Wild and Woolly, Sunflowers and Puppy Love


 Lola is 14 weeks old and in the wild and woolly stage of puppy hood!

Thank you to everyone for the sweet comments you left welcoming her.


She is smart and full of puppy energy and needs lots of chew toys to keep our fingers and ear lobes out of harm’s way!

It’s been 13 years since we had a puppy, we needed a refresher course.

I’ve had a few comments asking about sharing any training tips. We listened to Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution and highly recommend it. It’s available in paperback and Kindle, as well as an audio version, but I have more time to listen these days rather than ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ to read. 🐾

He has some great YouTube videos for puppy / dog training too.

I’m working with her to pose for the camera. Chloe was my natural ‘camera hound’ and happy to pose anytime as long as she was getting attention and the promise of a treat.

I experimented to see if Lola would tolerate wearing something in her hair while posing. . .


 It took a lot of photos and more than a few treats.


The sunflower pick came from Michaels, all their fall florals were 40% off. I cut it apart and removed the large berry clusters and used a small claw hair clip to attach to her head.

Her ‘Wild & Woolly’ puppy stage is real but also a fun play on my ‘Woodsy and Wise’ Whimsical Fall Table.

She’s in good company!


I’m part of a Fall Tablescape Blog Hop this week. . .

Click on the links below for more fall table inspiration this week. . .


Home Is Where The Boat Is | A Casa di Bianca Living With Thanksgiving Everyday Living


Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Belle Bleu Interiors | My French Twist | The Painted Hinge


Debbee’s Buzz | Red Cottage Chronicles Panoply | Celebrate & Decorate


Life and Linda The Painted Apron Me and My Captain | Our Crafty Mom


Simple Nature Decor Bluesky at Home Sweet Sensations | Follow The Yellow Brick Home

And I hope you’ll come back on Friday for another edition of Floral Friday.

Here’s a teaser. . .


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  67 comments for “Wild and Woolly, Sunflowers and Puppy Love

  1. September 6, 2018 at 6:06 am

    She is adorable and so photogenic. Love the floral piece.

  2. Michelle
    September 6, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Lola is just toooo precious 🤗

  3. Granny 35 (France)
    September 6, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Comme, Elle semble bien sage, pour se laisser photographier avec des fleurs sur sue la tête !
    Trop mignonne !

  4. Kari
    September 6, 2018 at 6:43 am

    What an adorable puppy Mary….I was so surprised to see her leave her “bow” in her hair but she is a trooper.

  5. Pam
    September 6, 2018 at 7:02 am

    It looks like she is going to be your photo ham! Great pics. She is a doll.

  6. Granny Gay:)
    September 6, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Adorable…I just want to hug her! Such beautiful cotton, curly hair…she makes the sunflowers smile…:)

  7. Pat
    September 6, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Lola is a cutie patutie! Thanks for the puppy tips as I am contemplating getting a four legged fur baby. Your blog always brings a smile to my face.

  8. September 6, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Lola is just too cute. So happy for you to have this new joy in your life.

  9. Kim EKim
    September 6, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Mary, Lola is beautiful. I have a 7 year Golden Retriever who is camera shy. The other 2 will wait for you to take their picture but once Pumpkin sees the camera she is gone, not only a digital camera but she does the same thing when someone pulls out their cell phone. Kim

  10. Sandra
    September 6, 2018 at 8:16 am

    So sweet! Congrats on your courage to love again! When we lost our “old girl,” it took us 2.5 years before we were willing to take the chance. We were rewarded a million times over with the new 4-legged love of our life! Cheers to fall–the most wonderful time of the year!

  11. Kathi
    September 6, 2018 at 8:17 am

    She is so absolutely precious. I would be kissing her furry little head all day long. Please keep sharing her pix as they sure make our day!

  12. Pam
    September 6, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Ohhh my goodness … she is adorable! Keep us posted on puppyhood … you might just encourage me to go “fur” it again … LOL

  13. Maria J Cesario
    September 6, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Love Lola she is so precious, thank you for everything you share with us

  14. Pamela
    September 6, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Oh my! Definitely the cutest Fall post I will see this year!

