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A Mid-Year Update On The Shelter Project

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 13, 2018, 6:58 AM


Introduction

I've mentioned a few times in the last couple of months that I would hopefully be doing a mid-year update on "The Shelter Project".  It is especially in regard to one aspect in particular that has been suggested by two of our dA Affiliates, which I believe is completely appropriate! Along with it, I think about two other additional items would be suitable for this update at this time.
However, before going further, for those completely new to "The Shelter Project", then a HUGE WELCOME! :icongrouphugplz: And for those who need a refresher, or know the project but missed the official comprehensive update, you can find it here:
:star: Update of THE SHELTER PROJECT, 2018 and Beyond...
It's long because it needed to be. The previous update had not been made for several years, and not only did much need to be reviewed, but there were many new things to add. 
So, to make it easier, one should simply scroll to the section or sections that they are most interested in.
The project is eight years old this August 2010! It was actually born right HERE on deviantART!  After a couple of years, it gradually moved into the local communities. However, I am happy and very proud to say, it has never lost its footing here on dA, its original home, thanks to its many caring supporters over the years.
We will forever be grateful for each and every single person who has ever supported "The Shelter Project" here on dA (and anywhere else) however they have done so.  After all, there's a variety of ways to help this small but valuable valient project of ours that serves the medical needs of domestic animals.

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Mid-Year Financials

First, I'd like to give you some perspective. By the END of 2017, "The Shelter Project" made about $250 USD, in total. Let's take a close look at the three previous years. 
In 2016, "The Shelter Project" made $455. In 2015, the project earned $535.  And in 2014, it earned $500. Between, 2014 - 2017, the project earned an about an average of $500.00 USD. They were the top three years, of the seven complete years ever.
Why did 2017, take such a downward turn? Simply put, it was a year riddled with many personal challenges.  My focus was on learning new ways on how to survive my own medical issues.
I had some trouble reminding others that the project really did still exist, and a bit of trouble with ability to create as many works, or mainly as fast, along with the fact that I was not able to be online to promote the project its products, here on dA. 
Additionally, for the first time since I know, the shelter did not have their annual "Mutt Strutt" event, where I have my ONE  booth a year, & earn just over 1/3 in total sales for the year.  (I have no clue yet, if they will hold the event this year.)

However, rather than see 2017 as some kind of loss, earning half of what the three previous years had earned, I try to see it as a type of gain for those who did participate with me and in spite of my conditions, and especially for the animals who got whatever we could give them!
Please remember, it is NOT my project. It never has been. I only conceptualized it, and then it took on a life of it's own.  It is the dA Affiliates' and dA Super Affiliates' and the local supporters' project. Because without  ANY of them, there is no project, and the existing project, ceases to exist.

Okay, so we are right about mid-year 2018, and "The Shelter Project" has earned $237 USD.  Verbalizing strictly numbers again, at this point, it would be awesome and ideal, if we could actually double that number by the time December 31st, 2018 arrived. It would be pretty cool for us to get close to the $500 mark again.
Between 25% and 30% of this current $237 USD, earned thus far this year, is from dA Super Affiliates right here, and the rest from the local supporters.
I realize that much of such a goal rests on me, where dA is concerned, my ability to upload enough jewelry works that anyone might find interesting enough to purchase for themselves or as gifts.  But let's not forget the slew of photo products that are also available, and the photos that can be used for them already exist in my gallery. 
Take a look :eyes: at the list of photo products available right near the bottom of the official 2018 update here:
:star: Update of THE SHELTER PROJECT, 2018 and Beyond...
On the other hand, we all know I am no entrepreneur, and that this is "The Shelter Project" - a small but helpful project for animals with medical needs, & spays and neuters. So whatever we can earn by the end of 2018, I know that I will be exceptionally grateful on behalf of the animals. :heart:

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From Your Donation of Points


This is the section, where I've had interest expressed to see how a certain "sub-project" was unfolding on behalf of "The Shelter Project" with points donated since about December of 2017. When you donate points, as the points pool states, please leave a message if you want it to go to "The Shelter Project".
If you don't I will choose, if I need it to go to the project, or if I want it to other things on dA. Often times when there is something in particular going on for the project, I will use the undetermined points, for "The Shelter Project".  
Since around October 2017,  I was approached by certain employees and employers of the shelter, (South Coast Humane Society) expressing their wish to have the walls in the lobby, and partway down at least one hall, (and now the restroom), brightened with photo art. 
This was happily accomplished a few years back, with the help of donated points from dA, and we did just three walls. I took photos & created a journal to show it on dA then too! 
In present day, a couple of the same photos exist, plus I replicated just a few of the popular ones, for they had been purchased, plus one of the directors amid a big turn over of them in the last 4 years or so, had taken down what had been left without telling anyone, and broke the frames.  I was not able to fix them at the time, nor did I put them back up. But, I've been repairing them as I've been working on the new prints and framing, since 2018.
Back in October, when I was asked if I could do this, I said that I would, but that it would take some time to get such a (larger-than-last-time) project going.  But I did, by immediately setting aside points for "The Shelter Project" specifically for this, which I was able to do beginning in December of 2017. 
They are are 11x14 prints ordered via YOUR donated points, and framed with my own money with dollar store frames. I am nearly done at the shelter- approximately 3-4 more to round out the map we made, and 1-2 more for the restroom.  So between 4-6 11x14's are needed for the shelter.
We'll talk about the other location shortly, but I wanted to give you an idea of what the points, that OUR generous point donors, have been able to physically make happen, while I have hung them, little at a time, since February, 2018.


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Facing the front entrance doors this wall is on the right. This has always been the original wall where we've tried to keep photos.


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This is along the same wall but beginning to go down the hallway, past the main cattery room and toward the dog kennels.

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This is on the opposite wall close to and also adjacent to the front entrances of the shelter. A mixture of photos, even to include one that demonstrates some of our amazing sunsets!

Untitled by TeaPhotography 
This is on the same wall but farther back and above the kitten intake area. It was their idea to put a few of my kitten photos above the door to the kitten room. I thought it was a great idea!

Untitled by TeaPhotography
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These three show the photos that are hanging above the front entrance doors to the shelter. You can see bits of the parking lots through the windows. These  reflect the location of the shelter, a bit of who and where we are, including some of the wildlife in our area.

Untitled by TeaPhotography
Untitled by TeaPhotography 
These are behind the front desk, which faces the entrances. Just some brightly coloured photos representing other beautiful creatures in our area. 
(Please :note: All photos of the framed prints above are simple, super quick snap shots, completely unedited, taken fast during opening hours at the shelter.)

The other 4-6 11x14 framed prints they are hoping for,  would be half dogs/cats, and  half flowers, which we've never had at the shelter before.

Now about Redwood Wellness Center, (for humans) who made a connection with "The Shelter Project" in a sincere effort to join forces to establish the concept to support both human wellness with animal wellness- the totality of a concept right up my alley, considering the completeness of my overall experiences. 
I actually already have MOST of the 11x14 photos ready for that location, thanks one again to the point donors behind "The Shelter Project" - but again would need about  6-8 more for this location to complete the map.
However I would begin with whatever points might be available, and finish purchasing for the shelter, in order to complete that project first.
I have not actually begun to hang any of the photos that I do have ready, at Redwood Wellness Center, mostly because I've been busy at the shelter itself, among other things, plus the owner of the business, had needed to finish getting her own clearance to paint from the owner of the building.  That's been done. The place has been painted.
 I have permission to begin hanging the first six photos. We are looking at the best times that won't interfere with healing treatments.
Nothing like the banging of a hammer to ruin a good healing session! :lol:
Most of the photos are various trees from my gallery, given the name of the center, and there will be some flowers, too.
This is new territory for me, and the politics are different. I don't have as much free reign as I'm used to at the shelter, but it is working out so far, and I am very pleased. 
Anyway, it will probably be a while, but of course I'd hope to get some photos of this place, too in order to give an idea of how it also looks, like I've done here of the shelter itself, so you can continue to know what your points in 2018 are mostly going toward. 
One other small item. I've purchased some 4x6 postcards with your donated points, which will be set out very soon this summer in these same locations. I have purchased sleeves for each. This is a new product. I am curious to see how it goes.  If anyone on dA is curious about them, feel free to ask, or contact me by email, for details. 
Thank you all so very much for your help and TRUST in donating your points to an eight year old established very worthy cause that aims to help animals. It is always nice to be able to SEE what your points, or other means of support, are doing to be of service! If you ever want to know more, please email me with your questions or concerns!
And I am completely and utterly ever so grateful, and forever will be.

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dA Affiliates & dA Super Affiliates


I get questions about these terms a lot. So definitions...
:heart: What is a dA Affiliate of "The Shelter Project"?:
A dA Affiliate, is a supporter of "The Shelter Project" from right here on dA, as opposed to a local supporter, who has done any one of a number of things to be of service to the domestic animals in need through the project.
One most often way has been placing a Custom Box advertisement with a couple feature photos on one's Profile page, or advertising via a journal, or a portion of one's journal. Some people have kept up their Profile advertisements for several years!! Though sometimes, they do update them. 
Another very common way is through donating points.  Certainly there are other possible ways... one is some people have opened their OWN points pools strictly for "The Shelter Project" and then turn them over to me periodically. Really generous!
To know who are our the dA Affiliates of "The Shelter Project" are, you can find them listed on my front profile page, on the left-hand side, the 2nd and larger section down. There are too many to list them here. :)  
:heart: What is a dA Group Affiliate of "The Shelter Project"?: 
A dA Group Affiliate, is any dA Group who sees fit to support "The Shelter Project" by placing a brief advertisement somewhere on the Group's profile page, who creates a journal about the project, who requests any official news article to their group, and who donates points- which has happened from several groups. So far, to the best of my knowledge these groups are:

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 TheJoyOfFlowers Heavens-On-Earth ArtInOurHeart
Art--is--Love Unknown-Art-Alliance AllColorsUnited TandemFeatures MyLovelyPet
NaturesHaven GermanAnimalFriends Fractal-Love 

:note: If I have missed your group please let me know!

:heart: What is a dA SUPER Affiliate of "The Shelter Project"?: 
A dA SUPER Affiliate, is a supporter of "The Shelter Project" from right here on dA, who, about 90% of the time, makes direct purchases of the many photo products and the many jewelry products available, thus creating donations directly for "The Shelter Project". A dA SUPER Affiliate is automatically also an Affiliate.
(I need to take out their names from the Affiliate list, clean up repetition on my profile page, since they are already listed as SUPER Affiliates.)
Approximately the other 10% of the time, people either make direct donations to me via PayPal, which go directly toward promotional productions, like pens and rack cards, and definitely toward things like printer ink, (SO expensive), and jewelry supplies- such as the new side cutters I had to purchase, to name just a few things. Extremely useful!
Within that 10% are also a couple/few people who have generated enough support which will gain direct donations in at least quite soon. Our extremely generous dA SUPER Affiliates are:
philippeL
 JocelyneR
 Meljean1
 sukoto-san
 bewilderedconfused
Corvidae65
 Geak-of-Nature
 LayaboutJoe
 Arte-de-Junqueiro
 Stygma
 Tigles1Artistry
 awesome43 
 surrealistic-gloom
 ArtByCher
DanaAnderson
 Lirulin-yirth
 Jenna-Rose
 Shirimasen
 Iluvbiscuit2
 Andaelentari 
 ArtBYbeverly
cwehaar
suezn
CarolynYM 
 ShinyHeels
 MirachRavaia
 snoogaloo
kurios-kat
 Jenny42
 Annissina
 chained2stone
 Felizias
 WakefieldDesigns
 bergunty
 BGai
 CRG-Free
 UszatyArbuz
 ShinyphotoArt
 Lust0fADeeperPain
LuLupoo
 davincipoppalag
 LordLJCornellPhotos
 coastbeachartist 

Quite a few of these SUPER Affiliates are repeat customers, which continues to melt my heart over and over that they would stick with the project in this way, as long as they have. Yet even a one time purchaser, always amazes me, because they've found something of interest and it delights me beyond measure because it's a win, win for everyone. And once a SUPER Affiliate, always a Super Affiliate.  :heart: 
The other thing I have found interesting over the years, is how many people have said, "Oh, my daughter, (or whoever) would love this!" and so about 1/3 of the time, people are purchasing as gifts for others. This warms my heart, too, because I like to imagine the story they tell to their giftee about where the proceeds their gift went to, making it that much more special. :heart:


Once again, if you've not seen the most recent comprehensive official news article on "The Shelter Project" it is right here:
:star: Update of THE SHELTER PROJECT, 2018 and Beyond...

Due to the length, scroll to the section/s that most interest you. It is near the bottom where you will find the lists of products.
One of the newest photo products is the photo journal:
A Notebook for-The Shelter Project by TeaPhotography

This is the first one I had made, for a customer who agreed to be a guinea pig! I had a second guinea pig, who chose a photo of Sha-Sha, my cat, and it's already been sent.
But, I took photos of it, and hope to make a similar collage for you to see! :)
The next new photo product I hope to get into by the end of 2018, would be bookmarks!
I've also been experimenting more with designing some simple but cute and pretty hair clips, within the jewelry line. I wear them often, but I haven't take new photos ... yet. ;)

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In Closing...

In closing, I sincerely hope this mid-year update on "The Shelter Project" was helpful to you. If all of this was new to you, and you made it through *this* article, then congratulations... it's a lot to take in.  For everyone else, I can never thank you enough for being such a huge part of a project that does deliver, at the end of every calendar year. If you think your part has been, or is small, please do not think such a think.
You are not alone in this. You are part of a whole, a team. And when each part does anything, that is what contributes to the larger picture. So thank you for your own part, and for anyone's continuing part... for I will continue this, as long as I am able, and for as long as I have people here at home base on dA, still willing to help out.
Remember "The Shelter Project" was born on dA. It's our project for as long as we keep it. I am ever grateful for you all, on behalf of the animals that we are able to help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :heart:
Lazarus by TeaPhotographyLittle Joys of Great Big Loves by TeaPhotographyYou're a Champ by TeaPhotography
Like Patchwork by TeaPhotographyFriends Like Family by TeaPhotographyKeeping a Wary Watch by TeaPhotography
Molly... by TeaPhotography Something in the Rosewater by TeaPhotography
Attitude of Gratitude by TeaPhotographyA New Year's Wish For All by TeaPhotography
Priority Cat by TeaPhotography














Journal skin by UszatyArbuz
Reflection at Day's End by TeaPhotography

By purchasing this skin, I helped in The Shelter Project!

