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Journal Entry: Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:52 PM

    
:sillydance: by catluvr2 Voting on Top Submissions of MAY-JUNE 2015 :sillydance: by catluvr2

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:iconpocketwatchplz: TIME TO VOTE ON MAY-JUNE'S FOUR ORIGINAL FOLDERS :iconpocketwatchplz:

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~~~ :icontulipplz: ~~~ HOW to VOTE ~~~ :icontulipplz: ~~~

MOST Months We Hold a WHOLE GROUP Membership Voting, and we Welcome our AWESOME MEMBERS/[plus ADMIN.!!] to VOTE on what each feel are the TOP Submissions from that time period, out of our Folders!
We believe this is the Group's Group.
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You May Vote on:

:bulletblue: 2 from "Birds, Inverts, Aquats, Repts, Amphibs, MAY-JUNE'15" - HERE: unframed-nature.deviantart.com…

:bulletblue: 2 from "Land Mammals, Wild & Domestic MAY-JUNE'15" - HERE: unframed-nature.deviantart.com…

:bulletblue: 2 from "Nature Much Closer MAY-JUNE'15" - HERE: unframed-nature.deviantart.com…

:bulletblue: 2 from "All 'Scapes MAY-JUNE'15" - HERE: unframed-nature.deviantart.com…


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The MAX number of submissions you can vote on for this month is: EIGHT [ 8 ].

[If more is sent, I will choose from your own votes. Thanks. :thanks:]


:note: ONE of your votes, could be of ONE of your own submissions, from the FOUR MAIN Folders, but ONLY IF you wish! :)

:pointr: SEND in a NOTE to me, Tea of TeaPhotography :iconteaphotography: up to EIGHT [ 8 ] of what you believe is The TOP Submissions in the way described above, using THUMBCODES, please. :thanks:

:note: NOTE: If you do NOT know how to do THUMBCODES,
check out this tutorial:

TUT: Thumb Codes, Links + Emb. by TimberClipse

If still NOT sure, PLEASE ask in a comment below, for any Member or Admin. to answer, or SEND the GROUP a NOTE. :)


:pointr: VOTING is from starting NOW, JULY 1st through JULY  7th, ending sometime around the afternoon, MY time, which is Pacific Standard Time, giving plenty of time into the evening and night, for ALL! ;) 
:note: Please understand, I will NOT be updating this voting journal to say that voting actually closed. :thanks:


:star: We temporarily close the group, during the first week of every OTHER month, just during the time of voting. Our Group will re-open on JULY 8th! :eager: :la:


:iconcatearsplz: As soon as I possibly can, after the 7th, I will assemble and log the votes, into my spreadsheet, and THEN put together the Group News Article: "The Top Submissions..." to showcase both months' work, which the Members have voted on. :aww:

This Group is a SENSATIONAL TEAM!

:rose::thanks: :community::community::community::community::community: :thanks: :rose:

On behalf of the Administrators, we thank you for your stunning submissions during MAY & JUNE!
:iconwowplz:
Keep up the AWESOMENESS!
You Are Awesome by AudraMBlackburnsArt

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:note: PLEASE NOTE: Regarding our :heart:"FOUR Special Folders":heart:

Work from these folders WILL be included, too!!!
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Just leave it to Yours Truly, aka your Team Leader, and with great difficulty, I will select a few (of the many) fabulous works from each of these most wonderful folders, and feature them also in the next "TOP SUBS OF MAY-JUNE 2015" :heart:

Butterfly love by Nina1love1


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:iconballoonsplz: Our Group’s NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS! :iconballoonsplz:


:pencil:Unframed-Nature's UpComing News Articles :pencil:

:bulletorange: "The TOP Subs of MAY-JUNE'15" News Article, should come out by mid-JULY.

:trophy: Upcoming Themes & Contests :trophy:

:bulletwhite: :sun: JULY/AUGUST THEME: "Animal Part CLOSE-UP!"
Remember, "Themes" are like mini or little contests- less pressure, less rules, a little less expected, less prizes, but NOT LESS FUN! ;)

Paw Bullet Black (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre One Submission per Member of Group
Paw Bullet Black (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre BEGINS: Mon. July 27th; ENDS: Mon. AUG. 31st- 5 weeks! Marill la by GoldFlareon
Paw Bullet Black (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre Could be Domestic, Wild, Land or Water, anything that could fit in either of our first TWO folders- yes that would include birds, insects, mollusks... (to make it easier on everyone involved.)
Paw Bullet Black (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre Macro is GREAT, but it does NOT have to be.
(But use common sense, be safe!)
Paw Bullet Black (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre We are talking about an eye, eyelashes, an ear, a nose, teeth, a tooth, tongue, a few hairs or pieces of fur, skin/skin texture, a foot/paw- or toe/claw/tallon, or part of one.
But keep it CLEAN!!! - as per our group's regular rules.
Paw Bullet Black (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre Animal must be ALIVE, also as per out group's regular rules.
Paw Bullet Black (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre Any kind of Art Media that could support this theme, is welcomed. :aww:

:trophy: PRIZES :trophy:
1st: 200pts :points:
2nd: 100pts :points:
Runner Up: 50pts :points:
Runner Up: 50pts :points:

:rose: Honourable Mentions
There will likely be a small group of Honourable Mentions,
who will also be voted on and chosen with the above, who will also be featured, and also be moved to the FEATURED FOLDER, and who will later be :+fav:'d by our POINTS ACCT. :nod:


:bulletwhite: NEXT BIG CONTEST:
Beginning around October. Details announced later.



:icondonatepointsgreenplz: POINTS for Our Group! :icondonatepointsgreenplz:

:bulletblack: We HOPE to continue to have TWO BIG Contests per year. :aww:

:bulletblack: We will continue with our semi-Monthly Themes, which are much smaller point prizes.

:bulletblack: The next Theme is planned to begin LAST WEEK OF JULY!

:bulletblack: We sometimes use points for other special occasions or circumstances, on a smaller scales.

:bulletblack: At this point, we DO plan to renew our SUPERGROUP Status next THIS DECEMBER 1st, 2015

:fingerscrossed:

:star: These are some of the things that your very generous points help us to be able to accomplish, as a large and active group.
 Thank you again for your fabulous help!
:blowkiss:

To help us to achieve these plans and goals, if you do have a few points to spare, feel free to donate to our group, HERE:
:points: Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts: :points:

:star: Any point helps, and you will read there, how our donors are rewarded! :star:


:icongrouphugplz: Admins. for Unframed-Nature! :icongrouphugplz:

:note: If you would be interested in becoming a part of our wonderful Admin. Team
PLEASE NOTE ME, TeaPhotography.

You may want to LOOK at our APPLICATION, first, and answer as many questions as you want, or feel like answering.
It's MUCH MORE INFORMAL than it looks- really! :nod: :aww:
It just gives us an idea, as well, as you, our potentially newest Admin., a general idea of things. :aww:
 
Administrator Application for Unframed-NatureUnframed-Nature's Application for Administrative Position
Accepting Applications for Administrator Positions at Unframed-Nature is now: OPEN!
Introduction
Before you apply, please know that volunteering for a large and active group here on dA, such as Unframed-Nature is a real and true commitment, which will take up some of your time on at least a weekly basis, maybe more.
Unframed-Nature is special in many ways, but from an Administrative view point, it is very special because we have always had good luck with our current Administrators, most of which have been with the Group, as Administrators, for a very long time.
We are a very friendly Team, both with each other, and with the Members, as well. This means when we do have to decline works, we do give a reason, and we are friendly about it.  It means, that upon occasion if there is something that we disagree about within the Admin. Team, we disagree nic


:note: Obviously you do NOT have to be qualified in every area, AT ALL, to become a part of the Team!
I certainly am not! :giggle:

:thanks: :heart: :thanks:

Thank you to all of our current Admins., for such willingness to be so helpful! :heart:

:iconlookoutplz: FAQ Sheet for 2015 :iconlookoutplz:

Check it out!
:star: UPDATED FAQ Sheet for Unframed-Nature 2015:iconhugpileplz: Welcome (Back) to Unframed-Nature,
and to Our NEWLY Completed Group FAQ for 2015!
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:note: ***If you just need info. about our "Submission Limits, Folder Descriptions, Folder Rules"
simply scroll DIRECTLY past this first section on "Introduction and Welcome" to the VERY NEXT SECTION where you will very likely find exactly what you are looking for! Thank you! Hope that helps!***
:iconwhiteflowerplz: Introduction and Welcome! :iconwhiteflowerplz:
First, I would like to take a moment to wish ALL of our Admins., Members, Affiliates, & Friends of our Group,
A REALLY SUPER YEAR in 2015!
:iconnewyear2plz:
If you are a NEW Member, thank you for joining us, and  Welcome to our Group! We really hope you will enjoy our fun-loving  Nature group, and our unique way of doing things!
:icongrouphugplz:
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In most cases you'll simply just need to scroll to the very section you are needing to know something about.
Such as to understand about a particular folder, or submission limits,
OR,
:pointr: Times when our Group Closes Down!
This affects us every OTHER month. Please be aware of our group closures! :thanks:



COMMUNITY GROUPS, WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT!
:heart: Feel free to check them out, you'll be glad you did! :heart:

:icondawishingwell: :icondevnews:

:icondeviantheart: :icondacompliments:



Other AWESOME Groups, Founded by our own ADMINS., HERE!

:iconpetpicks: Founder: :iconwindinthecoffeecup:
donate here: WindInTheCoffeeCup

:iconfractal-love: Founder: :iconannissina:
donate here: Fractal-Love-Points

:icondogsoftheworld: and :iconcome-one-come-all:
Founder: :iconlacedshadowdiamond:

:iconi-heart-colors: Founder: :iconkiwicocktail:

:iconflowerspassion: Founder: :iconkeziamara:

Dear Fellow-Admins.,
If I have missed any of you, who are working as a FOUNDER of another GROUP,
PLEASE DO let me know! :heart:



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:trophy: Affiliate Groups’ CONTEST WINNERS! :trophy:

None, yet.

:star: IF you are an AFFILIATE GROUP, and you have a CONTEST you'd like us to PROMOTE, send us a GROUP NOTE, and we will PROMOTE it on our FRONT PAGE, LEFT-SIDE!
If you also want us to feature the Winners, please tell us that also by NOTE, and send us the WINNERS, when the CONTEST is OVER.
:nod:

Winners are featured in this section of these types of Articles.
:heart:

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Thank-you by KmyGraphic

Thank you ALL,
Members and hard working Admins. alike!

ThankYou by KmyGraphic

A real and special :heart:HEART-FELT:heart: THANK YOU goes out to my fellow-Admins., who always work really hard helping and supporting our group here! They honestly do an impressive job!
:clap::clap::clap::clap:
I love our TEAM!

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We, at Unframed-Nature wish for you to have a marvelous JULY & AUGUST!
And we look forward to seeing more of your excellent work, when we RE-OPEN on the 8th of JULY!

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Tea :iconteaphotography:
Your Team Leader


WishingWell Weekly, ED. 136

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 3:32 AM


:iconspreadmoreloveplz: Welcome to WishingWell Weekly :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
    
:iconcatlaplz: :dance: :iconcatlaplz: :dance: :iconcatlaplz:

Hello Dear Members, Watchers, and Visitors,

    
WELCOME TO dAWishingWell!

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A lot of Fantastic Events and NEW :new: Things Happening in Our Group!
First of all:



is CLOSED. Thank you for your patience, as we will take a bit of time, maybe about a week I think to gather the judges, do what we need to do, and then have the results presented! :nod: :eager:

GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED, and WE THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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:note: NOTE Changes, & Upcoming News! :note:
:star: The future of dAWishingWell...
:star: dAWishingWell Makeover part 1

:star: This is important!! Please read! :eager: Thank you! :thanks:





:eyes: CHECK IT OUT, "Fishing for Wishes 15.6.4":
Fishing for Wishes 15.6.4
Please DO Comment if you help, we would really appreciate it so much! Thank you! :love:

:eyes: YAY :w00t: "The Wishing Jar 5.6.4":
The Wishing Jar 15.6.4
Please DO Comment if you help, we would really love your help, if you could! Thanks so much! :love:

:eyes: And See "Wish Fondue 15.6.3":
Wish Fondue 15.6.3
Comment if you help, please and thank you, kindly! :love:

:eyes: AND, Check Out, "Wishing Upon a Star 15.6.3":
Wishing Upon a Star 15.6.3
If you help, please comment, and thank you so much! :star:


:iconrainbowarrowplz: Yay! "Monday Muses"!! I adore me, some Monday Muses! :iconlittleheartplz:
Monday Muses one day late
Please participate in this lovely event! :iconlittleheartplz:

:iconrainbowarrowplz:  "Tuesday Treats!" is always exciting! :excited:
Tuesday Treats: Local Wildlife
:note: It's always a super fun topic! :w00t:

:iconbirthdaycakeplz: OH, and if you haven't noticed, it's going to be JULY,
very soon. (Don't ask me how that happened... :ohmygod: )
Anyway:
Call for July birthdays

Please leave a comment here if you have a birthday in July or a friend of yours has a birthday in July!
Birthdays are featured in Weekend Fun, usually at the end of the week of the birthday. No need to be a member! You do not have to disclose the date of your birthday or age, but you can if you really want to :XD:.
Important: If your recommend friends, please make sure they want to be featured. Not everybody likes exposure.
:icondawishingwell:

Get you and/or your friends B-DAYS in, IF you were born in JULY!!! :party:

... which leads me to....
:star: Let's not forget:
"Weekend Fun!!"
Weekend Fun
*THIS* is where the BIRTHDAYS are featured,
among other important news and awesome information!! :la:
Great info. and FUN here! :party:

And...
:icongrouphugplz: WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! "Thursday Greets!" :clap:
Thursday Greets
:handshake: :highfive: :handshake:


:icongiveroseplz: BIG Thank You's :icongiveroseplz:
:iconcuterainbowplz: Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this group, in a variety of ways, such as through your donation of POINTS :points:, HERE: TheWishingWidget, promoting us in your Profile Journals, Group Journals, participating in our various Group Activities, Commenting on our other very Special Features that we have, and :+fav:'ing the work that we are sharing with you, AND

:star:ANYTHING to do with helping to make dA wishes come true!:star:

:thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

This is all VERY IMPORTANT support and participation, and we are truly grateful for all of it!

