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, September 30, 2012

Congratulations to YarnMiracle and BARC !


YarnMiracle and her charity BARC
won September's 
Member Charity Promotions' 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Treasury: EFA's Charity Promotions Contest for September

'EFA's Charity Promotions Program for September' by thebluewindmill

Treasury consists of members who entered Team EFA's Charity Promotions Program contest this month. Each item benefits their chosen charity- which would you vote for ?

The Blue Windmill: Search Dog Foundation
Terikor: Search Dog Foundation
Brizel4TheAnimals: Search Dog Foundation
YarnMiracle: Baldwin County Humane Society
Shortcake Designs: National Mill Dog Assoc. 
Ocelot Eyes: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Zoe and Piper: The Farm Sanctuary
Fairy Cardmaker: So. Ontario Animal Rescue 

Abstract Acrylic Painting, C...

Sydney Tibetan Terrier Paste...

Vintage Sash Fabric handwove...

Carnation Piggy - Jacob Wool...

RESERVED for Heather - Vinta...

Baby Elephant photo print 8x...

Tourmaline Gemstone Pendulum...

Christmas Card Snowflake Emb...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Embossed Snowflake Christmas Card by FairyCardmaker

This handmade Christmas card with envelope is all a fluster with snowflakes: both printed and embossed. The embossed snowflakes were hand inked. Even the ribbon has snowflakes. The centre medallion reads "Merry Christmas". This card will stand out in your recipient's Christmas card collection this year. The retail price for this card is $4.50.

10% of the proceeds from this card will support the Southern Ontario Animal Rescue (SOAR):

supports this animal rescue because it is a registered charity active at the local community level and 100% run by volunteers. 10% of the proceeds of the Christmas card (or $0.45 in this case) will be added to the annual fundraising total that FairyCardmaker donates to this charity. In addition to proceeds from certain card sales, FairyCardmaker runs card and paper-crafting workshops where some proceeds of the workshop fee and raffle tickets are donated to SOAR. The goal of FairyCardmaker's fundraisers is to generate enough funds for SOAR to cover the rescue, foster costs and adoption of one dog per year.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tourmaline Gemstone Pendulum by ZOEandPIPER

This is a Tourmaline Gemstone Pendulum with Sterling Silver and Lead Crystal Prism with Sterling Silver Heart Chakra Charm. Its retail value is $86.00 and it is made by ZOEandPIPER.

We will donate to The Farm Sanctuary. We are moved and inspired by all the animals they have helped and rescued from terrible situations.

We will donate $20 of the sale to the Farm Sanctuary.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Baby Elephant 8x10 Print

This photographic print by oceloteyes is 8x10" in size and is retail priced at $20. Custom sizes also available, on paper or canvas.

This baby elephant is just too adorable! A large herd of elephants came to drink at a waterhole in Etosha National Park (Namibia), and I watched them for hours, absolutely mesmerized. Of course, the waterhole was only small, too small for 50 elephants to fit into all at once - so some family groups wandered off to give others a chance to drink... Baby elephants were running about everywhere.

When this little one missed the moment when his mother wandered off a short distance, and noticed her leaving - he trumpeted, trunk up in the air, tail swishing around, and ran after her as fast as he could to round her up and lead her back to the waterhole again!

I support the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust with 10% of sales from all my art/photographs involving African Elephants. The DSWT rescue baby elephants (and rhinos, and other animals) who have been orphaned because of poaching, or have lost their family herds some way or another. These babies grow up in the care of humans, but eventually learn to become wild elephants again and re-integrate into the wild, and go on to have families and babies of their own. For fundraising they run a digital fostering program, which allows you to 'foster' an orphan and get photos and emails about their progress. My family fosters three elephant babies - Sities, Suguta, and Sabachi. You can also visit the DSWT facebook page here.

I donate 10% of the retail price ($2 in this case) from any of African Elephant images to the DSWT. My photographs are of wild elephants with families - so I want to support the orphaned elephants without families.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vintage Luxury Soda Crate Pet Bed by ShortcakeDesigns

Pamper your pet with this chic vintage soda crate pet bed by ShortcakeDesigns. Not only does this bed have character, but it also has a unique history! This soda crate was used to ship soda bottles from Graf's Bottling Works.

Graf's Bottling works was located in Iowa City, Iowa from approximately 1850 to 1950 and bottled several types of sodas. This crate features their signature logo. Time has helped create a wonderful rustic vintage feel with the original wording slightly faded and the wood metal accents wonderfully aged.