The Well's May 2018 Treasure Chest

Sun May 20, 2018, 11:06 AM


Welcome to dAWishingWell's MAY 2018 TREASURE CHEST

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:note: NOTE: Rules for Suggesting will be at the Bottom of this TOTAL FEATURE. So if you want to suggest, scroll to that section, to see the rules! :aww:



:icontreasurechestplz:THE TREASURE CHEST!!!:icontreasurechestplz:



Part 1, From the suggesters:
Cleo Returns by corpor8chic Maasai Warrior by joniwagnerart
W-out 0877 '  Dromelaar ' by W-out small beauties by Ingelore
Unborn by Softyrider62 Some Days Are Diamonds... by VBmonkey26
Mushroom (WAB2774) by WayneBenedet Lupita Nyong'o by donchild
Contemplations of the Spymaster by Ibisnake Begi psisa begi by Caracamara
Fighting conditions by KieranRoberts David Bowie by Penti-Menti
Hiding by MYSTIC992
Corona Arch by Pinedrop Guardian of Forest by chalii
Orange by ArtofTu Forest by MarianthiZ
Sunflowers by jaxxblackfox Holes by Dana-Ulama









 

Part 1, Suggested by:

:iconcoastbeachartist: :iconmarijeberting: :iconeresaw: :iconclu-art:
:iconmaggiefromspace: :iconcapndeek: :iconcorvidae65: :icondanielaivanova:
:iconvanndra: :iconstygma:

Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara


Part 2 :

butterfly by vafiehya Old and new by wiwaldi24
Lynx by AstridMargrethe Diana Yomlilo-Tan by RoseSpectrum
The End by SvenMueller Pinks and Purples by ShipperTrish
Winter's face. by LordLJCornellPhotos I'm ready for my closeup Mr. De Mille by davincipoppalag
natural spectacles 5 by MT-Photografien Bearded Iris Last June by MYPeanutGallery
Geometric Experience - Pong 152 by batjorge Energy by YOKOKY
THE DISCOVERY TRAVELER IN THE 17TH CENTURY by IME54-ART Eye of the Storm by vanndra
[DracoStryx] 6402 Nokt Tribute by Lord-Kiviniik autumnal lines by Dieffi
Hat Cave Cat by KittySib peachy keen by Nimbue
Stock, Bright icicles with grass captured in it. by FractalCaleidoscope Adalinda copyrighted by Sassy--Cat
Regent Rose by SinistrosePhosphate Interlude by sannwald
A New New Day 6 by Coigach  55a8308 by Philipp88
Mom and Daughter by Maria-Schreuders
Minstrel Man by Trippy4U Fairy Land by maiarcita
Beauty Becomes Her by DDimitri16 A Dream Is A Wish Your heart Makes by ShinyphotoArt
THE SECRET WORLD OF THE MERMAIDS by IME54-ART Hi5 Dino by DreamHumanSacrifice
The Blue Trail by MaggiefromSpace Gaivota III by Arte-de-Junqueiro
Trees And Lines in reflection by wolfwings1 Spring is in the Air by happytimer
Man's Best Friend - Labrador by Harmony1965 Robin bird in the snow by Lineke-Lijn
Soft Pastel Leaves by Thelma1 Magical Orange Fern by roup14
Lazy morning by artofinvi Girl with white horse by Hangmoon
Still hard at work by OliverBPhotography Valentine by kiwipics
'Come back, Cupid, or I'll shoot!' by Pissenlit00 Butterfly and Crocus by Pissenlit00
Oublie Moi by Yuukon Dark Summer v.2 (Accented Edges) by SlytherclawPadawan
Light From The Sky by oneofacard Scooter by Claire-love-art
I Feel Beautiful by lucytherescuedcat Faith by FleetingEmber
Evening Star by sannwald Dena, Rescued, Rehabilitated And Released by 33M
Rail tracks in the rising sun by LoByteSo Glastonbury tor..... by awjay
Chibi Rathalos by Icedragon300 birdseye by ChasMandala








 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 

OUTSTANDING WORK BY ALL ARTISTS!

Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara

:note: RULES FOR SUGGESTING:


DO FEEL FREE TO SUGGEST THE WORK OF OTHERS, AS YOU DEEM THEM TO BE SUPER AWESOME, AND BELIEVE SUCH WORK SHOULD BE FURTHER VIEWED!

1. Suggest up to TWO, maximum, MUCH Preferably Work of OTHERS!

One is fine, TWO is MAX.
It is preferable that you suggest ONE work PER EACH Artist. :) (Smile)

2. The work should NOT have more than 299 fav's at the time that you suggest the work.

300+ fav's on a work, may certainly be awesome enough to be even further viewed, but we are mostly looking for work that should have more attention.

3. Neither you nor the artist, need to be a Member of this Group,

:note: but feel FREE to Join! Aww

4. All-media is welcomed; MOST subject-matter is, too - simply use a good judgement.

We've not had trouble with this so much in the past, but I know other types of news articles in other groups have, so I just thought I'd mention it.

*** Depending on how this goes, I may have to stop at the first 10 or 12 suggesters, but we'll just see how this goes and flows, for now. It is NOT a rule at the moment. I need to keep in mind what is manageable for me, in order to attempt to continue this. I am not certain what that is at this point.

Lastly, if you feel like suggesting, go right ahead... and your suggestions will be reflected in next month's dAWishingWell 's 2018 Treasure Chest!


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A Few Reminders


May is about over, so keep an eye :eye: out for the "CALL FOR JUNE BIRTHDAYS!"
Of course we really appreciate points; they do play a BIG role in granting certain wishes,
even if you do not have points to spare, it is VERY likely you can help grant wishes directly from HERE:
The Showcase has just been updated... MAY 17th :la:
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We have many other wonderful regular news articles to view, thanks to our :heart:TEAM:heart: here at dAWishingWell
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Thank you to anyone reading this journal and delighting in any of the artworks you see here.
Here's to hoping for the NEXT Treasure Chest sometime in... June, or most likely July this time.

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WINNERS!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 24, 2018, 7:15 PM

Winners From TheJoyOfFlowers :iconthejoyofflowers: 's

CONTEST: "Romance, Love, Caring, and Closeness"



FIRST PLACE: 1st Trophy by H-SWilliamskiwipics :iconkiwipics: WITH:

Valentine by kiwipics

MORE WORK FROM THIS ARTIST:

Pekin duckling by kiwipics German Shepherd by kiwipics
Chicks by kiwipics Chrysanthemums by kiwipics

Tied in SECOND PLACE: 2nd Trophy by H-SWilliamsperzarus :iconperzarus: WITH:

Crimson Love by perzarus

MORE WORK FROM THIS ARTIST:

Suspension. by perzarus Of Blossoms and Bokeh by perzarus

Tied in SECOND PLACE: 2nd Trophy by H-SWilliamsVelvet--Glove :iconvelvet--glove: WITH:

Hearts and Flowers by Velvet--Glove

MORE WORK FROM THIS ARTIST:

Something Else From The Garden by Velvet--Glove Flowering Orange by Velvet--Glove

Tied in SECOND PLACE: 2nd Trophy by H-SWilliamsSassy--Cat :iconsassy--cat: WITH:

Dance of the Doves 2018 by Sassy--Cat

MORE WORK FROM THIS ARTIST:

Bark At the Moon- by Sassy--Cat Swans A Swimming by Sassy--Cat

Tied in THIRD PLACE: 3rd Trophy by H-SWilliamseReSaW :iconeresaw: WITH:

True love stories never have endings by eReSaW

MORE WORK FROM THIS ARTIST:

Spring bouquet by eReSaW The best time for new beginning is now by eReSaW

Tied in THIRD PLACE: 3rd Trophy by H-SWilliamsMr-Grumpy1 :iconmr-grumpy1: WITH:

Yellow rose-2018-01-13-19-37-28 by Mr-Grumpy1

MORE WORK FROM THIS ARTIST:

Just Catchin The Breeze !!! by Mr-Grumpy1 Yellow Lichen Macro by Mr-Grumpy1

Tied in THIRD PLACE: 3rd Trophy by H-SWilliamsEgil21 :iconegil21: WITH:

Romantic by Egil21

MORE WORK FROM THIS ARTIST:

Tri Color by Egil21 Sapphires by Egil21

Tied in THIRD PLACE: 3rd Trophy by H-SWilliamsPissenlit00 :iconpissenlit00: WITH:

Butterfly and Crocus by Pissenlit00

MORE WORK FROM THIS ARTIST:

Away from My Nose, Nag! by Pissenlit00 'Come back, Cupid, or I'll shoot!' by Pissenlit00

Tied in THIRD PLACE: 3rd Trophy by H-SWilliamsSlytherclawPadawan :iconslytherclawpadawan: WITH:

Honey Moon Kittehs by SlytherclawPadawan

MORE WORK BY THIS ARTIST:

Dark Summer v.2 (Accented Edges) by SlytherclawPadawan Soaking In the Rain by SlytherclawPadawan


BannerLEFTside by KmyGraphic BannerMIDDLEside by KmyGraphic BannerRIGHTside by KmyGraphic


:iconthejoyofflowers: is a beautiful group hosted by:
BGai :iconbgai: and vanndra :iconvanndra:

These are two very lovely people, and if it was in my power I would do whatever I could to support them! :heart:

This was a remarkable contest, and while I DO apologize for being so late in my prize as presenting a feature for the WINNERS,

I enjoyed doing it very much. I have never seen so many ties before in any contest, but I need to admit that ALL of these winners, are VERY deserving, and I want to CONGRATULATE EACH OF THEM FOR WINNING in this Contest!


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Skin by UszatyArbuz

Bouquets and Bouquets of Thanks and Gratitude

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 21, 2018, 6:35 PM


The order of the following people, for who this journal is dedicated to, is random- it is in no particular order.

This was a random, rather impromptu- thought of journal, to do as a dedication in honour of quite a few people.
Also, please understand that... well, usually, I dislike to name people in a big dedication because inevitably I will leave someone important out. These are just coming to me from the top of my head, and those who know me best, know that this is not the best way for me to do things :XD: ... so, this dedication is NOT limited to those mentioned. There are definitely more than who I've been able to name. This dedication is for those who have done something in fairly RECENT times, to show some certain kindness... to me for certain, but as well as my notice of them also being kind to others:


:iconshinyphotoart: :icontigles1artistry: :iconjocelyner: :icondavincipoppalag: :iconcoastbeachartist: :iconapplemac12:
:iconbgai: :iconawesome43: :iconlust0fadeeperpain: :iconclu-art: :iconlordljcornellphotos: :iconriemea:
:iconstygma: :iconlulupoo: :iconlucytherescuedcat: :iconsurrealistic-gloom: :iconcorvidae65: :iconloffy0:
:iconcaddman: :iconuszatyarbuz: :iconcameronkobe: :iconsassy--cat: :iconannissina: :iconbergunty:
:iconlindartz: :iconarte-de-junqueiro: :iconlucilaleyla: :iconpoca2hontas: :icongigi50: :icongeorgexvii:
:icondeskridge: :iconsalemcat: :icondragonschest: :iconmockingbirdontree: :iconphilippel: :icon33m:
:iconmaska13: :iconime54-art: :iconcrazygardener: :iconnewcastlemale: :icontrippy4u: :iconpridescrossing:
:iconshippertrish: :iconanasofiajc: :icononeofacard: :iconrosespectrum: :iconmypeanutgallery: :iconvanndra:
:iconsesam-is-open: :icontaiama: :iconblueivyviolet: :iconspiralofvertigo: :iconcreaciones-jean: :iconcrg-free:
:icongryffgirl: :iconcoffeenoir: :iconsnoogaloo: :icondeb-e-ann: :iconingelore: :iconkittysib:
:iconchaosfay: :iconmirroreyes1: :iconcochineal-comic: :iconestheryu: :iconenigma-thats-me: :iconcelinedgd:
:iconfractalcaleidoscope: :iconsc62568: :iconlady-compassion: :iconshyll-j: :iconmiirex: :iconsparkle-photography:

Please don't feel slighted if I wasn't actually able to name everyone that I've been thinking of... YOU know if you've done something kind to me, and/or to others, and I do know it as well, but wasn't able to name everyone who I would have wanted.

So, sometimes people wonder why they are being thanked... What are you being thanked for?

