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Picassos for Pets 2011

Support local art while raising money for the cats and dogs of HELP Humane! The evening will feature a silent auction, giving patrons the chance to bid on one of a kind pieces donated by local artists; several vendors displaying their wares and taking custom orders; drinks, appitizers and the chance to mingle.

Attendees of last years event had a great time and took home some beautiful paintings, ceramics, photography, woodworking and quilts. This year there is no ticket price to attend so bring some friends and expect to have a wonderful evening!



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2011 BTA Gift Basket Ideas

 We are asking for everyone’s help with auction items for the Black Tail Affair this year.  We have found that gift baskets tend to sell very well. We have come up with many different ideas for baskets; most are around the $20-$25 cost for the items (although they can be more!).  If every volunteer/supporter put together their own basket we could sell them at the BTA and make a very nice profit. 

If you happen to have contacts that might donate any of the below items, please let us know.

If you would rather purchase the items and have another shelter volunteer put the basket together, or if you would like to donate cash towards the purchase of items please contact Miranda at

You do not have to include everything listed for a basket.  Also if you have your own ideas for a basket, run with it! These are just some ideas to get you started.

THis is a site with even more ideas:

Basket Ideas


  • Gardening– big flower pot, gardening gloves, small hand shovel, seed packets or bulbs Natalie Stephenson will drop re-gifted gardening items at the shelter to go in this basket
  • Movie Night– AMC gift certificate or DVD, microwave popcorn, boxed candies, 20oz diet dr pepper(2)
  • Gift Wrap– 1 roll and 1 gift bag for each holiday, random ribbon, bows, misc tissue paper Amber
  • Automotive– bucket containing sponge, car wash soap, tire shine, shammy, glass cleaner, gift card for an oil change, jumper cables, washer fluid, car air freshener
  • Wine– couple bottles of wine, cheese, crackers, wine glasses, corkscrew Deb Labakken
  • Martini– martini glasses, flavored martini mixes, decorative drink stirrers
  • Margarita– margarita glasses, flavored margarita mixes (unfrozen), colored straws, paper umbrellas  Amber
  • Family Night In– DVD, board game, cards, snacks
  • Kids Camping– pup tent, flashlight, batteries, items for smores, compass
  • Hiking– backpack, hiking guide, can coolers, swiss army knife, compass, park maps around KC, bug spray, snacks, canned beverages
  • Fall- hot chocolate, 2 coffee mugs, fall smelling candle (pumpkin, cinnamon, etc), apple cider mix
  • Winter- snow shovel, holiday lights, couch blanket, hot chocolate, sidewalk de-icer
  • Halloween– Halloween decorative items
  • Team Spirit– KU, MU, K State, etc- grill cover, can koozies, pop up ice chest, grill tools, bumper sticker
  • Golf– (pretty sure we still have a donated putter), golf theme coffee mug, golf balls, markers, tees, towel, divot repair kit, can cooler, sunscreen, golf magazine, pretzels, trail mix, granola bars Miranda will do this one
  • Massage– Massage gift certificate, aromatherapy candle (have a certify already) Miranda will do this one
  • Winter Wonderland– disk sled for the basket, scarf, gloves, hat
  • BBQ– maybe we can get a gift certificate from Twisted Brisket?, BBQ sauce, meat seasonings, tongs, spatula, skewers, BBQ themed apron, basting brush, grilling cookbook
  • Fishing– small tackle box or minnow bucket, bobbers, kids pole, lures, hooks, pliers, pocket knife, sun screen, bug spray, first aid kit  Kathy Ireland might do this one
  • First Aid- small box/kit that is sealable, bandaids, Neosporin, rubbing alcohol, thermometer, gauze, (I believe all of these can be purchased at the $1 store) Kathy M.
