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Delights of December

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 17, 2013, 6:57 AM
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1. Gifts
2. Personal NOTE
3. Last Month's "Attitudes of Gratitude" Project
4. Special Groups & Other Special Info.
5. "The Shelter Project" PLUS, EXTRA Special Thank You's
6. B-Day Features, PLUS Said & Did Features
7. 115th Special Random Feature!!
8. Special Edition Feature: Edited to "Holiday Greeting Cards"


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

I realize that December is half over... nevertheless, I wish all of my dearest friends (AND family, should they see this) all of the Delights of December, that could ever be possible! :heart:
Sending you all my love across various directions of miles, all over the planet. :earth:


:icongift1plz: GIFTS :icongift1plz:

:thanks: Thank you to my new talented friend :iconlady-compassion: for: Dancing With the Light by Lady-Compassion :rose:
It ended up being a gift-commission through dAWishingWell and it couldn't have turned out more glorious!
Please visit more beautiful work, HERE: :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my really sweet friend :icontherafflesia: for: The beauties of life... by TheRafflesia :rose:
What an honour to be a part of one of my favourite subjects in Nature. Not much more beautiful!
Please visit her amazing work HERE: :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my awesome friend :iconannissina: for: It's Christmas... by Annissina :rose:
Oh my gosh!! She is so multi-talented! Hers was my first actual-in-the-mail holiday card this year,
and it is hand-made!! A paper-craft called "quilling"! She is SO good at it! Mine's the one on the left!
Please visit her sensational work HERE: :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my dearest friend :iconsurrealistic-gloom: for: By The River by surrealistic-gloom :rose:
The timing was great, as the peacefulness and serenity of this lovely scene is wonderful for me!
Please visit her fantastic work HERE: surrealistic-gloom.deviantart.… :heart:

:thanks: Thank you to my lovely friend :iconelissandranne: for: Happy Halloween 2013 by ElissandrAnne :rose:
I was late to find it... nevertheless, the truth is the timing was actually perfect! :D
I love and adore it, so very much! It's just so charming and delightful!
Please visit her other phenomenal work HERE: :heart:


:iconwhiteflowerplz: Personal Note :iconwhiteflowerplz:

I was supposed to have left already... but so much has piled up, (in so many ways), that I just haven't been able to do it, so I am quite behind. So. My last day on dA and the internet WILL be this TUESDAY night, PST, but more likely WEDNESDAY NIGHT PST, at the very latest, but I WILL be gone by then.
:star: I plan to return by: JAN. 6th or 7th, 2014! :star:
There will be A LOT in the way of changes I will be making for our Members and Admins., at Unframed-Nature.
But anyway, I always NEED to, and therefore take time off from ALL things at this time of year.
During that nearly 3 week period, I will at least check email, from time to time. :aww:

That being said, besides just needing to anyway, I just wanted to say... without really saying anything, (because there's really just no time or space for it, and I'm just exhausted, anyway...)
that December is supposed to be full of Delights! And... it IS! Delights are all around, for the having, the taking, the creating, the giving... but as many of us also know, with December's holidays, sometimes December, and just after, is also a very difficult time. I don't want to make this, or this whole entry which I've work on for POSITIVE :nod: to be a downer in ANY kind of way, so I don't want to say too much. Just that, I'm over here, and I really really want to feel those delights of December that I'm physically putting myself through the motions with... but sometimes a lot of stuff happens, like one thing after another, big or little, and you don't have a chance to recover before the next... I get to feeling overwhelmed and like my head is spinning,
but my overall point is, if I'm having trouble with delightfulness right here and now, in front of me, because of this and that, which is so immediately in my face, then I have to try harder... play the Christmas music louder, laugh a little harder, breathe a little slower, stop and look and listen- and find, then, just where ARE those delights, if they aren't where I had hoped or wanted them to be... or CREATE those delightful moments for myself or someone else... I'm old enough by now, to know I can't control the hand of cards my family is, or that I'm dealt... but I *can* control how to play *my* hand- even if I fold and walk, at least I'm not just sitting there wallowing.

I just had to get that out... and *that* is a good & positive thing. :nod:
Let us, indeed, enjoy the DELIGHTS OF DECEMBER!


