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My family is here!

Guess who’s visiting? It’s my family from Germany and I’m just in heaven! My grand-daughter Lily just turned 3 and she chats away in both German and English. If she’s talking in German to me, I can say “Lily, tell Grandma in English” and she’ll translate. It’s amazing to see what children can do when […]

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July 1, 2014 - 7:06 am

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, I”m so happy for you! I’m sure you just live for these visits. We are blessed to have our family nearby, but it wasn’t always this way, and I still pinch myself that we’re all together again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful granddaughter, and enjoy all the special moments these days will bring :)

July 1, 2014 - 7:23 am

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I am so happy for you! I know the feeling well. Lily is an absolute doll, as your other granddaughter. Mine is two and a demon at times. So stubborn. She will need it in this world. She is so inquisitive. I love watching her.

Have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures!
Happy 4th…I will pray for rain.

July 1, 2014 - 7:44 am

Louise - Oh my, Lily has grown so.. What a little sweetie. Our family for the time being all living in different states, and I am hoping it won’t always be so. Chicago, Newport Beach, Surprise, Az and we are up here in the very Pacific Northwest. We enjoy their visits so much but they never seem to last long enough! Enjoy the 4th of July, be safe.

July 1, 2014 - 8:03 am

Pam in Indiana - Oh, Anne, I’m so happy for you! Our five kids are all out of state — but our son just moved back from Monterrey, Mexico after three years. He just arrived back at Notre Dame for a year so were really glad he’s back in the States. Our youngest is flying home tonight from Omaha with our first and only grandson, Henry, for his baptism on the 12th. Everyone will be home except for Molly who is a nanny in Oklahoma.

Then I go to Michigan for my quilt week with my six BFFs at Kristen’s lake cottage.

Love seeing sweet Lily — that is so wonderful that she is bilingual. Meredith is taking Mandarin and is teaching Henry — they’re such little sponges at this age.

Enjoy your time with everyone. Our house is about to get wild for a few weeks but I love it. I miss the old days with all the kids!


July 1, 2014 - 8:07 am

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t Lily beautiful! And I just love Milkshake. She looks so sweet and huggable. :D

I’m jealous of Lily’s ability to speak two languages fluently. That’s such a wonderful thing to be able to do.

I hope you all have a wonderful time and a fun, safe 4th of July!

July 1, 2014 - 8:09 am

sunny - ~~sigh~~ I guess now I have to learn how to punchneedle. I don’t NEED another hobby, but a girl has to make certain sacrifices… Lily can’t possibly be 3! You just announced her birth a month or so ago. Didn’t you?? Enjoy all the lovely family time that you can.

July 1, 2014 - 9:47 am

Hildy - Anne, it’s so great that your family is visiting you and you all have a great time. It’s sweet to see Lily walk the dogs I’ll bet she thinks she’s a big girl now as she can walk a dog all be herself.
Enjoy your time with your family:-)

July 1, 2014 - 11:24 am

becky m - I live for those visits from my family too. The letdown afterwards is so hard though. Especially with my 5 yr old who doesn’t quite understand about distances yet. I love that Lily is bi-lingual! My daughter has a 5 yr old friend who is bilingual French and English. She also thinks nothing of switching from one language to the other and it’s amazing to watch!! Keep those languages up for her, she’ll love you for it!

July 1, 2014 - 11:50 am

Lisa E - Yes, it’s been hot in the Bay Area. I’m so glad that your family is visiting you. Can’t beat the little ones!

July 1, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Susan - I am very lucky that all my children live here (Az.) with the exception of my oldest granddaughter who lives in Portland Or..
Your granddaughter is beautiful and I know the moments you spend with her and family are precious. Love all your fabric and your punch needle work….:)Enjoy making wonderful memories with your family!

July 1, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Linda Hnath - Thank you for sharing your family’s visit with us all. How wonderful that you are all together. Hugs for Milkshake and hoping she does ok on the 4th.

July 1, 2014 - 3:52 pm

PAtricia G Hayes - Hello Dear Anne. thanks so much for sharing your adorable young blond, Lily, with all of us.
What a special time for your gift visit from Germany. I am so happy these times for you.

