EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: January 2008

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

December EFA Shop Roundup

During the month of December, the EFA store received 83 donations. In addition, 68 items sold, although some transactions were cancelled. From these sales, the EFA store made a net profit of $565.03, which will be donated to the EFA December Charity of the Month, the Little Angels Pug Rescue.

The following etsy stores have generously donated one or more items to the EFA store during the month of December:

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Etsy buttons and banners

Sellers all want to make more sales - but EFA sellers have the additional motivation of helping animals.

The Etsy Teams page has some fun buttons, badges, banners and stuff for you to add to your page. Check them out - it all all help both your sales and those of EFA,

Parlez-vous 'COUPONS'??

It has come to the attention of EFA that Amanda of Abandoned Wild Baby Animal Rescue (AWBAR) needs our help. Here is an excerpt from the Yahoo post with the appeal :-

"She (Amanda) is anticipating a lot of new animals to care for this spring and needs to buy supplies. You can contact Amanda (or find out more about AWBAR) through her Etsy store, or at her website

Amanda says:

If anyone cuts out coupons can you please mail me them for dog food, cat food, and cat litter! That would be awesome. I will be shopping in the next weeks for supplies that I need to get started. Six 5lbs buckets of Esbilac is $330.00! That's special formula to help feed the baby wild animals! The time is getting closer! So if anyone can help me out in any way, please let me know.

Thanks again for everyone's support!:

Amanda has some cute things in her store as fundraisers buttons, earrings, Valentine's Day cards.

I know Amanda will be thrilled if we can support her in any way at all, so, Go On, buy an AWBAR button at least!

One if by Air and Two if by Sea

Hello Etsy friends!

Here is the next batch of goodies for your pleasure.
All items listed are donated to the Esty For Animals shop with 100% going to the animal charity of the month. Be sure to stop by the shop and find something fabulous...it's for the animals!

First up are these elegant earrings:

This is a lovely pair of copper hook earrings with natural dark green sea shells. me with Approx. 5.1 cm Width : Approx. 1.2 cm. Satisfaction or money back with my 30 day no hassle return policy!

Shipping in Canada & the U.S : FREE

Other countries : 1.99$

Next up is:

Gentle Green from the Ocean - Two Beach Glass Pendants Wrapped in Copper by naturescorner

Natures Corner says the following about this gift from the ocean:

No one knows the origin of this glass but we do know that they end up as necklaces that make for lovely gift as well as support our furry friends in need. Tumbled and rocked by waves, they have frosted over time. In keeping with that look, I have aged them with a copper patina over a silver solder.

2 Pendants.


Now from the beautiful skies:

Butterfly in the Sky Card by elliemacdesigns

This item has been donated to the etsyforanimals shop by EllieMac Designs. All proceeds will be donated to the charity of the month.

EllieMac Designs is new to Etsy. It's still in the early stages of designs and listings. The concentration of the shop is custom handmade cards, but hope to expand that in the future

We look forward to seeing more of this artists' creations!

Next is this special necklace by Albinarose.

Blue Crystals, Wood, and a Little Bluebird

Albinarose says:

Honestly, the photos do not do this necklace justice. It looks absolutely adorable on. I wanted to try something different by combining vintage blue crystals with little wooden beads.
They are connected with aniqued brass handformed eyepins. The pendant was purchased from BuyDefinition on Etsy.
I attached several jumprings at one end so that the necklace is easily adjusted from 15 1/2 inches to 18 inches in length with an antiqued brass lobster clasp. The pendant is maple wood and about1.5 inches (3.5cm) in diameter.
Rubber duckie...you're the one.....

The yellow ducks in these sweet earrings are made of Peruvian clay and each is nicely detailed with orange and black and has a glossy finish.
The ducks are arranged on a handcrafted coiled and wire-wrapped headpin of 14 kt gold filled wire and accented with Jet black 4 mm Swarovski crystal bicones and clear amber colored 4 mm Czech rondelles.
These earrings dangle approximately 1 1/4 inch from 14 kt gold filled earwires.
Not only are these really cute, but they've been carefully crafted of fine materials. They'd make a thoughtful gift for your favorite rubber ducky fan!
Thank you Bonprise!

Shiny hummingbirds swing beneath sparkling beads, while mixed metals lend an antiqued edge. The total length of these earrings (including earwires) are 2".
About Klaatu Collection-----Klaatu Collection is unique handmade jewelry, made and designed Suzy Succheti. All her jewelry comes in cool packages, ready for gift giving -and even better for keeping.
Be sure to stop by our members shops and add them to your favorites!
Thank you!

