Monthly Archives: July 2011

Anyone intersted in a BSP?

It is basically  trading items of the same price. We did this recently on another team I am on with $5 items. It was a lot of fun and brought attention to all our shops.

I had 13 sales (10 trades) in two days, 3 of which were not bsp sales.

Another team is about to start their bsp and theirs will be $5 $10 $15 or $20 trades.

If anyone is interested i will post more info.



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New Contest For July

You have until Aug 15th to…

Make a treasury , the theme is Magic.

Include 8 A4A members

Include the winner from the last contest, Mad 😉

Treasury must include something with black.

The treasury must include something with orange.

The treasury must include an animal.

Post treasury or treasury link here on the blog.

Have fun!

Hope to see lots of treasuries

What do you win? $10 in supplies fro Calliope’s Attic and a set of gift tags from BlackFriday 😀


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Eep! It’s the 18th of July!

The drawing for the July contest was supposed to take place on July 15th.

I changed the rules a bit ( after talking to a couple of other blog friends) and decided to draw the winners name from a hat instead of going with number of views.

Woke my son up and after a little eye rolling, he drew MAD fromt he hat!

Congrat Mad!

Thank you all for playing!

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Ugh! Yup, the neighborhood skunk was making his rounds this morning :(

Scorching coffee grounds on a cast iron skillet works wonders for neutralizing the smell in the house. Not sure why, but it works. Keep stirring grounds so they don’t burn!

Borrowed the info below from the following site


Skunk Odor Removal

Wash all sprayed clothes, fabrics, people, and animals as soon as possible. The faster you get those smelly things in the wash, the better the chance that the skunk odor will actually wash off. Using your regular laundry detergent is fine, although treating the fabrics with an additional cleaner beforehand may help as well. Shower as soon as you can, and bathe any sprayed animals as quickly as possible, too. Use extra soap and shampoo, and any person- and animal-friendly skunk-specific cleansers (see below).

Use commercial sprays designed to deodorize and neutralize smells to eliminate skunk odor. Household cleaning sprays and products such as Febreeze or Simple Green (a good organic alternative) can be effective against skunk smell on fabrics and furniture. “Skunk Off” is a highly effective spray designed specifically for treating skunk-sprayed pets.

Use bleach to clean skunk spray and odor from outdoor structures. Use a mixture of 10% bleach and 90% water (or detergent and water) to clean sprayed areas (such as a porch) that aren’t in danger in staining from the bleach. Because chlorine bleach is highly toxic, don’t use it to clean people, animals, furniture, or colored clothing.

nimals, furniture, or colored clothing.

To tomato juice or not to tomato juice? Everyone’s heard of the old foolproof skunk standby: tomato juice. And of course, eveyone has a different opinion about how well it does, or doesn’t, work to get rid of skunk odor. The basic premise, of course, is that the acids in the tomato juice will dissolve and counteract the oils in the skunk spray. We can’t guarantee that it will work, but if you want to try it, add a can (or two or three) or tomato paste to the dog’s bath, or your own. Using tomato juice on any fabrics is probably a bad idea, unless you don’t mind the inevitable stains.

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Closer to home

This is Sweet Pea.

She was rescued 15 years ago by an angry nun, swinging a hairbrush at a group of boys throwing rocks at a cornered kitten.

Her clock is winding down now. At 15, she isn’t really interested in eating but would rather stay curled up on a lap and purring.

A rescue success story! Sweet Pea has had a long ( and pampered 🙂 ) life.

Thanks Sister J

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Thanks to Littleladyirish for sharing this!

Here is another way to get views for your shop.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

I believe you need an invite for this so if anyone is interested, let me know and I will send you an invite.


To sign up for Pinterest, follow the link below:

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A No-Kill Shelter Nation, Fairytale or Reality?

Heading towards Reality, I think. At least in my country, the Netherlands. Let me tell you a little bit about how it works over here. It’s mainly about cats. I’d like to add that I’ve written this with the information I received from the Animal Protection alliance and info from shelter workers. This is what *I* know & think, it’s not an official statement. Please respond if your opinion differs!

The main animal protection authority is called Dierenbescherming (just means animals’ protection) and most of the official shelters (about 53) carry their trademark. That means they have a very strict policy towards euthanasia: it’s only allowed when an animal is suffering so bad from medical conditions that there’s no quality of life anymore. Just like you would do for your own pet, as the very last and ultimate option.
These shelters put lots of effort and money in keeping the animals healthy and happy.

These shelters, and also the shelters that don’t have the trademark (often has to do with lack of money to build better facilities, not because those are bad shelters), are connected to local authorities. There’s a budget in every town (sometimes high, sometimes lower) to provide for a certain amount of shelter animals. When the shelters are overcrowded (unwanted kittens, animals dumped when people go on vacation), they try to find another shelter that can take those. And often they take in more animals than they should, temporarily. Which makes the chance of diseases spreading worse, I must say.

Although there is a budget, it’s not sufficient. Shelters and Dierenbescherming depend on donations. Lots of donations, because the funds the local authorities have to give are only enough to supply a 2-week stay per animal. Some authorities stick to that minimum, others do lots more. Really varies.

Another way to get funds is the money people both have to pay when they have their animals placed in a shelter and when they want to adopt. Adult animals that get adopted are all neutered, kittens come with a voucher to have them neutered at 6 months. It’s still a discussion in this country what the earliest age is to spay or neuter. Might change to a lower age, that’s a much better guarantee to prevent unwanted pregnancies – in my humble opinion.
When I adopted my Munchkin from a shelter, he came with a voucher. The voucher wasn’t accepted at my local vet, so plenty of room to improve that system!

Still there are too many homeless animals in the Netherlands, just as in other countries. One of the initiatives that tries to help, is the Trap, Neuter, Release programme. Mostly done by private persons and activists and there isn’t much funding available. These cats stay feral and not in the best conditions (sometimes people are asked to have one of those placed in their area, so they can feed them and take an eye on health issues), but at least the population won’t grow as fast anymore.

Just like in the USA, there are foster homes (also private persons) that take care of the very young kittens, to bottle feed them and to get them used to people. The same families also take care of litters including the mother cat, to socialize both kittens and moms.

Last but not least: there are several shelters for cats that are left over in shelters. Old cats, cats with behavior problems, with handicaps, with chronic diseases or other challenges. They’re taken care of very well and of course this type of shelter is strictly no-kill as well.
“My” cause/charity is a shelter like that. My next blog entry will be about it.

Conclusion? The shelters over here do have a no-kill policy, it’s the standard. But our country isn’t Paradise for cats. There might be more problems in the future and yes, we’re worried about that.
At least, now you know a little bit more about shelter policies in this tiny corner of the world.



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