Saturday, July 30, 2011

How to: Turn a toddler sweater into a Recovery Buddie.

Want to help the RBP by making a Recovery Buddie, but do not know how to knit or crochet? We have news for you! Check this out! How to make a Recovery Buddie out of a toddler sweater!​obuddie .

Thank you so much Diane Smith for helping us with the tutorial!

(Want to make one out of an adult sweater? There is a tutorial coming for that too!)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Iris by surreptitious_kat
Iris, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Iris doesn’t mind rainy days (“because that’s how we get rainbows”), always looks for the silver lining (and her friends say she usually finds it!).


Clare by surreptitious_kat
Clare, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
This is Clare. She is very shy at first but will open up to you when she gets to know you more. She loves Pink and all things Pink including the singer. She is very good at keeping secrets and will never tell anyone once you have confided if her. She is very playfull and loves to sit on your lap.


Annie by surreptitious_kat
Annie, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Annie found herself alone and incomplete. Then she was discovered, loved and completed so she could fulfill her mission of comforting someone else who felt alone and isolated.


Cal by surreptitious_kat
Cal, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

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He is very friendly and loves sport of all sort. Playing and watching. He is a good french speaker and would love to visit France one day for the good food and the lovely culture.

He want to be a Vet when he grows up.

erik “the red”

erik “the red” by surreptitious_kat
erik “the red”, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Meet Erik! He is a quiet, gentle giant, and a bit shy in a crowd, but his warm heart comes through when talking with people one on one.


Mark by surreptitious_kat
Mark, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Mark’s a cool guy. He loves old movies (especially w/Cary Grant). He’s a snappy dresser and particularly happy with his striped socks and bow tie (cuz bow ties are cool!).


Curly by surreptitious_kat
Curly, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Hey there! My name is Henry, but I prefer to go by Curly.

I love slapstick humor and the three stooges, but I am an amazingly good listener.


Betty by surreptitious_kat
Betty, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Betty is excited to meet her new friend. She enjoys a good book and has her own special style.


Mimi by surreptitious_kat
Mimi, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Mimi works in a library, and knows how to find answers to people’s questions
Mimi loves bright-colored shoes, reggae music, and tiaras.


Lily by surreptitious_kat
Lily, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I'd like you to meet Lily!

Lily is a very thoughtful friend, who is always willing to lend a hand matter what. She loves fresh air and being outside. One of her favorite hobbies is playing the piano.
Lily likes that she doesn't really match because that makes her unique and special.
Lily enjoys dogs, because sometimes she gets a ride around the house!
He favorite food is a grape Popsicle, especially on a hot day.
Lily loves to give and get hugs, and promises to always be around when she is needed.


Matilda by surreptitious_kat
Matilda, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Meet Matilda!
Matilda's favorite season is summer, because she loves to swim and go to the beach!
She enjoys a good game of Scrabble, and often tries to spell out silly made-up words to make the game more fun.
She also likes to color and thinks going outside the lines makes the pictures even more beautiful.
Her name means "strong in battle". She will never let you down, and will help you get through the tough times.
Matilda is a very loyal friend, and will always be there no matter what.

Karinal Katie

Karinal Katie by surreptitious_kat
Karinal Katie, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

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I'm Katie!

I hail from Kenai, Alaska where the Kardinal high school teams rule! My maker's daughters and grandkids say it best - we bleed red in Kenai town! Our colors are red and black and so I come to you in like shades.

My heart reaches out to yours :).

Goofy Gene

Goofy Gene by surreptitious_kat
Goofy Gene, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

I'm Gene!

I love to make people smile, and sometimes I have to stick my tongue out at them to get a smile in return. It's a terrible habit - but it made you smile, right?

I come to you with a smile, a hug, and a heart.

Purple Passion

Purple Passion by surreptitious_kat
Purple Passion, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

My creator is a lover of many things purple. Her moniker is a purple moose and I almost ended up with antlers! Instead she gave me a pink heart on my behind - She's an eclectic spirit like that.
She send love from Alaska to you!

Big Red

IMG_6401 by surreptitious_kat
IMG_6401, a photo by surreptitious_kat on Flickr.

I'm Big Red!

Small in statue, but mighty in heart - Big Red is a companion who will be there for you whenever you need someone to listen and keep secrets

Everyone needs a friend like Big Red to love and care.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Meet Audrey!!

Audrey is a very creative buddie.  She is very much an artist.  She has a very calm, spiritual personality.  She is good at helping others when they are feeling low.  She can always make you smile.  Audrey loves ice cream and frozen yogurt, and her favorite flavor is strawberry.  Her favorite season is spring because she loves to see the flowers bloom.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Meet Anthony!

Anthony is very good at finding things. He is a real prankster and likes to hide things on people. He is very charismatic and is a good public speaker. Anthony likes to eat ice cream straight out of the carton. He loves to travel and is awesome at getting an amazing amount to fit into one suitcase.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Meet Cathy!

Cathy loves to paint. Her favorite place to go is the library because she loves to read. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Cathy loves carrot cake. She enjoys stand-up comedy and her favorite comedians are Brian Regan and Bill Cosby. She tries to tell her own jokes but...well...they're just not very funny. But she's great at giving hugs!

