Thursday, June 27, 2013


I just felt like writing about Bob.. for one thing if you're reading this than you wanted to so if you find it boring you can just stop reading ... beauty of that right?  The story of how and why we got Bob has been told won't repeat that.  It has taken me just about 5 years now to feel I  of have Bob figured out almost figured out Maneuvering around his many little non typical behaviors has not always been easy. One thing for certain he is a darling and so so friendly to human or canine alike.... a very special thing about dogs I think, is if allowed they will enter a place inside your heart and soul that can be so intune with your emotions you may not be aware its happened. Yesterday as we were all out mulling around the property I stopped at Old Ted's grave.. to chat with him and see the lovely setting growing so beautiful this time of year.. suddenly without notice Bob walked over onto the grave marker and looked up at me with that Bob face and expression .. why is my camera not sewn onto me somewhere. If you think I share a lot of pictures imagine if I took all those moments I think should be captured.  That moment when I looked at him all I can say is "Oh thank you Bob".  To me Bob said "oh here I am don't be sad" a dog's job... well done Bob!

Thursday, June 20, 2013


My parents little dog CeCe was a Yorkshire Terrier. I intended to write about my new roombox that I seem to be a little obsessed with.. in my attempt to find something to put in it suddenly CeCe  actually both the CeCes I made my parents were right there... People that know my story know it was the first dog I really made with fur.. the one I am writing about is the second one I made them.  For me I often feel I am following along on a journey and at times the things that come to me in many different ways come for a reason not always apparent at first. When I saw the little CeCe that I inherited back when my mom died 2 years ago I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. Odd how that can strike.. I took some quick pictures of her at that very moment I wanted to feel that feeling from way back when I created her with love, she was received with love and she was shown off with love to my mothers many friends in the residence she lived.I know they must of heard the story of how she was made many times over.. She shows that wear and tear but she has that little CeCe spark yet.  A little story about the real CeCe... we babysat her a few times when my parents would travel. She had a great time here in the woods little city dog fit right in all was great, slept with us love all around.. my father came home (CeCe was really HIS dog) she got on his lap I went over to see him and she growled at me fiercely LOL... however.. now I have a little breed dog and completely get it.. big dogs are just so different that way.. generally speaking..

I will be showing this roombox that has me fixated soon.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Black Great Dane

No cropped ears!  If I lived in another country other than America I would see many dogs that don't have all the alterations I am custom to seeing and making.  I love making Great Danes I don't know what it is.. size majestic look. I have seen many in person.. actually lived downstairs from one.. Clayton was his name. He was a grey brindle marked dog that had ears in the process of standing up.. what that meant is he had surgery to remove part and then had them wrapped in a very uncomfortable looking way. Was not my choice to do this to Clayton. I observed Clayton grow up from puppyhood. A very long process to adulthood for a large breed like this. He was so so gentle and could walk his small apartment without incident.   Here is a unaltered Dane that in some ways reminds me of my own dog Onyx. Jury is still out on what Onyx is..  My Dane in this photo has chewed a sofa a bit but it was a old sofa.. they make wonderful covers for those now days.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


I wanted to share a little update on Miou the Cat from Germany. I call him a Cat now because he is a adult and he has certainly the personality of an experienced male cat running the household he lives in. I know this because he keeps his mom up some nights with worry about him getting into trouble. Much like all us mothers do when our children are out of our sight...  one morning I opened my mail to find the picture I am sharing here.. all I can say is Delightful. I was so happy because  it was just the perfect photo.  The photography of this wonderful friend is always really special with much feeling but this photo just had so much I loved about it. The bits of joy that make life all so enriching. Sharing with you the one and only Miou! ...see the strong essence of him..

