Fun News on a Monday Morning!

Happy Monday Everyone!
R- Chee & I have some FUN news to share!
My Pug Yarn Painting ~ The Kiss ~ was featured in Sunday’s Life & Arts section of our local Boulder paper, The Daily Camera!
It is also in an online version here 🙂


The signed print or a set of 10 signed note cards are available for you to enjoy in my etsy shop🙂
What  FUN news to start the day!
What do you have planned for today?
Please leave us a note and let us know!
We cannot wait to hear all about it!
Melissa & R-Chee

Friday Funnies ~ R-Chee says Let’s Party! Colorado Pugs in the Park 2013

Happy Friday everyone!
It is me…
I had so much FUN at The Colorado Pug Rescue‘s 2013 Party this year!
It is called Pugs in the Park…
…and boy was it ever!
They had tons of games, contests, food, spas, vets, toys, vendor booths and a big fundraising silent auction that was filled with amazing things to bid on and win while helping all of the pugs in foster care!
Here are some of the photos my dad took of our day for you to enjoy!

Every kind of doggie was welcome to join in on the FUN & learn to relax in style from the pug experts!

There were so many pugs to meet, games to play and smells to smell that I did not know where to start!

So my momma and I just decided to start to explore and see what would unfold!

We went to every booth and greeted every pug we could find in every direction!
We had so much FUN exploring that I needed to take a break and have a snack!
(BTW… I always need a snack :))
Here are just some of the friends we met!
Every pug & person had a wonderful time!
Smiles were shining everywhere!

Thank you CPR and all of the people, family and pug rescues everywhere for all the love, care and hope you bring to the world!

We cannot wait to go again next year!

Please leave us a note and tell us all about the Pug Parties you have been to this year! We cannot wait to hear all about them, your favorite rescue and your story if you would like to share it with us!

Melissa & R-Chee

Dog Treat Recipe ~ Wild & Crazy Rice Cakes

Happy Thursday everyone!
It is me…
I have a yummy treat recipe for all of you!
My momma says they are good for me but I don’t believe her!
They are just toooo deeelicious for them to be healthy! 🙂
Wild & Crazy Rice Cakes
I N G R E D I E N T S:
3 cups cooked wild rice 1 cup unsweetened natural applesauce 1 small chopped apple (or fruit or veggies of your choice) 3 eggs ½ cup cooked quinoa or favorite grain ¼ lb cooked ground turkey, beef chicken or fish ¼ tsp sage ¼ tsp rosemary
I N S T R U C T I O N S:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and spoon into grease muffin tins. Bake 25 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked and cakes are solid.
Cool before serving Store in freezer until ready to use. Yields 20-24 mini wild & crazy rice cakes.
Packed with protein & fiber! Archie loves them! 4 Paws Up!
Ooooo!  Is all for me?
Nom Nom Nom!
It is all gone!
More Please momma!
Oh R-Chee, you are so funny!
I will give you another one tomorrow!
These are treats!  Not meal replacements!
Tee Hee!
Please let us know if you make any!
We would love to hear how you like them too!
Melissa & R-Chee

Paws For Charity Art Book Project 2012


Happy Tuesday everyone!
I am sooooo excited to announce that the 2012 Paws for Charity Art Book is now available!
The 2012 Paws For Charity Art Book contains images of dogs and cats submitted by 66 artists and photographers (professional and amateur) in 9 countries.
All funds raised from book sales are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (, an animal shelter in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada.
I am so excited this year because this book is extra special to me!
My husband, Fred, is published in this edition on page 44 with his amazing photograph, “High Alert”.
I am honored to have my yarn painting, “The Love Pug“, published on page 66.
If you would like to preview the whole book and/or purchase a copy, please visit the 2012 Paws For Charity bookstore.
I am honored to be included among such amazing artists in this wonderful project that raises funds for beautiful animals who are in need just a little bit extra love right now.
Melissa & Archie

What an Honor ~ Blog Feature ~ Lion Brand Yarn Blog

Archie and I are so unbelieveable honored to be included on a Crafty & Creative Post on The Lion Brand Yarn Blog!

We have so much fun creating and sharing with you!




Thank you for always playing with us!

Please jump on over to the LB post today to meet the other fabulous artists featured that will keep you craving for more!

In the meantime, we are working on our bucket full of bobbles over here waiting for their window shade #2 debut!




We cannot wait to show you when it is done!






a & m

Love From Me 2011 ~ Art Book Project

 Happy Tuesday everyone!
I am so excited and honored to be a part of a new book project ~ Love From Me 2011 ~ that raises funds for people fighting cancer. Sara Harley’s gorgeous book is lovingly put together page by page with the contribution of 61 artists from all over the world.

Please read more about Sara’s inspiration, strength and personal story behind this amazing project.

I am honored to have my Smiling Pug Yarn Painting included on page 76.

You are invited to visit the Love From Me 2011 bookshop and blog to learn more and to get your copy today.

Life is art… Art is Life!


Melissa & Archie


Inspiring Yarn Paintings & A FaveCrafts Radio Spot!


Hi everyone!


I am so excited to share the fun news that I was interviewed on FaveCrafts Radio last week by the very creative and talented host, Pat Sloan.


She is an amazing quilter, artist and designer and has a Craft Radio Show where she treats listeners to creative ideas and featured guests who offer tips, project ideas, & product reviews about projects on and so much more.


The show is all about discovering the crafter in you!

I am honored to be included as a designer on and to have had the opportunity to share my love of Yarn Painting on her Feb 2, 2011 radio show.

My interview starts at 10:00 minutes in if you would like to fast forward into the show to listen to my segment.

I had so much fun!
Speaking of yarn painting and sharing…
I am so excited to show you the absolutely amazing yarn paintings friends have recently done and shared with me!
The joy I feel when I see them gives me goosebumps! 🙂

Here are two yarn paintings of Tweedles that her talented and loving mom, Georgie made!

Aren’t they amazing?

And my friend Gretchen made this portrait of her puggy Lola!
The texture, creativity and loving expressions of all 3 paintings inspire me more than words can say!

Both Georgie and Gretchen made their yarn paintings from photographs they took of their puggies.

You do not need to know how to draw to make these amazing works of art!

Please click here to read my yarn painting tutorial on how I created a corgi yarn painting from a photo of my sister’s sweet dog named Moe.

and speaking of my wonderful sister, Melanie, here are her two yarn paintings that she made of a brown bear we saw in Alaska and a snowman!

I am busy working on more yarn paintings that I will be able to show you soon!
Thank you for taking the time to play, share and have fun with me and Emmitt.
You all mean the world to me!
Melissa & Emmitt