Any number of things... the range is so wide... this is a mass thank you to those who continue to be supportive in a variety of ways, such as a simple kind comment or fav' on a work of mine, your patience with me- something that is sometimes more obvious with some than others- and yet I know that patience can be very difficult, which is why I value it so highly, those who have been extra helpful to me in a number of ways in regard to my medical issues, those who have been extra helpful to me in a number of ways in regard to "The Shelter Project" which completely helps me feel like I have a true job that contributes- without that help, my medical would make me feel "less" somehow, those who write me in email, or even send me real mail through the actual antiquated postal service... all of you... all of it, AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT, is when I notice your kindness in your support of OTHERS, besides me. This is very important to me, as I value kindness BETWEEN all peoples, and wish with all my heart that there was more of this.  Thank you ALL so very much... from the bottom of my heart. :heart:

:iconpinkflowerplz: :iconpurpleflowerplz: :iconpinkflowerplz: :iconpurpleflowerplz: :iconpinkflowerplz:

I know that a flower feature, might be thought of as something not so creative, but personally, I don't get tired of seeing flower photos, and a big point of this journal is that, if I could in real life, send a BOUQUET of flowers in the name of thanks and gratitude to those dedicated above, (and even MORE, who I did not get to name), I would love to do so. :heart:
This is my alternate way of doing that:

Warmth by JocelyneR Dark Secret by taiamaPretty in Pink 50/365 by Annissina Bishop of York Dahlia by 1001G
It is raining flowers..... by Tigles1Artistry hydrangea by Ingelore
Poppies And Lupines by BarbaraPommerenke peachy keen by Nimbue
Some Flowers by vanndra sunflower by vafiehya
Roses by happytimer natural spectacles 5 by MT-Photografien
DSC 0002 (2)q2 by Placi1 Sunflowers by wiwaldi24
Color intoxication by eReSaW last touch by VasiDgallery
Red Giant 3 by davincipoppalag Hibiscus Closeup by sara-satellite

MORNING LIGHT 2012 by morningstarskid The green centre. by LordLJCornellPhotos
Happy birthday Arte- de- Junqueiro by ingeline-art The Goodness of A Person by Sassy--Cat
The birds and the bees, and the flowers .......... by petronellavanree The Color of Love by LewiARTs
Thank You Sani by Applemac12 Yellow is a Must by WillTC
Dinnerplate Hibiscus by MYPeanutGallery Happy Birthday Maria by BlueIvyViolet
floral wallpaper-apo by sonafoitova Wild Flowers 775190 by pledent
Hot Pink Hydrangea by Velvet--Glove Welcome Spring by LUCILALEYLA
In a field of the roses,I am a Wildflower by ShinyphotoArt Untitled by Skye0011
A warm heart. by LordLJCornellPhotos A Rose For Jenna by Dieffi
Abstract Flowers  by YOKOKY TULIPS FROM THE NETHERLANDS by IME54-ART
The Flower by wiwaldi24 Delightnes of friendship by mockingbirdontree
Alone in the Dark! by akphotographystudio It's The Razzies! by oneofacard
Pink Tulips in Spring by CRG-Free Simple Pleasures by Lust0fADeeperPain
Nemesia by sara-satellite Centaurea cyanus by WestMauE
Andante by amiejo Happy Birthday Tea by BlueIvyViolet
I Don't Wait November Rain by sesam-is-open White Orchids by Gryffgirl
Happy Birthday Marilyn by Applemac12 The Sun Shines in my Heart. by OliviaMichalski

Duo by Loffy0 Be my Valentine ... by ansdesign

The Sun Shines in my Heart. by OliviaMichalski Duo by Loffy0
Wishing You Joy by LuLupoo Happy Birthday Marilyn by Applemac12
I Don't Wait November Rain by sesam-is-open Spring In Louisville by suezn
Nearly perfect by Finnyanne Special Delivery by Arte-de-Junqueiro
Little Daisy by Deb-e-annThe colors of nature by EyeOfTheKat

My personal truth my history with flowers (and other plants) and about colours and flowers:

I have always LOVED and adored flowers. I used to study them, and the meanings behind each type of flower, as well as the meanings of the colours of flowers as well. I even used to study them, along with herbs for their many medical properties within a much more comprehensive 18 month course work called: "Energy Healing and Alternative Therapies" whereby I inherited the name "Tea" because of my favourite part of this overall coursework being the healing properties of flowers, plants, and herbs, especial within the format of tea.  I was apparently quite overtly passionate about it, and so my classmates and friends began to call me "Tea" which fit perfectly anyway, as I had always been called "T." anyway, due to the first letter of my other name.

Before I came to deviantART, over a decade ago, I would always say that though I loved all flowers, and colours of flowers, that YELLOW and ORANGE were my favourites. Yellow, because it seemed to be the happiest cheeriest colour of flowers, and orange, because of the vitality and strength I felt from them.  My favourite flowers though, of that time were Sunflowers, all varieties, but especially the more traditional giant yellow faced ones. I used to grow them where I lived before, and I was able to grow many of the taller than the roof of my house... and often I would harvest the seeds... a MAJOR job to be sure, and then I would bake them. Yummy, and healthy, too. My other favourite flower had been the Shasta Daisy! Oh gorgeous! I know that they are white, but their utter purity and feeling of angelic protection felt very strong to me. They were the happiest flower, in my opinion.

However, about within two years of coming to deviantART, I began to realize through all of the gorgeous photos of flowers from all over the States and the WORLD, that it was more like, my favourite flower was the one I was viewing at the time, kind of like the line from the song that says, "Love the one you're with!" :giggle:

I'm almost afraid to admit, that I used to think roses were a bit overrated... again until I came to deviantART, and now I just can't get enough of them... I think they are amazing and gorgeous and I can't help but love them... and then I saw RED poppies for the first time EVER, but still only in photos, as wherever I have ever lived, we have only ever had the Golden Poppy along the West side of the USA, but from Western Canada down to Baja California. It's actually California's State flower... I always loved the Golden Poppy as well, but, after seeing red poppies, only in photos, I love them just as well. :D

Now I also love purple flowers and blue flowers just as much as yellow, orange and white... and the colour of pink in general has traditionally been my least favourite colour, however, due to a great exposure and love of flowers, I have been growing to love pink as well.  In general, not having to do with flowers necessarily, my two favourite colours remain to be purple and green. :)



My Thoughts About Flowers:

:bulletpurple: Flowers are the one of the top epitomes of nature... how can so many different types and colours of gorgeous creations pop up all over this amazing Earth... and for us to enjoy as Natural eye candy. They are a wonder that never ceases to amaze me. (Though trees, and the growth of trees, have the same affect on me.)

:bulletpurple: Flowers "say" a lot. Given as gifts they have great meaning of love, friendship, thanks, apology, expression of sorrow or comfort for the loss of someone deeply loved, and just to randomly brighten someone's day! Flowers have the ability to communicate between people, like almost nothing else.

I would simply like to choose a few of my own floral photos, to share with you, in the finality of this dedication

Winning Flowers! by TeaPhotographyOpen to the Light by TeaPhotography In Each Unique One by TeaPhotography
Like Candles Unto the Dark by TeaPhotographyAll  The Way Up by TeaPhotography In the Comfort of Light by TeaPhotography
The Pure and Simple Truth by TeaPhotographySunshine on My Shoulders by TeaPhotographyCelebrating The Dance by TeaPhotography
Everything That is Yet to Be by TeaPhotography Of Springtime Forever by TeaPhotographyHappiness and Strength by TeaPhotography

Lastly, Remember the saying, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers"

And I additionally, wish you all a HAPPY EARTH DAY! :earth:
- APRIL 22nd, but indeed a year-round reminder.

Thank you all again, and please just enjoy! :heart:




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Reflection at Day's End by TeaPhotography

By purchasing this skin, I helped in The Shelter Project!

The Well's April 2018 Treasure Chest

Thu Apr 19, 2018, 3:25 AM


Welcome to dAWishingWell's APRIL 2018 TREASURE CHEST

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:note: NOTE: Rules for Suggesting will be at the Bottom of this TOTAL FEATURE. So if you want to suggest, scroll to that section, to see the rules! :aww:



:icontreasurechestplz:THE TREASURE CHEST!!!:icontreasurechestplz:


Part 1, From the suggesters:

Hug Me by Scratchytag Cacti inna Summa by hypex2772
Dead by eleathyra Gorgeous by MissMapleOwl
UnCtrlablyExcite | Collab Commission 2 by TwistedDisaster Corvid Collection - Raven by S4MMY4RT
LEAP by GabriellaLivArt time to move out by CapnDeek373
Sadness by kleinerteddy Yokai Watch Keita-kun by sakuraamu11
Split Beauty by YOKOKY Rectify by YOKOKY
Butterfly by Solivagant-arts Mother  Swan and baby watercolor  aceo painting by tulipteardrops
Yo! by HasNoAfro Hue-vember Day 01 by shinga
Tilly by destroyerofducks Lucy by Amaitae
[C] Tythius - Character Window by Chokuletu22/03/2018 by Aiko04
White Rose by Pti-SPB Mystic Messenger by Freyz-RC
COM #19 - Watercolor Style by K-armen Scenery by 1a2l3i2v1e
Heart Ghost by natzufall





Part 1, Suggested by:


:iconmarijeberting: :iconnala15: :iconvenusrain: :iconclu-art:
:iconmaggiefromspace: :iconarasteia: :iconyokoky: :iconvanndra:
:iconcoastbeachartist: :iconuszatyarbuz: :icondanielaivanova: :iconkaus-quietis:
:iconmalintra-shadowmoon: :iconstygma:




Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara


Part 2 :

:::The Sky Is The Limit by Ludifico Frosty sun by gigi50
Subordinate  by Ahjotuli MORNING LIGHT 2012 by morningstarskid
Last Curtain Call2 by conservancy T Cmask Dreams 08 by caddman
The green centre. by LordLJCornellPhotos Scratches by katiousa15
Pretty Lady by davincipoppalag Dawn by g017
Vanneau huppe by hubert61 Reigning Tall by CRG-Free
On the Cliff by Enigma-thats-me Tobacco skies.IRD200-1769, with story by harrietsfriend
Corazon-14 by Creaciones-Jean Downtown 2 -square- by sara-satellite
074 The power station by Chris-Delni-Offord . R o s e   A c c e n t s . by barananduen
Vegan share: Earth Mother love by Estheryu The snow glows white on the mountain tonight by ShinyphotoArt
TV adopt- moon show OPEN by merryjayne13 Riven by LasicaArts
New Year Resolution Be More Active More Often 2018 by coastbeachartist Craters 4 by Applemac12
Composizione126 by claudio51 Ollie. L1000262, with story by harrietsfriend
Bay Bridge by xelement The aura by BillyNikoll
Black-n-White Dream 40 by caddman Feast by Sabine62
Happy Valentine Day by Estheryu On Vogue by lucytherescuedcat
Suddenly, Last Summer by Mr-Ripley Summer Melancholy by surrealistic-gloom
A Spot of Tea by Shyll-j Flower Child 2   by LindArtz
Color intoxication by eReSaW Cosmopolitan by Lust0fADeeperPain
Storm..... Incoming.... by Tigles1Artistry Mustang by deskridge
Fan-tastic! by oneofacard I see you! by akphotographystudio
-= Fabulous =- by Naia-Art All this cute kitties from this cat mom! by mockingbirdontree



OUTSTANDING WORK BY ALL ARTISTS!

Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara

:note: RULES FOR SUGGESTING:


DO FEEL FREE TO SUGGEST THE WORK OF OTHERS, AS YOU DEEM THEM TO BE SUPER AWESOME, AND BELIEVE SUCH WORK SHOULD BE FURTHER VIEWED!

1. Suggest up to TWO, maximum, MUCH Preferably Work of OTHERS!

One is fine, TWO is MAX.
It is preferable that you suggest ONE work PER EACH Artist. :) (Smile)

2. The work should NOT have more than 299 fav's at the time that you suggest the work.

300+ fav's on a work, may certainly be awesome enough to be even further viewed, but we are mostly looking for work that should have more attention.

3. Neither you nor the artist, need to be a Member of this Group,

:note: but feel FREE to Join! Aww

4. All-media is welcomed; MOST subject-matter is, too - simply use a good judgement.

We've not had trouble with this so much in the past, but I know other types of news articles in other groups have, so I just thought I'd mention it.

*** Depending on how this goes, I may have to stop at the first 10 or 12 suggesters, but we'll just see how this goes and flows, for now. It is NOT a rule at the moment. I need to keep in mind what is manageable for me, in order to attempt to continue this. I am not certain what that is at this point.

Lastly, if you feel like suggesting, go right ahead... and your suggestions will be reflected in next month's dAWishingWell 's 2018 Treasure Chest!


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A Few Reminders


deviantART Groups dAWishingWell's rules
Feel Free to Suggest an APRIL Birthday!
:note: However, as APRIL is about half over,
keep an eye :eye: out for the "CALL FOR MAY BIRTHDAYS!"
Of course we really appreciate points; they do play a BIG role in granting certain wishes,
even if you do not have points to spare, it is VERY likely you can help grant wishes directly from HERE:
The Showcase has just been updated... APRIL 18th :la:
ClapClapClapClap
We have many other wonderful regular news articles to view, thanks to our :heart:TEAM:heart: here at dAWishingWell
:icongrouphugplz::community::community: :icongrouphugplz:
Thank you to anyone reading this journal and delighting in any of the artworks you see here.
Here's to hoping for the NEXT Treasure Chest sometime in MAY!

:iconcatlaplz:

:iconblowkissteaplz:


Thank You SO Much For Helping dA

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 23, 2018, 3:24 PM


BIG Thanks Goes to Michelle lucytherescuedcat For Her Great Efforts in Helping Us Here on dA


Many of us here on dA have reported difficulties in creating our journals in recent months, mostly the type that feature the artwork of others, whether on our own Profiles, or as Journal Writers for Groups.

What has ended up happening is, once we have put in MUCH effort to carefully place each thumbcode for each work of art, (or drag them in- however each of us may do them), and then look with "Preview", and see that everything looks great and in good order, that with the final official posting, so many of the works of art that we spent time putting into the journals we've created, are just GONE- disappeared.

I have even received notes and comments that certain people that I had featured, got notifications, and they went to look, and didn't see their work there, as intended, because it had disappeared. Literally. It has been difficult for me to explain why this has happened to these people, when I myself do not know why.

I do know that it is frustrating for many of us who like to showcase the work of others, when it takes a lot of time to put together such journals, only to have half of the work just up and disappear. It is not only frustrating, but disappointing and confusing, both to the those who make these journals, and to those who are notified, but their work isn't there to see.

For me, creating a journal, is like a work of art unto itself, and so I have felt those feelings mentioned above very strongly.

Another very kind and super generous friend of mine, linked me to something that she thought might be helpful to me.

It is an article by Michelle lucytherescuedcat  Here it is:




To me, Michelle lucytherescuedcat has done an excellent job of trying to explain what to do with GREAT sincerity and patience, ending with the concept of how we all do need each other, something I WHOLE-HEARTEDLY agree with.