Silent Auction Appeal for SASHA Farm

El at tantalizingstitches has been sent the following appeal and Etsy for Animals sellers are already springing into action - please join them. Any Etsy sellers (EFA or not) who would like to donate to the Silent Auction fundraiser please read below, it has all the information you need, where to send, who to contact.

One thing from a store - your store - might mean another animal is helped - medical care paid for, food purchased, a life saved.

Silent Auction Fundraiser for SASHA Farm in Manchester, MI

Deadline: received by April 12, 2008

What to donate: anything vegan (no leather, wool, bone, feathers, etc)

Please send inquiries to Sarah Maki, the organizer. She can be reached by sending a message to this yahoo group or by email at silentauction@sashafarm.org.

This is the information El has received from the organizer, Sarah Maki:

Hello crafters! I am organizing a silent auction fundraiser for SASHA Farm in Manchester, Mi. SASHA currently houses over 200 animals, each one with their own unique story. We have abandoned cats, rescued dogs, a steer who escaped the slaughterhouse and ran amok over downtown Detroit, retired race horses, pigs and goats from soft-hearted 4H kids, a little of everything! We provide food and shelter, medical care, and all the love and attention an animal could ever want for each of our residents.

Obviously, food and medicine for 200 farm animals gets expensive, so we hold fundraisers like our annual banquet and auction. Which is where you, my big-hearted crafters, come in. In past auctions, handmade items have generated huge bids. Who does handmade better than anyone? Etsy of course!

All items donated are tax deductible, SASHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Your store name and web address will be listed on the donor list that is part of the evening's program and also posted on the SASHA site after the auction so that auction attendees can find you. I will display each item with any business cards or signage you send.The only guidelines are that all items must be vegan (no leather, wool, bone, feathers, etc)and I must receive all donations by April 12 of this year. For more info about the farm or the auction, you can contact me at SilentAuction@SashaFarm.org, or check out our website at www.SashaFarm.org



Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bedding Appeal

EFA has had an appeal for bedding for dogs from Heather. Please read on and see if you can help.

Heather says " The Hartford CT, dog pound in Newington CT is looking for clean, used bedding for the dogs that they have housed there. I'm collecting some stuff for them, and will be happy to drive it to them. I am in Western, MA/CT Line. My husband works in Framingham, Ma at the Leland Street Verizon Building, and can pick up items there. Email me offlist, and I'll get you more information, and a time to meet him at, or if your in my area, you could meet me. Feel free to pass the idea, around and or use it in your area. It's almost that time of year, of Spring cleaning.. so this will give us a jump on it, and help some shivering dogs. Plus it's free, did I mention free? Gives new life, to some old blankets and towels.. etc.

Thanks so much, Heather "

I have asked people visiting the blog and reading this post to convo Heather in the first instance rather than publish her e-mail address on the net. When you respond, please put your own e-mail in your message and she can contact you direct thereafter.

Meet Mishkat

EFA gets a lot of help from members, all 100% voluntary and done with the interests of animals at its very heart. One of the hard working members in the current EFA team is Katie aka 'Mishkat'. You will find her commenting on threads regularly to keep them prominent on the Etsy Forum encouraging sellers, and using her non-seller talents to help EFA in every way she can. I recently interviewed Katie to spotlight her commitment and hard work..........

"Where in the world are you?

I'm in southwestern Virginia in the USA. I am an environmental scientist and work in research and extension at Virginia Tech.

Do you have any animals of your own?

I have three cats: Franklin, my gray Etsy avatar cat; Tasha, a tortoiseshell; and Dobby, a large orange tabby. I love all animals, but am particularly partial to cats.


How did you discover Etsy for Animals?

I found out about Etsy for Animals through Renovia of endlesswhimsy, who made some wonderful custom cat sculptures for me. I then saw a forum thread about the EFA shop a few weeks after it started, purchased something, and got a really nice note from Michele (mvegan5) thanking me for buying. I asked her if there was anything I could do to help out, and she said that I could help bump some of the EFA threads on the forum. I've been doing that ever since.

What gives you the most satisfaction in helping out with EFA?

I am not able to work directly in animal rescue, although I have the deepest admiration for those who do. So I've always tried to contribute money – my friends who work in animal rescue and welfare say that this is also a excellent way to help out. Working with EFA is a way I can assist in raising money for these very important causes, and I'm grateful for the opportunity.


Do you have any tips for EFA members?

One really simple thing anyone can do is put information about EFA in their Etsy shop announcement and/or profile. I found out about EFA after reading endlesswhimsy's announcement. And since I'm a buyer-only, clicking on my Etsy avatar takes people straight to my profile. I have information about EFA there, and several people have asked me about it – two sellers have told me that they found out about EFA after reading my profile.

