In memory of Mary Ann

It is with a very sad and heavy heart that I let you all know about Mary Ann.  I was at the hospital today, and she isn’t able to fight any longer, her body was shutting down and she is non-responsive.

It was decided by the family and hospice to allow her to gently transition with pain.  We left so that they could have the last hours with her.
I shared with her family, how much she was loved by your group, and how very important she has always been in our lives.
She will be leaving 3 ferrets, and 3 cats that will need to find new forever homes.  If someone is able to help with opening their home, please let me know.  I’m sure it will help put her mind at ease and that of her family.
For years, she was a wonderful hospice Mom for the shelter, and the greeting at the Rainbow Bridge will be so thunderous, I’m sure we will feel the vibrations.
Thank you for all your prayers.

February 2015 Sew Day

We did have a wonderful sew day for Valentine’s Day.  Wonderful to spend this day with the people you love!
Lisa made some very delicous Red Velvet Cupcakes, with the cuties little decorations.
Before I give the count, I need to let you know that Lisa took the PennyButton Hammies in hand and really started us on the way to have a nice supply – put her sewing machine, and new sewing talent to great use.  Jewelz became the button queen of putting them on all four corners, and Saturday Morgan stepped up and did the final around the outside of 1/2 of them to finish them up.
Completed:
76 – PennyButton Hammies
1 – Barrel
5 – FN Sets
1 – FN Hammie
1 – FN Sleepsack
2 – Reg Hammies
4 – small Sleepsacks
Attendees:
Karen
Sue
Joanne
Florence
Lisa C.
Jewelz
Lisa
Morgan
Meliah
BJ
Thanks everyone.  We’ve got lots of stuff in the works, so next month (first Saturday, March 7th) we will be sewing again.  Hope you all can join us.

January 2015 Sew Day

Wow … what a day we had – being the first one of the year, I believe we started on the right foot.

Lisa, was amazing!  She came in and had done the around the world, flipping, and sewing the opening for 40 PennyButton hammies!!  She did all this on her new machine, at home on her own time!
Then, Jewelz decided to really put her mind and finesse her machine, and in one days work, she sewed all of the buttons onto the 40 PennyButton Hammies = 160 buttons!
Now our total doesn’t show this, but this is just letting you know how we were rolling.
Before lunch, Dawn dropped in with the most WONDERFUL stack of beautiful bedding already made and ready to send out.  She also did some nice fleece pillow cases for Lisa to take over to Debbie for the shelter.
This is what was accomplished:
51 pieces from Dawn
4 – PennyButton Hammies
4 – WonTon Flowers
4 – FN Sets
2 – FN Hammies
2 – FN Sleepsacks
2 – Small Sleepsacks
3 – Reg Sets
3 – Reg Hammies
2 – Reg Sleepsacks
Attendees:
Lisa
Karen
Sue
Florence
Jewelz
Meliah
Carrie
Jim
MaryAnn
We are excited to start the year on such a positive note, and we have lots in progress for next month.  Sooooo, please come and join us, every extra pair of hands can help get this all accomplished.  And, we always laugh, share, and have fun !

November 2014 Sew Day

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(I either can’t find the photo or it doesn’t exist, so enjoy a pair of Crafty Weasels instead! Morgan’s Boomer and Nikki’s Crazy Man)

Karen, you are right, we really did get things accomplished on Saturday.  Not only did we have a table in the festival area, but we continued sewing too.  Lisa made some absolutely WONDERFUL Cupcakes to sell at the table, and also made some extra braided toys.  Jennifer donated a beautiful knitted scarf to sell – very pretty colors of blue.

Completed:
10 – braided toys
2 – barrels
7 – FN Sets
3 – FN Sleepsacks
7 – FN Hammies
1 – Regular Set
1 – Reg. Hammie
1 – Reg. Sleepsack
8 – Fuzzy Tunnels – (Completed by Karen before the sew day)
Attendees:
Lisa
Florence
Karen
Carrie
Jim
Mary Ann
Jewelz
Jennifer
Special acknowledgement to Judy and her daughter for bringing taking care of all of the shelter things for Kindness Matters, Debbie, our shelter Mom.

October 2014 Sew Day

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We continue to have a great group of people that really know what they are doing and hit the ground running.  We spent a good bit of time making these unique bags to sell at the Festival at Chambrell next Month.  The material was donated, so all we have to do was have a good idea, and make them work.  They are cute, different, and hopefully will have the residents interested in purchasing and using them.
Accomplished:
10 Doggie Litter Bags
4 Regular Sets
1 FN Set
1 Regular Sleepsack
4 Out and Insy Sleepsacks
Attendees:
Lisa
Karen
Florence
Morgan
Caitlyn
Mary Ann
Jennifer
Meliah
BJ
We were surprised to have Meliah and BJ there after BJ just being in the hospital the day before.  Goes to show, you can’t keep a good Crafty Weasel down.
Hope to see you all at the next sew day in November.

