EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: June Monthly Challenge Theme: Off to the Beach

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.

Friday, June 03, 2011

June Monthly Challenge Theme: Off to the Beach

June's Monthly Challenge Theme is...

“Off to the Beach”

This month’s theme says it all!

Just the word “beach” conjures up so many wonderful, relaxing images: cool rolling waves, warm sand, and palm trees! Wish I were there right now! And... I just can’t imagine a beach without kids playing in the sand and dogs playing in the surf!

Here is one of my favorite paintings by Mary Cassatt titled “Children on the Beach”.

And here is a lovely poem about sand…

Beach Sand

by Raymond A. Foss

Maybe it is the memories
the change of pace that brings us there

the sense of vacation
maybe the smell of the place

the sights of the gulls, the dunes, the grasses

but oh it is the feel of it,
the crunch and slide of it

the feeling of beach sand
so different from dirt, soil, loam

no, not earthy, moist, rich,
but oh so granular and gritty

even when wet,
moveable paper spreading under toes
sliding beneath the soles
smoothing my skin
clearing my mind
unburdening me of the rest
drawing me to the tactile, the feel
of beach sand

Can’t you feel it between your toes, so cool and damp, in the hot June sun?

So what are you waiting for? Show us your day at the beach!

Simply tag your item “teamefabeach” (without the quotation marks) and send your entry to Jessicalynneart !

Remember, when we've received sixteen qualifying entries they will be entered in our Challenge Competition where the winner will get a free one month advertising slot on either the EFA website or the Challenge blog, winner’s choice, for the following month!

We are now taking entries for the June competition and will accept entries until June 7th! For further instructions on entering the challenge, check out this link:


For further instructions on how to tag your items, check out this link:



Heather of TheBlueWindmill

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