Thursday, December 31, 2015
How did Shop-a-paw-looza 2015 end up?
Funny you should ask.
WE RAISED MORE THAN $12,000! (Sorry, but that totally deserved all-caps!) TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS for the 600+ cats and dogs who come through our doors each year. That's a new record for us, the most we've ever raised in a single auction, and we couldn't be more excited and grateful to everyone who contributed.
We'd just like to say a sincere thank you to everyone who donated – local, and as far away as Toronto, New York City and Florida. We know that times are hard; we know that donations aren't easy to make, which is why we appreciate them so, so much.
Thanks also to all the people who bid on these items. You guys were AWESOME! So generous! So much FUN! It was like being at a three day party! And thanks to everyone at the Humane Society who worked double-time to make this event a success. So thank you. We mean it. When you snuggle up with your own cat or dog tonight, you can feel proud of yourself for making a difference in the lives of animals who aren't as lucky. Love to you all!
Stay tuned to the Lakeland Humane Society's Facebook page for next year's auction!
TRUCK LINER. Have a pick-up truck? Wait ... that's a silly question ... this is Alberta! Everybody has a pick-up truck! Better question is, do you have a pick-up truck with an unlined bed? Shield Linings & Coatings can help! They can turn the rustiest, most dented box into a thing of beauty; or, they can give your brand new pick-em-up protection that will last longer than the rest of your vehicle. They also coat bumpers, tool boxes - even motorcycles with busted fairings! Even better, Shield Linings & Coatings has donated a truck lining to Shop-a-paw-looza. Now's your chance to give your truck the loving it needs! For more info, visit their shop at 5510 56 St. in Cold Lake, or their FB page https://www.facebook.com/shieldliningcoatings/ or call (780) 812-1264.
Monday, December 28, 2015
THREE GREEN SHELVES. Need somewhere to put all your "stuff?" Megan Nolan has donated a set of three green, distressed-finish shelves. Just the ticket for Christmas decorations or books or all the doo-dads you bought during this auction. smile emoticon Thanks for the donation, Megan!
BOTTLE OPENER. OK, who was saying we didn't have any presents for guys??? Here's something for every beer drinker, male or female! It's a bottle opener donated by Homespun & Homestead. You open the bottle top with the trusty antique mechanism on the top, and it falls down into the Mason jar! So no more bottle caps all over the house! Even if you use screw tops, it's a fabulous conversation piece! For more info, call 780-573-6076, 780-812-9608, or visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008081114668&fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/ColdLakeVeterinaryClini/?fref=ts, call (780) 594-5212 or visit their website: http://www.coldlakevetclinic.ca/
SCARF & NECKWARMER. The colours in this set are so warm and earthy. Thanks once again to Leanne Scherr who knit this long, luxurious scarf in orange and blue, as well as a similarly-toned neckwarmer in brown, gold, red and dark green. Thanks so much, Leanne. This is a lot of work!
NECKLACE, BRACELET & EARRINGS. This exquisite set features elegant amber coloured beads in gold-tone settings. Created by Joy Clarke, potter/artisan/instructor, at Pots O’ Joy Pottery Studio in Bonnyville. These would make a perfect gift, but they’d also look awesome with your Christmas party dress. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 780-826-1680.
