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Monday, January 17, 2011

Cause for the PAWS Cruise!!!!!

As promised here is the details for the cruise....

Please look it all over. Should you have any questions please contact Martha Karlovetz as she is our coordinator and will be handling everything including payment arrangements!

I have included the flier first and then the next two pages are the actually registration form.  Please *note* that 

Registration Form

I will be updating the blog soon with all of the details regarding the fundraiser crop so please stay tuned!! If you were there then you know that it was a *FABULOUS* crop and fun was certainly had by all.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Just 4 more days and we will be cropping still we drop!!!!

Well ladies, only 4 more days and we will be scrapping till our hearts are content!! Unlimited scrapping (you can scrap all night long should you desire) Are you excited?? I know you are because so many of you have said so.

Some things you might want to put on your packing list . . .

1.    Dress in layers. Sweater or jacket as this room tends to run chilly in my opinion. I personally will bring my little space heater as well because the temperature is supposed to drop again and be in the 40’s this weekend. *PLEASE* note this hotel is over 90 years old and the ball room is very large so it is very hard to regulate the temperature. Best to just come prepared.

2.  Fan, if you happen to fall on the other side of the thermostat.

3.  Light

4.  Extension cord and or power strip (please mark with your name)

5.  Cushion or pillow for your tush.

6.  **Insulated drinking cup with a lid that does not drip**

7.   Address labels for the back of the raffle tickets (eliminates writers cramp).

8.  **CASH** to purchase raffle tickets.

9.   Snacks … we have very large variety of snacks that will be available for you throughout the weekend including fruit, however if there is something you NEED or desire by all means bring it.

As you know, all of the funds raised this weekend are for ANIMAL RESCUE with rescue and medical care being at an all time high. Whatever amount we raise this weekend will help them immensely!

There will be an Expression Cricut for you to use, you will just need to bring your own mat and cartridges.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Raffle & Auction Items .....

With the crop just a mere 2 weeks away, we thought we would wet your appetite with a few of the items that will be up for auction or on the raffle table!

This gorgeous framed print was donated by our business neighbors here in Venice. Many of you bid on the one we had the last go around and this one is just as beautiful if not more so! May your winning luck be better this time ; }

Scott's Computer World (our business) will be donating many items such as a refurbished desktop and much, much more!
May you and your family have a wonderful Howliday!!!! See you soon ; }

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The meals will be as follows ......

 (This picture is not the actual meal from Chef Mac)

OK ladies as promised here are the menus.
Friday dinner  1/7

Caesar Salad with Rolls
Chicken Marsala
Oven Roasted Potatoes
Italian Mixed Vegetables
Chocolate Cake
Saturday Lunch 1/8

Vegetable Soup
Chef Salad with Ham, Turkey, Cheese,  Eggs, Tomatoes and cucumbers
Red Velvet Cake
Saturday Dinner 1/8

Tossed Salad with Rolls
Braised Beef Brisket
Loaded Smashed Potatoes
Apple Pie
Sunday Lunch 1/9
Chicken Salad Plate with
Cole Slaw
Potato Salad
Lemon Bars
All lunches and dinners will come with tea and water.

Saturday and Sunday a fabulous “Deluxe” continental breakfast will be provided by the Kenilworth Lodge from 6-10am

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe This Holiday Season!

