Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How much is that doggy in the window?

Well girls, I don't treat "myself" often. But sometimes I just have "no" will power. I discovered that Nell Hill's was carrying the cutest Staffordshire Dogs.. Have you ever been to Nell Hill's or heard of her or read her books? Oh my goodness, Mary Carol Garrity is just the sweetest thing. She has 3 stores in Atchinson, Kansas and her latest adventure is in Briarcliff Village which is in Kansas City.. if you get a chance check out her web page at

Anyhoo, while talking with a friend the other day on the phone she was sharing with me that she had stopped by Nell Hill's at the Briarcliff location and had seen the cutest Staffordshire dogs. Now I fell in love with these when I first saw them on Picklepoo's site on RMS, fondly known as Sheila over at . Never in a million years thinking I would ever be able to afford one or have one in my home.

My daughter lives fairly close to the location and I asked her if she wouldn't mind running by and checking them out for me. She was not impressed. :-( Kept saying they weren't me, couldn't see them in my home.. Couldn't believe I would want something as silly looking as this. WELL... I asked her to shoot me a picture via her cell phone..that being said; she did and we waited and waited for the picture to come thru and to no picture.. She had to leave and go pick up her son.. She no more than hung up the phone and "Bing" the email thingy mabobbie went off and I had mail.. Yep per, there was the picture of the dog in all it's glory. Let that be a lesson my friends, you can't send a picture and have the person on the other end view it until you hang up the phone. :-) I told her YES.. it was exactly what I wanted would she mind going back over to pick it up for me. Well.. I had to wait until the next day, they closed at 6 and it was already after 6. I was really worried they would sell out before I got the dog I was obsessing over. She called the next afternoon and her and the grandson made another "special " trip down to pick up my precious dog. :-) But alas, I had to wait 2 more days until she could deliver it.

Look! Here's the proof!! Nell Hill's right on the front of the bag. :-)

Let me unwrap this ever so carefully. It made it all the way down here in the back seat of a car. I sure don't want to break it now.

Oh my goodness!!! Isn't it just darling? I can barely contain myself.. My daughter and the grand kids stood there stunned shaking their heads at my reaction. OK! So.. maybe I did look a bit on the silly side.. But for crying out loud girls I was "excited" !!

Let's see.. He looks pretty good here on the metal pedestal. However, I can just see the grandson or DH marooning down the hallway and my new little dog falling off and getting broke. So, I believe it would be a good idea to find another place for him.

He does make a statement setting here in all his glory doesn't he? ummmmm

Although I like him on the pedestal I think he'd be better off in another area of our home. I trot around the house. OK girls.. we know I'm new to this blogging thing and I should have taken pictures of the places I thought he might work. lol. So, hang in there with me. You never know where you might see him show up! And for the moment his home is in the toile room. I think he looks great here. What do you think? He likes sharing the spot light with Gloria's lamp. :-)

Now you would think that anybody that loved books as much as I do would have put the new dog on top of Mary Carol's books. Well.... I would have if they weren't packed away. They were down in the office that got flooded in August.. That issue is still not resolved, so once it is, they'll come upstairs and take their place of honor with the dog and Gloria's lamp.

He's such a beauty.. I'm so glad I decided I to ask my daughter to stop by and pick it up for me !!! I hope you enjoyed another look inside our home.. By the way, my daughter admitted that it looks better here than in the store!!! :-) Thanks Pat for the info on finding this beautiful dog!!


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh...Lynne, he (she?) is so cute! The toile room is the perfect spot. I'm sure Gloria's lamp make good company!...Debbie

Bo said...

Haha Lynne...this was a cute, if you really, really loved that little precious dog, I think you should name him/her!
;-) Bo

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Sweet Lynne...girl what did you name him?? you know us girls name everything we get...its this not the I just love it and sio glad you treated yourself to something special girl...and it does look great in my bedroom..and I so remember Pickelpoo shelia from RMS..just beautiful girl..hope you have a wondefurl and safe day...hugs and smiles Gloria

Melissa Miller said...

Awww Lynne how cute and elegant all at the same time. Love it! You did good. ~Melissa :)

xinex said...

Good morning, Lynne! That doggie is sure a cutie! You finally got a! Does that mean I can stop looking for a bronze one?. Hope you have a great rel;axing day today!..Christine

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

No... Christine. You must keep looking!! lol.. A person can't have too many dogs can they? Thanks so much for swinging by..
hugs ~lynne~

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Lynne, thanks for stopping by and your nice comments! About the outdoor garland.... we have to put nails in the wood. The husbands really don't like it, but it's the only thing we can do. I don't know what to do about siding. My husband drilled wholes in our brick. I was determined to have garland around the door, believe me, he wasn't happy about it! I love yoour new dog. I have a pair of those on my mantle, well, I just took them down for christmas. I hate to put stuff up, but I have lots of christmas I love to sit out(too much;) Talk to you soon, Kristen

Salmagundi said...