:iconawwloveplz: Last Month's: "Attitudes Gratitude" Project! :iconawwloveplz:
Last month, in November's Special Edition section, which is always located near the bottom, the theme was "Attitudes of Gratitude" and a little project came with it! :D
My incredible friend Lily Annissina participated most enthusiastically, and this is what she came up with,
as examples of what she is THANKFUL FOR:
:bulletblack: FAMILY, including the belief that their dog is part of the family, of course! :love:
Alex by Annissina
:bulletblack: The beauty of NATURE, especially where she's from.
One Way by AnnissinaPeaceful by Annissina
:bulletblack: ART, like FOOD & MUSIC, for example, but many more types, too.
food 8 by Alvin-BakeFisheye Placebo: Electric Violin by yuumei

Lily also ended up writing a very remarkable journal entry on the subject "Attitudes of Gratitude":
:heart: Attitude of Gratitude - My StoryHello, my dear friend and watchers. :heart:
I haven't really told you about myself, and I think it's time to share. :) As suggested by my dear friend Gaby synconi, here's a little review of my time on DeviantART, including some real-life milestones and highlights.
I joined dA on 31st August, 2008. Back then I was obsessed with Disney films and loved drawing some of the hairy characters   as well as some of my favourite anime characters.
Only a couple of weeks had passed before I stumbled across the beautiful works of the lovely Satu magnusti78 who got me hooked on fractaling by January 2009. She was like a mentor to me when it came to fractals, but also became a really good friend and I still cherish her as much.
Back then I also became an Admin. at the group :iconfractaldreams: which really inspired me to make fractals and I really enjoyed it. I took part in a RoundRob
It's really amazing, and I felt proud of her for having the courage to write it. :heart:
On the other hand, Lily is a strong and lovely young lady, and I am proud to be friends with her.

For all of her grand involvement and participation in this Project,
I have surprised her with a small token of 20 :points:

Lily, I will always be grateful that I met you on dA! :heart:

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

Unframed-Nature :iconunframed-nature:
is my main group!
December's THEME: "Snowy or Holiday PET"
It ends: JAN. 5th
Read about it, AND ENTER HERE:…

Other recent Articles:
:iconflower-plz: November's TOP Subs of Unframed-Nature and NEWS    
:note: As I no longer send out notifications for these particular articles, I regret that many people likely do not realize that they've been featured in our monthly events. I really am sorry for that.  I don't do the monthly notifications anymore, due to severe lack of time. The best I can do, is simply link the previous TOP SUBS News Article, with the current one, so here was October's TOP Subs:

Now on to NOVEMBER'S....
Welcome to October 2013’s Top Submissions of Unframed-Nature.
Thank you for being here whether you are a Member yet or not!
We welcome you and your support! :thanks:

A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
:squee:  :clap: :clap: :clap:  :squee:
And a HUGE thank you to our loyal Members who have been submitting your fantastic
Nature Work to our Group for a long time now.
Without you, we just simply wouldn’t be here. :aww:
:iconflower-plz: Winner's Interview AND Special Thank You's:iconribbonblueplz: First Place Winner's Interview from :iconunframed-nature: :iconribbonblueplz:
Wolfy Wolf-Smith :iconwolfyroid: was our :trophy: FIRST PLACE WINNER :trophy:
for Unframed-Nature's "The Strangest and Spookiest Tree" Contest,
with this most fabulous piece:
:trophy: :trophy:
The WHOLE Winners' Article, is available, HERE:
:icontreehuggerplz: :icontreehuggerplz:
We thank all the participants, Admins., and Judges, who participated and worked hard on this contest!
As one of Wolfy's promised prizes, the following is an interview with him, on behalf of the group, hosted by me, your Founder, which I found to be extremely interesting, and really wonderful, and I hope you'll have a chance to share in it, to learn more about this outstanding Artist! :heart:
:bulletpurple: TEA: First of all, we at :

:new: We've been actively looking for NEW Admins. recently
as we've been having a few changes in our current team.
:note: Our application only LOOKS formal, but is NOT:
:icongrouphugplz: Administrator Application for Unframed-NatureUnframed-Nature's Application for Administrative Position
Accepting Applications for Administrator Positions at Unframed-Nature is now: OPEN!
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
Simply answer what you can or what you WANT, and send to ME, in a NOTE,
IF interested! :la:
AND, Welcome and Congrats! our NEWEST Team Member:
It's THAT cold by Jewel-Firefly

Also our Group's Points :points: Account is HERE:
:pointr: Unframed-Nature-PTS :iconunframed-nature-pts:

Thank you to ALL, who have EVER donated! YOU ROCK!!!

InspirationStation1 :iconinspirationstation1:
This is a lovely and VERY inspirational group! :heart:
CONTEST: "These are a Few of My Favourite Things!"
:iconsnowflakeplz: :thumb418812318: :iconsnowflakeplz:
It is ending soon, so.... :eager: :eager: :eager:

stopBSL :iconstopbsl:
This great educational group about "The Love of All Dog Breeds"
has been on dA for a long while now!
They also support animal adoptions, in general! :aww:
Featuring November's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!
January’s !RARE! Breed of the Month
February’s !RARE! Breed of the Month
March's !RARE! Breed of the Month<

:iconlilplz: :iconwalkingcatplz:

DevNews :icondevnews:
This is a positive Group spinning the world of dA NEWS your way!
From the Group directly:
December at devNews
DevNews Deviant and Group of the month, December 2013:
Nyx-Valentine arrived in our community and started whipping everyone into a frenzy with her relentless desire to bring the Artistic Nude and Fetish galleries to the fore. 9 years later, and it's safe to say that Nyx is not only a leader as a photographer in these galleries, but she has also established herself as a much saught after model. Nyx-Valentine's gallery is filled to the brim with innovative examples of ways in which the human form can be used to express many emotions, thoughts and feelings in a creative way, and Nyx always goes out of her way to empower others to experiment

Check out these recent news articles, found within this wonderful group:
What a Great Time of the Year for Holidays!

