Finish-Mini-Mishka Army 38

This is my last finish for the holiday season! There wasn’t a lot of time between my decision to make these and their execution, so I apologize that these are sort of out of the blue.


These came into existence because of a bout of insomnia around Christmas time. Whenever we travel with the dog, we generally stay at Motel 6 because they don’t have size restrictions (Mishka is about 5x over the 25lbs size limit most places have.) They are however, not the most comfortable hotels and I almost always have trouble sleeping the first night.


So while tossing and turning, I was feeling bad that I hadn’t made our vet staff anything for Christmas. And suddenly this idea came to me and I had to make them as soon as we got home.


You see, Mishka is not the most healthy dog in the world (although she might be the most slobbery.) Her original owners got her in Russia back when they lived in Poland. They moved to Nevada at some point, and brought her with them. They got a divorce, she ended up in a rescue, we fell in love with her, she came home with us, she took over the couch, you know… that classic story.


However, apparently living with only plants in Russia and in the barren desert of Nevada meant that when she moved somewhere that had plant life, she was immediately allergic to all of it. The immunology report came back with her allergic to something like every single grass, most trees, and 12 other things. So to keep her from suffering, we get weekly allergy injections. We could do the injections ourselves, but our vet does the injections for free, and they’re so great with Mishka that she looks forward to visiting the vet every week. We also had a cancer scare this year, and she had surgery to remove some tumors. She came through fine and they did an awesome job with all of it.


So with all that, our vet and their staff are people we see at least weekly, and they are amazing and awesome and I wish I was a dog so they could take care of my health.

I tell you all this so you know why I was tossing and turning about not getting them something, and why at 3am on Christmas Eve, I woke up Eli to let him know that I’d figured out what to make our vet staff for Christmas. He was thrilled, as you can imagine.


As soon as we got home, I made a quick pattern and started work on them. The ornaments came together quickly, with most of the time devoted to the hand-stitched details. Making these was so fun, it was like making an army of mini-Mishkas! Come to slay you with cute!Β I made 6 total, and we kept the prototype for ourselves. With a slight modification of the tail and ears, these could easily double as little boxers.


Dimensions: ~3.5″ tall x ~2.75″ wide
Pattern: By me!
Materials: Eco Felt: Copper Canyon, Antique White, Chocolate, Black, Baby Pink. DMC floss & Pearl Cotton thread(I didn’t note colors)
Machine stitched, hand embellished
French Knot in the button hole to make it look like there’s a highlight on the eye: Totally Necessary.

Oh, and yes, the vet staff loved them!


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38 thoughts on “Finish-Mini-Mishka Army

    • anne Post author

      Hahaha thanks. πŸ™‚ I took some art classes at a local community college a while back and my art instructor told me that I was umm a little anal retentive about that kinda thing. (I think his exact words were that I needed to start drinking more or look into illegal drugs if I was ever going to be an artist. He was pretty exasperated with me at the time. lol)

  • capitolaquilter

    I’m pretty sure she took over more than just the couch, ha ha. Finally insomnia pays off, well worth the lack of sleep. They are SO Mishka, every little detail but I keep thinking there must be a craft product out there to mimic liquid drool

    • anne Post author

      Hahahah okay, so she owns everything except the bed. πŸ˜‰ But in the evenings she glares at us until we get off the couch so she can go to bed. Well, “glares”. A St. Bernard glaring is more like puppy-dog eyes with a super forlorn looking face.
      And I’m with the other commenter, glue would totally work for the drool! LOL

  • Pat S

    These are adorable. As far as capitolaquilter’s comment about a craft product for liquid drool … how about carefully applied clear hot glue. πŸ™‚ Mishka is a lucky dog.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! And yessss to the glue, that would totally work! And be rather hilarious. πŸ™‚ By the time we get out of there with all the treats for a job well done getting her shot, they usually have to mop. lol

    • anne Post author

      I have a kitty who is ridiculously attached to me (she rides on my shoulders) and I bet I could easily make this work as a cat pattern. πŸ™‚ I’d just need to figure out the ears. Okay that’s next. πŸ˜€

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! πŸ˜€ They don’t take long (maybe 3-4 hours total?) and were a great after-Christmas-insanity hands on project. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Christine! πŸ˜€ I love those super fast projects, especially since the last few months have been all about long-term projects. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      LOL Yes, possibly. Did I mention that I wanted to be a cat when I grew up? πŸ˜‰
      I totally understand your reasoning though, so I’ll give you a pass. πŸ˜€

    • anne Post author

      Awww, thank you! I definitely think she’s a cutie. πŸ˜€ But I might be biased…
      These ornaments were so fun to put together, and they went fast! I definitely want to make more. Some kitties and other types of doggies!

    • anne Post author

      Aww, thank you!! I think we’re lucky to have found HER! She’s such a happy, loving dog. πŸ™‚ And lazy, which fits our lifestyle more than I like to admit. lol

  • Lisa E

    Mishka and I are kindred spirits. According to my doctor, I am allergic to “God’s green earth.” Add dogs, cats, rabbits, mold, dust mites, etc. to that list too. Luckily, I can apparently eat anything (and do); an allergy to chocolate would come in handy. My shots are every 5 weeks though.

    • anne Post author

      HAhahaha I love the way your doctor phrased it, although I’m sad you have to deal with it. She’s allergic to mold and dust as well (we live in the world’s worst area for both of those things, too) so she feels you there!
      My mom is allergic to chocolate! It’s not what it’s cracked up to be, let me tell you. :O
      Five weeks seems far more reasonable! Does it taper off further after a while?

  • Erin

    Well Mishka is a lucky dog to have found owners who clearly love her to bits! These are really cute. And if they were filled with sand you could use them as a doorstop year round πŸ™‚ and then you really would have an army if little Mishka’s in your house.
    E xx

    • anne Post author

      Oh my goodness, Mishka doorstops would be hilariously awesome! They’re too small as is (less than 4″ tall) but it’d be easy enough to scale them up!
      Eli wants to get another dog. I think he ACTUALLY wants a Mishka army!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! I actually gifted them the weekend after Christmas, it just took me a while to have a chance to post about them. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Lorna! I think they’d be fun to make in various dog breeds. People do seem to be a bit nuts about their dogs. (Me definitely included!)

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! They’re super fast and fun to make, too. πŸ™‚ I see more of these in my future next Christmas. πŸ™‚ Although probably different breeds. It feels a LITTLE conceited to just make Mishkas for everyone. πŸ˜‰

  • jodydeschenes

    totally adorable and hilarious and my favorite hilarious part is the extra saggy black mouth skin you embroidered on the sides. hope you got some slobber on there before you wrapped them up and delivered them! (;

    • anne Post author

      HAhahahaha I’m glad you noticed that. πŸ˜€ Afterwards I wondered if it was really worth the effort, but I’m glad I did it anyway. πŸ˜€ No slobber other than the real kind that they got when Mishka sniffed them. o.O

  • juliedwong

    Oh DEAR me. How cute are those? You are so talented! I can’t believe you just ‘whipped these up’… I used to do a lot of embroidery back in the day. Seeing your stuff has me kind of itching to do something with a needle and thread….

    • anne Post author

      Ohhh I’d love to see what you’d create with embroidery! Although I don’t know if you’re like me, but I end up finding that if I channel my creativity into an activity, it means I don’t feel the need to be creative in my normal area. So I was doing a draw-every-day challenge and I ended up barely sewing that month because of it. πŸ™‚

      It might be interesting to do some beads based on embroidery designs. Like little x-cross stitches daisy-chain stitches or what have you. I’m sure that’s easy, right?? πŸ˜‰