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.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The March Challenge - Enter Now

Basketball has its "March Madness" and EFA has its "March Mixture." This coming month's challenge is to create an item using a mixture of materials, techniques and media. So mix it up kids and get your entry to AldanaMica by March 1. After that send your entries to LolaLynn. The first 12 entries received will be fashioned into an EFA Treasury.

See "How to Enter the EFA Monthly Challenge" for the details.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

EFA's February Challenge Treasury

Happy Valentine's Day to all of our big hearted, animal loving artists. EFA is truly an amazing group of individuals that comes together over cyber space to work in many ways to help animals of all sorts. Thousands have been raised to help animals around the world through the efforts of our members, many who have never met personally.

The above treasury was created from the first 12 entries that were submitted for our February Challenge. It is a dream of mine to have 24, 36 or even 48 challenge entries so that more treasuries can be created to promote EFA's artists and cause. What would be even more splendid is if our 500 plus members could go to our treasuries and click and comment and make our treasuries the "hottest" on the treasury lists. If you are reading this on February 13th and 14th please visit the above treasury, click on the entries and leave a comment.

Thanks so much,
Lynn aka LolaLynn

Dotty the Luvbug by LolaLynn

Dotty was a very special girl. She and her brother, Spotty, another magnificent white cat, where originally my brother's companions. He rescued them and doted on them for the remaining two years of his life and they brought him tons of love and joy. They came to live with us shortly afterwards and were our link to Henry while we worked out our grief.

Dotty greeted me every morning with a "mew", then jumped up next to me while I had my morning coffee and logged onto Etsy. Her fur was silky soft and stroking it was comforting and calming. Looking into her blue eyes, I knew she was soulful and deep. I miss her terribly.

"Dotty the Luvbug" is a hand embellished print of my original ACEO. Each ACEO starts out as a copy of the original but then I over paint each card individually and add personal touches to make them unique.

50% of the purchase price of the work at LolaLynn goes to EFA's charity of the month. I also participate in special fund raisers as needed.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Puppy Love Flannel Throw by FaerieGood's Shop

This cozy reversible throw is the perfect size to put where ever your special friend likes to sleep to help protect your furniture. It is made from 100% cotton flannel with a layer of polyester batting quilted in between and has a double thick binding. This item is machine wash and dryer safe. It measures approx. 22 X 21" square. 10% after seller's fees will go to the EFA Charity of the month which is currently WSPA because of their work helping the animals of Haiti.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

3 Sasha Beagle Cards by Mvegan5's Shop

3 blank inside 5 x 6.5" cream colored, recycled card stock, signed greeting cards, envelopes included. Front features a reproduction of a good friend's Beagle, Sasha, a sweetie that the artist helped choose and name when she was a little puppy, she was like an auntie to her and her doggy sitter. She passed away last year, she misses her so much. Individual cards available for $2.50. 8.5 x 11" print available for $12. Combined orders recieve shipping discount! 50% helps the charity of the month, see her shop intro and

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kitty Love Cozy Throw by FaerieGood's Shop

Protect your furniture and give your favorite kitty a cozy space to curl up on. This 100% cotton flannel quilt is reversible and can go straight into the washer and dryer for freshening up. It measures approx. 22 X 21" and has a soft polyester batting sandwiched within. It's binding is doubled so it will hold up for years of use.
10% of the proceeds minus fees will go to help the animals of Haiti through the efforts of WSPA our February Charity.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

deluxe heart SiLK TAPESTRY brizel MEMORiAL LOVE custom plush gift by BrizelHandCraft's Shop

Fall in love with a gorgeous custom Silk Tapestry Heart made of pure raw silk sari yarns and embellished with buttons, one of which is big enough to hold a photo of someone you love & want to remember. "MEMORiAL LOVE" is a double sided heart shaped plush. The listing is for a CUSTOM heart that will be made especially for you. The inside of the heart has been filled with polartec fabric so this heart will warm up when cuddled. If this sweet heart wants to be hung, a complimentary colored faux leather cord is nestled at its top. Brizel Silk tapestry Hearts are made from reclaimed materials: silk sari yarn from disgarded warp loom threads, polartec are scraps from a clothing factory, & the buttons are vintage... Brizel, aka Nicole, works to provide a safe loving home for her animal pack (3 canines, 1 feline- all rescues); participates in EFA's COTM program; and volunteers for EFA'S MONTHLY CHALLENGE.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Scrimshaw Wolf LOBO Siberian Husky Button by TheAnimalsMagicShop's Shop