Most recent POINT & Good Deeds Feature:
:new: May Good Deeds :new:
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO DONATED POINTS TO OUR POINTS WIDGET,
and to THOSE WHO HELPED MAKE WISHES COME TRUE!!
:iconspreadmoreloveplz::iconspreadmoreloveplz::iconspreadmoreloveplz:

:icongrouphugplz::iconpinklilyplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz: :icongrouphugplz:

:icontreasurechestplz: The Treasure Chest, #42 :icontreasurechestplz:



"The Treasure Chest"- truly OUTSTANDING work, found from around dA from Active Deviants, any genre, with 299 faves or less.
:eager: :eager: :eager:

THE TREASURE CHEST!
:icontreasurechestplz:

Queen to be by Ulalahblondie by blurheadThe Self by Mivala

Skull in metal version by GambitroniusGreen Search by furstripePuppies for sale.img606, with story by harrietsfriend

... never burn bridges ... by FlowerOfTheForestBlue Tit Juvenile by taramaraGarden Delight by natureguy

Bonneville rodders by GraphikustomsHold Your Precious-Collaboration with Kay March by SineLuceBeautiful Magic by LifeIsARazorBlade

you are my oxygeni feel you slipping
through the cracks in my window
leaving me breathless
It's GourmetThe squid writhed in my hands, its skin flashing from white to violent red.  It choked its tentacles up my forearms, its beak gaping open and closed.  I slid my thumbs to either side of its voiceless screaming and cracked the thing’s cartilage skull.  The squid’s skin faded from red to pink and finally to a lifeless white.  I removed my arms from the mess, now just a stack of tentacles on my cutting board, and wiped my bloody arms on my apron.  “There’s got to be an easier way.”
“There is.” Yur said beside me.  He could have passed for a human—but who really wanted to? 
I threw the squid’s body into a bubbling chili that could have stood in for any number of species’ excrements.  The fact that I could spot floating artifacts of the previous week’s meals didn’t help the comparison.  I snatched a lid and capped off the pot before the squid’s gelatinous body began to
The Coffee GodThe Coffee God behind the counter shuffles foot to foot, a dance of steam and espresso.  Black painted fingernails, inch gauged ears and a gray striped sweatshirt, hood crooked on his back.  There's a cigarette tucked behind one ear; it bobs and twitches with each step.
“Non-fat caramel latte,” he calls, just as he always does, part of a spell, part of a mantra, toneless (just a tuck at the end).  I reach.  He looks up.
The espresso maker hisses.
There's something like a grin, something like a spark, something like a shared secret linked eye to eye.  When he passes over the drink (rough cardboard sleeve hot to the touch), he lingers.  Our fingers brush, a shiver, a jolt, a ten-watt shock.
The Coffee God tilts his chin, shouts, “Hey, mind if I take my break now?”
and ducks around the counter without waiting for a reply.
He slips his cigarette between his lips without taking his eyes from mine.  I follow him out the door.
Outside

Mermaid by XxanaAMilitary service by ber-yaourtSmall Girl with Hat by shadow-bahar

Marta and Magda by KatrinaSwinnleymy little friend and I 04 by MT-PhotografienThe lacemaker - Homage to Johannes Vermeer by KangTengri

Strawberry Heaven by couchmochiFlower Field by ViannaVerenaLong-tailed Tit by CyprianMielczarek

    

    
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FWQ3D: We need More Bulbs! by Sabine62Stepping into Summer by poca2hontasSaki's Dragon by Jenny42

106 or 108 by CanankkDiamonds In The Rough by Trippy4UAround the old house V by ladyjudina

Calla Lily by hv1234Captain America by hosanna9Birthing Beauty by TouchofArtistry

Clematis by OlgaSternikPortrait 07 by RssfimCat Typography by WhisperRoses

Twisted by isiderHawaii by LudificoInto the wild by Andorada

Hogwarts in the Snow #4 by berguntyEvening swell by ibasimaikataimetoSuch Sweet Memories by LASKANWLF

Lady of the Evening by RHLPixelsWarp 9 in the Alien Tunnel by Katzilla13Magical Music Sheet by Narwhal-Blueberry

big and little by christycameasromansSmile for the camera by gigi50Tabby by Voigtlander

Licky puppy by Heylormammy15 AVRIL 2014 - BIRTH OF LIGHT by JFBAYLEFANTASY..... by Tigles1Artistry

Abbey Reflection by GatesigirlColors of spring by marrgitPalace by LaurensSpruit

Organic Grown Russian Mammoth by LifeIsARazorBladeAfternoon Inside  by LindArtzFollow the Yellow Brick Road by CarolynYM

Cochineal - Page 8 by cochineal-comicCochineal - Page 9 by cochineal-comicNerve by SaraPereiraArt



If you would like to participate in "The Treasure Chest" feature, simply refer to the criteria above, and IF you are an Admin., Member, or Friend of dAWishingWell you may feel free to suggest, UP to three deviations you feel are worthy of being found in the Treasure Chest.

All you have to do, is place the thumbcode or link of the deviation, in a comment below. And that's it! :w00t:

Yes, this is for the work of someone else, besides yours, in this type of activity. :XD:
Just please remember, that "three" is a MAX number. One is fine- and please don't suggest more than three... per week! :la:

:note: A Question came up: Yes, the intent is ONE work of Art, per ONE Artist each. So three different Artists featured, at the most, with one work each.

Thank you!!!! :love:

The following EIGHT (8) Members and Friends of The Well, helped by suggesting the first 24 works!!

:iconcoastbeachartist::iconuszatyarbuz::icondeb-e-ann:
:icondaniellemwilliams::iconroguemudblood::iconlilith-the-5th:
:iconsesam-is-open::iconclu-art:


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WEEKLY BIRTHDAYS!

:iconhappybirthdaycakeplz:

I want to wish the last of JUNE babies, and the first of JULY babies a HAPPY BIRTHDAY,  whether we have a chance to feature every person or not. :XD:
But check out our weekly BIRTHDAY Features in our
"WEEKEND FUN" Articles, For Example:
:iconcatlaplz: Weekend Fun :iconcatlaplz:
WHERE B-DAYS ARE Featured!
AND: Call for July birthdays
where we are currently calling for them for the month!! :eager:
:iconballoonsplz::iconballoonsplz::iconballoonsplz:

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Please keep an EYE :eyes: out for our next weekly wishing and feature articles and events to participate in- as they are outlined and summarized in the top portion of this weekly news article!

:note: As you would find out in the CHANGES/NEWS from above, JULY is The Well's
"VACATION MODE" Month. So you will not see the traditional wishing articles. They will be done differently. There will be other news articles and events that may also be taking a break.
I will list the schedule of "WishingWell Weekly" in COMMENTS. :aww:

:iconwhiteflowerplz:
As you can see... STILL there will be, Lots of really beautiful things happening here in our group!
Check back every day!
:iconloveitsignplz:

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Thank you so much to Members and Staff Alike! :thanks:
We, at dAWishingWell would like to WISH all of our Members, Watchers, Visitors,
a lovely last part of JUNE as we enter the very first part of JULY!
:wow: :ohmygod: :faint: ;) Butterfly love by Nina1love1

:iconstars-plz:

:iconblowkissteaplz:, Tea





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The Treasure Chest- Ed. 9

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 2:52 AM


:icondevnews: DevNews :icondevnews:

:icongrouphugplz:Welcome To Our VISUAL News Showcase :icongrouphugplz:
What is it?
:icontreasurechestplz:THE TREASURE CHEST:icontreasurechestplz:
"The Treasure Chest"-
Truly OUTSTANDING work, found from around dA from Active Deviants,
any genre or media, with 299 faves or less.


:note: We've had a couple of good questions about what is considered ACTIVE for this monthly event.
ACTIVE: If the artist has not shown ANY signs of ANY activity within Eight (8) weeks, or so, I would not suggest them. At least not for the time being- they may return of course, because two months isn't  super long.

Activity does not necessarily mean submitting deviations, though. They could be here every day commenting, replying, doing features for other people, and otherwise being supportive, but perhaps NOT submitting their own work for say... a YEAR, for example.
And this is still considered ACTIVE, in my opinion.
I hope this helps. :aww:


This Activity began as a weekly activity within dAWishingWell's Sunday/Monday weekly summation News Article:
"WishingWell Weekly" a year ago!

It has been well received and includes participants who want to suggest a few of their own.  SO, we decided to do a similar News Article, but one that's only focused on the treasures, as a MONTHLY Article here at DevNews. :D

We really hope you enjoy it!
:la:



:icontreasurechestplz:The Treasure Chest, ED. 9:icontreasurechestplz:




Witch Ela by RHLPixelsKey to Her Stars by Makintosh91Book Keeper by MLeighStudio
Lilith Finished by MasacreatorMagic Tree by MeluuArtsThe Price of Love by Aurora-Silver
Ultron by hosanna9waves of green by Oniroidblue heart by hv1234
aqua by awjayShantyTown Scene - XIII by InayatShahGarden Delight by natureguy


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Three Amigos by Katzilla13big and little by christycameasromansMagical Music Sheet by Narwhal-Blueberry
Anrak by Kyulein93Jane-2012.... by Basile-TirardJellyfish by Gatesigirl
Graffiti Skies by berguntyTiny pink roses by Nexu4 Dead Girls Aren't Always Who They Seem To Be.There is a boy I know who refuses to leave, he's stuck in my own skin.
And that's what I am too. Stuck.
Maybe I'm a hidden love letter
Who writes to the little girls I claim to live inside of me
But shelters the little boy who wants to come outside.
Maybe I'm afraid you will take him away from me,
Or maybe I'm ashamed that you will judge my parenting skills.
He may not be my body,
But he is more than just this poem.
He is my heart, mind, and soul,
The very thing that animates me
And I would be nothing but a bottled love letter,
Lost at sea without him.

Into the wild by AndoradaCaribbean Night by DMMDesignWanaka Sunrise by StevenDavisPhoto
Such Sweet Memories by LASKANWLFSunset with Pines by mreinigGo 2 Party by Ludifico
Late Fall Flowers by JCCJ756Cat Typography by WhisperRosesPortrait 07 by Rssfim
Clematis by OlgaSternikThelma,Camelia and Anna Claudia by isiderThe key of my heart by FrancescaDelfino
TomorrowLand by TouchofArtistryCaptain America by hosanna9Goeltzschtal by MarcoHeisler
Smile for the camera by gigi50 Break Summer stumbled into the house with a grunt after fiddling with the dead bolt for longer than she cared to admit. The bolt was never locked in their home, unless someone was drunk and they didn't want anyone else to see, or they were on the verge of a mental breakdown and were planning on doing something stupid. "Baby?" She called out, setting her keys down on the mail table. "Catherine, where are you?" Her younger girlfriend had moved in with her some months ago, and there had been absolutely no problems, no disagreements, no suspicious behavior, well... until then. She listened for a reply but was met by the sound of running water. Relief washed over Summer, "She's in the shower, that's why she didn't answer, and that's why she threw the bolt." She thought with a smile and a slight shake of her head.
Setting her bag down and taking her shoes off she set off up the stairs. "What's wrong with you? Making me worry abo--" She stopped dead in her tracks when she saw the blood on the floor
Hazelnut by michellemonique
Tabby by VoigtlanderFANTASY..... by Tigles1ArtistryThinking of you....... by 1001G
Around the old house V by ladyjudinamonster yell by vonnbriggsCalamari Queen by ars-autem-lux
On the bottom of the sea by katiousa15Dingo and veggie by woxysDiamonds In The Rough by Trippy4U
Bottle by CanankkThe Colors Of The Night  by LindArtzFollow the Yellow Brick Road by CarolynYM
Chevy the Mouse Deer Forest Spirit (colored) by missingmomWinter Fairy 2015 by Jenny42FWQ3D: We need More Bulbs! by Sabine62



:note: If you should want to participate and make this an interactive News Article,
this would be fine with me! :aww:

All you would have to do, is suggest 2 or 3 deviations, using the criteria from the beginning of this Article,
and place the thumbcodes or links in a comment of this Article. If they do meet the criteria as outlined above, they will be featured in NEXT month's edition of DevNews's TREASURE CHEST. :heart:

:icontreasurechestplz:

Thank you to those Members and Friends of DevNews
who have helped with this Edition of The Treasure Chest by suggesting
the First 12 Treasures:

:iconuszatyarbuz::iconlilith-the-5th:
:iconclu-art::icondeb-e-ann:


See you next month, likely sometime between the 22nd-28th,
and perhaps with your suggestions! :wave:
:iconblowkissteaplz:





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WishingWell Weekly, ED. 135

Mon Jun 22, 2015, 4:48 AM


:iconspreadmoreloveplz: Welcome to WishingWell Weekly :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
    
:iconcatlaplz: :dance: :iconcatlaplz: :dance: :iconcatlaplz:

Hello Dear Members, Watchers, and Visitors,

    
WELCOME TO dAWishingWell!

:icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz::icondoublehugplz:

A lot of GREAT Events and NEW :new: Things Happening in Our Group!

:eager: First of all, you only have until JUNE 28th to enter:
our MASCOT CONTEST!! Take a LOOK:


:star: And if you haven't noticed there's been some changes a'foot, here at the well, starting with a cleaner front page... :love:
See this: Please see this: The future of dAWishingWell...
and this: dAWishingWell Makeover part 1
AND especically THIS, because there are some things that are new:



Okay, onward:
:eyes: CHECK IT OUT, "Fishing for Wishes 15.6.3":
Fishing for Wishes 15.6.3
Please DO Comment if you help, we would really appreciate it so much! Thank you! :love:
:eyes: YAY :w00t: "The Wishing Jar 5.6.3":
The Wishing Jar 15.6.3
Please DO Comment if you help, we would really love your help, if you could! Thanks so much! :love:
:eyes: And See "Wish Fondue 15.6.2":
Wish Fondue 15.6.2
Comment if you help, please and thank you, kindly! :love:
:eyes: AND, Check Out, "Wishing Upon a Star 15.2.1":
Wishing Upon a Star 15.6.3
If you help, please comment, and thank you so much! :star:

:iconrainbowarrowplz: Yay! "Monday Muses"!! I adore me, some Monday Muses! :iconlittleheartplz:
Monday Muses
Please participate in this lovely event! :iconlittleheartplz:

:iconrainbowarrowplz:  "Tuesday Treats!" is always exciting! :excited:
Tuesday Treats: Missing (and a change)
:note: It's always a super fun topic! :w00t:

:star: Let's not forget:
"Weekend Fun!!"
Weekend Fun
Great info. and FUN here! :party:

And...
:icongrouphugplz: WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! "Thursday Greets!" :clap:
Thursday Greets
:handshake: :highfive: :handshake:

:icongiveroseplz: BIG Thank You's :icongiveroseplz:
:iconcuterainbowplz: Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this group, in a variety of ways, such as through your donation of POINTS :points:, HERE: TheWishingWidget, promoting us in your Profile Journals, Group Journals, participating in our various Group Activities, Commenting on our other very Special Features that we have, and :+fav:'ing the work that we are sharing with you, AND

:star:ANYTHING to do with helping to make dA wishes come true!:star:

:thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

This is all VERY IMPORTANT support and participation, and we are truly grateful for all of it!

Most recent POINT & Good Deeds Feature:
:new: May Good Deeds :new:
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO DONATED POINTS TO OUR POINTS WIDGET,
and to THOSE WHO HELPED MAKE WISHES COME TRUE!!
:iconspreadmoreloveplz::iconspreadmoreloveplz::iconspreadmoreloveplz:

:icongrouphugplz::iconpinklilyplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz: :icongrouphugplz:

:icontreasurechestplz: The Treasure Chest :icontreasurechestplz:



"The Treasure Chest"- truly OUTSTANDING work, found from around dA from Active Deviants, any genre, with 299 faves or less.
Here goes our 41st ONE! :la:

THE TREASURE CHEST!
:icontreasurechestplz:

Lgv 6763 by Fiend-VGrumpy Idealist by Florian-KA different kind of family portrait by Felizias

Grumpy Cat and Nyan Cat Snack by EmilySteppHappier Days by madaigualAnna Mercury by MDiPascale

Ent colored by MuseTerraWhat about the swallows? by HowinnContest entry: A Sunshine Fairy and A Gnome Lord by Hanna-Riikka

13-Cygne by scarypetSpawn Fanart Cover by TatarskiSkandalnight owl by vonnbriggs

Haunting Flame  by LindArtzCoeds.img547, with story by harrietsfriendHappy Birthday Coco by 1001G

Ultron by hosanna9blue heart by hv1234Intense Skies by cjmottley

Iris6755 by itsumo-akubi-akeHydrangea3341C by osam-devet Break Summer stumbled into the house with a grunt after fiddling with the dead bolt for longer than she cared to admit. The bolt was never locked in their home, unless someone was drunk and they didn't want anyone else to see, or they were on the verge of a mental breakdown and were planning on doing something stupid. "Baby?" She called out, setting her keys down on the mail table. "Catherine, where are you?" Her younger girlfriend had moved in with her some months ago, and there had been absolutely no problems, no disagreements, no suspicious behavior, well... until then. She listened for a reply but was met by the sound of running water. Relief washed over Summer, "She's in the shower, that's why she didn't answer, and that's why she threw the bolt." She thought with a smile and a slight shake of her head.
Setting her bag down and taking her shoes off she set off up the stairs. "What's wrong with you? Making me worry abo--" She stopped dead in her tracks when she saw the blood on the floor

Alzheimersi hear my grandfather breaking shore on D-Day,
the muffled black and white German blaring
on the History Channel. the memories etched
in his face fading as the rabid fear, break-neck
hug, anything, to hold on.
and his fear seeps into my clothes, my spine,
lingers there for days.
Dead Girls Aren't Always Who They Seem To Be.There is a boy I know who refuses to leave, he's stuck in my own skin.
And that's what I am too. Stuck.
Maybe I'm a hidden love letter
Who writes to the little girls I claim to live inside of me
But shelters the little boy who wants to come outside.
Maybe I'm afraid you will take him away from me,
Or maybe I'm ashamed that you will judge my parenting skills.
He may not be my body,
But he is more than just this poem.
He is my heart, mind, and soul,
The very thing that animates me
And I would be nothing but a bottled love letter,
Lost at sea without him.