Now, if I can understand this, I believe many others will be able to as well. However for those of us with little to no experience with certain terminology and HTML, and the concepts of switching back and forth from RICH TEXT to HTML or even concepts of copy/paste, and where I would then be using another tab, or window... some people will still have some difficulties.

This is too bad, because no matter how much techy stuff we know or don't know, many of us still do like to create journals, and would still love to be able to do this with ease AND fun, with as little trouble as possible. Hopefully this will get worked out soon, so that all of those who like to make journals will be able to do so again.

I also know what it is like to be busy in one's own personal life, be involved in multiple groups on dA, even being founder of more than ONE at a time, and trying to keep up with everything else on dA, and that is why I admire Michelle lucytherescuedcat for figuring out a way that we can create our journals, and taking the time to help us, given everything else she does on dA. To thank her, I would like to feature some of her work:

Michelle by lucytherescuedcat
Beautiful girl! by lucytherescuedcat Sweet fun! by lucytherescuedcat
On Vogue by lucytherescuedcat Our Gift by lucytherescuedcat

Autumn-desktop-wallpaper-6 by lucytherescuedcat

Michelle lucytherescuedcat is also the founder of the following groups:
MyLovelyPet :iconmylovelypet:

CatCatalogue :iconcatcatalogue:

Best-SnapShots :iconbest-snapshots:

She also works in two other groups! It is MY personal opinion that we might consider supporting her groups by joining, OR sparing a few points to them, due to her great efforts and time spent to support the rest of us.

Not only do I thank Michelle for her efforts in trying to help us all on dA, but I would also like to thank her personally, because I was finally able to do a journal and have it turn out correctly- my latest journal for dAWishingWell

You can see it here:


Thank you Michelle! It's people like you, who keep dA going as well as possible.
Thank you for caring about dA and it's MANY Members!

my best wishes by vafiehya Corazon-17 by Creaciones-Jean


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Reflection at Day's End by TeaPhotography

By purchasing this skin, I helped in The Shelter Project!

The Well's March 2018 Treasure Chest

Thu Mar 22, 2018, 7:12 AM


Welcome to dAWishingWell's March 2018 TREASURE CHEST

:iconspreadmoreloveplz: :iconspreadmoreloveplz::iconspreadmoreloveplz:



:note: NOTE: Rules for Suggesting will be at the Bottom of this TOTAL FEATURE. So if you want to suggest, scroll to that section, to see the rules! :aww:


 

:icontreasurechestplz:THE TREASURE CHEST!!!:icontreasurechestplz:


Part 1, From the suggesters:


Inktober #2 by kaisakuris PaperCut - The Unicorn and the Burning Bull by CDPmediendesign
Fertility by Hermetic-Wings Double-barred Finch by Mike-Kossi
Games Meerkats Play by Mouselemur Holland by SoulcolorsArt
I don't wanna sit on a fractal egg ... by marijeberting Heimat by Virtuella
Heather, carabid beetle, silver-studded blue by LynneHendersonArt Mr Spock by donchild
huevember 02 by aoile I N C O M P L E T E by VeritasU
Can you rub my belly plz? by Leopard-Enya TREES IN SNOW ATOP BITAK KAYA (PLEIN-AIR SKETCH) by Badusev
Palazzo 8545 by Frostschock untitled44654 by Bra1nEater
Leave everything behind by AutumnIulia Elegy in Glass by greystarlight

 




Part 1, Suggested by:

:iconarasteia: :iconsinistrosephosphate: :iconbgai: :iconuszatyarbuz:
:iconmarijeberting: :iconclu-art: :iconkaus-quietis: :iconleopard-enya:
:icongryffgirl: :iconstygma: :iconcoffeenoir:




Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara


Part 2 :


A new life by Egil21 MR. Tiny by DavidGrieninger
Just New by vanndra Water points by DevchonkaLucky
Energy + youtube link by irisv-c Schism by Gmatty
I HAVE TRY TO MAKE MY VERSION by IME54-ART With The New Day Comes New Strength And Thoughts by LokiDalton
Little red tongue by Maresolo Staring Contest by deskridge
Hollywood Nights by EnforcerWolf Earth Guardian by RoseSpectrum
pUg by Anvanya1981 Photography: Cinereous Vulture by sc62568
winter romance by Ingelore Wild Flowers 775190 by pledent
Let's Go! by lucytherescuedcat Trio by DragonflyAndromeda
Climbing by Rayvenstar Going to Omalos by BillyNikoll
Missing DA by 1001G Golden Butterfly-wing orchid by FractalCaleidoscope
 floral wallpaper-apo by sonafoitova Dedicated to.... by BlueIvyViolet
flambo-c-yan by taiama We Can Do Better Than This by Corvidae65
Fly and Surf by Tigles1Artistry Dinnerplate Hibiscus by MYPeanutGallery
Common ringed plover in flight by Sergey-Ryzhkov Ice Forest II by Vitskog
Yellow is a Must by WillTC Pholiota Squarrosa by VisualStripes
Days Are Gone by TokyoMoonlight fragile by Ingelore
The Color of Love by LewiARTs Flashback by BGai
Photography: Winter Garden by sc62568 Thank You Sani by Applemac12
Daisies by vanndra Frozen in time by gigi50
Black-n-White Dream 70 by caddman ADN Mc Do by amiejo
The birds and the bees, and the flowers .......... by petronellavanree S t a b by merryjayne13
Cherry Blossoms by Nitako Purplish Blue Flowers by ShipperTrish
Partenaire by DavidMnr Happy Birthday Gigi by ratinrage
My All by LUCILALEYLA Happy birthday Arte- de- Junqueiro by ingeline-art
Great White in Watercolor by philippeL Clash of cultures 2: The summoning by faroutsider
spirals and spiralettes by Sabine62 Gnarly Bulb by poca2hontas
Butterflies and Roses by Sassy--Cat Summer Day by ArtsGalor23
:::Frozen In Time by Ludifico All religions are branches of the same tree by AutumnIulia

OUTSTANDING WORK BY ALL ARTISTS!

Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara

:note: RULES FOR SUGGESTING:


DO FEEL FREE TO SUGGEST THE WORK OF OTHERS, AS YOU DEEM THEM TO BE SUPER AWESOME, AND BELIEVE SUCH WORK SHOULD BE FURTHER VIEWED!

1. Suggest up to TWO, maximum, MUCH Preferably Work of OTHERS!

One is fine, TWO is MAX.
It is preferable that you suggest ONE work PER EACH Artist. :) (Smile)

2. The work should NOT have more than 299 fav's at the time that you suggest the work.

300+ fav's on a work, may certainly be awesome enough to be even further viewed, but we are mostly looking for work that should have more attention.

3. Neither you nor the artist, need to be a Member of this Group,

:note: but feel FREE to Join! Aww

4. All-media is welcomed; MOST subject-matter is, too - simply use a good judgement.

We've not had trouble with this so much in the past, but I know other types of news articles in other groups have, so I just thought I'd mention it.

*** Depending on how this goes, I may have to stop at the first 10 or 12 suggesters, but we'll just see how this goes and flows, for now. It is NOT a rule at the moment. I need to keep in mind what is manageable for me, in order to attempt to continue this. I am not certain what that is at this point.

Lastly, if you feel like suggesting, go right ahead... and your suggestions will be reflected in next month's dAWishingWell 's 2018 Treasure Chest!


:iconspreadmoreloveplz: :iconspreadmoreloveplz::iconspreadmoreloveplz:
 
 
 

A Few Reminders


deviantART Groups dAWishingWell's rules
Feel Free to Suggest a MARCH Birthday!
:note: However, as March is nearly over,
keep an eye :eye: out for the "CALL FOR APRIL BIRTHDAYS!"
Of course we really appreciate points; they do play a BIG role in granting certain wishes,
even if you do not have points to spare, it is very likely you can help grant wishes directly from HERE:
The Showcase has just been updated... TODAY, MARCH 22nd! :la:
ClapClapClapClap
We have many other wonderful regular news articles to view, thanks to our TEAM here at dAWishingWell

Thank you to anyone reading this journal and delighting in any of the artworks you see here.
Here's to hoping for the NEXT Treasure Chest sometime in APRIL!

:iconcatlaplz:

:iconblowkissteaplz:

 


WINNERS! And... Gratitudes of February!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 11, 2018, 12:57 PM



First of all...

Introducing the Winners of Unframed-Nature 's Wonderful Contest - "A New Life For a New Year" :


FIRST PLACE- AmBr0  with:

Penguin chick by AmBr0

Other work by this winning artist:


Ferruginous Hawk by AmBr0 Chameleon by AmBr0 Leopard by AmBr0
Hyacinth Macaw by AmBr0 Hummingbird Flower by AmBr0 Monochrome Horse by AmBr0



SECOND PLACE- plumita1  with:

Hello everyone! by plumita1

Other work by this winning artist:

What's next? by plumita1 Splish splash by plumita1 Who is more fluffy than me? by plumita1
Hi Plumita ! by plumita1 Rob by plumita1 Do you still love me? by plumita1




THIRD PLACE - WillTC  with:

Newborn by WillTC

Other work by this winning artist:

Yellow is a Must by WillTC Simply Green by WillTC Gratitude by WillTC
Turning Point by WillTC Decent by WillTC In The Same World by WillTC



RUNNER-UP - TokyoMoonlight with:

New Life by TokyoMoonlight

Other work by this winning artist:

Days Are Gone by TokyoMoonlight Ruby Haze by TokyoMoonlight Golden Forest by TokyoMoonlight



RUNNER-UP - Ingelore  with:

the circle of life by Ingelore

Other work by this winning artist:

path to autumn by Ingelore fragile by Ingelore flying through the air by Ingelore



RUNNER-UP - LewiARTs  with:

Desire for Spring by LewiARTs

Other work by this winning artist:

Softly Touch by LewiARTs Awakening Of Spring by LewiARTs The Color of Love by LewiARTs

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to ALL WINNERS!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'd also like to take a moment to point out the host of this contest, and the founder of this group: BGai who did a super job with the first contest under her foundership! She is doing a most excellent job as founder... and it is NOT easy to take over an existing group as founder the way that she did. (Believe me, I know!) But she has done well, and has made the transition very smooth for the group!
And in case you don't already know this, our new-ish founder is also VERY talented:
Flashback by BGai Sunset reflections by BGai Cat's eye view while playing in the kitchen by BGai


Cute Doodle Divider by cute-materials Cute Doodle Divider by cute-materials

Next, I would like to express my Gratitude for the generous support we've received on behalf of "The Shelter Project" and it's 2018 Update here:


Update of THE SHELTER PROJECT, 2018 and Beyond...

Not to mention the much appreciated individual support at this time, I would like to take a moment to express thankfulness to our newest GROUP AFFILIATES!

They are:


:iconthejoyofflowers: :iconheavens-on-earth: :iconart--is--love: :iconartinourheart:
:iconunknown-art-alliance: :iconallcolorsunited: :icontandemfeatures: :iconmylovelypet:
:iconnatureshaven: :icongermananimalfriends: :iconfractal-love:


I would also like to thank our long-term Group Affiliates as well!  A few were affiliated nearly since "The Shelter Project" first began.

They are:

:iconprofits-for-animals: :iconstopbsl: :iconadopt-dont-shop: :icondeviantheart:
:iconskyandnatureclub: :iconanimalsoftheworld: :iconnew-nomcat: :iconsomnambulist-aisle:
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To show Gratitude for ALL Affiliates, the individuals as Super-Affiliates and Affiliates and Group Affiliates, here is a Bouquet of Flowers for You:


 Celebration Of Life by Lust0fADeeperPain
 
 
  (I'm sorry, I had a small feature of 16 small thumb flowers here, but in the final upload all but three were gone!)
 



:note: As a side-note regarding the Project itself, I DO have new jewelry photos ready to share with you, but I have been working on a photo project that is due to be finished before I can do that. I am pleased to say, it is a project that is to benefit "The Shelter Project".  Meanwhile, I have added a couple of photos to the original 2018 update, which I had forgotten I had.

Meanwhile have a beautiful rest of February to everyone who may see this!


FROM MY FEBRUARY PAGE OF MY FRIDA KAHLO CALENDAR THAT I RECEIVED FOR CHRISTMAS:

"BE SOMEONE THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY... Don't wait for a relationship to change in order to be happy.
Frida spent many years doing this and, in the end, realized it was her art and her inner world that yielded the greatest rewards..."






Journal skin by UszatyArbuz
Reflection at Day's End by TeaPhotography

By purchasing this skin, I helped in The Shelter Project!


Welcome to dAWishingWell 's February 2018 TREASURE CHEST

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As I mentioned in last month's New Year's Edition, we weren't going to take suggestions quite yet, but that if I could get to do a February Edition, (I made a "wish" that I could do it! :giggle: ), but that in Feb. I would begin to take suggestions! Last month's Treasure Chest:

The Well's Treasure Chest - A New Year's Edition
(Though it appears as though the last few featured treasures have been deleted, so I'm sorry for that. There's not much I can do about it, but move forward!)

What a fun surprise for me to have suggesters!  THIS was MUCH more fun, to realize the enthusiasm for The Treasure Chest, and the subsequent suggestions as a result! :la:

So I am certainly happy to include these suggestions!

Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara

:note: NOTE: Rules for Suggesting will be at the Bottom of this TOTAL FEATURE. So if you want to suggest, scroll to that section, to see the rules! :aww:


Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara

:icontreasurechestplz:THE TREASURE CHEST!!!:icontreasurechestplz:


Part 1, From the suggesters:


Beaches by Amarantheans  Melody by Felizias 
A comic skeleton meets Jack Frost...! by kaus-quietis  Cold January by csillabold  Mattino nel fiume by verda83  095 Coming home by Chris-Delni-Offord  Look what I found! by Kayas-Kosmos  Come with me ... by marijeberting  Many Roads by Rozrr  Frozen hard by gigi50  Untitled by Placi1  Spectart 6 (3) by FractalCaleidoscope  Merry Christmas My Dear Heart Lovers by Undead-Academy  Jewellery by hypex2772
Spirit of the White Salmon River by lauraborealisis

Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Green) by Gasara

Part 2 :

Seeing what's inside by BGai  Peekaboo! by JocelyneR  Fornlee DTA - Hunger Pangs by Stygma  Here she rests. by LordLJCornellPhotos
Two Types Of Wine - Wallpaper by Jassy2012  Pink Hydrangea by Gryffgirl  Like a Drum Baby Don't Stop Beating by Lady-Compassion  Edge of Eternity by TinaLouiseUk  Silent Night by silviya  My Address Is Tomorrow And A Wild-Blue-Yonder Zip by 33M  Nightfall by SvenMueller  The rock arch in the sea by LinsenSchuss  Emergence by Applemac12      Play Day with Hero the Border Collie by Whimsydogstudio     Far Away Places -  At the Deserts Edge by Miarath     Untitled stock by PridesCrossing Tarot-Four of Pentacles by wintersmagic The Wings of Tor by ElementalJess   Cat Trap Capture by Loffy0   Loving nature by ShinyphotoArt Green Hummmbird by Socially4wkwardPanda   Wet Butterfly by Loliigo 
Gifts of Autumn by maska13  
  

                            

Part 1, Suggested by:

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:icongigi50: :iconmarijeberting: :iconstygma:


:note: RULES FOR SUGGESTING:


DO FEEL FREE TO SUGGEST THE WORK OF OTHERS, AS YOU DEEM THEM TO BE SUPER AWESOME, AND BELIEVE SUCH WORK SHOULD BE FURTHER VIEWED!

1. Suggest up to TWO, maximum.

One is fine, TWO is MAX. We can't include as many images per news article as we used to. Sorry!
It is preferable that you suggest ONE work PER Artist. :)

2.  The work should NOT have more than 299 fav's at the time that you suggest the work.

300+ fav's on a work, may certainly be awesome enough to be even further viewed, but we are mostly looking for work that should have more attention.

3.  Neither you nor the artist, need to be a Member of this Group,

but feel FREE to Join! :aww:

4.  All-media is welcomed; MOST subject-matter is, too- just be at least fairly tasteful; use a good judgement, is all.

We've not had trouble with this so much in the past, but I know other types of news articles in other groups have, so I just thought I'd mention it.

*** Depending on how this goes, I may have to stop at the first 10 or 12 suggesters, but we'll just see how this goes and flows, for now. It is NOT a rule at the moment.  I need to keep in mind what is manageable for me, in order to attempt to continue this. I am not certain what that is at this point.

Lastly, if you feel like suggesting, go right ahead... and your suggestions will be reflected in dAWishingWell 's MARCH 2018 Treasure Chest!


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A Few Reminders


deviantART Groups dAWishingWell's rules
Feel Free to Suggest a FEBRUARY Birthday!
Of course we really appreciate points; they do play a BIG role in granting certain wishes,
even if you do not have points to spare, it is very likely you can help grant wishes directly from HERE:
The Showcase has just been updated... on FEB. 2nd!
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We have many other wonderful regular news articles to view, thanks to our TEAM here at dAWishingWell

Thank you to anyone reading this journal and delighting in any of the artworks you see here.
Here's to hoping for the NEXT Treasure Chest in MARCH!
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Update of THE SHELTER PROJECT, 2018 and Beyond...

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 27, 2018, 2:49 PM




 Welcome One & All to:

"The Shelter Project" Update of 2018 (and Beyond...)

You simply can not know the immense amount of work that you, your  own very selves as The dA Affiliates and The dA Super-Affiliates, have done for the domestic animals of  "The Shelter Project" throughout the last 8 years!  You can and should be very proud of yourselves.  Things like this always remind me of the saying: " It takes a village..." and, in a case like this, this has definitely been proven, time and again. On behalf of the animals of "The Shelter Project" thank you with *our whole collective heart*!!



     

HISTORY :

"The Shelter Project" began August of 2010, eight years ago this Summer! 

The last time I was able to create a proper informative journal on the project, was near to the beginning of 2015.  You can locate it here:

It is obvious, at least to me, why this journal here NEEDS to be as informative, and as detailed as possible- therefore, LONG. 

No one, whether you are already familiar with this 8 year long project or if it's brand new to you, needs to "take it all in" at once!  BUT, it truly does need to be very comprehensive as - and contain as much of all the info. in a SINGLE location, as possible.  So, onward we go...
"The Shelter Project" was first introduced with this image here:

If Only: The Shelter Project by TeaPhotography

I had previously begun volunteering my time with Foster Care Groups, County Pounds, & other Shelter systems, since January of 2008.  I did a wide variety of things... and already learned a lot about these lovely beings.  But the thing that struck me the most was the immensity of their medical needs, and of course, the real necessity for spays and neuters. 
Then something happened and I could no any longer actually GO to these places quite as often, or even donate my own money that had been coming from a different (and more traditional) type of income at this point.
So, my newish (at the time) passion already had a kink in it. The real problem was... that I was hooked, and bent on figuring out what I could to continue to help these innocent shelter animals with what they needed.

It finally hit me near the beginning of Spring 2010! I decided to JOIN two of my passions TOGETHER!  My love of art, and creating it, WITH helping our domesic animal friends!  I worked on the idea and chose ONE product to begin with at the time:  Photo Greeting Cards.
To this day the photo greeting cards on behalf of "The Shelter Project", remain a fairly popular item, though not quite as much as they used to, and I believe this is for two reasons:
1. Less and less people actually communicate by writing in, and sending cards to family and friends, and technology continues to take its place. (On a personal note, I can't let this "age-old" art of *writing letters and in cards* die! I've been doing it since I was a wee thing, and still it is my preferred method of nonverbal communication, equal to texting, which of course is much more modern!)
2. Because of how much "The Shelter Project" has grown and expanded, now there are approximately six photo product items, and about eight types of products from the jewelry-line, and many more donating consumers have shown their interest in a few of the photo product items, such as tea/coffee mugs, for example, and they've definitely shown a huge interest in items from the jewelry line. 
Ironically, the photo greeting cards themselves are so much improved over time, given both better skills as well as better materials, that it is practically embarrassing when I think of the first two dA purchasers (therefore dA Super-Affiliates) of  "The Shelter Project" when they very excitedly wanted to show their support of this new Project, and received the first batch of photo greeting cards! :blushes:
After all, nowadays, the photo greeting cards have gone through several evolutions, to become quite a lovely product.

I introduced "The Shelter Project" on deviantART near to August of 2010, and by the end of the month, our first two SUPER-Affiliates were born: 
JocelyneR  and philippeL .

Now at the time, I honestly do not recall if I had named the project or not... but besides becoming Super-Affiliates (through making direct purchases of products on behalf of The Project), both JocelyneR  and philippeL advertised it like crazy, and the news truly spread like wild fire here on dA, and soon, somehow, it was being called: "The Shelter Project".  I honestly do not know WHO began to call it that, but it caught on, and "The Shelter Project" along with its name, was born on dA, by the end of August 2010.

The mascot for "The Shelter Project" since about the middle of 2012:
Priority Cat by TeaPhotography




Which Animals do the proceeds go to?

In the first year, the end of 2010, (a partial year, actually) the proceeds went to an animal care facility in Central California.  But after moving to the Southern Coast of Oregon, in April of 2011, the proceeds have been delivered to South Coast Humane Society: South Coast Humane Society
These animals most often consist of domestic dogs and domestic cats,  but this shelter has been known for its involvement in helping to care for certain feral cat colonies in the area, by at least feeding them, and sometimes when possible, humanely trapping and having them spayed and neutered. We have had an informal TNR (Trap, Neuter/Spay, Release) program off and on in the past.
Unfortunately, due to the controversial nature of the subject, such a program  has not always been official.  Within such informal-type programs, other types of animals have been rescued and helped in some way or another- this is true even if the humane society simply facilitated the best place for such animals to get help.   Such animals include, but are not limited to: ferrets, bunnies, seagulls, and horses.
This type of shelter is, and always has been as far as I know, a privately funded non-profit shelter, therefore funded solely by private donations.  With less and less government programs/money helping the government operated facilities, these types of private facilities become more and more necessary.
Animals here are never euthanized for space, nor age, nor do they euthanize for illness or disability unless such few cases do warrant this as truly being more humane for the animal than by trying to keep an ongoing suffering animal alive, after all known options have previously been implemented. 
South Coast Humane Society designed and built its own medical room only just a few short years ago. Though small, it is on par with many veterinary clinics. We have always tried to retain a vet and vet tech of our own, for specific things, such as the monthly spay & neuter clinic  available to the public and their own pets, as well as our own- but in between times the humane society has worked closely with the town's bigger veterinary animal hospital for anything from the spays/neuters and a wide variety of medical needs, including some quite invasive surgeries. 
Even when having our own vet and vet tech, we use our town's bigger vet hospital for particular medical things.  As you probably already know, or at least have guessed, vet bills are very high!!! But the shelter has always been committed to the spaying and neutering of our own animals before they leave the shelter  through adoption, to good homes. It has also been committed to a high standard of quality medical care for all other issues.
The goal of "The Shelter Project" has always been to have your very generous direct monetary donations or donations via art work purchases, (which also generate direct monetary donations) go specifically to spays/neuters and other medical needs.  I do my very best to ensure that this is what happens. 
While the shelter surely does need funds for other things, it is because of the reasons I initially began volunteering my time etc. for such places, since back in January of 2008, that I continue to want the donations to go to spays/neuters and other medical needs.
Therefore, I continuously be certain that this goal remains true!

Fiscal Calendar Years, 2017, 2016, & 2015:

First of all, the program earned $70.00 in donations in its 1st full year & 4 months- $30.00 was donated to the first place where I volunteered in California, and $40.00 was given to the 2nd place, South Coast Humane Society.  This is because the move between the two states occurred in between, so nothing was technically given out until the end of 2011, after all, the first place in California was a different system- a county pound, so for some reason they could not accept monetary donations, but could accept donations in the form of items. 
Each system of animal facilities runs very differently from each other, even in more  ways than we may think.
So actual funds were not given out until the end of 2011 - the $40.00 to SCHS, where donations have continued to be dispensed ever since.
Thereafter "The Shelter Project" began to earn more, then quite a bit more, enough that by 2015, the decision was made to go from 25% to 30% of the purchases, whereby the rest, as always, goes right back into all materials and supplies for the photo products and the jewelry line, in its own separate account
I cannot and do not personally make any profit. 
2015, was the first really big year, where the jewelry line had been introduced about halfway through the prior year of 2014.  And with 30%, "The Shelter Project", the project earned $500 plus dollars! The same occurred in 2016, as well!!
Then, 2017 was a very different year.  As a few of you may know or remember, this was the year that my illnesses and disabilities became too overwhelming to bear, not just at home, but in any public way, including online. This was precipitated by an actual medical occurrence at the end of October 2016, which then triggered and affected most of my other medical problems, in a very big way.
I was not physically able to upload nearly as many works in general, as I always had in the past, nor did I upload ANY new works of jewelry. However, there are still quite a few pieces of jewelry in the named sub-galleries, that I do still have for sale, even nowFeel free to take a look:

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The other thing that unfortunately did NOT happen was, that it was the first year that at least I could EVER recall in the history of this humane society here, where the annual "MUTT STRUTT" event did NOT take place, since they began the event.  This is where I usually make almost half of the total donations, (and most of the rest from dA Super-Affiliates, and then just other people I know, that are not on dA).
There were several reasons for this, but in general the best way to explain it is that there had, and have been a lot of changes occurring within the shelter, many of them political, and a lot of turn over in directors, other employees and even volunteers. 
As a result of the above two main reasons,
in 2017, "The Shelter Project" earned $260. for the medical needs of the animals at,
South Coast Humane Society,
only about half of what it made in the previous two years
STILL, I myself need to consider those two HUGE reasons of personal medical issues, and the fact that the ONE REALLY BIG EVENT that is self-hosted once a year didn't even happen in 2017.  So, I do believe it is  a still quite a good amount of donation money. 

While there were a few purchasers and money donors from dA, (THANK YOU!!!), this time the majority of the donations came from locals purchasing items right off of me, or the bits I was carrying around with me!  This was a VERY BIG and lucky surprise!

Hopes & Plans for 2018, and Beyond


I have begun this year medically stronger, though things are and will remain sporadic and quite unpredictable.  This is simply and specifically due to the nature of such illnesses that I deal with.  I will not always know which parts of my life, this will affect the most. 
That being said, I am involved and will need to remain involved with a few various types of medical therapies, in order to maintain any health on any functioning level, for however long I live. 
These therapies alone, will still take more time from me and away from deviantART than in the past years, but I DO HAVE HOPE that I will be around dA more in 2018 (and hopefully beyond) than I was in 2017!!! Hurray!

I have organized most every piece of jewelry I've made into two types of bags so that they will always be on my person or at least the 2nd one would be in my vehicle.  I am going to try this method out for at least this new year of 2018, rather than allow it all to take up space in my teeny home on hanging devices and presentation bars, when there's only been ONE booth event per year, (but none in 2017).  There were times, last year in particular, this worked against the Project. 
But due to what I DID sell right off of me and from the samples I did carry, in 2017, gave me the idea to have everything with me at all times.  This won't usually include photo products, but  the "promotional kits" really push the "photography" side of things, and the products that can be purchased from photography, (not to mention the continued use of "Tea Photography" as my 'name').

The aforementioned many-changes and turn-overs, have seemed to settle down by now, which is great news!  Hopefully, the humane society will retain this stability for a while, because I have heard that there WILL be a "MUTT STRUTT" again! YAY!!! But please don't quote me. I've never been the official spokesperson for the event, (OR the shelter itself, for that matter).  I've only run the photography and jewelry booth at the event.  And I DO very much so look forward to the event, when it hopefully does happen, in 2018.

