Happy Birthday Dogly!

My little Milo is 10 today!

He is such a cute boy 🙂

So, for his birthday…I made some little dog biscuits from a doggy recipe book that my boy got me for Christmas. They are carrot and banana, I’m sure he’ll like them 😉

Here’s the recipe in case you have a little dogly that needs some yummy homemade treats!

Carrot and Banana Bites.

2 carrots, grated

2 bananas mashed

200g Plain flour

100g Porridge oats

20ml Sunflower oil

a little water

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4 (180 C).

Mix the grated carrot, mashed banana, oats and flour with the oil to make a dough. Add a small bit of water if it is too dry. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it is 1/2 inch thick. Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch squares and place on a baking tray (I used a silicon baking mat on top of the tray so that the biscuits wouldn’t stick).

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and then switch the oven off and leave the biscuits in there for around two hours until hardened and cool.

Store in an airtight container.

Biscuits should last for around 10 days…but will probably be eaten long before then!

I rescued Milo from Bath Cats and Dogs home in February 2006. He had been there for two years and previous to that he had been beaten, generally he hadn’t had a good life.

But then I got him and loved him right away. He is the first dog I have ever had so I wasn’t sure what to do at first but all was well and Milo loved me as much as I loved him.

A year after I rescued him he had a fit (seizure). The vet said he was epileptic and he had to go on medication. At one point he had a massive fit and had to stay in over night and have an IV put in his arm.

He averages at two fits per year now and the epilepsy is mostly under control.

A couple of years ago, he had an operation on his eye as his third eyelid had torn. He was very brave. I gave the vet his blankey so that he had something familiar with him and when I got him back he was very groggy but so happy to see me!

Everyone who meets Milo seems to love him. He’s very cheeky but it does make me laugh when he is and he’s so cute that he gets away with it too.

When my Dad comes round it makes Milo scream and cry like a baby because he loves him so much. He also loves my lovely boy and licks his face when he gets home from work.

When I am ill and need to stay in bed, Milo stays with me and refuses to leave the room…he even growls at people who try to get him to leave.

He loves walks…he loves food, especially strawberries, cheese, chicken and chewy dental sticks. My Mum always puts a Christmas dinner by for him on Christmas day so that he doesn’t get left out.

Milo at Christmas

Have a lovely day my sweet little pup.

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~


So, I had a lovely day

I promised I would tell you about my lovely day yesterday…so, here goes!

First of all, I slept through the night! Now, that may not sound like too big a deal but my sleep pattern is often backwards or very disturbed due to my illness so for me to go to sleep at the proper time, sleep through the night and wake up in the morning is a massive achievement for me!

So, I pottered around a little and then in the afternoon my lovely mummy, daddy and my little sister came to visit me! It was so nice to see them all, I miss them so much.

Milo was also excited to see them…so much so that he puked with excitement…not cool.

They brought me my favourite pasty that you can only get from a shop in south Bristol as well as some doughnuts and some shortbread from when hey were recently in Scotland. I gave the lovely sister a dinosaur I knitted (and forgot to take a photo of…d’oh!) and they all like the Christmas pudding I knitted (the Christmas pudding is going to be stock for the craft fair that my sister is organising for October…more details about that later along with photos of some of the stock i make).

When the lovely boy got home from work we all had a wander around in town and then went to the pub for a drink.

I was sad when they left for home but happy that we had such a lovely day and I was pretty worn out by t he time they left too so I had a lie down for a while….so did Milo.

Cute sleepy dogly 🙂

Also, a few days ago my lovely little sister got us tickets to go and see City and Colour in Cardiff in October! Yay!

Here is the the song ‘Fragile Bird’ from his latest album (which I just got and really like!)

Let me know what you think 🙂

Dont forget that the Posh Yarn competition is ending on the 30th June, that’s just four days from now! If you’d like to enter, please do so before the closing date…you can enter here. The winner will be drawn at random from all the entries received and will win a £15 voucher to spend at Posh Yarn! Awesome prize, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Speaking of Posh Yarn, they have a mystery sale this evening…you will not know what colours you are getting when you chose the yarn and all the yarn is discounted as they are ‘orphan’ skeins. I’m tempted by it because i love surprises! Let me know if you decide to buy, I would love to see what you get 😀

It’s a lovely sunny day here in Salisbury…so, here’s a postcard for you so that I can pretend i am on my holidays!

