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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!

Tar

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.

Peace To All Creatures

The Peace to All Creatures ‘zine project is the brainchild of friends Pippi Howard & Jessi VanPelt. The duo design & edit the quarterly ‘zine, which is now in its third issue, from their respective homes in Colorado & Florida. Pippi & Jessi are on a mission to ‘Educate, Empower & Entertain’ & topics discussed within the ‘zine include  art, animals, vegan diet, health, social & green issues & more.

Writers & artists from around the globe contribute to the project by submitting their articles & artwork, & I was thrilled when Jessi (a fellow greyhound lover who I met through the Etsy Handmade4Hounds team) asked if I would consider submitting a blog post I wrote earlier this year to be published in the spring 2010 issue of the ‘zine. Of course, I said yes!

As a contributor, I was lucky enough to be posted a complimentary copy of the hand bound ‘zine. However I was too impatient to wait & purchased the digital download version too so I could start reading right away!

Featuring vivid cover art by Neva Davis,  issue 3 of the ‘zine is packed full of interesting articles on a diverse range of subjects from companion animals to civil rights to vegan diet & lifestyle. Although not vegan myself, I have recently become vegetarian & I so found the latter particularly thought provoking & inspirational. & of course it was lovely to see Max & Molly making an appearance in my ‘Why Greyhounds Make Great Pets’ article!

If you would like to read the ‘zine, hand bound laser-printed copies of issues 1, 2 & 3 can be purchased  at the following online locations:

Uber Duper Creations

The Ginger Card Company

Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe

The ‘zine is also available to purchase as a digital download from Uber Duper Creations.

A large portion of the profits from sales go to two charities chosen by Pippi & Jessi:

Pet Rescue by Judy, a non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing cats & dogs in Florida

For The Animals Sanctuary, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation & life-long care of victims of the food farming trade in New Jersey

If you would like to contribute to the ‘zine, you can submit an articles or artwork for inclusion in issue 4 by emailing thekarmakitchen@gmail.com. Please note that all submissions should be cruelty-free & vegan friendly ;-)

You can keep up to date with the ‘zine project by following the Peace to All Creatures blog.

The Dog House Turns One

It’s hard to believe but The Dog House turned one at the end of last month! My little greyhound-inspired screen printing project started out as an experiment, but one year & 147 sales (& that’s just the online ones!) later it has turned into a successful little business. Although it hasn’t generated a massive profit in its first year, 10% of what it has made has gone directly to my local greyhound rescue, Gracehounds, which is responsible for rehoming many of the dogs who have inspired my designs.

Some of The Dog House‘s best sellers

Firstly, I would like to thank the following individuals, who have all, in one way or another enhanced my Etsy journey through their acts of kindness: Gordana of ajawin.etsy.com, Doris of dadamietz.etsy.com, Annette of dragonhouseofyuen.etsy.com, Vicki of VickiDianeDesigns.etsy.com, Christina of Christianitees12.etsy.com, Olga of ovgilliesdesigns.etsy.com, Lois of Bluebelldesign.etsy.com, Heidi of RedChair.etsy.com, Pey of peylu.etsy.com, Ellen of classichound.etsy.com, Angie of rememberwynn.etsy.com & Alene of IndigoIsland.etsy.com.

A selection of items made by the sellers who have helped me on my Etsy journey

I also want to thank my fabulous Etsy team mates from Handmade 4 Hounds, McEtsy & Etsy for Animals for all their help & support through my first year.

To celebrate its one year anniversary, The Dog House is having a Spring Sale! Lots of hand printed items, including adult & kids clothing, tote bags & doggy accessories have been reduced by 1/3 until the end of March.

A selection of the items on sale at The Dog House


Lady Grey

I just had to share this wonderful greyhound-inspired treasury curated by fellow UK Etsyian, Gem of Gemma Stafford – Knits. I love all the pretty pink items she’s chosen. In amongst them you’ll find a beautiful Glass Greyhound Pin donated to Handmade4Hounds‘ shop by Sue of Frums Glass Menagerie, Gem’s own adorable Doggy Balaclava, & my ‘Just Jess’ Ladies Sweatshirt featuring a hand printed lurcher image.

I love my lady greyThe treasury list expires on 26th October, but until then you can click through to leave your comments & view each individual item & seller here.

Cold Comfort

This week I have succumbed to my first cold of the season & am feeling decidedly sorry for myself. Luckily, yesterday turned out to be a local holiday so I was freed up from my dog-walking duties for the day (except for Max & Molly, of course), giving me time to recuperate a little & nurse myself back to health.

Inspired by the various mixtures of lemon, ginger, eucalyptus & honey which I was consuming / inhaling / anointing myself with in an attempt to feel better, I pulled together this lovely treasury of items I found whilst browsing on Etsy:

Etsy Treasury - cold comfort

Turns out ‘window’ shopping is another form of therapy…!

Raspberry Jam

Inspired by the juicy pink raspberries that are currently ripening in the hedgerows around our cottage, I created this yummy treasury featuring the work of my fellow Etsyian’s:

Etsy Treasury - Raspberry Jam

My picks include several items by members of the Handmade4Hounds, McEtsy & Etsy For Animals teams. I was thrilled to learn my treasury made Etsy’s Front Page earlier today.  Congratulations to all the talented artists! To everyone else – please help yourself to these treasures while they are ripe for picking!

Artists Helping Hounds

Handmade4Hounds is a group of independent artists from all over the world who have come together to raise money to support greyhound adoption. We are a diverse group, both artistically & geographically , but all share a common goal in promoting the adoption of these beautiful animals.

Members of the Handmade4Hounds team support greyhound adoption in a variety of ways:

  • by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales in their own Etsy shops to greyhound rehoming charities
  • by donating their handmade items to greyhound fundraising events such as auctions or raffles
  • by adopting and/or fostering greyhounds themselves

The team come together to run their Etsy shop, where handmade items donated by members are sold with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the charity of the month. Handmade4Hounds supports a wide variety of greyhound adoption & sighthound rescue programs throughout USA, Canada, UK, Ireland & Australia. Each month a different adoption program is chosen. This month (May), my own local greyhound rehoming charity, Gracehounds, is privileged to have been chosen as the recipient of the team’s donation.

Here is a small sample of  items which members have kindly donated to our shop: (Please click on photographs to see a full description of the item.)

Pictured: (From left to right) Martingale collar by HoundsCloset, Vegan dog biscuits by warmwhippets, Natural dog shampoo bar by madhattersoap, Thank You card set by suebero, Greyhound angel by CJKeepMeinStyle,Martingale collar by classichound.

Please visit the Handmade4Hounds shop to see the full selection of items for sale. You can find out more about the Handmade4Hounds team by visiting our website & blog. If you are an artist who is interested in joining the team, please contact us by emailing contact@handmade4hounds.com.