Happy Holidays AIM icon And I DO mean the GROUP
:iconholidays:! Merry christmas everybody 
Gorgeous Submissions and Invited Deviations from an especially hard-working co-founder poserfan, who has been graciously working extra hard while sis-in-law has been ill (see WDWParksGal for some information on a lengthy illness that went undiagnosed for years).
Christmas Tree And now for just a FEW of the lovely features at Holidays!!!! Christmas La
Passing of Time by Mirz123

Fan Art Fridays: RebootHello and welcome to the 32nd edition of Fan Art Fridays :wave: I'll be featuring 10-15 pieces of fan art, by fandom each week. This week will feature fanart from the show Reboot :la:
Viral Heart by SaraRichard Mouse by Novawuff
If you want to suggest a book/game/anime/cartoon/movie/etc to feature fan art of, please comment here:…
Fan Art Fridays Past Editions
Little thing called TalentLittle thing called Talent
"My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent."
Marc Chagall

Eomticon: Butterfly
In general, talent means the skill that someone has quite naturally to do something that is hard, a high degree of ability that a person was born with. It's hard to argue that some people indeed have more of an inherited talent for arts than others. They are able to get to a certain level rather quickly and get a lot of praise along the way. However, relying on talent will only last for so long, there's a point to be reached when nothing but hard work gets you through.
"Talent is so loaded a word, so full to the brim with meanings, that an artist might be wise

:pencil: :pencil: :pencil: :pencil:

dAWishingWell :icondawishingwell:
Not only does The Well help grant dA wishes, but we host
various weekly, as well as, monthly events!
Check out some of our weekly events and News:
WishingWell Weekly

Monday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Weary Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Fabulous Fridays | WishingWell Weekly | Point Feature

:iconlovelyheartsplz: Welcome to WishingWell Weekly :iconlovelyheartsplz:
Hello Dear Members, Watchers, and Visitors,
WELCOME TO dAWishingWell!
Many :new: NEW :new: & Wonderful Things Have Been Happening! Take a LOOK! :eyes:
Check out MONDAY MUSES! :iconlittleheartplz:
I simply adore this activity,
and it's not to late to participate, for the NEXT one!
Monday MusesWelcome to our activity on Mondays - Monday Muses!
It's all about the artists and artworks that inspire you! :painter:
There are many ways someone can be an inspiration. By displaying inspiring community spirit, or providing helpful resources for example. Or maybe you just stumbled over an amazing artwork that simply knocked you off your feet and inspired you to make something of your own right away.
No matter what it is, we want you to share it!
Simply pick an artist or deviation you find inspiring in some way, and post them in a comment on this journal. Please also include why you chose that artist or artwork.
Your suggestions will be featured next week! :heart:
And look what the awesome a-neverending made:

Totally amazing. :love:
This week's Muses are:
:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :icontherafflesia: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:

Tuesday Treats: I say white, you say...Monday Muses | Wandering WednesdayThursday Greets | WishingWell Weekly

I say white, you say...
Find a deviation to show us what white makes you think of (even from your own gallery) and link it in a comment on this blog! One deviation per member please! Each submitted deviation will be featured in the next TT! Enjoy and have the best day ever!

...snow, with an extra hamster

Now this is what's in our space/time capsule:
The-Day-After-Thursday GreetsMonday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering WednesdayWishingWell Weekly

:spotlight-left:  Welcome to a late Thursday Greets!  :spotlight-right:
Thursday Greets is a weekly feature of a few of our newest members, in hopes to give them some exposure! Below you will find some of their artwork, their wish, and any interesting going ons that they may have.
Let's meet some of our newest members and spread the love. :heart:
:iconpngsforeveryone: PNGsForEveryone
Because of the nature of the art, we can't feature it.
PNGsForEveryone has no wish listed
PNGsForEveryone has no news
:iconnox-noble: Nox-Noble

Additionally, we have about three News Articles/Week, containing WISHES,
that anyone can help to MAKE COME TRUE! :la:

AND... THIS PARTICULAR MONTH... we've been having the event called:
:holly:"The 31 Days of Wishes":holly:
One deviant's WISH is featured for a FULL day... and of course you can look BACK,
in our journals, to continue to help any previous ones to come TRUE!