Deck the halls with tape and cord covers, fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la.
Holiday lights mean extra electrical cords and plugs. For pets, these items can present quite tempting “chew toys.” Taking an extra minute or two during decorating to tape down or cover cords will help prevent shocks, burns or more serious injuries.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how anchored are your branches?
Christmas trees are sure to attract a pet’s attention. Secure Christmas trees to keep them from toppling over if a pet should try to climb them, use them as a scratching post or simply bump into them. Anchoring the top of the tree to the ceiling with a strong cord will help keep it in place around frolicking pets. Keep tinsel decorations high on the tree. Cats are inclined to eat tinsel and/or ribbons hanging from trees, which have the potential to cause an intestinal obstruction.
Bells are ringing, children singing… pets need a quiet place to retreat.
During holiday parties, pets may not understand why their usually quiet home is filled with people and noise. Provide pets with a quiet place to retreat. This way, they can choose whether to come out and visit or keep to themselves.
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Canines. A special treat in their stocking helps pets enjoy the holidays and keep their teeth pearly white: when it’s chew products specifically designed to satisfy a pet’s natural inclination to chew, that is. Including the right chew products in a pet’s dental care program is an important part of keeping a dog’s teeth and gums healthy, along with regular checkups with a veterinarian. Chews, such as bones, rawhides and compressed vegetable treats, are an easy choice for pet parents who want to improve their dog’s oral hygiene – or who just want to freshen their pet’s breath.
I’ll be home for Christmas… if I have an ID.
Keep an eye on pets when doors are opening and closing frequently. And all pets should wear ID tags because they can slip out easily in all of the commotion.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… aren’t good for pets.
Pet parents often think they’re “treating” their pets with table scraps from their holiday meals. The danger, say PetSmart veterinarians, is that dogs do not have the same digestive system or nutritional needs as people. Products like holiday rawhide are made especially for pets and make a safe, appropriate holiday treat. Chocolate contains the heart stimulant theobromine, and in small quantities can be toxic to dogs and cats, causing vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures, rapid and irregular heartbeats, muscle tremors, comas and, in large quantities, even death.
Oh by gosh, by golly, don’t let them eat mistletoe and holly.
Mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettia plants can be poisonous to pets, causing severe upset stomachs. Pine needles can irritate a pet’s intestine and cause an emergency visit to the vet. Consider using repellent sprays or a doggie gate to help keep pets away from areas and objects that may be harmful.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful. With a sweater on, I’m just delightful.
For the most part, pets should stay warm and indoors during the cold winter months. Some dogs may not adjust as well to the cold weather, so pet parents may consider sweaters to keep their pets comfortable. Pet parents can also ask their vet for good ideas on “winterizing” pets.
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, separate gifts for you and gifts for me.
Pets don’t know which gifts are meant for them, and which are meant for their parents. Gifts for pets, and any gifts that could be food, should be stored safely away from curious paws and noses.
Over the river and through the woods… for families and pets on the go.
Pet parents boarding pets during the holiday travel season should look for facilities that are clean, and have a friendly staff and strict policies on health and safety issues. Visit the facility ahead of time, meet the staff, check the cleanliness, and confirm that the facility has 24-hour supervision and an on-call vet.
For pet parents traveling with their pets, research can be done in advance to find hotels that accept pets. AAA offers a travel guidebook with this information.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pets get *COLD* too!!!!

Don't leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. To keep warm when it's necessary to be outside, short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks.

Be sure to feed your pets adequately in the winter. Pets who spend significant time outdoors on walks need more to eat in the winter, since keeping warm depletes energy. Be sure their water is kept fresh.

Use plastic bowls instead of metal for food and water that is served outside. You don't want your pet's tongue getting stuck to his or her dish in icy temps!

Keep your pet's feet clean. Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate paw pads — and may even be harmful if ingested. Wipe feet with a damp towel before your dog or cat gets the chance to lick them!

Make your doghouse comfortable. If your dog does happen to live outside in a doghouse, be sure it's dry and draft-free, and has ample space for the pup to sit and lie down comfortably.

The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doorway should be covered, and the house should be turned to face away from the wind.

Remember, do your best to keep outdoor cats and dogs inside, especially on those brutally cold days. After all, it is the holiday season, meant for spending time with those you love — both with two and four legs!


Q: What should I use for bedding? I’ve heard that old blankets aren’t a good idea.

A: You heard right. Blankets and quilts are alright for people inside heated homes but outside, they trap moisture that can make your dog damp, chilly and uncomfortable. A better bedding is fresh clean hay or straw. They allow moisture to evaporate, retain warmth, are biodegradable and cost only a few dollars a bale. The best of these is “salt marsh” hay. All are readily available from farm supply and feed stores, stables, or local farmers. When buying straw or hay, use your nose! It should smell fresh and pleasant like dried grass clippings. Avoid any that smells strongly of mold or mildew. Spread the bedding generously in the dog house, four-to-five inches thick, and replace as needed.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner or Don't Be a Pet Owner at All. If it is too COLD for You - It's too COLD for your Pet

SPCA is asking dog owners not to leave their pets outside in frigid temperatures.

"It's absolutely preposterous to leave a dog -- particularly a short-haired breed like a pit bull -- outside in this weather," SPCA official Eileen Drever said.

