Tuesday, August 30

hooray hurrah, it's a give away...


yes indeedy, what a perfectly perfect day for a give away.
however before we get on with it, just a little note to say i will not be around for a few days as i am a busy bee beavering away on...

1: make lots of goodies to take to The Creative Connection where Janine, myself and the book will have a stall in september.

2: spring clean my blog in late summer with the help of my friend Marjan. so things may look a bit odd over the coming few days and despite the worry of it all disappearing into cyber space, it is something i have been wishing to do for a while.

3: my lads need to get organized for school next week, this would mean unpacking their back packs from mid June, removing old mouldy sarnies and the likes. then the dreaded shopping for school supplies
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4: putting sweeties on my shop shelves, this will take a few days but i am determined to get photos done and listings written.

5: doing Gladys (our airstream trailer) up. yes at last i will no longer fear a visit from the department of trailer abuse. this past sunday, me and my lads of three ('cause that is what my shed is now, me and my lads of three, don't you like that, has a nice sound about it doesn't it? "why yes it does" i hear you agree). so me and my lads of three, we've been patching old Gladys up with sheets of metal and rivets to stop the rain coming in and one coat of duck egg blue has been applied to her inners. we are now turning our attention to her floor. oh happy days

so, that being all said, shall we just get on with the give away?
"blimey Tif, we thought you would never get there"
yes, i can see your point

so this little give away is probably the most spiffily ever give away to me, for i will be giving away a copy of my book. when Janine sent me two last week i immediately thought "one for me and one for you"


along with the book (and signed if you would like a bit of my scribbling in it), i will also be giving away one of the original bits of embroidery i made for the book. so the winner will have a book and a bit of dottie angel stitchery to go with it.


if you wish to enter this little give away then you will have to answer this question...

what little critter or pet would you love to care for and what would you call them?

now this is where you get to pop on your imagination caps and dream big or small. forget your allergies, the fact your nest is rented or you work all day. forget about them being domesticated or not, rare old critters or common as can be. does not matter, for one small moment you can picture that elephant in your yard or the snake in your bath tub.
so for example if it was me entering, i would say

"oh i would love a goat, my goat would be called PIP, but i would not wish for PIP to be lonely so i would be sure to have another goat called PIP'S FRIEND. i would go out into my yard and spend quality time with PIP and PIP'S FRIEND so they knew they were loved. on rainy days i would invite PIP and PIP'S FRIEND in for a cup of tea and a bit of telly watching"

i will not go on anymore because actually i now realize i could write a short story on PIP and PIP'S FRIEND which is not the point of today, no sirree, the point of today is you and your story.

so let us just write down the nitty gritty in easy points

NITTY GRITTY

1: leave a comment or email me tif@dottieangel.com with the sort of lovely pet you would like to have as a friend and their name.

2: be sure to have a way that i can contact you, either leave an email address in your comment or be sure it links to a blog

3: me and my lads of three will choose the winner and announce them and their imaginary pet on tuesday 6th September when i return to my shiny place after my list of 'to dos' is done.

4: do not panic if you do not see your comment published, this could be a number of things, one: you may not have answered the question and therefore do not qualify. two: i will be checking comments once a day so i may not have got to yours and published it just yet. 3: when i am spring cleaning my blog later this week everything disappears into cyber space.
of course i hope number 3 does not happen, so i am keeping both my fingers and toes crossed until the spring cleaning is over

so there we have it dearest readers, i hope you will enjoy dusting off your imagination caps, i know i have and now i am off to dream about PIP and PIP'S FRIEND whilst i tackle the mountains of neglected laundry which comes of living with 'just me and my lads of three'

she is thanking you for your 'billy-no-mates' kindness and thinking how lovely, he (she) will be forever remembered on the front cover of her book ~ Tif


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keiko said...

I'd love to have a pet spider. She would leave lovely notes of encouragement in her web in various corners of my kitchen. Not terribly original, but ever since reading charlottes web, I've thought, how wonderful. Her name would be Cate. Because that is a lovely name.

heather said...

i think my dreamy critter companion would be a sweet fallabella pony named, Violet. She would graze our sun dappled backyard and rest under the trees. She would be fanned by the swaying laundry on the line and make friends with the toad in the garden. we would read her stories while sharing an old comfy blanket- like Heidi- and she could dream of eating sweet clover up on a mountainside in switzerland. she'd dream, but know deep down that she'd always be happiest right here with us! welliewalks at gmail dot com

*PrairieGirl* said...

i'd go to the shelter and get another dog (my current dog is a single-dog only...so yes, this is my big wish). i'd call her betty.

Anonymous said...

i would have to have a cat. not just a cat, of course, i would have to have a frisky curtain-climber and finger-chaser, and a sleepy lap-napper. do you know the kind, who will come into the room and declare that your table covered with paper is the proper place for a tummy rub?

but what would we call him, with the scratchy whiskers and the tickling tail? something dignified, as cats are alwaysso stately.i should like to name him Aurelius.

my Aurelius. and now, i must convince my husband to find him for me.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I would love to own your delightful book and the beautiful piece of stitchery too!

I must say that I have always wanted an alpaca baby named "Marni" for a friend. Alpacas are lovely creatures with their sweet faces and soft fleece coats. I imagine curling up on a sofa or bed with a good book in tow and little Marni's warm, soft body nestled beside me. Then again as alpacas are herd animals, I would probably need to adopt the whole family too. What fun it would be to have a room full of fluffy friends to cuddle with! :)

Katherine @ thistle handmade

margie c said...

My boys and I dream about our critters daily :) My wee one and I would love a bunny named Miss Bea Soup; my father tells us stories about when he was a boy, during the holidays his family of 15 couldn't afford much, they would have rabbit stew - my wee one wants to save all the bunnies in the world, and never let another bunny be turned into soup again ;)
My big boy and I would also love to have a Penguin named Mr Trippers; our penguin would have magical powers and we would travel the world with him! He would show us all the things that have yet to be discovered! Big boy is working on a comic book :) Such a smarty pants!
Thanks for letting me share! Good luck to all! This would be a wonderful book and piece of art to have and to hold onto forever :)
hugs, margie

Granny Made It said...

I already have the ordinary critters - would like an extraordinary unicorn critter to go with my perfectly ordinary critters. I would name it Oheny. Small explanation - Oh (O) en (n) y (e)or "one".
However, I got to wondering, do unicorn's come in both boys and girls? I only recall one missing the ark. If they do come in both I think maybe I'd prefer a girl, in which case I think Oheny would be a fine name for a lady unicorn. Her full name would be Miss Oheny Cobb.
I have a large fenced back yard that she could run and play with the ordinary critters in and would crochet her a nice blanket to curl up at night on.
Wouldn't that be fun?

Dagmar said...

Hi from slightly north of you in BC...Canada...I would want a young fawn deer who was left an orphan....I would call her Heidi...we would play and frolic in the alpine meadows with the sunny skies above us and just a few fluffy clouds to give us a moment of shade....she would be able to talk to all of the other wild creatures and learn to yodel!
xox

Candace said...

In this imaginary and whimsical world my pets would be a fennec fox named francois and a red panda named cecil :) What a fun thing to think about!

RockstarWife said...

There are so many animals I would love to befriend one day, but if I had to choose only one animal companion...it would be a donkey named Poncho. I have already dreamed up several adventures for us, as this is something I have pondered on many a road trips with the littles. I would hand weave a colorful saddle for his back and take him into the mountains for wilderness walks and overnight camp outs.

I am more than thrilled for the release of your book! The sneak peeks are so tempting. Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing the joy of your art!

MidtownFarmGirl said...

If I could have any pet it would be that big orange monster from the Bugs Bunny cartoons. He might already have a name but I would call him Humpfrey. I just want to bury myself in his furry chest. arf.

Syntax and Salt said...

ooooh so many choices, but I think I would love most to have a little hedgie or two that I can give some adorable old-fashioned name. Like Reginald Butterbee or something similar. I would be extra delighted if he would consent to wearing a top hat. Su

Such a lovely give-away. I'm so excited for your book!

SoFarBlue said...

It may be too late, but just so you know what what dream 4 legged friend would be...
I am waiting (I am sure it will happen one day, he or she is just waiting to be born for me) for a little guinea-pig full of curly rosettes and a cheeky personality. If this lovely soul comes in a male form, I think Trognon (french nickname for trop mignon, too cute but also a pun on the word core as in apple core) would be suitable, however if she wears a female guise, I would call her Chirpy, guinea-pigs being chatterboxes.
Although my furry friend would certainly be called names if his/her mood calls for a more appropriate name. Therefore he/she would have a middle name: Grumpy (or Grognon in french, I think Trognon Grognon is a perfect name!)

I love all the stories published above!!!

