Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Flying Unicorn Gives Back - November kit release blog hop!

If you have hopped here from Mish's blog, Full Moon Scrapping,, then you are on the right track!  If not, hop back to Alda's blog, Flying Unicorn, for the blog hop beginning.





Every year, during November, the Flying Unicorn sponsors "Flying Unicorn Gives Back."  This year we've chosen a nationally recognized charity, Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.  For each project that is uploaded to our forum gallery, Flying Unicorn donates $1.00 to a maximum of $1,000 and we're happy to say that we've always reached our 1,000 uploads goal. With your help, this year,we will again reach our goal! Flying Unicorn also donates 5% of all sales during the month of November to the charity. Finally, do not forget to mark your calendars for our Silent Auction November 8th - November 16th .

We have also set up the Flying Unicorn page on the Best Friends site where monetary donations can be made as well to help us reach this years goal of $3000.00 in charitable donations.


Best Friends' mission is No More Homeless Pets and through that they try to place animals who are considered "unadoptable" into good homes.  They work to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs.  Since it inception, the number of dogs and cats destroyed in shelters annually, has fallen to approximately 5 million a year.  There has been much progress, but there is still much more to do. 

Best Friends is very near and dear to my heart because of all the good works they have done to further the welfare of animals in our society. They made national headlines with their intensive efforts in rescuing so many animals in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.  In honor of Best Friends, and the November Kit of the Month -Heart's Twilight - I would like to share with you a special layout that I did with the Flying Unicorn November Kit of the month.

Many of you know that I have always shared my home with my furbabies who at the moment are standard poodles.  I've had big dogs, little dogs, and in between sized dogs.  They are all my "children" and I love them dearly.  Recently I lost my dear Chena to gastric torsion.  Many of you probably know Chena from her escapades with Escape Kitty.  Kitty's Mom and I have had a wonderful time writing the adventures of those two!

Chena's passing was so unexpected, she was so vibrant one moment and then gone.  It was heartbreaking as it always is when you lose a member of your family.  It's been almost two months now and slowly we are adjusting to her absence.  We have a new puppy, Tisha, that has really helped us and our sweet Nika who is our 3 year old poodle.  Chena was Nika's "Mom" and she looked to Chena for everything; consequently, she was lost without Chena and really didn't know what to do with herself.

I want to share with you a little story about Chena.  She was always a great source of  daily amusement and this is one of my favorites!  Here's the journaling:

Chena was a very smart girl and constantly amused me with her antics.  One day she was determined to spend her day napping on the couch.  Now she knew that the furniture off limits, but, despite my admonishments, she kept curling up on the couch.  Finally I threw the big dog bed on the couch., thinking that it's large size would prevent her from comfortably settling down.

Well the joke was certainly on me!  Next time I passed through the living room, there she was, very comfortably perched on the couch, in her bed, with a big smirk on her face that seemed to say "I am not really on the couch, I am in my bed, like a good doggie"!  I laughed so hard and ran for the camera, this was certainly a "Kodak moment"!





 
Tammy, another of Flying Unicorn's designers, recently lost her sweet furbaby, Macy.  We are teaming together to help raise money for Best Friends and so we decided that we would donate $5 (maximum of $250) for every project featuring an animal uploaded to our special Best Friends forum thread during November.  Please come post something in our thread!

 Heart's Twilight is now available with an amazing
and fun off the page creation- take a look:



















Do not forget to join Alda and Shona this month with their process of making the below layouts. Alda will show you step by step on our You Tube Channel, while Shona has done a complete Build a Page for you all!


WAIT!  Before you hop on over to Jen's blog, Scrap Escape, check this out!


Want to win a Cameo-Silhouette?



Every $5.00 donated to Best Friends via our donation page will give you a chance to win!
Additional details can be found on our forums.

So hop on over to Jen's blog, Scrap Escape, for some additional eye candy fun and thank you for your support in giving back !



