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 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:


DOGGIE BASKET. Now isn't this is bright, colourful, happy basket! Thanks to Cold Lake Veterinary Clinic for donating this huge basket full of toys for that special dog in your life. It all starts with a Plastic Pet Bed, and it's filled with all kinds of shaking, giggling, rattling toys. It's all tied together with two leashes made into a bow! We just love Cold Lake Vet Clinic here at the Humane Society. They do so much for our animals, and we can't thank them enough. For more info, visit their FB page, call (780) 594-5212 or visit their website:


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 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:


 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:


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


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, visit her website at,, or her FB page:


LAP QUILT. This gorgeous, gorgeous (did we mention gorgeous?) quilt was created by Barbara Martineau, based on a pattern called Doily Quilt by Vanessa Christenson. The doilies were handmade by Carol Brown. Fabric is from designer Robert Kaufman, from the Konoa solid collection. It’s 100% cotton fabric and batting. The quilt backing is soft Minky fabric. It was donated by MUSE.inspire and, wow, it really is breathtaking. For more info, visit their FB page:


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:


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,, or in their Etsy shop:


PSYCHIC READING. Want to know what’s going on in the future? Win this item and you can have a 45 minute reading with Divine D, a local gifted psychic, at Rising Sun Services in Cold Lake. Rising Sun has been serving the Lakeland area since 2002 and under the current ownership of Hazel Tyson since 2005. For more info, call 780-201-0674, e-mail or visit


CAT BUTT CATNIP TOY and other cat butt items! (Because you can never have too many cat butts.) Would you like to see your cat kiss someone's butt, instead of you know, for a change? Love to watch your cat chase and bite someone's butt without getting into nasty fights? This whimsical Nip-in-the-Butt will amuse your cat and entertain you to no end. The Nip-in-the-Butt is handmade from four layers of felt, padded and stuffed with fiberfill and 100% local catnip. It is stitched multiple times for extra playtime durability. No glues are used. It is approx. 5 1/4" tall and 2" wide.  Made and donated by Susie Wang of 2forksdesign in Vancouver, this whimsical package also contains Cat Butt notecards and Cat Butt key chains. (So awesome!) For more info, visit Susie’s Etsy shop:


TINTA DE LA LUNA TATTOO. The Humane Society has so many really wonderful supporters and Sarah Pequegnat, owner of Tinta De La Luna Custom Tattoos & Art, is definitely one of them. As well as donating some amazing henna work to our upcoming Gala (“Escape to India,” Feb. 6 at the Energy Centre - tickets are on sale now at the shelter - you won’t believe how awesome Sarah’s work will be for that!), Sarah has donated $120 worth of tattoo services for this auction! Tinta De La Luna, or “Ink of the Moon,” was established in 2012 and has provided hundreds of clients with quality custom artwork and tattoos. Originality is important, not only do they want you to get exactly the tattoo that you came in for but they encourage you to let them draw a custom stencil made just for you. Nobody wants their tattoo to fade after they're healed. They do what we can to avoid this by using high quality supplies such as "Intenze" ink and "Tatuderm" bandages from authorized dealers. Your safety is priority, so all of their needles and grips are disposable. All non-disposable equipment is covered and everything is sanitized by hospital grade cleaners. Their studio is and always has been certified by Alberta Health. For more info, visit Tinta De La Luna at 901 10 St., Cold Lake, or visit Sarah’s Facebook page or her website:


INSPIRATIONAL SIGNS. “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry.” Oh! Em! Gee! That could practically be our mantra around here. Don’t feed us? We’re hungrier than the canines in the dog barn at suppertime! This item contains THREE awesome-sauce designs from Amanda at Pink Panda’s Prints in Oshawa, Ontario. As well as the “hungry” sign, there’s “Always Be Yourself. Unless You Can Be A Mermaid. Then Always Be A Mermaid,” and “Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You are.” Perfect words to live by. These unframed signs are standard 8x10” size on thick, full colour card stock. Easy and cheap to frame, they’d look awesome in your kitchen, your daughter’s bedroom - even your office! If you “like” Pink Panda’s Prints on Facebook, you’ll receive a 10% off coupon code on your next order. For more info, visit Amanda’s FB page or find her on Instagram: pinkpandasprints


CAR RENTAL. Budget Car Rental in Cold Lake has donated a one-day, mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres. Maybe you could use it for a day trip to Edmonton? Save some mileage on your own old Bessie? Or maybe you don’t have a vehicle at all and this will mean you can visit all your relatives over the Christmas season. (Or maybe you can drive away from them ...) OR you can get 50% off a one day rental of a larger vehicle (subject to availability). Credit card and valid driver’s license is required. Budget Cold Lake has moved and is now located at 5510 56 St., behind A & A Glass. For more info call 780-594-5012, drop by their FB page or visit


BLUE FAUX AGATE EARRINGS & NECKLACE. Megan Kapell absolutely loves the Lakeland Humane Society. As well as walking dogs, she has made several generous donations to our fundraising efforts, including a substantial donation to this auction. In this photo are two necklaces made by Megan herself. “I use faux agate as it’s more affordable and keeps the cost of the finished product very affordable, as well it is super durable and pretty!” Megan will also have a line of genuine agate jewellery out soon, using real agate stones and 14 k gold/sterling silver settings. For more information about Megan, and to view her photography business online, visit


LUCKY CAT PAW PRINT SOAPS. This item is a set of four bars of handmade glycerin and shea butter soap 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. Show your love of animals with cool animal-themed soaps--made locally! Thanks to soapmaker extraordinaire Rhiannon Schaaf for her donation. For more info, visit Lucky Cat on Facebook:


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: Thanks Nigel!