I wonder if you ever got my thanks and thanks and thanks for my wonderful gift of fabrics that were waiting for me when we got home from NH. We had been visiting with our three yr old GGrands twin boys who had arrived from NY to visit with us for a week. Blessed are these visits, little girls and boys, any little people for sure. Makes us young again, heh!
I tried to find an address to send a proper thanks you note to no avail. So sorry that you have to receive this way.
Patricia G Hayes

July 1, 2014 - 3:54 pm

marcia - Have a wonderful time with the family. I have a spot in the closet where I will be hidden with my girls.

July 1, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Barb - Oh Anne, Lily is just too precious! All of your granddaughters are so beautiful!! I can just imagine you are in heaven to have your family with you – enjoy and cherish every moment!

Love the doggies,too – so cute!

Happy 4th of July to you!!

July 1, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Anita - Lily is so precious! What a great benefit to her to be able to understand two languages, I’m sure it will come in handy throughout her life. Love your new pattern too :)

July 1, 2014 - 6:36 pm

tammy spencer - Happy 4th of july (coming in a few days). Today, we celebrate our Canada Day here. Lots of fireworks in the plans for tonight. It’s very hot here as well and the pool is getting well used. Lots of family these past 2 weeks with family from out of town as well (between 12-40 people for dinner every night). I think this summer is going to be a hot one and I’m grateful for the wet pool to cool off in. Your grand daughter is beautiful- how nice it would be to have learned an extra language when young. Enjoy your family time and have a happy summer.

July 1, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Janet - I can’t believe how grown up Lily is! Here’s hoping all your furry ones have an easy 4th. It’ll be interesting to see how Milkshake does!

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your wonderful patterns – this thanks goes to the Sweet Dreams Lily quilt pattern. I re-sized your teddy bear block and made it red and the corner block on a navy/white churn dash for my new Great Nephew … may be my fave quilt yet!

Have a blast!

July 1, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Carmen CountryMouse - How wonderful! Enjoy your time with family, it always goes too fast. Lilly is just darling!

July 1, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Jeanne Jones - Janet, I have two daughters. Each daughter has one boy. One of the daughters lives 5 minutes away, but the other one lives 2000 miles away. We live in Atlanta, GA and she lives in Tucson, AZ. We see her about once a year and she and my grandson will be here on Saturday for 2 weeks. I know just how you feel. Thank goodness for Skype, we use it 3-4 times a week.

July 1, 2014 - 10:06 pm

rpsa - Great pics.Have a wonderful time with them!

July 2, 2014 - 2:18 am

Dawn - Hi Anne, That’s a lovely photo of Lily and Milkshake, brought a big smile this morning, thanks for sharing.
Good news about the patterns going on PDF, the postage to UK is crazy. Also when I post to USA its gone up, so looking forward to that as I would like to make the reindeer for christmas gifts.
Happy 4th July

July 2, 2014 - 5:45 am

Doreen - Hi Anne, I have a brother and sister-in-law in Belgium and my 2 year old niece is learning language the same exact way as your beautiful grandaughter. German/English and now a little italian. They are coming to the US the end of September. I know exactly what you are saying about getting ready to go out and the increase in food bills. We like on a lake and in the summer it seems to be the vacation destination. It is fun since all six kids live in different places. I adore when they come to visit. It is an adjustment when the quiet comes after they leave. It just makes us miss them more. Enjoy your time…. Spoil your grandaughter…Life is too short, breath in every moment. Happy 4th! Hugs, from NH

July 2, 2014 - 8:23 am

Karen Martin - Looks like you will have a fun and busy fourth–love the new project–so cute!

July 2, 2014 - 3:04 pm

KatieQ - Lily and Milkshake look like a perfect pair. Thanks for sharing your family visit with us. Lily looks beautiful.

July 2, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Lorraine Isaac - I just had my family visit as well, I have a grand daughter 41/2 and a grand son 21/5, they are so precious, I never knew being a grand mother would feel so special

July 2, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Ronda - Oh Anne how wonderful to have all your babies home. We are very blessed to all live in the same town so I see my granddaughters almost daily. We just got back from a vacation to Gulf Shores beaches and we took the family. It was so much fun and sooo much work all at the same time but wonderful memories were made. I hope you get to continue to enjoy your family as long as they can stay!!!! cant wait to see the new web site!