Hana said...

Oh how I would love to win your lovely book! I would want a cute, little, wide-eyed monkey to entertain me and accompany me in all of my whimsical adventures. I would call it Mr. Nilsson, named after the monkey in Pippi Longstocking because I have loved that movie since childhood.

hanagray05@gmail.com

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a super-duper giveaway _ I would love to see your book!

Well, as I already have a horse, two dogs, two cats & seven chickens I think my imaginary pet would have to be a unicorn called Pandora. We would walk in the woods looking beautiful & fairy-ish then have a picnic & invite all the woodland creatures.....afterwards we would go home & I would brush her silky mane & polish her shiny horn....

Sparky said...

i would love to have a tiny little fainting goat and name him George Clooney. and i would never call him just George, i would call outside the screen door "george clooney!!!" and he would come running

cant wait for your book. i am so excited for you!!

-stacy
stacyleaw@yahoo.com

susan said...

I would have a tiny black kitten that bears an uncanny resemblance to a bat. Because of the likeness, he would be named Pippistrelle (a type of bat). Just like his winged namesake, my Pippi would love to eat insects making him useful as well as adorable!

Ribbons Undone said...

Little Robin Redbreast. She will stay with me ALL year long. Never leave me at the end of summer with the whole lot of 'em. She will flit about me, you know like Cinderella, and hand me things. My ribbons, my yarn, all my little bits that I need to retrieve. No breaking my stride while I crochet, craft, and create. Oh, thank you, Robin. Signed, Ribbons Undone

PS I wouldn't be Ribbons Undone if little Robin was hovering about me.

Sian Lile said...

yesterday in one of my art sessions that i run for families, one little girl told me about ligles which are a cross between lions and eagles. i would like one of those i think it would be called lilly if it was a girl and nigel if it was a boy.x

Pixie said...

....A raven...simply called poe....

And he would spout poetry when the mood took him...and smoked cigars and wore a cravat...

Pixie
www.thecraftenook.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

My wildest dream is to care for a Hummingbird, which would be a she! I would name her "Lady" and she would forever be humming around my head, singing me sweet birdsong, every day & all day long. At night-time "Lady" would sleep on my shoulder or curled under my chin knowing that I would always be there for her and her carefree antics while she humms to me by my side.

paulacarter@cox.net

Hdub said...

I left a comment a while ago about your donkey postcard because I heart Donkeys. I have blogged about this donkey obsession here: http://harmandderek.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-3-asses.html Why? I'm not really sure, but these guys sure were cuddly-looking. I would name them Arthur (Art for short), Brode, and Meeks. (For some reason they are all boy donkeys too.) Love your blog! Congrats on the new book!

The Little Forest said...

I love my dog Guus but I would also love to have a guinea pig again with lots of hair. They look like walking heads and they are utterly useless but they do make the cutest little noises when eating parsley. I'd name my guinea pig Koosalagoosagoop and I'd get him a little bunny friend as well which I'd call miss Audrey Hopburn. Gosh, now I have to restrain myself from running to the petshop and get them immediately!

Marieke
thelittleforest [at] hotmail . nl

Elena said...

For a number of years I've been dreaming about a big dishevelled toffee coloured dog called Schumacher. He will roll in mud puddles in the rain and then make himself a nest in my fresh sun-dried linen. He will scoff his breakkie and then leave the empty tin and crumbs of my favourite biscuits all over the kitchen floor. We will share everything together: car journeys, sofa and stripy crocheted blanket in front of TV.

margot said...

WOW, am new to this blog and all I can say is WOW!
I would love to be entered in the giveaway, so please enter myself and my imaginary pet- a baby elephant named fred. I live in nyc, and would imagine walks through central park with fred holding his trunk up high and eating hotdogs from a street vendors!
:-),
Margot
margot531@gmail.com

Micayla said...

Oh my gosh.....what a giveaway. I would love a copy of your book. Thank you for your kindness.
As for a pet to care for.....I would love a grey kitten and the name I have in mind is Monster Truck. Strange name yes, but it came to me after seeing a HUGE cat while out walking my dog and I kind it is a kind of epic name for a cat!

bella bee and me said...

To steal your own words, what a perfectly perfect giveaway!

I would choose a Dodo. I love pitures of them, they always look so poised. His name would simply be Sir. He would wear a very dapper waistcoat and a bow tie, oh and a monacle. We would enjoy aternoon tea and have the most wonderful nonsensical conversations, as life is already far too serious. He would insist and delight in home schooling my daughter in all manner of nonsense. We would have a magical time of it.

Sonia said...

Hi!
I would choose a panda. They have been my favourite animal ever since I can remember and I am slowly getting my two boys to love them too! My panda would be a boy and I would call him Percy. I have a garden so could grow some bamboo( don't know if that would work in this Yorkshire climate!) My oldest boy starts school next week... can you imagine the looks from the other mums if Percy came to pick him up!

Your book looks fantastic by the way!
sonialeighshort@googlemail.com

Juliab said...

I would choose a giant tortoise. They are the animals I most eagerly want to see whenever we go to our nearest zoo. As we are living in dreamland, space, vet and food bills would be no problem. So I could sit outside (in the warm sunshine) with my cup of tea and crochet, watching my giant tortoise (called Bob) munching away on grass and giving me the odd strange look every now and then. Please let me win, please!!! Great giveaway. xxx

Jane said...

I would love alittle vevety mole, but I know I couldnt keep him as a pet so I would let him pop his head up in the garden and I would call him holey moley :) xx Jane xx

prettyshabby said...

hello Tif, This is one mighty fine sounding giveaway so ive snuck out the woodworm to leave my ideal pet story..he would be a big Norfolk Black turkey called Colin or Derek or something equally 1970s children's television presenter sounding. He could strut his stuff in the garden wearing what looks like his innards for a jaunty cap and fall in love with watering cans or wellies or any other stuff he finds lying around (I hear they are a bit randy!)and we would hide him at Christmas time by disguising him as a peacock... just to be on the safe side. x

RaeJean said...

chickens.....really bad, I want a darling little recycled from all old great findings and the most wonderful chickens, all colors and sizes. I would fetch fresh eggs every morning with my cup and tea and a dottie angel book....oh boy, I hope it is ME!

MJ said...

i would love a sloth. a baby sloth, the kind with shiiiny brown button eyes and soft, downy fur, the kind that looks up and gives you the goofiest accidental smile. i've been obsessing about sloths lately, and perhaps it's because i'm in the middle of crazy work deadlines, that i fantasize about doing nothing all day but hang off tree branches, eat yummy veggies and turn and scratch my tummy, oh, about once an hour.

Rie said...

An elephant. So I can be a retro Flintstone household & the elephant would be happy to our floor sweeper (sucker), our shower head, our dishwasher, our squasher of tin cans for the recyling & a really big hot water bottle!

sue said...

Goodness... I will be at the Creative Connection working as a volunteer.. ... I'm so excited that you'll be there...I shall bounce over to your booth and say "hello" for sure! :)

by Teresa said...

Dear Tif, I am your neighbor from "Down Under" - near Portland, Oregon. I would dearly love to own a special signed copy of your book and a bit of your own ephemera.

I would have a breeding pair of Alpaca. I have loved them for years. They are so soft and small and have the most adorable faces with a built-in smile. I would take loving care of them every day, making sure their stall was filled with sweet smelling fresh hay to sleep on. I would walk in the pasture with them and hug them and kiss them. Yes I would! I would have spotted ones so when I spun their soft hair into yarn it would come out multi-colored. And I would crochet my own hats and mittens and scarves and make soft things for my friends and family. :-)

Hugs, Teresa

LorraineYoungPottery said...

A hippo and his name would be Herman. He would let me sit on his back and floating me around the lake on his giant body. Of course we would often be sighted by the nosey neighbors sitting in our deck chairs sipping lemonade and eating cheese sandwiches.
At night we would lay tucked up in cozy blankets, while we told each other made up stories till we fell asleep.

Gail said...

I must give some credit of this name to my silly little sister - who I would share this lovely book with - and who had a cat with this name. And since we will probably not ever have a kitty cat, if I did have one, I would thieve this name and it would be called Punky-Mewster (and the Fur-Tones if she needed some back up singing kitties)

Jamie said...

I once had a little piggy but had to give her away. She and the dog used to hang out together. They provided much entertainment! I would love to have another little piggy named Petunia to love! Jamie V in MT
http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
amzanioli@yahoo.com

Auntie Karen said...

I already have a box turtle, two tarantulas, and three cats. A perfect fit for this family would be a Blue-Tongued Skink, (that's a type of lizard). I would call him Levi. I hear they like blueberries.

http://holypurplecrow.blogspot.com/

ms.mildred said...

