Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sew For Sandy and Shelter Appreciation Week

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope that you all are having a wonderful day!

This weekend, Domeek and I ventured to this magical store called Joann's...it housed an interesting collection of yummy smelling baking stuff, Holiday decorations, tons and tons of fabric, and weird almost-torture chamber instruments (tiny knives, tons of scissors, wheels of sharpness...hm?!)!

We bought a lovely assortment of beautiful fleece, that I helped pick out! ;-) My personal favorite was the top Native American inspired fabric that was unfortunately only a remnant, so we didn't have a lot!

Freckles the Dog

Now most of you will know the reason for our excursion, but for those of you who don't...it's all apart of the Huffington Post's Sew For Sandy project, which is collecting home-made animal beds/blankets and then sending them off together to shelters on the East Coast! :-D

What's doubly impressive is that one of the main shelters that the Huffington Post is sending these items to is apart of the Iam's Home 4 The Holiday campaign, therefore part of BlogPaw's Shelter Appreciation Week BlogHop, and can (hopefully) win a $1000 that, I'm sure, would be of great necessity right now!!

Freckles the Dog Ocean County Animal Facility

Ocean County Animal Facility is located in Jackson and Manahawkin, New Jersey and is one of the shelters that is desperately needing assistance after Hurricane Sandy!  If you are looking for a shelter to donate to, this might be your perfect option! ;-)

Currently, this is there list of needed items:
  • Dry and Canned Cat Food
  • Dog Biscuits
  • Small Rag Rugs (washable) - We no longer use newspaper
  • Towels and Blankets
  • Pet Toys
  • Metal Dog Crates and Cat Carriers (in good condition only, please), and, of course
  • Money

So, Domeek and I decided that we would create as many doggy and kitty blankets/beds as we could! :-D

First I had to inspect all the fabric to make sure that it was good enough for my fellow animals!

Freckles the Dog

We had to set out all of our supplies for the project! 

Freckles the Dog

Then I decided to take a break and turn into Destructo Puppy! ;-) I couldn't help myself, the scissor packet was just sitting there...calling to me!! 

Freckles the Dog

I let Domeek take the reigns for a bit (ok, for the remainder of the project) so I could destroy and then take a really long nap!

Freckles the Dog
See what I mean about the wheel of sharpness?!

Domeek says that if you want to create a no-sew blanket for pets or people, then it's super easy (see the pictures below)!

Freckles the Dog

Freckles the Dog

After waking up from my nap, I decided to make sure that "we" were progressing at a good rate and that "we" were doing a good job! 

Freckles the Dog

I was pleasantly happy with "our" work and thought that the blankets were incredibly comfy and definitely warm (two very important necessities for my poor shelter brothers and sisters)!! 

Freckles the Dog

After making about half, I decided that it was definitely time for another break, so I tried out one of the blankets!

Freckles the Dog

Oh yes, I definitely approve (and so does Lamby!)!!!

This is what we ended up with...

Freckles the Dog

It might look like a pile of fleece, but really all that fabric turned out to be:

  • 4 Large (36 inch) Beds/Blankets for medium sized pups
  • 6 Medium (24 inch) Beds/Blankets for small pups, like me!
  • 3 Small (18 inch) Bed/Blankets for my kitty friends

I was pretty happy with how the project turned out and I think that our shelter friends will be happy with the results as well!

With the bits of fleece that we had left over, we even had the ability to create 30 kitty hanging ball toys too (my friend Baby got one too...he personally loves it!)! If you have squares of fleece in your craft cupboard, please take a look at these easy instructions and see if you can make some kitties happy this Holiday season! It only took about 10 minutes to put all of them together, so it's definitely an easy project!!

Freckles the Dog

So, all of these beds/blankets and toys will be shipped off tomorrow morning for their long journey to the New Jersey coast and to lots of pups and kitties that need an extra lot of love!! 

We want to wish all of our animal and human friends on the East Coast continued recovery and well being! We know it's going to be a hard and long journey, but we know that it will be worth every second and hopefully donations (like these and the Red Cross) and love from around the World will help! :-D

Please try and help out a local shelter in need this week! No matter where you live and what your shelter has been through, they all need extra love, donations, and volunteers whenever possible but especially during the Holiday Season!! 

Thanks for stopping by, as always!!


22 comments:

  1. What a nice thing you did Goose, the animals will be so happy !!!

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  2. Wait a second - you can take your dog into Joann's? I've never been in that store but I hear good things about it. I'm not very crafty - but sometimes I like to wander into craft stores - they are so very cool and always smell great!

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    1. No one said anything to us at Joann's, but maybe that's because I look so intimidating?! ;-)

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  3. Wow, you are doing such a wonderful thing! So glad you are being a good helper too!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  4. Great idea. There are going to be some happy pups this winter.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  5. That is so great what you and your mom have done such a wonderful thing. They look so toasty warm.. They will make the kitties and doggies very happy and feel comforted.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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    1. We hope so!! :-D Pft, we learn from some of the best (like you and your Mom!)!!

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  6. WOW - you guys are AWESOME! Look at all that SOFTNESS! Good job!!!

    Licks,
    Cobi

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  7. You did a great job on all those blankies. How cool that you got to go into Joann's. I wouldn't dare take Millie in ours because I'm sure they would yell at us.

    Cindy & Millie

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  8. Wow, those are beautiful. Thank you so much for all your hard work in support of the pups!

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    1. Wow, Hi Dr. V, thanks so much for dropping by! I'm kinda nerding out a bit :-D I've been a fan of your words and philanthropic work since I was born! So thank you for all us animals for everything you do!!

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  9. Those look great! Good job guys!

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  10. Oh, you are one lucky pups Goose! Your Moms is the bestest EVER!! And, I just love that you helped out with the 'recycling'! That's my job, too!

    Kisses,
    Ruby

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  11. Great idea. The pups are going to love those cozy blankies!

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  12. Wow! What a wonderful thing to do for orphaned pets! Great job!

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  13. They couldn't have managed without you. What a nice thing to do!

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  14. What cozy blankets you made! I bet those poor Sandy pups are going to love them! And best of all, they will be warm and cozy :)

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  15. Very very cool! I hadn't heard about that project but it's an awesome one! I just donated some laundry detergent and towel to my shelter...

    Christie from lifewithbeagle.com

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  16. Since the word is officially out, I wanted to stop by and say thanks for participating in BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets Shelter Drive-by blog hop! Congratulations on being our grand prize winner!

    Wags n Wiggles
    Chloe

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