Thursday, May 26, 2011

My beloved Ginger

I had hoped that this week I would be posting a celebration post but instead I am posting a sad goodbye.  I am sure many of you have wondered why I call my blog The Crafty Basenji, well its because of a dear sweet dog that I own.  10 years ago this week I brought a scarred abused basenji named Ginger into my life and she forever changed it.  In case you do not know a basenji is a small African hunting dog used to flush wild game from the brush, they are also known as the barkless dog but they are far from silent.  Instead of barking they yodel, howl and also scream, trust me go to youtube and look for basenjis and there are plenty of examples of their noises.

Ginger was over weight, had no muscle tone and had no social skills.  It was not always easy with her and we had many issues that we over came with time.  She turned out to be a very sweet girl, loved our kittys and helped with other rescue basenjis.  Sadly on May 16, 2011 at the age of 13, I lost her to kidney failure.  I feel like a part of me has died and even thou I have 3 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers I miss my little lap dog dearly.  I have put off posting this because I knew that it would be a tough one to type up.  I even debated on deleting my blog but have decided to keep it to keep her living on thru the internet.

I love this picture because if shows how wonderful she turned out to be, she put up with a lot when my son was born but she never once showed any agression towards him.

Here she is with her sister Nickie in June of 2004 at a dog park on the beach in California.  We can tell that Nickie misses her sister, this is the first time she has been without her.

Little did I know that this would be the last picture I took of Ginger in April.  I just thought it was funny that 2 dogs and my sons turtle was enjoying the sunshine together.  If there was sun to be found, Ginger was sure to be in it.

The other day I picked up Ginger's ashes but didn't tell my son what was in the wooden box he was holding.  I told him it was a special box to put Gingers memories in, he looked up at the sky and said " I wonder what cloud she is on."  I had to pull over to the side of the road and cry a little.  As I was typing this he noticed me crying again and asked if I was sad about Ginger and I told him yes, he told me that I still had Ginger's box to remember her with and I thanked him for reminding me.

1997 -2011
Forever in my heart and never far from my mind

Monday, May 16, 2011

Small finishes and a new WIP

It seems like forever since I posted.  Life has been non spot these days with school getting ready to end and getting the yard ready for Summer.  I have managed to get a little stitching done but it seems to be going slow these days.  This first one is another of the Sam Sarah series and its called The Front Gate.  I changed the color of the gate to a light brown because the white on white was not going to show up.  Now I just need to get them finished into ornaments.

I just had to stitch this little guy since Erik made him for me.  He was lots of fun to stitch and I just love the colors on him, I hope to make him into a ornament or small wall hanging. 

A few weeks ago I fell in love with a tree that my friend Sue is stitching and just had to join the Yahoo group and get in the on the SAL.  I am really enjoying this project and I love seeing all the different colors people are using on it.  The SAL is on a yahoo group called The Stitch Specialist and the project is called The Tree of Stitches.  Right now we are up to part 8 but I have only got up to part 7 done.  Each part is a different type of specialty stitch.  I am stitching it on a fabric called Winter Winds and I am using an old Needle Necessities floss called Serengeti for the trunk and Carons Waterlilies Silk 088- Mountain Meadow for the rest.  I still need to figure out a bead to go on it as well.

My plans for the week are to work on old WIPs and also try to get some finishing time in so I can get the ornaments made and a few projects framed.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Freebie from the Ship's Manor

I am so excite, my friend Erik who is the master mind behind the fun Ship's Manor patterns made an owl freebie and named it after me.  You can find it on his website in the freebie area.

I have more fun items to tell you about but I still need to take pictures of them and right now I am getting ready to go geocaching with friends and family so I will try to post again later today or tomorrow.

Have a great day!!