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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Beds for less fortunate pets! on: April 03, 2008 06:01:01 PM
rboecler: It's a small world after all! You should visit Etowah Valley Humane Society! The pets always love visitors.
I actually really like Cartersville. There are a lot of wonderful little restaurants and stores that I never knew about before volunteering with the shelter.
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Beds for less fortunate pets! on: April 02, 2008 06:18:18 PM
rboecler and panda: I'm so excited to see some other GA animal lovers/volunteers!
I volunteer with Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville. I used to live in that area and have since moved into Midtown, but I still make it to the shelter most weekends. I feel so loyal to them now and love all the people and pets there. Its amazing how those bonds form and how happy I feel when a kitty I've got to know so well, finally finds a home! It truly warms my heart.
I'm also working on redesigning their website, their newsletter and helping with updating their petfinder listings, so I have plenty of long-distance ways to help now too.
If youre in that area, they could definitely use the help and the love! I think because of the area, they don't get quite as many volunteers as the city rescues.

I will get to work on a tutorial this weekend! I'm glad to see so many people interested in helping their local shelters and animals!
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Beds for less fortunate pets! on: April 02, 2008 09:56:39 AM
I have just discovered this wonderful forum and thought I would share my most loved hobby.

I volunteer at an animal shelter here in Georgia and have made a huge collection of donut-style pet beds for the residents. I know the shelter really loves that theyre totally washable and I usually use fabrics (from old blankets, etc) that have been donated to create them. At first I used my entire fabric stash making them, before I discovered I could use donated things too! I've found the cheap fleece from Walmart to be quite appropriate and very durable too and the addition of catnip is well received.
I've managed to make enough for every cat cage (30 cages) over the last couple of months. Some of the smaller dogs love them too! I've also made flat cushion style beds for the larger dogs out of comforters.
It really has helped the pets to feel happier and more comfortable, so I feel wonderful that theyre so appreciated and whenever I visit them, they get a clean fresh bed and the old one goes in the wash! Whats best is that I now only spend 30 minutes making one. Practice makes perfect!
I'd be happy to make a tutorial or pattern for those interested in making some for their local homeless animals. It really does make the world of difference. More homeless pets need something soft to rest their head on!

Some pictures:

[Edit]: I'm so happy (and a little blown away) to see so much interest in my beds! I will get to work on a tutorial this weekend. Hopefully we can spread the snuggly, fleecey, nip-filled love a little further!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I've gone Cat Hat crazy! Plus bonus barbell cozy! on: January 05, 2008 10:53:37 PM
wow..the poor cats look so happy with their new hats!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monkeys, crabs, and owls clutches! on: December 31, 2007 08:26:39 AM
Aw the monkey one in the middle is fantastic!
I love the lacey bits.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Snowflake on: December 24, 2007 07:04:56 AM
Gosh, I've made a million little snowflakes the last couple of weeks.
None are nice and flat and perfect like that!
I starched them and stuff, but they still seem mangled and weird.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Baby blanket finished! Finally! on: December 17, 2007 01:29:26 PM
Thats beautiful!
It definitely looks involved..
Which pattern did you use? I love how decorative and lacy it is.

Beautiful work!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Super fast purses GREAT GIFT! on: December 16, 2007 07:02:29 AM
Beautiful! I love the white one! They look really snuggly.
It's times like these, I wish I could crochet AND knit...
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Matchstick Man Earrings.... on: November 30, 2007 08:11:29 AM
Keep those nasty SUV's at bay!
I think New Zealand is doing pretty well in the grand scheme of things, though.

I seriously need a milky bar...
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My Own Personal Jedi (I made a Yoda Plushie!) on: November 29, 2007 08:06:24 AM
Haha! 'so cute he is' - perfect!

I love him!
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