KARUNA REIKI SESSION. Hazel Tyson of Rising Sun Services wanted to donate to the Humane Society Shop-a-paw-looza because of her pet, Skyla. “I am Skyla’s ‘grandmother’ (she is now named Leia),” Hazel writes.  “She is such a wonderful loving addition to our family and this is the least I can do for the Humane Society after the wonderful care she received during her stay with you!” Aw, thanks so much Hazel! We do love our animals around here. This item is a gift certificate for a Karuna Reiki Session, which usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes. For more info, call 780-201-0674, e-mail or visit


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 trĂ©s cute. For more info, please visit Sew What!?’s Etsy shop:


PROVIDENCE TEETH WHITENING. Feeling more yellow than mellow? Chantal Chamberlain of Providence Dental Hygiene has a solution for that. She is offering an incredible gift certificate for professional teeth whitening - incredible because it's valued at more than $350!!!! Those are some pearly, pearly whites! It's the offer you've been waiting for, so why wait! Get bidding! For more info, visit the Providence website at or their FB page:


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:


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


LITTLE BRITCHES. This isn’t your average homemade, cute-as-a-button doll. This is “Little britches, a 9” heirloom doll, hand crocheted with child-safe eyes. Just machine wash and dry! Made by Heather’s Hugables here in Cold Lake. Thanks for this cutie-patootie, Heather, he’s a doll! Literally, a doll! :) For more info, contact Heather via e-mail:


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.


CHRISTMAS TREASURES. Tanya Hanes of Quilted Cabin Home Parties donated a BIG bag of treasures to our auction. Inside that bag is a rustic evergreen wreath, a winter mug candle light, a wood collector plate that reads “Every time we give, Every time we love, it’s Christmas,” AND two signs. One reads “Cheerful Christmas Wishes To You” and the other says, “May Winter Joys Be Yours in Heart and Home.” It’s like instant Christmas spirit in a shopping bag! Thanks so much Tanya. For more info about Quilted Cabin, call Tanya at 780-573-9986, e-mail her at or visit her website:


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:


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: Look for Anakin on Twitter, You Tube and his own website: 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: She also sells t-shirts, iPad and phone cases, necklaces, tote bags and more at her Zazzle shop:


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: Thanks Nigel!


VINTAGE INSPIRED HANDMADE APRON. It seems so inspired that an Etsy shop named Herd of Cats would donate to the Lakeland Humane Society’s online auction, because if there’s one thing the society has, it’s a herd of cats! We are very appreciative of Megan, the Calgary artist/seamstress/writer who creates simple and adorable vintage-inspired aprons like this one in an adorable floral print. The waist band measures 33 inches and each of the ties are 29 inches long, giving you the option to wrap the ties and make an adorable bow in the front. The skirt measures 18 inches long from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the skirt. Also included is a 4 inch side loop for hanging your apron from a hook, or to hang a dishtowel inside of. Meghan shares snippets of her life on her blog You can see more of her work in her Etsy apron shop and in her weaving shop


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

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:


MADAME NADINE PENDANT NECKLACE. Nadine Friesen, or Madame Nadine as she is known in the world of handmade jewel artistry, is always a generous supporter of the Lakeland Humane Society. For this auction she has donated a beautiful one-of-a-kind necklace that would be a perfect accessory for a Christmas or New Year’s party, or a perfect gift for a favourite lady. Madame Nadine’s jewellery has been seen at the Pre Emmy Award DPA gifting suite in Los Angeles in 2014 and Pre Golden Globe DPA gifting suite in 2015 – all the way from Cold Lake to LA … pretty impressive, Madame Nadine! As well as a gorgeous variety of necklaces in her Etsy shop, Nadine does custom design work. “Contact me,” she says, “to see how I can help YOU create something spectacular.” To see more of her work, visit:


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:


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.


HOLIDAY WREATH. Wouldn’t this gorgeous, glitzy, utterly fabulous holiday wreath look divine on your front door? Amanda Forster of Freckleface Designs in Cold Lake made this gorgeous wreath especially for the Lakeland Humane Society’s online auction. It’s a true work of art that will impress all your holiday visitors. To see more of Amanda’s work, check out her Facebook page: Thanks so much for your generosity, Amanda! You do awesome work!


DOG PORTRAIT. Love dogs? Of course you do - this is a Humane Society auction, and pooches are a big part of the scenery 'round here. Check out this unbelievably realistic portrait done by Shannon Luger. Shannon is a Realism and Portrait Artist and, boy, does she do great work. From a distance, this totally looks like a photo. Thanks so much for the donation, Shannon! For more info, visit her FB page:


ORANGE CAT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT. We’re willing to bet there’s at least one orange cat in your life! Who doesn’t love their regal gingerness, their tangerine tabbiness, their … well, you get the idea. Check out this funky feline ornament, the purrfect gift for your favourite cat lover. It’s got a brand new contemporary fused design, 2” wide at the base, and 3.5” tall, and made by Lakeland Humane Society supporter Florence Niven of Niven Glass Originals in Kingston, ON. The glass pieces that make up this cute cat have been cut by Florence, layered and placed in a high temperature kiln just long enough to fuse the pieces together without losing the dimension of the glass. Thanks so much for donating this whimsical piece, Florence! To see more from Niven Glass Originals, visit:


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:


SCENTSY HOLIDAY WARMER. This gorgeous Holiday Warmer from Scentsy is too pretty to be true! (But it is!) Scentsy rep Nicole Proulx donated this “Let It Snow” warmer that looks like a frosted Mason jar, only it’s larger and intricately detailed with Frosty the Snowman and all his little friends. Nicole has packed the warmer with a Scentsy bar in Winter Cypress and a Winter Cypress spray. This one smells as good as it looks! For more info call Nicole at 780-545-5623, or visit her website:


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.