Dogs & Cats left outside can succumb to frostbite and hypothermia, which can be fatal or debilitating.
"For the love of your pet, don't leave him outside in this weather," Drever said.
She said leaving dogs outside without proper shelter is an offense under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in Canada.

Already since November 20, the SPCA has seized a number of dogs being kept outside without adequate shelter.
The society opposes the notion of keeping dogs or cats exclusively out of doors, saying they can suffer physical and psychological harm. They may become agitated from such horrid living conditions and it can possibly change their natural demeanor.

Don't hesitate to call your local SPCA if you witness pet neglect or endangerment this Winter.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Divinity of Dogs .....

Take the first step to recovery right now, get a dog! Wonderful video and message by Ben Stein .... please watch and be sure to stop music player at the top of this blog ; }

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Loneliest Victim......

Something to think about....What would happen if everyone that stepped up to adopt or foster a dog that made the news was willing to help out a dog that has been waiting patiently in the shelter/humane society/ rescue for someone to notice them and love them? What a difference people could make if they were willing to open their homes to a wallflower

The Loneliest Victim

Many wonderful people open their homes to the victimized pets made famous by media reports, but close their hearts to the other animals in the shelter

Buddy is ugly. Really. He's a good dog, a Shar Pei mix (OK, I admit, I'm no fan of Shar-Peis) with a bristly coat. He's already neutered, walks well on a leash, four years old, a little overweight (read fat), and he loves people. He also has entropion, a slight case that will cost extra to fix for a potential new owner. His owner leans down to him, rests his forehead on Buddy's, and when he lifts his head, he's crying. He signs the paper and turns away, without looking back. Buddy follows me willingly, as he has done everything in his life.

"Why'd he sign him over?" I ask the staffer at the front desk.

"His wife is pregnant, and won't let Buddy in the house anymore. She says Buddy belongs in a house with his people."

I nod. Whew. That's a tough one. I silently send up a prayer for that marriage, and a hope that the wife will see her husband's broken heart and send him back for Buddy.

Two days later and that hasn't happened. Buddy is still here, on the decision list. Along with eight other dogs, including a Doberman pup who had his throat slashed in a domestic argument. That one will find a home. He's been on the news, and there are five people, at least, willing to adopt him and love him and save him. The pup is poorly socialized, still has some hefty vet bills and training problems to work through, and he has to recover enough from the initial assault to be anesthetized for his neuter surgery. Meanwhile, we screen the list of candidates to decide who gets him.

It happens every time a dog or cat makes the news with a pitiful story of abuse or neglect. Many wonderful people call in or show up, wanting to adopt the animal who has been treated so horribly. They open their homes to dogs or cats who have long lists of problems, but close their hearts to the others in our kennels—dogs like Buddy, who has probably never been mistreated in his life, who deserves and misses, probably more than any other, a loving home, and would be willing to give his heart and soul to a new family. Buddy's not a victim, though; no one lines up to save him. The kennels are full, and he has this eye problem.

So I hang Buddy's tag down, and mark him on the list.

Tomorrow morning, after we feed the dogs and before we open for business, Buddy will be euthanized humanely.

Because he's not a victim.

Someone ought a tell Buddy.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


How to make your ‘new’ designs look aged like your grandmother or great grandmother made it.        
Techniques we will be learning are:
            Distressing, staining, embossing, and tearing
            Tools you will be using that may be new to you are:
                        Big Shot & Embossing folders
                        Files, Sanding blocks, and Scissor’s edge
These techniques are great for scrapbook pages too! It takes a special scrapbook page and elevates it to a higher level!! Your friends will be envious of all you will learn in this class.
We will be making three (3) projects: 2 Cards and a 3 dimensional. Don’t worry you will have plenty of time and materials for practicing!
Supplies you will need to bring: (if you don’t have some of these things…don’t fret, we all share!)
·        Adhesive: tape runner or glue stick, adhesive pen if you have one
·        Pair of scissors, tweezers
·        Wet wipes
·        Sanding Block
·        Sponges
At the end of the class, there will be a drawing and three (3) different gals will win one of the Stamp Sets we used, a Distressing kit, and a Vintage embossing folder!!  Each participant will receive a coupon for a free ‘Day Pass’ at our new studio in Punta Gorda, ‘The Crafting Cow’ or free Shipping on your next order! How cool is that!!
On top of all of the above:
·        $5 of each gal’s class fee goes to ‘A Cause for Paws’
·        20% of all orders placed at the class goes to the  ‘Paws’
·        10% of the price of all items on the table during the Class goes to the ‘Paws’
Fee: $20.00 
Class instructor: Sherrill Braun
'CRICUT 101'
 Are you curious about this new machine called the Cricut?  Have you bought one but have never used it?  Or have one you haven’t used enough?  Are you thinking about buying one?  Then this class is for YOU!
Covering all the basics including:
*** The difference in the Personal Cricut, the Create and the Expression
*** Mat Care, old and new
*** Tools and Accessories: The JukeBox, Markers and more
*** Terminology & Tips
*** Cutting the Images
*** Layering the Images
*** Special Features
*** Storage Solutions
*** How to Preview Cartridges Before You Buy Them
*** Resources
*** The Next Generation
This class includes MANY handouts that you will refer to again and again, as well as items ready for your scrapbook page or the front of a card.  Cost of the class is $20.00. Instructor: Ginni Carrican.