    

    
:eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes:

    
Overgrowth -asurf pong 8- by poca2hontasWaiting for the Party to Start by Lady-CompassionDeath Makes House Calls by TouchofArtistry

My Dog Ray Ray III by LDFranklinRebekah by loknnicaA lot of plushies! by StarryBrush

Maybug by LewiARTsA Very Happy Birthday Melissa by LuLupooFungus by valiunic

loving the sea by elle-cannelleTree That Will II by TistelmarkNight Lights can Only Protect us so Much by I-am-the-wanderer

Pink lilies by Shelter85Rainbow Waterdrop by FlabnBoneTall Ship by Keziamara

strawberries by kosharik69BENGAL TIGER by Leonid Afremov by LeonidafremovSakura by Canadianhorseluver

Colorfoul Garden by catazarchCuddle up time by Crafty-lil-vixenAurora by ShanghaiSarah

Master at work by sheepSkeletonHermine - study by fablauFashion Victim by fablau

Lillies by PassionAndTheCameraColour Trees by OlgaSternikSummer blues by TheDewdropFairy

Valkyria Aurora by cristiiFans by isiderWhite by Lust0fADeeperPain

Burning Up by hm923Untitled by anaPhenixGreen Green Grass of Home by BrightStar2

dog lying in the sand by Nexu4CE: Anna - Lolita Dress by Happy-every-dayBreakwater+Horizon 2 - Mundesley, Norfolk UK by Coigach

Puppy Pancakes by SirKittenpawsThe Mermaid Rainbow by Jenny42Play Along - Wallpaper by miincdesign


If you would like to participate in "The Treasure Chest" feature, simply refer to the criteria above, and IF you are an Admin., Member, or Friend of dAWishingWell you may feel free to suggest, UP to three deviations you feel are worthy of being found in the Treasure Chest.

All you have to do, is place the thumbcode or link of the deviation, in a comment below. And that's it! :w00t:

Yes, this is for the work of someone else, besides yours, in this type of activity. :XD:
Just please remember, that "three" is a MAX number. One is fine- and please don't suggest more than three... per week! :la:

:note: A Question came up: Yes, the intent is ONE work of Art, per ONE Artist each. So three different Artists featured, at the most, with one work each.

Thank you!!!! :love:

The following NINE (9) Members and Friends of The Well, helped by suggesting the first 22 works!!

:iconuszatyarbuz::iconcoastbeachartist::icondaniellemwilliams:
:iconlilith-the-5th::iconstygma::iconsesam-is-open:
:iconclu-art::icondeb-e-ann::iconroguemudblood:

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:iconhappybirthdaycakeplz:

WEEKLY BIRTHDAYS!

:iconhappybirthdaycakeplz:

I want to wish this week's JUNE babies a HAPPY BIRTHDAY,  whether we have a chance to feature every person or not. :XD:
But check out our weekly BIRTHDAY Features in our
"WEEKEND FUN" Articles, For Example:
:iconcatlaplz: Weekend Fun :iconcatlaplz:
:iconballoonsplz::iconballoonsplz::iconballoonsplz:

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Please keep an EYE :eyes: out for our next weekly wishing and feature articles and events to participate in- as they are outlined and summarized in the top portion of this weekly news article!

:iconwhiteflowerplz:
As you can see... Lots of really beautiful things happen here in our group!
Check back every day!
:iconloveitsignplz:

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Thank you so much to Members and Staff Alike! :thanks:
We, at dAWishingWell would like to WISH all of our Members, Watchers, Visitors,
a FANTASTIC FOURTH Week of JUNE. Butterfly love by Nina1love1
:iconstars-plz:

:iconblowkissteaplz:, Tea



Unframed-Nature's Earth Day Project Results!

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 19, 2015, 5:14 AM

:icongreenflowerplz:Unframed-Nature's Earth Day 2015: "Project Going Green" PROJECT Results:icongreenflowerplz:
    
    
Dear Fellow Admins., Members, Affiliates, & Friends of Unframed-Nature,

It is more than time to share the results from this time of the year's BIG CONTEST that we always host, which, this time was set up much more like a PROJECT- though simple enough, consisting of just a couple extra steps.

In the past few years, we have always held some sort of "EARTH DAY" themed Contest at this time of year, in order in order to have at least one of our two BIG CONTESTS per year, be one of awareness and education so that we can find a way to add more meaning to our deep love for Nature in our Group.

In every year that we have hosted such an Earth Day Contest, we have had a great and successful contest, with many amazing, talented, and well thought-out entries.


This year, just like past years, our Contest/Project had a ton of positive feedback, and was backed by many groups,
including Community Groups, and had many wonderful and generous prize offers. This didn't seem surprising, as once again it was for a good cause of awareness and education, specifically for ways and ideas to conserve and protect our planet. :aww:


However, one key place where it continued to lack throughout the time period, was in enough actual participants, to truly hold the "Contest" part of things.
A few weeks ago, the Contest Article:
:icongreenflowerplz: Earth Day 2015, PROJECT GOING GREEN-UPDATES:iconjoyloveplz: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's Next BIG Contest :iconjoyloveplz:
:note: UPDATES ARE LOCATED:
1. AT THE CONTEST END DATE, with a FIVE DAY EXTENTION, and
2. WITH THE PRIZE LISTINGS, in relationship to slow participation or lack of.
:icongreenflowerplz:Earth Day 2015: "Project Going Green":icongreenflowerplz:
:iconearthplz: About Earth Day, And How It Relates To This Contest :iconearthplz:
Earth Day is a Global Holiday which began in 1970!
:cake: IT BEGAN 45 YEARS AGO :cake:
This year in 2015, this international celebration which aims to promote awareness, education, and action in order to help preserve and protect Nature on our common home Earth, falls on Wednesday, April 22nd!
This is Unframed-Nature's THIRD year in a row having an EARTH DAY contest. I think this is a celebration, in and of itself.
:eager: :party: :eager:
It began as an attempt to reflect that not only do we love and enjoy the
:icongreenflowerplz:
was amended, and updated to reflect the possibility that we would not have enough participants to have our usual BIG CONTEST at this time of year.


However, we WILL celebrate the brilliant entries of the participants who took amazing interest, took the time and put in the gorgeous effort that they did, on behalf of this PROJECT.

We did have two BRILLIANT participants, and they should definitely not go unnoticed. Instead they truly deserve to be acknowledged for their outstanding entries both in imagery and the matching required information that they provided. They each really did an awesome job!

:icondivider0::icondivider1::icondivider1::icondivider2:

Without further Ado...

:trophy:  PARTICIPANT'S HONOURS AWARD! :icongiveroseplz:
First Submission: "Rain Barrel"
Rain Barrel by donnasueb
by: Donna donnasueb :icondonnasueb:
Donna's superb photograph clearly depicts a creative view of a close-up of the rain barrel that is the subject matter of Donna's project, which was reflective of her choice from the list that was provided, of "Water Conservation". Her Artist Comments also gives great examples of ways the rain barrel is environmentally beneficial, accompanied by photos along the way. This is such an exceptional submission!!

:party: :earth: :heart: :party: :earth: :heart: :party:

Other Examples of Donna's works:
Beautiful Imperfections by donnasuebPartners by donnasueb
I'm Your Backup by donnasuebMoon Scape by donnasueb
Heaven by donnasuebRemains by donnasueb

Congratulations, Donna! Thank you for participating in our "Earth Day's Going Green Project"! You did an excellent job!
I hope you continue to live a "green" life as much as possible, for the sake of our beautiful planet, findng opportunities to share your ideas with others!


:party: :earth: :heart: :party: :earth: :heart: :party:

:trophy:  PARTICIPANT'S HONOURS AWARD! :icongiveroseplz:
Second Submission: "Growing Communities"
Growing Communities by I-am-the-wanderer    
by: Zachery I-am-the-wanderer :iconi-am-the-wanderer:
Zachery's impressive traditional piece is illustrative of the environmental subjects from the list "Community Food Plots" as well as elements from "Recycle/Reuse" and "Planting a Tree".
This alone, just goes to show, that these things are often very much connected! Zachery provides a lot of great information, with wonderful links to check out! I really love how he describes that the work of art itself uses nearly all recycled materials. This is one incredible submission!

:party: :earth: :heart: :party: :earth: :heart: :party:

Other Examples of Zachery's works:
Night Lights can Only Protect us so Much by I-am-the-wandererArctic - Sea Jellies by I-am-the-wanderer
162. Sunset Toucan by I-am-the-wandererSculpture - Intersecting Hypothesis 2 by I-am-the-wanderer
Evening, October 31 by I-am-the-wandererShell Monochromatic by I-am-the-wanderer

Congratulations, Zachery! Thank you for participating in our "Earth Day's Going Green Project"!  You did a marvelous job! You put a lot of work into it, and it shows. I appreciated your enthusiasm for this project, and your comment about art and conservation helping one another! Good luck in this area, professionally!!
    
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:iconfirstplaceplz:Prize Package for PARTICIPANTS' HONOURS AWARDS:iconfirstplaceplz:
    
As updated here:
:icongreenflowerplz: Earth Day 2015, PROJECT GOING GREEN-UPDATES:iconjoyloveplz: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's Next BIG Contest :iconjoyloveplz:
:note: UPDATES ARE LOCATED:
1. AT THE CONTEST END DATE, with a FIVE DAY EXTENTION, and
2. WITH THE PRIZE LISTINGS, in relationship to slow participation or lack of.
:icongreenflowerplz:Earth Day 2015: "Project Going Green":icongreenflowerplz:
:iconearthplz: About Earth Day, And How It Relates To This Contest :iconearthplz:
Earth Day is a Global Holiday which began in 1970!
:cake: IT BEGAN 45 YEARS AGO :cake:
This year in 2015, this international celebration which aims to promote awareness, education, and action in order to help preserve and protect Nature on our common home Earth, falls on Wednesday, April 22nd!
This is Unframed-Nature's THIRD year in a row having an EARTH DAY contest. I think this is a celebration, in and of itself.
:eager: :party: :eager:
It began as an attempt to reflect that not only do we love and enjoy the
:icongreenflowerplz:
the original prizes planned for a full BIG Contest are not feasible or practical without any level of actual competition,
but wth TWO FANTASTIC PARTICIPANTS, it was amended that there would at least be a :new: new prize package for these such participants, which is as follows, for EACH ONE:


:star: 300 :points:
:star: Llamas from:
TeaPhotography Felizias Annissina KiwiCocktail
LacedShadowDiamond Andorada bobonishu
Unframed-Nature-PTS
:star: Unframed-Nature will copy your PARTICIPANT SUBMISSION to the FEATURED folder, and our Point Account Unframed-Nature-PTS will :+fav: -
:star: Unframed-Nature will also request SIX or so EXTRA of your other works of art from your gallery to the FEATURE folder, and then Unframed-Nature-PTS will happily :+fav: those, too.


:note: Many groups (eleven) and a few individuals (six) offered features as prizes-
however under the unique circumstances...
I am not holding them to this, though they ARE still welcomed to do it, if they want to. :aww:


:note: After the above prizes are completely distributed, this Earth Day Contest/PROJECT, will be considered officially and completely over.

:iconearthplz: However, it is with great hope that we might always keep it in mind the wellfare of our great and universal home of planet Earth.  It's certainly more important that we at least make the time to do what it takes to live a "grean life"- one that is consciencious of how we as humans are living in relationship to our beautiful home. Let us not waste her resources, or abuse them, or pollute them... etc. etc.
This is a global effort, that begins with each individual, for the vital benefit of all, and certainly for our future generations. This is definitely worthwhile and worth our time and effort. :heart:




:icondivider0::icondivider1::icondivider1::icondivider2:
    
:iconspreadmoreloveplz:Thank You Profusely to the Following GROUPS and INDIVIDUALS:iconspreadmoreloveplz:

We are extremely appreciative of the immense support from the following GROUPS, who either requested our PROJECT ARTICLE, offered to PROMOTE the PROJECT, offered to FEATURE WINNERS, or offered to do MORE than ONE of the above:

:icontandemfeatures: :iconphotomanip-contests: :iconcrcommunityprojects: :icondawishingwell:
:icondevnews: :iconclash-of-the-titans: :icondeviantheart: :iconprofits-for-animals:
:iconfractal-love: :icondogsoftheworld: :iconcome-one-come-all: :iconthe-green-house:
:iconpetantics: :iconphotos-of-the-season: :iconi-heart-colors: :iconwereallylovephotos:

We are always so very thankful for the kindness of affiliate group support we receive, and this time, was no exception! THANK YOU!!! :love:
    
Thank you - F R E E S T U F F by AStoKo

:party: :earth: :heart: :party: :earth: :heart: :party:
    
    
We are truly grateful to our very kind and generous individuals who would go out of their way and make time to offer support to us, in the way of direct points, offering features to winners, promoting the contest, judging the contest, and in a few cases more than ONE of the aforementioned, and so we hugely thank the following wonderful individuals:

Felizias Annissina-A. LacedShadowDiamond-A. Andorada
Clu-art-A. KiwiCocktail-A. sesam-is-open-A. Geak-of-Nature-A.
marthig WDWParksGal

Thank you - F R E E S T U F F by AStoKo
    
Interestingly, half of these are fellow-Administrators of mine. (The "A." designates six who offered things directly for the PROJECT, and the other FOUR LOVELIES, are simply sweet and awesome people who I know! :love: ) As far as the Admins., when I think about what these very same people already do for our group, or at least strive very hard to do, I am doubly amazed by some of our Administrators, and their loyalty.

Without them, our group would cease to exist, and I say that because personally speaking, I have been having way too many challenges which have only increased too much since 2015, and I am unable to keep up with any single "thing" without certain assistance.

There are a couple of other wonderful Admins., who do show up on some regular basis, aside from the other "A.s" mentioned above, and I am very thankful! :nod:

I would like to name them, but I'm afraid to leave someone out, and I'm the kind of person who would abhor to hurt someone's feelings in that way.

However, I would like to point out at least ONE of my other Administrators, WHO, I've been wanting to find a time and place to give more acknowledgement and credit, for her REALLY BIG HELP, in just keeping the basics running on a daily or at least near daily basis. I don't know if she or anyone realizes how much this has meant to me, and how much this has helped.

Our group is HUGE, and active, despite a fairly limited submission limit, and yes, while there is some other help- (don't think I don't know it! ;) ), it's simply that I have noted that she is able to be there and often, doing the part of the group, that is what I call "the daily grind" - and thankfully so!

Thank you so very much Kezia!!! Keziamara :iconkeziamara:
Squirrel Profile by KeziamaraSwan by Keziamara
Tall Ship by KeziamaraButterscotch Cat by Keziamara
Calm by Keziamara

Thank you for everything. Believe me, I notice. You are greatly appreciated. :heart:

Thank you - F R E E S T U F F by AStoKo

    
:icondivider0::icondivider1::icondivider1::icondivider2:


Admin needed by Felizias Admin. Changes at Unframed-Nature Admin needed by Felizias
    
This is nothing TOO major, but it is important enough to announce it with fellow-Admin. and Members alike.
There will be a few changes within our Admin. Team here at Unframed-Nature.

One of our "top" Admins., has asked to be moved "down" and that was a while ago, and still I have not done it yet... :XD:
... waiting to work on all of the changes at once.

There will be approximately 2-3 Admins., being moved to Membership, simply because they haven't been active on dA, let alone here at the group, for a super super long time!!

There might be a bit of movement upward... NOT certain yet.

But regardless, even among others who I will have stay, there are those who aren't as active as they once were, but due to their immense longevity with the group, and their role as advisors, holding a very specific job, or supporting the group in some other specific way, they will certainly stay.

My role continues to mostly be behind the scenes in management- permissions, keeping up the back area, planning events like themes and contests, every-other-monthly TOP SUBS event, taking the votes, writing our news articles, moving work, moving folders, and managing our Points Account, etc.,- not to say I don't have assistance with some of this from time to time.

And I do check in on voting on submissions from time to time, and I DO check logs etc.

However all of this on its own, is very challenging- and has become more so, and makes it nearly impossible to be as active as I would like to be in my other Admin. positions of other groups,

which is my own problem, of which I will be working on this summer, and trying to re-organize my time and life, in general, around my issues...

:star: This all being said, what we are really :eyes: LOOKING FOR here at Unframed-Nature is to recruit about 2-3 ENTRY LEVEL Administrators to join our family of team-members! :eager: :heart:

The "Entry Level" position is technically called "Supporting Team Administrator", and it basically involves very basic work, as you get to know how the group works from the inside.

As an Administrator you get quite a few perks. If you are a Founder of another group, you get ongoing advertising with us, for one thing.