September 2014 Sew Day

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Hi everyone:

Very sorry to be late with the sew day information, but things have been extremely busy, and doing a lot of organizing.
We have a very nice turnout, and got things rolling along and should be getting a lot of bedding completed next month because of all the stuff we’ve done ahead this month.
Completed Bedding:
1- FN Set
2-FN Sleepsacks
2-FN Hammies
3 Regular Sets
3 Regular Hammies
1 Barrel
Attendees:
Karen
Florence
Morgan
Sue
Lisa
Jewelz
Mary Ann
Meliah
BJ
Jennifer
Our next sew day will be October 11 at our same location.  We will be doing a special sewing project that we will be selling at the next Chambrel gathering for the residents.
I know that we do makes a big difference to the ferret shelters across the U.S., and hope you all know how very much I appreciate everyone’s continued participation and contribution to our mission.
Looking forward to see you all next month.
Florence

August 2014 Sew Day

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We had very dedicated people this past sew day.  Meliah make a wonderful crockpot of food for us.  Morgan brought her two boys, and they totally were the hit of the day for the Crafty Weasels, and the residents of Chambrel.  Sue was there too, but left a bit before we took the picture.
Attendees:
Mary Ann
Sue
Karen
Meliah
Florence
Morgan
Jewelz
We completed:
1 – WonTon Flower Hammie
8 – Regular Sets
4 – Reg. Sleepsacks
3 – Reg. Hammies
2 – FN Sets
1 – FN Hammie
1 – FN Sleepsack
We will be having our next sew day on September 13th, come prepared to sew up a storm!
Thanks,
Florence

July 2014 Sew Day

Thanks to everyone that attended sew day yesterday.  Definitely a good time, and got lots of things accomplished.  Lunch was in the dinning room, and I think everyone enjoyed it.

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Attendees:

Karen

Sue

Morgan

Florence

Lisa C.

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Meliah

Mary Ann

Jennifer

Accomplished:

13 – WonTon Flower Hammies

7 – regular sets

2 – regular hammies

1 – FN Sets

1 – FN hammie

2 – FN sleepsacks

We also have lots of things that are in the process so we should be able to make lots more progress again next month.

Thanks everyone for coming, each and everyone of you make a difference!

Florence

June 2014 Sew Day

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Wow … What a sew day. We were there to participate in adoption and family picnic day, and I think we made a wonderful impression on the residents and their family members.  Beck and her beautiful ferrets were our ambassadors to the community and they really put on a great show for everyone.  Poor things were tuckered out by 2:00 — they did the work of 15 ferrets!  They all left before the group picture was taken, but hopefully we can get Beck to post some cute pictures of them.

Megan, Rob and Draven came to help for possibly their last sew day, because they are moving back to Nebraska, so to be closer to family.  Megan offered to get on a machine, and started putting buttons on PennyButton hammies, Rob did pinning, and Draven (he was our first CW Baby!) was perfectly happy with his electronics, we all decided we’d adopt him in a heart beat!!

Marie, attended with her one month old little boy.  I saw several residents enjoying having a baby there too.

Lisa, Mary Ann, Jonathan, and Chris were all real trouper for being outside at the CW Table next to the rescue table.  AND, no one went home with an extra puppy – from what I understand they were adorable!

They had a table set up for Kindness Matters Ferret Shelter, but Debbie already had a trip planned to Florida for a family gathering.  Judy and her whole family were able to attend and helped out from the beginning to the end.  I wasn’t able to get all of them that attended, but some were in our picture.

I haven’t had a chance to unpack the car, so I don’t know our totals.  Truthfully, I think we were there more for meeting the public, selling a bit of bedding, than sewing, but we did get things accomplished, and other stuff ready for next sew day.

Attendees:

Karen

Lisa

Sue

Jewelz

Beck (Ebby and Mani)

Florence

Megan

Rob

Draven

Meliah

Marie (and her little boy!!)

Jonathan

Chris

Mary Ann

Jennifer

Thanks everyone for coming for the day … each person makes such a big difference, and we sure showed up well for the ferret community.  We got lots of positive comments from Diane (lady that Lisa set up for us to have this wonderful space), she said everyone was impressed by what we do, and all the staff and residents say such positive things to her all the time about our group.

I appreciate each and every one of you, and so thrilled to call you “family”.

Florence