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Raffle for the Rabbits

Shhhh, don’t tell Max & Molly but I’ve been fraternizing with ‘the enemy’*! My good friend Annette organises an annual Winter Raffle to raise funds for Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare, & I am one of several artists who have donated a prize.

* the bunnies, not Annette ;-)

After being found covered in blood & urine on a disused railway line, Annette’s rescue rabbit, Wesley, was looked after by Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare. He now lives as a much loved & very well cared for house rabbit with his adoptive sibling, Arabella, & his new Mum, Annette.

Many rabbits & guinea pigs are bought as children’s pets by people seeking the ‘cute & cuddly’ stereotype portrayed by the media. However, children often tire of them quickly & lose interest (usually by the time they reach around 6 months of age & are starting to grow larger & less cutesy)  & every year thousands of them end up abandoned or neglected. Established in 1995, Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare in Rugby, England rescues as many of these animals as possible & rehomes them responsibly.

Every penny raised through the sale of raffle tickets will go directly to help abandoned rabbits & guinea pigs at the shelter. You can purchase your tickets here, to be in with a chance of winning one of 11 fantastic prizes.

The item I have donated as a prize is a tea towel rather aptly hand printed with my ‘All Ears‘ design:

The printed image is derived from a photograph of my rescue greyhound, Max, wearing a pair of bunny ears (whilst no doubt dreaming of chasing rabbits!):

My towel is just one of  a total of 11 prizes though, so let’s take a look at what else you can win in the raffle…

Jeanette of Square Hare has donated her Celestial Hare, Dancing Hare & Faun brooches:

Pey of Peylu has donated a set of her Esme the Brown Bunny prints:

Jen of McGuinness Photography has donated  a set of 4 of her Bunny Rabbit Photo Greeting Cards:

Carly of Naked Carly Art has donated her Original Rabbit Collage:

Alison of Eastwitching has donated her original watercolour painting, ‘The Protector’:

Eline of The High North has donated her Doggy Bag: (even my greyhounds would approve of this!)

Kirsten of Kirsten’s Clay has donated her Snowshoe Hare Footprint Mug:

Debbie of Shaded Memories has donated her Snuggle Sweet Nothings 8×10 photo print:

Kim of Veganessa has donated her White Rabbit Brooch:

& last, but definitely by no means least, Annette of Dragon House of Yuen has donated her own life-sized Mother Hare textile ornament ‘Ermine’:

For more information about each of these prizes, please visit Annette’s blog (where you will also find lots of adorable pictures & tales of her rescue rabbits, Wesley & Arabella). To purchase your tickets, please visit the Rabbit & Guinea Pig Welfare website where you can pay via PayPal.

& remember, I won’t tell Max & Molly if you won’t! ;-)

Trick or Treat?

It’s almost Halloween time again & I thought I’d share are few of the handmade holiday-themed items available on Etsy, both from my own shop & those of fellow EFA (Etsy For Animals: artists helping animals) team members.

My own Halloween prints are inspired by this photograph of deerhound-greyhound cross, Max, enjoying a spot of dog agility at one of Gracehounds‘ open days at Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian, Scotland.

Max will happily jump through hoops & more for a tasty sausage treat – hence, the caption ‘Tricks for Treats’! I have created a monochrome image based on the photograph of Max, which I have printed, along with the caption onto various tote bags & doggy bandanas, a selection of which are shown below.

‘Tricks for Treats’

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Team EFA is all geared up for Halloween as well, as is in evidence on our monthly challenge blog, where you’ll can find lots of scary (& not-so-scary!) creatures made by the team. Included are my little hand printed treats pouches, which are perfect for storing your dog’s favourite treats in, not just at Halloween but all year round!

This month, EFA are supporting the Feral Kitten-Cat Rescue Project, which aims to make the lives  of feral cats & kittens in Oregon a little better by providing them with food, spaying/neutering them, nursing them back to health & finding homes for them when appropriate. Many EFA sellers, myself included, are donating all or some of their proceeds this month to support the charity. Search Etsy for ‘team efa cotm’ or click here to shop for items to help the project.

Here’s a selection of some of the awesome Halloween goodies handmade by fellow EFA artists – all available to purchase via Etsy, just click on the individual item to go to that shop or click here to visit the gallery I have curated on Etsy ;-) Happy Halloween to you & your ‘creatures’!

‘Treats not Tricks!’

vegan Silk Tapestry Box…


Alastor the Ghost Mouse…


Halloween Plush Cat Wal…


Halloween Owlie


Jack and Sally 8×10 ori…


Gothic Butterfly Earrin…


NEW Good Luck Spider Te…


Mice with Pumpkin Origi…


Hooters – Halloween Dog…


Count Swampula – miniat…


Halloween Cat Photo Car…


Black Bat Pendant and N…




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Folksy Friday: Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh Festival is now in full swing & the city is alive with colourful artists & tourists from around the globe. This week’s ‘Folksy Friday’ picks are inspired by the bright sights & sounds of the festival…

Featured are (clockwise from top left):

♥  Recycled purse wallet from carton ‘Edinburgh city map by Marinuri

♥  Carousel 1970 – 8×8 Inch Photograph Signed by Tim Irving

♥  ‘Laurel’ necklace by Peg Bessie’s

♥  Festival screen print by Kashi Craftings

♥  Space Invader Brooch – Choose Your Colour by WildCat Designs

♥  bunting breakfast bowl and mug by 1000degrees Art Studio

Please take time to visit each of these makers’ shops, which are packed full of unusual & unique handmade goodies!