This blog is dedicated to promoting and

fund driving for Team EFA members'

chosen animal charities.

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on

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.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

How to Enter the February Challenge

The February Challenge theme is "Love is in the Air." To enter convo with the following info:
1. The link to the item in your shop.
2. How the item fits the theme.
3. A bit about your work/donations/volunteer work with animal charities.
4. A suggestion for the APRIL challenge theme.
5. In your shop, tag the item with our challenge tag: teamefalove

Challenge entries are due January 31.

Monday, January 19, 2009

From early beginnings as a small Little Seedling - Priceless Moments - ACEO Original Collage by dragonhouseofyuen

This is an ACEO Original Collage. Priceless Moments - follow Priceless on his travels thru life as he gives wise snippets of advice, discovers important attributes and goes thru all the yearning and desires that we all do.

Priceless remembers from early beginnings as a small Little Seedling how much he has grown and learnt. His mother taught him so many things but most important of all, she taught him love. Priceless visits the swan family and is introduced to the new babies. This is their first day.

This little collage has been compiled from my illustrations of rabbits wearing jumpers, paper scraps and ephemera and recycled brochures and magazines. It has all been stuck with glue stick and double sided adhesive tape. Most of the papers go over the edges. The backing card is in blue. Priceless has many more aceo adventures coming soon.

New beginnings - either as newborns, or discovering something new, beginnings are everywhere.

Annette (dragonhouseofyuen) supports a few animal charities and animal organisations by donating 10% from the sale of my Arabella bags.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Raccoon Baby Scrabble Tile Pendant or Pin by snappyknees

Take a look at this sweet baby racoon from snappyknees.

Pendants are made with images affixed to a wooden scrabble tile game piece, measuring approx. .78’’ x .70’’. They are sealed with an acrylic finish giving it a nice glossy finish and then completed with Aanraku sterling silver bail.

Pendants can also be easily made into pins.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Woodland Creatures- by SavageArtworks

This is for a set of 3 notecards with envelopes. They are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".They are printed with a reproduction my pastel paintings, "Little Fox", "Turn Around Bright Eyes", and "In To The Light". All lovely little forest babies.

These cards are printed on heavyweight matte, card stock.The inside is left blank, so you could use it for countless purposes. Handy to have around the house.

Proceeds from the sale of these cards will be donated to AWBAR - Abandonded Wild Babies Animal Rescue.

Monday, January 12, 2009

How to enter a Challenge by LolaLynn

Entering the monthly Etsy for Animals Challenge is a fun way to participate in the EFA street team. Think of it as a "Show and Tell." To enter is simple but you must be a member. Contact Michele, our team leader, for membership information: mvegan5

Every month there is an opportunity for EFA members to submit one of their listings to be featured on the blog. Each month has a specific theme which the listing must reflect in some way.

EFA has a blog that is solely dedicated to our Monthly Challenges. The Monthly Challenge blog provides a lovely display of goods presented by our artists & suppliers. Its a wonderful marketing opportunity for our sellers and also shows us how they contribute to aiding our animal friends.

To submit an entry, contact etsyforanimals with the following information:

1. SHOW a link to an item in your shop that fits the theme or has been created for the theme.

2. TELL how the item fits the theme

3. TELL a bit about your work/donations/volunteer work with animal charities

Two more steps:

4. In your shop, tag the item with the theme tag (see Challenge Blog for themes-at-a-glance) Be sure to also keep your regular team tag in place, either 'team efa' or 'team efa cotm'.

5. Please make sure that your convo is specifically titled with the name of the MONTH and the word CHALLENGE, for example OCTOBER CHALLENGE.

Entries that are accepted will be displayed at the beginning of the month- approximately one each day- until all the challenges have been shown off. Members are encouraged to come visit and leave a comment.. our participants love to hear the good things members have to say about their work !!!

The first 16 challenge entries that are received will be used to create an Etsy Treasury. For every 16 received after that, a new treasury will be created. This will be done on a first come basis.

Suggestions and comments are always welcomed. Contact LolaLynn who serves as EFA's Challenge Administrator.

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Arrival Baby Poodle - Handcolored Greeting Card by Haleyshandmades

This handcolored greeting card is laser printed on 80# coverweight paper. The design is based on an old-time baby card. The card reads "Congratulations on your new arrival" at the top. The inside is blank.
Each card is 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches and the envelope is size A2, 4-3/8 x 5-3/4 inches. The card comes individually wrapped in a clear plastic sleeve.

Haley is EFA's webmaster and a regular contributor to EFA's charitable ventures. Her favorite local animal charities are: Heart of America Rescue, Moscow Mills, MO - a poodle rescue ( , The Cat Network, St Louis, MO (, Country Acres Rescue, St. Louis, MO (

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Welcome to the Year Of The Ox - by Peylu

I'm looking forward to a second chance and a new beginning in 2009.

In 2009, the Year of the Ox starts on January 26th, in accordance with the Chinese lunar calendar.

This Earth Ox year symbolizes power through unity and prosperity through hard work. Like the Ox, we have a honest, candid and open natured year ahead, and the earth element gives us harmony, relaxation, and recovery.

10% of all sales goes to the EFA Charity of the Month.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Latest Challenge Information

Thanks to everyone who entered the February's Challenge. Just a reminder that the tag is 'teamefalove'. Please make sure that you have included it when posting your item in your shop.

March's theme is "In like a Lion and out like a Lamb." Due February 28. The tag is 'efalionsandlambs'.

April's theme is "Hop into Spring." Due March 31. Tag your item ' teamefaspring'.

In the works: a year's worth of challenge themes at a glance.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Let There be Peace on Earth - A Hand Embellished ACEO by LolaLynn conveys the message that we can all be bearers of peace and new beginnings.

This is a hand embellished ACEO print of my original entitled "Let There be Peace on Earth." This is the third in my "peace" series. The dove in the woman's hands represents our ability to be agents of peace. We can all strive to being peace makers. Let us all pledge to bring peace and a "new beginning" to others (human and animal) whenever and wherever we have the chance.

As with all ACEOs it is 2.5 by 3.5 but can be enlarged with a white border to fit a 5 by 7 or 8.5 by 11 frame. For special orders add a week.

The 6x8 print that fits into an 8.5x11 is $12/2.50 to ship.
The 4x6 print that fits into a 5x7 is $10/$2.00 to ship.

Your one of a kind ACEO will come to you in a protective sleeve. 10% will be donated to Etsy for Animals charity of the month.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The January Challenge Theme is "New Beginnings." Mvegan5 presents "Polar Bear Mom and Cub Cards" as her entry.

Blank inside, cream colored, signed greeting cards with a reproduction of my painting of a mom or dad and baby polar bear. A border is left around the image, envelopes are inlcuded Great for Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, a new baby, or just to say hi to a friend!

Individual cards available for $3, any amount of 2 or more are available for $2 each, and 8.5 x 11" prints are available for $12. Convo for special orders. 10% goes to the Charity of the Month, see my shop intro for more information.