You are also provided a Mentor, to help you navigate our information in the back area, or help you answer anything that comes up.

There IS an "Interview Sheet" but it tends to look too formal, and it is not meant to scare anyone off. However, it can be provided simply as a way for us to get to know you better, and vice versa! :nod:

We would prefer if you were already a Member of our Group, or at LEAST familiar with our group, through working with us or supporting us in some kind of way. :heart:

:note: Please, NOTE me, TeaPhotography if you think you might be interested in helping us out at the Entry Level, as a "Supporting Team Administrator".

Thank you so very much!
:icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz:



Credits

THE SHELTER PROJECT Report Presentation

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 27, 2015, 12:15 AM
My Gallery l Watch Me l Note Me



WELCOME TO "THE SHELTER PROJECT" REPORT PRESENTATION



First of all,
:heart: Thank you with smile 02 - FREESTUFF by AStoKo :heart:
to everyone who has even made this possible! :sillydance: by catluvr2
Kisu by Yokkan
It is a Team Effort, greater than we can imagine!
:heart::community::community::community::heart:
:rose4you: by spongee0990:icondoggyplz:

heart bullet. by valokilljoyWhat IS "The Shelter Project"?

"The Shelter Project" is an ongoing charitable project, that seeks teamwork in order to raise funds for animals in need- usually those who need rescuing, medical help, to be spayed or neutered, etc.,- animals that need food, shelter, ongoing medical treatment, and for animals who are waiting for adoption to a new home. The project does this, primarily through purchases of a wide variety of artistic works available, by Tea of Tea Photography. 

"The Shelter Project" is NOT one person's project. It is the TEAM'S project. Never once, could any one person do any of this, not even a part of a project surrounding something like this, alone. In this case, this TEAM is the dA Affiliates of this project, for they formed themselved. Without them, there would be no project.

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heart bullet. by valokilljoyThe History & Evolvement

"The Shelter Project" began on deviantART, in August of 2010. It is well into its FIFTH year now. I used to create Anniversary Articles up through the 3rd Anniversary, but missed doing the 4th one this past August, (completely for personal life reasons), and therefore to due to lack of time-
Notice, I've not published any journal on my own profile since August of 2014, which is the longest, I've ever gone since joining dA!

I decided, being a year and half since any Article on the project, I would do a "Report" instead.

In nearly the first year, the project supported Merced County Animal Facility, Merced California.  Since moving, it has supported the animals of South Coast Humane Society, Brookings, Oregon, :star:South Coast Humane Society:star:. However, there are two other local shelters, not much farther away. It is possible that someday one or both of them, might also benefit.

When the project first began here on dA, the first two Affiliates were philippeL and JocelyneR who practically ordered something about the same time, that I can never truly figure out who was exactly the first. :XD:

They ordered things like prints, and greeting cards, WHICH at the time, were the only types of art products I offered. I felt bad later, thinking about the first greeting cards orders, because as I was first starting out, my greeting cards were not quite the great quality that they are now! I've had all the professional materials needed to create the quality greeting cards truly worthy of selling, for quite a while now. Luckily the friends that my first affiliates are, they never mentioned anything negative. :XD: :heart:

I decided to try a project like this in an effort to help and support animals, when something drastic had occurred in my own personal life which would forever affect my financial and earning capabilities. 
At the time, I had been volunteering with two different animal foster groups, and two shelter/pounds, since January of 2008. Part of my volunteer work, would sometimes include some financial contributions, but when this personal event occurred in my life, I was utterly devastated- both financially, AND emotionally.

While of course I knew I could still volunteer in various ways, and vowed to do so, I knew that I desperately wanted to find a way to still be able to give financially... somehow. I needed time to brainstorm, how I was going to do this. I had joined dA in March of 2008, not very long after my volunteer work with animals had begun. My passion for helping animals, as well as for creating and the courage to share my art had BOTH been growing enormously!
Sooo...

It hit me! Could it be possible, that I might be able to sell some art to help the animals I so desired to help?  The only thing was, again, due to my circumstance, I would not be able to donate 100%. Still, I did NOT want to make a profit, as this was not, and never has been the point. So, I carefully set it up from a separate account, and decided that I could do 25%, and the rest would go back into all the materials it takes to create the products (of which the product line has grown over time)!
Materials include, but are not limited to, printer ink, quality photo paper, card stock, framing, and jewelry supplies. These things are very expensive, but in such a circular organization, I would have a much more hope of keeping this project going.

The early affiliates simply began to refer to the project as "The Shelter Project" and I simply suddenly realized that this was exactly what it was, and that it should have a name, and that this was perfect. It was not named by me, but by the affiliates themselves.

About March of 2013, I opened my jewelry line, which I automatically included with "The Shelter Project" and just like the Greeting Cards, no matter the style or subject matter, any of my jewelry pieces would also go toward "The Shelter Project". I had been heavily into jewelry making over a decade before that time, but stopped for other things, but being back into it, has been like coming home to something very familiar and so exciting. I love it so much!
I have included such a variety just within the jewelry line by now:
necklaces, bracelets, earrings, wire-wrap rings, friendship rings (elastic), MATCHING SETS of the previous of 3 or 4, anklets, hair jewelry. And I use and do a wide variety of styles... if it's NOT uploaded, talk to me about something! :D

AND, I have finally but gradually been able to obtain all the professional and necessary equipment, and I try to use good quality materials while keeping prices affordable.

Not long after this I began expanding into other products, such as stickers, magnets, mugs, custom mugs- even two-side custom mugs (a photo on EACH side). Of course, I try to use deviantART whenever this is possible, but I use VistaPrints, when I can't use dA. I do my own photo greeting cards, and my own prints up to 8x10/8x8, as I have my own photo printer and guarenteed inks. But bigger than that, I encourage prints from dA- and to be notified if an image needs to be activated.

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heart bullet. by valokilljoyCurrent Day & Future Plans

Let's look at what's happening in recent times, and currently.  I've always wanted to do more to engage "The Shelter Project" in the local community. It's taken a long while and a lot of work to break into the community, especially when you're new, but I feel that 2014, was finally the big year.

And YET, I always come back to the dA Affiliates of "The Shelter Project" - believe it or not, the Affiliates are largely responsible for this.

We planned a "First Annual Tea Photography Open House for THE SHELTER PROJECT" for last Spring, and a big part of the planning was opening a :points: widget, in order to purchase 11x14 prints to frame, as well as shelter mugs. While it went pretty well for the first time, we didn't space, to display most of the framed 11x14's.

BORN from this, was the idea to have a CHARITABLE Art Gallery on behalf of "The SHelter Project" which was up and running by the end of last Summer!!!
Four 11x14's sold and three mugs, plus two custom mugs, including three local photo shoots came out of this gallery display!!
ALL TO BENEFIT THE ANIMAL!!! :nod:

Now, after only eight weeks or so of being up, it all had to come down, for a medical area remodel and then a total repaint. It took a while to get the green-light to put it all back up, and at least at this point most of it is back up:

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There are plans for more to go up, in the near future, but this is a great start! :clap:
Thank you DONORS!!!
We will also put back the mugs, and advertise custom mugs, and we plan to put out shelter animal magnets, stickers, and photo greeting cards!

:note: EDIT: The MUGS were put back out on FEB. 26th, and one sold on the first day!
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I don't have a photo of them out, though, on the new shelf they have there now.

I also would like to bring in some of my jewelry line I have recently obtained creative and organizational ways of displaying my jewelry.
We'll see how it goes.

On Behalf of: The Shelter Project by TeaPhotography

The Key of Compassion by TeaPhotographyButterfly Charmer by TeaPhotographyLucky Lady by TeaPhotography

To see ALL jewelry I've been able to upload:
:star:teaphotography.deviantart.com/…:star:

Know that I have TONS more of finished pieces that I have yet to have uploaded to dA. I love to do a wide variety of styles. Feel free to ask me about what I have, or what I might be able to do. :aww:

The truth is, I DO plan to focus more again, or find some sort of balance between local and dA people. I will always remain 'specially loyal to dA, because everything was born here, and continues to be supported and maintained through the dA Affiliates- I will NEVER forget that.

In this year ahead, we plan to have TWO "Tea Photography Open Houses for THE SHELTER PROJECT" - likely either one in MAY and then JUNE, or it will be JUNE and then JULY.

And then there will be "THE ANNUAL MUTT STRUTT" in August, whereby I always do the photo portraits of the dogs and the dogs and their human families, AND sell my various artworks there at the same time all in the same booth. So that would be three big public events throughout this Summer.

And lastly, I am looking toward the possibility of having a 2016 calendar for "The Shelter Project"... I've always wanted to do this... but have had some trouble to figure it out.
Anyway, this year, at the last minute, I found a huge discount, and got the go-ahead from the Exec. Director of our Humane Society, and put one together fairly quickly directly, for the humane society itself. It contained pages of my photos of cats and dogs, alternatively. It was a big success. They did sell out by the end of January, which isn't too bad, considering it was last minute and we didn't get them in until after Christmas. :XD:

So these are some plans, and some ideas we are looking toward for "The Shelter Project" for the rest of this year.


heart bullet. by valokilljoyThe Difference Between "An Affiliate" & "A Super Affiliate"

ALL Affiliates are so extremely appreciated and valued, and there are such a wide variety of ways to help and support "The Shelter Project" and therefore to become an Affiliate.

Remember, all Super Affiliates are, actually Affiliates. There is no designation in that direction.

The difference between an Affiliate and a Super Affiliate is this:

An Affiliate, is anyone who has done any kind of advertising for "The Shelter Project"- such as, they've made a Custom Box on their profile page about it, or they've made a journal about it. Perhaps they've made some kind of poll about it, or even their own widget collecting points for it.

I've seen all kinds of creative things as the years have gone on. There's been charity adoptable events with cute kitty and cute doggie characters, for "The Shelter Project" to help raise points, and I even had a great offer for a homemade skin to use and sell to raise points.

I've even had gift art created such as this amazing stamp:

Shelter Project Stamp by Astrikos

I may be forgetting a few things, but I must say, that in all of these advertising efforts, none were my idea. All were generous acts conceived in the minds of generous and compassionate people.

There is no right or wrong way to make an advertisement, unless you want me to check your info. or the features. The creativity of such an advertisement is yours. Creating such advertisements, was never something I set up, rather was born through the evolvement of those who then became Affiliates for choosing to help.

Last Spring, when for the first time ever, I set up a Points Account on my page, specifically for "The Shelter Project" and it's Charitable Art Gallery- 11x14 Prints, Mugs, Magnets, those who donated :points: where it was their first time ever helping the project, became Affiliates. However read the Points Widget for details.

Some may have done any of the above once, or repeatedly, or continue to be ongoing active Affiliates, in some way!
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But the truth is, once an Affiliate, always an Affiliate. :highfive:

A Super Affiliate, is someone who definitely may have done any or all of the above- in fact many of them have, and repeatedly. On the hand, maybe they haven't.

The only distinction is that they have directly purchased something on behalf of "The Shelter Project", therefore donating funds directly to the project immediately in exchange for some kind of artwork made my yours truly.

In this way, donations are direct and immediate, while simultaneous I am promptly put to work, for something that means more to me than I can express.

In some instances, these types of affiliates have made multiple purchases. In a couple of other instances, they've also found other ways, to be directly beneficial to this project.

In a couple of unique cases, kurios-kat
became a Super Affiliate when she sponsored a rather large art project, from the first animal facility which "The Shelter Project" served.
She sponsored it, and I created it, and here is the end result:
The Shelter ART Project by TeaPhotography

Also, a Super Affiliate, MirachRavaia painted me an actual gorgeous T-Shirt, as a gift, for work, such as when I go to take photos at the shelter for the newspaper, otherwise volunteer, or do other photo shoots... it helps me become a walking advertisement, and I just LOVE IT!
It is beautiful:
The Shelter Project t-shirt by MirachRavaia


heart bullet. by valokilljoyThank You to ALL AWESOME Affiliates!   
   
   
:heart: :rose: AFFILIATES :rose: :heart:

JocelyneR philippeL Meljean1 sukoto-san em32 SirKittenpaws sassawj ArtByCher bewilderedconfused MadeByRona DanaAnderson cindy1701d Kaz-D kurios-kat  SaphoPhotographics Bellayona Miarath Brian-B-Photography AshleyLeePhotography LuciaSeriin marthig Jenna-Rose mim304 Nature-as-is creativemikey Lirulin-yirth Diahn-C angelfunkstudio seven-s sesam-is-open PartyFeline VisualPoetress Melancholy-Man wintersmagic EffItJustDance Tigles1Artistry Arte-de-Junqueiro Iluvbiscuit2 EarthBirds chryssalis LayaboutJoe Photos-By-Michelle morningstarskid NanaOsaki88 Juno-Janus Shirimasen TheDarkenedBride SoftplaceToland secrets-of-the-pen AudraMBlackburnsArt Elwing-Isiliel CarolynYM SilkenWinds essencestudios JamminJo Cazamelia FreeSpiritFotography  ArtBYbeverly Geak-of-Nature MirachRavaia Cmac13  Astrikos hayley--jade sonia-p surrealistic-gloom RavingEagleMedia Annissina IrinaLara Corvidae65 awesome43  DeviantTeddine Destroyer77 cwehaar Stygma suezn  M-e-z BiBiARTs Silver-Otter Samcatt Andaelentari ShinyHeels CRGPhotography LydiaRhianne A-Wakefield Cassy-Blue Falareste MisDmeanor KippArts Lady-Compassion KnifeInToaster Dark-Lioncourt Felizias M-i-t-c-h-e-l poca2hontas PizzaPotatoNBacon CelticStrm-Stock veeegeee laddster BlueIvyViolet melodiousglenndog jennystokes BrettAZimmerman Penis-Jam faeorain KiwiCocktail Faircloth-DigiTalArt WilliamJohnsen cloduy LoByteSo ezradeacon AleshaM LightsOnLuna Liagon akrasiel TheGalleryOfEve CameronKobe UszatyArbuz bergunty DeviBrigard Cheesycorn Jessica500 Cinnamoncandy ArtKosh kevintheradioguy dragondoodle Chibi-Eevee somethingzenzen rydi1689 Jukepoksi M-the-Halfling LibertasChi celticsister Aheng711 BlueAnomiS duytter ART-fromthe-HEART cloud-n-bolts naked-snakes-box Narwhal-Blueberry Kai45 FARTYTREEFROG BigMac1212 Anj3lla Riemea primalfuryan PMucks ladyjudina FallOut99 Sirena-n-Elsa isider Arhar LindArtz Serbeena Lord-Storm Timber-Wolf Red-Baby MustafaSEZER LUCILALEYLA davincipoppalag OlivierAccart Jenny42 wuestenbrand cacharoth AStoKo MLP-points

:heart: :groups: GROUP AFFILIATES :groups: :heart:

Profits-For-Animals stopBSL Adopt-Dont-Shop deviantHEART SkyAndNatureClub AnimalsofTheWorld New-NomCat Somnambulist-Aisle feel-art dAWishingWell OurArea51 DevNews Against-Declawing Psychology-in-Art Unframed-Nature WolfyDeviants  TheArtOfManipulation

:new: This Affiliate List was updated, as of:
February 21st, 2015. :dance:

If for some reason you believe you should be here, and do not find your name, please note me.


