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Dog Days of Summer

Right before I went on my summer hiatus, I adopted a dog, Nellie.

The last couple of months have been tiring as we've been adjusting, training and making vet visits, but this dog has still managed to steal my heart.  So much so that I'm going to bat for her.

Nellie loves other dogs so it makes sense that one of her favorite things is going to dog parks.  But what I found out was although Nellie loves dog parks, dog parks apparently don't love southern Prince George's County, Maryland, where we live.  We have not one dog park.

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I'm fed up with PG County's tax rate in relation to the amount of, or lack thereof, amenities we receive. I think one of my neighbors summed it up best in an online forum, "More nice facilities attract a better crowd for our community! More dog parks, less liquor stores!"  

I contacted our region's Maryland Park and Planning representative to complain. He said this is a problem they're aware of, they have dog park planning consultant in mind, but they need to have money budgeted for it during their annual budget meeting occurring the end of September.  He welcomed me and my neighbors to the meeting to voice our opinion and hopefully convince the board to budget a decent amount of funds to a dog park.

Since speaking to our representative, I've asked some neighbors with stories of being made to feel unwelcome in dog parks in other communities to attend the meeting.  I also recognize many people will not be able to attend the meeting, so I've started a petition so their support will also be recognized.

If you live in our area, please sign the petition and share it with your neighbors. And everybody join me in welcoming Nellie to the fam. 

~ With ♥ from Halima

My Latest Thing, Doll Clothes

I get more junk mail than a little bit, but the other day when I was clearing out my gmail inbox, something caught my eye - an email promoting a book of patterns for 18 inch dolls (think American Girl size). Somehow this just seemed right; quick, cute projects to relieve stress.

I quickly set about trying to find a brown skinned doll with natural hair. When I say quickly, I actually mean this took all day because that combination is damned near impossible to find. But, I finally found a beauty on eBay, won her during the auction and purchased the pattern book.

Because the doll would be arriving with no clothes, I thought it was the least I could do to have some waiting. I went online, found a free pattern for a jumper, made it and came out with this:


Lucky for you all, I've just launched two pages on this here blog to provide some of my favorite books and craft projects. So I'm saying all of that to say, you can find a link to the jumper pattern on my new crafts page.  You're welcome and enjoy :-)

Until next time... 

~ With ♥ from Halima

P.S. Still looking for a name for my doll clothes model. Suggestions are most definitely welcome. Please leave them in my comments section.

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