I would most certainly like a polar bear, great and cuddly. I know they are truly somewhat fearsome, but I have such warm feelings for these poor creatures whose habitat is disappearing...in fact whenever I see someone doing something horribly un-ecofriendly, I always ask "But what about the poor polar bears?!?" At any rate, I would like to take one in and use him somewhat as a bean bag chair of sorts to curl up against while crocheting, reading, watching pbs and whatnot.

To be honest, I have already pre-ordered my copy of your most excellent looking tome, but were I to win I would most love to pass it on to my dear baking friend who has moved on to a new city and new job, who must spend all her pennies on home things and not book things, and who may be a little lost without her crafty friend (me!) and could use some inspiration.

Yours in crochet!

martha brown said...

Well, I already have the bestest pet ever! My westie poopie, Andy ( Andy Warhol) he's 5 and is my little white shadow. we're thinking of getting him a friend. a Scotty . I could name him Scott. Or Coco for a girl.... Oh no! I visualized it, now I really have to get one.... I'll keep you posted.

Anonymous said...

Just two weeks ago I got a little critter pet to care for & I didn't even know that I would want someone like him! Oso just came into our lives--he is a 4 month old chihuahua--and I cannot imagine life without him. I flew from South Dakota to Mesa, AZ rented a car, drove 3 & a half hours to Yuma to pick Oso up at my son's home, slept a short nap, ate breakfast, drove 3 & a half hours back to the airport with Oso and flew back to Sioux Falls. Gone from my home about 24 hours! All for this wonderful little critter!
Diana in Sioux Falls
sdsunshine@sio.midco.net

dottie angel said...

well that has been the best bedtime reading i have ever had!
thank you for using your imagination caps so wisely...

indeed i forgot to clarify, but of course my giveaway is open to anyone from around the globe :)

sweet dreaming
x

Genevieve said...

I would choose a cat, I admire their independence & unabashed nature. If the cat was a female I would name her Lyra & if she was a he I would name him Buttons.

Estela said...

I would love a hedgehog because sometimes I can get prickly (moody) and I would love to sleep late (since they are nocturnal) but my clan won't let me...I would call him Einstein, he would have amazing advice for me with just a look.

Kittee Bee Berns said...

hello!
in fact i do have a little critter friend named agnus. she is a stinging io caterpillar and she rides around on the top of my dog, vee's head. she is so sweet and she would never dream of stinging anyone in the family, but she guards the garden ferociously. she is the brightest of green with a cool red racing stripe down her side.

xo
kittee

Allison said...

When I get a little stressed out about work (which is most of the time) I tell everyone that I would love to run off and live in a yurt with a herd of yaks. 100 or so will do. They look like such friendly creatures and I could knit a few outfits with their lovely wool. I'm not sure they'd much like to live in the suburbs so I would be happy to join them in the Himalayas. As long as I could take the fluffy cat along too. Although I think she would prefer to stay where the kibble is in good supply.

Congratulations Tif and Janine on what looks like a lovely book. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

kit and nancy. said...

i'd love a little pony...only small. i'd call him edgar and he'd roam free in my garden. he'd be the cutest little mascot for my cake business! thank you for a wonderful giveaway. truly inspired. x

Tas said...

If we are throwing all practical realities out the window (like, is that animal even in your country? As I live in Australia, the answer is no) I have to say a flamingo. Have a soft spot for them and if I could trade my softie one and plastic one with twirly wings for a real live one, then oh, I would!

As for her name (yes, she would be female) I name all my pets with those names that my husband does not consider appropriate for our children and so she would henceforth be known as Violet the flamingo (yeah, I know. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that name for a human child is there? Take it up with husband man)
I guess that Violet the flamingo would hang out in the bath and the kids' wading pool, well away from our Staffy and our cats.

(Lovely giveaway prize, by the way)

Nic said...

Whacko! So many responses already. I wonder will you post to Australia? I will enter and hope madly...
I would have an alpaca to pop into the backyard. Her name would be Wendy and her boyfriend who'd live over the fence would be Rupert. She would be able to feast on stone fruit from the trees and politely leave enough for us. I would wander into the backyard regularly and give her little treats and in return she'd let me take her wool and knit it into incredible knitted goodness. Wendy would be friendly with the current resident, Ed the cat, and let him go for little rides on her back. Maybe Wendy and Rupert would have a baby alpaca and I would call him Magnus or perhaps Jasper.

Pretty Neat Designs said...

In my imagination I have a little giraffe and her name is violet. She has the sweetest long eyelashes and she bats them at me when she is hoping for double breakfast. She sits on the sofa with her long small legs tucked up under her and watches project runway with me. And at night she climbs up onto the windowsill and sleeps with the moon shining on her skin. prettyneatdesigns at gmail dot com

Cindy said...

i wish i would win a copy of your lovely book and the critter i would like to care for would be a little black poodle named lucy. in fact, we often reference our imaginary lucy quite a bit. congratulations on the book and enjoy all the fun that goes with it!

karenjeanio said...

beautiful book! congrats!

my lil' friend: a baby pig (the runt of a litter preferably) and she would never get big and she'd wear little rain boots that we'd take off when she came in the house.
her name: pickle. or biscuit. but probably pickle.

thebrains(at)everlutiondesign.com
that's me!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book.

I'd love to have a hen. I'd name her Scout.

sarah said...

my daughter charlotte is sat here with me reading this, she was 9 in May and absolutely loves reading your blog with me, it has become our thing to do! So Chacha has picked the critter, if it actually is one I am not sure, but hey ho, she has picked a Unicorn called Strawberry, or Berry for short as they are her favourite fruit and also berry's! We have them growing in our garden and we would now have to plant more for berry to eat. Also I have been told that unicorns love granny goodness in the form of a crochet throw especially adapted for unicorns so I have another to do project on my ever growing list of things to do.

guenrseygirlgetscrafty.blogspot.com

thanks you for such a lovely giveaway xxx
Sarah
ps, how r the plaits coming along? Chacha and mine are growing well and soon we will be able to wrap over our heads x

Aidel Knaidel said...

I would love to win a signed copy of your book! A little chicken, please, who could gift me with fresh lovely eggs. What to name her? Carol.

GeorgiaPeachez said...

I would be every so grateful to have a signed copy of this book because it looks to be fabulous and if I could have my dream pet it would technically be dream pets. I have longed forever to have my own bee hive and to be able to put on a big suit and use a smoker :-> I would tend to my little hive and give them lots of love and they would in turn give me lots of yummy honey. I guess I would give my Queen Bee a name, since after all she is the queen and I would name her Beatrice, or Queen Bea.

The Little Forest said...

I love my dog Guus but I’d also like to have a guinea pig again with lots of hair named Koosalagoosagoop. Guinea pigs are so funny, they look like walking heads and they make funny noises when they eat parsley. I also hear they taste great but luckily for Koosalagoosagoop I’m a vegetarian. I’d also get him a little bunny lady-friend named Audrey Hopburn to play with. I might even crochet a little pink cape for Audrey just as the bunny in your banner is wearing.

Melanie said...

I would love for an adorable French bulldog to move in with us. His name would be changed from Macaron to Pancakes because he swiped a blueberry pancake right off my plate just a couple of days after he came to live with us.

We would have tons of adventures with Pancakes. We'd take him to one of the many local farmers markets, where everyone would give him lots of attention and delicious treats. Salmon samples are his favorite, even though he's not a cat. Pancakes would play with my son and wouldn't mind having a striped scarf draped over his head every now and then. Pancakes would even get to move to Paris for a year or two (would he just be a "bulldog" there?) , and stroll around Place des Vosges and eat stray falafel crumbs from neighboring picnickers.

Pancakes would be the most loving, fun, and adorable pet in the universe. In my mind, he looks something like this...

http://www.inwardfacinggirl.com/2011/06/someday-i-would-like-french-bulldog.html

Ree said...

I would dearly love a hairy coo! Yes! I would!
A furry red highland bull with long horns and a wide pink nose. His name would be Andrew. And he would bring his sweet wife, Fiona, along, too. And we'd have tea and clover sandwiches and a few oat biscuits.

Yes, it's a Hairy Coo or two for me!

So pleased about your dear book! Congrats!

Cheers!

Ree
reikiree@yahoo.com

CottonAndCard said...

My children and I have a favourite picture book called It's Lovely When You Smile, with the most adorable critter characters, and I have always hoped each and every one of them might hop right out of the pages and into our home...and so if I could have any critter it would be my very favorite from this book - an adorable, white, slightly clumsy looking duck (who does not have a name in the book, but I would name her Lucy)and Lucy is loving and sweet and follows me about with her clumsy webbed feet and her big bright eyes...and along with Lucy comes a little brown mouse (who I would name Little)and Lucy and Little are inseparable, they adore each other, and the loveliest thing to see is when Little gets tired and Lucy carry's him about on her back...