:heart: :star: SUPER AFFILIATES :star: :heart:

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Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreMeljean1 Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehresukoto-san

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehrebewilderedconfused Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreCorvidae65

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreGeak-of-Nature Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreLayaboutJoe

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreArte-de-Junqueiro Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreTigles1Artistry

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreStygma Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehreawesome43 

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehresurrealistic-gloom Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreArtByCher

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreDanaAnderson Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreLirulin-yirth

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreJenna-Rose Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreShirimasen

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreIluvbiscuit2 Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreAndaelentari 

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreArtBYbeverly Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehrecwehaar

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehresuezn Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreCarolynYM 

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreShinyHeels Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreMirachRavaia

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehresnoogaloo Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehrekurios-kat

Paw Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-LehreJenny42

   
:heart: :star: ARTWORK of SUPER AFFILIATES :star: :heart:

:rose:Please, I'm truly sorry, that at this time, in this type of Article, I do not have space to feature ALL of the Affiliates. I do try to find different ways, at different times to visit you, and acknowledge each of you.:rose:

Abyssinian Cat by philippeLCute Lil Kitty by philippeLWhite-throated Sparrow - close-up by JocelyneR
First time outside by JocelyneRSimba III by bewilderedconfusedKitt by bewilderedconfused
Lightning Tree by Corvidae65Blue Storm by Corvidae65Watching and Waiting by Geak-of-Nature
The Boss is Awake by Geak-of-NatureViews of Stonehenge 01 of 10 by LayaboutJoeMy Hermitage 1 of 12 by LayaboutJoe
Birthday Flower by Arte-de-JunqueiroRed Door by Arte-de-JunqueiroIt is raining flowers..... by Tigles1Artistry
Hello Poupine by Tigles1ArtistryThe Hunt by StygmaNight Shift by Stygma
Beach fun with Bella by awesome43Little friends by awesome43Looking Up In the Forest by surrealistic-gloom
Cats at The Window  2 by surrealistic-gloomBlue, Mr.E, and Ms.E by CarolynYMKameha by CarolynYM
Hi-Key Kitty by sukoto-sanKitty In A Blanket by sukoto-sanFloral Musing by ArtByCher
Rebels In Community by ArtByCherRainbow Cat by DanaAndersonDangling Beauty by DanaAnderson
Furry-purry gift by Lirulin-yirthAbundance of brightness by Lirulin-yirthA Mosaic of Sunshine by Jenna-Rose
Colorful Crocus by Jenna-RoseMore Impatience by ShirimasenSon of Telamon by Shirimasen
Miss Majestic by Iluvbiscuit2Let the Sun Shine by Iluvbiscuit2An Apple a Day by Andaelentari
Same Blood by AndaelentariForth Rail Bridge In The Evening! ~ Pastels by ArtBYbeverly
How I Roll ;) by sueznTurquoise Mirrors by sueznBabysitting by ShinyHeels
Calm after storm by ShinyHeelsA bit of light in the forest by MirachRavaiaStaffa, or the gate of Nargothrond by MirachRavaia
Marigolds by snoogaloo11 of 365 by snoogalooPortrait of Pika by kurios-kat
Kookaburra in the Lilli Pilly Tree by kurios-katKatishua by Jenny42Spring Dragon Collab by Jenny42

Meljean1 and cwehaar don't have work uploaded to dA, to but,
if they did I'd love to feature them with the other Super Affiliates. I will always appreciated their purchases and other support.


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heart bullet. by valokilljoy2014 Financial and Projection...

In the year 2014, "The Shelter Project" was able to donate the most money to animals in need, than in any previous year. The donated money went to South Coast Humane Society. I would like to do at least as well, or better.
If everything works out, I would certainly donate the money to the same shelter. However, the shelter itself really is not necessarily the MOST important thing.
The MOST important "thing" are THE ANIMALS, themselves.
And I will go where I would locally receive the most support to help the animals that are believed to have more need.  Translation: I would only donate the money to another fairly local shelter, if for some reason there were too many politics that I felt were getting in the way of helping animals.

I attribute last years success to several things.
A few of those are:
1. A full year with the addition of the jewelry line.
2. Expanding into other products in general.
3. The points that helped to purchase 11x14 prints and help create the charitable art gallery- though we've not had a chance to have those up for much of either 2014 or '15 yet- but while up during the minimal time in 2014... it led to...
4. A small increase in photo shoots, and some custom work.

I want to sound more vigourous in increasing more donations for 2015, but I can't really do that with out investing in display cases etc., and portable carriers, etc., and I've already done more of that with most of my own money during February, and there's a lot more like that, which I could and should do, but I just can't afford. So I'm going to leave it as is, and simply hope to do at least as well, with what we have.

I do have other and newer ideas for advertising locally, etc., and as mentioned above, I've have plans this year for local venues, and maybe there might be more.

But I really want to strike a balance between online and local advertising and sales.

And by online, I really do mean dA. :love:

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heart bullet. by valokilljoyWhy dA?

I am happy to tell you why!  There are several reasons:

I am very loyal to dA, and I always will be. Even if I am unable to be here daily, or as often as I want to be, due to my health, I am not leaving dA. This is my online home, and no other. dA was supportive to me from the beginning, both in general and in regard to "The Shelter Project" and therefore I will always do my best to return to here, to be here, to give back to the community, to give forward to others, help with what groups I can, and whatnot.  I love dA, and I am not going anywhere else.

I admit that I have a pretty harsh list of medical issues. But, in all honesty it really isn't anything new, though, things sometimes get better, but they always get worse, and so on... This is how it's been for me for a very long time.  Though I've alluded to such, in the past, I have discussed it in a few more details with certain individuals via dA Notes or email.  But, I've never really explained via public news articles or journals. The main reason for this, is because I've had a couple people who DO know, be afraid to "give me work" because they are worried that it will add stress/pressure to everything in general that I deal with.  So, I don't talk or explain about my ongoing medical issues, publically, because I can't have that be a deterrent. I need and want to work. Animals and Art are my passion.

Being able to volunteer with the animals, being able to take their photos for the adoption sections of the newspapers, and the internet, AND being able to create artwork for purchases to donate funds to these animals in need, brings a much needed positive balance to my life, and a meaningful purpose. In other words, I must do this kind of work, for my health and wellbeing. It is what brings me happiness.

Sure, I've been asked if I'm on FaceBook or Etsy, etc., but the answer is always no. Certainly it could be possible that if I spread out on other social/art networking sites, I might be able to have more success.

But I already know that, I am not able to physically or mentally maintain more than I currently do. I do have a personal website: teaphotography.com , but it hasn't been updated in a very long time. I am grateful to sukoto-san who originally created it, and maintained it, (and in all honesty, has done a lot in general to help,) and I won't give it up, but as he works daily with no time off, he is no longer able to maintain it, as he had, for FREE, or even for otherwise, and I am unable to keep it up, under my own circumstances. I honestly cannot imagine trying to have and maintain more than deviantART online and local networking, while doing and dealing with everything else, in general.

So, I choose dA, and that's all. :dance:

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heart bullet. by valokilljoyShipping
   
Tea Photography ships to anywhere on the planet. I always include a tracking number with all USA Shipping and Handling fees. I would do the same thing for shipping to other countries if that existed. Using the Customs Number, can help somewhat in tracking a shipped item. I have worked on and researched one order that went abroad, that seemed to take way too long, but in the end, everything work out fine. So far, 100% of all orders have reached their destinations, which is great news and important, as is Handling or Packaging which I pride myself in, regarding protection, presentation and using as many recycled materials whenever that is possible.

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heart bullet. by valokilljoyIn Closing

The bottom line, is that it's about animals. And in this case, more specifically, it's about about domestic animals with great needs. It's also all about teamwork, and coming together as a team to help animals together.

If anyone has any specific questions or would like to know more about "The Shelter Project" in general, or about specific works of art for purchase on behalf of the project, please send me a dA Note, or E-mail me:
teaphotography@mac.com

Again, I thank you ALL, past, present, and future, for what various things you have done and continue to do for the animals of this project! It will be FIVE years total this August 2015, and I look forward to how the project continues to evolve throughout 2015! Thank you on behalf of the ANIMALS! :heart:

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Comfort and Healing by TeaPhotography
Comfort & Healing

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Awesomes of August

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 15, 2014, 6:51 PM
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1. Gifts
2. Personal Message
3. Special Groups & Other Special Info.
4. "The Shelter Project" :new: NEWS!
5. B-Day Features, PLUS Said & Did Features
6. Tribute


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:wave: Hello and Thank You to Anyone who even has a chance to read my journal.
Thing is, I KNOW that time is VERY precious. :nod: :aww: :rose:

I hope JUNE, JULY, & the first part of AUGUST have been going at least pretty well or better for you, my dear friends (AND family, should they see this), and now I WISH ALL Who May See This, an AWESOME rest of AUGUST!
Sending you all my love across various directions of miles, all over the planet. :earth:


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:icongift1plz: GIFTS from dA Friends :icongift1plz:

:thanks: Thank you to my sweet amazing friend: :iconannissina: for: Pretty in Pink 50/365 by Annissina :rose:
Such soft delicate roses, to put me at ease. Lily is like a little younger sister, but who checks in and looks after me, as much as one can, given such physical distance.
Please visit more of Lily's fabulous work, HERE: annissina.deviantart.com/ :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my beautiful very long-time friend: :iconjocelyner: for: White Lupines by JocelyneR :rose:
I'm so touched by her caring nature. Always so lovely! What a gorgeous work of lupines, too!
Please visit more of Jocelyne's stunning work, HERE: jocelyner.deviantart.com/ :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to such a dear friend: :iconmorningstarskid: for: SPOT OF TEA-DEDICATION by morningstarskid :rose:
What a very sweet and thoughtful surprise! I just love it, loved it right away! It's very cool!
Please visit more of Mark's wonderful work, HERE: morningstarskid.deviantart.com… :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my darling friend and sis: :icontigles1artistry: for: MILES..... MILES OF GREEN... by Tigles1Artistry and 1000 TSURUS FOR MY FRIENDS..... by Tigles1Artistry :rose:
Such a gorgeous, but completely different scenes! Teresa is always brightening my days! She's awesome like that! It is an honour for me to be included in both of these.
Please visit more of her dynamic work, HERE: tigles1artistry.deviantart.com… :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my very kind and thoughtful friend: :iconcrgphotography: for: Down The Chilly Chippewa by CRGPhotography and Ahead of the Curve by CRGPhotography :rose:
Both are so amazing, with a supportive messages for "The Shelter Project". How nice is that!!
Please visit more of Casey's amazing work, HERE: crgphotography.deviantart.com/ :heart:


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:icongift1plz: A Different Kind of Gift :icongift1plz:

A really huge thanks to my very good and supportive friend: :iconstygma: for:
Charity adoptables - Closed! by StygmaTestAccount
a beautiful set of adoptables with which she thought of a most creative idea in which to raise funds for "The Shelter Project"!!!
I was totally floored and shocked by both the beauty of these adoptable cats and the fabulous IDEA,
even before anyone adopted! Just the FACT that she put together something so brilliant touched my heart, all on its own- it's hard to explain. :happycry:
But, in time, there were some very generous participants who became a HUGE PART of this gift,
when they each adopted one of these amazing KITTEHS!
:iconcatlaplz::iconcatlaplz::iconcatlaplz::iconcatlaplz:
And so I want to thank each:
:iconcameronkobe: :iconthegalleryofeve: :iconchibi-eevee: :iconkevintheradioguy:
for participating in this event, which contributed wonderfully to "The Shelter Project" :clap:
where you have literally helped REAL LIFE ANIMALS,
and you have received a GORGEOUS adoptable kitteh of your own from
the brilliantly talented STYGY Stygma!!!

PLEASE, CHECK OUT :iconstygma:'s CONTEST:

:pointr: Furry-Tales summer contest 2014 - Closed:spotlight-left: Contest has ended - Results will be announced in a few days! :spotlight-right:
It's time for a new contest!
Actually for two contests in one! One competition will be a Comic and Story contest. The second competition will be an Art and Literature contest.
General rules
Those rules apply for both parts of the contest!
 Deadline for both competitions is August 31, 2014.
 Everybody can enter; you don't have to be a member of Furry-Tales.
 The main subject/character must be feral or anthro (animal, beast-type fantasy creature, beast-type alien, werewolves, ...).
 Humans and humanoids are only accepted as secondary/background characters.
 You can submit any number of deviation your like, in either or both of the competitions, but y
:pointl:

It sounds like TONS of fun! And there's still time to enter!
:eager: :eager: :eager: :eager: :eager:

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:iconwhiteflowerplz: PERSONAL MESSAGE :iconwhiteflowerplz:

:bulletwhite: Good news is a lot of various art/photography-related business has picked up throughout this Summer, which is what I would surely want- as it allows me to collect donations for donating to the very animals I continue to speak and write about in regard to "The Shelter Project".
I do not want to give that up, and I want to keep this up, as it is increasing to a level of greater meaning... and even at this local level, it IS BECAUSE of what YOU DONORS HERE ON dA have helped me to accomplish through your own donations of POINTS, :points: since we began the points widget here together in the Spring!  There is simply NO way, I could pull this off on my own.

I will update more about "The Shelter Project" and what is happening with that, and what is next, below in that appropriate section, but obvious it is also a BIG part of my personal life, too. :XD:

:bulletwhite:  Other good news is the kitten who was rejected by her mother at the shelter at two days old, (after the first two were rejected and died as a result, since no one was on duty to see this was happening to the first two in the night) was subsequently brought to ME, to be fed, and changed, (literally!!) around the clock for the first 8 weeks straight or so, is thriving very well! This just happened just after I got back from the Tucson trip. She's 15 weeks old now, and we have been joined at the hip, although I don't have to feed her nearly that often, and she's been off the bottle a while, and can use the big litter box, etc. She plays and plays hard, and is so extremely observant, wanting to know exactly what I am doing and how to do it, wherever I am! It's been an interesting experience raising a kitten from this young of an age.  
Her name is Xochitl, (Like: Socheel) which is Mayan for Flower. Long story how we came to that, plus we thought she was a boy for a while, anyway. :giggle:


:bulletwhite: NOT so good news: We've also been caring for our eldest cat Katie, who is over 16 by three months. She has kidney failure, and while she likes her new food and seems to be doing okay, we have to give her 200 CC's of fluid by IV, twice a week.
Another one of our cats, who is only three years old, but super petite at 4.5 pounds, was recently diagnosed with two types of chrystals, one that is fairly common in cats (our first cat had them when we first got him as a stray, and has been on his special food ever since) but ANOTHER VERY RARE type that is caused by a strange functioning liver, which is why her growth is so stunted- but these chrystals are usually only found in Dalmations and Bulldogs!!! :omg: Whaaa??? I know, right???
So the vet had to call their special food provider and come up with a very special diet for her, which was scary anyway, because she hardly ever likes to eat anything... (very skinny) and they came up with TWO types of their foods for us to mix together- one dry and one wet, and so far it's been working and she's even put on a couple of ounces, AND she isn't spending all of her time in the litter box either, which means she is able to go to the bathroom. Let's just hope she keeps her interest in this food, because she doesn't really have options.  She is so lovely. Her name is Piccolo, because of her size. ;)


:bulletwhite:  My parents were able to visit this Summer, which was mostly okay- it was over the 4th of July. But my Dad has not been well since about last Xmas. And he's been feeling worse and worse. He's had a lot of heart problems for a long time. He had a severe heart attack at 45, and was in CCU for a couple of months, actually. But he did survive and it's about 25 years later... anyway, he has been in AFIB for a while but the medication doesn't work anymore, and he's been getting worse... so he had a procedure recently, where they use "paddles"- well they did in the old days- like the same ones to resuscitate you if you are flat-lining, you know- but they don't exactly use paddles, but it causes the exact same motion on you, to put the part of your heart that is out of sync back into normal rhythm with the rest of your heart.

It usually does work, which it DID! But.. then there is a bit of a waiting game, as there are statistics for different types of people for how long it stays in place or comes back out of good rhythm. So we are hoping his "sticks" of course, otherwise, he will face much more invasive surgeries.


:bulletwhite:  For me, my health does not improve. The part that has always been bad, since childhood, likely will not, and of course I've been dealing with those ongoing challenges all summer, but this is unfortunately quite typical.

But, this Summer, it's been more than that, as in things or symptoms other than my chronic illnesses- which cause great fatigue as it is, but, apparently one of the symptoms, is great lethargy. *sigh*
I didn't know I could be anymore tired in my life, than what I already usually face. But there are other things... and I've just tried to treat each thing as it comes up on my own piece meal, until I've realized that perhaps each thing is actually all related together, and it's not going away.

I feel in need of medical help, and this is just a huge thing in itself, not as easy as many might think it is. I wish it was, but even the thought brings an anxiety that just makes everything worse.

I wish I could explain more, but that's why I never do, because for some reason being ill, or chronically ill, is not just a human condition or a personal struggle, but it's also a political issue.

But since I've been on dA a while, I just thought I'd mention, that I face these kinds of challenges, and right now it's a bit more burdensome.   

