EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: March 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.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

etsyforanimals shops ring

All etsyforanimals members are invited to join the efa blog ring!

EFA is Joining the Etsy Blog Ring!

I just found out that there is an Etsy Blog Ring! EFA is in the process of joining. :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

February EFA Shop Roundup

For the month of February, the EFA shop raised $316.35, which was donated to the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the February EFA Charity of the Month. After including some other very generous donations by other EFA members, the EFA shop sent a total of $387.61 and after conversion fees, we managed to donate 184 pounds! Thanks everyone.

January EFA Shop Roundup

From the profits of the EFA shop in the month of January, we were able to donate $ 320.01 to the Buckeye House Rabbit Society, the January EFA Charity of the Month.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Lion Love

You gotta see this. A lion greets a woman who rescued him as a cub. It brings back memories of my time at the sanctuary, though I never experienced anything quite like this!



Sabrina by Angelasart

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Memory Wrap Bracelet from DesignbySunzeri

From DesignbySunzeri

This pretty handmade wrap bracelet was beaded on three loops of memory wire and uses green aventurine chips, green pearls, nephrite jade ovals and various glass beads. This bracelet uses a lot of beads, and its variety makes it interesting. The gemstones and pearls are genuine.
100% of the payment for this bracelet will be donated to an animal related charity.

Here's a link for the item:

Friday, March 21, 2008

"Iris and Foxgloves" by Elizabeth Ruffing

These are two of my favorite flowers, and I especially like to plant them together in my garden. They are shown here on an overcast day because I love the way the outdoors, and in particular, how the garden looks, just before a thunderstorm. The sky gets darker, but somehow, the colors of everything around you seem to glow. I’ve set the iris against a hazy, darkened background of blues and greens, which makes their warm peach-pink color stand out. I added a border of delicate leaves and little flowers on muted teal green to enclose the scene.

This is a new, hand-signed, fine art giclée print made from my original watercolor painting "Iris and Foxgloves". The image is approximately 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches on 8 1/2 x 11 inch fine art paper. It is signed in pencil below the image, leaving a nice white border for ease in framing. It comes in a protective cello sleeve. It is available in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5385859

10% of sales (less shipping) from my Etsy shop, elizabethruffing.etsy.com, and my mom's Etsy shop, aeruffing.etsy.com, will go to animal charities.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Green Lab Note Cards from jenrosesegrest

From JenRoseSegrest:

I love painting different animals in funky, vibrant colors. I try to pick colors that will communicate the playful energy of animals to the viewer. This painting is of a yellow lab puppy. Anyone who has owned a labrador knows that they are a handful and "FULL" of energy. So I thought a nice lime green hue would practically vibrate off the page, and communicate this puppy's anxious energy.

Here's the listing:

Each of my cards contain a print of one of my original watercolor paintings .

Included with each of these cards is a standard A2 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 envelope.
The images are printed on white #110 lb card stock.
On the back is my logo, printed at the bottom of the card.
The set of four is packed in a sealed cellophane sleeve.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

From RainbowMom, Busy Bee Buzzing

Busy Bee is RainbowMom's entry for the Etsy Green Challenge:

Here's the listing:

It ties into the Green Challenge by remembering if it wasn't for these fabulous unsung insects we wouldn't have life! Plant some flowers, love the earth.
This is a 5x7 photo signed by RainbowMom on the front or the back. :) Thank you!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"A Friendly Face" by A E Ruffing

There is something especially open and honest in the face of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Friendly, affectionate, and good-natured, he has lots of self-confidence. He looks out from a cheerful green background, and is enclosed with a border of teal with swirling leaves. This is a new, hand-signed, open edition fine art giclée made from my original watercolor painting "A Friendly Face". It is a standard 8 x 10 inch image size, on 9 x 11 inch art paper. It is available in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6779370

10% of sales (less shipping) from my Etsy shop, aeruffing.etsy.com, and my daughter's Etsy shop, elizabethruffing.etsy.com, will go to animal charities.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Animals in Need - NEWS

Have $5 to spare? Give it a home at the Animal Adoption Centre, or Hillside SPCA both of which are in imminent danger of closure due to lack of funds - things look desperate for them both. A small donation will help them out. We know you can't give to everyone all the time but remember - each small amount builds to make a bigger one - as we know very well from our donations to the EFA charity of the month.