Thanks for the opportunity Tif, your book looks wonderful!

Tracey

Monica said...

I would choose a little soft lamb with a black face and name it "Cocoa" (which is actually a pet I had as a young girl); however, this time Cocoa wouldn't ever die, and stay a lamb without growing into a sheep. I think lambs are just about the sweetest animals around :) Thank you for offering such a nice giveaway.

Polly said...

Ahh I would love this book so much! I have always wanted to have a cute little monkey that could sit on my shoulder all day and come with me wherever I go. Like my little friend to keep me company. I would call him Sorbet as that is my fave food :)
xx

rebecca said...

I would love a bunny. Specifically, a Californian bunny, because it looks like a Siamese cat with pink eyes. I would hold it in my lap whilst sipping fruity drinks made with lemons and vodka. And I would stroke it's velvety ears and rub them against my cheek, and I would say "Christopher" (because he would need a suitable name) "deer Christopher- you make snuggling complete, and are the reason for laps and such. " and Christopher would give me THAT look , and it would be time for Christopher to have an adventure outside. The end.
Deutschemexicana.com

Anonymous said...

I would take a little hummingbird with the most beautyfull colours. I probably forget to give it a name because I would stare at it all day!

My email is: ikhebeenbep@gmail.com

Tiffany.TF said...

i would love worms! actually an entire worm family and they would be known as The Wilbers. they would squish and squrem in my toes(normaly that would that be me, but not today) and Mr. Wilber would take Mrs. Wilber and Wilber Jr to get ice cream on Sunday afternoons.

coco said...

Just saw these in "country living" magazine and oh my, are they precious! I would relish a teacup guinea pig. (especially in a dream world where they would stay teacup sized and not grow to be 50lbs!) I would call her "wee one" - taken from the rhyme, "this little piggy went to market". I like the name because it implies that the little piggy loved home so much, that she went singing(my translation of wee, wee, wee) :) "wee, wee, wee, all the way home!"
colleen_conner@hotmail.com

through the trees said...

Bumbleberry the blue-nosed Beetle would be my bestest pet and critter-y companion. He would like to spend his days bumbling around in a thoughtful daze, tapping around the house and humming mostly. Then at the end of a successful day of bumbling he would hop onto my littlest toe and we would have a jolly berry dance before bed-time. What a lovely thought!

Best wishes
from
Helen
helenablewhite@googlemail.com

Ann said...

Dear Tif,
If I could add any other pet to our menagerie we already have at home it would be a pug puppy for our youngest, she adores them! I expect she would name him/her and it would be along the lines of "Bella" or "Jacob" ( hmm, any idea where she may have gotten those from? ) :)

Mathilda said...

Hi Tif
Really enjoying your blog and love the style of your house.
My choice of criter would have to be a Kookaburra, she would be great to have a bit of a chuckle with. I would name her Sheila of course. She would be great company. If she was lonely we would have to get a mate called Bruce. Two laughing kookaburras brighting up the days, chuckling away outside my window at my crafting and thrifting projects.

krugersa@hotmail.co.uk

B............... said...

Be still my beating heart, what a wonderful giveaway.
I dream of having a little pug called Elsie, after my dear departed favourite Aunt, trust me, she'd be flattered.

B xxx

lejardengirl said...

oh my what a wonderful question...i so would love a house trained pig...named Sunflower...please scribble in your book...happy day..lejardengirl xoxo

KV said...

I would love one of those adorable pink fuzzy piggies that they are breeding nowadays. The tiny size that you can carry around in your handbag. Not that I would do that, but the size is adorable!

Nesting Emily said...

I would love a house hippo. There is a commercial here across the pond in Canada that tells of them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBfi8OEz0rA
I like the idea of having one named Soukie, she would be pink and have a couple calves, twin boys named Marshall (prefers Marty) & Lucas (prefers Bob). They are both turquoise with spots up their legs (they lessen with age, Soukie had them too till she was 4). All 4 of us and my daughter would snuggle on the couch eating freshly baked cookies and watching old movies. The boys like westerns, my daughter likes the kung-fu movies, Soukie and I prefer romance-mysteries.
Congratulations on your book. I have been a fan of yours since I found you on flickr (years ago) and of Uppercase (I have a subscription, time to renew).
nesting.emily@gmail.com

MarmaladeRose said...

That's easy, it would have to be a teeny, tiny, snuggly, sleepy dormouse. She would be called Hazel which would be fitting as the 'Hazel Dormouse' is the only one that lives in Britain.

She would live in a cosy nest at the bottom of the garden where she would sleep under a tiny patchwork quilt. All snuggly and warm.

Fingers crossed!

Nic said...

Oops, I forgot to include my email in my entry:
nicp42@live.com.au

Anonymous said...

hi! thanks for a chance to win your booky.

i should like a rust colored squirrel. his name would be gavin and he would come with me everywhere - sitting upon my shoulder and when he got tired he would curl up in my bag to sleep.

thanks again,
jo
zorconinternational@yahoo.com.au

Amanda Lyn said...

I would adopt a second kitty cat and name him Mr. Stevens. Mr. Cat Stevens. He would need to be another long-haired, fluffy kitty so I can save his hair too and spin more kitty yarn while spinning vinyl and singing along.

I would love a copy of your new book. It's delightful.

a.rudd@aggiemail.usu.edu

birdie blue said...

oh my, i love this prompt...

i'd definitely choose to have a tiny miniature giraffe named annabelle with the longest of eyelashes.

i'd keep her in the play cottage in our back garden. she'd be living the life, let me tell you. four little girls would do her every bidding, and in exchange she'd occasionally consent to allowing them to dress her in various knitted bits and calico dresses.

i'm so crossing my fingers.
xo
molly

marie said...

Oh my, it's my lucky day...I just discovered your blog and you're having a giveaway! And a very lovely one too I might add!!

I would have a giraffe and his name would be Twiga...because that's how you say giraffe in Swahili. :)

My granddaughter's favorite animal in the world is a giraffe, and I know they would be best friends. Plus lucky me, I'd be scoring some "brownie points" with her too!

We'd adopt Twiga as a young giraffe because he'd me much easier to travel with and I'd definitely want to take him to Walt Disney World because that's where I learned to speak Swahili - well, at least a few words of it anyway. Including Twiga of course.

Twiga would live in my yard...he could hide in the oak trees and play in the pool. Giraffes love to eat twigs and leaves and I have plenty of those. They're also very quiet so the neighbors wouldn't mind at all!

Sounds perfect....

k a t said...

I'd love a hive of bees, that way I'd have thousands of pets at once! I'd learn new skills, get a fabulous new outfit and loads of honey. Plus beautiful pollinators for the rest of my garden. The only question is where to put the hive? :)

Looking forward to seeing you at the book launch!

miss teacups. said...

oh this IS a lovely giveaway, isn't it?? i would love to own a miniature himalayan kitten...they only get between 2-4lbs full grown and i just think they'd be the cutest things ever to own and cuddle and love. if it was a girl, i'd name her eloise and if it was a boy i'd name him henry :)

Sharon said...

Hello Tif,
This is the true story of my late pet. He was a cat named Boson - the Wanderer. He had short grey hair and loved company so much that when I was out he would happily follow a little old lady home from church who would give him a little snack. Or if it was raining he would meow at someone's front door and they would let him cosy up in front of the fire. Or if he was a bit peckish would wander down to the local pizza parlour, or sometimes check out the girls at the local ballet school. When I would arrive home there would always be a message on the machine 'hi there, we have your cat Boson', so i would hop in the car and drive to wherever he was and pick him up. He never liked to be on his own. He was a people cat and one day he crossed the road without looking. It was a sad day, so we buried him under a little lemon tree, and now when we have pancakes we pick a little lemon from Boson the Wanderer's special spot and think of that funny little grey cheeky cat. He's missed by many.

I have already ordered your book Tif, but wanted to share my story anyway. Sharon xx

hands follow heart said...

I would love a pygmy hippo! They are the cuttest thing ever. She'd be called Amelia and live right here on my back yard. I'd make a pond just for her to splash in and she'd wear a bright red bow around her neck on special occasions.
Thanks for the generous giveaway! The book looks very charming. I hope I'm the lucky one!
Luciana
handsfollowheart[at]gmail[dot]com

Beebee Stickyricecakes said...

Oooh there are so many cute critters to choose from! But I am sure that I would love to have a miniature bunny that stays itty-bitty forever and can fit in the palm of my hand. I would name him usagi and he would cuddle with my sweet doggy biche. They would get along just fine :)

Thank you so much for the giveaway!

bc said...