The thing is, on the one hand, I'm happy because of the "work stuff", as mentioned in the first BULLET! :nod:
It's exciting to me, but I just want to be well enough to keep it up. :aww:

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:iconshinyheartplz: Special Groups & Info.! :iconshinyheartplz:

Unframed-Nature :iconunframed-nature:
is my main group!
Current THEME: "DOUBLE OR NOTHING, CLOSE-UPS"
Spans TWO MONTHS! :la: Read about it HERE:
VOTE on MAY-JUNE and NEWS!   
Voting on Top Submissions of MAY & JUNE 2014
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Scroll to the BOTTOM for the details... AWESOME PRIZES! :la:
ENDS AUG. 31st! :eager: :eager: :eager:

Please, Feel free to donate :points: to us HERE:
Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts:
so that we may continue to host these wonderful events and contests. :nod:
Thank you kindly! :thanks: :rose:

Another main group of mine is:
dAWishingWell :icondawishingwell:
which is an honour to be a part of.
Please check regularly... we are a highly active group,
whose intent is to help grant wishes here on dA.
You don't have to be a Member to help us help others! :la:
You can also donate directly to us HERE:
TheWishingWidget :iconthewishingwidget:

Highlights from dAWishingWell regarding other groups and their wishes:
:icondeviantheart:
Wishes for more participants for the ARKS Kindness Quilt Contest: fav.me/d7natg8
This is another one of my groups, of which I've only been able to be active with in a small roles these days. But it's a fabulous group full of HEART and COMPASSION!!

:iconthe-feature-showcase:
Wishes for more people to join and participate: fav.me/d7u1dyv

:iconi-heart-colors: wishes for donations to renew their supergroup.
You can donate HERE: donatei-heart-colors.deviantar…

:iconforthickbeard: wishes for more watchers.

:iconowl-house: wishes for more points for their contests and events.
You may donate HERE: owl-house-points.deviantart.co…

OTHER LOVELY Community GROUPS!!
These are truly awesome groups in each their own way serving this community, which I am a part of, but I wish I have had more time with these days. I love these groups! :heart:
:icondeviantheart:
:icondevnews:
:icondacompliments:

Another lovely group, I'm part of, which I wish I did more for, but I promote it as often as I can!!
:iconpetpicks:
-WISHES to be a SuperGroup again, donate: windinthecoffeecup.deviantart.…

Similar as above, wish I did more! Great group!! :music:
:iconmanip-your-music:

:iconfractal-love:
This group would LOVE to become a SuperGroup & plan more contests, etc.
Please donate: fractal-love-points.deviantart…
I LOVE THIS GROUP!
Just wish I had more time!- well, in general, too. ;)

Other GREAT Random Groups!

:iconprojecteducate:
:iconinspirationstation1:
:iconbestofblackandwhite:
:iconourarea51:
:iconclash-of-the-titans:
:iconseaofsadness-sos:
:iconstopbsl:
:iconcapturethecats:
:iconcat-lovers-group:
 

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:iconcatearsplz: News From "The Shelter Project" :iconcatearsplz:

:bulletblack:
The South Coast Humane Society here, on the SW Coast of Oregon continues to keep me very busy...
I do all the photo shoots of the animals for Adoptions for the "Adopt-a-Pet" sections of the areas' newspapers, plus I edit the photos for our page at Petfinder.com. Many of those also go up on our FB page, too, and THEN I share a very FEW, of these same photos with you here on dA! :heart:

:bulletblack:
I also foster cats from time to time, work with AND have a couple of my own ferals who live on my back porch, work with mostly the sick dogs and cats, and work on socializing animals all after hours at the humane society, plus I have my OWN clan (seriously, it IS a CLAN) of rescued indoor cats, and two rescued dogs, too. :XD:

:bulletblack:
I've also been getting more into the selling of my various types of art works at local fundraising events on behalf of "The Shelter Project"- which just like ONLINE, goes to the same animals in need. However, as has been the case, due to my financial situation, I am not able to provide most of these products, which is where my own gracious, generous, compassionate, and understanding donors have come in!
I purchase from VistaPrints and from deviantART, in order to round out the variety I need.
READ MORE, & FEEL FREE TO DONATE HERE: teaphotography.deviantart.com/
Scroll, just a bit- it's on the right side- containing an UPDATE! :thanks:
:icongrouphugplz:

This, alone, is always busy! :iconcatlaplz:

:iconballoonsplz: Info. From The THREE ANNIVERSARY :iconballoonsplz:

Thank you to ALL who visited the Information, Celebrated with me, and also who :+fav:'d the THREE YEAR ANNV.
of THE SHELTER PROJECT:
:iconblack-kittenplz: The Shelter Project: Three Year Anniversary!Special Edition News Article:
HAPPY THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY to "The Shelter Project"!!!

:iconlovetigerplz: :iconwalkingcatplz::icondoggyplz::iconblack-kittenplz::iconlilplz: :iconlovetigerplz:
:iconhurrahplz: As of just this previous August 2013, "The Shelter Project" is THREE Years Old! :iconhurrahplz:
:iconspreadmoreloveplz: AND... THIS YEAR "THE SHELTER PROJECT" IS CONGRATULATING ITS dA AFFILIATES!!! :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
"THE SHELTER PROJECT" is NOT one person; it's not BECAUSE OF one person, nor is it, or could it EVER BE successful, because of just one single person. For it to be anything AT ALL, of any of the helpful VALUE that it is, and continues to strive for, it takes A TEAM of VOLUNTEERS, who we have called here on dA, "The dA Affiliates of 'The Shelter Project.'"
:heart: :earth: :community::community::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::community::community: :ear
:iconpurplekittyplz:

:iconcatlaplz: THE FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY WILL BE HERE SOOOOO VERY SOON NOW! :iconcatlaplz:
:wow: :ohmygod: :faint: :no: :la: :love: :omg:

Thank you so much to everyone for all the truly outstanding support of this project during its FIRST THREE YEARS,
and SINCE!
It has meant so very much, but MOST of ALL, to the animals who together we are trying to help!  
:iconlovetigerplz:

:note: REMEMBER- South Coast Humane Society here,
DOES welcome The Shelter Project: teaphotography.deviantart.com/… as an official fundraiser! :aww:
:boogie: :party:

:icondoggyplz: :new: NEWS, New Events & Fundraising:icondoggyplz:

To date, I want to thank the all the gracious, generous, compassionate, and understanding individuals who have donated :points: points: @ teaphotography.deviantart.com/
I am absolutely delighted, and so grateful... :happycry:
I mean when I think of all of the potential that we now have, together, to raise the funds for the animals in need, through "The Shelter Project" I am just so amazed!

It has been another way to help, and a fairly NEW way, since Spring of 2014!

It started with two LOCAL Summer fund-raising events, and the need of actual physical art products to sell which the humane society was hoping I might be able to come up with... but without so much want to go into the details of my financial situation- I knew I simply couldn't. More of my long-time and closer friends HERE, know more about that, then those from the shelter. :aww:

When the first donors began to donate, I was beside myself with emotion, because I never thought it could happen... and every single time, I am SO moved that anyone would want to help. :happycry:

:note: I don't know if I will ZERO out The Points Widget again, or not, with The MUTT STRUTT, so close:
teaphotography.deviantart.com/

:new: But, I am going to change the message for the Points Widget, and the intent/reason just slightly, HOWEVER, it WILL still be 99% exactly for "The Shelter Project" products!

You WILL LOVE the idea, and you can still donate HERE: teaphotography.deviantart.com/

Basically, at these local events, such as the first one "The Tea Photography Open House" and this upcoming "Mutt Strutt" there wasn't and is not the room to showcase the 11x14 framed prints, and most of the coffee/tea mugs.

BORN, from this issue, came the idea, to re-arrange the lobby at the humane society, into a charitable art gallery- with my work--

It contains ALL of the framed 11x14 prints and ALL of the coffee/tea mugs!

It has been up about half the Summer now, and I had NO IDEA it would be as successful as it has been!
:faint: :la: :faint: :la: :faint: :la: :ohmygod:

And all because YOUR POINTS helped provide for MOST of this!!!

I have sold already 3 mugs and 4 prints, and am in need to replenish the "spaces" on the walls! :nod:

So, um, wow... I will keep the Points Widget open, and continue to collect points, to ANYONE willing to help out with "The Shelter Project" in this kind of way!

I would like to thank ALL future donors in advance... it's really difficult to put into words the extent of what your help truly means, for these ANIMALS IN NEED!
:icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz:


:bulletgreen: The Upcoming "MUTT STRUTT"! :excited:

So, "Tea Photography's Open House for 'The Shelter Project'" went pretty well, for a first time event. I sold a little bit of everything- (except mugs and the 11x14 prints- SEE ABOVE- no space)
Some jewelry, some photo greeting cards, some stickers, and some magnets. It was never very crowded though, but we never got great advertising out. Still, it was okay, for the first time.

The "MUTT STRUTT" (Yes, they have always spelled it with TWO T's, just to be cute, and it drives me crazy, cause now I forever spell "Strut" incorrectly, on accident! :no: ) is literally THIS Sunday, Aug. 17th, all day long. This is the humane society's biggest funder raiser of the year. This is my 4th one. I am taking pet portraits, as I've always done, and this is my 2nd year to have all my other products there- but again no space for mugs or 11x14's, but I will try to bring a couple examples of each!  I will have one other person in the booth with me, at all times.
 
Then I spend the following week sending the portraits out by email to those who made those purchases.
It is a very busy time!

Again, thank you very much for your support, and for the points which provided a lot of my things.


:new: The NEW Charitable GALLERY!

As I think I described well enough above. I will continue to collect points, if anyone might be able or willing to help, in order to continue and improve upon "The Shelter Project's" :new: NEW CHARITABLE LOCAL GALLERY, right in the lobby of SOUTH COAST HUMANE SOCIETY!

I will continue to purchase 11x14 prints, of mostly cats and dogs, and sometimes of nature in general, for the lobby at the shelter. I will purchase shelter tea/coffee mugs of cats and dogs, that can be displayed there... I also might bring magnets, also from dA, and stickers, which I've had to get from VistaPrints.

I MIGHT leave some jewelry pieces at some point, but really, I am not there daily during business hours and I need to be careful that I don't leave too much responsibility to the front desk, regarding things like theft.

Anyway! So that is what this summer events, etc., has led to: A CHARITABLE GALLERY!

I have you to thanks! And we can all keep it going together!!!

I think I will take photos of it, sometime, to SHOW YOU!  That might be a good idea! :D


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"The Shelter Project" Affiliate NEWS
EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU to my friend RICHARD :iconsnoogaloo: who purchased:
Summer Time Love by TeaPhotography
for his dear wife IRMA! :heart:
How sweet is THAT! :love:
Supporting the animals via "The Shelter Project" via direct purchases means the world for me, but so much more importantly, FOR THE ANIMALS!!! :iconcatlaplz:
Feature for: :iconsnoogaloo:
Cute little white flower by snoogalooPink alstroemeria by snoogaloo
Land sea anenome by snoogalooDad's Lily brightened by snoogaloo
A pair of... by snoogalooLuscious pink by snoogaloo


Meaw by luisbcSpecial Thank YOU to More Recent Supporters
    
A Special Thank You to the Following Artists and Groups who have either featured for the FIRST time, or very recently RE-featured The Shelter Project in their Journals or on their Profile Page, or perhaps created something special FOR The Shelter Project, or who donated POINTS :points: on behalf of the PROJECT, or did something else, or thought of some other creative way to support this Project. :love:

:iconstygma:
The Hunt by Stygma
Fruity love by StygmaNom nom muskrat by StygmaAll Hallows Eve by Stygma

:iconcameronkobe:
Why Would You Do This? by CameronKobe
Clara and the Clown by CameronKobe DollfriendYour dollfriend was designed for you
Oh, you were starry-eyed
And hoodwinked by a hologram;
No substance was inside.
Your dollfriend dodged your questions and
So you stopped trying to ask.
Spellbound by its attention you
Could not perceive its mask.
Your dollfriend pledged itself to you.
Would you have been dismayed
If you had known it would enact
A decades-long charade?
Your dollfriend did not share with you
Complaints, disputes, or fears
It hid a sickness from you and
Deceived you through the years.
Your dollfriend never left your side
Your love for it was blind
Then you began to lose yourself
Down holes in your old mind.
Your dollfriend dropped its ancient strings.
You shook, supine in bed,
And whispered wide-eyed “Who are you?”
“A puppeteer,” it said.
Essential by CameronKobe

:iconthegalleryofeve:
Iconic Audrey by TheGalleryOfEve
Admiration by TheGalleryOfEveArtist Block Series - Uno by TheGalleryOfEveCustomization Icon by TheGalleryOfEve

:iconchibi-eevee:
Chibi Eevee by Chibi-Eevee
Karkat Kitty x Terezi Kitty by Chibi-EeveeTavros Nitram's Death by Chibi-EeveeCheap Troll Adopt [CLOSED] by Chibi-Eevee

:iconkevintheradioguy:
Superjail! by kevintheradioguy
Jeral by kevintheradioguyPartners by kevintheradioguyJalen by kevintheradioguy

:icontigles1artistry:
THE SILK ROAD... by Tigles1Artistry
Subtle Beauty by Tigles1ArtistrySimply a London Sky... by Tigles1ArtistryLondon Memoirs... by Tigles1Artistry

:iconcrgphotography:
Food for the Soul by CRGPhotography
Squirrel by CRGPhotographyA Gentle Touch by CRGPhotographyIt's Fire Burns by CRGPhotography

:iconfelizias:
Inspire by Felizias
Bonnie in a Japanese Garden by Felizias Can not hateCruelty-
hating heart;
through your eyes,
I see your pain.
hurting soul-
Sympathy
Hey by Felizias

:iconknifeintoaster:
Cross country riding by KnifeInToaster
Donkey by KnifeInToasterCanter by KnifeInToasterShetland pony by KnifeInToaster

:iconlayaboutjoe:
Views of Coventry Cathedral 05 of 15 by LayaboutJoe
My Hermitage 1 of 12 by LayaboutJoePortland Japanese Garden 1 of 28 by LayaboutJoe:thumb331320142:

:iconsurrealistic-gloom:
Flock of Starlings by surrealistic-gloom
Fall Ploughing by surrealistic-gloomEvoking Peace by surrealistic-gloomA flower for Mia by surrealistic-gloom

:iconcarolynym:
Tao's Garden by CarolynYM
Mountains and Clouds by CarolynYMSpencer playing Saxophone by CarolynYMBlue bird by CarolynYM

:iconlady-compassion:
Life Will Always Find A Way by Lady-Compassion
Lost in the Wood by Lady-CompassionOrigin of Compassion by Lady-CompassionGood Morning Mr. Sunshine by Lady-Compassion

:iconphilippel:
The Eyes of the Stalker by philippeL
C3PO by philippeLRaven on a Surrealistic Decor by philippeLRunning White Horse by philippeL

:icondragondoodle:
Ready for take off by dragondoodle
1st Prize brainseatenbacklater by dragondoodleLove - Liora by dragondoodleFlower Fairy Redo by dragondoodle

:iconjessica500:
First Snow by Jessica500
The Fault In Our Stars by Jessica500Chibi Fairy by Jessica500The Same Sun by Jessica500

:iconjocelyner:
The Treasure Chest by JocelyneR
Tree Row by JocelyneRWet Dianthus by JocelyneRAnnoyed by JocelyneR

:iconkiwicocktail:
Burst of Color by KiwiCocktail
Fanart project: Fruits Basket by KiwiCocktailSea Life by KiwiCocktail

:iconcinnamoncandy:
Puppy Love by Cinnamoncandy
Mary Poppins by CinnamoncandyThe Stars Shine For You by CinnamoncandyAnd it.... by Cinnamoncandy

:iconveeegeee:
Off To Make Summer Memories by veeegeee
Hazy Day In The Bay by veeegeeeSaturday On The Bay by veeegeeeTuscan Roses In The Summer by veeegeee

:iconfaeorain:
Very Fine Draconian Mead by faeorain
Seaside Evening by faeorainA Really Old Painting by faeorainUlquiorra Schiffer by faeorain

:iconuszatyarbuz:
Buzzy work 3 by UszatyArbuz
Spring still life by UszatyArbuzKitty by UszatyArbuzFlower (digital painting) by UszatyArbuz

:iconbergunty:
Jewel Holder - French Marigold Bud Macro by bergunty
Farmer's Weed - Poppy in wheat field by berguntyLeaf Vortex by berguntyRaichu on jellybeans by bergunty

:icondevibrigard:
Adopt: Gecko Dragon - DTA - CLOSED by DeviBrigard
In my Weeds that Glow by DeviBrigardPage Guardian by DeviBrigard

:iconartkosh:
LivingAddiction.. by ArtKosh
Coriolanus by ArtKoshYouCheated by ArtKoshRA_hands by ArtKosh

:iconlobyteso:
Who is the decoration by LoByteSo
Thats my place by LoByteSo:thumb460856259:Be The First One by LoByteSo

:iconezradeacon:
Bell Blooms 1 by ezradeacon
WastelandI shudder in fear as I stare out at the grey wasteland before me.
Dark, ominous clouds roll in from the blackened mountains to the south. Vultures circle high in the distance; ravens line up along the power lines and burnt out buildings like sentries for the portents of doom.
Far below the window the streets are lined with rusted vehicles and litter blows forlornly in the wind. The majority of the windows, of both vehicles and buildings alike, are shattered and broken; the glass shards lie glinting dully across the pavement and streets.
As I stare at the bleak scene before me a slight movement to my left suddenly catches my attention. I quickly crouch down, not wanting to be seen myself but still able to catch glimpses of whatever is moving in the street below. Whatever it is, its moving very slow yet purposefully. As if its looking for something.
Everyday MagicEveryday Magic
Is the dawning of a new day;
That first ray of sunshine
Bursting through the window to warm your soul.
Everyday Magic
Is that first deep breath
On a cold, frosty morning
As you walk through the snow in the dead of winter.
Everyday Magic
Is the laughter of a child
As they stare in awe
At the beauty of a butterfly floating on the breeze.
Everyday Magic
Is the bond shared
Between two childhood friends
Reminiscing in the late afternoon sun of a summer day.
Everyday Magic
Is the love of a child.
That warm, soothing feeling
When they say "I love you" and hug you tight.
Everyday Magic
Is knowing that every moment is a gift
That grows in value the more you share it.
DarkSurrounded by darkness
He is dragged
Over the edge
Into the deepest depths.
Eternal torment
Searing his heart
As the force of all evil
Drowns his spirit.
And he is thrown
Into The Fiery Pit
As the screams of the cursed
Burn through his soul
And he falls to damnation.