Another thing that is easy to do is bump the forum threads about EFA. There is a dedicated group of friendly EFA thread-bumpers but we could always use company – please feel free to chime in and tell us about your pets, your latest creation, the weather - or just say hi. We've had both sellers and buyers find out about EFA and the EFA shop from the forum threads.

And my tip to EFA sellers is: put "EFA" in your tags! This helps other EFA members find you for EFA treasuries, and also helps those who'd like to buy from EFA sellers.

Where do you think EFA needs help?

I was a member of Etsy for months before I realized that EFA existed, and I know there are a lot of other people who, like me, would love to support EFA by buying or selling but don't know about it. Promoting EFA both on and off Etsy can help to help reach these people. For example, Celeste of CricketsCreations recently did an interview with Michele on her blog on the Best Friends Animal Society Network (http://network.bestfriends.org/Blogs/Detail.aspx?b=1679). The network has a large audience of people who care about animals, and who may not have heard about EFA - or Etsy - before.

EFA also requires a lot of work behind the scenes. I can't say enough to praise the work that Michele, El (elephantdance), shessochic, 4utheworld, WHSKR, darktemptations, midnightrabbits, woodnvisions, and all the other people who help out with the shop, blog, Yahoo group, Flickr groups, Etsy forums, and promos are doing. (I wish I could name everyone here!) But help is always needed – Michele, El, and others will often post requests for assistance on the EFA Yahoo group, so I'd encourage those who want to do more to check in there - or just ask!


Thanks for interviewing me!"

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Have Heart for Animals

Have you entered the Etsy for Animals Valentine's Day contest?? If not - it is easy, free, and the simple rules and regs are listed HERE!

If you have already entered ... you are in for SUCH A TREAT!! Check out these THREE heart-shaped baskets!! Yes ... there are THREE baskets filled to their tippy-tops with wonderful, handmade items generously donated by EFA members!!

So - we wish you luck in winning one of these heart-shaped delights!! If you haven't yet entered .... what are you waiting for??

Sunday, January 20, 2008

It's a jungle out there!!

Hello Fellow Etsians.

Here are a few "wild" items that are now in the etsyforanimals shop, generously donated by our invaluable supporters!

Artist Claire says this about this marvelous photo:

"This Florida Panther was photographed in a wildlife preserve. She was such a lovely animal I actually camped out for a while and just watched her. It started to drizzle slightly after I took this, so I had to put the camera away for a bit. I'm infatuated with large cats. Their paws are amazing."

Be sure to stop by clairej's shop and make her a favorite!

Our next donation is Elephantasy Bracelet by bonprise.

The detailed elephant beads featured in this cute bracelet look like they could be carved ivory, but are actually made of high quality Czech glass in an opaque bone color. Elephant beads are approximately 11 mm. The bracelet also features beads of unakite, faceted fire-polished Czech glass, 14 kt gold-filled, and sparkly Swarovski accents in peachy pink "padparadsha" and rich green "olivine".

Bracelet length, including clasp, is approximately 8 inches.

Wildly gorgeous! Stop by bonprise and make them one of your favorites!

Next we have what is quite possibly the most frightening jungle animal available in the etsyforanimals shop!

PARENTS: You may want to send your children from the room before viewing!

You be the judge:

I know! I know! We just had to show you this one, no matter how scary!
Little Pink Lion Blank Note Card by kittyanydots
is a 4x6 image on 5x7 blank white card. The image is a professionally printed, glossy photo mounted with archival quality photo stickers (like those used in scrapbooking -- no mounts are visible on the card). The card is made of acid-free cardstock, labeled on the back; it comes with an envelope and encased in a clear cello.

Stop by kittyanddots' shop for more ferocious animal items!

And finally, we take you to our leader! Michele of mvegan5 and etsyforanimals has donated these adorable 3 Baby Giraffe Cards.
3 blank 5x7" greeting cards with a reproduction of a painting/collage by Michele, the efa group leader, mvegan5. Individual cards can be ordered thru convo for $2.50 each, or any amount of 2 or more can be ordered for $2 each, and can be mixed and matched with mvegan5's other cards. 5x7" prints on matte photo paper are available for $10.

Thanks Michele! For your donation and ALL you do!

For more info on these items or how YOU can donate, please convo etsyforanimals or by email at efa@tantalizingstitches.com .

Thank you and have a GRRRRReat week!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Valentine's Day Contest - EFA has a Heart!

Valentine's Day ... the day of love and hearts! We at Etsy For Animals are demonstrating our love for animals by hosting a HEART filled Valentine's Day Contest.

The rules are simple ... find the symbol "♥EFA♥" in one of the descriptions located in the 'featured' section of 22 EFA artists. (Full rules may be found HERE!)

It is a win - win - win situation! You get to view the products of talented EFA artists; someone will WIN fabulous prizes donated by EFA members; and the animals always win when you support EFA!

