.  I have asthma and I am noticing that my breathing is affected. Yesterday there was only a few blocks visibility… is a little better.  Don took this picture from his office downtown.  It looks like it is night time but the picture was actually taken in the middle of the afternoon.  The wind direction is supposed to begin shifting tomorrow so hopefully that will improve our air quality.

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