puppy love

Happiness is a warm puppy.
~ Charles M. Schulz

Olive wants to say hi.


Doesn’t she just melt your heart?! This little 10-week old Golden Retriever joined our family last weekend. She’s as smart and sweet as she is adorable. We’re all in love with her. Well, maybe not Mailey Dog or Pillow Pup, but she’s growing on them.

We’re still picking out a middle name. How about “Olive, the Other Reindeer” or “Olive Juice?” (If you say Olive Juice three times really fast it sounds like “I Love You.”) With her high energy level, she’s definitely NOT “Olive Loaf.”


You can tell I had puppy on the brain when I posted this holiday project over at CutCardstock.com: Christmas Crackers.

Three Christmas Crackers

If you’ve never heard about the United Kingdom’s tradition of Christmas Crackers you can learn more about them here: Old English Crackers. We get them every year for our Christmas Eve dinner. And, nearly every year I’ve wish I could make Christmas Crackers myself so I could fill them with personalized or at least nicer trinkets than are usually in the store bought Crackers.

This year I finally did it.

DIY Christmas Crackers

It really is crackers – what I put in my Crackers. But, that’s the fun of making your own. I found these Christmas doggie treats at the pet store. I couldn’t resist making little stocking stuffings for the tail wagging members of our family.


Tips & Techniques

I found an SVG cut file here for this candy-shaped Cracker. I also found a free one here for the more traditional, longer Cracker.

Mary at SVGCuts.com has a great tutorial on how to assemble her Crackers about two-thirds through the video here. I also provided more details on how I assembled my Christmas Crackers and I gave you some suggestions for filling them over at CutCardstock.com, here. I reduced the size just a tad to fit the pattern onto 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch paper. The finished, assembled size is 6 inches long by 2-1/2 inches wide.

Here are the rest of the ingredients – doggie treats not included.

It’s pretty hard to take pictures of a constantly moving object – but we try. You can keep up with Olive and her adventures and misadventures at my Instagram site, here.

Red Christmas Cracker

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Sweet Comments

  1. Aaaaah! The puppy AND the project!
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  2. we are Golden Retriever lovers, too! Our pup is 15 months old and sweet as can be. I love her name, Olive….so sweet. seeing your pictures makes me want another one. Your crackers are adorable. What great holiday FUN!
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  3. oooh that face! What a cutie!

    Beautiful project Linda!

  4. Oh she is so sweet, and olive is such an adorable name! That face is just too cute!

  5. What a fabulous project for the canine family members. We have had a puppy since beginning of Sept too – a Havanese. It sure changes family life but it’s great! Have fun with Olive.

  6. Your puppy is so cute! And the treats!!!!
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  7. EEE – I love Olive!!! She is too cute and I can’t wait to hear more updates about her 😉 What an adorable girl, thanks for these sweet pics.
    Now did you say something else… something about crafting maybe, I missed that Rx

  8. This is really great! Love the idea and that you filled them with doggie treats. Cute dog too!