EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: April 2012

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.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

ANiMAL PETiTiONS by WoodsEdge

presented by Alicia of WoodsEdge
logo by Eva of CocoNme

1. Dangerous Hunting Legislation Needs More Opposition ASAP

A scary piece of legislation, the Sportsman's Heritage Act, includes dangerous measures that would negatively impact wildlife, the environment and nature enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the bill somehow passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. 

If you haven't already signed this, please sign the Endangered Species Coalition's petition against this bill here: 

The National Parks Conservation Association also has a  petition to the Senate opposing opening up our parks to hunting here:

To write directly to your Senators check here:

2. Tell the Military to Stop Torturing Animals

The U.S. Military uses thousands of animals in burned, maimed and tortured in trauma training every year in procedures that would be better practiced on human simulators. 

Sign the petition asking the U.S. Military to stop using live animals and make the switch to simulators which provide better medical training for the battlefield. 

3. Ask the USDA Not to Renew Jambbas Ranch's Permit

Jambbas has been violating the Animal Welfare Act for years, that has caused suffering to numerous animals. Now the Animal Legal Defense Fund, PETA and two private citizens have filed a lawsuit with support from animal experts against the USDA arguing that Jambbas' license should not be renewed. 

Sign the ALDF's petition urging the USDA to stop licensing this facility. 

4. Stop Drilling in the Arctic

Shell Oil may begin drilling in our fragile arctic ecosystem, despite the fact that it has no contingency plan in the event of a spill. Now, only the Obama administration can stop this from happening. 

Send a letter to president Obama to prevent offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean. 

Help The Animals
Take 1-2-3 Actions Today !

Thursday, April 26, 2012

UP ON TRENDS: Natural History by AlteredGirl

written by Rebecca of AlteredGirl
Logo designed by Eva of CocoNme

Trend: Natural History

I have decided this week to focus on one trend because it is such a large trend that encompasses and overlaps with so many others.

Though you may be unfamiliar with the term, I can almost guarantee that you have observed the 'natural history' style trend as it has grown in popularity over the last few years. As a theme in art and decorating it has become very popular and mixes well with other popular themes as of late including nature, animals, vintage and environmental themes.

Natural history is the scientific research of plants and animals, leaning more towards observational rather than experimental methods of study. Grouped among the natural sciences, natural history is the systematic study of any category of natural objects or organisms.

Think birdwatchers, long hikes in the forest, and careful categorizing of natural specimens. Some common elements in natural history: woodland forest themes and animals, birds, owls, squirrels, hedgehogs, chipmunks, bunnies, butterflies, feathers, nests, eggs, acorns, leaves, trees, branches, woodgrain, and natural colors.

Some items from Team EFA members that represent this theme well are below:

BirdsinHand has many lovely items that fit this trend, 
including this great painting of an owl!

This mixed media piece includes many elements of the
trend including feathers, eggs & a realistic looking bird's nest!

This beautiful painting brings to mind 
a leaf collection neatly cataloged!

The cicada wing charms and the 'antiqued' feel of 
these earrings make them perfect to represent this trend!

The cute little squirrel on this ring 
looks like he just scurried out of the forest!

Another gorgeous painting of a beautiful woodland animal!

Tagging ideas for these items: 
the most overlooked tag for these items is simply 'natural history',
also nature, natural, woodland and woods.

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