Next, I've already begun working with our new director and our newish receptionist on an "artistic make-over" for the actual lobby area of the humane society. Some of you who have been with or aware of the Project for a long time by now, MAY remember when we first displayed actual hands-on artwork at the shelter, and how exciting that was... because :points: POINTS donated by YOU, the online Affiliates or Super-Affiliates, were what originally and STILL makes this possible.  YAY!
(Oh no, I used to have photos in STASH, with links to them somewhere, -sheesh- to show what this looked like, and show The dA Affiliates and The dA Super Affiliates what both their support via monetary help and :points: helped to do for our lobby there! - I think once we've mostly redone the place, which will take a bit of time- the first few months of this year, I will see if I can do new photos and link them to STASH from THIS new update.)

Well, one of the directors during the time of the major "turn-overs" had taken down half of them on one-side of the lobby in order to do some construction, and we never put them up again.  This PLUS the MUCH BETTER NEWS of selling several of theses 11x14 framed art works of dogs, cats, and other animals, has made the lobby look very... strange,
with a whole half completely white and blank, "too sterile" or "not homey" or "not very relaxing" (quotes from a few employees & volunteers) and several blank spots left with nail holes visible on the wall that DID retain the other half of the works, where sales were made.  Plus, photo mugs that we ( dA Super-Affiliates and I) also provided, have become somewhat bare as well.

So... We would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  to have more 11x14's prints (I frame with cheap frames from some of the direct monetary donations), as well as a few mugs.  Such photos themselves, would again be made possible with your :points: POINT donations!

With what little space is left over, at the shelter itself, we plan and hope to include a few photo products that I create on my own, such as the greeting cards, as well as, plans for thematic jewelry displays every two weeks or once a month.
The latter will especially require a lot of time and work on my part, not just in the creation of such works- (at the moment, I have plenty of jewelry pieces, 85% of which have never even been uploaded to dA for you, yourselves, to have a look at! *faint* - but I hope to begin to change that, little by little), but the effort and time it will take resides with creating the thematic displays themselves.  Other than "The Friendship Rings" (which have been a HUGE HIT since first introduced to the jewelry line, both here on dA and locally), we have never displayed any other types of jewelry- which NOW will also be with me/my vehicle at all times, as previously mentioned.

So, :points: POINTS from you all will be a HUGE help with the aforementioned photo products, (and possibly other photo products), that are obtainable through deviantART, in order to actually earn real monetary funds for the animals at some point, through sales.  So now you can understand exactly how :points: POINTS can and DO help. YAY, again!!

As to the future of the Project in general, I hope and plan to continue to do this with the help of many, many others, as long as there are these innocent domestic animals with medical needs, and in need of spays & neuters, (with my own medical health-permitting, of course).

.:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu

       

    Besides :points: Points, How Else Can You Help "The Shelter Project"?

This IS, and ALWAYS has been, a VERY SIGNIFICANT QUESTION!  This leads us to the very next two sections...


What is a dA Affiliate or dA Super-Affiliate


:note: There are also dA Group Affiliates -
to see who they are, check the list on my Profile Page: teaphotography.deviantart.com/
The main way for your dA Group to become an Affiliate of "The Shelter Project", is through advertisement placed on the group's profile page, or a journal/new article created on it's behalf- or as part of one.  Even the acceptance of particularly pertinent information about the Project, within their galleries, would gain a group's affiliation.  I don't think there has been any NEW Group Affiliate for a long time.  So, I believe this section on my Profile Page is up to date, but let me know if your group is missing and should be there.

A dA Affiliate or dA Super-Affiliate has done, and many continue to do A LOT of various things.  And one thing that should be clarified is, once an Affiliate (or Super-Affiliate), ALWAYS an Affiliate.  This is to ensure the affiliation even if for any reason such generous person is officially no longer on dA, (de-Activated their account), is no longer active with their dA Account, has not participated in the Project in any type of way for either a long time, or at all.  The point being that, your help, services, donations, and purchases to create donations, will forever be appreciated.

:star:  :star: Affiliates:
A dA Affiliate is someone from the internet, and specifically dA, (since it is the only place I've had the time or ability to maintain any kind of social networking), WHO advertises "The Shelter Project" in some way shape or form here on dA.  How have they done this?

There are several ways this can be done.  The *main way* is through advertisement. MANY Affiliates to this day, retain an advertisement for the Project in a Custom Box, somewhere on their personal dA Profile Page, and/or continue to maintain such an advertisement somewhere in their dA Journal or News Article, each time they post a new one.  Some dA Affiliates, have produced journals SOLELY about  "The Shelter Project", all by itself! 

There are NO rules about HOW to do these advertisements... and many Affiliates have done this in some varying ways. I will say, to give you an idea, that it usually includes some sort of blurb about the Project, a LINK to my Profile page and/or to the past- and now hopefully this most current news article about the Project.  Oftentimes, they will include some type of feature, (some use just a couple of images, some have used many...) with photos of the animals or jewelry, from my gallery, even though *most* ANY photo image can be created into a photo product to sell for donations to the animals. 

An Affiliate is also someone who donates :points: POINTS.  To see 2018's NEW points pool update, go to: teaphotography.deviantart.com/ and scroll past the ID section on the right-hand side.  The central focus is to understand that you MUST place with your donation, the message that you DO WANT IT TO GO TO:  "The Shelter Project".  If this does NOT happen, I will choose to use the points either FOR the Project OR, for other worth-while causes, groups, & individuals who are doing wonderful things here on dA!  So it will depend upon just how badly the Project is in need of :points: POINTS, at the time.

:note: Currently,  "The Shelter Project" is definitely in great need of :points: POINTS, as much as some of you may know, that I do LOVE to donate :points: POINTS to other things/groups/people.  The :points: POINTS Pool Custom Box explanation, is further detailed about the :points: themselves.

An Affiliate is so-named on my Profile Page down the left-hand side in a Box with info. about the Project.
:note: However, please understand, I have long since LOST the ability to keep up with this section due to my own personal issues etc., and the rate in which advertisements and :points: POINTS have previously been donated on behalf of the Project.  This began occurring even long before my personal infamous year of 2017, when I was hardly here and quite unwell.
Therefore, FROM NOW ON, if you DO make an Advertisement, or donate :points: POINTS on behalf of the Project, and you are NOT already named in the Affiliate's Section, on my Profile Page, and you do WANT to be named, (and it is MY opinion that you should be & deserve to be named), PLEASE email me!  It is STILL true that email is better for me than dA Notes.  If you DO Note me, that's okay, but just know it will take me a lot longer to see it, let alone reply, if ever- and I never want anyone to take that personally. 
I tend to at least check email at least about 3-4x/week, and that is more often than my logging on to dA, and I often do other things before checking notes, and sometimes log-off before I even check Notes.  Simply, each one of us has a different work flow for dA, and we have to do what is best for ourselves.

If you are NOT named, and for some reason that is okay with you, please know that you ARE still technically considered an Affiliate, even if not in some public way. YOU ARE A GIGANTIC HELP to "The Shelter Project". 



:star: :star:  Super-Affiliates:
This grouping should indeed be up-to-date.  But PLEASE let me know, if I have not named you on the Profile Page, or in this journal.
A dA Super-Affiliate very often does, or has done everything mentioned above that an Affiliate has done, which amazes me, since what the Affiliates do, is already generous enough, and can require some amount of effort (and/or money, if they are purchasing their own points), all on their own!

THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE, is that Super-Affiliates make actual purchases of my photo products and jewelry products which create direct and tangible monetary donations.  This generates funds for the animals of "The Shelter Project" much more quickly than :points: POINTS.  But not only that, it does help *me* to feel like I have a job.  The creation of the work, the ordering of such work and subsequent correspondence with customers who've ordered to keep the Super-Affiliate updated on their order, the packaging and sending... it may sound like a lot of work, AND it is, but it is WORK I want and love to do.  

It's a WIN, WIN, WIN- a triple win!
1.  The Animals receive their donations for their medical needs.
2.  YOU receive artwork created for what has been and will continue to be a very valuable cause.
3.  I get to be and feel very involved!  (It's all quite therapeutic, physically & mentally.)

:note: Always remember, if there is NOTHING at all from the total list of possible products, that YOU, yourself would want, in most all cases it has seemed that such items make very good gifts for other people in your life.  In fact, about half of the time, these art products have been purchased as gifts, and to be able to tell the giftee WHAT their gift has done to be of service, is actually quite special!

Occasionally, a dA Super-Affiliate donates actual money, skipping right over purchasing anything. To be honest, this has not always been my most favourite way to do things, due to the need I have to be trusted, but I have come to understand why someone may prefer this, and it is wrong of me to "look a gift-horse in the mouth".  I have had about two Super-Affiliates, in the past, donate actual money directly, and sometimes regularly, as well as about two who are not on dA.

I am assuming that when this happens they trust me to use it for "The Shelter Project", especially if the notation that comes with it says that this is what it is for.  There is rarely any reason why I would EVER receive actual money for any other reason.  Being trusted is very important to me, since I myself, have had very poor experiences in the past with trusting others, whether face to face or online. It is one reason why I don't and haven't asked for actual money for any reason in the past. When I've received such money upon occasion anyway, I have given the persons something in return.

Directly donated money for "The Shelter Project" has been used for the following:

1.  Promotional Products for the Project, such as: business cards, rack cards, and pens.  In fact, I have made "kits" with them. 
2.  Locating inexpensive frames for the 11x14 prints that I need now and again, as explained in detail above.
3. Simply to the humane society, itself, (but through the Project) OR toward materials FOR the art products that are sold for the donations.

:note: PayPal, has always served and proven to be the very best and safest way to do anything that our Super-Affiliates have done.  In all of these years, I have not had a problem with this method, and even with our Super-Affiliates from many other countries.  The only little confusing bit, if from a different country than I am, is the exchange rate, but PayPal is better than ever in assisting with this. 
Regardless, we have always worked through it together, and we always will.

:note: Once in a while a Super-Affiliate is considered to be a Super-Affiliate, when they have maintained a long-term sub-project on behalf of  "The Shelter Project" which has resulted in support in super profound ways.


Who Are The Super-Affiliates:

(We Would Love it, if YOU Were a Super-Affilate, too!)


philippeL , JocelyneR , Meljean1 , sukoto-san , bewilderedconfused ,
Corvidae65 , Geak-of-Nature , LayaboutJoe , Arte-de-Junqueiro , Stygma ,
Tigles1Artistry , awesome43surrealistic-gloom , ArtByCher , DanaAnderson ,
Lirulin-yirthJenna-Rose , Shirimasen , Iluvbiscuit2 , Andaelentari ,
ArtBYbeverly , cwehaar , suezn , CarolynYMShinyHeels ,
MirachRavaia , snoogaloo , kurios-kat , Jenny42 , Annissina ,
chained2stone , Felizias , WakefieldDesignsbergunty , BGai ,
ShinyphotoArt , CRG-Free , UszatyArbuz , ShinyphotoArt ,
Lust0fADeeperPain , LuLupoo 





PRODUCTS Available Online & With Very Basic & Ranging PRICE LISTINGS :


dA PHOTO PRODUCTS:
:new: I have decided to include photo products ordered through dA. However, I can only donate between 5% - 10%, depending on what is ordered.  If you need me to explain why, email me.
If there is something (and most things are NOT) that is not PRINT-READY that you are interested in obtaining through dA, please email me with the LINK/S, and what you are interested in having the image be made into, so that you could possible purchase it, or put on your wish list.  You could also Note Me, but as previously mentioned, I WILL SEE the email MUCH sooner. (Obviously, one cannot purchase anything from the jewelry line through dA).

 Photo Products Directly Via TeaPhotography (myself) :

:note: Listed below are items which can only be rendered via internet orders only. For example, locals within 40 miles, would be able to procure actual photo shoots themselves, and be able to have those proceeds donated- a service which unfortunately I cannot offer you beautiful and generous online people!  I also offer T-shirts to locals, but I am not yet confident in how we would obtain the correct sizing via the internet, but IF you are interested in such a product, DO let me know, and let's talk about it!

:bulletpurple: PRINTS: Again, Almost *any* photo image in my galleries, can be utilized and created into photo products.
4x6, 4x4 = $2.00 ;  5x7, 5x5 = $6.50 ;  8x10, 8x8 = $10.50
If you were to want any print larger, I cannot personally create larger than 8x10's, as I do not have such equipment, but I do use the highest quality photo paper and do have a printer specifically for printing photos. They are definitely high quality prints.
:bulletpurple: GREETING CARDS:  The total card is a 5x7.  A sample of what they look like:
On Behalf of: The Shelter Project by TeaPhotography

One = $3.50 ; Four = $12.00 ; Five = $14.00 ; Six =  $15.00 ;  Seven = $16.50 ;  Eight = 17.80


:bulletpurple: STICKERS: Sometimes stickers can be ordered to match greeting card stationery!
Sample photos of the stickers from STASH:
IMG 5003.2 copy by TeaPhotography    IMG 4999.2 copy by TeaPhotography

Large = $.50 cents each;  Small = $.25 cents each.
It would be cost prohibitive though, to send just one sticker... at least one sheet.  Whole sheets are seen in the above sample photos.

:bulletpurple: MUGS:  Existing Mugs = $12.00 ; Custom = $17.00

:note: I've never previously offered mugs directly from me, via the internet, but since this has been a pretty big seller locally, I thought I would try it.  I will try to get a photo of the mugs that DO currently exist. 

Custom mugs will refer to images from my gallery that are not yet made into mugs that you want to have a mug made from, and possibly, in this case, an image of an animal or pet from a photo (or possibly other form of art) that is your own.  However, the only way the latter will work, is if the image that you sent me is of high enough quality.  I will admit that about half of my mugs DO come from a different source other than dA, due to the extra capabilities for design work, which includes writing. 
In either case, whether from dA or not, it is SUPER expensive to have one made, and it is possible that I cannot give a full 30% , especially if it occurs during a time when there is NOT a sale going on.  (If this doesn't work out, then it doesn't)


:bulletpurple: MAGNETS (currently, I have to triple-check this item) : I used to do magnets, and they were a fairly good seller, but I will have to re-source some supplies, as the ones I was using have been "discontinued". 