Hope you have a lovely weekend and make the most of the sunshine.

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

Wednesday’s ‘What I love’

Wednesday is such an odd day…no one seems to like it very much, poor old Wednesday. So I have decided to allocate Wednesday as the day I show you pretty things that I love 🙂

1. Glass knitting needles

So beautiful

Aren’t they just gorgeous, I bet they would be wonderful to knit with.

2. Pirate cake


I love pirates, I love cake…perfect!

3. Bird stamps


These are made by Prima Marketing and they are my favourite! I love the little frog too.

4. Embroidery



5. Personalised rubber stamps


I really want to get a Milo stamp! (Click the picture for the link to the Etsy shop for these!)

6. Storage jars


I need shelves…and jars…

7. Peonies

*click for link*

I just love peonies 🙂

8. Milkshake


I love peanut butter and chocolate milkshake!

What are you loving today?

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

Would you like to adopt a monkey?

I would!

But these monkeys are special…they are made from socks! (And you know how I feel about socks…)

I bet you will want to adopt one when you see them…

Arent they so cute!

So…do you want one yet?

How about now?

These little darlings are created by Wendy (AKA Monkey Maker) and can be adopted via her Facebook page here.

Each standard, adult monkey costs £12.50 including p&p. To adopt a monkey you need to look at the pictures of available monkeys on the Facebook page, leave a comment on the one you’d like to give a new home to and the person who comments first gets to adopt the monkey! (See the Facebook page for all the information you need about adoption, postage, cost and how they are made.

You could get a Batman monkey…

…or do you prefer Robin?

Or how about a ballerina?

You can even get tooth fairy monkeys, complete with a bag for collecting milk teeth!

If you contact Wendy (you can do this by sending her a pm via her Facebook page) she will even make you a custom monkey…or even another animal entirely!

Do you recognise this little guy?

That’s right! I have a sock dogly!

A friend of mine ordered my sock-replica of my own little pup for Christmas. He is so cute and has the same heart-shaped patch, the same odd ears and a metal dog tag with his name on it!

Yes, I highly recommend adopting yourself a monkey…or a dog. You won’t be disappointed.

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

PS Check out the brand new sock monkey blog here!

Do you like cows?

So, I found this really cute picture…

It made me chuckle cos this calf looks so angry!

So then I decided to look for cow items…cos I rather like cows. Here’s a few I found:


*click to buy!*

I found this uber-cute cow button badge at www.zazzle.co.uk


*click to buy!*

A rocking cow…much better than a rocking horse if you ask me.


*click to buy!*

Cow cookie cutter and a recipe for cow cookies…you’ll never guess where I found these…





Isn’t that just the best website name ever! And they cater for all your cow needs.


*click to buy!*

This fluffy, cow print bag costs £14 and is available to buy from Crafty Clairy via Folksy (if you’ve never used Folksy, it’s like the UK equivalent of Etsy)

Well, that’s what I’ve been looking at anyway…I hope you enjoy it too!

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

Look-ee what I ordered!

Isn’t that the most wonderful yarn!

I was naughty and ordered it for myself because it’s so pretty and I thought it would be great for knitting socks! (I’m still plodding on with my first ever sock but it’s plain wool so I wont get a pattern…)

It’s ‘Teksrena Rainbow, 100g, 100% wool’…just in case you’re interested 🙂

I was extra naughty and ordered some other things too but I’ll leave that as a surprise and show you pictures when they arrive.


Today I am mostly loving mochimochi…no? hmm…let me show you…


*click the picture to get the pattern...for free!*

Aren’t they sweet!

Head to Mochomochi Land to check out the blog, shop, gallery and you can even get free patterns to make your own, cute mochimochi toys!

Those baby gators are way up on my list and I’m quite partial to the cute little snails and slugs too 🙂

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~