Sunday, July 31, 2011

Some exciting news!

First, let me show you the photos from our camping trip last week. All none of them.

Yeah, camping was a bust. It rained on the way there, it rained WHILE we were there, it thundered. We were determined to enjoy ourselves. After all, the weather was supposed to improve, and we had a day of indoor activities planned. Surely we could do that, and then we'd revel in the nice weather & go do the outdoor parks that we already had tickets for.

I just erased the big long dramatic recounting of our trip - let's just say it wasn't fun trying to keep everyone from touching the tent while it was raining, and Thursday morning we woke up with a puddle inside the tent, and the rain still falling. And that's when we decided to cut our losses & head home early.

However, we have been talking about getting a dog for a long time. Years, actually. Only in the last few months has it seemed like something we were really ready for, and so earlier this week we started looking out for people giving up their pets. And, without further ado, meet Abby!



She was originally named Lily, but I don't think my niece would be too happy that our dog shares her name...so Abby it is! She's 4 months old, and unfortunately her family was just too busy to be fair to her, and so they offered her free to a new home. So far the cats are unimpressed, and Abby has decided that she would like to be no farther than 2 millimetres from a human at all times. Her previous home had 4 cats, so really it's just waiting for our cats to stop freaking out. She's about 18 pounds, and they estimate she will grow to about 40. I don't know much about breeds, but her mom was 10 lbs, and her dad was a mystery man. Anyone have any guesses as to breeds?

I'm guessing that you'll hear PLENTY about our new family member - hard not to fall in love with a puppy, right? And she's particularly adorable, and mostly housetrained already (fist bump!)

OK, and a card before I go - I actually made quite a few on Thursday & Friday. Of course the weather was spectacular....

Supplies: Paper from My Mind's Eye;
stickers from K & Co (rose, label, border on envelope);
foam tape to pop up rose; micro beads in pale peach ($ store)

attempting to show the micro beads & dimension...
I bought these rose stickers about a year ago at a yard sale (crafty yard sale? awesomesauce!) and have pretty much hoarded them ever since. They occasionally make their way into my "Ooh, totally making a card with that!" pile, and then sadly fall to the bottom of it, and then sadly go back in the drawer. This time I think it worked out happily for us. I added the micro beads with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic - after about 1.5 years I am nearly at the end of the bottle. $4 for 18 months is a pretty good deal, I think.

xoxo (and puppy smooches),
Jessi

10 comments:

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

Abby is SUPER SWEET and so is your card! Love the dramatic striped bg for that wonderful flower - just perfect!

Meg said...

Very pretty card, but most importantly, PUPPY!!!!! A very sweet looking puppy, as well! Love the undecided ears! And the cute stripe! And the housebrokeness! Can't wait to hear more about her (with of course pictures).

Sorry to hear the camping trip was such a bust, but I'm sure Abby made up for it! :)

lostinpaper said...

Beautiful card Jessi! Love that rose sticker, especially how is sparkles! Abby is gorgeous, she is lucky to have found you!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Abby is so sweet! Could she be a Beagle mix? That face--awwww! Beatiful card...I love the microbeads on it. Yeah for you for using your beloved stickers! Sorry the camping trip was a bust. :(

Theresa said...

What a cute little dog. There are days when I wish I had an animal, but then I think about it and say oh no way!! Your card is very lovely. Sorry they vacation wasn't perfect. Have a great week my friend.

Joan B said...

Abby is adorable and your card is lovely. I love that flower and it is perfect with that background.

Allison said...

Oh so pretty! Love the microbeads on that wonderful flower. Congrats on that new addition to your household!

Ribbon Girls said...

Abby looks like such a sweetie! So, so cute. Love her expression in that second pic.

And what a cool technique on your card with the microbeads! So much texture!

Emily Leiphart said...

Aw, Jessi, I was so enamored with Abby that I didn't read much of your post. LOL At first, she definitely looks like she has Beagle/Terrier in her. I love that she gets along with cats. Your poor cats though. LOL Mine would probably die if we brought home a dog! One day we'd love to have one though. :D Your vintage CAS card is gorgeous, too! I love those colours.

walchowDesign said...

So sorry to hear about your vacation and hoped that you did enjoy a tiny little bit despite the bad weather! Abby is so cute and I'm sure she will keep your boys and you busy!