I would like to focus on TWO examples:
:holly: :icontreo-legigeo: wishes for more exposure of the amazing and completed:
"Two Thousand Word Project":

And this is the project:
:pencil: Posting Begins!Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday, my internet wasn't working. But we continue, never fear, the latest story has been linked at the bottom!
Here we have it! Posting will be once a day (which may not be once a day for you depending on timezones, though), and into the "Round 1" folder in the gallery. Below, also, is a masterlist which will be updated with links and summaries of each project as they post.
Landing not Falling by greenleo94, art by Treo-LeGigeo with help from TheDarkPathologist
Poems that tell about experiences as a genderqueer lesbian and how people react to it. They are semi-autobiographical, starting off when the main character first starts discovering their sexuality and continuing on through adulthood.
The Underneath by Skull-Killer, art by Ganjamira and YamitheTrixter
A story about a young girl who has a literal monster living in
A sample feature of another work:
Second Street       El stands under muted chrome lights, legs splayed apart and left hip cocked out like the jagged end of a lipstick smear. The soft undercurrent of voices drifts from the club crowd up to the stage, quiet murmured conversations below the chink of glasses and clicks of the mike stand slotting into place. If she listens close enough she can almost hear the bare echoes of a young man's laugh, a woman's soft tinkling sigh, the swell of a family's conversation.
       "All ready," the man before her grunts around the toothpick hanging out the corner of his sun-cracked mouth. El reaches a hand over to tug at the length of color-faded silk knotted around her left wrist, stepping forward to take the place he vacates. The same hand rises to wrap around the cold silver shaft, glossed lips parting as she ghosts them towards the microphone.
       The crowd has dropped in volume, calm falling over the haphazardly arranged three-legged stools and half-rickety tables. It's a quiet she's felt

:holly: :icontinylaughs: wishes for commission exposure to help with medical bills:

Please read her original genuine article HERE:
:iconspreadmoreloveplz: :thumb396296322: :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
I have had THIS particular WISH or story of tinylaughs on the TOP/LEFT corner of my Profile Page for a little while by now. I looked further into it, and I have to tell you, that her story touches me greatly... for personal reasons. I wrote more about it on my profile page, and I did indeed commission her... for a little icon!
My dear friend Mel, Arte-de-Junqueiro has also helped! :heart:
I am so happy about that... :happycry: This is obviously very important for this lovely young lady... but it feels personal for me. :happycry: Thank you for your time. :heart:
A sample feature of her work:


deviantHEART :icondeviantheart:
A Group about Love and Positivity!
Here's a few article, projects, initiatives:
I Love, You LoveThis bi-weekly activity aims to encourage you all to share work you love and discover new deviations you might fall in love with as well! :heart:
The concept is pretty simple. Every two weeks on a Thursday I'll share one work from my favourites that fits a certain topic. All you have to do is share a work from your favourites in the comments that falls under the same topic as the one I shared. That topic will change each week and is written behind the 'I Love...'; topics can be something like the 'Digital Art', 'Yellow', 'Flowers' etc. You and your suggestions will get featured the next week.
Some basic rules:
:bulletred: Please look at the 'I Love...' to see what the theme of the week is (e.g. if it says 'I Love... Flowers' link a deviation that has something to do with flowers, if it says 'I Love... Yellow' link a deviation that has to do with yellow/has yellow in it and so forth.)
:bulletred: Use :thumbcodes: to link your sugg
International Day of People With DisabilitiesDecember 3rd, for twenty-one years, has been International Day of People With Disabilities and every year strives to promote the understanding of a person with a disability. The day raises awareness to their rights, well-being, and even dignity. While this day may not be well known, the message of this very important day should not be forgotten or overlooked. 
There is no difference between a person with a disability and a person without, they deserve equal treatment and equal consideration in all aspects of life. 
"Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it." -Frances Wright
There are many groups here on deviantART who support and promote art made by people with disabilities:  
And for the day I would like to feature some amazing deviants with disabilities (feel free to click links for more information on the disability):


PetPicks :iconpetpicks:
A great group about PETS and Nature!
They are STILL voting in their contest:…

And their weekly activity:
Picture of the Week!Here's our new Picture of the Week!
by :iconequine-images:

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Others in the poll:

Sombra. by nettocastro
Muddy Beauty by DYWPhotography Kindness Emanates by TeaPhotography

To help this lovely group maintain their SuperGroup status
AND host contests in the future, PLEASE
consider donating POINTS :points: HERE:
Thank you so much to those who donate!


dACompliments :icondacompliments:
It's easy to spread the dA love...
And this group has an awesome way to do it!
Come and See!
Here's a recent example article:
DeviantART Compliments #68I want to thank dingle765 for really putting 100% effort into Aiming-For-The-Stars She's trying so hard to make the group work, and I wish her the best of luck. It's such a great idea, and allows artists to come together and learn new techniques. Even though I'm one of the 'teachers/helpers' I still think I'm going to come to group lessons to learn new techniques.
Thank you dingle! And thank you the-scouting-legion for founding the group. 
Couldn't do it without you two
ShadAlex1011 It's because of you that I'm still here right  now, and its the reason I vow to make you stronger and  to help you through all hardships.  It breaks  my heart to hear how  you're treated at home and even at school.  When you told  me  you  loved me, I knew I had found  the right friend. But you're more than just  a friend to me. You're my girlfriend, and I'll always love you.  
Skittles.... ;)

To donate points to their group:

Other Great Active Groups to Consider Joining,
and participating in their wonderful activities!