Perhaps it's cheating to say,
since I know from a previous foray,
(to your accounts of your lovely times away)
That it would be, without a doubt...
a donkey-that I would tout
as being topmost (along with a horse)
(next to poultry, of course)

Katie said...

I would have a whole kaleidoscope of butterflies. In real life, I'm a bit put off by anything that flies, even if it is ridiculously pretty, but if I'm imagining I could have a whole bunch of butterflies, then I can definitely imagine that I won't twitch when something flies past my head. They'd alway flutter about me like a pretty cloud and make everything perfectly happy. I mean, can you not grin when you see a butterfly landing delicately on a flower or flitting about in a breeze? just imagine if one landed in your hand every day, then took off and flew all around you!

I like imagining.

I love that a group of butterflies is often called a kaleidoscope, and I'd name each one for the prettiest-sounded name for the color of their wings--one would be azure, another crimson, another noir, and, inspired by my crayola crayons from childhood, there would definitely be a tickle-me-pink, and her wings would definitely tickle my face anytime she flew by.

mary-cate said...

I would love to have a wee little rabbit named Peter... after Peter Rabbit. I know, so unoriginal, but I just love that story (& Beatrix Potter herself.) I would even attempt to get him a blue cute with brass buttons! xx

http://rosehill-cottage.blogspot.com/

Rachel Hauser said...

So, just off the top of my head. I would have a..... zebra. On our first year anniversary, hubs and I visited Hart's Castle. The Hart's man had actual zebras brought into his land to roam and live there like wild horses. I guess that would be the thing though, I'd want a wild zebra, not a tame one. Some beauty is not meant to be tamed.

stephanie levy said...

I would love to have a little black doggie who I would name Jupiter. I would live in an old, restored Bavarian farmhouse with a sunny studio and a garden and Jupiter would rest happily while I painted and follow me around in the garden in the morning... and he would make my girlies giggle :)

Tif - I am sooooo thrilled for you with your book project. It looks so amazing, I don't know how to express it in words! I'm very, very happy for you and I am sending huge hugs all the way from Munich, Germany :) All the best with everything!!! xoxo

stephanielevy@web.de

Bouvardia5 said...

I have always wanted a duck called Teapot. Preferably a white one with a yellow beak. So yes, a small pond and a paddling, dipping chatty duck. I'd love that.
Congrats you on your book. Best, xxx

Unni Strand said...

I would love to have some hens. Not very special, but still the only creatures I really want around me.
They would have different common norwegian last names like Ms Hansen, Mrs Dahl, Ms Mørk etc. Preferably my friends last names.

Miss Holly said...

Well....that is easy...I would have a pig....named Shelby....unless of course he was a lad then his name would be Gerald.......the most important thing to me would be to give this pig a grand life....the life she or he deserves...treated with dignity..and kindness....and lots of gentle love........

carolyn said...

oh dottie,
i do love all the 'g' animals, goats, geese, gorillas. But i have always longed for 5 hens and a rooster named after my nana, her sisters and her brother. Thelma, Maudie, Marie, Ida and Pearl for the hens and the rooster would be Karl. That way i could talk to them every day, as if they were still alive and tell them about my life and what's going on. They were the ones who taught me to sew, knit, crochet and the rest, before you. I live in australia, so i will understand if that's too far (pricey) to send your book if i win, but i wanted to contribute anyway. Always creating along with you, Carolyn Sherri

by night said...

it looks fantastic! Congrats on the book! and thanks for the giveaway ;-)
If it is opened internationaly, let me tell you how I'd just be happy with a tiny little bunny, or 2, or 3. I would probably call them stupid names like 'dog', 'squirrel' and 'cat' as my cat is named 'Fish' and my fishes, 'duck', 'bird' and 'frog'

Rae said...

Oh what a fun idea!
I would love a petite lap giraffe named Pemberly. I would knit him extra-long-necked turtlenecks for winter and teach him to play one part of the chopsticks duet on the piano with his nose. They are so smart, you know!
Love,
Rae
mrsraesnyder(at)gmail(dot)com

Lizeylou said...

Could I be lucky enough to win a copy of your book - boy I hope so!

I would LOVE to have a rabbit
The ones that have those big floppy ears
And I think I would call him "tea cosy" as I have no doubt when he is sitting on my lap having a cuddle, keeping me warm, that is exactly what he would feel like.

Anonymous said...

Oh what a wonderful menagerie is being brought to life! I have always wanted a black Dutch dwarf rabbit. I think I would call her Rosie and she would live a very happy life in our little garden munching away on rabbity things. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway.
Katie -- knygh@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'd love a pekingese puppy that I'd call Tricky Woo. Not the most original but have want one since I was a little girl and fell in love with the James Herriot stories.

Angela ~ Yes, Dear! said...

If I could choose any critter then it would be a tea cup pig called "dandelion" {after the tea of course}. Dandelion would sleep in a tiny little leather suitcase that I would have made into a bed, with vintage fabrics for her mattress and a lavender filled pillow for her head. We would walk together through fields filled with flowers sharing her name. She would be my safe place for sharing dreams not yet ready to be fulfilled .... and talking to her would be no more strange than being caught conversing with myself ;0)

A beautiful BEAUTIFUL book you have created!

Angela ~ Yes, Dear! said...

oops and a contact email isaidyesdear@gmail.com :0)

ZIZO label said...

Well, every time I see a penguin, it makes me happy. The way they wobble and their tiny hand and feet. Maybe Pingu would be her name? :-)

Leah said...

I'm hoping with the highest of high hopes to one day own an Aussie Bulldog, just like a Britsh Bulldog but bread here in my own country with out all the problems they comewith,
Cute, droopy eyed and sweet....white maybe with a spot or two.

Mandy said...

mmm...this is a truly wonderful giveaway...your style of home has totally influenced my home...its your lovely home that inspired me to paint mine white...gave me the courage i guess!!!ok...now, in truth the critter i would love is my simba...a truly magnificent golden labrador that warned a neighbour their car was on fire one cold night, who could jump up in the air and catch a soccer ball in his 2 front hands!!!and who gave lots of love, (lots of poop and dropped hair too!!!lol),,,was a surprise for a sick little boy and gave hugs to a little girl who we never knew until he was gone that was suffering from deafness...wow...he was amazing and yes, i would love that adorable somba dog...take care...xxx

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Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

This book is an absolute must in my books!
Tif, if I could have another pet, why not a goat named Billy? Or a salamander named Sally? Or a mouse named Minnie? Or a toad named Teddy? And if size were not an issue, why not an elephant named Ella? Well, why not?!!

City Chic & Country Mouse said...

Thank you for hosting such a fun giveaway! I would love to have a horse like I did when I was growing up. I wish I would live in a place where I could ride him to the store, the post office and a friend's house, that would make me very happy!

allycat79225 said...

I just found your blog as a link on Naughty Shorts. I must say I really like it.
As for a pet I would like to have a Zebra named Dan. He would stay in my back yard and say hi to my children and I every morning. We would ride him all around the neighborhood and he would love to be ridden. He also would love to be brushed and groomed. I have always wanted to have a Zebra and naming him Dan would be very cute.
allycat79225@yahoo.com (adayinthelife.blogspot.com)
Allison

Laura Jane said...

Hello MS TIFF and lads of THREE,
I would love a LAMB you konw to follow me to school?...no, to frolic all the day! Her name would be BELLA DEAR and we could dance through days of GREY.
PS. I have had trouble seeing your NEW TESTING 123 posts..Maybe just me...ANYONE ELSE?
Snickerdoodle Kisses
Laura Jane

Bloody Frida said...

To add to our little menagerie (which currently consists of Sephora dog; Rose, Lucinda and Charlemagne cats; Hyacinth, Rose, Violet, Bucket standard hens; Guinevere and Morgana bantam hens) I would love to have two Angora rabbits named Snugglepot and Cuddlepie!

Charity said...

I would have to have a tiny little garden gnome that I could carry around in my apron pocket. I would call him "Gary Garrity from the garden of the Green Cupboard". He would be in charge of all that grows in my Kingdom ( or should I say Queendom ) I will make him clothing from scraps of fabric I have stored in a shoebox in the attic. He will be witty and happy and always on his best behavior. Many women will swoon over his charming behavior and be ever so jealous and want to steal him away from the me ; but Gary Garrity only has eyes for the Green Cupboard and remains faithful to all who live here.

cherrypicks.by.humboldtcherry (at) gmail (dot) com

Meg said...

my son said I had to chose a platypus named Perry who is a secret agent (yes, I know this isn't original, he's from the show phineus and ferb! but I couldn't say no to my 8 year old sons big blue eyes!) we'd go on adventures everyday and occasionally ask "hey, where's Perry?"
thanks
Meg
fourryders@yahoo.com

Renee said...

