Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwing Thursday - Open Top Tea-Light Holders

These are my open top tea-light holders

Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson


Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson
Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson

Friday, February 20, 2015

Four Little Witches - A Book Review & Giveaway

Four Little Witches follows Fiona, Gale, Marrie and Blaze on their playful journey protecting the earth.  In the book, after a mishap each of them are called upon to use their specific directional energies to save the day.  It is easy to follow and the illustrations are amazing.

This book is a great way to introduce children to elemental energies.  I liked the way the witches are depicted in this book.  Gale the air witch is from the east while Blaze is from the south and is represented by fire.  It ties together in a simple way, the elements and the directions.  I love the way Marrie the water witch seems to be portraying Yemaya.

This is a light happy book, that I believe would be a fantastic way to introduce children to working with the elements.  It is the perfect size for a sweet bedtime ritual to soothe the mind and welcome sweet dreams into your little one's head.

I'm giving away a free copy of this book.  The giveaway will begin at midnight tonight.


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Four Little Witches by T.J. Perkins and Illustrated by Eimi Pinero is published by Schiffer Publishing.




Click here to enter the drawing for a free copy of Four Little Witches.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throwing Thursday - Enclosed Tea-light Holders

Finally finished these enclosed tea-light holders.


Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo & Pottery by:  Renee Sosanna Olson




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Throwing Thursday - Latest Glaze

Here's a look at some of my latest glazes.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Supporting Feral Cat Colonies - Help Us Trap

As one of my hobbies, hubby and I work with local groups to help trap, neuter and return cats back to their colonies.  In this process we work with a lot of people who make special trips to feed these group of cats each day.  When we start at a new location, we go in and try to find out who is feeding the animals.  We take an inventory of all the cats in the colony which is much easier if the managers know their colonies and are willing to communicate with us.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson
Feral Cat Colony Goldsboro N.C


Next, we work with our local SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) to bring in the trapped cats for vetting.  We work with individuals who have cats that live around their homes and with groups of volunteers to come out and feed cats in feeding stations around Goldsboro.  As trappers, we run into two main problems.

First, the over feeders.  These are the people who leave BAGS and I mean 4lb bags of food out each time they come for a visit.  The feeding guide on the back of the bag says leave out a cup of food for your cat per day.  If you put out 4lbs of food, the majority of the food is going either directly to waste, or for feeding other things such as fire ants, mice or wild animals like raccoon or opossum. This means that you are creating a problem by over feeding.  Not to mention wasting money.  Money that could be used to sponsor a colony.  If you want to help with feeding commit to a set time with a group of people and feed proportionate to the colony size.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson
Feral Cat Colony Goldsboro N.C


Our second issue comes from people who think we're hurting the cats.  Sometimes people will steal traps, break traps or simply trigger the trap to avoid a cat getting caught.  When we select a colony to assist with trapping we look for the snipped ears to be sure it is a good spot to trap.  If there is one cat without a tip.  We trap until all cats have a tip.  The cats are trapped in humane traps, they are not injured by being trapped.  We take them to SNAP, who sedates them before taking them out of the trap.  When they are removed from the trap they are spayed or neutered, given a physical and treated for any medical conditions they may have.  And finally they are vaccinated for standard cat illnesses and rabies while under sedation.  They tip the top of the ear and then put them back in the trap.  They stay in the trap at my house for a day or so depending on gender and how the surgery goes, then released back to their colony.


Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson
Feral Cat Colony Goldsboro N.C



Just as a side note.  Many of these businesses don't like for people to feed the cats around their buildings.  They give us a hard time and sometimes even confront our volunteers.  We had someone threatened at our station behind the Kripsy Kreme in Goldsboro just this past summer.  In this particular case it was simply that the manager did not want the cats there, in other cases the reasons can be because of the way the area looks after volunteers leave food.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson
Feral Cat Colony Goldsboro N.C


Leaving tons of food, empty cat food cans, paper plates and Styrofoam containers is not the correct way to take care of these cats.  It is always a good idea to grab a pair of those pinchers for picking up trash and a trash bag to have in the car along with the standard food, water and so on in the feral kit.

The main thing to remember is that working with the business owners is much more desirable.  If we understand that we need to pick up the debris instead of leaving tons of crap behind, they will be in a much better mood when they see us coming.  If you want to help the animals, the best way to do that is to work together as a team with their welfare in mind.  Check the egos at the door, and put the focus where it belongs.  These colonies need to be managed.  That means cleaning up the trash left behind and work with local rescue groups who are trying to get these cats to vets.  We need to stop them from breeding so that we don't have hundreds of cats around Goldsboro.

If you'd like to get involved with helping these cats in Goldsboro or if you already help but want to coordinate with our team so that we can help these cats in a more organized way, feel free to join our Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/goldsboroferals


To get updates on when and where we're trapping be sure to "like" and choose "get notifications" on Renee's Rescues Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/reneesrescues


Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson
Feral Cat Colony Goldsboro N.C





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