July 2, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Yvonne - Lovely to hear all about your family, I see very little of my children (8 in all) they are scattered around the world, but it is such a treat when they come home to visit.
Have a wonderful time & treasure every moment,
Happy 4th July
Yvonne & Bailey & Poppy the NZ Bichons

July 3, 2014 - 6:11 am

Vicky - Goodness, that child has grown. She’s so beautiful – just like her granny! Have fun with your family. Happy 4th!

July 3, 2014 - 9:37 am

ina - happy 4th to you and your family! i’m hoping for sewing time and cooler weather. ;p

July 5, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Ann P, - Lily is beautiful! Enjoy your time with your family. A week ago we had all six of the grandchildren for a weekend. We had so much fun. While I was tired when they all went home, our house felt so empty. We love to take family vacations but unfortunately it is hard to organize those very often. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.

July 7, 2014 - 10:43 am

Jeanne - Lily is precious. Milkshake is so sweet and adorable napping with Lily. How did he do with the fireworks? My dog was fine, 1st year for the 4th. Hope Milkshake did well, too.
I saw your stroller. I think its a Pet Gear? Do you know which type of stroller? I’m looking for one for my dog.
Thanks so much for all the appliqué kits you do. Love them!

July 7, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Jackie Roisler - Lovely photos & sentiment Anne :) Thank you so very much for sharing.

July 8, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Kim - Aren’t children just so smart, I wish we start languages for our children in kindergarten instead of high school here in the USA.
I have a granddaughter named Lily too, she’ll be six in August and she lives far away from me, so we travel to see her and sometimes she travels to the beach in NC to see me. Enjoy your visit with Lily she will grow up so fast!
Good luck with your website and
Happy Sewing

July 11, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Mary Ann - Its always fun to have a houseful of sweet little faces and their very loved Mom and Dad’s. 2 of my daughters and their families moved to bay area last year so we have been more the visitors. Our house is so quiet most weekends now. I am getting a few more projects done but i would trade that off in a minute to run over for a breakfast together. And I know how hard it must be for you to have Lily so far away! looking forward to the new projects and website Anne.

July 15, 2014 - 7:32 am

Sarah - Lily is beautiful. Bilingual people are so clever I think. How long have you got the family from Germany visiting you?

Cotton Candy

Look what I bought for Valentines Day! A pink fluffy dog bed.  I just couldn’t help myself! I just hope I don’t have to end up buying two; one for Chelsea and one for Milkshake.  My studio could start looking like a cotton candy store! Anne :>)

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February 5, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Patricia G Hayes - Anne, I just giggle when we all hear from you. Your new baby looks so comfy buried in her pink fluff. Good for you, I would not have passed it up either. You have just the best way to live with your business, your pets, your family, etc., plus entertaining us also. thanks, keep it up\
Your little baby girl’s eyes want to melt my heart. I am happy she belongs to you and not me, I couldn’t make her behave, etc, I’d be a sucker for her.

February 5, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Janan - Milkshake is so adorable, she looks like she is in heaven!

February 5, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Bambi - I think you just HAVE to get one for Chelsea!

February 5, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Jean - Looks like Milkshake is tickled pink to be living in Bunny Hill Land!

February 5, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Sandy - It’s so wonderful that you were rescued by Milkshake! I think Chelsea would like one of those pink fluffy too!

February 5, 2014 - 10:40 pm

eva - Definitely get another one, it is adorable! Milkshake is very lucky and looks so happy in the fluffy pink cloud.

February 6, 2014 - 2:02 am

Vicky - I love her black and white on the pink bed! She’s so beautiful!

February 6, 2014 - 5:28 am

Nancy in Utah - My goodness, your newest family member looks incredibly comfy there. I’m thinking Chelsea just might ask for her own fluffy bed too…be prepared, LOL. Adorable pictures, thanks so much for sharing. Big, big Hugs…

February 6, 2014 - 8:02 am

Becky M - oh my, that looks too comfy! I would be snuggling up with her!. :)

February 6, 2014 - 8:26 am

Barb - Well, Chelsea certainly deserves one of her own but sometimes doggies like to lay close to each other. Do they share? or do they like to be separate?

Milkshake looks like the princess that we all know she is!! So precious!