In order to have a chance to win the Flying Unicorn Gift Certificate:

1.  You must be a follower of everyone's blog.
2.  You must leave a comment in the  Flying Unicorn Gives Back blog hop thread telling us about your hop experience.
3.  Winner will be chosen via Random.org at 6 PM on November 3, 2013

37 comments:

  1. Beautiful Maggi, so sorry for Chena's quick passing. ::(

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  2. Oh my goodness....just so beautiful! So sorry for your loss but love your story... :)x

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  3. A beautiful layout and I love the story behind the photo.

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  4. Your work is breathtaking. Love every inch.

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  5. Gorgeous layout, Maggi!! What a story!! She must have been a hoot!!

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  6. AWW Maggi!!! This is just so beautiful in every way!!

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  7. OMG, what a beautiful layout and photo!! Truly a kodak moment!! :)

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  8. awwwwww Maggi that is just so gorgeous and what an amazing photo :)

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  9. Oh Maggi - that is such a heart warming photo and story about Chena, I can even picture that little dickens smiling and outsmarting you. Gorgeous layout with the gold embossing paste befitting a Princess. Thanks for sharing your Chena with the world.

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  10. HI fab story and photo, love her and your layout, both beautiful.

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  11. Your page is so adorable Maggi
    Love it! specially the dog, :)
    xx
    Leila

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  12. Oh Maggi I love that layout about Chena, she must have been such a great dog to have around. Our furbabies are so precious, they delight at the same time they frustrate us. We want to smack them at the same time we are running for our cameras cause they are making us laugh.

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  13. WOW! I absolutely love that layout about Chena!

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  14. What a precious story! Gorgeous layout!

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  15. Shedding a few tears as I read the story of Chena. Stunning photo and LO! Love all your work!

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  16. Maggi your layout is a perfect tribute to Chena. You can't help but smile and even chuckle a little bit with that priceless photo. Thanks so much for sharing it. Following. Janelle

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  17. Miss Maggi dear, I just love the soft way this LO feels. It is truly wonderful! Frame this one. Chena was very lucky to have you in her life. Perfect story, too!

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  18. Sweet lovely Chena <3 What a furry Princess she was . Love your beautiful tribute to your friend, Maggi
    hugs

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  19. Dear Maggie, so sorry for your lost. This is a beautiful story and a wonderful layout. Bigs hugs!
    Monik

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  20. What a beautiful tribute, awesome page.

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  21. Beautiful page Maggi...so sorry about your loss, that is truly heartbreaking. I think it's a wonderful thing you guys at FU are doing as well as you and Tammy's extra donations. I will try to make something with my furbaby for the thread, as well as a donation.

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  22. She DOES look pretty proud of herself in the photo LOL. Such a gorgeous layout Maggi. You have done justice to her beautiful photo with it! All the little hearts are so touching.

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  23. Wow, what a wonderful page!! Love it!

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  24. (((HUGS)))) for the loss of Chena~ her page is beautiful!!

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  25. I'm sorry for your loss!! Beautiful layout!!

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  26. Maggi, Love your story, and you gorgeous LO too! We will surely miss our girls!! Hugs sweetie!! <3

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  27. You are so right, my baby has similar attitude and you just can't help but laugh. They bring us such joy. Love the layout.

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  29. Love that Kodak moment. How hilarious. The layout is gorgeous. I follow you via GFC.

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  30. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost Chena. Your layout of her is gorgeous, and I love the story behind the photo.

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  31. Awww what a lovely story and a fab layout to tell it. :)

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  32. I've always loved LOs of Chena. I met her first through Escape Kitty. I know that standard poodles are supposed to be the smartest dog, but she had determination as well! Lovely LO and thanks for the hop.

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  33. Your story is heartbreaking. It's amazing how are animals are as close to us as our children. My condolences on your lost she was a beautiful animal and the layout did paid her great tribute! It's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)
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  34. Absolutely fabulous pages! Love the pages and your style!

    I am your newwest follower and happy to do so! I saw your fantastic projects on G45 and just had to come by to your blog. :)

    Have a great week!

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