LUCKY CAT SOAPS & CANDLE. This item is a set of two bars of handmade glycerin and shea butter soap, and a Green Tea scented candle from Lucky Cat Soap based in Cold Lake. The soap is vegetarian, no ingredients are tested on animals, and the bars are perfect for sensitive skin in dry winter months! Each bar is approximately 4 ounces. The candle smells wonderful and isn’t overpowering. Show your love of animals with cool animal-themed soaps and candles – made locally! Thanks to soapmaker extraordinaire Rhiannon Schaaf for her donation. For more info, visit Lucky Cat on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuckyCatSoap/?fref=ts
MAGNETS & PINS. Shannon Carmichael of Brooks, Alberta, is the brains behind The Otter & The Owl. She makes these utterly fabulous and perfectly adorable pins and magnets for people who love rescue animals! IS THAT US, OR WHAT? Generous to a fault, Shannon has donated many, many pins and magnets to the Humane Society. Two sets are on the auction block today, but if you miss out, please drop into the shelter because we are also selling them there. They would make a perfect stocking stuffer for any animal lover. For more info, please visit Shannon’s Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theOtterandtheOwl
SIMPLY CHARMING PET NECKLACE. Now you can wear your love for dogs around your neck in this super cute pendant set from Joy Johns at Simply Charming. Joy has chosen a pink trimmed locket lined with a paw print, and filled with three absolutely adorable puppy dawg charms - one says I Heart My Dogs, one says Woof and one is a tiny dog bone. If you love dogs, seriously, you will adore this. For more info call Joy at 780-594-5505 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOTSIE TRUFFLES. Melanie Mitchell makes the most awesome stuff. Her Melanie Mitchell Spa Collection is practically legendary in this town, so we're thrilled she has donated this set featuring Footsie Truffles (they look like candies but they're for soaking your tired tootsies. They're made from peppermint, lavender, tea tree oil and eucalyptus, and they come with a pumice stone and special green cloth for more pedi-power. For more info, e-mail email@example.com, visit her website at www.melaniemitchelldesigns.com, melaniemitchellspa.com, or her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Melanie-Mitchell-Designs-161763250526559/?fref=ts
SEA LUXE BATH COLLECTION. This dazzling collection of spa bath products has been donated by Tanis of the Sea Salt Company in South Surrey, B.C. The collection includes: Beach Glass Soap - If you want to soak in the beach when you’re at home, this beach glass soap is a must have! Identical to sand-etched beach glass you find while hunting for treasures along the coast, this soap is scented with Mermaid’s Breath fragrance and sweetened with coconut oil, and will have you looking, feeling and smelling great; Ocean Flora - this is a gentle exfoliate from the sea with salts and seaweed, and a glycerin and shea butter base to nourish and hydrate skin; Carpe Diem - seize the day and make every day extraordinary with this luxurious exfoliating body bar made with shea butter, clay and ground loofa; Ocean Goddess Deep Sea Bath Tea - relax as the pure and natural Himalayan and Dead Sea salts rejuvenate your body, relax tense muscles and relieve stress; Popeye Candle: Just the thing to make bathtime even more fun, this 4 oz. pine needle and fir candle comes in a rustic tin with lid. For more info, visit: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SeaSaltCompany?ref=l2-shopheader-name
I FLIPPIN LOVE YOU BBQ FLIPPER. What absolutely floors us here at the Lakeland Humane Society is the supreme generosity of our supporters. Case in point is Jerry and Meghan who own a custom engraving business called Sweet Pine Hills, in Raymond, Alberta. When they were asked to donate one of their custom BBQ flippers, they not only said yes, they sent us TWO! Along with their “Dad, I flippin love you” flipper, they sent us the more generic “I flippin love you” flipper, because not all dads are the barbecue artists in all families! Doesn’t matter who your sweetie is, if they love the ‘cue, they’ll love this beautiful, heartfelt BBQ flipper under the Christmas tree this year. Thank you very much, Jerry and Meghan! You can see more of their work on their website, www.sweetpinehills.com, or in their Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Sweetpinehills?ref=l2-shopheader-name.
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.risingsunservices2005ltd.com
https://www.facebook.com/TintaDeLaLuna/ or her website: http://www.inkofthemoon.com/
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PinkPandasPrints or find her on Instagram: pinkpandasprints
https://www.facebook.com/Budget-Car-Rental-541124219361043/?fref=ts or visit http://locations.budget.com/ca/ab/cold-lake/cl1.html
GHOST TOWNS OF ALBERTA POSTER IN WHITE. Edmonton artist Nigel Hood donated THREE of his amazing posters to our Online Auction. Two of them feature the ghost towns of Alberta. “Ghost towns,” he says, “are towns that once had a considerable population, that have since dwindled in numbers causing some or all its businesses to close. The reasons? Either due to the rerouting of a highway, train tracks being pulled, or exhaustion of a natural resource.” Many of Alberta’s ghost towns exist as a result of a number of failed coal mining operations in the area during the early 20th century. This 15” x 22” screen print, in white, pays homage to those towns. It features 80 logos, crests, symbols and word marks created for these fallen towns over the course of 80 days. (A black version of this print will also be sold in this online auction.) The print is unframed, allowing you to frame it the way you want. It will look amazing matted and framed, and hung in an Alberta family room or living room. A perfect gift for anyone interested in the history of our great province. Printed on a white Stonehenge rag by the good people at Hard Pressed, this item sells for $40 in Nigel’s Etsy shop. To see more of Nigel’s work, visit: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/NigelHood. Thanks Nigel!