Scrimshaw on snow white polymer with a drilled in silver metal loop shank. Measures 1 1/2" across - it was my person's very first scrimshaw project 8 years ago. Signed by her on the front.
The Animals Magic Shop is a partnership between the artist and her Siberian husky, Sky, to help animals. 25% of the proceeds from the shop go to Patriot Siberian Husky Rescue, and another 25% goes to the EFA charity of the month. They also work with abused rescue animals through telepathic communications, to give them a voice, and to help heal them.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pet Sympathy Gift Set by ScrappyRat's Shop

It's important to let friends or family members who have lost an animal companion know that we understand the depth of their grief. It's easy to feel alone when anyone close to us dies, but when it's a pet, not everyone we encounter will be as understanding as we need them to be. This is a small gift that helps them know that your compassionate thoughts are with them and their pet who has passed on.
The artist does her best to help animals as a foster for Carolina Pet Rescue and through her donations of handmade stationery items and copies of her cookbook for dogs, so they may use them for fundraising. She regularly donates to the vegan sample bags fundraiser for animal charities, among many others.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

cat and heart pendant - MEOW SHAPED HEART by Lonesomeroadstudios' Shop

This pendant is in honor and memory of the artist's sweet departed orange tabby cat Claude; he was a shelter cat and one of the best friends anyone could ever have. She misses him still. The artist is currently donating proceeds to Pet Project, a no-kill shelter in her area that has relocated to a new (and more costly) facility.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Come Fly with Me - glass pendant by Thoseparasoldays' Shop

"Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afarid to care
Leave but don't leave me"
Pink Floyd
The pendant has a picture of a bird soaring in the sky on one side, and the words "Come fly with me" on the other - the artist thought was that you should keep your memories close to your heart but not let them be a chain around your neck. ThoseParasolDays works with the feral colonies in and around La Mata, Costa Blanca, Spain.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Tanya Adjustable Dog Collar by Fourpawsjewelry's Shop

The collar was named after the artist's childhood pet, Tanya. She was very special and will not be forgotten. "This is named in memory of the dog who left paw prints on my heart while I was growing up. She was a sweetie, just like this collar".
A percentage of all sales is donated either to the Oregon Humane Society located in Portland or the Cat Adoption Team located in Sherwood, OR. The artist alternates between the two organizations.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Faith. Beautiful Heart Shaped Felt Brooch/Pin, in Orange and Green, with wording 'Faith' by Veganessa's Shop

A green and orange heart shaped brooch, saying 'faith', to the artists it represents faith in humanity, faith in nature, faith that one day she'll meet all her beloved departed souls again. Adorned with ribbon, beads and acrylic felt. Pale green and yellow lettered beads say 'FAITH'. The acrylic felt is bottle green and bright orange. A really striking brooch. Her other shop is 100% donated to EFA charity of the month.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Medium Dog or Cat Fleece Bed - Custom Order by Snacknsnooze's Shop

Forever in my Heart. Whether it's a small, medium or large sized pet, there are 5 different "hearts" or "puppy love" patterns for someone to choose from for their custom order. Owners can show their furkid(s) just how much they love them by giving them a comfy, cozy, warm bed to snuggle into. The artist currently works at Wayside Waifs It is the largest no-kill animal shelter in Missouri. Last year, they helped over 5000 dogs & cats find their furrever homes. She works in one of the cat areas, mainly cleaning their kennels, feeding them, but also socializing with them. She has 2 adopted cats of her own as well.

Monday, February 1, 2010

11x14 Peek-A-Boo Print by DanaCarol's Shop

This item is a 11x14 print of the original "Peek-A-Boo" painting. The original painting was inspired by DanaCarol's cat, Cal, who passed away from lymphoma last year. He was the first cat she and her husband adopted together and they miss him very much. Even though they've adopted and fostered several cats since, there will never be another Cal. She is the Vice President and a volunteer of the Beaufort Community Cat Project, an all-volunteer non-profit organization advocating non lethal methods to reduce the free-roaming cat population using Trap-Neuter-Return.