Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Change of Plan

Due to life changes, I'm going to have to take a different approach to my dog treats. I'm going to be really busy for the next several months and away from home here and there, plus, I have a whole room full of "work in progress" crafts that I need to get to. So, whenever I have a free weekend, I'll bake and post those treats here, beginning September 20th. If you're interested in what I'm baking, let me know. My Etsy store, ciaohound, will have my miscellaneous crafts in it, at least until things get back to normal. If you have any questions, you can email me at:

Thank you :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Birthday #46

Today is my birthday. I turned 46, (wow, huh?!). As I'm reading through my blog reading list, I'm seeing others have birthdays today, too. So happy birthday to all of you! Also, the lady who does the channel 2 weather in the mornings is having a birthday today, too; so Happy Birthday, Jamie.

Some birthdays are great and memorable, others we just try to muddle through.

I passed a church sign on the way to work today, "Have you made God smile today?" ... that made me smile, but my answer was, "probably not."

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Just in time for Back to School, I came across these adorable bookmarks from SassySashaDoxie! You can never have too many. Check it out:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

True Love

The other day we were in the backyard cooking dinner on the barbecue when my husband noticed a very tiny frog (or toad - I'm not sure which) sitting on the patio. I decided to catch him (the frog, not my husband) and move it to the back of the yard so Velvet wouldn't discover it and decide that was dinner - yes, she's gross :)

So, I put the little guy in a bucket and passed beneath our large maple tree when I caught something fluttering about from the corner of my eye. It was a female cardinal. She was having a very difficult time flying. Up and down and all around, never getting very high in the air. I hurried past and knelt to dispose of the frog in a large bush. When I looked up, there was a male cardinal sitting there, staring at me. It was really kind of eerie. So, I turned quickly to go back toward the house when the female flew right past my face, then nearly hit the ground, then back up about waist level. I was startled having almost ran into her. When I had cleared the area where she had been flapping about, I turned and she was laying on the ground on her back, her chest heaving quickly like she was out of breath. I took a step closer and she was suddenly still.

It was so sad. I looked up and saw the male cardinal hopping from one branch to another still on the same large bush. He was flapping his wings. I went back to the house and decided to deal with it tomorrow; maybe the male would be gone by then.

My husband had seen the whole thing from his spot next to the barbeque and said that was probably best, just wait until morning. I went inside to finish with dinner things and looked out the window every now and then to find the male cardinal, sitting there on the lawn next to the female. My husband said he stayed there for at least 5 minutes before returning to his perch on the bush. We watched him watching her, lying so very still on the lawn.

I was so amazed. I had no idea that cardinals held this type of bond for their mates. I felt helpless. It was such a tragedy.

Soon it was nightfall and we could no longer see the birds in the distance.

The next morning, I awoke and took Velvet out for her morning constitutional. I slowly walked to the back of the yard to see the poor fallen cardinal and expected to see her husband still sitting there in the bush beyond where she laid, but when I got to the spot, I couldn't find her, and I didn't see him. It may be farfetched, but I imagined that she was so scared that she only pretended to be dead, and that her dear sweet husband was watching over her, giving her time to recouperate, waiting for the humans to disappear. And, when the time was right, she was able to fly away with him and escape harm.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

August Challenge

PetsJubilee is having a monthly challenge that would encourage people to "step outside their box". The challenge is to create a 4 x 6 piece of artwork. Email a picture of it to before noon EST on Sunday, August 23rd. The PetsJubilee team will vote during the last week of August. Here's the catch: all entries must be donated to the Creative Center (see below).

This is the posting from a fellow Etsian who is coordinating this benefit:
From LennyMud:
"I am helping to run an event for THE CREATIVE CENTER-which is a great organization that brings the arts to children and adults who have cancer. You can read more about all the good work they do at They are holding a benefit September 24th in Manhattan which will be attended by several hundred supporters, including some celebrities like Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave, and some well known local artists like William Weegman. Other Hollywood A-Listers are submitting "doodles" which will be auctioned off at the event.

My job is to collect 250 pieces of original postcard art (4 x 6) from emerging artists like yourselves or your team members. These will be given to people who purchase tickets for the event. Each piece will be displayed with the artist's name and info during the course of the event; it is a great way to have your work looked at by a lot of people and also to help others who are not as fortunate.

If you know someone who has been touched by cancer, this is a great way to honor them.

It can be any medium: acryic, oil, watercolor, sharpie marker, wood, cloth, photograph -- only requirement is that the 4 x 6 piece of art can be easily hung (does not require a frame though) and is, again 4 x 6.

Thanks so much!!"

Create a piece of artwork, 4x6.
Take a picture of it. Email the picture to before August 23, 2009. I'll email you the address to mail the original artwork to.
Mail the artwork before August 31, 2009.

The winner of the challenge will win a PetsJubilee Sample box.

Click here to see the entries.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Etsy For Charity

Etsy for Charity (EFC) is a group of artists all fueled by the passion of helping the community with their crafts.

All items listed at EFC Shop are donated by Etsy sellers and they will be shipped direct from their country to you!

Sales proceeds (less shipping and other expenses) for this month will be donated to

EFC August Charity of the Month
American Cancer Society

Search tags for "efc team" for members of Etsy for Charity (EFC).

Check out our EFC Team Blog at

Register at to be a member of EFC Team.

To donate an item to EFC Store, convo EtsyForCharity.