email@example.com or visit www.risingsunservices2005ltd.com
GRUMPY CAT COFFEE COZY & MUG RUG. OK, seriously, how can you NOT want this? Denny Stewart of Sew What!? in Calgary has the most eccentric, wonderful handmade stuff. Case in point is this donation: a mug rug and a coffee cozy made with Grumpy Cat material. (Just the face you want looking back at you during morning coffee break!) What’s a mug rug? It’s like a coaster you can set your drink on without messing up your desk. The cozy is to wrap around your to-go cup to keep it nice and toasty hot. It’s like the cardboard wraps you get from coffee joints, only it’s resuseable and trés cute. For more info, please visit Sew What!?’s Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SewWhatAB
http://www.providencedental.ca/ or their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Providence-Dental-Hygiene-191402384216775/?fref=ts
HAIRLINES GIFT BASKET. We have to hand it to Hairlines - they always support the Humane Society in a big way. This year is no exception - as well as that super duper hair curler machine that broke Shop-a-paw-looza records just hours ago, they have donated a big, big basket of hair products: shampoo, conditioner, styling products, a brush, and even, dare we say it, a coolio Hairlines mug! This would cost you a fortune at the hairstylist, so bid big, people - it's all for the animals AND a terrific head of hair! For more info, contact Hairlines at (780) 594-0554, visit their salon at 4905 50 Ave., or visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hairlines-Family-Haircare/171477316283605
CHRISTMAS ART. This item is so very, very cool. Artist Amy Bedard of Roseberry Workshop calls it a “pallet board bulb tree frame” and it’s literally a large frame made out of pallet boards, decorated with festive items like a tree (and a hidden kitten, playing with tinsel) and Christmas bulbs and a snowman, all tied together in a colourful, festive frame. This is a one-of-a-kind piece of art that stands 29.5” tall and is 25” wide. Gorgeous! For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/roseberryworkshop/?fref=ts
HAT & SCARF. Knitter Leanne Scherr outdid herself this year. She has knitted up a storm on behalf of the Humane Society and we couldn’t be more grateful. These two gorgeous items include a long scarf in grape and blue, and a green hat with a matching blue pom-pom. Really well made and really beautiful.
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website: www.quiltedcabin.ca
SUPERMAN COIN. You gotta love this donation from Jeff Bentley, a super guy who super supports the humane society and is a super expert on all things coins! The outside packaging of this coin looks old but it’s supposed to! The vintage exterior is a homage to Superman comics but the $20 silver coin, of course, is brand spanking new. Comic book lovers will LOVE this iconic coin - which is 99.99% pure silver and will grow increasingly valuable as years go by. Bid hard on this one, because it’s sure to go “super” fast ... perhaps even as fast as a speeding bullet...
COMPLETE SET OF GEL NAILS FOR FINGERS & TOES. Need to have your fingers and toes looking ravishing for the holiday season? You’ll want to bid on this gift certificate worth $90 from Nails By Mel. The “Mel” in question is Melissa Roy, a nail technician in Cold Lake, who is willing to do a complete set of gel fingers and toes for the top bidder. Never had gel nails before? Now’s the time to try them out! Thanks so much for your donation, Mel. Means so much to all the animals who depend on the Lakeland Humane Society. For more information about Nails by Mel, visit her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nailsbymel15
TWO CAT ART PRINTS. Can you believe it? These gorgeous art prints were donated by Carrie Hawks, an artist from FLORIDA. Here at the Humane Society everyone is blown away that someone from so far away was willing to support a charity in Cold Lake! Her own cats include Anakin, “Prince of Handsomeness,” who was born without back legs or a pelvis. “That doesn’t stop him,” Carrie says. “He is full of love and life! My family and I rescued Anakin and we are giving him the best possible home, love and care.” Carrie posts updates, photos and videos of Anakin on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AnakinTheTwoLeggedCat. Look for Anakin on Twitter, You Tube and his own website: http://AnakinTwoLeggedCat.com. The first print is “Cheshire Cat” from Alice in Wonderland; the second one is “Pharaoh Cat, Egyptian Mau Cat God Bastet.” Carrie enjoys working with a variety of mediums but acrylics are her favourite. She uses a wide variety of vivid colours and she paints her kitties in all the colours of the rainbow. “Nearly all of my cats feature what I like to call ‘feathered eyes’ which have become my trademark. I feel that the eyes of a cat show their independent spirit. I try to capture the cat’s mystical spirit in each of my paintings.” To see more of Carrie’s magical cat world, visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tigerpixie. She also sells t-shirts, iPad and phone cases, necklaces, tote bags and more at her Zazzle shop: www.TigerpixieArt.com.
DOG BREED POSTER BY NIGEL HOOD. Love dogs? Of COURSE you do! If you’re bidding on items from the Humane Society Online Auction, you Must Love Dogs! Knowing that, artist Nigel Hood of Edmonton has created a cream-coloured poster featuring every dog breed you can possibly think of. This unique 15” x 22” screen print features 100 different dog breeds, none of which are identified. Can you imagine the fun your family will have trying to figure out which picture is which? The print comes unframed, so you can frame it any way you like. It would look fantastic hanging in your family room, or your child’s bedroom, and what better gift for a confirmed dog lover? Nigel donated three of his prints to our auction – each of them sell for $40 in this Etsy shop. To see more of Nigel’s work, visit: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/NigelHood. Thanks Nigel!
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HerdofCats and in her weaving shop https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SecretWoolSociety.
HAT & SCARF. Pretty creamy-coloured hat with jaunty flower and sophisticated scarf in shades of taupe, handknit by Barbara Hollis of Heartfelt Needlework in Cold Lake. Both are warm, snuggly and gorgeous. For more information call 780-573-9793 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
FLOUR SACK TEA TOWELS. Having a bad day like this frazzled feline? Or can’t resist adorable lab puppies? You’ll love these two 100% cotton flour sack tea towels made and donated by Tammy of Threesmallfryprims in Okotoks, Alberta. These rustic beauties are super absorbent and naturally tea stained. They’d be perfect gifts for anyone who appreciates the natural beauty of these artisanal creations. Thanks for your generous donation, Tammy! You can find more of her work in her Threesmallfryprims Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Threesmallfryprims?ref=l2-shopheader-name.
ANTIDOTE MANI-PEDI GIFT SET. This luxurious, soothing, beautiful Mani-Pedi Gift Set comes all the way from Ottawa, ON! Thanks to company owner Davor, who has created a great gift idea for any occasion. Working hands and feet take a beating every day and often get neglected because of busy daily schedules. Take a moment to pamper yourself, or your loved one with this wonderfully cheeky Mani-Pedi set. The package contains a selection of fantastic Foot Fetish Invigorating Balm and High Maintenance Cuticle Conditioner. All of this wonderful goodness is designed and formulated to not only look fun but to also do a formidable job moisturizing and soothing your hands and feet. Davor says, “At Antidote Skin Care we focus on freshness and effectiveness. We use only high quality, natural raw ingredients and ensure all products are truly handcrafted. Antidote Skin Care is the result of my exhausting and fruitless search for effective natural skin care products to soothe my daughter’s extremely sensitive skin.” To see more of Antidote Skin Care, visit: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AntiDoteSkinCare.
BRACELET DUO. A gorgeous set of two “stackable” stretchy bracelets. One is made from black onyx beads and the other has purple agate stones. Absolutely beautiful work from Marlene George of My Sister’s Designs in Bonnyville. To see more of her gorgeous jewelry, call 780-826-8642.
https://www.facebook.com/Frecklefacedesigns15. Thanks so much for your generosity, Amanda! You do awesome work!
CHEEKY TRAVEL CUPS. Every cup of tea and coffee deserve to travel in style, and they will in these two beauties from Meghan Auriat of Meggie Lou’s Designs in Carrot Creek, Alberta. The “I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar” is a must for anyone with a poor grammar pet peeve, and it would make a wonderful teacher’s gift. And who wouldn’t appreciate Meggie Lou’s LOVE mug, with a coffee cup as the letter O? Both are 18 oz (they hold XL coffee), BPA free, double wall poly coffee mugs with lids. For more info, visit Meggie Lou’s Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MeggieLousDesigns?ref=l2-shopheader-name
CROSS CUTS PET STYLING. Pooch looking a little worse for wear? Christmas is the perfect time to spruce up Fido or Fluffy! Terri Cross, a professional groomer and owner/operator of Cross Cuts Pet Styling & Boarding Kennels, as well as "Top Dog" in the Lakeland Humane Society's Board of Directors, has donated a grooming for either your kitty-cat or your favourite pooch. Terri has done some amazing work over the years - she can make your pet look like a superstar too! For more info call 780-594-6465 or visit her kennel/studio at 3602 50th St.