I am so lucky to able to create and share my art with others everyday as my full time job. I absolutely love what I do and it NEVER feels like work.
It all began on a sunny morning on Oct. 8, 1996, when my husband, Fred and I were driving home from a little farm in Fort Lupton, CO with a tiny pug puppy that we named Emmitt.
Fred was driving and I was holding Emmitt in my hands. He had that funny bat dog pug expression that happens when their ears are tipped straight up, their eyes are all buggy and happy and they are smiling a wide grin with their pointy puppy teeth sticking out.
Emmitt was my first dog ever, and I was filled with joy, excitement and a bit of nervousness when I said to Fred, "Oh My! Emmitt is snorting! What kind of funny creature did we adopt?" My heart just melted and that was it. I was totally in love with Pugs forever. I had no idea how my life would change.
I do not think Fred and I ever laughed so much before Emmitt.
It seemed everything he did, even if he was getting into something he shouldn't, made me smile.
Well, right around that time, I started sketching. I don't know why because I never could draw. I always loved making things, but never felt I could draw more than stick figures. Well, after meeting Emmitt and taking so many photos of him, I sat with my #2 pencil, a notebook and a photo every night and sketched a pug.
Since then I have created over 90+ Pug paintings & 70+ Dog Breed paintings that are available as note cards, address labels, signed prints, calendars, gift wrap and as illustrations in children's books that I have written.
In addition to painting art for people, I love creating art for dogs themselves to enjoy!
In 1990, I taught myself how to crochet and fell in love with the magic of creating fabric from yarn.
Frustrated with the fit of store bought dog sweaters for barrel chested, pug shaped dogs, in 2010, I designed my own original pattern for the Pug Notes' Dog Sweater Vest.
It is a unique design that is available in 5 sizes that fits all small dogs from 3 - 35 lbs.
From there, I went on to design my matching small breed Barkclava Dog Hats & Woofie Warmer neck warmers that unlike the Barkclava Hats and Sweater Vests, dogs of all sizes can enjoy! You can even personalize them with various whimsical add-on Badges for added flair!
My love of fiber art did not stop with crocheting.
I created them out of need for safe, well-made dog toys that were free of polyfill stuffing that too many dogs eat with often tragic results.
I have since created over 100+ characters that people can meet & adopt for their fur babies to LOVE!
I love watching them pop to life each with his or her own personality!
I hand make each one with love & treasure every photo and story that my wonderful customers generously share with me and my pug, Levi & his angel pug brother, Archie.
You can view all of the photos of dogs from all over the world enjoying my products in The Bummlie Gallery, The Dog Sweater Vest Gallery, The Barkclava Gallery, The Woofie Warmer Gallery and The FUNdana Gallery!
Thank you so much to all of you for always playing with me & Levi!
You all make my world a wonderful place to be!