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photo by Katharyn Boudet

photo by Katharyn Boudet

This story about a basset hound and an owl striking up a friendship while watching television just made my day when I first read it. Absolutely adorable.

Doomsday type news stories, like those about asteroids or the sun exploding one day in the future, don’t usually bother me at all. However, the quakes that are happening in Yellowstone right now? Totally freaking me right the heck out. Mostly because I watched a special on the volcano in Yellowstone on one of the science channels a long time ago. Remind me not to do that sort of thing.

This is an older story but it’s one I hadn’t caught until it was mentioned on end of the year list. I thought it was incredibly interesting – a man was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and his life saved all because he shook hands with the right doctor.

I’ve heard of Soles4Souls at some point but I don’t think I ever knew what it was exactly. They’ve won a Guinness World Record and helped clean up a massive shoe spill of all things, so hopefully more people will learn about them and help them with their cause. They’re a charity that sends used shoes that might otherwise end up in landfills to people in need in Haiti.

I love the movie “My Neighbor Totoro.” I actually made a soot sprite for my boyfriend for Christmas. I was really sad to find out that the landscape in which it’s set is rapidly declining. It’s a beautiful place and the habitat is home to various species that are now in danger. Here’s another link about the efforts to save it.

When a couple of people inherited a garage from their uncle they had no idea that inside was an incredibly rare 1937 Bugatti – only 17 of these cars were ever made and this one’s odometer reading is only 26,284. That had to be a shock. I am now secretly hoping to one day inherit a Bugatti Veyron from some long lost relative.

Lastly, as a science major, this story really interested me. There may be a more natural way to stop the spread of malaria and dengue fever through mosquitoes by infecting them with an insect parasite. Basically, the parasite will cut the life span of the mosquito and therefore make it unable to incubate the malaria long enough to be able to pass on to humans. I really hope the results of the longer studies are promising because this can save so many lives in addition to reducing the need for insecticides made with nasty chemicals.

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Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We’re celebrating ours this Saturday due to scheduling conflicts. I am looking forward to some ham and dressing. Meanwhile, this is my first year working retail on Black Friday so wish me luck. I’m very much afraid I’ll need it.

We’re having a sale for Black Friday in the shop – we’re offering free shipping to the US and Canada until December 1st, and heavily discounted shipping everywhere else til then as well.

some items from the shop
pancakesandnoodles

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A few days ago I made a couple of purchases on Etsy. One of those purchases was from the shop UglyKitty where I bought an UglyKitty pinback button. The proceeds from which went to a great cause in honor of theUgly Kitty Pin world’s cutest ugly cat, Quasi. The money is donated to the Cool Cat’s Rescue Center where Quasi was adopted. (Don’t visit that page unless you’re prepared to find yourself wanting to adopt a dozen kitties.) Since October 2006, over $2000 has been raised by UglyKitty’s shop alone and it’s really no wonder because she has some fantastic stuff in stock.

Dragonfly Cosmetic CaseSpeaking of helping cat shelters, TackyHandmade donates 10% of shop sales to Town Cats of Ocean City in Maryland. It’s a no kill shelter for the feral cat community in the area.

Want to help out some dogs as well? Check out PocketfulofSunshine’s DT Collection which benefits thethinking of you Florida Boxer Rescue. 50% of the sales from this collection go to the volunteer based organization.

New FriendOr help out cats and dogs all at once by searching Ensorcelled Minds‘ shop or TJGems shop for the tag “charity.” Buy a card from Ensorcelled Minds and 15% of the proceeds go to the Southern Ontario Animal Rescue. It’s foster care and adoption charity for orphaned animals. Buy a charm or jewelry from TJGems and the full sale price goes to to Holly Hedge, which is a sanctuary for dogs & cats in the UK.

Ladybug Earrings

Big PurpleYou can also buy anything from Mittens’ shop where 10% of every sale goes to the NSPCA.

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Untitled Elephant I’ve always been drawn to elephants. They were my favorite wild animal when I a kid, and they’re my favorite wild animal now. So one of the charities that’s important to me is The Elephant Sanctuary. It’s located here in Tennessee, just outside of Hohenwald. I posted a picture last time of a drawing I had done of an elephant. I’ve listed it in the shop with $5 of the proceeds going to the Sanctuary. Listing it got me wondering what other kinds of items people were selling to promote their favorite charities…

Phyllis Mufson of Personal Treasures donates all of the profits from Personal Treasures and its sister store Mufi Jewels to help support Charity OrRough Tourmaline NecklaceLabradorite and Hessonite Earringsphanage in Robertsport, Liberia. She sells some lovely items, like these pretty earrings and this amazing necklace. Her husband, Bill, served in the Peace Corps in Liberia and his work with the refugee and orphan children is benefited by her sales. You can find out more about their story at Phyllis’ blog.

Goods 4 Girls - Cloth Menstrual Pad Also donating towards good works in Africa is the shop Mellygirl2007. The organization Goods 4 Girls sends environmentally friendly reusable menstrual pads to schoolgirls in various countries in Africa. Often times these girls must miss school during their menstrual cycles due to inadequate menstrual supplies. At Mellygirl2007, you can buy cloth pads to be sent to these girls.

Returning to the subject of animal charities, Michele of mvegan5 on Etsy founded and co-leads EFA Artists Helping Animals which unfortunately appears to be closing soon.

Kissing Cow Cards

Ivory Mint Birdy PinHowever, Michelle donates 10% of all her store item sales to a Charity of the Month, always helping animals. And really, when you can get items as cute as this pin or these cards, it’s a win/win for everyone – human and animal.

I’ve found several more shops and items that I want to highlight but I’ll save those for another post. Keep in mind, though, that you can buy some really wonderful gifts for your friends and family while also giving to the world at large. It’s a great way of celebrating the true spirit of the season.

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It’s very much an autumn day over here. Light drizzle, squirrels darting through the branches trying not to get wet, leaves falling, and an overcast haze coloring everything.

vintage mug, filled with Irish Breakfast tea

vintage mug, filled with Irish Breakfast tea


A good day for tea, and art, and hopefully some knitting later on.
some various ACEOs I've been working on

some various ACEOs I've been working on

My car needs work, I’m missing out on a day’s pay, and I’m behind in homework. No worries today though. Today is a sweater and hot chocolate day, a day to relax and try to breathe, and not rush around like I have been. I will do as I please at the pace I please and not fret over what’s still to be done.

original elephant drawing

original elephant drawing

I hope your day is productive in the same kind of way.

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The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

PeeWee

PeeWee

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I didn’t mention it before but I was quite glad to know that Prop 2 passed in California. According to the law, farm animals must have the space “animals to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs” which you would think wouldn’t be too much to ask, really. Also, apparently some information is coming about what President-Elect Obama’s food policies will be and how we’ll be dealing with agriculture and such during his term as leader.

Back on the subject of animals, how unbearably cute is this baby elephant? I have a feeling this will be a big inspiration picture for some art. I’ve already been sketching elephants all day before I even came across this gallery. You can see more pictures of elephants from National Geographic by clicking on the picture.

cute baby elephant

cute baby elephant

Please send good thoughts out for my family because my brother-in-law is due for heart surgery in the coming days. My sister will be going to stay with him for a while so we’ll be keeping an eye on my nephew in the mean time. I’m sure we’ll find something crafty to do, maybe I’ll take some pictures.

P.S. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and joined Twitter. You can find me at twitter.com/wooleyduck and that link’s in the sidebar too. I’m not certain what all I’ll be posting there but you can find out when my blog’s updated from there now too.

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