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Dancing as the Sun Goes Down by LightsOnLuna
Panes of Glass by LightsOnLuna Because we can't all be starsI feel like glitter
A one shot beauty spot
that's litter the morning after
I'm two shades short of sparkling
Two fades left me failing
To reflect the noon sun
back at it's source
I woke up last night screaming in my bed
and I swore I'd never spend another night alone
You Don't Have to be Wonder Woman...I think these walls are collapsing around me because I'm not smart. I don't think with my head, I think with my hands in terms of what I can make, what I can break, and how to put back together what was previously given up on.
No, I don't always have a steady grip on reality and sometimes my abstract sight, the only one I can really see with, wavers and I'm blind to everything around me. So I feel my way through the thorns and the storms and put my friends in poetry so that way, when they leave, I can still say we're gonna be best friends forever.
It won't really surprise any of you to know that I auditioned to be Wonder Woman. They told me I had great spirit but that cape was way too big and those boots were too tall and I just didn't have the look, you know, that superhero look. But I had great spirit! And if I just stuck around long enough, they were sure I could change the world.
But even if that doesn't quite work out, even if the world is exactly the same fifty year


:iconliagon:
Cat Fullbody by Liagon
its a bit breezy by Liagonrose amoung the leaves by LiagonFantasy swirl tree by Liagon

:iconalesham:
The Tree's PrayerDear Lord,
Don't let the rain wash away the dirt from my roots,
For without it I would have no place to stand
Dear Lord,
Don't let the sun shrivel my roots
For without them I would have nothing with which to stand on.
Dear Lord,
Don't let the axe cleave my trunk
For without it I would not have the will to stand.
Dear Lord,
Don't let the knife sever my branches
For without them my will to stand would break.
But please Lord,
Don't let them burn my leaves
For without them I could not stand at all.

Four Little Piggies all in a Row by AleshaMFluffy Chicken #2 by AleshaMPhotogenic Kitten #2 by AleshaM

:iconakrasiel:
Obelisk Room by akrasiel
Tribute to a King by akrasiellocks and locks and locks by akrasielBreaking the Winter Blues by akrasiel

:iconarte-de-junqueiro:
Believe by Arte-de-Junqueiro
Out for a stroll by Arte-de-JunqueiroRiverside Flowers by Arte-de-JunqueiroTrying to find the path by Arte-de-Junqueiro

:iconcheesycorn:
Leo- by Cheesycorn
Photo Study Friday 1 by CheesycornSpread by CheesycornSummer Breeze by Cheesycorn

:icondeviantteddine:
Happy World Cat Day by DeviantTeddine
Colors of Summer by DeviantTeddinePoppy Red Craze by DeviantTeddineGrowing a Patchwork by DeviantTeddine

:iconblueivyviolet:
thinking of you by BlueIvyViolet
Happy Birthday Pam by BlueIvyVioletbaby's breath for Beverly by BlueIvyVioletHappy birthday Canada!!! by BlueIvyViolet

Those who CONTINUE to feature, have featured other times before, or also maintain a Promotion of The Shelter Project on your Profile Page or Journal- Thank you for your ongoing support.
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:note: The names of those who have taken The Shelter Project further in a variety of ways, through their various types of features of the Project, :points: on behalf of the project, and Purchases DIRECTLY through Tea Photography© are placed on my Profile Page inside the Custom Box, titled: On Behalf of THE SHELTER PROJECT and are listed in the AFFILIATES SECTION, because their type/s of support have earned them their official AFFILIATION with this project. Their names, or Group's names are also placed inside, in the Artist's Comments sections of each one of certain official pieces of associated with The Shelter Project. This is a permanent status. :heart:

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS KEPT AND MAINTAINED PROMOTIONS & OF THE SHELTER PROJECT ON THEIR JOURNALS OR PROFILE PAGES! THIS IS MORE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER EXPECTED! :heart: :heart: :heart:

:note: "THE SUPER AFFILIATES" Custom Box is for those who have made DIRECT PURCHASES, on behalf of THE SHELTER PROJECT which benefit animals in need, DIRECTLY!! :love:

:note: :iconkurios-kat: is there for the OTHER project that we worked on together, where she sponsored the 5-piece set of framed prints of my images for the Shelter, as asked of me by the manager to donate, HERE: fav.me/d3cxhwn . While not the same as The Shelter Project, "The Shelter ART Project" STILL went to benefit that SAME Shelter! :heart:

:iconiloveit-plz:
:iconphilippel: :iconjocelyner: :iconmeljean1: :iconartbycher: :icondanaanderson: :iconjenna-rose: :iconbewilderedconfused: :iconlayaboutjoe: :iconshirimasen: :iconiluvbiscuit2: :icontigles1artistry: :iconarte-de-junqueiro: :icongeak-of-nature: :iconhayley--jade: :iconcorvidae65: :iconsurrealistic-gloom:
:iconawesome43: :iconartbybeverly: :iconcwehaar: :iconstygma: :iconsuezn: :iconcarolynym: :iconshinyheels: :iconsnoogaloo:
 are ALL there, and will remain there, for their business AND in a few cases, their repeat business of my work. :happycry: :thanks: :rose: :heart: :thanks: :rose: :heart:

Repeat business, is not even all that some of them have done, and continue to do, even though that's the epitome of awesome, and is direct help. But the repeat & ongoing promotions on the Journals and Profile Pages of Philippe, Jocelyne, Cheryl, Dana, Cecelia, Sandy, and Teresa, etc. ... is phenomenal.
They have worked so hard to help promote, in addition to their purchases. I never could have imagined, not just awesome customers, but PARTNERS, throughout this whole Project. :nod:

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BIRTHDAYS! :cake: ...Plus, Said & Did Features!


:iconcakecookieplz: A few Belated B-Days from just the LAST bit of JULY, and as many as I can from August... (I am bound to miss some people... and that's awful- but, PLEASE know it is NOT intended at all.) :iconcakecookieplz:

:bulletpurple: :cake: From the last part of JULY:

:iconbibiarts:
Flambiert by BiBiARTs

:iconsserenita:
Wings of Fire - Queen Scarlett by Sserenita

:icondemonmathiel:
Love by DemonMathiel

:iconartbycher:
The Following by ArtByCher

:iconthegalleryofeve:
Corazon by TheGalleryOfEve

:iconphilippel:
Rhino by philippeL

:icondestroyer77:
Eye Candy or something else? by Destroyer77

:iconsqueek98j:
The Girl Who Waited 1 by Squeek98j

:iconbrian-b-photography:
Last shot of the Day by Brian-B-Photography


:bulletorange: :cake:  As many as I can from AUGUST:

:iconveeegeee:
Light Speed Mind Travelling by veeegeee

:icondove-51:
Genetically Modified Sunflower by dove-51

:iconiytj:
Canal by iytj

:iconshinyheels:
Late flowers to Your day by ShinyHeels

:iconcanadianry:
Little Red by CanadianRy

:icongolubaja:
The Tree of Life by Golubaja

:iconduzetdaram:
Wonderful Day by duzetdaram

:icontherafflesia:
Warm boquet by TheRafflesia

:iconandaelentari:
my moods are mercurial by Andaelentari

:iconaussie-blonde:
Mr Fry Loves the Fish by Aussie-Blonde

:iconjulianasgrandma:
Happy Birthday Teresa by JulianasGrandma

:iconshirimasen:
Rosemallow by Shirimasen

:icondeskridge:
Sea Turtles by deskridge

:iconjohngiannis:
Panda - Wallpaper* by johngiannis27

:iconarte-de-junqueiro:
Trying to find the path by Arte-de-Junqueiro


:iconhappybirthdaycakeplz:
WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST IN YOUR NEW YEAR! :party:
[ I am sorry to not include everyone from this time period. It was too hard for me to do.
But I genuinely send out my wishes to ALL who have had, or will have a B-DAY, during this time. :cake: ]

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And now, I'd like to thank a few OTHER people for certain other support or extra they've said and/or done for me, recently!

:iconawesome43:
Little friends by awesome43

:iconannissina:
Chequered Love by Annissina

:icongeak-of-nature:
IMG 2326cc by Geak-of-Nature

:iconlydiarhianne:
:bigthumb440751100:

:icontrinitysage:
Dream World by TrinitySage

:iconmorningstarskid:
ROWDY by morningstarskid

:iconsurrealistic-gloom:
New Kitty by surrealistic-gloom

:iconvampirbiene:
I'm still here by Vampirbiene

:iconsesam-is-open:
Herald of Spring by sesam-is-open

:iconsilivrentinu:
Glowing Dandelion by SilivrenTinu

:iconbewilderedconfused:
Everyone Needs a Good Friend by bewilderedconfused


:note: This list really is by no means, complete!
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My Own Special Tribute

(This box scrolls)
I am a bit older than several decades old... ;) ... when a very dear friend who is half my age- is such a good friend, that we have talked about NOT talking about our age difference emails me from Bulgaria, because SHEE is deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams, and how a piece of HER childhood would be greatly affected... I think to myself more flabbergasted than ever, how this stunningly entertaining man truly touched so many people of so many ages, all around the globe!! :no:

I honestly can't remember when, for me, that I have been this affected by the passing of someone famous, just because for me, Robin Williams was more infiltrated into my life than most of the famous people who have passed within my lifetime.

I am devastated.

And yet I still probably haven't seen everything he's ever done and been in.

But before he was ever Mork, on "Mork and Mindy" I remember him as Mork- appearing as an alien,
on Happy Days. :lol:

His stand up was always crazy funny, but a little fast for my brain. :lol:

I own a lot of his films, but I think I've seen more than double than what I have.

Here's some of what I have:
:bulletblue: The Bird Cage: www.amazon.com/Birdcage-Robin-…
:bulletblue: Good Will Hunting: www.amazon.com/Good-Hunting-Mi…
:bulletblue: Mrs. Doubtfire: www.amazon.com/Mrs-Doubtfire-R…
:bulletblue: Aladdin: www.amazon.com/Aladdin-Two-Dis…
:bulletblue: Man of the Year: www.amazon.com/Man-Year-Robin-…
:bulletblue: RV: www.amazon.com/RV-Diane-Michel…
:bulletblue: What Dreams May Come: www.amazon.com/What-Dreams-Com…
:bulletblue: Dead Poets Society: www.amazon.com/Dead-Poets-Soci…
:bulletblue: The Fisher King: www.amazon.com/Fisher-King-Jef…
:bulletblue: Patch Adams: www.amazon.com/Patch-Adams-Tom…

I think that's all that I have...
Though, I have "What Dreams May Come" it's not something I've been able to watch many times.

Other films, I've seen:
:bulletgreen: Awakingenings
:bulletgreen: Jumanji
:bulletgreen: One Hour Photo
:bulletgreen: Final Cut
:bulletgreen: Death to Smoochy
:bulletgreen: License to Wed
:bulletgreen: The World According to Garp
:bulletgreen: Toys
:bulletgreen: Good Morning Vietnam---- which I swear is where I truly realized his genius in a whole other dimension!

This is all I can really remember for now.

All I know, is that you just never know. And so it's a shock.

With people we actually know... we can only do the best we can. Support systems are so important.
Just reaching out, with an email, a *real* card ("smailmail") here and there now and again, can make a difference.
Perhaps a phone call, or if you live local, a real coffee date. Maybe someone needs more help than we realize.
Still we are not super-human... we are human, and we can't know or do everything for everyone... but maybe for one someone, sometime.

Through this summer, it seems I've encountered a lot of physical and emotional challenges from a lot of people I know... I always wish I could say and do more.

Not just for the family of R.W.
but for others who have been experiencing various types of hardships over the last few months or more:

White Angel by sandara
 
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Make A Joyful June Unto Thyself

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 4, 2014, 5:13 AM
My Gallery l Watch Me l Note Me


1. Gifts
2. Personal Message
3. Special Groups & Other Special Info.
4. "The Shelter Project" :new: NEWS!
5. B-Day Features, PLUS Said & Did Features
6. The Treasure Chest


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:wave: Hello and Thank You to Anyone who even has a chance to read my journal.
Thing is, I know that time is VERY precious. :nod: :aww: :rose:

I hope April & May had marvelous moments for all of my dear friends (AND family, should they see this), and now I WISH ALL Who May See This, a Joyful June! :la:
Sending you all my love across various directions of miles, all over the planet. :earth:


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:icongift1plz: GIFTS from dA Friends :icongift1plz:

:thanks: Thank you to my ever good friend: :iconsurrealistic-gloom: for: Fast Decay by surrealistic-gloom :rose:
I love sunflowers in every stage and Surglo knows it! I am touched by this stunning image!
Please visit more of her stunning work, HERE: surrealistic-gloom.deviantart.… :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my lovely long-time friend: :icontwins72: for: Twins72-tweetys-1 by Twins72 :rose:
I've had such interesting first-hand experiences with birds this season, that I was taken-back with joy by this amazing, thoughtful gift!
Please visit more of her beautiful work, HERE: twins72.deviantart.com/ :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my very lovely, sweet friend: :iconblueivyviolet: for: dedicated to....part 1 by BlueIvyViolet :rose:
Trees amaze me, and I always love how Marilyn captures them. This is an honour for me to be included here!
Please visit more wonderful work, HERE: blueivyviolet.deviantart.com/ :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my kind and thoughtful friend: :icon1001g: for: Columbines... by 1001G :rose:
This cheerful delight really made me smile! Edie is very talented!
Please visit more of her amazing work, HERE: 1001g.deviantart.com/ :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to precious friend: :iconduzetdaram: for: Pets paradise by duzetdaram :rose:
This is one elegant work of art, with a sweet message.
Please visit more of Maritzas fabulous work, HERE: duzetdaram.deviantart.com/ :heart:


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:iconwhiteflowerplz: PERSONAL MESSAGE :iconwhiteflowerplz:

I got back near the beginning of May from being gone about all of April, to see most of my family (an annual thing only) in Tucson, Arizona. I was not able to check dA at all while I was away.

The trip was good generally speaking, but also... interesting giving me food for thought- as these things do tend to, but the older I get I think more and more about such visits and what transpires, etc. I tend to feel overwhelmed- not always in a bad way, but... for one example, while I am grateful for the time I get to spend with my nieces, it does get more and more difficult each time I have to leave them. I'm lucky I've been able to be as close with them as I am, given the physical distance all their lives, and the rare frequency I do see them. The best thing about my brother and his wife, is that they do "keep me alive to them" during the large time/space that we are not actually together. This means A LOT to me, since... I cannot even describe to you how much they mean to me... :heart:

But they are getting older, and I worry about those preteen/teen years... I just want to manage to stay close to them... somehow.

