Makings, Lyla progress and a Plea


Sorry it has been busy here, but here’s what has been happening.  A little pouch was made for a friend’s birthday. The lining reminded me of Victorian end papers in books.


Zodiac fabric on the front and a twisted cord to the zip.



Another friend had a birthday. I tried a new to me technique with stained glass following a you tube video.

This was very much an apprentice piece! I will stick to lead I think. I am a lot neater!



Lyla is settling in well.  I can’t believe it has only been a week and a half!


She enjoys walking with the others.


There had to be one facing the wrong way- Bungle!


She was a bit in awe of the greyhounds when she arrived but she is coming on nicely now. She will join Bungle on the sofa and is more at ease with Squeak. When I am studying she just snuggles against me quietly.  When nothing is happening in the house she sleeps, but when something is happening she is all waggy tailed and wanting to join in.



Sorry tilt head left for the final stitcheries for Quilting Mouse by Nikki Tervo. They wont rotate for some silly teckie reason.


“Piecing by Machine”


“Reel Vase” -ah that’s where those needles went! I was beginning to wonder if they dissolved after a time.




Now for a plea.

I am asking for Blogland’s help to try to find forever homes by sharing these photos, descriptions and videos of 2 dogs. They were with Lyla when she was hiding in the tyre after being dumped in Cyprus. They are both friendly, submissive and sweet tempered. They are still out there living rough at the mercy of people who see them as pests to be poisoned. In Cyprus it is normal for people not to even slow down when they see a dog in the road. Lyla was initially very fearful of traffic. The volunteer can get them passport ready for a plane trip to their forever home.

The first is a one year old Beagle cross called Ace, who is only a few cm taller than Lyla. He is mainly black and white but there are some brown colours to his face.


A volunteer is feeding both of them but as they are sweet tempered, she has to keep the more dominant  big dogs from stealing their food while they eat. This is what she says about Ace:

Oh my……Ace is also living on this wasteland with Lyla (the beagle girl in the tires).
He is too loving not to have a home. He is not aggressive, not dominant, very sweet, and just too fantastic to ignore. I have to rehome this boy no matter what because whoever adopts him will thank me forever I’m sure.
Don’t take my word for it, you can watch his video !

Ace’s video is here

The 2nd dog is a one year old pointer called Poppy. She has a pet passport already so if a forever home is offered she is almost ready to fly. She is spayed and had all vaccinations apart from the rabies one I think. Like Ace she is gentle, submissive and loving. You can see her character clearly in the video.

Poppy Collage


The volunteer says:


Who loves Pointers? Well Poppy is still living out there in this weather! 
Only a year old, spayed, vaccinated, and blood tested, Poppy is looking for a forever home. She is too sweet not to be a family pet. I am doing whatever i can for her out there but there is only so much I can protect her from when she is living so exposed. Please share, Poppy’s home is somewhere out there.

Poppy’s video is here.

The volunteer runs this facebook page if anyone wants to contact her directly.

So I am asking everyone who is reading this if they can cut and paste this part of my blog post and put Ace and Poppy’s photos on their blogs and ask everyone who reads their blogs to do the same. Both of them may just be a blog post away from finding their forever homes.

Blogland is such a caring place where I have been at home for a number of years, so I hope we can come together and get these 2 lovely dogs into safe homes away from people who would hurt them. Every day the volunteer worries about what she may find when she goes to feed the pack of dumped dogs. These 2 are desperate for love and have done nothing wrong, it is just a cultural attitude which has placed them in this position.

Please help them. Please share their photos and descriptions on your own blog and ask your readers to do the same.

Thank you.

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  • Tracy says:

    Ooo… LOVE the fabrics on the zip-bag! And the flag glass is WONDERFUL! Well done on that! That’s something I’ve not dipped into much, is stained glass. The stitcheries are coming along so beautifully too. Something nice and gentle to work on of an evening. LOVE the group photos of the family dogs! :o) Lyla does look like she’s settling in well and part of the pack now. So glad it’s going so good! She looks a little sweetheart! Poppy and Ace… so sweet they are! I will share a post at my place early next week, and link to yours. Hopefully with all of us sharing the word, more love grows and news homes & loved one found for these dogs… and all dogs who are sadly abandoned and neglected. Blogland Team effort. ;o) ((HUGS))

  • They are delightful looking dogs. I’ll send your blog off to my sis. She is looking for a pooch.
    You are branching out to glass now? Love your first efforts… very pretty.

  • jeanie says:

    First of all, so glad to hear that Lyla is settling in nicely. She looks quite content with her new siblings! And your creative work is lovely. I tried glass once. Not a media in which I’m good or have the patience but I loved your piece, as with the pouch.

    I wish you well in the hunt for furever homes for these sweet animals. We see much the same thing here in the states — it’s sad when the animals are so dear. I hope this post will help them.

  • Ulla says:

    Lovely pouch and “the most beautiful flag in the world”! Your mouse stitcheries are so very cute. Good luck for the dog adoption project.

  • Annie says:

    Melanie, I am the lucky friend who got that pouch! Thank you again.
    So glad that Lyla is getting on and has her forever home! I wish I could take those dogs, here in Taos we have the same kind of mindset with the animals, it breaks my heart and I have 3 rescue animals already and that is my limit. I will post on FB, as my blog does not get many people these days.
    Love your other makings.
    Happy Birthday weekend. xoxo

  • simone says:

    How fast Lyla feels home with you all! She looks so comfortable with her dog friends. Such a little sweet heart!
    I linked to Facebook link on my timeline for Dutch readers. Hope it helps!
    Such cute stitcheries!
    Happy Easter to you and your family, Melanie!