Over the last couple of years I've been able to help make a small difference to two rabbit rescues that I support by donating my art instead of money. There are two winners in this scenario, infact three winners - the rescue, the prize winner and me, because everyone is happy with the result!
Last winter I donated Mother Hare Ermine, the white one, and
I don't always find out who wins the art I donate, and in most cases I don't get to 'meet' the winner. So it was a heart warming surprise when things were familiar this time!
As well as my hare donations, there was also this cute-as-can-be doggy bag by Eline, a good friend!
And the winner happened to be my niece! Here she is very proudly showing off her new bag!
Eline is not just a friend, she is also a very talented lady indeed - just look at the detail on this very delicate lacy capelet in her etsy shop.
The good thing about getting to know the artist is that the prize becomes so much more meaningful. A bag is not just a bag. It is a bag made with love by a person you know and admire.
My niece is very much a lady loving pink, and strong willed, so I knew that I had to get her the perfect gift last year.
What could be better than a hand knitted super kitty hat from Ama?
and not just any hand knitted hat, but made by a lady on etsy who helps her local animal rescue and who won the very first Arabella art-accessory bag that I donated to a rabbit rescue!
Now isn't that a nice connection?
Thanks Ama! I love your work on etsy and your huge heart - and so does my niece!
So when I heard that the winner of Fortuna happened to be my good friend Debbie from ShadedMemories on etsy, I was so pleased!
Here is Fortuna saying hi to Rosie and asking her all about the roses in her name. Fortuna was brought up in rose bushes by her mother and just loves them. Now isn't that a coincidence!
Debbie has been a super supporter of the raffles I have been in and she kindly donated art for the rescue rabbits as well! many thanks Debbie!
this is one of her photographs - Snuggle Sweet Nothings, and I proudly own this piece. Not hard to see why I love it so much eh?
and this deer - the Sweetest Visitor, is my favourite piece! (I have it too ofcourse). I just adore deer and antelope and if my home was big enough I'd have a few!
when Ermine went to her new home she made a new friend for me! Infact she made 5! She went to live with Sue and her 4 small sighthounds, Sweet Pea, Farf, Pepie and Precious Gemma .
Here she is with Sweet Pea! Cute as a button eh?
have a look at the next photo then -
I love to meet the fur friend winners too, infact I think I just may have more fur friends than human friends now!
Sue is a very big animal lover and she makes beautiful pendants and pin brooches for her shop. I love the gentle expression on this dog.
and a playful cat too!
Being surrounded by canines doesn't mean you can't dream about felines, or lagomorphs or cervines right?
so, I'm not just giving - I'm receiving too - and my small act of kindness has linked so many caring hearts together and made a circle complete - and that's nice to know.
this Easter please make your rabbit of choice a chocolate one, or, er, a soft sculpture one :)