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I know this is a very dumb question but please forgive me as I am a Canadian.

I live in an area that is not bothered by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes or other similar weather.     But I do remember vividly watching all about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  I also remember all of the animals who were forced to survive as best they could alone.  Many did survive and many did not.

As I read the information on the website of the ASPCA –  I learned just how horrible it was.   My own dog, Buck the beagle, is a rescue from a shelter in Ontario, but his story is nowhere near as heart wrenching as the animals after Katrina.   They also have a slide show of some of the rescues and it went straight to my heart.  If you look at each face, you will see looks of fear, relief, gratefulness, sadness, anticipation, confusion or loneliness.   This was the biggest animal rescue in history.  So many animal lovers helped save many of those animals with their search efforts, adoptions, temporary care, and donations.    But it doesn’t stop there.

The ASPCA is still out there helping animals with legislation, education, and caring.  As the IndieSmiles Charity Birthday Bash continues all month, please take the time to visit them and donate.  There are still so many cats, dogs, horses, birds and numerous other pets out there needing help.   There is never a need to great, never a donation too small and never an animal not worth the time.  Just look at your own pet(s) and you will understand.

I don’t know about you but the weather in Ontario, Canada is hot, hot, hot!!! We are all still in vacation mode until Tuesday when the kids return to school.

The good old mailbox held some really great surprises yesterday for me!

This came from my Editor at IndieSmiles. I had won the best columnist in July award and my wonderful prize is that gorgeous necklace in the middle. It was tucked inside the lovely little violet pouch. I was thrilled and had it on all day yesterday.(click on the image for a closer look!)    You can find more  fabulous jewelry at her shops – http://seastardreams.artfire.com or   http://seastardreams.etsy.com

Look at these fat quarters! What super colors and patterns. This came from a separate swap through a friends blog. My poor old brain has been reeling with ideas and inspiration.

Boy, did I do good yesterday!

My computer has died! I am lost without it. I now have to use the boy’s computer and all of my favorites, files, pictures, etc. are on mine. It is like starting all over again. Drat!!

I did get more Bookmark Swap mail yesterday. This lovely handmade bookmark came from Michagan. I love it and the little heart shaped note.

This one on the left came all the way from Australia. I was delighted to find 3 bookmarks in this envelope. One is handmade. I love them all.

Tomorrow is IndieSmiles First Birthday! There will be lots going on and contests to enter. If you have never heard of IndieSmiles then drop over and have a look. That is where I am an ocassional colomnist and write about many things. Check out my columns in my page – “What I Babble About”.

Watch for my blog tomorrow for more details.

It amazes me how someone, even after death, can continue to inspire you.  We just said goodbye for the final time to my best friend last Wednesday.  Since then, I have been creating like crazy.

I seem to have found more patterns, books, ideas, and hints for my crafts lately.  It is like being with Marge and bouncing ideas off of her.  I am now writing down or saving these inspirations as there are so many that I want to do.  I can’t seem to convince myself to do one at a time. 

I am grateful to be able to do what I do without pain or disability.  I am truly blessed to be somewhat healthy and only suffer the little aches and pains of growing older.   Marge taught me many things with her actions, but the one thing that stands out most is her cheerfulness during even the worst of times.   Her wonderful sense of humour and love of life is what kept her going. 

I have a “happy place” that Marge and I shared and I know I can go there at any time and see her.  I always come away content, smiling and calm.  What more could I ask for.

I am so excited!  My very first tutorial has been published on IndieSmiles.

This is my first attempt at making homemade dyes from berries.  What a fun experience.  With the guidance and encouragement from Barbra of All About The Buttons , I ventured into the world of writing. 

I love this site and am constantly browsing through the many shops from all kinds of venues.   I love handmade, both making and purchasing.   I get the greatest satisfaction from giving one of my handmade items to family and friends.  Everyone knows how much effort I have put into my creations and that many are geared especially for them.

Drop by IndieSmiles and All About The Buttons today!  If you love handmade then you will be glad you did!


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