Well,I'm not really a pet person although I would love to have a kitten that would stay a small kitten b/c I don't really like when they get bigger....I think every animal is cute as a baby and would love it if they could stay that way.If I had my dream kitty I would name her sleepy b/c I would love her to have that cute sleepy look and I'd also put a cute pink bow on her head. :)

ellen said...

I think a puppy and I would name them Boston (where I live).

Nicole said...

A prairie dog named Bocce.
Nicole: niicoollaa@gmail.com

Nikki said...

First, I have only just foud you and so will miss you during your absence! But, I wish you the best with your To-do list and getting prepared for the rain!!!!
I don't know if anyone else has chosen this, but I would love to have a Capybara named Herbert. My dog (Hannah, a real pet!) and Herbert and I would roam the land and enjoy the outdoors. In the summers we would find lakes to swim lazily in and camp under the stars.In the winter we would roam the forests. At night we would cuddle up together on a giant bed and I would do embroidery and sewing so we could buy firewood. I would read them both lots of books, and they would have a lovely time dreaming of things to chase.

Meghan @ Life Refocused said...

I would have a pet monkey and his name would be Cheeky. How adorable would that be? I would take him to work and on photo shoots. And he would keep me laughing as he got into trouble throughout the day!

Lou said...

Oh, I confess if I don't win your book I am going to buy it...!

My critter would be a beautiful parrot and I would name him Providence. A couple months ago a parrot landed on a dead potted plant I had put on the back porch. The parrot began to talk to me but left before I could convince him to come inside. I took pictures of this beautiful critter on my dead plant as proof to grands that I really did have a parrot for a brief time.
We live in Providence so hence the name...

tomlou06@sbcglobal.net

Charlotte said...

I would have a donkey, but he must be a black donkey, and he would be a supa cool bad ass donkey, and he would be called SeÑor Burro. SeÑor Burro would wear a neckerchief of vintage fabric, even though this contradicts his bad ass status, but he would only wear it in the garden where his friends would not see and therefore mock him.
SeÑor Burro would collect me from work and allow me to ride atop his sturdy back so that I did not have to limp home in heels, he would stop frequently during our journey to shout abuse at passers by, just to amuse me, he would shout mostly at Mr Tibbs the evil shop keeper, and perhaps even pee on his shoes. I would love a pet like SeÑor Burro very much!
wrensolo at hotmail dot co dot uk

xan said...

I would love a black kitten with golden eyes. Its eyes would be golden, and it would like to sleep on my lap whil I read a book :-)
arantxa.redondo78@gmail.com

Kelley Hart said...

I would have chickens for sure! And in honor of my grandma, who raised chickens and made THE BEST fried chicken, I would name one Vivian, though I wouldn't fry up Vivian. I would just have laying hens.

Cat said...

I would have a Badger and call him Adger and make him a stripey nest in the potting shed.Id buy him humbugs and wed sit on the Porch under the new moon and star gaze and tell stories.
And if I just possibly had the smidgenest chance of winning dear Tiff Id be sure to pass on my copy to Adger the Badger..as he is quite taken with doilies and the like.
Lots of love Cat

Bron66 said...

We would love an elephant called Trunky. We would paint her sides with wonderful patterns and she could help us clean out our gutters. Also a great way to get to school! We would love to win your book!!

Vic said...

Oh this question isn't hard for me to answer at all, although it may be boring.

The critter I would love to have is a Dachshund & Tiff... I have TWO!

They are recently adopted older folks, but still as energetic as puppies & as cute as can be. If I could choose out of a pet dragon, a magic goat, golden geese or Dachshunds, I would choose my two crazies every time.

I will change their names tho, in my dream scenario, as they came with names, dull ones, which couldn't be changed due to their advancing years. If I could christen them again they would be Errol & Gretchen, instead of *sigh*, "Dixie" & "Jordan". Also, since we're dreaming here, if they could fly & have unicorn horns, that would be cool too.

dottie angel said...

just spent a happy half hour with Linus (our #2's cat) on my lap reading all your lovely comments.

he is quite lonely at the moment without his constant companion and this has been a welcome distraction to his aching heart.
thank you for all the wonderful 'imagination cap using' going on around the globe.
the ones here and in my inbox are all so perfectly perfect it will be a tricky job to chose. however Linus thinks he quite likes one or two, so i will listen to what he has to say, as he is quite wise :)

have a peachy weekend my dears
x

julialynn said...

I would have one of thise oh so cute baby meerkata, named Sanford, because that is a silly nae for something so adorable...

Julia

Thehappycrochetchic@yahoo.com

Donnell said...

If I could have any animal, I would have a hedgehog. His name would be Sticks. I would tickle his tummy and give him treats. He would be great friends with my husband's imaginary floppy-eared bunny Frank. They would hang out and do silly things together like burrowing games and hopping games. They would visit my classroom and help me teach my students about animals and how to care for them. They would be ambassadors for promoting good stewardship of our Earth. Yep! Sticks and Frank for sure.

BluePlate Cafe said...

I would have a bunny named Claire. A black one...with floppy ears. Claire could hop around in the long green grass next to me, and we could take naps in the shade and dream of happy music. And when we woke up, Claire would hop on my lap and look at the pictures in our beautiful Dottie Angel book, and I think she would like them.
What a lovely afternoon.

Hellie said...

Hi Dotty,
I would love a cow called Doris..............
But Im going to be greedy and have a small soft funny and lovesble pet called Elsie who can come everywhere with me and never be noticed she could hop on buses board planes come to a show or cinema she would be a best friend and someone who is always with me so I am never lonely and sad .....I WISH .....Oh and she would love shopping and doing crafty things and have lots of good ideas... Oh and she would be able to speak every language in the world Oh what fun we would have.............................

hexenpüppi said...

HI!
I´m Ines from Germany and I like to have one day a big fat English Bulldog called AGATHE! In Germany just grannys called Agathe! ;O) All names of my girls starts with an "A" and so it will fit very well!
So ... now I jump into the big basket of comments and I hope, that you and your ladys will pick my comment! :O))))

Lots regards from Berlin, Ines!

P.S. I hope my english is not soooooo bad .... if it is: SORRY! ;O)
P.P.S. If the bloglink not fits ... my email-adress is:
siaa.jegatka@arcor.de

cathieb said...

I would love love love love a Scottie Dog, with a beautiful pink collar and her name would be Lucy.
And life would be just grand.

Lea said...

In my heart of hearts I have always wanted a little Beagle friend. I like the name Bessie but it would actually depend on whether she looked like a Bessie.

This is a wonderful giveaway. Best ever!

grantleaingram@hotmail.com

Pom Pom said...

Oh my! So many comments! I'd love a book though, so I'll comment, too. I want a puppy that resembles a teddy bear and I shall call her Party. When she is dear, which she would be quite often, she'll come when I call, "Come, come, Party-dog!"

Lexi said...

a baby owl! i have never seen a baby owl, but in my head she would be completely cute and cuddly. And white with little patches of grey. and I would call her "hooty"..nothing original, but my littlest boy has a stuffed owl named hooty and it is very dear to him :)

Cherie Wilson said...

Oh now a sweet little hummingbird called Mae or Betty Lou would be nice. Love your style, best wishes with your book! XO

Pam L said...

My little pet would be a little wren and I would simply call her Miss Wren. I love it when a wren builds a nest closes by. This year in my garage in a box filled with junk. Five babies were raised. I saved the nest which included one of her feathers which was a nice little thank you gift.

I've just discovered your blog and have had fun reading it. Made a banner out of blue jean pockets for my grandson's birthday. Thanks for the inspiration

Pam L. pql0204@gmail.com

Monica Lee said...

Well, I have 2 critters named Maggie and Dunkin-border collie and white fluffy dog respectively BUT if I could daydream I would have a gentle horse named Nell. I miss horseback riding.

Rose said...

Well, I am completely and head over heels in love with the owls I have seen living in my backyard. Even though I know that keeping a bird in a cage is an awful thing to do, and I could never bring myself to do it, I would love to have one of those wee brown, red, and white owls of my very own. His name would be Trevor and in the evenings I would take him out of his cage, and he would sit on my shoulder and snuggle up against my neck. Then I would take him outside to hunt for some bugs and lizards, then he would come back in and we would do some knitting and listen to This American Life or something. It would all be very friendly-like and mutually beneficial because Trevor would hunt in my house for bugs and lizards while I slept. Good little Trevor. My email: orders at the laughing monkey dot com

Melanie said...

I wish I could be more imaginative, but honestly I would love nothing more than a pet hen named Eglantine. (After a character in "Bednobs & Broomsticks.") She'd lay gorgeous eggs and live in a sweet little coop in my garden where she would greet all visitors with a cheery little cluck.