Need more incentive to enter .... check out these fantastic goodies which will be given away - FREE!! - on Valentine's Day!

There are stunning cards; rough & tumble dog toys; beautiful necklaces; awesome earrings; pretty ornaments; whimsical bags; and more!!! There is no time like the present to enter this FREE contest - Valentine's Day will be here before you know it ... Enter Today!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Valentine's Day, find a heart

Find it in your heart to help the animals and win the heart basket!!
Some EtsyForAnimals supporters donated wonderful gifts to a Valentines Prize Basket. All of these supporters of http://etsyforanimals.etsy.com/ help raise funds for animal charities by donating a proportion of their sales, to the Etsy For Animals chosen Charity of The Month or donating goods to the http://etsyforanimals.etsy.com/ shop.

Amazing FREE PRIZE DRAW- Valentines Day Contest for Etsy members
Would you like to win a wonderful Valentines Gift Basket, filled with fabulous handmade goods from talented Etsy Artists?
Take part in our contest to enter the FREE PRIZE DRAW. That’s right, IT COSTS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ENTER!!!!!!
Imagine winning a wonderful assortment of gifts ALL FOR FREE.
The Artists, all supporters of http://etsyforanimals.etsy.com/ , listed below, have all donated a prize to the gift baskets and you could be in with a chance of winning!
To enter, visit the shops below,( by clicking on the links), or accessing them through http:etsy.com and search usernames, and look through their three featured items. Read their descriptions. One of the featured items will contain the symbol ♥EFA♥ in the description
You must make a note of the number of that item, located at the right (under additional item info). When you have collected ALL 22 item numbers with the ♥EFA♥ convo http://midnightrabbits.etsy.com/ with your answers. That is the shop name and item number that contains the symbol.
The Competition is open until 6pm(GMT) 14th February 2008.
All correct entries will then be entered into a FREE PRIZE DRAW and the winner will be selected at random at 7pm (GMT) 14th February –Valentines Day!!!!!!!!!!!!
The lucky winner will be contacted by ‘convo’ on Etsy and the results will be posted in the forums.


A list of competition rules are available from http://midnightrabbits.etsy.com/ . Any queries should also be addressed by ‘convo’ to the same.

As a little enticement for anyone who needs a little bit of persauding to enter the contest, here is a sample of the wonderful goods donated:

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Etsy area at Anchorage SPCA Thrift Shop

A mega big thank you to ALL Etsians who contributed to the Anchorage appeal. Look at this and be proud!

I will be posting a second picture (probably above this one) and want to congratulate ALL artists involved. Guess who is pretty pleased with your contributions!!

I made a moving blog button

I decided to learn how to do an animation for websites, and I can't believe I didn't learn earlier.
Check it out:

The picture will link directly to efa shop in a new window. If you want to use this in your website, here is the code, just copy and paste :) Trying to put a code ended up making things weird. If you would like code leave a comment, and I will forward it to you.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Kerri Hale: store spotlight

Kerri Hale has donated her Rose Quartz, Blue Peruvian Opal, Purple Fluorite Sterling Silver Gemstone Earrings, which is available at the etsyforanimals store.

Vermont resident Kerri Hale is the classic talent behind the Etsy shop of the same name. "I love playing with gems and mineral specimens, so making jewelry is tons of fun for me." Besides crafting equisite jewelry, she also writes, plays the guitar and piano, and loves to go for drives and listen to music. She's also been known to walk around her garden with a glass of wine on summer evenings.

Her style is natural and "organic, which is to say I try to make the gemstones the stars, and showcase their natural beauty as best I can." She's been crafting her entire life, but only started creating her natural gemstone and silver jewelry two years ago. "I would love to get to a point where I could either be completely self supporting through my jewelry, or at least get to the point where I wouldn't have to work overtime at my regular 9-5 job in order to pay my bills," she confesses. "It's important to let yourself shine through your work, and to have your shop feel a lot like you...and good pictures are a must." Kerri's photos are certainly among the best. I believe hers are the epitome of what fellow Etsy sellers should strive for. Please visit her shop: http://kerrihale.etsy.com/

Handmade Vintage Deer Magnet

This post has been moved to:http://efaartistshelpinganimals.org/index.php/monthly-challenge/56-january-2008/101-handmade-vintage-deer-magnet-by-mvegan5

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

November EFA Store Roundup

During the month of November, the EFA store received 110 donations. In addition, 57 items sold, although some transactions were cancelled. From these sales, the EFA store made a net profit of $469.70, which will be donated to the EFA November Charity of the Month, the SPCA DART.

The following etsy stores have generously donated one or more items to the EFA store during the month of November:


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