About Me

My name is Ellen. I'm a wife, mother and caretaker of a tuxedo cat that recently chose to move into our backyard home.

I LOVE to design and create things. I find it deeply satisfying to start with an idea and some yarn, fabric, or paint and finish with an interesting, useful and beautiful product that someone will enjoy for years to come.

For me crafts are not only a way to express myself. The time and care I put into each project lets someone know that I care about them. There's love in every stitch.

I enjoy sharing unique tutorials, patterns and crafting tips, as well as some lessons learned about selling hand crafted items on-line.

Come back often to see what projects I am working on. I hope I can inspire you to create something wonderful!

If you're wondering where my blog name came from...

Many years ago, I set out on a quest. It was a quest to find an interesting, unique and fun addition to our household in the form of a dog. I spent months researching the traits and characteristics of just about every breed of dog known to man.

I was intrigued when I finally came across a curious breed known as the xoloitzcuintle (pronounced show-low-eats-queent-lay). They are a type of hairless, or mostly hairless, dog with origins in Mexico. The more I read, the more I was convinced that a xolo would be the perfect fit for our home.

Then I tried to locate an actual hairless dog. I found breeders in Washington, Texas,California and as far away as Finland. But nothing in Arizona. For a short while I contemplated making the trip to visit a breeder so I could see one of these animals with my own eyes. Finally, practicality got the best of me and I came to terms with the idea that a hairless dog was not in my future.

Surprisingly, one Sunday morning my husband found an ad in our local paper for Mexican Hairless puppies. It seemed too good to be true. By this point everyone in our home longed to see the mythical creature I had been describing for months. So, we called the number and set up a time to visit.

When we arrived, we were greeted by Pogo, an adult xolo and possibly the strangest animal I have ever seen. There was only one puppy left. She was a friendly, bouncy and wrinkly little thing with a few wisps of hair on the top of her head. It was love at first sight.

A few days later we welcomed our unique new friend into our home where she provided lots of companionship, smiles, and the topic for some great conversations.

My chilly dog was a wonderful reminder that being a little different can be fun. That's why she was the namesake for my crafty and creative blogging endeavor!