Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Baby Gift & New Family Member

Here is a photo of the gift I made for my Cousin's new baby.  He was born last week and they have named him "Xavier".  They live a couple of hours away from where I live, so I posted this to them so they could start using it straight away.
I told them that they could use it as a coverlet for in the bassinet or car seat, change mat or tummy time mat, whatever they wanted to use it for.  I wish it could have been bigger, but I just don't have the ability to make larger pieces as my sewing machine is not a quilting model and I'm not that talented enough to even know where to begin when it comes to fancy quilting.  I simply stitched in the ditch of all the squares on this one.

I have just stitched up another block on my CHS Alphablocks, photo next post.

Some of you may remember my post last year here, where I told you how we had to say goodbye to our beloved 15 year old Staffy "Jed".  I thought I wouldn't ever want another dog after losing him as my heart was broken and I didn't want to experience that pain again.  Well that feeling lasted for 6 months and then I felt that the house just seemed so empty without the patter of paws on the tiles and someone to greet us when we got home.  We discussed it at length and decided that we would like to rescue a dog and to my surprise my husband said he would prefer to rescue a senior dog, as we were just too set in our ways now and didn't want a puppy all over again or juvenile dog that may come with some bad habits.  I had my concerns about an older dog, but then we saw "Ellie" on a rescue site and just fell in love.  My husband was saying how she wouldn't get a home because she was older and a little overweight, yet we loved the breed (yes Ellie is another Staffy) and we could provide her with a loving home for her final years.  So I agreed to go and meet her, and yes of course she came home with us.  She is a purebred blue Staffy and she is 10 years old, she had papers that came with her providing these details, we actually bought her home on her 10th birthday.  She is a sweetheart and has settled in extremely well, we couldn't have asked for a more placid, relaxed dog.  Yes she has some issues, weight was one but she has already lost quite a few kilos with us, she also has what they call a "cherry eye" where some of the pink of the inside of the eyelid sticks out a little and some lumps and bumps in places so she's definately not pretty, but she has the most gentle soul.  She is not very photogenic, but I managed to snap this photo of her as she lay asleep.  

You either like the breed or you don't, I LOVE them.  
What most people do not realise is that Staffies were called the "Nanny Dogs" in England and America in the 1800's due to their affinity with children.  They were chosen for their loyalty, love of humans, and desire to protect their human children and were often left alone to watch the kids!
These dogs were considered the perfect family pet ... those of us who own such breeds can definately understand why!  She is amazing with my Son and he absolutely adores her.
Until next time, happy stitching


D1-D2 said...

Does that mean that Nana from Peter Pan was a Staffy?

gracie said...

Oh your new family member is precious...good for you to give her a loving home.

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

Good for you. I think she cute. Never heard of the breed but who cares she is getting a good home and you have a friend. hugs Lynda Ruth

Carol said...

The little baby coverlet is adorable, Lisa... I'm sure Xavier will feel warm and loved in it :)

How nice that you and Ellie have found each other--she sounds like a real love!

Silvia Saxosue said...

Ellie seems to be a really cutie and I love the idea of giving her a loving home for her final years. The baby blanket looks lovely, too!

Terri said...

Pretty quilt!

I think she's gorgeous! She looks so sweet sleeping on her bed! Congrats!

Lisa V said...

In answer to D1-D2's question above.
No, Nana in Peter Pan was portrayed as a Saint Bernard or Newfoundland dog.
It was apparently supposed to be a Newfoundland in the story book, but when they bought it to film they used the colouring of a Saint Bernard dog for the animated version and the film with real actors it had a Saint Bernard playing the role.

shez said...

Hi Lisa,what a beautiful gift you made for your cousin's new baby and i love that you gave Ellie a new home,you and your hubby are very special loving people and Ellie looks right at home with you .xx

Angela P said...

Thanks for sharing a pic of Ellie, she looks so happy :) Love the baby blanket finish, it's gorgeous!

Brigitte said...

Such a lovely little baby blanket that you made as a gift. It looks great. And your new family mamber seems to have adjusted perfectly. I do love her picture.

Anthea said...

lovely gift there for Xavier, Lisa... I'm sure it will be so useful especially with some cooler months still ahead of us.

As for your Ellie, she's just gorgeous & you're a family with a big heart, so I know she'll love her time with you all. She looks so contented!

Maggee said...

That baby quilt is so cute and precious!! Congrats on such a great project! And also congrats on rescuing an older dog! She will be blessed in your home, as will you be blessed having her!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I adore your sweet new addition! And the quilt for your cousin's new baby is stunning ;)

diamondc said...

Oh my goodness how could you not love this sweet little creature of God, she is positively adorable, she is a lucky lady to come home with you both, I am sure she feels like she is living in a castle, and it is filled with loads of love.
Congratulations on your new cousins baby, the quilt is adorable.


Sally said...

Your new family member is adorable. I was always afraid of this breed but then our neighbours got two ( Mum and son ) and they were the sweetest dogs. Previous neighbours had one and it was so nasty but I think that was their fault.

Love the baby gift.

Fiona@Dragonfly-Sewing said...

Lovely quilt oh and how cute is your new baby :)
You are certainly special people to take on a rescue dog xx