:bulletblack: The South Coast Humane Society here, on the SW Coast of Oregon continues to keep me very busy... I do the photo shoots of their animals for adoptions for "Adopt-a-Pets" and "Pets-of-the-Week" for the newspapers, plus I work on the photos for the animals and upload them to their page at The same photos go their fb page. I share SOME, of these same photos with you here on dA! :heart:

It's always busy! :nod:

:iconcatearsplz: The Shelter Project! :iconcatearsplz:
: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.
: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

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

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

:iconspreadmoreloveplz: EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU'S! :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
The following artist on dA, made her 2nd purchase on behalf of "THE SHELTER PROJECT", in the form of a CUSTOM ORDER, (which I would be more than happy to try to accommodate especially for those who are already Affiliates of the Project.)

:iconawesome43: custom ordered & purchased:
& close-up: which came with a matching ring, that you can see in the first one.
I never had time to edit/upload these photos, so that's why I just put them in real quickly.
A feature of her work:
Little friends by awesome43Magic moment by awesome43
Nature's Bounty by awesome43

The following artist on dA, made her 2nd purchase on behalf of "THE SHELTER PROJECT"!!!

:iconstygma: purchased: 4,000 Critters! by TeaPhotography :heart:
A feature of her work:
Sunset Bliss by StygmaAqua by Stygma
Play with me! by Stygma

The following artist on dA, just made his 2nd purchase on behalf of "THE SHELTER PROJECT"!!!

:iconarte-de-junqueiro: purchased: Wonderful World by TeaPhotography for dearest Teresa :icontigles1artistry:
A feature of his work:
Mk II Jag by Arte-de-Junqueiro
Walking the dog by Arte-de-JunqueiroOn my best behaviour by Arte-de-Junqueiro

:note: I don't usually report anything outside of dA, except perhaps the annual local MUTT STRUTT event, (August)
but the Holidays have been  busy... as I also had three other jewelry orders and six rather large holiday greeting card orders. I'm mentioning this, because while I've obviously been extra busy in a short period of time, this is SUPER news for "The Shelter Project"!
By this end of this week, I will be delivering the total donations collected from this past year of 2013, to
South Coast Humane Society by way of "The Shelter Project".
As many of you who know this 3.5 year old Project by now, you probably already know the donations are 25% of all work completed during the year from orders made. Where did the rest of it go? As you may also recall, the rest goes back into "The Shelter Project" to keep it running. Materials that it takes to create hand-made creating cards as well as hand crafted jewelry material, are BOTH, are quite expensive. Unfortunately, I would not be able to fund any such project, if I did it any other way. It is actually how such a project came to be, when, more than four years ago, my financial situation had changed completely, dramatically, and permanently, and I became unable to directly donate monetarily to the animals that I was also volunteering with. As a result, such an idea to work for donations, came into fruition... and the rest, as they say is history...
BUT, most importantly, is the NOW, and the FUTURE:

I will be donating YOUR DONATIONS, from 2013, this week, in the TOTAL AMOUNT of $180.00 USD !!
:squee: :la: :squee: :la: :squee: :la: :squee: :la: :squee: :la: :squee: :la: :squee:

(This does NOT include the actual DAY of The Mutt Strutt in August, from the locals, which I had to turn in THEN- $150, but,
It does include the subsequent business that I did get FROM that day... :) )

Anyway, If you do NOT think this is a lot, IT IS!  

WHY? ~Because in the two previous years, the amounts were $70.00 and $80.00!

However, I would like to set a goal for 2014, with the hopes to stretch the total 25% amount up to $200.00!

What do you think???

Can we do it???? :D :nod: :D :nod: :D :nod:

Oh, and so one more thing though, I did want to mention that about 62% of that $180.00 is from my purchasing Affiliates of 2013 here on dA! :omg:



:note: Everyone's PERMANENT features have been on my Profile Page... forever, and ever...  ;)

An Extra Special Thank You to the Following Artists and Groups who have either featured for the FIRST time, or RE-featured The Shelter Project in their Journals or on their Profile Page, or perhaps created something special FOR The Shelter Project, donated :points: or something else, or thought of some other creative way to support this Project. :love:

Lan Su Yuan 27 of 33 by LayaboutJoeMy Hermitage 1 of 12 by LayaboutJoe

Ainulindale - animation by MirachRavaiaTo the West by MirachRavaia


Happy Birthday Shlomit... by Tigles1ArtistryPeace Upon You.... by Tigles1Artistry

Watercolor Chipmunk by philippeLRhino by philippeL

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.