Here is the full list, please take a moment in this mad struggling world of ours to help those who need a paw up :-

URGENT : THIS needs your help now - just click, add your name and lets make this list of people much longer. Click here for the Petition to Save 300 Pets from Euthanasia.

Hilside SPCA in Pennsylvania in danger of closing: The current economic crisis is affecting them badly. In a couple of weeks it will be too late - keeping going is more economical that building up from a standing start. You save more animals when you are open and working than closed and defeated.

Please help the Animal Adoption Centre in NJ stay open for the animals! Michele says this is a No Kill Shelter that may have to close b/c of funding problems. She says "Please help them, out, I just donated on their website thru paypal." OK I did too (that's half the $10 in my Paypal account gone :-)

Donations and offers of help have been pouring in to Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary (Jupiter, FL) after an overnight fire broke out in its hospital… close to 40 dogs have been given temporary shelter while staffers and volunteers figure out what they must do next.

Triva sites to help people and animals for free: FreeRice and ExperienceProject

"EFA Tag Reminder :-

Tag with the new tag, team efa on any item, charity and animals on charity items, and donation on 100% donation
items. Send in your submissions for the April Charity of the Month until March 20th, then I will announce the winner ;0)

Many thanks to Michele (mvegan5) for her extensive update on urgent charity needs.

Iguana In The Wild by Lissa Lush

From Lissalush:

When I was "thinking green" for the EFA challenge, I thought about green animals, and from that came this work, Iguana In The Wild. I like the idea of iguanas living in their natural habitat.

Iguana in the Wild measures 5 by 7 inches. It's created on 120 lb. test Canson watercolor paper with pigments. All materials are archival.

This work is signed Iguana In The Wild by Lissa Lush, 2.08 on the back.

Here's a link to the item:

Sunday, March 16, 2008

From Chubby Trubby:

I'm submitting a Green Item for the March event and as a donation to EFA.

This is a beautiful appliqued green shamrock on a lovely, royal blue linen. The back of this pillow is a complimenting green and blue plaid.

The pillow measures approx. 14" x 15" at its widest points.

The bright blue and green can't help but give off an Irish vibe to any room in the house!
Here's the link to the item

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Good Fortune Necklace by StarsDreamsandJewels

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A cacophany of color

Look what the efa shop has to offer!

All of these Cool and Color-filled items are donations to the efa shop and 100% of proceeds go to the charity of the month.
First up on this colorful palette is from mohdesigns:
These colorful birds are a perfect gift for the fun loving and at $10 for 3 they are a steal!
Made from wood, these are carefully hand painted and lacquered to swing freely from hand formed ear wires.
With a length of 1"

Always handmade, always one of a kind.
All the designs are drawn from nature but adapted to the modern urban chic.
For these earrings, polymer clay pansy and leaf beads have been put together on pure/fine silver wire along with purple swarovski crystals for that dash of sparkle!

Length: 2 inches (51 mm)Bead sizes:-Leaf beads: approx 14 mmFlower beads: approx 17 mm

The beads are completely made of clay. All the designs are made out of clay using a method called 'mille fiori'. No paints or molds have been used.
After baking, the beads have been covered with a layer of protective glaze.

Absolutely stunning!

And now a bright little something for your best friend:

(Sorry, Yorkie Not Included!)

Beautiful Classic dog coat sweater created with quality designer fleece in an ANEMONE FLORAL pattern. Easy to dress pullover style fits over the head (stretchable). Double layered 1" collar and 1" sleeves.
Professionally sewn and finished with two rows of coverstitch and overlock.
Size 10 -- X Small (3 to 5 lbs.)XS: Neck to Tail: 10" Belly: 13 - 15" Neck: 8 - 10" (Weight: 3 - 5 lbs.)
Allow two weeks to be shipped.