Melanie
odds_fish_my_dear@yahoo.com

Carpet Bag Vintage said...

I know we all love wee little things but I want a big wizened dragon..one with all sorts rich deep colors...lots of shimmering silver on top of the scales...one with fire of course or what use would a dragon be!...My dragon, Salvo Pyre, would be a fantastic friend who would happily fly us anywhere in time...wouldn't that be lovely...to see the worlds time tic from the back of a dragon..finally my son would enjoy history!

Congrats on a terrific book and blog!

jinialee@yahoo.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jinia?ref=si_shop

The Jumbled Bookcase said...

I would have a pet Puffin named Seymore. Of course, he would have to have a mate and her name would be Katherine. Because, you know, puffins mate for life and I wouldn't want Semore to be alone. And, if I have two puffins, that would mean I am living in Maine on the coast in a lighthouse so they could stay close all year round and roam on the rocks and shore. And, of course, my lighthouse would be just like the one in Pete's Dragon but with lots of books, a piano, and my sewing machine. There would be just enough room to make it extra cozy with my darling husband and two babies who would help me care for the puffins. And, we would wear yellow and red wellies and ride our bicycles everywhere and Seymore and Katherine would come along in a special basket on our bikes. It would be a most exciting life.

Lorene said...

Love the book and ESPECIALLY love the wall hanging! I would have a donkey. In my back yard (because we have the room after all!). And I would name her Penelope. I'm not sure why "Penelope," but there you have it!

Artist and Garden Designer... said...

oh my sweet goodness!! I would swoon to hold a piece of a bit & Bob!
*** That being said... Would you like to meet my menagerie? For I am actually thinking of adding to my ACTUAL REAL LIFE zoo of a house hold ! I have my toy bichon puppy named Versace who Loves to wear all the clothes I make for her, and she sleeps at the foot of a decorated rainbow birdcage in which lives the miniature parrot! artist Monet ....SO! .... Too add to my artistic household of art supplies, paints... crochet,...3 kids, hubbie, art truck, ....

I would love to have a miniature tiny peacock!! His name would be "HIP HIP HURRAH" ( Because I would love to run around the garden yelling that! ) He would be only 6 inches tall, but His tail would come out and sparkle turquoise whenever the butterflies would fly about from flower to flower in the garden!
as long as we are in the imaginary world.. i would have him only eat glitter! because then in his tiny stomach Rhinestones would be made!! Hee hee ... (you all can fill in the rest of THAT!! ha ha ) ...

Speaking of gardens... I must go get lost in mine right now!! Hope you Have so much fun at TCC !! And thank you for making my world brighter and A bit sillier!
I already ordered my book ages ago and am SOOO excited to receive it!! I will share my copy with my sis!...If I won I would want you to write all over it as much as you'd want!! :) xxoo Vanessa
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andrea creates said...

oh i'd love a chance to win
i'd have a chicken or 2~and the first one would be called henrietta ;)

likegiselle said...

If I could choose any critter to have as a pet, I would love to have a pink pygmy puff which I would name Frankie. If you don't know what a pygmy puff is, it is a miniature puffskein, bred in the back of Fred and George Weasly's shop (from Harry Potter).

Your book is lovely, it would be amazing to win it!

http://like-giselle.blogspot.com

suesueb said...

I've always wanted a little teacup monkey but my husband is afraid of monkees! I'd name her Bizness as in monkey business. I'd teach her to knit and crochet and sew some cute little clothes and take her with me where ever I went. Love your book cover and the little bit of stitchery would be so loved too! Thanks for the chance!!

Strawberry said...

I have always wanted a little hedgehog for my garden. What would I name her? Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle of course! To tell you the truth I would love to have a whole little family! How wonderful to go out to pick veggies and to be greeted by Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle, Mr.Quilen, Violet, Henry, and Percy. All their little noses snuffling as they waddle down the rows! So cute!
Tracy
lilacsanddaffodils(at)gmail.com

Kristal Dawn Evens said...

Congrats on the book! Looks lovely! I would absolutely love to have a pet hedgehog. They are my favorite animal. I would want it to be a rescue... One that needed extra love... I would be very tempted to call him Oliver or Liam...

Cele Schaffer said...

Oh how I would love your book! I would like to have a hedgehog and would name him Pip of course! He would have his own little handmade bag house I would carry him in for outings. crschaf@knology.net Cele Schaffer

Kate Shepherd said...

I would love to have a Seal Point Siamese cat with a pronounced squint. I would call her Mau as that is what she would say, loudly and a lot. I would feed her sardines and garlic sausage and we would snuggle up for purrs and strokes every chance we had. She may also be of a mind to sit across my shoulders as I went about my daily doing so that she may Mau at everyone she met in a regal way.

Kristen said...

Oh my, I have the wanties for your book pretty bad! So let me reveal to you that I have ever wished for a jersey milk cow to chew the daisies in the field behind my house, and that she will have long eyelashes and wear a silver bell around her neck, and she will be called Jenny. :)

Pagette Harrison said...

A goose named Humphrey.

My earliest & fondest memory of our local library is a child's story book about a goose. I loved that book and would borrow it every time!

From that early memory I have always wanted a goose as a pet. A big white goose with a lovely orange beck.

I would call him Humphrey, as to me that is a most dignified yet warm and comforting name. Perfect for a goose snuggled on my lap.

Thank you Dottie Angel for your lovely and inspiring blog, I always enjoy a visit to your pages :-)

Pagette

hannah roberts said...

I would have a Giraffe and I would call her (i think Giraffes suit being girls best) Audrey because she is graceful and elegant. We would take nice quiet walks together and we would look so fabby together that people would only look at us not because we were are odd couple (I am quite tiny) but because we were the happiest things ever.

The Muse of The Day said...

This pet I would like to "have" is not for me, it is for those who live in the woods that encircle my home where I live on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere. You must understand - I have never seen "them", but my daughter swears that they are out there, flitting about with their delicate wings especially in the very first, and very last, hours of daylight. We call them fairies, so to have a term to refer to them by. We see signs of their existence on our long hikes on the mountain, through the woods. There are bundles of twigs (I am sure to build their homes with), decapitated mushrooms (most probably used as hats to shelter them from the rains), chunks of moss that seem to be missing we guess are being used as soft, plushy welcome mats at their doorsteps. With winter and it's icy winds coming upon us, we can only imagine that getting around on this mountain will be more difficult for our precious fairies. As I understand it, Welsh Corgis are the preferred mount of fairy warriors. If such an animal would help our fairies make their daily rounds on our mountain, I would show our gratitude to him or her by providing all sorts of cuddles around the ears and plenty of good food. While they are all busy doing their fairy business, I would be working busily on my sewing machine with my vey own copy of The Ramblings of Dottie Angel right by my side.

The very best of luck to all. Carolina

Jane Cullen said...

I would love to have a house hippo named Gladys. Me and G would swim together in my imaginary built in pool! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Julie said...

Greetings & Congratulations on your lovely book, Tif!

If I could manage another scottish terrier pup that is what I would like ~ I would name him Noblet, after the cartoon show characters in the movie Mary & Max. Noblet would be best friends with my current scotties, Speck & Sprocket.

My name is Julie ~ here is my blog:
http://www.bricolage-julier.blogspot.com/

Margith said...

Dear Tif!
I would love to vind your book.
My pet should bee a Donky and her name Sybille :-)
I have made a collage inspired by your blog.
http://husetvedskoven.blogspot.com/2011/09/dottie-angel-inspiration.html

helen said...

I do so desire a donkey. A donkey called Ron. He'd hang about in the yard, pop his head through the stable door (one of those kitchen doors than splits in two and the open half would be open), if I had one, whilst I'd be pottering around in the kitchen and I'd hand him my carrot tops and other such appetising things. And on days when I felt sad I would pop out to the yard and throw my arms around Donkey Ron and he'd give me a comforting nuzzle and I'd be ready to face the world again. The end.
www.helen-limbrick.blogspot.com

Grace of Autumn said...

I cared for an orpaned baby wallaby (miniature Kangaroo) who I named Dufus. Dufus lived with me for thirteen days and I fed him every four hoursand cared for him like his mother. He would jump out of his make shift pouch and sit in front of the wood stove; Dufus was a darling. But he got sick and went to animal heaven at day fourteen and it broke my tender heart that Dufus had to leave me. I would love another Dufus to love because Dufus number one left too soon but left me with cherished fond memories. sandeelee777@hotmail.com

Sophie said...

today i took my little boy to the zoo - watching his delight was my delight. now all i can think of tonight is the gorillas, the seals, the giraffes, the lemurs [we didn't see all of the zoo, my boy and his little legs, they're only two (years that is) ]. so i'd take each and every one, i'd live in a jungle, right by the ocean of course, and i'd name each of these creatures whatever they beckoned to be called.