: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: If Only- 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:


:note: The EXTRA Special THANK-YOU Features for DIRECT PURCHASES, are also on the Profile Page, on the Left-side.

: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: . While not the same as The Shelter Project, "The Shelter ART Project" STILL went to benefit that SAME Shelter! :heart:

: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:
 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 a few of them have done, 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:

:iconbouquetplz: :iconbouquetplz: :iconbouquetplz: :iconbouquetplz: :iconbouquetplz: :iconbouquetplz:

B-DAYS! :cake: ...Plus, Said & Did Features!

:iconcakecookieplz: *SOME* B-Days from END of November...and as many December Birthdays through the first MOST of this month, that I either know of, or can manage... (I am bound to miss a few people... and that's awful- but, PLEASE know it is NOT intended at all.) :iconcakecookieplz:

Wild Flower.2 by Chuckie-T

My Mandala (Studio Art Project) by Tanya1123

Sprit Dreams_02 by caddman


Jacky and Jill pose by eyeofsnowleopard

TFF3 - Sleek by subhankar-biswas

Four Seasons by seven-s



Jedburgh Abbey 2 by newcastlemale

CC by WDWParksGal


down to hell by st2wok

Silky Taitu by LuciaSeriin

My heart's on the loose. by VeiledOverdose


Swatting Strings by suezn


Little Grackle by GillianIvy

Jmulbed by JayLPhotography

Marco by Wellgarth

Radiating Warmth by dandelion-field

Mandela by Stumm47

This photographer looks yummy... ! by Seb-Photos


Curious Fae by CherishedMemories


Peacock Posed In Abstract by aPatchworkProduction

Warwick Castle on July 2 II by TanyaBazania

~ Karolinka ~ by KerovinBlack

What A Wonderful Day by chunjihuli

Nelson Mandela - 1918-2013 by marthig

[ 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: ]


And now, I'd like to thank each of the following people for the various extra that they've said and/or done for me, recently!

Peaceful Mom Squirrel by JocelyneR

Blue Christmas by Lady-Compassion

Once I will find the way out of the darkness by TheRafflesia

Crystal Dreams by Annissina

Sunlit Black Bird by surrealistic-gloom

The Birth of a Fairy by ElissandrAnne

soon to be our new addition by BlueIvyViolet

Baby Crocodile by Riemea

Miss December by sesam-is-open

Rudolphs Red Rose by creativemikey

Downey by CanadianRy

Andalucia by davincipoppalag

Come Away With Me by LUCILALEYLA

Delicate by Samcatt

Forget today by Yanagi-no-Yume

As cold as blue by gigi50

The Splendor of Autumn! by ArtBYbeverly

10mins. - 7pm by jennystokes


Loving Boy by Aussie-Blonde

Sweet Embrace by ShinyHeels

Mo and Moosh by CarolynYM

The Westerly Waves by Corvidae65


Karma by AudraMBlackburnsArt

Masked Beauty by Lust0fADeeperPain

:note: This list really is by no means, complete!


Special Random Artist Feature!

:bulletorange: Special Random Talented Artist Features Began in March 2009!! :boing:
In over four years that I've been doing this certain type of feature, I've finally featured over ONE-HUNDRED Artists... and onward we go... > ... >
:new:  The 115th Special Random Artist goes to my very talented friend TheDewdropFairy :iconthedewdropfairy:
Here's a small sample of her fantastic work:
I know that soon you must go by TheDewdropFairyEach rose is loved by an Angel by TheDewdropFairy
SnowflakesTiny white miracles fall from the sky
Beauty unseen by the naked eye
Twisting and twirling you dance through the air,
pop on my tongue and trap in my hair.
Softly in silence the wind takes you flying.
I think he must love you, I hear his sad sighing
as you fall from his grasp and float to the ground,
he knows you are crushed though you make not a sound.
One in a million, we're two of a kind,
both lost in the crowd but together we'll find
though you have no future and I have no past
we have but a moment so let's make it last...

Please go visit her page:… :heart:

:bulletblue: Active on dA for 1 year or more.
:bulletblue: 10K page views or less.

Wanna spread some happiness by NamedaPAY IT FORWARD by luffsfromafriendEncourage others stamp by Ramen27

Page views alone do not necessarily reflect levels of creativity & talent. I think there's a lot of wonderful art/artists out there who just haven't been seen enough.
[For all the immense support and generosity that I have received since being on dA, I Pay it Forward ...]

Special Edition Feature: "Holiday Greeting Cards"

The Theme was "Holiday Cats and Dogs" - *OTHER* people's...
but there isn't anymore thumb space, for what was actually planned.