Cute and Warm!
If your best friend happens to be of the feline persuasion, this is for you!

This is a pink and blue teddy bear catnip toy, measuring approx. 3.75" tall.
Great for the Fur Baby in your life :) I

It is filled with polyester stuffing and catnip.

Here's a little about mistyisle:

I am a proud member of EFA. The Mistyisle shop features ACEO's, Prints, Cat Toys, Jewelry, Belly Dance Items and much more :)

And finally, one more Crafty and Colorful Creation by lancerika

Metamorphic Angel

Petite 4x6 Digital print of original Artwork.
A vibrant,impressionistic vision of an angel.
Turquoise, spiral and radiant clouds.
Under glass, framed and signed by the Artist


Thank you to all of our team members! Please be sure to stop by these wonderful shops from these generous etsyers!

Friday, March 14, 2008

EFA Treasury to check out!

My second attempt at posting this (thanks Blogger!)

Michele (mvegan5) has snagged a Treasury for EFA. Congratulations Michele (it also includes some lovely yarn so I am tempted....).

Everyone get over there and get clicking. It's wonderful what creatives on Etsy do with a theme!

handspun churro wool from The Knotty Sheep

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Green Shutters" By LolaLynn

This picture, "Green Shutters", was taken on the island of Burano, Itlay near Venice. All of the houses are painted in bright colors and flowers are displayed in every window. This 4 x 5 inch photo has been affixed to a single flat card of silver and comes with a matching envelope.

10% of the sale of this item will be donated to EFA's Charity of Month.

My local animal charity is Neighborhood Cats. For every pair of earrings I sell, $1 will be donated to them. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5096416&section_id=5100951

Monday, March 10, 2008

A plea from jenrosesegrest - Save Seals!!

This was posted on the yahoo group and I think it deserves wider attentionvia the blog. From jenrosesegrest

Noted fashion photographer and "America's Next Top Model" host Nigel Barker has joined with The Humane Society of the United States to stop the cruel Canadian seal hunt. He's designed his own T-shirt to raise awareness of the hunt and has been wearing it everywhere -- from Fashion Week to the red carpet. In early March, he traveled with The HSUS's ProtectSeals team to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and photographed the wonder of the harp sealnursery. Now he's holding a contest to see who can get the most people to sign the pledge to boycott Canadian seafood. There are great prizes (a signed photo, the exclusive T-shirt, and more!) but the real prize is ending this pointless hunt once and for all.

Why boycott Canadian seafood? Seal hunting is an off-season activity for Canada's commercial fishermen, who earn a small fraction of their incomes from killing baby seals for their fur. That's why a financial blow to the commercial fishing industry's seafood exports is key to bringing about an end to this vicious slaughter.

I hope you'll sign the pledge and then tell more friends. The contest ends at midnight EDT March 24, so please take action
right now. Thanks for joining me in ending this cruel hunt. Here is the link:

March EFA Charity - Treasury

Michele (mvegan5) has grabbed an Etsy Treasury for our March Charity VSPCA Cow Charity in India. It looks SO good and we owe Michele a big thank you for being able to showcase such amazing stuff. You didn't think cows were inspirational? Think again :-)

Please go and check it out and do lots of click through's - it will make us look soooo good!

I am trying to upload the Treasury image (in spite of Blogger!) but go and check the link for the visuals - please!!

The Storque has published a more detailed report on the Team Tags issue here. It is worth a read to bring yourself up to speed as a seller, and as a buyer.

Remember if we use the team tags it will be easier for people to find EFA linked items. If you DO have any questions on team tags it is worth raising them for discussion in the YaEFA Yahoo Group list.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Tag Update for Etsy Sellers

Michele posted the following message on the EFA Yahoo group and as it concerns tags I thought it would be helpful to post it here too.

Michele (mvegan5) says :-

"Tags: Hi all, I convoed with Sara from street teams admin directly, and she said adding team is strongly reccomended but not required right now, she reccomends phasing it in. So, I think "efa" is fine, but if you add new ones, "team efa" with a space is best, it includes team, and allows the items to be found by an "efa" search. Thank you so much all!"