While there, there were a few really cool moments/days that stood out:

:bulletorange: For my 10 year old niece's B-DAY, I had arranged that my brother's family and I go out to a ranch on the outskirts of town- something *not* touristy or at least that didn't seem so- actually because they do private escorts, and we got to do "educational horseback riding" for a day!
Just so you know, some of us were more experienced with this than others, but we all got the same lessons which was great! :)
What this entailed, was that we each had our own horse, including my 10 and 7 year old niece! (It was my 7 year old niece's first time interacting with a horse at all!) Each horse was paired with us based on our experience and other attributes. :nod:  We each brushed our horses, and were shown how to carefully walk by and around our horses, what kind of knot to use on their ropes when tying them up, how to saddle and bridle our horses, ALL before we ever even mounted our horses! :la:
Then we were shown basic lessons on how to sit in our saddle and how to use our reins... :D

We had two wranglers with our group of five: my brother, sis-in-law, my two nieces, and me. I was 2nd behind the first wrangler... we were strategically ordered. It took us quite a while to get all of us out of area's driveway... :giggle: Oh boy!! :ohmygod:  But hey, that's okay! My younger niece, was SUCH a sport! Once we all got out, it really went quite well- a few small snags, and getting out of order... but it was a beautiful:heart: ride through the desert- TWO and half hours! I kid you not, though it was not actually supposed to take that long. ;) My younger niece would periodically shout: "I'M A COWGIRL!" :giggle:

When we got back, we were NOT done yet, nope- by then my nieces were a bit antsy, but we had to follow through with the responsibility of our horses, leading them to their water, taking care of the equipment in reverse, dusting off and washing the horses, etc.

I had been wanting for so long to go horse back riding again- since before even moving to Oregon... I kept going to a place I used to go to, but the last two times, it just didn't work out. :hmm:

I still haven't arranged it HERE, BUT at least I arranged it for my 10 year old niece's birthday- we ALL seriously had a most wonderful time. :heart:

:bulletorange: Another thing, was the beautiful experience of the baby HOUSE FINCHES!! :la:
Details inside the image:

:heart: MA-MA by TeaPhotography :heart:

When I finally returned home...

:bulletpurple: One immediate thing was my health began to worsen, yet again. I don't really talk about the details of my health, and especially publicly like this- just to say, that my health is never good. It takes my everything to keep my nose above the waterline, just so I can "breathe"- THAT is my... "normal".
And from there, I often falter and go through bouts of decline-- and I have so much trouble to really be able to do anything at all. All I really can or should be doing is sleeping or waiting it out, even if it feels like I'll never improve.  I usually do, but it's very much so, an up(ish) and down kind of thing.

It's very frustrating when your WILL is to be so active. :hmm:

Anyway, I felt extra overwhelmed and depressed than usual this time around...

:bulletpurple: but, on the 3rd day back, I found two bird eggs in our lawn... (we have two HUGE old evergreens next to our house, and I think they are home to the most variety of our birds!)... and it had been so windy when I got home, and I think they had just fallen... one was badly cracked, so um... yeah. :hmm:
The other was still warm!

I hurried to make some sort of incubator in my art studio... I couldn't tell what kind of bird from the egg alone, but surprisingly two days later it did hatch- I was there when it happened- and it took about 30 minutes or so, but we finally identified it as a baby pigeon, but as this being the case, and just figuring it out, we were behind the game... :hmm:

There is a milky substance (not really milk) that it MUST have in the first 3 days from the mother only... and unless we had some sort of specialty feed store that had mixes for various birds-- which we so do NOT, and we were not prepared by having found one or ordered some, and just living in an isolated area... well, I did prepare emergency food and fed him like I learned from the internet tutorial videos, and all that worked fine, but these emergency foods were really for *after* the 3 days were over, so... I kind of knew it wasn't going to work... and yes the inevitable happened..

I was indeed truly sad- :cry: but I didn't know what else I could have done in the situation... I did learn TONS about pigeons... etc. We made a really nice little burial & ceremony etc.- had given him a name etc.

I believed he deserved all that for what he'd been through- :heart:

:bulletpurple: And then a few days after THAT, I was handed a 3 day old kitten, rejected by its mother... :no: :faint:

I honestly was very unsure at that point, given everything. I had fostered and taken in kittens as young as 3 weeks, but never younger, and my anxiety levels were really high by then, and I was simply physically unwell.

YET, I knew that it was obvious that we were more prepared for and knowledgeable about kittens/cats at any stage of their lives.

The kitten has just turned 4 weeks... I have taken photos, but I've yet to share any, just cause I felt like waiting a bit longer to do that. ... :aww:

He's had a few ups and downs, which is to be expected, an eye infection before his eyes even opened, some had digestive issues,  and remains on the small side for his age, BUT over all, he's doing okay. *knock on wood* ;) (Yes, I'm just a tad superstitious. :XD: )

When, I DO upload a photo, I will tell his name etc.

But, taking this kitten, made for me the commitment to night-shift feedings, every 2 hours at first, and now we've *just* moved to every 3-4 hours... :aww:

Admittedly, this did NOT help my medical issues at all, in the physical ways, but after a while, it did begin to improve my mental state. Yay! :D

:bulletpurple: Meanwhile, I had a lot of projects, due dates, and deadlines to tend to, and not just here  on dA, but I mean with work in LIFE! :nod:

ONE of those being, MY FIRST FUNDRAISER coming up! (SAT. JUNE 14th) :la: :faint: :sleep:

It's LESSSS than TWO weeks away, and we *just* started the local advertising! :no:
It's really my fault, because I only just finished the flyer! :ohmygod:

I've been trying to send it PDF to local people I can think of via EMAIL, but what I really need to do, is get to local businesses to post in their windows, etc.

My friend and "local mom" Stormy did some of that for me yesterday. :nod: :heart:

It's kind of difficult when I don't have my own car, but I've got to figure this out by/on THURSDAY!

My orders from dA and VistaPrints should start to arrive tomorrow and all this week... so it will be time to start framing prints, pricing them, and the jewelry, the mugs, the stickers, magnets, etc., and getting it all organized.

I guess at this point, I really just wish I could feel better... cause things are just happening around me. I am not and do NOT want to complain about those things- because just cause they are busy things, they are GOOD things!!! :la: :rose:

I just wish I was well, and felt good- to match the active life that I want.
... yet that's really nothing new... in essence, it's how it's always been.

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:iconshinyheartplz: Special Groups & Info.! :iconshinyheartplz:

Unframed-Nature :iconunframed-nature:
is my main group!
Current CONTEST: Results came out MAY 25th!!
FIRST PLACE: :trophy: painted-leaf :iconpainted-leaf: with:
.:. EARTH's Wonders of WATER .:. by painted-leaf
She has a feature on my profile page!
To see the rest of the WINNERS and Contest NEWS:
:iconoceanplz: Earth's Wonders of Water, BIG CONTEST RESULTS!    
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:icongewalgon-divider1::icongewalgon-divider2::icongewalgon-divider3::icongewalgon-divider4::icongewalgon-divider5:
:iconearthplz: Welcome to Unframed-Nature's BIG CONTEST RESULTS for: "EARTH DAY- EARTH'S WONDERS OF WATER" :iconearthplz:
We had nearly 50 incredibly brilliant entries pertaining to WATER, and more specifically, the environmental issues that concern our planet, with regard to the various problems all living creatures face pertaining to this essential resource and life force.
The entry was supposed to depict water, in some way and medium, BUT with an obvious connection to an environment message about water, and if the connection was not necessarily obvious, there was supposed to be a special message about water from the artist, stated IN the Artist's Comments.
Most of our judges were pretty strict about this rule... while quality of submission
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We had EIGHT TOP WINNERS!
and we mentioned EIGHT EIGHT Honourable Mentions, too!
AWESOME CONTEST!! :la:

:bulletblue: Our Monthly THEMES, will resume in JULY!

Please, Feel free to donate :points: to us HERE:
Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts:
so that we may continue to host these wonderful events and contests. :nod:
Thank you kindly! :thanks: :rose:

Here are...
Other Great Active Groups to Consider Joining,
and participating in their wonderful activities,
Including Wonderful Affiliate Groups of dAWishingWell who WISH for more exposure,
in general, and have other wishes:

:iconinfectious-kindness:
:iconcreaterespect:
-WISHES for ACTIVE Admins.
:iconrecommendafriend:
-WISHES for points to become a SuperGroup, donate: rafdonation.deviantart.com/  
:iconall-about-features:
-WISHES for new dA Members to take part in this: fav.me/d7cvxcz
:iconfractal-love:
-would like to be A SuperGroup & plan events, donate: fractal-love-points.deviantart…
:iconwefightfordezi:
:iconthe-feature-showcase:
:icondeviantheart:
:icondevnews:
:icondacompliments:
:iconprojecteducate:
:iconinspirationstation1:
:iconbestofblackandwhite:
:iconourarea51:
:iconmanip-your-music:
:iconclash-of-the-titans:
:iconseaofsadness-sos:
:iconstopbsl:
:iconpetpicks:
-WISHES to be a SuperGroup again, donate: windinthecoffeecup.deviantart.…
:iconcapturethecats:
:iconcat-lovers-group:
:icondawishingwell:
Aside from our Affiliate Group Wishes...
IridescentStardust is wishing for people to check out this journal: fav.me/d7ivlcg
in efforts to help out BlackfyreValyrian Please do consider!! :eager:

:note: Also, it's getting SUPER close to the ALS Walk, which Serge, my dA Mom's awesome43's brother is going to be participating in, on JUNE 9th- less than a week! :eager:
Please read all about this VERY VERY worthy cause here:
Ode to my brother Serge, ALS Walk Fundraiser 2014.My :iconrbheartplz: brother Serge lost his courageous battle with ALS .
Serge Vaillancourt 2/09/1948 - 12/09/2014

Updated 6/10/2014  final total, video and photos at ALS Walk 2014.


On behalf of Serge, our entire family, the ALS Foundation and all ALS sufferers worldwide.


:iconheart4uplz: Thank you everyone, you are awesome and very much appreciated. :iconheart4uplz:

With the help of Joy my grand-niece and Serge's granddaughter it is time to celebrate and honor Serge.
 
Joy marching at 2014 ALS walk cheering her Grand-pa Serge and all participants.
           

:clap: Congratulations Serge for raising $6,475.00 for the 2014 ALS Walk

and please feel free to consider sponsoring him!
Even a little $5.00 might be considered helpful. :nod:
You might see that the goal has been reached, but you can still donate... this is such a worthy cause, and what the funds go to are so essential for ALS research, and also equipment to help ALS patients live better quality lives!
GO SERGE! :love:

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:iconcatearsplz: News From "The Shelter Project" :iconcatearsplz:

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The South Coast Humane Society here, on the SW Coast of Oregon continues to keep me very busy...
I do all the photo shoots of the animals for Adoptions for the "Adopt-a-Pet" sections of the areas' newspapers, plus I edit the photos for our page at Petfinder.com. Many of those also go up on our FB page, too, and THEN I share a very FEW, of these same photos with you here on dA! :heart:

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I also foster cats from time to time, work with AND have a couple of my own ferals who live on my back porch, work with mostly the sick dogs and cats, and work on socializing animals all after hours at the humane society, plus I have my OWN clan (seriously, it IS a CLAN) of rescued indoor cats, and two rescued dogs, too. :XD:

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I've also been getting more into the selling of my various types of art works at local fundraising events on behalf of "The Shelter Project"- which just like ONLINE, goes to the same animals in need. However, as has been the case, due to my financial situation, I am not able to provide most of these products, which is where my own gracious, generous, compassionate, and understanding donors have come in!
I purchase from VistaPrints and from deviantART, in order to round out the variety I need.
READ MORE, & FEEL FREE TO DONATE HERE: teaphotography.deviantart.com/
Scroll, just a bit- it's on the right side- containing an UPDATE! :thanks:
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This, alone, is always busy! :iconcatlaplz:

:iconballoonsplz: Info. From The THREE ANNIVERSARY :iconballoonsplz:

Thank you to ALL who visited the Information, Celebrated with me, and also who :+fav:'d the THREE YEAR ANNV.
of THE SHELTER PROJECT:
:iconblack-kittenplz: The Shelter Project: Three Year Anniversary!Special Edition News Article:
HAPPY THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY to "The Shelter Project"!!!

:iconlovetigerplz: :iconwalkingcatplz::icondoggyplz::iconblack-kittenplz::iconlilplz: :iconlovetigerplz:
:iconhurrahplz: As of just this previous August 2013, "The Shelter Project" is THREE Years Old! :iconhurrahplz:
:iconspreadmoreloveplz: AND... THIS YEAR "THE SHELTER PROJECT" IS CONGRATULATING ITS dA AFFILIATES!!! :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
"THE SHELTER PROJECT" is NOT one person; it's not BECAUSE OF one person, nor is it, or could it EVER BE successful, because of just one single person. For it to be anything AT ALL, of any of the helpful VALUE that it is, and continues to strive for, it takes A TEAM of VOLUNTEERS, who we have called here on dA, "The dA Affiliates of 'The Shelter Project.'"
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:iconcatlaplz: THE FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY IS COMING AT THE END OF AUGUST! :iconcatlaplz:
:wow: :ohmygod: :faint: :no: :la: :love: :omg:

Thank you so much to everyone for all the truly outstanding support of this project during its FIRST THREE YEARS,
and SINCE!
It has meant so very much, but MOST of ALL, to the animals who together we are trying to help!  
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:note: REMEMBER- South Coast Humane Society here,
DOES welcome The Shelter Project: teaphotography.deviantart.com/… as an official fundraiser! :aww:
:boogie: :party:

:icondoggyplz: :new: NEWS, New Events & Fundraising:icondoggyplz:

To date, I want to thank the all the gracious, generous, compassionate, and understanding individuals who have donated :points: points: @ teaphotography.deviantart.com/
I am absolutely delighted, and so grateful... :happycry:
I mean when I think of the potential we have now, together, to raise the funds for the animals in need, through "The Shelter Project" with these events this Summer,
seeing these first amazing and generous donors, have really brought me hope!

:note: The Points Widget has been ZERO'd out, and UPDATED, and you can read about WHY, there:
teaphotography.deviantart.com/

I would like to thank ALL future donors in advance... it's really difficult to put into words the extent of what your help truly means!!
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:bulletgreen: The "Tea Photography OPEN HOUSE on behalf of THE SHELTER PROJECT" :excited:

This WILL take place JUNE 14th, less than TWO weeks away... we've begun advertising on our FB page, which I am not in charge of, in our newsletter, and advertised right at our shelter, and I have made my flyer, and I will be sending it by PDF to local repeat customers, local friends, and taking them to local businesses. I am quite behind with all of these things, but... I'm doing the very best I can with everything going on... :aww:

It will be held right at the humane society...  I am very excited, but also nervous! I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time, but to be the only artisan, is a bit scary. I just hope that since I've lived here for over three years now, I might know enough people to make it decently successful. :fingerscrossed:

:new: It looks like I will likely be added to an event in the community, through the humane society, and appear in our booth at THE KITE FESTIVAL. So I'll be doing more than I originally thought. I will try to have all of the same types of products. :nod:

:bulletgreen: And Finally, one SHORT month thereafter, I have the annual "Mutt-Strutt" anyway that's the humane society's BIGGEST annual fundraiser event! This will be my 4th time to participate in this event.

I would really hope to have lots more variety of products for this event this year anyway... - and STILL whatever might not sell, there will continue to BE opportunities to sell the products at future events, AND inside the shelter's lobby, itself.

At all of these events, I would have as much variety of my jewelry products available, and pre-made photo greeting cards...  

:note: Plus I order 11x14 prints, mostly of shelter animals, (which I do the framing myself, to save money, but thanks to other donors!), and also mugs and magnets- all ordered from dA.  Stickers, hats, & pens, of shelter animals or The Shelter Project logo, I order from VistaPrints with the help of other donors, via PayPal.

So this is basically it, up front! I want you to know what is going on!

Again, I want to thank you for your understanding of my changed financial situation, in the last few years of my life... it's never easy to admit such things... but it's nice to know a team can actually work together on an important cause.

So, anyway, as you can see I am already actively in the middle of collecting, and purchasing products, and collecting more points to prepare for THESE *SUMMER* Fundraising EVENTS, you see. :aww:

Thank you for letting me share. :heart:

AND, thank you again to those who have already donated, AND thanks so much in advance to those who may decide to donate to this cause!! :love:

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