Monday, June 10, 2013

This Dog

This Dog is a dog that started out almost in a hurry... sometimes you need a GSD.  My dog Billie was a female sable GSD this dog reminds me of her...We didn't really know what "Sable" was when we went to look at the puppies. Soon we saw.. they were little foxes! Well that is what came to mind when the two sisters were running around my then 3 year old.  The father dog  was a German trained and responded to German commands (always impressive when a dog knows more languages than you know) so watching him go through his routine was very impressive.. "We will take her"  very happy to have finally made the choice. We waited as the dogs were kenneled so the paperwork could be drawn up. My husband and I noticed simultaneously that the intense whining and barking were coming from OUR puppy. "We will take the other one!"Snuggled up in the backseat with our son she was honored by him with the name Billie... after Billy Two Feathers from Shining Time Station.. yes I give away a lot with that reference.  Now when I look in the face of this piece I remember my Billie one of the best dogs I ever had.  I have had a lot of best dogs but Billie was really MY dog I always knew I was safe with her by my side. Once on one of our many outings in the car she attracted the attention of a police officer resulting in a traffic stop only to be told.."I saw your dog and wanted to see it up close" ... she was a great dog..


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Barn Dogs

 Kind of a long story involving this group of dogs.. originally the scene I was recreating is called "Intruder" I often like to recreate a scene from old oil paintings..  I was approached to recreate a dog for a woman and in return I agreed to let her make me a structure.   Unfortunately the piece was not the quality I expected or size.  I photographed them in a barn I own just so I can show them all together as they should of been.. I am remaking this family in half scale (that is what the structure is) so the piece I received can be used for photos if nothing else. I hope to have the smaller scale family made by next year.. notice the terrier brothers are part of the family.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Leo 2 & Summer

Always taken back to being a child in some way when I work... after all I am thinking about dogs or in this case dogs and horses..something I did always as a little girl. Leo 2 seems to be the stable mate of Summer.  Summer and Leo 2. Here is  an example of a little dog with a love to be in the same place as a horse of the same color, they have become quite good friends. A horse that has an expression on his face of kindness and a gentle loving nature. I always wait for that look to come through for that something... spark that speaks to me in some way... I can't explain. Two of my favorites right here. Oh I love horses think what they have always done for us always adding new ways to help us out.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Belly Scratch

  The photo will show the reason I named the post... I spent the day organizing dogs! Not the real dogs, that happens here a lot but this was the mini dogs.  Cleaned out the display case putting sold and commission work in order.Getting ready to start the new work that the owner has been more than patient for. Unpacked Old Ted's replica.. he had been in Chicago with me and I didn't unpack him into the chaos my studio was when I got home.  I am rambling sorry. Was told once by a very close friend reading my writing is a bit like the frolicking lamb I guess here and there  ... The little dog I am writing about was one I came across and had not really given any attention to for some time.  I placed him in a Kari Bloom chair.. my fist Kari Bloom chair in fact.  So many years ago... lets not actually count.  It is to me a special collector piece, reminding me of a loved friend and a wonderful beginning to both our mini work... She makes some incredibly creative things however I asked for a simple chair that I could make my little dogs pose in.. Belly Scratch is posing today. Cute little mix of some sort he seems perfectly content to stay in this chair until someone comes along to give him a real home in a real dollhouse or roombox.  You see I obliged him the belly scratch I can never resist a belly!

Monday, June 3, 2013


 How can a kitty from Germany have such an impact with just a photo?  The online community has had such a impact on my life.. personal and business alike.  One major and very enjoyable one is the people I have met from all over the world and of course their animals.. Always about the animal for me.  A very special woman and cat touched me in that special way that has no explanation. A simple compliment on a beautiful photo has led to a deep and very heat touched relationship.. For me something strikes like lightning! I saw the picture of Miou and just felt compelled to create him in miniature.. I don't remember when I have enjoyed a project more. The fiber fell into place, the special pieces I have held onto for years seemed to be just right for Miou... When the pose is up to me I  let the animal choose.. Miou in a seated position, later I learned one of his pictures is sitting in a window with a slight glance doward.. I loved it!  He decided his pose for me.. I hope you all enjoy this little photo display of Miou.. it is rare I make a cat as I don't think it is my real calling however Miou did call to me! Enjoyed my time studying his little face in photos and getting a real feel for him.. I hope I have captured Miou in all his wonderful glory..