So, it seems that while it's not vitally important to change EFA related tags right this minute, it will be a helpful and useful thing to do. It will focus searches on the right things and encourage more accurate searching. We can then start asking people to look for 'team efa'. It may seem a bit of a fuss but the whole point is to get searches working more accurately and if we want people to find EFA and help save even more animals - we must do everything we can. Both you and EFA supporting sellers and the EFA shop need support to help animals - tags help!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Vintage Owlies Drops Earrings

My Vintage Owlie Drops earrings are my entry for the Green Challenge.

I love using vintage/recycled materials in my artwork and jewelry, and both the owls and green drops are vintage pieces. By creating with and purchasing items that are vintage, re-used, or recycled, we reduce our environmental footprint.

I always give 10% of my shop sales to the Etsy for Animals Charity of the Month. Stop by for a peek, I have lots of animal and nature inspired art, cards, jewelry, and magnets helping animals! ;0)

Star Violet keychain or pendant - EFA March green challenge

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

EFA Featured!!

Miriam at CrafterbyNight has featured EFA on her site! Please go over the check out our little warm fuzzy feeling of pride! :-) She has done a wonderful job highlighting all the good things we do at EFA with links and feature images from the Big Boss Michele (mvegan5)

Oh and please leave a comment, it's really easy, and that way Miriam knows you appreciate her kind words (and you can add her to your RSS or Atom feed via clear links on her page if you want to).

She is also on Ravelry as mostlymouse (for knitters and fibre people) so thank you Miriam from everyone at Etsy for Animals.

Team Tags information

Etsy is currently rethinking its 'Team' tags category and this is causing a lot of discussion. It appears there has been tag abuse in the team category, which means all Team members across Etsy may have to change how their tags are written for their team items.

A suggestion was made,and our Team Leader mvegan5 Michele is in discusson about our exact wording and other matters. Details will be clarified soon and appear both on the EFA Team yahoo group and here on the blog.

This is nothing to worry about and a measure we will all be able to undertake in our own time. Just keep your eye open for Team Tag news over the next week or so.

Shamrocking Collar for Dogs

From FreshAirPets

Let your dog get his or her green on with this St. Patrick's Day themed dog collar. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this collar will go toward the Etsy For Animals (efa) charity for the month for March: Visakha SPCA Cow Sanctuary (VSPCA-India).

The collar is made with 100% cotton fabric which features green clover scattered across a black background. What you can't see in the picture are the little gold sparkles in the fabric, which have a subtle iridescent quality. It is really stylin', unisexy, and will look great on any coat color.

I use contoured side-release buckles when making my collars because the curved shape is more comfortable for the dog. Also, I use cast metal D-rings (not welded like some others) for added strength and durability. The collar is machine washable, but don't take it for a tumble, just let it air dry flat.

This dog collar is available in four adjustable size ranges as follows:

SMALL 5/8" wide and adjustable 10"-15" in length
MEDIUM 3/4" wide and adjustable 12"-19" in length
LARGE 1" wide and adjustable 15"-24" in length
XLARGE 1" wide and adjustable 17"-29" in length

Monday, March 03, 2008

Call for Entries for ARTunleased benefit - Come on EFA-ers!!

This message has come from Gina at claynfiber so I am giving it room here on the EFA blog. For those of you who are creative - get entering!!


First Coast No More Homeless Pets would like to invite you to participate in the third annual ARTunleashed juried art show and auction, to benefit our free and low-cost spay neuter programs! This year's event is scheduled for July 26, 2008, and we want to give all our artists plenty of time to create the stunning artwork that has become a trademark of ARTunleashed. As always, we will be offering a cash prize to the top three artists. New this year is a $500 prize for the top artwork in the student category. Please pass this along to any and all artists you know who might be interested in participating! Our website, www.jaxartunleashed.com will be updated soon, but for now, please contact Seana Parker-Dalton with any questions!

Thank you--we're looking forward to some outstanding artwork this year!

Seana Parker-Dalton
First Coast No More Homeless Pets

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