February 6, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Cheryl in Kansas - You know Chelsea has to have one also, don’t want any sibling rivalry :-) milkshake is so sweet looking. Remember…there is nothing wrong with pink cotton candy….yum! Take care!

February 6, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Pauline - OMG Anne…Milkshake looks so content…like he has been part of your family forever. Luv the pink bed! I think Chelsea and Milkshake could snuggle on one…it looks big enough!! hugs Pauline

February 10, 2014 - 6:43 am

Wendy - Somebody looks pretty comfy in their new pink bed. So happy you found her!

February 11, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Anne Beale - Hi Anne,

Milkshake looks perfectly content on her fluffy pink bed but I do think that Chelsea will need one also. Both of your doggies have such sweet faces and dispositions to match ( I am sure) I hope Milkshake is settling in. I think that if I were a puppy I’d like to reside in your studio.

Warmest regards


February 17, 2014 - 9:04 pm

Linda Enslow - I love your Believe pillow and am looking forward to making my version. Your framed B is adorable as well. I feel inspiration knocking.

Rescue Angels

  On my quest to find another dog for our family, I’ve met the most AMAZING people.  Rescue Angels, I’m calling you.  You work so hard to save an endless number of animals, and your courage and faith amaze me.  What surprises me the most is how many of you there are! From Jean’s sister, […]

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January 23, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Anita - She looks like such a sweet dog. She has found a nice home with you and your husband.

January 23, 2014 - 8:22 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awwww, she’s so precious! Such a dainty little lady and so sweet looking. I’m so glad you got her. :D

January 23, 2014 - 11:05 pm

Elvira - It is wonderful that there are people who help animals, and doubly good that they find them a home where they will love. Such animals are always grateful for it

January 24, 2014 - 4:05 am

Dee - I agree with you wholeheartedly. They are angels. The world needs more people like them. The world also needs more people like you who are willing to adopt those animals who are older. God bless you! Milkshake is adorable.

January 24, 2014 - 5:10 am

Janet - Congrats on the new addition! Do the cats like her yet? I echo your thanks to the rescuers – both our dogs and two of our cats came to us via rescue organizations – they’re the heroes!

January 24, 2014 - 5:49 am

Shelley - Just right, in every way.

January 24, 2014 - 6:10 am

Linda - Oh Anne, just precious. She just looks like she’s been there for all of her 11 years. What a wonderful family she was so fortunate to be taken into. Congrats on your new baby!

January 24, 2014 - 6:11 am

mimi'sdarlins - She is adorable, Anne. So nice of you to give this credit to Rescue Angels…it may put others who are seeking pets in touch with this wonderful organization.

January 24, 2014 - 7:13 am

Vicky - Oh, gosh, I cried when I read this. Milkshake is beautiful, and YOU are the angel among us!

January 24, 2014 - 7:26 am

Letty - Looks like Milkshake hit the jackpot ;D So happy for you to have this lovely new sweetheart in your life. -Letty

January 24, 2014 - 8:12 am

Anita K - Anne your Milkshake sure does have personality she is just adorable and it looks like she has settled in with your family very quickly. My husband and I have two rescue doggies and I don’t know how to function without seeing their sweet faces, just can’t get enough of them. A high five to all of us who love these wonderful rescue babies.

January 24, 2014 - 8:18 am

Julie Z - I’ve been eagerly awaiting news about Milkshake! She is adorable and looks content and right at home. So happy you found each other and look forward to more pictures of her and of course Chelsea!

January 24, 2014 - 9:59 am

Jean - I’m so happy that you were able to get your perfect dog so quickly. You are correct in that the rescue people are angels. The stories I could tell you about what my sister does would melt your heart and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of all the rescuers all over the country! I’m looking forward to lots of pictures!!!

January 24, 2014 - 11:33 am

Marcia - Oh I am so happy for you and Milkshake. I love that you had the heart and courage to take an older dog. We lose them faster but there is a good feeling when you can give an older dog a wonderful love rest of life. Mine were from almost 8 years in a puppy mill. It’s a long road but what joy it is to see them, oh so slowly, learn to trust again. My hubby and I always say we will go to the grave with so many holes in our hearts from lost loved ones, but that’s ok, it’s a good thing to end up with a swiss cheese heart. That just means it was used up and used well.