  • Baby Gift– put all items in a small laundry looking basket- one for a boy and one for a girl- onesies, washcloths, wrist rattles, blankets, stuffed toy, binkies, baby brush, boy/girl baby booties, diapers
  • Swimming– large canvas bag to put it all in, pool noodles (2), blow up raft or beach ball, goggles, snorkel, diving sticks, sunblock
  • Chocolate Lovers– all sorts of different kinds of chocolate, chocolate cook book, brownie mix
  • Royals Baseball– Royals bucket, hat or visor, peanuts (in shell), baseball glove, bumper sticker, baseball cards
  • Bookworm– Barnes and Noble gift card, bookmark,
  • Coffee Addict– coffee mug, various coffee beans, coffee grinder Debbie C.
  • Baking– Sugar cookie mix, sprinkles, cookie cutters (Christmas or fall themed?)
  • Tea Time– tea pot, various flavored teas, Godiva dark chocolate truffles, chocolate pretzels, chai and rooibos tea shortbread cookies, chocolate caramels, strawberry preserves, Lily O’Brien’s double chocolate chip cookies and sugar sticks complement the teas.
  • Under the weather– chicken noodle soup, crossword puzzles, DVD, hot chocolate, hot tea, honey, Sprite, puzzle books
  • Picnic – picnic basket, checkered tablecloth, cheese, crackers, meats, bug spray, citronella candles
  • Spa– loofah, fragrant soaps and lotions (bath and body works?), bathrobe, candles, bath beads
  • Day at the Beach– large canvas bag to put it all in, beach towels, sunscreen, lip balm, sand castle building tools, lawn chairs, shells, toy frisbee, small snacks
  • Pampered Mom– Lotions, soaps, shampoo & conditioner, candles, plush bathrobe and bath towels, books or a gift certificate to a book store, gift certificate to a local spa (massage, facial, nails, hair, CD player and soothing/relaxation CDs, nail polish
  • Relaxation– wind chimes, yoga book or cards, meditation book, herbal teas, candles
  • Home Improvement– tool box, paint brushes, rollers, paint buckets, sander, drill, extension cord, light bulbs, batteries (AA or 9V for smoke detectors) Diana Ustic will do this one
  • Stationary– Note cards, stationary sheets, envelopes, stamps, pens, journals, holiday cards Amber
  • Lottery tickets– lottery tickets of all kinds
  • Guy’s Night– poker tabletop, poker chips, cards, chip and dip platter, cigars, beer mugs, coasters
  • Ice Cream Lovers– bowls, ice cream scoop, toppings, sprinkles, nuts, cones
  • Hot Wheels – lots of hot wheels cars, trucks, anything with wheels.
  • TLC – foot wash, “Calgon”, candle, bath beads, manicure set, lotions
  • Sidewalk Gamessidewalk chalk, bubbles, kids bowling game
  • Cat lovers basketcat sign, treats, toys etc  Debbie C.
  • Cat Basket cat bed, photo frames, catnip, brush, nail trimmers, cat treats Miranda
  • Avon Basket- mens and ladies  Debbie C.
  • Kitchen items- handmade, sewn potholders, kitchen towels, misc kitchen items  Shirley Maples
  • The Perfect Lawn- gift certificate for lawn service, gift certificate for poop scoop service (Stinkies?), bottle of weed killer, grass seed
  • For the Birds- bird house, bird seed, bird watching book to identify different types, bird feeder
  • Beer Basket– place all items in a cooler, collection of single bottles of many different beers (some liquor stores do mix/match 6 packs, could also try some of the Boulevard Smokestack series bottles), bottle opener, coasters, pretzels, nuts,
  • Baking– stainless steel mixing bowl (or a set), could package with Shirley’s kitchen items?
  • Dog Spa– dog tote carrier, dog shampoo, bath spray, doggie bathrobe, nail clippers, brush, charms for dog collar
  • Branson TripValentine’s day weekend stay near Branson certificate, Branson maps, disposable camera, travel shampoo, bath wash, soap
  • Good Luck Gift– four leaf clover items, horseshoe, ladybug, candy, cookies
  • Handyman– galvanized pail or large bucket, tool belt, tools, flashlight, tape measure- Diana U.
  • Teacher Gift– items that relate to apples, cinnamon apple tea, apple chips, apple flavored jelly beans, coffee mug, pens/pencils

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