So, here are just a few of my own:

Chihuahua Cherubs by TeaPhotographyYou've Come a Long Way Home... by TeaPhotographyHappy Holi-Daisy by TeaPhotography
Tsuki and Santa Baby by TeaPhotographyA Holly Jolly Jikan by TeaPhotographySha-Sha's Winter Wonderland by TeaPhotography
Playful Holdays by TeaPhotographyThrough Herbie's Eyes by TeaPhotography

Here's Where They Continue to Get Collected:…
In fact, there are a few more that will be getting uploaded here in another month or so... ready for NEXT year's, holiday greeting card orders! YAY for "The Shelter Project"!
Thank you EVERYONE for making this Project what it is!
And I wish you a very Happy Holiday Season, and MOST Wonderful New Year,
FULL of Good Things!


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awesome43 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Featured here :iconhug1plz:
ElissandrAnne Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
:wow: Awesome feature! I am honored, my dear friend. You have always been so supportive. :love:
awesome43 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
gigi50 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh Tea Beautiful Journal Lots of hard work putting all this together :iconwowplz:
  Thank-you-so-much-for-feature by kmygraphic Sorry I am so late just slowly getting little short times to catch up on DA
and I think you are now away. I wish you and your family
  Happy-Holidays by kmygraphic Thank-you-for-your-friendship by kmygraphic   :pussyclap: by spongee0990:pussypompoms: by spongee0990 
subhankar-biswas Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
such warmth in this cold season! thanks for sharing this treasure of goodies, and for including me as well, tea! :tighthug:

hope you have a WONDERFUL, bright, beautiful and inspirational year ahead! :heart:
KerovinBlack Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Tea :hug: 
JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Such a lovely feature and I thank you so much for including me.  Have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year.Merry Christmas by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
KmyGraphic Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Delight by kmygraphic  of December :) beautiful !
jennystokes Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Extraaaaa................thanks so much Tea.
BIG hugs and Merry Xmas
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
This IS Delight full! :D Enjoy your holidays my Soul Sis! We shall get back to our writing in 2014.  Thank you for ALL you do!! :hug:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are the SWEETEST heart :heart: my soul-sis.
I do plan to go through my Notes as the last thing, before I leave dA for temporary...
depending on what is in my Notes, I'll either write back quick or paste to desktop for email later, but yes, of course we will be back to it again in 2014!
Wow when I think how long we've come to know each other by now... :D :cuddle:
Santa by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Take your time, my Soul Sis. I'm behind :lol:
Much Love!! And yes it has been 4 years but it's flown by. Enjoy your time away
Christmas Flower by kmygraphic  
ShinyHeels Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome feature:heart:
Thabnk you so so much my dear friend and most Happy Holidays:heart::love:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you my sweet friend, Sani! :heart:
And such a pleasure for me to include you here. :cuddle:
Santa by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
ShinyHeels Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Merry Christmas and most Happy New Year sweetieMerry christmas everybody Snowy Christmas Dance Christmas La :merry christmas: :HappyNewYear: Christmas Carol Two Santa La Eager xmassanta :xmas: merry exmas My next avatar I'ze a reindeer 
LuciaSeriin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many beautiful pictures! :love: Thank you for featuring me here! :heart:

I wish you a wonderful Christmas! :hug:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, it's a big one! :giggle:
And a pleasure for me to include you here. :heart:
Santa by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
creativemikey Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thnks Tea my dear for the feature and I hope you get a much deserved rest this holiday season :hug:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's all my pleasure Mike! :hug:
It's really been a lovely thing to know you for such a long time now on dA!
I wish you and yours...
Santa by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
CarolynYM Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
A delightful and thoughtful journal by you, dear Tea:hug:  :thanks:Thank you so very much:heart:
Hope your holiday season is full of fun and rest and good cheer:holly:  Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family:love:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad it did come across that way! :iconnewhugplz:
And you are ever-so-welcome, such a small thing when I consider, well... everything!
Thank you so much for your wishes, Carolyn! It's been such a great pleasure to know you here on dA, more than my words could really express. :heart:
To you and your family:
Santa by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
Wellgarth Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww,  thanks again for the feature! You're just so nice n.n
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw, it really is my pleasure though!! :D
Santa by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
Stygma Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:

Have a happy holiday! :rudolph: :heart:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are ever-so-welcome... really it is the least I could do... just when I stop to consider...
hmm, everything? :D
Santa by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
seven-s Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Beautiful feature, Tea!:heart: Thanks a lot for including my work, so generous of you!:hug:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm happy you like it! And I'm pleased to include you! :glomp:
Santa by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
maska13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Happy New Year by kmygraphic
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Blue Thank You by kmygraphic
Thank you! I wish you the same!!
ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful journal entry Tea, and congratulations on the donation to the Humane Society, that is just wonderful!! :cuddle:  Thank you so much for featuring my work once again, I really and always appreciate it!! 