Pet’s Milkshake, I’m happy for you!

January 24, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Chris - Awww……she does have the sweetest little face and I adore those ears! Thank you for letting her adopt her. We’ve shared our home with 4 dogs and 3 cats over the last 48 years and every one of them cam from a shelter to adopt us.

January 24, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
What a doll Milkshake is! You are to be commended for adopting an older dog. Love is love and age has no boundaries! One week, and look how happy she is…

January 24, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Louise - Oh my be still my heart! What a sweetie, i do think she just knew you were coming, just needed to be patient and you would arrive. Congrats to all of you.

January 24, 2014 - 6:59 pm

ina - I love Milkshake’s name!!!! We have always adopted through rescue org MUSH. Knowing the dogs are in ‘need’ just makes me love them and want them more! Older dogs have a harder time getting adopted so a special angel adopts them. ;p

So glad Milkshake has made herself/himself at home. ;p

January 24, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Gay Bomers - Milkshake is adorable! It looks like a match made in heaven. I’m happy she’s now part of a loving family!

January 24, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Christie andShellie - OH Anne That Is Such Wonderful News!! I’m So Happy For You And Family!!

January 24, 2014 - 7:27 pm

gloria g. - Oh my…..she is adorable……we too took on a new baby in August after losing our 15 year old Dotte…..Violet Louise made a trip from Shreveport, LA to Hemingway, SC with a whole lot of Angels……safely too……we couldn’t be happier for our Violet Louise and your new little Milkshake……so happy for you all…..what we would do without them?

happy in quilting, gloria g. Walls

January 24, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Mary - Anne, She is adorable. Wish I could cuddle with her, too.

January 24, 2014 - 8:00 pm

kathi schaffer - Anne– I’m grammie to Stanzi, an 8yr old mini dashchund who, to her mother’s sorrow, has also developed some color changes on her sweet little muzzle. Had to remind Mama that it isn’t silver — it’s SUGAR overflow because that dear little one just keeps getting sweeter every day! Your little Milkshake just came with extra sweetness!

January 24, 2014 - 11:16 pm

michele - She is so cute ! Bravo tom you for you are caring a new dog whois not so young. give a caress to Milkshake
Sorry for my English I am French

January 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

Barb - Oh Anne! Milkshake is so precious! You are an angel on earth to rescue her and give her the wonderful, loving home she so deserves. Many blessing to you, your family and all of your fur babies. I know we all look forward to seeing many pictures and all the tales (tails?) you will share with us.

January 25, 2014 - 1:43 pm

SueAnn Wirick - What a happy ending story. She’s just so darn cute. Lucky all of you !!

January 25, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Karen - She is so adorable. I love those eyes. I can see how you fell in love with her. Lucky Milkshake. She will always be loved.

January 26, 2014 - 8:08 am

Renee - A heartfelt welcome to Milkshake. She is absolutely precious. Love seeing pictures of your pups!

January 26, 2014 - 10:39 am

Carrie P. - Oh, such a cute face. congrats on your newest member

January 26, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Shelley - My mom bred Toy Fox Terriers when I was young. They are the nicest little dogs.
Big hearts and so playful and incredibly brave. Your Milkshake is so lucky to have discovered such a good home and you’re lucky to have found her.

January 26, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Donna Liljegren - Anne:
Bless you for adopting a senior dog. She’ll spend her Golden Years knowing love and comfort in your home. What a sweet face, too! She looks like she was meant to live at Bunny Hill. I’m so happy for all of you!
Donna and Tag

January 27, 2014 - 7:36 am

SuzK - I’m so happy to see Milkshake has a wonderful new forever home. She’s adorable. I have a friend who works with rescue animals as a volunteer (she works full time at a “real” job) and I’m always so impressed by the amount of time she puts into helping these animals find forever homes.

January 28, 2014 - 6:20 am

Wendy - Anne-

My heart felt very happy when I saw the pictures and read your post about Milkshake. I think the arrangement is a definite win/win!!! What a sweetie she is.

