Three things up for today.  First, Ann did the first drawing for another free stamp set from those of you who had been shopping with us this week.  Drumroll, please!  Congratulations, Raquel Bothem of Oregon!  So Raquel, just contact Ann & pick from the Stampin' Up! sets in the basket shown here. Be sure YOUR name is in there so you can win when she draws again.  If you're not picked, then it stays in for the rest of the week!  The earlier you buy, the more chance you have to win!

Secondly, I have to tell you about the good time we had at the SOS (Stamp or Scrap) Night.  The event was full so we gave away a free stamp set from the box.  Valerie Dodge waded through her choices & selected the Stampin' Up! oliday Best set.  There's room in the Christmas card class on Saturday if you're in town.  Just give us a call or email Ann so that we can be ready for you. 

Ann loves SOS night because everyone gets to work on their own project or a special one that Ann will prepare for them. Here's Val's card from last night.  Come back tomorrow to see a feature project from my girlfriend Doodles.


FINALLY, the important stuff!  My friends at Dogster & I want to be sure that you keep your dogs tummy's happy this Thanksgiving.  Here's a list of what you DON'T want to feed your pup this Turkey Day:

1. Turkey Skin – On its own, turkey skin can be fatty and hard to digest, but on Thanksgiving it’s particularly bad (just think of the butter, oils and spices rubbed into it).  If you must share the turkey with your dog, do peel the skin off and cut the meat up into bite-sized pieces. And consider choosing the white meat over the dark for your pooch – it’s a little blander and easier to digest.

2. Cooked Bones – Whether your bird is duck, goose or turkey, do not give the bones to your dog. Any dog cartoon features Fido carrying a bone around in his mouth, but the reality is that a cooked bone is often brittle and sharp pieces can get lodged in your pet’s intestine. And bird bones are hollow and break easily.

3. Gravy/Buttery Side Dishes – This one goes hand-in-hand with the turkey skin. Fatty foods and trimmings can cause pancreatitis in dogs at worst and diarrhea or vomiting at “best.” suggests substituting gravy with a little turkey broth if you really want to give your pup a treat.

4. Aluminum Foil and Plastic Wrap – Dispose of these when you’re done with them. There are two risks here: one, your pet will be licking the fatty substances off the wrappings, and two, swallowing these can cause an intestinal obstruction.

5. Chocolate – Not that we think that you would intentionally feed your dog chocolate (which we all know can be toxic to our canine friends), but since candy is often left out on tables for guests during the holidays, it made the list. Be sure to keep bowls filled with chocolate out of reach.

6. The Garbage Pail – A frustrated pet who can’t get a scrap out of his usually-generous parents may be tempted to dig around the trash bin and find a good number of the items listed above.

7. The Kitchen – Thanksgiving can be the busiest day of the year for the kitchen, and you’ll want to keep your pup out of there. With hot dishes being whisked from one counter to the next, there’s a chance a dog that’s under foot could be burned or cut if something were to shatter.

8. Holiday Plants – Sure it’s Thanksgiving, but a good number of people have already decked the halls with holly by this time. Know that Poinsettias, holly berries, mistletoe and Cedar Christmas trees are toxic to dogs.

9. Decorations – Glass ornaments and candles are just begging for trouble. Like the chocolate, keep these out of reach.

10. Guests Who Mean Well – Educate your less pet-savvy visitors (and hey, maybe even send them this list). A child may accidentally feed a dog some chocolate and your great aunt might think she’s being nice by sharing her turkey skin.

Chow Baby!