He is cute and looks great on the stack of books with the lamp. I've been to Nell Hill's three stores in Atchison; and am anxiously waiting to go to the KC store next May (hopefully). I didn't see a single thing at Nell Hill's that I didn't like!!! Sally

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Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Lynne!

Oh those are completely one of my favorite collectibles!! I adore them on mantels and anywhere they fit!

Yours are stunning! congrats on your find!! her/or she ( lol ) looks great on top of those books too!

Hugs, Cynthia

Rattlebridge Farm said...

What a delicious post! I have all of Nell Hill's books. The Staffordshire spaniel is gorgeous. I love what you've done with him.
I felt like I was right there, waiting for you to unwrap him. lol

9405018--Pat said...

Lynne, he is so cute...No I didn't stop by on Monday, but now I wish I had. He looks great stacked on the books. Pat

Salmagundi said...

Lynne-- I live in Colorado, but we have good friends that live in Kansas City (Shawnee Mission), Ks. that we visit about once a year. Hopefully, this year it will be in May. Are you close? I would love to visit your shop in addition to checking out Nell Hill's new store in KC. What fun!!! Sally

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hey Girlfriend...'re just the cutest!!! I loved reading your blog today...made me smile!!! And...I just love your little black & white doggy...he's perfect in your toile bedroom and sitting there so pretty right next to Gloria's lamp!!! He's perfect and I just love it!!! Have a restful evening, my to ya later!

Love ya,

Four Paws and Co said...

I love him & he looks so at home in the toile room. Did they have his littermate? I think you need a pair of them... :0) Diane

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

How perfect he looks in the toile bedroom. Is Scooter jealous? laurie

jerseygirl211 said...


I'm not am impulse buyer, but when I find something that I want, and I can't seem to get it out of my mind, then I have to go back and get it. I call it Soul Food. :)
Enjoy your new find.


Four Paws and Co said...

Yep, I really think he's lonely & needs his littermate... Did you call you daughter yet??? ;0}

onlymehere said...

Oh I love him in this room! He looks right at home.

Anonymous said...

My dear Lynne and rock-sitter: I just discovered your blog! I haven't been around RMS much at all the past couple of months. Busy with so many things to do. We had a visit from our grandson this past weekend. Holidays are swiftly coming! Thinking of you and I'm so happy that you've set up your blog. I have a blog name set up, but I haven't started yet.
Hugs, Fieldstone/Pam

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pam.. it was "great" to hear from you.. you've missed my friend.. be sure to swing back by and let me know when you post your blog.. I know it's going to be great..
hugs ~lynne~

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh Lynn, he is right at home in the toile room I think . And I agree with the other blogger, you need to name the dog !

Anonymous said...

Lynne!! I'm jumping up and down for you!! You know how I love these doggies!! I'm so proud you're the owner of this little cutie! Now, I'm wanting another doggie. Do you think Nellie ships? lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, shoot!! She doesn't have a cataloge!!
Shelia :(

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Hi Lynne,
Thanks for visiting my blog and the compliment on the snowman rug! Please stop by again! You have a great blog and sounds like you love snowmen as well!

Cindy said...

How adorable! I love her books! I wish she had a shop in California!

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Oh Lynne you must be my twin!! I adore Nell Hill's books but unfortunately living in CA - I am no where near her stores!! I have her books by my bedside and look at them almost nightly! AND - I totally felt the same way about the Staffordshire dogs! not ever thinking I could afford the real thing but happen to find a similar pair on ebay!! (I think mine has an open back leg)I will need to post a picture. I have them on the piano (for same safety reasons as yours!)in the dine/liv room. I love where you put yours - looks so elegant with the toile in the background! Oh you and I would be in so much trouble if we ever went shopping together!! :) Anyway, I read your idea of the kitty litter and the needlepoint. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for suggesting it!

RetiredAtLast said...

Don't know how this post slipped past me. Must not have shown on my dashboard. No matter, I found it.
That little dog is the finishing touch along with Gloria's lamp, for this wonderful room.
He/she really deserves a name you know. What about Pepper since he is black and white. I once had a registered poodle named Du Jour Pepper. He definitely was the feature or choice of the day.
Named or unnamed, he/she is a great addition to your guestroom.

RetiredAtLast said...

Don't know how this post slipped past me. Must not have shown on my dashboard. No matter, I found it.
That little dog is the finishing touch along with Gloria's lamp, for this wonderful room.
He/she really deserves a name you know. What about Pepper since he is black and white. I once had a registered poodle named Du Jour Pepper. He definitely was the feature or choice of the day.
Named or unnamed, he/she is a great addition to your guestroom.