January 28, 2014 - 6:28 am

Janan - Milkshake looks very similar to my little Enos, Enos is 14 years old and very very gray. He tucks his nose under in his babybed when snoozing just like your photo of Milkshake. Enos is a
rat terrier/jack russel mix, he is small, but has long legs.
These are very sweet loving dogs.
I am glad you made the rescue.

January 28, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Gail - Thank you for adopting a senior. Bless your heart.
Ps I do cat transport, adoption events, fostering, my pleasure, my passion

January 29, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Betty Johaneman - I saw this little story and wanted to let you know I also just adopted a 10 yr old little maltese male My vets office does rescues and they couldn’t find a home for Nicholas because he was 10 yrs old They gave him to me They knew I was looking for another companion and I had lost my heart dog almost 2 yrs before a 145 lb Harlequin Great Dane. Anyway Nicholas is fantastic he came already house trained he is deaf and partially blind but soooo sweet Those people who decided against adopting him because he was 10 yrs old don’t know what they have lost


January 31, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Alex - What a beautiful girl. She looks so happy.

February 2, 2014 - 9:43 am

Vickie - Thank you, thank you, thank you for adopting a rescue dog.

I am a foster mama for Ratbone Rescues and want to make sure that the thanks go beyond the rescuers and fosters and extend to those who adopt through rescue. Without you adopters our houses would be full and we wouldn’t be able to save more dogs. In my house, when one leaves, another is welcomed.

Milkshake has found a great home and I am especially touched that you have chosen a senior dog. I have a 14 year old foster in my home who has been passed over for the 2 years she’s been in my house due to her age.

You’ve brightened my day :)

Close to Home in 2014

It’s amazing to me how life works. A choice I made last year, affects things in a much bigger way than I could have imagined. All of a sudden I stand back and say “now I see, I was supposed to be here”.   I decided in September that I would stay closer to home in […]

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January 4, 2014 - 8:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - Dear Anne, this post gave me goosebumps and brought me to tears. I believe too, that we are guided when we make decisions, and despite not knowing why you made the choices you did at the time, you are right where you need to be, right now, and will be in May as well. I love your friend’s new pup and hope you will find one just like her. I’m continuing my prayers for your daughter-in-law and your entire family.

January 4, 2014 - 9:16 am

PAtricia G Hayes - Dear Anne, I have missed something along the way and this note from you has me so sad for you all. I do believe I have figured it out from the comment above me. However my thoughts and prayers are there with you, and yes, you made a good choice to stay near home this year. Now is the time when a little gental one will find you and fill that niche in your heart.
Ypou will keep smiling, this I know just from our little purchasing relationship and emails.
Patricia in Florida.

January 4, 2014 - 10:31 am

DeAnna Dodson - Praying for you and yours, dear Anne.

And praying you and Chelsea in finding a new forever friend. I never met Bitsy of course, but I loved reading about her in your blog and seeing her precious pictures. I really miss her, too. But I’m eager to meet your new one when you find her.

How very exciting.

When I had to let my precious Elliot cat go, the vet brought me a feisty little orange kitten and told me he needed a home. Petie certainly will never replace Elliot, but he’s incredibly precious all on his own. He makes me laugh every day, and I can’t imagine being without him. You and Chelsea will know the right one when you see her. :)

January 4, 2014 - 11:04 am

Jean - You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day! Since losing a friend to breast cancer, my friends and I back home have made lots of quilts to raise money for cancer patients. We also make quilts to give a warm hug to people who are going through chemo. I was happy to find someone here after we moved with the same passion that does work for the Avon Walk. Unfortunately, it is something that is going to affect all of us in one way or another.

If you like, when you are ready to get a new little friend for Chelsea I can get you in touch with my sister, Janice. She lives in Tracy and works with a rescue agency there and is very good at finding the perfect dog for just the right person. They are a great agency! She has 8 dogs of her own!

I can’t wait to see your new patterns.

January 4, 2014 - 11:11 am

Kay - Wishing you happiness and peace in 2014. Following your heart is often the way to go and your post certainly tells us that. xx

January 4, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Julie Z - What a good idea to take Chelsea along when you look for your new family member. You will all know when you’ve found each other. I look forward to following your journey, and know all will be well.

January 4, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Carole Crane - You have been a wonderful inspiration to me, you have a beautiful talent and a giving heart. God doesn’t close a door without opening a window, sometimes it is hard for us to crawl through. Keep you and yours in my prayers.