Meet Jacapo

Jacopo wants to be a lawyer when he grows up. He is very generous and can be easily persuaded with an ice cream. Jacopo speaks Italian fluently. He is very creative and likes to write poems. He is a bit of a thrill seeker at times and would very much like to try sky diving. Don't trust him around power tools....

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Meet Charlie!

Charlie is a very brave individual. She is a good singer but is terrible at dancing. Her favorite food is apples. Charlie likes to tell jokes and make people laugh. She hates the cold. Her favorite drink is black cherry Propel (she's hooked on it). Charlie also has a real knack for making balloon animals.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Meet Hope!

She loves to swim on warm summer days. She even likes the washing machine (cold water, lots of bubbles, gentle cycle, and tumble dry please). She is a great listener and will keep all your secrets too. She loves movies and never minds watching the same one over and over again. Hope is always hopeful to bring a smile to your face!

Recovery Buddies Brochure

Check this out! We now have a brochure that you can download and print off. To access this in PDF format, click this link :D

Please spread this around!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Meet Sarah!

Sarah loves to laugh. She loves to dance and is pretty awesome with hula-hoops. One of Sarah's favorite activities to do in the summer is going camping. She loves to travel and collects paraphernalia from wherever she goes. Sarah is very trusting  and loves to give hugs.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Meet Colby!

Colby is a typical boy.  He spends his days playing video games, sports, and hanging out with his buddies.  His favorite sports are baseball and football.  He loves the movies "The Goonies" and "The Sandlot".  He loves his Nintendo Wii system.  He and his buddies like to play in their fort, climb trees, and ride bicycles.  His favorite color is dark green.  Colby may seem rough and tumble, but on the inside he is very caring.  Once he gets to know someone he is fiercely loyal.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Just a reminder to everyone who has already received a Buddie, we are still looking for comments/feedback to put in our brochure and upcoming website. We will only use your first name, NOT your last name. We also need what state (NOT city) you live in (or country if you're from outside the USA). We can make you anonymous (use a fake name, whatever) if you prefer, just let us know.

Meet Julie!

Julie wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She loves helping others and is very good at memorizing things. Julie is also a very fast runner and likes to run in marathons. Her favorite activity is coloring in jumbo coloring books. She tends to hum when she colors. Julie is afraid of the dark and in order to fall asleep she counts sheep.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Meet Ashley!

Ashley loves to cook. She likes to watch cooking shows on TV and try to copy the recipes. She will cook pretty much anything. Ashley is very brave and protective of her friends. She is very loving and is a very good listener. She likes to have fun doing silly things and is not easily embarrassed in public. Ashley is very good at being herself. She tends to rub off on others and bring out the best in everybody.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Meet Justina!

Justina is very brave and takes lots of risks. She is very energetic and has a great imagination. Her favorite movie is Despicable Me and she identifies most with Agnes because she loves unicorns, too. Justina sings in the shower all the time and doesn't really care who hears her. Sometimes, when Justina gets scared, she will sing to herself to help her stay brave. She loves to tell jokes, however they often aren't that funny. It might be a good idea to get her a joke book. Justina loves to give hugs and is a very good listener.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Meet Charlotte

Charlotte has an outgoing, bubbly personality. She speaks French fluently and likes listening to French music. Charlotte is not easily persuaded and will always stands up for what she believes is right. She is very courageous. (Except when it comes to snakes. She's not very courageous around snakes. They scare her.) Charlotte loves to read and her favorite author is Janet Evanovich.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Meet Rosemarie!!

Rosemarie LOVES flowers.  Especially roses.  Her favorite season is spring and during that time you can usually find her in the garden tending to her huge flower garden.  She is also a great baker, and loves to make goodies.  Rosemarie is super outgoing and loves to talk.  She will talk your ear off if you let her!  She is a super sweet buddie, but she hates conflict.  Rosemarie's favorite movie is Steel Magnolias.  She loves hugs and loves to cuddle.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meet Robert

Robert is very cheery and loves to sing and dance. He also likes to write a lot. His favorite bird is the cardinal because it stands out from all the others. Robert is very helpful and smart. He is willing to try new things and loves to meet new people.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Where we've sent buddies so far! :)

Go here to see where we've sent Recovery Buddies so far. 36 states and 11 countries...and counting! :) (Be patient, it might take a minute for the markers to load.)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Help!--A call to all knitters (and crocheters)

Apparently our advertising department (which doesn't even exist) has been a little too effective--we have over 350 people on our waiting list! People are hearing about it from websites, newsletters, friends, Facebook, even counselors and treatment centers! We are only three knitters, and we're not always able to crank them out as fast as we would like...not all of us knit at the same speed, sometimes life happens and something gets in the way, etc. So this is a call out to all you capable knitters and crocheters (is that a word?) who have a little extra time on your hands and would like to help us out by knitting a buddie or two...or more! :)  There is a link on our blog (it's for those of you who want to jump right to it!) for anyone who wants to help make a buddie. If you have any questions, e-mail us at Be sure to spread the word! Thanks!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Meet Damian!

Damian is cheery and very generous. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Damian likes to sing really loud and tries to get others to sing with him. He can be extremely silly, but Damian knows when to be serious and is a very good listener and gives really good hugs. He is a very loyal friend and you can always count on him!