  15. Roxanne
    September 6, 2018 at 8:38 am

    It does not getting any cuter than this! Please keep those photos coming. You’ll have to cue up Barry Manilow’s Copacabana during your photo shoot:

    Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
    With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
    She would merengue and do the cha-cha

  16. September 6, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Well, she is just adorable and I’m so happy for you. Lots of work but so much fun!

  17. September 6, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Lola looks like a natural in front of the camera, Mary. My, is she ever adorable! I’m glad that you’re getting her used to posing, so that we get the benefit. The tiara of Fall flowers looks perfect on Lola!

  18. September 6, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Lola is so cute and has the prettiest fluffy fur. Starting her out young with fall adornment should train her to enjoy modeling! So adorable.
    What a busy week. Can’t believe it is already Floral Friday tomorrow. Loved the quick peep.

  19. Terry Wallace
    September 6, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Looks like she is making great headway you may have a little furry movie star on your hands.She is learning early to cute. Have a great weekend.

  20. September 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Huge smiles, thank you!

  21. Cyndi Raines
    September 6, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Such a sweet fur-baby! That face! Those eyes! I think she is a natural star and is going to say “I was made for this!” Lol.

  22. September 6, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Mary, Lola is adorable! Her fur adornment is too cute, and I think she will like a starring role on Home Is Where The Boat Is❤️

  23. September 6, 2018 at 9:40 am

    You are killing me with that baby!!! I keep telling EVERYONE around here that I DO NOT want a puppy when sophiejane leaves me, which is prolly much sooner than I care to admit. But oh my…..just seeing that lil fluff ball of yours….I’m dyin, I tell ya!!!
    Oh and those cute salad plates arrived at my door yesterday!!! Will have to change place settings now!!!!

  24. Sue Farmer
    September 6, 2018 at 9:48 am

    She is adorable!!! Nothing like puppy love

  25. Dorinda Selke
    September 6, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Mary oh mylanta is she just the cutest little sweetheart? I love the sunflower in her hair. Best of luck and years and years of happiness to you, hubby and Lola ❤️🐾❤️

  26. Janet O. Robinson
    September 6, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Lola is so beautiful and thank you for the pictures! Our bichon Chester is 10 and we are considering a pup too:) Your pictures bring us closer to our decision!

  27. September 6, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Oh goodness, can anything be cuter than Lola in sunflowers!! It looks like you’ve got her well trained for photo shoots already Mary! Is Gracie jealous? I can’t wait for Floral Friday! My Fearless Friday this week features daylilies from your garden :)

  28. Donna B Oliphint
    September 6, 2018 at 10:41 am

    She’s darling! So glad you got a new puppy. We’re currently in the puppy stage, too. Our shelter pup, Tinker is now 4 1/2 months old. She sustained a fracture of her femur when she was thrown out of a car with two siblings, so she had to spend 4 weeks on cage rest. But she’s 100% now and entertaining us every day. Best of luck with yours!

  29. Franki
    September 6, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Whatever Lola wants…Lola gets…franki

  30. anne
    September 6, 2018 at 11:21 am

    She is precious. She looks like a little lamb. Mary’s little lamb! :-)

  31. September 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Oh bless her heart xx

  32. September 6, 2018 at 11:33 am

    What a doll! I am happy for you to have this new addition to your family.

  33. Chloe
    September 6, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Lola really did well for her first posed photos! I don’t know how many hours you spent to get the pictures, but the results are enchanting. Is Gracie jealous or just disinterested? Looking forward to more wonderful visits with them both.

  34. September 6, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Lola is soooooooooooooo adorable. I’m so glad you have a new member to your family. Can’t wait to hear all about her adventures.

  35. Tricia Miller
    September 6, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    she is absolutely adorable! I want to kiss all over her sweet little head. I can tell she is really happy to be with your family.

  36. Vanessa
    September 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby Lola. She is precious and she already knows how to model. Love Her!!! Looking forward to seeing her lovely little face on future posts.