January 4, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Michelle B - Just before my husband made the big move down here to TX he had to have our beloved Border Collie put to sleep. She was best friends and protector of my little Mini Doxie, Daisy. I didn’t even think about Daisy missing her until we were out walking and she saw a BC. I picked her up so there wouldn’t be any problems and could barely contain her she was SO excited! I think that from a distance she thought it was her buddy. That thought made me so sad.

PS–I had breast cancer 21 years ago this spring. It was very advanced but I chose what I felt was the best treatment for me, the surgery plus alternative treatments. Each person needs to do what they feel is BEST for their body. No one else knows your body like you do!!

January 4, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Meredith - Anne, my thoughts are with you for the challenges ahead for your family.

If you want to see an amazing show of support and fundraising with the theme of pink, all the way here in Australia, have a look at today’s Test Cricket Match (Sunday January 5) at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the third day between Australia and England. It’s Pink Day, and the crowd, the stands, the players and even the wickets will be an amazing sea of pink. It’s Jane McGrath Day, in memory of the wife of well known Australian cricketer Glen McGrath. She lost her battle with breast cancer a few years ago! and this pink cricket day is now done each year to raise money to employ specialist breast cancer care nurses! they have funds now for 100 of these special people. It was her wish, and the support from the cricket community and the spectators is amazing. Just google it for today’s match and you will see an amazing pink display.

January 4, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Meredith - Me again. Just apologising for the exclamation marks in my post, they are not meant to be there. Sorry

January 4, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Bonnie - Can’t wait for the PDF patterns–such a convenience!!

January 4, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Janet - I’m sure you and Chelsea will find the perfect companion … and close to home’s a good thing – you’ve got a lot going on in your world right now. Thoughts and prayers …

January 4, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Karen Miller - Anne… I remember two years ago when I lost my lifelong friend/horse Chief and posted about it just days after starting my blog. You were the first and only person whose response touched my heart, made me cry, but also helped me start healing. I want to thank you for that. Reading your post today bring tears to my eyes – I believe that everything happens for a reason. I’m so thankful that you are home to be with those that need you. God bless you and your loved ones. Thanks for being compassionate to those you hardly know – and for loving and helping those that need you. Take good care. Hugs, Karen

January 4, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Tina - Sending many, many positive thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Can’t wait to see pictures of Chelsea’s new buddy when you find him/her.

January 4, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Denise Armitage - Oh Anne, I m so sorry. Although I am I not Catholic, I do believe this new Pope is changing our world, showing the demonstrations of love to strangers, sometimes those who need it the most. So, from a from a stranger, to you and your family, I send my love and will say a prayer.

January 5, 2014 - 12:50 am

rc - Anne, I’m sorry for the diagnosis of your loved one. I know how difficult it is. :( As for a companion, when you are ready the East Bay SPCA in Oakland is a wonderful place to find a dog. I regularly volunteer there and they have a great selection of dogs. Hugs to you and your family. :)

January 5, 2014 - 6:53 am

Patricia - We lost our 17 yr.+ 1 week old Shih Tzu about a yr. ago. My husband told me NO more puppies. ( I think now he did this too speed me along) Well I found a breeder and we visted. She had 4 males– all adorable— I played with all.. but one kept sitting at my feet looking up at me. He was saying ” Come on lets get moving.” He choose us. He is now a yr. old Plays with the two cats and takes “care of” the 12 yr old Yorkie. So watch out I am sure you will be Choosen” soon.

January 5, 2014 - 6:39 pm

liz - Continuing to pray for you and your family. The lymph node surgery leaves you sore for quite awhile after, so make sure your loved one doesn’t overdo anything, or she’ll risk straining or tearing muscle. Not that y’all need anymore advice, I’m sure you’re getting several ears full…

January 5, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Sue - Dear Anne,

Oh how you made me smile when I read – someone up there was trying to tell me something. I know FOR SURE I am guided, protected and will ALWAYS be deeply loved from many above, one being my father. He died when I was 9. We were SO close and it seemed as if he knew our time would be limited. Being so young, it confused me why he was trying so hard to teach, show me everything he could, to prepare me for the best life possible. In retrospect, I understand now what he was doing! I believe we are all guided from above but for any number of reasons, we don’t recognize it until after the fact, if at all. We are so busy with what is going on in our lives, we rebuff our STRONG gut feeling of what/which decision we should make. “Gut” feelings usually being the strongest “signs” we receive.

