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felt dog ornament

To those of you that know of “Enzo” our beloved Siberian Husky who went to doggie heaven almost 3 years ago, you might be wondering what the crap I am doing making ornaments it honor of “the prince of dogness” all these years later. Well, I’ll tell ya… On a whim I made one of these up for Brent Hulme’s birthday about 5 years ago- he and Enzo ‘shared’ the birth date. I kind of lamely hoped they’d give it back (what??? what kind of a gift giver am I?) when Enzo shuffled off his mortal coil. Then, I found out it was the entire Hulme family’s favorite ornament and the only way I might see it back at my house was if it was written into a will; so, I made my own. I’ve been meaning to make one for our Christmas tree for nearly three years now and now I finally have.
Made from wool felt with a little flat quilt batting in the middle. I sewed it all together with embroidery floss. I tacked down the white parts and the nose with a quick basting stitch. I sewed on the sequins one at a time with clear thread, the entire front is covered.
My favorite part is the sequins. You see- it’s all about the sparkle, even when it comes to dogs. It took quite a while to sew on all the sequins- I would recommend a book on tape or keeping a good playlist rolling. It’s a good thing I find this kind of hand sewing very relaxing.
It has since occurred to me- why not make a sequined ornament for the new pets in the house or everyone in the family? I’ve got to look into some new silly design ideas.
Oh, and Hulme’s- you know I would make you 15 more Enzo’s if you asked.. I’m glad you still like your ornament!

Now that I can cross that off my list- I move onto the jeweled Christmas tree made from costume, old, antiquish jewelry. Hopefully it will be done this week too!


  1. ChelseaKate

    February 4, 2009 at 12:56 am

    oh my goodness noelle i totally remember enzo! what a great dog! i remember during achievement days we would go to your house and play with that sweet doggie! and the ornament is awesome! 🙂


  2. marcikay

    February 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I love to see what your amazing brain comes up with.. You are amazing!

    I’m needing you to read my blog post.. (what is wrong with me?) since you’re “in the know” on Chelsea’s boy issues.. If you get a chance, let me know what you think!!!

  3. steph

    February 5, 2009 at 1:41 am

    oh, vinny, isn’t that what you used to call him? I hope he knows how much he was beloved at your house! I love the ornament…

  4. VaLene

    February 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    That Vinny ornament takes priority position on our Christmas tree every year! Hmm. Are you secretly hoping we’ll give back the stained glass Vinny, too? If you didn’t make them so darn cute and clever, we might could part with them!

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