Friday, September 22, 2017

Frogs like rainy days

The rain began as Nikko and I were walking home from our morning outing... and it has been raining off and on all day ... a perfect time to spend on a bit of Mola stitchery. As you may notice, I gave in to calls from my scrap box to be included in the challenge.
I have never seen a mola using prints but as long as I am making up my own designs, I may as well use some scraps from my stash. This is never going to look like a traditional mola anyway.

In the late afternoon, Nikko and I took a walk to the next station to find a few things the local shop doesn't have stocked. Since it was raining, I tied Nikko under the roofed area outside the store while I shopped. When I came out, her fan club had gathered, and as I was getting ready to untie her, a lady came running up so happy to see her saying how glad she was and how worried she had been since it had been such a long time.

As it turns out, she often met up with Paul and Nikko in that same spot and had been looking there for the last year and a half. Even more surprising, she reached in her shopping bag and pulled out a package of doggy treats she had been carrying each trip to the store, hoping to see Nikko again.
Well, Nikko was delighted to see her and performed a "lie-down-roll-over " plus a "wait" and "itadakimasu" to get one of the treats. The lady commented that Nikko is looking more slim and fit. Yes, I am not as generous with "people-food" as Paul had been.

The rain had let up a bit and I said thank you to one happy lady and returned home with one happy dog ... and the rest of the package of treats. (those I will stuff in her kong when I need to leave her alone for a while).


  1. what a lovely lady and story. People like that make the heart sing. Irene in Northern Ireland

  2. Isn't it great how our pets touch other's hearts, not just ours? I like the leaves with prints.

  3. I can see a happy Nikko, a happy lady, a happy Julie and a happy frog!

  4. I'm agree with Queenie! - Happy, happy, happy!! - ;))

  5. I love how you did the frog, you have such a creative way with fabrics, love seeing what you create.
    I can just picture Nikko, just like Bean when we go out, he is a people magnet, everyone wants to say hi and pet him.


  6. That is special, and a very lovely thank-you as well. The Mola is coming along beautifully. I love the curly frond and leaves.

  7. Our pets can give others so much pleasure.

  8. That is a very special story. How lovely of the lady to remember. Lucky Nikko.
    I agree - it is your design so you can use any fabric you wish. Be a rebel!

  9. How nice for your sweet doggie! I too love that you used prints for the leaves. Might as well break all the rules. :)

  10. First off... I am just BLOWN AWAY by your mola!!!! Julie! It is SOOOO wonderful! All of the designs! The FROGGGG!!! The butterfly! I haven't even gotten through the rest of your posts to see what you have been making! I love the vine, the printed fabric you've used! It is so fantastic! My mola has sort of taken a back seat and I've not worked on whatever I was attempting for awhile. Now I wish I had been more adventurous.

    So nice that Nikko's friend was able to meet up with you both. I know the feeling... having pet friends and not knowing their owners and then they all disappear and I wonder what happened to them.

  11. How wonderful for Nikko to meet up with an old friend. She sounds like she has missed Nikko quite a bit. Your Mola is fabulous! I always thought the Mola applique looked very challenging even for the experienced.

    BTW, I tried to email a reply to you and they all bounced.:(

  12. HI Julie, Your frog is just the coolest, and you have imbued him with such personality and energy ! We love the vine and the leaves also.
    Nikko is such a beautiful dog, and we're glad to hear that she has a devoted fan club. Nikko clearly loves the attention from all of her friends. :-)
    Blessings and hugs to you, from Marina and Daryl Lynn

  13. I really likes your blog! You have shared the whole concept really well and very beautifully soulful read!
    Thanks for sharing