:bulletpurple: :new: Notebooks:
A Notebook for-The Shelter Project by TeaPhotography

After creating a couple of practice notebooks, I have had email with sincere interest in this product, but so far from other countries, and I am still trying to make good estimations for the cost of shipping.  The ABOVE example here, is an officially purchased notebook that I also decided to use as an example, simply because I had promised I would do this when I had one finally created the way I hoped, after the practice ones. It explains inside, how it is made, materials etc.

At the moment, 16 pages is the minumum, and 20 pages is the maximum, but this is not set in stone.  The price ranges from $12.00 - $15.00. 
Or if you would rather set a lower price, in order to afford shipping, I would be willing to create smaller notebooks with less pages. 


:bulletpurple: :new: Bookmarks: - I have not yet made these, but I have wanted to include bookmarks for a long time, way before the "notebooks" idea, but I haven't practiced, but again, once I do more with this, I'll include a photo... and price.

.:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu


Jewelry Products: For now please see this gallery for examples, some of which are still available, but KNOW I have LOTS more I hope to upload during the next couple of years:
teaphotography.deviantart.com/…
:note: Please NOTE, that the range of styles and materials used have increased extraordinarily from what you see here.  And there could be a chance I already have something similar to something you might be interested in. PLEASE ASK, if you don't see it, as I cannot enforce this enough.  To reiterate: EMAIL IS BEST.  dA NOTES will be much slower.
:note: In many cases, with the following items, it is only possible that I can give the price *range* - and this is just one reason why I have never placed specific prices on photos of items in the past, especially those photos that contain multiple items, which is definitely how it is going to be done in the future, due so many items that currently exist that I continue to look forward to sharing with you.
The price *range* is due largely in part, to so very many factors- materials used, value of materials (such as between semi-precious stones, or glass stones, or seed beads- or types of metals etc.) difficulty in skill level to create, time it took to create- (though I do NOT mind to donate my time, so such variable is not always taken into account).


:bulletblue: NECKLACES:  On cords, (many types & even material of cords, usually made to adjust the length), RANGES from = $15.00 - $28.00.  On metal or beaded on metal, usually silver, (varying qualities, even within silver or silver coloured, and usually adjustable for the length), RANGES from = $18.00 - $48.00.

:note: Where things range so vastly, you could even send me an email to send you photos via email or STASH of a few types, or styles/types that YOU are interested in, *within* your price range.  I have worked with four people on dA in this way, three of which have ended up purchasing something in the jewelry line.  I've also done this with a few others, via email (or text, my true easiest & fastest way to communicate- with people I know but who live far from me but within my own country).

:bulletblue: BRACELETS:  Beaded on thick stretchy cord, with sometimes a charm quad-tied & glued with crafting glue, RANGES from - $11.00 - $16.00. Beaded on metal, often with a charm, and usually finished in adjustable length with a lobster clasp, RANGES from - $12.oo - $17.00.  On metal chains with 1 - 5 charms often with a theme, RANGES from - $13.oo - $18.00.  :new: I am hoping to create bracelets on cords also, usually black, BUT I have many colours. If it's a thin cord, usually it would be created with some beads, some charms or a mix. Thicker cords, will most often have a couple/few charms. They will adjust for length using silver coloured metal chains. Projected possible price, RANGES from - $11.00 - $16.00

:bulletblue: ANKLETS: No cloth cords for these. Either the thick stretchy elastic for beaded anklets, or beaded on silver metal, or with charms on chain links, the latter two types most certainly adjustable for personal fit, RANGES from - $15.00 - $18.00

:bulletblue: EARRINGS: Always on best quality silver metal or real silver, sometimes I have other colours like gold, black, shiny charcoal colour. SIMPLE ones RANGE from, $10.00 - $13.00. Ones that are longer/dangle more, or more fancy, or that take more skill, or a combination, RANGE from- $14.00 - $18.00.

:bulletblue: WIRE-WRAPPED RINGS: $12.00.  We would need to know the size of the finger you are wanting to wear it on, or the size of the person who you are giving it to as a gift. If we estimate bigger, I can send you something that you coil around the bottom of it, to make it smaller! 
I usually use a high quality glass stone, semi-precious stone, or ceramic, and most often wrap with silver colour, but I also have black, purple, and orange (orange? But I do!) at the moment! 
Below is an older sample photo of some wire-wrapped rings. I will not do them on THIN metals anymore, nor on any that are too thick. But the THIN metal just seem too flimsy, and is actually not as easy to work with. Most of the ones you see are sold, mostly all locally. But I see a few I still have. My skill set creating wire-wrapped rings has increased quite a bit.  I can't make them during the times that my hands are doing poorly though. At the moment I do have more than what is seen below. I have and create from sizes 3 - 10. 



Hope Wrapped in a Ring by TeaPhotography

:bulletblue: FRIENDSHIP RINGS:  $5.00 for your first one, $5.00 for your 2nd one, $3.50 for your 3rd one. And you don't have to purchase three at once for this "deal" as you and I would keep track of this, if you did purchase these one at a time.  Always on a thick 3mm stretchy see-through cord, tied off in a quad and craft glue used on the knot, then filed for lack of irritation. (I've used slightly thinner cord in the past, and if it is worn all the time, and taken on and off, it would eventually break.) 
One reason THIS PRODUCT is nearly perfect via the internet/deviantART, is if you aren't too concerned about which finger you or your friend might wear it on, especially since they are stretchy. But we could still use finger sizing to at least get an idea.
Below is a sample photo of Friendship Rings. I do believe all of the once seen here have long since sold, but I do have at least as many more!  They are always on my person, and they also keep some at the shelter itself.  It's a popular item no matter where they are!
Friendship Rings- Updated by TeaPhotography



:bulletblue: :new::new::new: FOBS: Best Seller Locally, of ANYTHING in ALL of 2017!!!  I will get a photo of these as soon as it is possible.  These are a huge seller, because they can be used for SO MANY THINGS, besides adornment on a bag, such as but not limited to, on a broken zipper, on any in tact zipper, on your key ring, attached to the bottom of a ceiling fan, or on your PET'S or PETS' collar!  Currently they have been made with silver metal or bronze or even a combination.  They are and can be very thematic! 
SIMPLE ones - $10.00. FANCY ones - $13.00, they are longer, have more thematic charms, or more little chains or both; basically more goes into these.
Sample photos from the beginning of 2016:
Zipper OR Collar Clips NEW for THE SHELTER PROJECT by TeaPhotography
   Key Chains or Clips NEW for THE SHELTER PROJECT by TeaPhotography    Key Chains or Clips NEW#3 for THE SHELTER PROJECT by TeaPhotography


I still have, or have a few repeats of some seen in the above photos!  I've taken new photos also, and I will share them with you soon.
:bulletblue: :new: HAIR CLIPS: Not really new, but have never really pushed it, or made too many. I can, and they have turned out quite lovely, but I have lacked motivation. I am going to try something new with this sometimes in the future- a skill I learned from someone else.  If I get to this I will get a new photo and price. But the projected price for SINGLE clip - $7.00. TWO clips or a matching SET of two - $12.00

:note: :bulletblue: MATCHING SETS 3-4 ITEMS, OR AT LEAST THREE DIFFERENT ITEMS, will be discounted a bit than if purchased and sent separately.  This *excludes*  Friendship Rings, and hair clips. 
If I can get into the hair clips more, I may include them. 
This could also include photo products- *excluding* ONE single greeting card or  ONE single 4x6 print, as one of the items.
We could also mix and match photo products and jewelry products in one order, for a THREE item discount.

Promotional Kit
If you would like to have the "promotional kit", which is usually part of what I give to locals, the online version, includes, 3 rack cards, 3 business cards, 3 promotional pens, and one friendship ring. This would cost $10.00.  Promotional kits are for you personally to have as a reminder of "The Shelter Project" and what it's about, but it is also for any friend or family of yours who you think might be interested, and the Friendship Ring, is a personal THANK YOU for purchasing this! 
Any other order that would be sent from me, will include everything in the "promotional" kit except the extra Friendship Ring. Quite a few people I know just from communicating on the internet as well as those from deviantART, have received those first three items in the past.  It simply comes with your order!

Other IMPORTANT INFO to Note:

:note: The above prices DO NOT include Shipping and Handling.  I can only do an experienced estimation, of what this would be per location.  It DOES include taxes, wherever that is applicable.  My particular state does not charge for "sales taxes" however, because we are from all over the globe and sales tax is very different from state to state, and from country to country, it is easier just for me to have that included. I work it out at the end of each year, on my end. It's easier than trying to deal with this per every different order from different places all of the world. 
:note:  I will ship to any country. I have already shipped to a wide varieties of countries.  From Malaysia, to New Zealand, to Germany, to England, and closer to my own home in the US... Canada, to name JUST a few.

:note: If you are in my own country, I know for certain that texting works out great for communication- I am still quite unclear as to how this would work for me internationally.  Otherwise, all questions, orders, updates on orders can be done via email - questions can be placed in comments here, as well, and we can use notes, too, but I am the least fast with dA Notes, and I may transfer our conversation to email, if it starts in Notes.

:note: I am often surprisingly fast with an official order, but there could certainly be times when things run slowly given a few personal factors, and/or if there is an order or two ahead of yours.  I welcome your understanding in advance.  And while I am currently physically stronger than I have been, things tend to vary WIDELY due to the TYPE of issues that I deal with.  
For example, if I have one BIG PROJECT I am working on, such as THIS UPDATE here, which I began long ago by now, I can only do ONE MAIN THING at a time. So... most other things go by the wayside for a while, such as the ability to do emails.


Lastly, and In Closing...

I was hoping to do a feature of at least some work of the Super-Affiliates, but I realize just how long and informative this News Journal already is, and how long it's taken me to work on it, bit by bit. I know that *they* know how greatly appreciative I am on behalf of the animals, and that I will thank them, and Affiliates, too, at other times when I am able.


I hope and plan to make updates right here within this journal for a long time, so that, I don't have to re-create a *whole* new News Journal, for a couple or few years again.  Of course if I wait too long between updates, I would mostly likely need to do a whole new update. So simply check back, if interested, to find out how things are going with "The Shelter Project" if the possible new items have come to pass, or if there have been any price changes, or even changes at the shelter itself, that might seem big enough to warrant letting you all know about them, and I will add *new*  Super-Affiliates to this news article as well!


Currently, I have updated the info. in the :points: points pool, on my profile page, but I do need to update most every other section, especially where it concerns this Project.  Again, this will take quite a bit of time, so slowly but surely.


I myself, have sometimes needed to remember that I desire to do this for the animals alone, not the politics. I know that once in a while the two can't be separated, but most often they can. My *Biggest* interest and concern is in helping the animals directly, and not getting overly involved with other aspects of shelter business.


And the very truth of the matter is, I do not (nor cannot!) help them alone, and *never* have.  This is a teamwork unlike anything else! And on this note, I want to express my sheer and utter deepest gratitude for The dA Affiliates, The dA Super-Affiliates, past, present, and... Future!

If you need my email, it's: teaphotography@mac.com

Thank you all once more, from the bottom of my heart. Even if this eight year old Project is simply of interest to you, I truly and genuinely thank you for your interest.




Journal skin by UszatyArbuz
Reflection at Day's End by TeaPhotography

By purchasing this skin, I helped in The Shelter Project!



Welcome to dA WishingWell's TREASURE CHEST-

A New Year's Special Edition


Like Many Others, in Groups or Individually, I Would Like to Express to Our Group's Members, Watchers, Friends, Wish-Granters, Admins., and TO as well as FROM, dAWishingWell , itself

A VERY:

:iconcip25::iconcip26::iconcip27::iconcip28::iconcip29::iconcip26::iconcip25:
May You ALL Be Blessed With Much Goodness, Many Blessings, and with the Ability to Recognize Them!


I am not certain when it was... but maybe this past Summer, I talked with Stygma about doing a journal for our group here that would consist mostly of ONLY


:icontreasurechestplz:   THE TREASURE CHEST!!! :icontreasurechestplz:


Without going into great detail as to the reasons, she seemed to like the idea.
And at the time it truly was "just an idea"... and while I did hope to conceptualize it sooner than now, I did not give any firm indication as to when I might actually have the ability to do so. (But with poor memory, I do apologize if I did- but I just can't recall...)
And as it turns out, the timing in this moment is a good one.  Like many of us, I have to plan things around some main life issues that are out of my control. So, as soon as I was finally  able to type/write again, thanks to a combo of a few things, I have been doing as much as I can of both, while enjoying this good run! :la:

Sometimes you just gotta grab the bull by the horns, before they duck just out of reach! :giggle:


That being said, in this moment, with the bull's horns, I do not want to set-forth very far into the future, a "schedule" for this journal on a set regular basis, for fear of letting anyone down, including myself.  However, I would like and DO hope to be able to do it again in February... and PERHAPS, at that point, ask if anyone wants to participate and set forth some parameters regarding any participation. :shrug:
Until then, please just enjoy these few most outstanding and various works of ART,
on behalf of dAWishingWell in light of THE YEAR! :la:





Sammie Sue With A Peanut Or Two by 33M   Iceflowers  04 by Shyll-j

A Long Cold Drive (New Edit) by Shadowhawk9973    For MD by maska13

Decor Galore by Loffy0    Rat Rod Resurrection by Corvidae65

   
Sunkissed by Clu-art    Stormy skies by poca2hontas

    
Snowflake Night by CatSpaceDesign    Purple Dawn by Annissina


Far Away Places -  At the Deserts Edge by Miarath    autumn window by Ingelore


300a by YOKOKY    Big Cat ~ Cheetah Colorful by AStoKo


Rose by GeorgeXVII    Guido and his fluffy prey by EyeOfTheKat


God Head by offermoord    Eclipse Watching by tinylaughs


Nature's Clues by suezn    White Eyes Buzzard by eyeofsnowleopard


avatar by subhankar-biswas    Raspberry dream by AnnaZLove


The World of Abstractions by Einsilbig    Rainbow by Aldistar


Crow Stipple by Aldistar    Nothing but a dream by ShinyphotoArt


Toto lick Puipui by perodog2    Cinnamon by Eve-I


Get Well Soon Denyse by BlueIvyViolet    Hummingbird by marijeberting


Prayers For Mexico by ChasMandala    Deep In The Countryside - Donkey Ride by Tigles1Artistry


A Beautiful Head by JocelyneR    Journey Event - Part 3 by Stygma


    After the rain... by FizzyPinkBubbles


Iron Guard 2 by MaciejKarcz    There is life by poca2hontas


    

    

        


    

    

    

    

    






I Celebrate dAWishingWell and all the people and the parts they do, to make such a beautiful group like this happen!


