And The Winner Is…

I’m so sorry this is late!  Liz was out all weekend (and so was I!) and we did not have time to post!  We are excited to announce though, that the winner of last week’s giveaway is…

Linda O’Neill from the wonderful Abby Creek Art!


We hope you enjoy your tags, Linda!

However, I think all the commenters deserve a prize, so if you just email me your addresses to, I will get them out to you right away!  Oh and Khris if you would rather have frenchies, just say and I will send frenchies instead!



Puggy Gift Tags

I know there are quite a few pug-lovers who lurk around this blog, so here’s a little something just for you!  Puggy gift tags!


Liz was inspired by these cute birdy ones at wrenandchickadee.  She made one for a friend, and then was inspired to make more because they are such fun to make!


Frenchie ones are in the works, of course, but these are available now in my etsy shop.  I also thought we should give a set away just for fun!  So, if you leave a comment below, I will use the randomizer to pick a winner on Friday.

Happy commenting!

Shop Update!

I’m sorry I was m.i.a. this week but I was very busy entertaining visitors and working on an exciting project for my etsy shop!

And here at long last is the first-ever Henri Hopper Pet Christmas Stocking!  Can you believe I came up with this design back in 2000…and have been bugging Liz to make it ever since.  And she has only finally done it! She said it took her that long to finally learn to sew.


This one is perfect for someone named Fifi, I think…Liz is going to make me my own but I am still working on picking out fabrics.


I can’t wait to see what I receive in it!

More stockings will be added to the shop next week.  Liz and I will be working on them tomorrow.  Of course,  I will keep you posted.  Have a great weekend!

Picking Wallpaper

You know, my handsome looks are not the only thing I have going for me.  I am also a very helpful dog.  I mentioned a few months ago we are going to have a new addition to our family, and Liz is working on some decorating schemes for his room.  (He must be really special, because I don’t even have my own room!)  So I decided I would help her with her wallpaper selections:


Hmmm…which one is best??  The papers in this selection are called All of Us, Aquatic, and Dead Trees, all by Pottok and available at Walnut Wallpaper in L.A.  I am laying completely on top of London Toile, but that one is not for the baby’s room so it doesn’t matter anyway.


What?  Of course Liz finds this very helpful!

A New Print

This one is called “henri with stars-blue” and will be available in the etsy shop, hopefully tomorrow! is now available in the etsy shop!

I like it because I think it’s a little Halloweeny.

All Moved In

Well, we are moved in and I must say I like my new home.  There are lots of new places for naps but I like the guest bedroom a lot:

It’s very comfy.

Liz has been working on a new Henri with Hearts series.  Here is a new sketch:

I’m a great model aren’t I?

Well I must get back to my nap.  I will be back soon with some pictures of the new beach where I now get to take some morning walks!

Rufus with Hearts

I would like to introduce you to Liz’s latest finished commission, for a frenchie named Rufus who lives in Germany:

He is a very handsome and athletic fellow. And we are very excited that this piece of art is “going international”! 🙂

New Painting

Liz here. I just finished a new painting of Henri, and since he is sleeping under the desk (as usual) he gave me permission to take over for the day and share the creative process with you.

Here is the finished result, which will be available shortly in the etsy store:

I have been wanting to experiment with acrylics recently for a couple of reasons, one, they may be less toxic for the baby’s sake (although that is probably debatable), but mostly because they dry faster and that means I can do more paintings of Henri and also commissions. Usually I paint with oils, which take six months to a year to fully dry, and I can’t imagine most people wanting to wait that long to get their portrait, do you?

So this was a first experiment, and since I hadn’t painted for a while and wanted to just get going on it, I decided to dispense with the sketching (which sometimes I will do on paper first and then on the canvas, and just do a quick sketch in paint on the canvas.

Then, I painted in the background to start to build up the color:

And then revisited some of the detail:

And then painted over those again. I noticed plenty of paint was key to getting the smoothness and mixing in color on the canvas that I like.

I was quite pleased with the day’s work and honestly was somewhat tempted to just leave it but it’s just too easy to leave paintings unfinished so you don’t “ruin” them and I really wanted to finish this one. Especially because it was going sooo much faster than with my usual oil paints! Usually those get too wet and start to turn muddy after a certain point so you have to stop. But the nice thing about acrylics is that you can just keep going! I’m not a total convert, mind you. But I am happy that they dry so fast and they were not as difficult to work with as I had anticipated.

So, the next day of painting, I added in a few more layers, a few more details and some highlights.

And that’s it! A painting finished in 2 days! That is certainly a record for me. 🙂

New Illustration

Well, I have been noticing a lot of moustache action lately. Have you?

So I suggested to Liz that for her next drawing of me, she add one to my face. It’s just like a different version of my whiskers, in a way.

Prints available in my etsy shop.

More Sewing Adventures

It’s been awhile since I’ve had any sewing to supervise. Things came to a standstill for a while with the pillow thing. But it looks like they are back on now!

Today was a very exciting day. First Anna came over to work on the pillows with Liz. I was so excited to see her that I could not leave her alone. When she & Liz were trying to design the pillows, I had to put in my two cents. I needed some scratches!

Luckily Anna is very accommodating and gave me all the scratching I desired.

It made me very relaxed and sleepy!

Then we got another visitor! Elsa’s mom came to pick her painting! I looove having visitors and it was so fun to meet a new friend. 🙂

I was so excited I got my lobster out so we could all play together. Anna, once again, was very accommodating:

Then they said it was time for more sewing. So back into the room we went. Of course I didn’t stay awake for long!

What can I say? I am much more interested in sleeping than sewing!

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