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Fundraising for Kitties at Fan Expo

Are you planning on going to Fan Expo Vancouver? If so, a bunch of crafty friends and I will have a table in Artist Alley with amazing wares to sell. We’ll be at booth A108. All proceeds from my sales will be going to Katie’s Place Animal Shelter.

Benson-Featured Pet at Katie's Place Animal Shelter!

Benson-Featured Pet at Katie’s Place Animal Shelter!

Come buy cool stuff for a good cause! I’ve made hats, lots of hats, for adults, small humans and even smaller humans.

Hats!

Hats!

Small human hats!

Small human hats!

Even smaller human hats!

Even smaller human hats!

HUGE THANK YOU to my awesome friend Bo Buckley for making these equally awesome Game of Thrones Dragon Egg Wristlets/Dice Bags. They’re so fabulous.

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GoT Dragon Egg Bags by Bo Buckley!

GoT Dragon Egg Bags by Bo Buckley!

 

Since it’s going to a cat charity, I’ve also got cat toys to sell! Big thanks to my mom for working hard to make a bunch of adorable, catnip filled toys for your furry masters, I mean, pets! These are highly cat nipped, I’ve had to lock them away from my cats who chewed through the bag to get at them!

Catnip cat toys!

Catnip cat toys!

 

Hope to see you there!

 

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Cat Shelter Trip

I belong to a fabulous group of people, called the Creative Geeks. We meet up to do crafty projects together and we decided to make cat blankets for Katie’s Place cat shelter where one of our Geeks volunteers. A few of us headed out to the shelter with the blankets, donations and strict pacts between us that we wouldn’t bring any cats home. No, I didn’t bring any home, though I desperately wanted to!

Since I’ve committed to blogging three times a week, I thought I’d share the day with you. If you’re a cat lover, I apologize in advance for the adorable shelter kitten pics. I’ll warn you, you’re going to want to go rescue them all!!

I made five blankets for this trip, here are the last three. My blanket tester was being a diva and didn’t want her picture taken.

All blankets and donations ready to go! My mom gave me some old towels and cat food to take as well, I donated some of our old cats toys that certain cats turn their noses up at, some food and cleaning supplies. 🙂

Here’s Margaret, our Geek connection at the shelter (she volunteers there!), one of the kitties and the organizer of the Creative Geeks, our Borg Queen, Serena.

This is kind of a long shot showing the different rooms for the cats and the set up they have.

I wanted to take pictures of every single cat but my memory card filled up while I was there because it’s full of pictures of our cats. Figures. Here’s the ones I did get.

This guy I just thought was gorgeous and as soon as I got close, he started purring. A lot of them did that and it makes me want to go back and pet them every day, poor little things.

Cat in a box!!!

One of the volunteers brought out a toy I’d brought and gave it to this little girl. She played with it and immediately claimed it. When I walked away, they were trying to see if she would give it up and she wouldn’t!

They’re definitely well fed there. This big boy came up to me and flopped right down for a belly rub and wasn’t shy about enjoy it!

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I didn’t even find out the name of this guy or girl, but we definitely bonded.

Of all the cats, these were the ones that got to me the most. They have one room that’s all cats with FIV (feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (feline leukemia virus), meaning they probably don’t have long to live. They were the sweetest, cuddliest bunch, who, according to one of the volunteers, always get along without any hissing or fighting.

I sat down and the two of them each took a turn on my lap.

This guy was also super friendly inside. When I went out to the open air room to see the other FIV/FeLV cats, all three of them followed me out and stuck close. When I put my purse down, he curled right up against it. The black cat laid at my feet. If I didn’t already have two cats, I wouldn’t taken these three home to give them the best possible home for the time they had left.

This girl was out in the open part of the shelter with the volunteers on a big cushy chair. The reason? She has stomach cancer, so she was being spoiled. Margaret told us one person brought her chicken nuggets that day and that a couple of people were bringing her smoked salmon. Sounds like she’ll continue to be spoiled until the last possible second.

I’m going to start making new blankets and I’m going to go back out to visit the cats as soon as I can. I hope I’ll get to see my FIV and FeLV friends again.

Thanks for sharing this with me and if you get a chance, pop in to your local pet shelter! They always need help, donations and if you can’t adopt a pet, they’d love someone to visit them. 🙂

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SPCA Blankets Ready to Go

It’s time to take another batch of blankets to the SPCA!

I’ve been working on using up all sorts of odds and ends of yarn (much of it donated by family, thank you!) and making new Snuggles blankets for our local animal shelter.  They have all been kitten tested and approved, I hope the shelter cats and dogs like them as well. (this picture took me two seconds to take-as soon as I put them on the ground, my cats go to them like magnets!)