(and then each could inspire spiffy decals, cross stitches, paintings and doodles across the wide and curvy globe)

pophpeer@gmail.com
xx

Lou Dearie said...

...hi Tiff, I thought it was about time I got involved. I think I'm cheating, however...I could never wish for a more magical pet than my cat Alan so I must say him. Alan has been run over twice. The second time he broke his jaw and had to wear a metal head brace. This has left Alan with a permanent drippy nose, runny eye and wonky jaw.
Alan likes nothing more than to sit on a crochet blanket on my knee watching horror films. His favorite snack is anything with a tomato based sauce such as baked beans or a nice homemade bolonaise. Alan is terrified of tin foil and anything that sprays.

Alan likes to dissapear for hours on end and we often wondered where he was spending his time.This question was answered for us when we settled down to watch an eipisode of 'Wife swap' one night. This is not something we would normally do however this episode featured our neighbour of a few doors down who was a British glamour model and pop singer in the 80's. We were halfway through watching when who should we see reclining on the sofa of 80's popstar neighbours house with not a care in the world? Alan.

Congrats with the book. I'm at Spittlefields most weeks if you ever need me to pick up some more fabric :-)

Kirsty said...

I would like to have Ollie the Otter - Ollie is quite a particular Otter here on Skye - well known for his grooming abilities, indeed he has patented a particular kind of seaweed found on our coastline here as a revolutionary dental floss - reaching where no other floss can. Anyway, I feel Ollie needs a little more loving in his ordered life - I'd like to invite him in to sleep on a crocheted blamket infront of our fire and nibble on marshmallows which shouldn't cause a problem to his canines!! All otters need a wee tickle behind the ear xxx Love the blog and Good Luck with the book.

noknittedknickers said...

I would love a cleaning fairly called something sensible like Gertie who would flit around and tidy up when I'm not looking and put things away exactly where I could find them. Cx

Anonymous said...

Hi Dottie,
Ever since my husband and I visited this little petting zoo on the Oregon Coast and saw how affectionate goats can be...I too have wanted a goat. I'd love a pygmy one for the city, and I would name him Carmichael. They call them the comediens of the barnyard, so I think he'd be hilarious.
Stephanie from berry island on etsy.com

marian said...

oh Pip, thank you for your ever-so generous giveaway!!
Ever since i was a wee thing i used to dream of having a pet dragon. His name would be Merlin and he would possess magical powers. We would have wonderful adventures together flying all over the globe and to distant planets. And you know what his favourite food would be?? lolly gobble bliss bombs and caremello koalas..coz they're my favourites too, oh and pink lemonade..YUM!
Now it's time to toodle off to bed and dream sweet dreams about Merlin, my magical dragon....

Petit Filoux said...

It would have to be a dog - a little puppy - and I'd have to call it something like Geoff or Kevin or Dave - I find human names for pets histerical - maybe it's just me ;-)

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Oh if I had to pick just one little critter I could call my own it would be a pretty speckled barn owl. His name would be Tootsie after the lollies owls like to crunch on. Tootsie with his knowing eyes would not creep me out with his full head turns but simple perch in silence and listen to the hum of my sewing machine with me.

Samm said...

I would have a cat called Peloton
A rescue cat, I have always thought it would be such a great name. After the field of cyclists in the tour de France.
Alas tis not meant to be !
I love your blog , so very funny and very hip !....x

Anonymous said...

My ideal future critter would be a baby beluga. I once read a story and heard a song about a baby beluga and been fascinated since. I would call him Dapper. He could teach me to swim and I would feed him rainbow cupcakes.
Antonella
bassi(dot)antonella(at)gmail(dot)com

btw if I win, I totally want some scribbles of yours dear Tif.

kavka said...

Thank you for such a great give away! It's Kavka here :-) My story can be not so interesting because I'm a lucky girl who has four paws friends around me, and this is a story about it:

I lived in the center of the big, loud city 5 years ago. I had two cats: a girl and a boy. A girl called Konik was from the shelter and boy Antoszek was taken as a small kitty from bad, cruel people. We lived in 4 (with my beloved husban) in a small flat and were very happy, but my biggest dream was to have more pets around me. So we had to take men's decision and… bought old wooden house in the countryside. And the dreams came truth: 3 new cats (Koksik, Koko & Paproszek), 2 new dogs (Fika & Mania) have appeared. (I have still plans for a goat who will be called Forsycja some day, but don't tell my husband :-) One day Konik and Mania decided to change a climate and moved to my parents house, but I can visit them any time I want.
Pets are my great inspirations, I made many illustrations with Mania and her tea party some time ago, I love invent story when my 4 boys (Antosz, Koksik, Koko & Paproszek) are the main heroes, draw a portraits of my beloved little girl Fika. They are all my life and my big love.
You can see all of them on my blog (kavkadesign.blogspot.com) if you want :-)

And one more story about someone special. I had very special friend 14 years ago. It was a wild jay bird, found by my husband in the park during his way back from work. It was a little bird, who fell out of the nest after big storm. We made her small cosy nest in our living room, fed like her parents used to do it (we hope so), tried to learn everything… our only defeat was that we couldn't learn her how to fly :-( She became a beautiful bird. We called her Julia and spend with her as much time as possible. Julia had everything she needed, done what she wanted to do, loved jazz music and sang beautifully. She behaved a little like a dog walked with us step by step. We loved her so much and I'm sure she loved us, she gave us so much happiness and I hope we gave her the same.

I wish everybody good luck and great new week

arsenicandoldlace said...

I would love a little pig just like Piglet from Winnie the Pooh, it has always been my dream! He would be cute friendly and ever so lovely and I'd make sure that he was never scared or nervous like Piglet usually is. His or her name would be Piglet or George (Harrison) He/she would live in my house and have his/her own little bed and he/she would follow me around as I'm baking or doing housework and would sit with me while I am studying. Piglet/George would definitely be the greatest pet a girl could ever ask for!

my email address is goldenslumbersfillyoureyes@hotmail.com

Amy said...

Heavens to Betsy! I hope I win! If I could have any critter it would be a fawn. They are just so lovely!

Melissa said...

Oh I hope I'm not too late to enter! I seem to have lost my thinking cap in my cluttered little home so this will be short. I would love to have a talking elephant as a pet. He would tell me his name is Pachelbel (because he can talk, of course), and he would be very wise and teach me how to live a more zen-full and less cluttered life.

Fingers crossed I am the lucky winner of your fabulous new book!!

Karen said...

my critter is a large brown bear called george who is tame and cuddly as can be. when we're sitting at home in a chilly evening he wraps himself around me to keep me warm and cosy, and we drink mugs of steaming hot chocolate with delights of whipped cream. we walk in the woods and he helps me gather chanterelles and blaeberries (this being scotland). he likes peanut butter and marmalade sandwiches and when no one's looking we dance bearfoot under the moon.
karensholford@gmail.com

Poppy Q said...

Miss Tif,
My heart (I mean ovaries really) needs a scruffy little dog. I would call him Milo.

I never understood women who steal babies, but everytime I see a scruffy little pup I could happily steal him away.

Julie Q
xxx

Pomona said...

Late to the party as usual, but greatly attracted by the thought of furry friends. I just have a new furry friend, a little black dog known as the Little Stranger, and she most certainly is the little furry friend of my dreams, and I must not forget the Mad Dog who sadly belongs to the Ploughboy and she will depart next summer when he goes to plough pastures new (arable inclinations, so probably yes, ploughing up pasture, but you never know). And so in my dream world I stride along with a loyal Mad Dog by my side, and a flock of little black dogs skittering at my heels, with the Little Stranger striding bossily at their head, and all kept in check by the Mad Dog and her eyes, which fix you with the most deep and soul searching gaze.

I notice that the odds of winning are sadly very small, but I have found your encouragement to me to dream most fortifying, and for that I thank you.

Pomona x

Geek+Nerd said...

If I had my druthers, I would have a lovely golden retriever, and his name would be Paddington. When I was younger, my best friend's mother bred golden retrievers. Once the puppies were just large enough to look like cubby little teddy bears, my friend and I would don some crappy clothes, lie down on the kitchen floor, and submit to the cuteness of 10 puppies running all over us.

I long ago decided that golden puppies look precisely like Paddington bear, therefore, if I ever got a golden, his name would be Paddington.

the bellyacher said...

I would most definitely have a fruit bat named Pippin if I could have any critter. :)

Your book looks simply lovely.

Mayen said...

A polarbear called "Kurt"? Now that the ice around the poles are melting, I think he would need a new home;-) Nice blog, love from Mayen in Norway!

Lisa Gatz said...

I don't know if I'm too late but I would have a pet llama and name it Betty.

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