A great gift for a native or transplanted Iowa resident or anyone who loves to collect vintage soda items!

19.5 inches by 13.5 inches
4 inches tall inside

The custom pillow is made from cotton fabric which was lined with heavy interfacing for stability and is filled with brand new polyfiber for the ultimate comfy feel. Your cat or small dog will instantly love it!

Ten dollars from the the sale of this bed will be donated to the National Mill Dog Association, whose goal is to "To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry".

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado NMDR travels all over the US, to rescue mill dogs, rehabilitate them including major medical care, and find them forever homes where they can learn to be dogs and live happy healthy lives.

Please stop by their website for more information:

Friday, September 7, 2012

Carnation Piggy by yarnmiracle

Knit with hand-dyed and spun wool from, Carnation Pig by yarnmiracle measures an action-packed 14.75 inches from head to toe. His floppy arms, legs, ears and curly cue tail are securely attached and his little piggy eyes are embroidered with organic cotton to avoid small parts. Carnation is stuffed with Eco Wool Filling (wooly stuffing that is both predator and sheep friendly) for an extra huggable middle. Carnation Pig's wooly pink wool comes from a small flock of well-tended Jacob sheep - a critically endangered breed.

When this Companion finds a home (he is $130), I will donate $20 to my local humane society, the Baldwin County Humane Society.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Vintage Sash Fabric by brizel4TheAnimals

This bold vintage ethnic sash fabric, celebrating waning summer colors, is a handwoven cotton textile from Guatemala and features large striking stripes of black, dusty rose, and fresh green with deep magenta edging and accent stripes (no.71).

3 5/8" wide by approximately 89" long, this fabric is great for belt and obi making... costumes, outfits and embellishment projects... for making guitar or drum straps... for making hat scarves or head bands... use as decorative trim or as small banners... or anything else that your imagination would like to make with it !



Animal Charity Donation

A minimum of $3 to $4 for each sash fabric that is sold here at Brizel4TheAnimals will be donated to animal charity, notably Team EFA's CHARiTY OF THE MONTH which differs each month. Please visit our Team's website to read about this month's charity:

Each COTM is nominated by a member of Team EFA - the charity undergoes a detailed investigation by our COTM Co-Leader to insure 'quality control' - is then promoted by our COTM Treasury Leader with a fabulous weekly Etsy collection which is posted / tweeted / pinned thru our social media channels and as Team EFA's blog editor, I typeset the COTM articles on our charities each month. With this much effort and care, and as Team EFA's COTM Leader - I naturally choose to support and donate to these wonderful charities !

This month our COTM is Search Dog Foundation:
Check them out !

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sydney Tibetan Terrier Pastel Drawing by terikor

This original pastel drawing by terikor titled Sydney has special meaning for me. Sydney was one of the many dogs I met when I was reporting for at the Westminster Dog Show last February. Behind the scenes in the staging room at Westminster you get to visit with many different breeds and learn about them. Not all dogs attending Westminster are just show dogs. Sydney’s story was an endearing one that immediately grabbed me and I knew that that I wanted to draw her portrait. This Tibetan Terrier was attacked by a Bobcat. The vets did not think she would live and if she did they thought she would loose her leg. Fighting the odds, Sydney persevered recovering fully going on to become number 5 in Tibetan Terriers. There is something about Sydney that reminds you of an old soul as you look into her eyes. Perhaps it is that she has been through so much. Those eyes captured me and this drawing is the result of my short visit with Sydney.

This unframed drawing is 8.5” X 11” and is priced at $100. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Search Dog Foundation. You can visit their Facebook Page here.

I chose the Search Dog Foundation as the Charity for several reasons. First Syndey had tremendous drive to live just like the drive of those rescue dogs at the Search Dog Foundation who assist in finding people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. I also choose this charity because the Search Dog Foundation is the Etsy for Animals Charity of the Month making it befitting to honor the Search Dog Foundation in more than one venue.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Creation" - An Abstract Acrylic Painting by thebluewindmill

"Creation" is an abstract acrylic painting by The Blue Windmill, measuring 5"X5".

Price $85.00; 8.50 will go to, Search Dog Foundation.  SDF is our current COTM, which I support.

SDF's mission is "to strengthen disaster preparedness in America by partnering rescued dogs with firefighters to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters."