Stash Report and My Mailbox

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Fun came via my mailbox yet again.

Ila struck with a bunch of scrap fabric again….I just love it.  I have them all out on my island right now.  I’ve been sneaking pieces out and adding them to my Pineapple Crazy blocks.  It’s fun.  I love other people scraps.  So many of the ones Ila send me are packaged as leftovers from projects.  I can’t help but wonder what the “mother” quilt actually looked like.  As I sew them into my projects I often wonder that.

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Ila also sent some gluten free goodies for Kelli.  We all tried this wonderful stuff, Sahale Snacke Nut Blend Pecan-Cashew Nut Crisp with cinnamon, apples and peaches.  It is heavenly.  Kelli had to hide it as we all loved it!!  THANKS ILA!!

Anita Owen thought of me with a fun gift of quilting pins.  Aren’t they so cute?!  Thanks so much for thinking of me Anita.  I really appreciate the gift.

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I got two notes in the mail this week too…both made me smile.  Thanks so much for thinking of  me ladies.  The older I get them more and more I appreciate letters and cards that are handwritten.  Knowing someone took the to write makes me feel special….THANKS!!

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On the stash report side of things I was talking to Kelli and told her that we didn’t report the fabric that was used to make the quilts for the book and those quilts have since returned to our house.  We both decided we’d need a little time along with a pencil, paper and calculator to figure that all out…in the meantime, here’s the report….Look at those lonely zeros….

Just to make the stash report official, here’s the stats.

Used this week… 0 yards.

Used to date…  0 yards.

Check out Patchwork Times for more stash reports.  Hopefully someone there has a little more excitement going on in their sewing room.

Curing the Bark

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Ruby’s been a bit of a barker….nothing horrible but still a barker at times.  If it’s just me and her, she does a great job but if we add Betsy into the mix…it’s not so good because Betsy truly is a barker.

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When Betsy starts barking…it’s really hard for Ruby not to join in.  She hasn’t been horrible…but she’s not been good either.  It’s even worse now that we have more people in and out dropping off and picking up childcare kids.

I talked to Kalissa about it and she ended up going to Petsmart and talked to the lady there about it.  Kalissa had thought about getting a bark prevention collar.  Instead she got this….The Company of Animals Pet Corrector.

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What happens is the dog does some type of behavior that you don’t want them to do.  It our case, it’s barking.  Then you just spray it.  It’s actually very similar to canned air that you might use to clean your computer keyboard only this makes a bigger aerosol spray noise.  The noise frightens the dogs.

So far, it have worked really well.  Ruby is terrified of it…Betsy is but not quite as much.  Now when both dogs are here all I have to do if for Ruby to see the can and she’ll quit.  In fact, if Betsy starts barking Ruby will look from me to Betsy and put her tail between her legs.  Ruby completely gets it.

Betsy has made vast improvements but we still need to work a bit more on it…I am happy with progress though.

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