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(Not So) Hot Dog Show

Last Sunday (May 30th), Gracehounds held their annual Hot Dog Show & Summer Fete at Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian. This year I helped organise the Arts & Crafts tent, along with volunteer dog walker & friend of Gracehounds, Ann Spence. Our aim was to raise funds for Gracehounds by asking artists to donate 25% of their sales at the fete to the charity.

the Arts & Crafts tent(s)

I turned to the local Etsy community, where I found several talented & big-hearted artists who were happy to come along & help us: Alison of Ali Bali Jewellery, Annette of Dragon House of Yuen, Angel of Maiawalli Art, Mike of Wudwerx, Kirsty of Wooden Tree, Emily of Emily Moir, & Jess of Jess Lovell.

Annette (Dragon House of Yuen) & Angel (Maiawalli Art)

Don’t Annette’s baby hare soft sculptures look adorable all huddled together?

Mike (Wudwerx), Angel (Maiawalli Art), Annette (Dragon House of Yuen) ‘s Mum, & Alison (Ali Bali Jewellery)

Emily (Emily Moir), Kirsty (Wooden Tree)  & friends

Jess (Jess Lovell)

We were also supported in the Art & Craft tent by local artists Marjorie White (jewellery maker), Barbara Hunter (card maker), Kerry Lindsell (Dundee art student), Colin Nairns (photographer), & Sara Brunt (cartoonist). Sara is the owner of greyhound Tar, who Martin &  I fostered for Gracehounds last year, & I was overjoyed to be able to spend the whole day in his company!


I love the ‘Disgrace Hounds’ cards which Sara made specially for the event!

&, of course, Martin (Red Row Studio) & I (Max & Molly Designs) were there with our own stall, which Max & Molly used as a handy shelter when the heavens opened! I think they were also attracted to the smell of the homemade dog treats we were selling ;-)

Still smiling despite the rain!

Molly shelters under our stall

Half way through the afternoon, I had the opportunity to leave the stall in Martin’s capable hands for a moment whilst I entered Max & Molly in the Dog Show itself, where they were placed 1st in the ‘Best Family Group’ category (for the 2nd year running!).

Martin manning our stall

Best Family Group winners

Back at the stall with our rosette (Can you see Tar there in the background?)

Needless to say, the rosette the dogs won was not the only new item to be acquired that day… I couldn’t resist bringing home a few of my favourite fellow artists’ creations, which are now adorning our home!

Crafty Magpie linocut print by Jess Lovell; Greyhound plushie by Kirsty Anderson; Stretch cartoon by Sara Brunt

It may have rained constantly & blown a gale in typical Scottish fashion, but, despite the dismal weather, we still managed to raise over £80 between us at the Arts & Crafts Tent alone, every penny of which will go directly towards the fostering and re-homing of rescued greyhounds. A HUGE thank you to all the artists who came along to the event for their support & generosity!

Every Cloud…‘ a gallery featuring the work of each artist who was at the show, plus some other McEtsy & Handmade4Hounds team members

The Dog Show as a whole was a success, with over £1500 raised in total. You can see more pictures from the event here.