Hello and Thank You to Anyone who has a chance to read my journal.
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"
that time is VERY precious. 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!
Sending you all my love across various directions of miles, all over the planet. GIFTS
Thank you to my new talented friend
It ended up being a gift-commission through dAWishingWell
and it couldn't have turned out more glorious!
Please visit more beautiful work, HERE: ladycompassion.deviantart.com/
Thank you to my really sweet friend
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: therafflesia.deviantart.com/
Thank you to my awesome friend
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: annissina.deviantart.com/
Thank you to my dearest friend
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.…
Thank you to my lovely friend
I was late to find it... nevertheless, the truth is the timing was actually perfect!
I love and adore it, so very much! It's just so charming and delightful!
Please visit her other phenomenal work HERE: elissandranne.deviantart.com/ Personal Note
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. I plan to return by: JAN. 6th or 7th, 2014!
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.
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
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.
Let us, indeed, enjoy the DELIGHTS OF DECEMBER! Last Month's: "Attitudes Gratitude" Project!
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!
My incredible friend Lily Annissina
participated most enthusiastically, and this is what she came up with,
as examples of what she is THANKFUL FOR: FAMILY, including the belief that their dog is part of the family, of course! The beauty of NATURE, especially where she's from. ART, like FOOD & MUSIC, for example, but many more types, too.
Lily also ended up writing a very remarkable journal entry on the subject "Attitudes of Gratitude":
Attitude of Gratitude - My StoryHello, my dear friend and watchers.
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.
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 Lily, I will always be grateful that I met you on dA! Special Groups & Info.! Unframed-Nature
is my main group!
December's THEME: "Snowy or Holiday PET"
It ends: JAN. 5th
Read about it, AND ENTER HERE: unframed-nature.deviantart.com…
Other recent Articles:
November's TOP Subs of Unframed-Nature and NEWS
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!
A GRAND Welcome to ALL of Our NEW MEMBERS!
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.
Winner's Interview AND Special Thank You's:iconribbonblueplz: First Place Winner's Interview from :iconunframed-nature: :iconribbonblueplz:
Wolfy Wolf-Smith :iconwolfyroid: was our FIRST PLACE WINNER
for Unframed-Nature's "The Strangest and Spookiest Tree" Contest,
with this most fabulous piece:
The WHOLE Winners' Article, is available, HERE:
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!
TEA: First of all, we at :
We've been actively looking for NEW Admins. recently
as we've been having a few changes in our current team.
Our application only LOOKS
formal, but is NOT:
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,
AND, Welcome and Congrats! ...to our NEWEST Team Member:
Also our Group's Points
Account is HERE: Unframed-Nature-PTS
Thank you to ALL, who have EVER donated! YOU ROCK!!! InspirationStation1
This is a lovely and VERY inspirational group!
CONTEST: "These are a Few of My Favourite Things!"
It is ending soon, so.... stopBSL
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!
Featuring November's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds DevNews
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<
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!
And I DO mean the GROUP :iconholidays:!
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).
And now for just a FEW of the lovely features at Holidays!!!!
Passing of Time by Mirz123
Fan Art Fridays: RebootHello and welcome to the 32nd edition of Fan Art Fridays I'll be featuring 10-15 pieces of fan art, by fandom each week. This week will feature fanart from the show Reboot
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: lyricanna.deviantart.com/journ…
Fan Art Fridays Past Editions
Little thing called TalentLittle thing called Talent dAWishingWell
"My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent."
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
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:
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 & Wonderful Things Have Been Happening! Take a LOOK!
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!
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!
And look what the awesome a-neverending made:
This week's Muses are:
Tuesday Treats: I say white, you say...Monday Muses | Wandering Wednesday| Thursday 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 Wednesday| WishingWell Weekly
Welcome to a late Thursday Greets!
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.
Because of the nature of the art, we can't feature it.
PNGsForEveryone has no wish listed
PNGsForEveryone has no news
Additionally, we have about three News Articles/Week, containing WISHES,
that anyone can help to MAKE COME TRUE!
AND... THIS PARTICULAR MONTH
... we've been having the event called:"The 31 Days of Wishes"
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:
wishes for more exposure of the amazing and completed:
"Two Thousand Word Project":
And this is the project:
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
wishes for commission exposure to help with medical bills:
Please read her original genuine article HERE:
Medical fund commissionsNEW commission information can be found here: http://tinylaughs.deviantart.com/journal/Commission-Information-478384284
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!
I am so happy about that...
This is obviously very important for this lovely young lady... but it feels personal for me.
Thank you for your time.
A sample feature of her work:deviantHEART
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!
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:
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.)
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. PetPicks
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):
A great group about PETS and Nature!
They are STILL voting in their contest:petpicks.deviantart.com/journa…
And their weekly activity:
Picture of the Week!Here's our new Picture of the Week!
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
Thank you so much to those who donate!dACompliments
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 whispering-breez 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.
To donate points to their group:
Other Great Active Groups to Consider Joining,
and participating in their wonderful activities! 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 Petfinder.com. The same photos go their fb page. I share SOME, of these same photos with you here on dA!
It's always busy! The Shelter Project! Info. From The THREE ANNIVERSARY
Thank you to ALL who visited the Information, Celebrated with me, and also who
'd the THREE YEAR ANNV.
of THE SHELTER PROJECT:
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.'"
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!
REMEMBER- South Coast Humane Society
DOES welcome The Shelter Project: teaphotography.deviantart.com/…
as an official fundraiser! EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU'S! 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.)
custom ordered & purchased: sta.sh/022le4u73s8d
& close-up: sta.sh/01r6izgxaran
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 Sta.sh real quickly.
A feature of her work:The following artist on dA, made her 2nd purchase on behalf of "THE SHELTER PROJECT"!!!
A feature of her work:The following artist on dA, just made his 2nd purchase on behalf of "THE SHELTER PROJECT"!!!
for dearest Teresa
A feature of his work:
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 !!
(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????
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!
THUS CONCLUDES THIS YEAR'S DONATION REPORT ON "THE SHELTER PROJECT"
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
or something else, or thought of some other creative way to support this Project.
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.
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,
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. 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!
The EXTRA Special THANK-YOU Features for DIRECT PURCHASES,
are also on the Profile Page, on the Left-side.
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!
are ALL there, and will remain there, for their business AND in a few cases, their repeat
business of my work.
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.