I did have one more, but as soon as I put it down, our boy cat Spooky confiscated it and didn’t want to get off. It figures he’d pick the only WHITE blanket I made. As I made it I thought, this better go to a white dog or cat. Yeah, right.

For any needle crafters out there, I’m sure there’s an animal shelter nearby that would love some blankets!! It’s a GREAT way to use up random yarn and they don’t take long at all. I enjoy the challenge of seeing what odds and ends people donate to me I can put together to make a blanket. If you’re NEW to crocheting or knitting, it’s perfect because if you make mistakes, the dogs and cats don’t mind!!!

I’m off to see what yarn I have left for the next batch. 😉

 

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Craftathon Results

We did it! We finished our 12 hour craftathon for critters..and it was fun, but exhausting! You wouldn’t think it would be that tiring, but by the final hours, we were absolutely beat!! We actually didn’t finish as many as we thought we would, I guess we had great visions of massing large amounts of blankets, but the truth is, it takes a lot of time to make them!!

Here’s some photos of our efforts, thanks to everyone for their support! We’ll be dropping blankets and our cash donations off to the SPCA this week.

Just before 9:00am, it begins with the overflowing yarn supply and a doubtful kitty:

Here’s a shot of my mom, working hard:

Just to prove I actually worked too, with the help of my assistant:

Still going strong, and as you can see, my assistant is fickle, any ol’ lap will do:

Each blanket WAS tested carefully for consumer satisfaction:

The final results of our 12 hours of hard work, being reviewed by the experts:

Okay, okay, I know that one’s not quite finished, but the 12 hours was up!! I will finish it, I promise:

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Craftathon for Critters

Tomorrow is our “Craftathon for Critters”! My mom and I will be buckling down and knitting and crocheting blankets for the homeless puppies and kitties. We’re also raising money through sponsorship, so we can give all the blankets and all the money we earn to our local homeless shelter. (you can sponsor us and make a donation at http://www.sandrawickham.com/2010charity.htm if you like!)

For twelve hours we’ll be working our little butts off (fingers, actually) on blankets so send us your positive vibes and energetic thoughts! If you knit or crochet, feel free to join in for a bit tomorrow to make a blanket, or you can make a donation to your local animal shelter. I won’t be blogging tomorrow (there won’t be time!) but I plan on taking lots of pictures to share after. We’re looking forward to it. We’ve got lots of movies and tv shows on DVD lined up, it should be fun! 🙂

Wish us luck!

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Craftathon for Critters

I blogged about this once already, but I think it deserves re-blogging.

I’ve invented a new charity event..the Craft-athon for Critters.Not only that, I have co-erced my mom into doing it with me.
Here’s what we’ve decided to do.

EVENT DATE: January 31st, 9am to 9pm

OUR GOAL: Raise money for our SPCA while making Snuggles blankets for the homeless cats and dogs.

PLAN: 12 hours of knitting and crocheting cat and dog blankets. We’ll do as many blankets as we can in that time, then donate them all to the SPCA, and gather sponsor donations.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: You can help us in our quest to help the homeless cats and dogs by making a charitable donation through the ChipIn button on my website Charity page. You can sponsor us per hour, for example, $1 an hour for $12, or any amount you’d like. Every little bit helps. OR, make a donation to your local animal shleter in honour of our attempt!

If you’re a crafty person and would like to join in from your own location, simply email me to let us know! sandrawickham@live.ca. We can encourage and support each other while making some animals very happy!

Just to make sure the blankets we give out are good ones, we have our official quality assurance blanket tester to approve our work. 😉

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Craft-athon

I’ve invented my own charity event..the Craft-athon for Critters.

Not only that, I have co-erced my mom into doing it with me. Here’s what we’ve decided to do.

EVENT DATE: January 31st, 9am to 9pm 

OUR GOAL: Raise money for our SPCA while making Snuggles blankets for the homeless cats and dogs.

PLAN: 12 hours of knitting and crocheting cat and dog blankets. We’ll do as many blankets as we can in that time, then donate them all to the SPCA, and gather sponsor donations.

I’ve set up a donation button on the Charity page of my website, hint hint…in case anyone would like help us on our quest to help the homeless cats and dogs by making a charitable donation. You know, maybe sponsor us per hour, for example, $1 an hour for $12, or something like that. OR, make a donation to your local animal shleter in honour of our attempt!

If you’re a crafty person and would like to join in from your own location, contact me to let us know! We can do it together, encouraging and supporting each other while making some animals very happy!

Here’s some pics of some of the blankets I’ve done in the past for the SPCA and the Chihuahua Rescue foundation…with my blanket tester helping me out, because, you know, you can’t send the blankets out until they’ve been kitteh approved:

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