  37. September 6, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    She’s simply adorable! You are wise to start her early to work with you on things like posing for pictures! She looks like a real heart stealer!

  38. Rita C.
    September 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Oh dear Lola, you are cuteness overload! Tell mommy she needs to take more vitamins to keep up with you! ♥

  39. Ricki Treleaven
    September 6, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    So adorable I can’t stand it…..Lola is so sassy with the flowers in her fur! LOVE this post!

  40. Susan B.
    September 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    What a little love bug. I’m afraid I’d do nothing but play with her all day!

  41. September 6, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Ha-Get her used to it early!!! The life of a Super Model:@) Have fun!

  42. Debbie
    September 6, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Oh, my Gosh!!! She is so adorable.

  43. Alma
    September 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    She is absolutely adorable!!! Congratulations and good luck!

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  44. Vicky
    September 6, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Love love love.

  45. Marilyn
    September 6, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    It looks like Fall is Lola’s favorite season,too.

  46. Joan
    September 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Everything is so lovely for Fall. Thank you for sharing.

  47. Larion
    September 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Mary, you always make everything so special and lovely.

  48. September 6, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Oh my goodness, how adorable she is! I know new puppies can be a challenge, I am wishing you easy training ahead! I love how you decked her out to match the plates from your tablescape! Enjoy that little puppy!

  49. September 6, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    OMGoodness, Lola is ADORABLE!!! I am in love! And she is going to be a natural at posing:) So looking forward to Floral Friday tomorrow.

  50. Anne Marie
    September 6, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Love her! So cute and sweet! Much luck with her. Can’t wait to see more pictures of her as she grows!

  51. Jeannie
    September 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    I’m a golden retriever lover but, I tell you, Lola is SO adorable! I hope she loves to cuddle.

  52. September 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A new puppy… how fun! Lola is adorable! I have a Maltese granddog, named Lola. They look like kissin’ cousins!

  53. Norma Rolader
    September 7, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Oh so so precious

  54. September 7, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Lola looks like she is made for the camera!! Can’t wait to see both together!! 🌻🍂🍁🌻

  55. Karen
    September 7, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Oh my goodness she is just TOO cute!!!

  56. Cristy Bennett
    September 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Dear Mary…Thank You for sharing these wonderful pics of little Lola with her fall hairdo. The first picture should be made into a canvas picture to hang in your home…such a sweetie! All the best with her training…she looks like she will be a fast learner!

  57. Tricia
    September 7, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Lola is such a Sweetheart!!!

  58. September 7, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Lola is so adorable, and I can’t believe how she posed for you!

  59. September 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Ha, ha, I was thinking of your fall animal plates—with the cute puppy headdress —-and then you showed the plates. Guess my memory is better than I thought. I would think it might be hard to get anything done with that little puffball running around!

  60. Scotty
    September 8, 2018 at 10:35 am

    omg’sh, what a sweetie. Nothing better than puppy breath!! love all that you post, beautiful work!!

  61. Deborah Simpson
    September 8, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Lola is just too cute… congratulations! She looks like she will be a good poser too! Nothing like a puppy! Awhile ago you babysat two other small white dogs – can you tell me what breed they were?

    • September 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Deborah, they were my SIL’s maltipoos 🐾🐾

  62. September 8, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Mary, she certainly melts my heart! Those puppy eyes! I know you are going to easily train her. You are a dog whisper! I’m so happy Lola has come to live with you! The fall flower “fascinator” looks adoable on her!

  63. September 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Lola is tolerating her fall hairpiece quite well. I’m impressed. Have fun! Here’s to many healthy, happy adventures together in the years to come. I’ll be looking forward to your posts.

    September 12, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Precious! I want to reach through my computer screen and hold her and give her a hug.

  65. Mary Smith
    September 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Such a little love!! I look forward to many more wonderful pictures. Reading your posts and enjoying your photos are moments I treasure. Thank you!

  66. Donna Burton
    September 17, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Lola is absolutely adorable! These pictures of her make me want to get another one!!

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