"Power Cropping" Class
Meal Plan.  Grocery List. A Will. Laying out your clothes the night before. A page kit. What do all these things have in common? Decisions are made ahead of time that simplifies the end process.  Come learn how page kits can help you be more productive with less mess, less agony and reduce the amount of things you bring with you to a cropping event.  Come learn from a cropper that did 67 pages at one weekend crop.  Stop buying page kits ... and make your own.  This informative class could change you from a 'bring the kitchen sink cropper' to one who hit's the cropping room ready to be productive. During the class we will be building a page kit, designed around the PAWS crop theme, for each person.  Cost of the class $15.00, approximate time 40-60 minutes.  Instructor: Ginni Carrican


Teaching for Posh Scraps, Jules has designed a cute
project that is perfect for the laundry room , a child's bedroom or as
a gift for others or yourself.  You will recieve the papers, the
embellishments, the child's wooden hanger and three darling pint sized
white hangers along with the templates so you can make more for
yourself or even change them out seasonably.  A template for a little
boy's tee shirt and coveralls is also included.  You will also learn a
variety of ways to 'water proof' projects.  

Price 28.00
Instructor: Jules Eickmeier

Mini "coin envelope" Photo Album

 In honor of our furry friends learn to make a "mini" photo album out of coin envelopes.  Your choice of a "WOOF" or "MEOW" theme album to display photos of your favorite pet.  
Discover how EASY it is for YOU to CREATE a fun album out of coin envelopes.  Once you learn the EASY technique it will be a cinch to make these albums for other occasions (I.e.:  birthdays, anniversary's, holidays, etc.)
Class includes all supplies to complete an 8 page album (4 - 2 sided pages) complete with additional tags and pockets.  Also included will be embellishments, charms, fibers, and, of course a dog or cat collar to keep your album closed....
Supplies you will need to bring:  scissors, glue, paper trimmer, tape runner, white or black fine marker to outline the letters. 
FEE:   $20.00  (please indicate with registration whether you will be making a WOOF or MEOW album)
INSTRUCTOR:  April Smith

Ladies, please look over the class descriptions and choose your choices. Please email me at right away with form of payment so that the teachers can put their kits together!

Remember that a portion if not all of your class fee will goes towards helping the furry ones!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

**SOLD** OUT!!!!

Just mentioning once again that yes, we are **SOLD OUT**!! I have received 6 registrations beyond what we had originally planned for ; }

You probably know by now that we have started a company called "Cheeky Chics Scrapbooking" and have several crops on the calendar with more to come so you can check us out here.

**Classes** will be posted any day now, just waiting for a couple more teachers to send me photos with details. We have 4 classes total at this point. If you would like to offer a class please contact me asap.

Want to know how you can earn **FREE** raffle tickets? A few weeks ago I sent out an email asking for donations for our raffle table from you ... the attendees.  Thank you to those whom have responded! To thank you for your donation we have decided to thank you for your items donated by giving you free raffle tickets. So here is your chance to up your winnings from the raffle table, send your donations NOW to us and you will receive your free tickets upon arrival ; }

Be sure to check back often as I will be updating the blog more frequently!!

**Cruise** Stay tuned as details will be posted soon about our first "Cause for the PAWS" fund-raising cruise sailing ship next year!! All family members will be welcome.

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
...Way past his time, he can't run and play.
...Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.

Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted and driven away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.

You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.

We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.

And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.

And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.

And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear

Author Unknown