You're a gem my dear friend, and I will be emailing soon when Christmas is over even if you don't get it until you are able to :)  

Take care Tea, and much Love, Hugs and Friendship and I wish you, Scott and the folks a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...may it be the best yet!!

:cuddle: :heart:

Christmas Cake by kmygraphic 

TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beverly, :wave:
I'm so happy to "see" you! :glomp:
Isn't the donation such good news?? I deliver on Friday, and I'm so excited!
I'm thrilled you are a part of all of that... :squee:
And I am always happy to have your work a part of journals! :heart:
I look forward to our emails, my dear friend... :nodL
And I wish you and Jim and... yours the very best, too!!!
Seasons Greetings by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Tea :wave: :) :cuddle:

Oh my friend, it is so good to see you too...I'm staying around, but just part year is going to be one hectic schedule, but one day at a time eh! :)

Aww, well as I've said in the past, I wish I could do a whole lot more...but I'm happy to help if even in some small way :heart: Thank you sweetheart!

Me too, I know we are both so busy right now, but after Christmas I will email and catch up with you there ;) :) :cuddle:

Aww thanks hon, I really appreciate that!! 

Christmas by kmygraphic 
surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
What a kind journal, dear Tea, you are so nice to people! :love:
You are doing a beautiful job for the Humane Society and it pleases me very much, I love animals, as you know it.
When I will find some time, I will feature your Shelter Project on my profile, it is so much worth it! :heart:

Thank you for your kind words and the feature, my dear friend! :huggle:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
My dear Surglo! :wave:
Oh but aren't YOU the ever-nice and giving one! :nod: :heart:
Yes, you are one of the greatest animal-lover I've ever met. :nod:
Oh! I've thought you had featured the Project before... well, my dear, you have done so much, I know you have purchased something and I am so much pleased you would do so, :la:

I am always so excited to be able to feature you my sweet friend, and when I consider it is the least I can do for ALL that YOU have done for me... :huggle:
Seasons Greetings by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Hello dear Tea! :rose:
You are always so kind to me, thank you for your nice words! :hug:
And thank you again for the feature, I always appreciate it so much!

I have a lot to do on my profile page, really a lot! :nod: When I will find some time, I will feature the Shelter Project for sure. Sorry for being so late in doing so!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a beautiful - and peaceful - Happy New Year!
             Merry Christmas by kmygraphic                             Happy New Year by kmygraphic

(Just to let you know: I have arrived this morning (Saturday) instead of Thursday. It has been hectic, dangerous and tiresome with big snow falls since 2 days. Haven't slept since more than 24 hours. Will talk to you a little later on, dear Tea.)
JocelyneR Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Beautiful journal, dear Tea, very thoughtful as usual, you are a pearl! :heart:
Wow, congratulations for your donation to the Humane Society, it is very impressive and so generous! :clap:
Thank you so much for having included my photo, I really appreciate it! :hug:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you my dearest Jocelyne! :rose:
And I'm so thrilled to include your photo, :cuddle: only I wish I could have included MORE of your work, though I am very limited now by how much I can include nowadays, as you know. :hmm:

Awww, yes the donation amount is SUPER exciting, and I go on Friday to deliver it! :la:
However, it is is not my donation to give... :aww: It is YOURS indeed, and it is everyone else who donated through purchasing something of my work on behalf of The Shelter Project. Basically I worked for your donations, and yes, in that way, it was a Team Effort.  :huggle:

But there would be no donations without all of YOU. :happycry: :love:
Seasons Greetings by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Thank u so very much Lovely Tea........... such a wonderful feature..:heart: Pussyblowkiss  By Spongee0990 by Aussie-Blonde  
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
What a pleasure for me dearest Linley! You are always there with such kind, lovely encouraging comments! Oh believe me, I have noticed!
Seasons Greetings by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
oh u are truly so very welcome Tea.... u deserve it..  U are a kind lady , with the love for animals.. its just beautiful to see.
A merry christmas to u and all the best for 2014 too.:tighthug:
Looooove By Marcphx-d5cmd3m by Aussie-Blonde  
suezn Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Thank you so much my friend ...beautiful works! Heart Hug 
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are truly welcome! And I'm glad you enjoyed this! :hug: :heart:
Seasons Greetings by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
GillianIvy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<3  Thank you for the feature! :love:  It is delightful!
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, Gillian, I'm so glad you think so! :hug:
I know it is certainly delightful for me to have you be here! :love:
Seasons Greetings by kmygraphicHappy New Year by kmygraphic
GillianIvy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely thumbs!  :D  Happy holidays to you!
caddman Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
...thank you Tea for including in this wonderful showcase.......:iconkissmote:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
But what a pleasure for me!
Foxy-Poptart Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: :)
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
:hug: :love:
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