I was SO happy to read about your plans – to continue to do what you love, your passion and our gift – EACH and EVERY one of your awe-inspiring designs, but slowing your pace some – to stop, admire and capture the beauty and wonder that surrounds us every day!

I was saddened though to hear the health issue your family member is going through. I will certainly keep them in my thoughts and prayers and know, surrounded by those they love, through and by faith, prayer, hope and determination, they WILL overcome it, and their health will be fully restored!

I recently saw 2 items on the web that apply to what we need to be focusing on to improve the quality of our body, mind and soul, instead of the stress, worry, and “what if’s” our minds normally go to! The first, a gentle reminder in this “hurry up” world, stressing that we need to take time to cherish and embrace all experiences in our lives, it reads – “Sometimes you never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” This is so true! There are no “do overs” in life so while beautiful and wonderful things are happening, it is so important to recognize them! The second was stapled to few telephone poles around town which read – “For one minute, please stand here in silence, look at the sky and contemplate how awesome life is!” It is so important to remind ourselves, give thanks, take a few moments each and every day in profound gratitude for the abundant blessings we all have in our lives.

Just a quick thought please, if you can, when you are ready to find a friend for you and Chelsea, would you please consider taking a peek on FB/Twitter? Every night a whole group of us tweet and also share on FB, cats/kittens/puppies/dogs that are to be put down the next day. You can find any “type” of dog you may be looking for, from pure breeds to mutts! They give a lot of information/history about the animal from age, health, prior exposure to cats/dogs. The rescue/shelters are more than happy to answer any questions you may have not listed under the animal’s picture and history.

In closing, may each dawn bring miracles of boundless joy, with an abundance of health, happiness, prosperity, peace & love!

Huggggs! :)


January 5, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Judi - Since you are searching for a new friend for your pup, please consider adoption. In one of the NYC newspapers last week the story was about how many chihuahuas are abandoned in a year. There were over 1000! One was found in Battery park in her pink tutu dress. No one claimed her. It seems that these puppies are given as gift accessories and then either abandoned or left at shelters. I am sure that any shelter near you or a chihuahua rescue group can find the perfect baby for you and a forever home for some lucky pooch.

BTW, for anyone else, there are breed specific rescue groups for almost every breed. They have everything form puppies to adult dogs and all have been checked by vets and tested for temperament.

January 6, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Jamie O. - Much love to your family as your loved one goes through treatments. I was 26 and 29 when I was diagnosed with my breast cancers. It’s been 7 years and things are great. It is a trying time, but just taking it a step at a time makes it bearable. Hugs to all. :)

January 8, 2014 - 3:27 am

Donya - I just had to comment, that has got to be the cutest picture of a dog, Chelsea is precious and your right she looks like she needs a buddy. Hope you find one soon.

January 9, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Pam in Indiana - I don’t believe God makes mistakes. Trusting that He is holding you in the palm of His gentle hand — and leading you and your lived ones where they need to be. You and your relative with breast cancer are in my prayers. xo

January 11, 2014 - 7:28 pm

CarolMacLeod - Well Anne…..your wish from above has come true. I am holding your new baby that was dropped from heaven. Milk Shake is on my lap while I read your blog about finding a new addition to your pet family. Tears for Bitsy and tears of joy for joining you with another sweet Toy Fox Terrier! Only 5 more days until she will join you!

January 17, 2014 - 6:34 am

Wendy - Oh Anne I am sorry to hear about the recent news concerning your loved one. Life definitely does have a way of stopping us in our tracks at times doesn’t it? It is good that you will be having more time to care for and support someone that needs it. Just when you think some decision was made for one reason it becomes clear that there may be a bigger plan at work. Maybe that is comforting at the moment to feel that things happen for a reason or that we have some inner sixth sense. It seems to have given you time to reflect and realize what you want of need more of for yourself in the coming year. Good luck in your search for a new four legged friend. And prayers to you and your family for a good outcome regarding the health issues you face together. Hugs to you.