MUCH Thanks to You ALL, for everything you did in 2017, and here's to another beautiful year for 2018:

:icondawishingwell:


 

A Few Reminders


:groups: dAWishingWell's rules
Go Suggest a January Birthday!
Of course we really appreciate points; they do play a BIG role in granting certain wishes,
even if you do not have points to spare, it is very likely you can help grant wishes directly from HERE:
The Showcase has just been updated... TODAY, Jan. 7th, our first official day fully re-opened!
:clap::clap::clap::clap:

Thank you to anyone reading this journal and delighting in any of the artworks you see here. I wish I could have included more, but...
maybe, hopefully, (wishfully?) next time!
:iconcatlaplz:
:iconblowkissteaplz:



I want to thank these particular groups:

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 1, 2018, 8:08 PM


.:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu  .:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu  .:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu


THANK YOU TO:



:iconcrazy-4-animals:
and two of their long-time Admins.:
WendyMitchell, Brian-B-Photography ,

:iconcatcatalogue:
and their Admins.:
lucytherescuedcat , CreativeMark24, Kitteh-Pawz , suezn 

:iconbrightandcheerful:
and their Admins.:
MYPeanutGallery , uguardian

:iconmylovelypet:
and most of their Admins.:
lucytherescuedcat, CreativeMark24 , Andorada 

(Sorry I couldn't name ALL Admins., of EACH Group.)

I want to thank them for requesting this particular work:

Sha-bay and her Magic Eye by TeaPhotography

Please consider visiting, joining, or somehow supporting the above mentioned groups! 
Each one is truly fabulous!


It's sad for me that not only did I need to give up running Unframed-Nature now founded by BGai , and do tons less for dAWishingWell , founded by Stygma (realizing the fact that I am either not active as an Admin., in the other Admin. groups listed, or that they themselves are no longer active),

but it is also sad that I have not been able to participate as an actual Member of the Groups I am still technically a member of- and for MUCH longer than one year, which is only as long as it's been since I've stepped back quite a bit all together Admin'ing Unframed-Nature and dAWishingWell . I am not actually sure how the work flow goes for those who are members of so many groups, and then able to submit to quite a few per artistic upload. I would try all kinds of ways to make this be easier on me, but I decided it just wasn't working, and I have been unable to participate in groups in any traditional way for a long time.

I DO still keep an eye on a few groups, I have my favourites, and I know a few friends who work very hard to run their own groups, and because I know and can completely appreciate how difficult it is to be a truly committed Founder, I do try to support these types of groups when I can- promoting them, or offering prizes, or giving a few points- that sort of thing.

But as a result, it is very much a GIFT to have work requested- ANY time, actually, by most ANY group,
and on any artwork.

I am choosing this particular time, to publicly thank these four groups who requested work from me,
*BECAUSE*
of this exact particular type of work.

As I think many of us artists understand, certain works of ours are personal or sentimental in some way shape or form.  I know that for me, each work I share holds some kind of emotive factor.

This most recent photo that I have shared of Sha-Sha, is definitely one of those types of works. And it is exceptionally emotional for me, both with some sadness, sheer delight, gratitude for the way her life has gone, and complete happiness over the fact that she herself so easily makes others take some food for thought- in having to do with LindArtz 's comment on the photo, and my response,
I truly believe that TOTAL life, is some sort of lesson for anyone who has heard of her, and plenty have, via various ways, and for anyone who is luckily enough to meet her.

Interestingly enough, my dad, who is *ahem* is not actually too fond of cats- and they, my parents spent the holidays with us- first time in 15 years, bonded with Sha-Sha over a toy she got for Christmas. Of course I have seen my parents either where we live or where they live, at other times of the year- and since they've visited at other times, they have known Sha-Sha for a long time.

But to watch my dad play with Sha-Sha, and be fascinated by her absolutely amazing intelligence, was surely a sight for both of my eyes, :eyes: , for me.

:heart: I want to also thank those individuals, who commented, fav'd, or simply viewed. :heart:

.:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu .:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu .:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu

Speaking of Groups, this might be a good moment, to mention this:

Our Group at Unframed-Nature :iconunframed-nature:
is having a wonderful CONTEST to kick off the NEW YEAR!



I am so pleased by the theme, and I appreciate those who have offered features and points for prizes!

Check it out:




I want to thank BGai for doing this- and moreover making Unframed-Nature great again!
Let's continue to support her and the group in any lovely way you can think of!

Though I have not done much for
dAWishingWell  :icondawishingwell:
either, this past year, I am in love with this group, and have been since it's conception! These two groups in which I'm still barely hanging onto in an Admin. way, mean so much to me for different reasons.
They also sponsor each other- and feel like sister-groups.
Stygma has done a most outstanding job being our group's founder, for quite a long time by now.


Please consider visiting, joining, or somehow supporting, either or both of these two stellar groups!


.:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu .:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu .:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu

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By purchasing this skin,
I helped in "The Shelter Project"!

A Special Feature Of A Unique Gratitude

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 23, 2017, 3:08 PM
so-Cute by vafiehya so-Cute by vafiehya so-Cute by vafiehya

Hello to Everyone who is able to stop by and take a look at this journal.  It is a busy time of year for many of us, indeed!

I hope to make more journals in the future. Those of you who know me best, know that it has/had always been my most favourite activity to do here on deviantART. I'm not sure why, but for me, it DOES have the feeling of creating a work of art, in and of itself.  But we all have our "thing" - and as long as we keep doing our "thing"- so long as it is filled with genuine positive intent, both in this WORLD and on dA, I continue to try to believe in HOPE!

Below, you will find features for a *very* specific group of people- it has nothing to do with "The Shelter Project" (which, by the way, has it's 8th year Anniversary come 2018), it has nothing to do with the various features I've been included in, or dA artwork dedications, holiday greeting cards I've received, e-mails, points, CM's *faint*, or even wonderfully supportive words right here on deviantART.

The above mentioned list, is off the top of my head, for the so very many different ways in which I have been blessed through-out 2017, by people, rather even "FAMILY" in many cases, right here on deviantART. 2017, as some of you may know or remember, was a very new journey for me medically- to survive I had to be involved in many different types of therapies- the overall PAIN alone, plus the therapies... did take away from me much of my beloved TIME I had previously been able to spend here on dA in the previous years. "Behind the scenes" there were precious few who knew how much my medical issues, caused me suffering- these people showed their trustworthiness and did not spread the information.

Anyway, when desperate times became desperate measures, my own Neurologist of many years, encouraged me to seek a type of support in which I always swore I never would. She had been encouraging me for about five years prior to the end of 2016- but I ignored the advice, until... I couldn't... and with her actual help, I began such a process of asking for this type of support. With this certain type of help, I still refused to ask for something that sometimes would seem to become a part of this, though it was indeed offered by a couple of people, and as per my Neurologists continuing encouragement, I did accept when offered, but not without something in return. 
However, in most cases this help and support came in the way that it was set up, to do, and all of this taught me a new kind of humility, as well as showed me a side of people, in which case I never expected to be on the receiving end.  So below is a special feature for this special type of support.

Dare I say that one year later, while I remain without a cure, or cures, I am better in that, as long as I continue with a few of the therapies for... the rest of my life, I am more able to maintain some better days!

I did say I would close this type of support after one year, but with the encouragement of a few of those featured or mentioned below, I am not going to do that. The part of my situation that caused my desperation, is about the same, because what I have to do to maintain some semblance of health for the rest of my life, continues to pile up, in such a way, that I can never stay on top of... but it will never be advertised within my journals again, but will remain somewhere on my profile.


Bless you to the fullest extent of Universal Law, to the following people/friends/family:

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


davincipoppalag

Merry Christmas from Mystic by davincipoppalag

Nellie by davincipoppalag

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


LordLJCornellPhotos

On the rocks by LordLJCornellPhotos


A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year by LordLJCornellPhotos

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara

coastbeachartist

Gladiator Goddess Black Lives Matter by coastbeachartist

Sea Goddess Mermaid by coastbeachartist

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


Annissina

The Shy One by Annissina

Fresh Citrus by Annissina

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara



BGai

Snow and Ice by BGai

Happy New Year 2018 fireworks by BGai

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


poca2hontas

For Pia by poca2hontas

Joy by poca2hontas

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara



Miarath

Beware of the tiny chair by Miarath

A dark fellow? by Miarath

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


bergunty

52 Week Challenge #20 - Flowers by bergunty

Hazy days by bergunty

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara



FizzyPinkBubbles

Hover Fly on Water Hemlock by FizzyPinkBubbles



Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


CameronKobe

Mycroft study by CameronKobe

Blue Box by CameronKobe

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


Riemea

Morgana by Riemea

Dean sketch by Riemea

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


Arte-de-Junqueiro

Riverside Living by Arte-de-Junqueiro

Swan Lake by Arte-de-Junqueiro

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara

LayaboutJoe

I miss Joe everyday.
 Especially here on dA, where he held a unique and special presence! And for some of us: presents,
for he has been a GIFT to many of us. His friendship has been a gift to me, and that much
I know and can say for certain! :heart:

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


My Family in Germany: my cosmic twin, bro-in-law, & niece

Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara Glass Star Bullet (Indigo) by Gasara


I have to say, if it was not made clearly enough at the very top, in every single way, that I have received support
during this last year, I have been filled with gratitude. Sometimes in this format of the internet, or distance in general,
WORDS are our only ACTIONS. There were times I clung to words of such love and true friendship.

And where not everyone is good with words, nor should such be expected given each of our very wide ranges of talents,
people would drop a few points or some type of dedication, instead!
(NOT a ploy for points, just making a few points here. ;) )
Yes, I obviously do love words, myself... not because I love to hear/see myself talk, but most oftentimes
THESE are all that I have to give. Due to having to type them, it has been a different kind of pain, way too many times this past year,
when it has been physically not possible to express myself. On my better days, my fingers ARE able to do some "talkin' "
and I have these featured people above to THANK for that.

My love to you ALL, those so many of you with GOOD HEARTS, spreading love and good cheer-
NOT just to/for me, but to many, many others.
KEEP IT UP!

And May You Be So Very Blessed!


so-Cute by vafiehya so-Cute by vafiehya so-Cute by vafiehya

Wow, Check Out This Contest!

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 22, 2017, 4:45 PM


I'm really impressed by the idea of the THEME,
and... the prizes are BIG! You can even submit TWO!

:iconcatlaplz:




Skin by UszatyArbuz
By purchasing this skin,
I helped in "The Shelter Project"!

March- April 2017 News and Gratitude!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 30, 2017, 8:42 PM



Okay, so... This time it turned into a bi-monthly journal, obviously, for certain reasons, a big one of which being that I've been extra sick, and also trying to put together a rehab schedule for the illnesses that can be improved with time.  These things, of course, are full-time, in themselves.

I think the next one will be the same, as in, MAY-JUNE, because my (bio) MOM is coming to visit, in less than 3 weeks, 2 weeks
(it's taken me a long time to do this, bc so much happening now- finally involved with PHYSICAL THERAPY & MORE OF Rehab- Tai Chi)
from now, and will be here for about a month!  This, will then occupy most of my time, and truly no matter what else, it should, because of ages and respective illnesses, our days are more numbered, and I do not know how many of these chances to see her I truly have left.

As time has gone on, I have realized the challenges in being so far away from my family and some of my original friends from years past. It can feel super isolating at times.  

Additionally, travel in the USA, continues to worsen, with the many many various inconveniences of airfare and infrastructure of our roadways, and the cost of both. And when you are ill, aging, or poor, or any of the previous, it's that much more of a challenge.

So, I share the above with you, just so you know that I will be with my mom, here, soon, and for quite some time, but that another bi-monthly personal journal will be planned! :D :heart:


:iconhappysunplz: :iconhappysunplz: :iconhappysunplz:

I want to give a very special thanks to UszatyArbuz , for creating this beautiful skin for: The Shelter Project

Thank you to the truly generous & VERY talented Ola UszatyArbuz
who you can commission to make a personal skin!
PLEASE VISIT HER:

Roses and diamonds journal skin by UszatyArbuz Catwalk talk journal skin by UszatyArbuz

Also please NOTE that she has submitted a NEW Journal Skin on March 7th, for: The Shelter Project
for those who are more of :heart: dog-lovers:

Charitable skin for The Shelter Project II by UszatyArbuz

It's stunning! :wow: Feel free to visit the skin, and if you like it, feel free to donate to use!
:heart:BIG Thank you to ALL who have already donated!:heart:


And thanks again to those who HAVE visited:

You-Me-Other Things

I continue to be awe-struck by certain things that have come from it, and do continue to be, here and there, as well as certain very supportive words...

And also, speaking of WORDS, I also thank those who did visit:

SIX- Warning Sad

Again I thank, those who read it, and therefore you know how difficult it was to share such a piece for me. I felt I needed to do something different for this type of... occurrence, to help commence that healing process.
Thank for the comments here, as each one is a treasure for me. I feel they have been a big part of my path with this, too.

Okay, TIME TO CELEBRATE! ;)

F2U - Star Divider by vvhiskers F2U - Star Divider by vvhiskers F2U - Star Divider by vvhiskers

birthday cake by Chibivillecute MARCH & APRIL 2017, dA BIRTHDAYS!

MARCH:

TomKilbane 001.... by TomKilbane

Miarath They're coming closer... by Miarath

Sisterslaughter165 Night Magic by Sisterslaughter165

BGai Multicolours by BGai

Joe-Maccer The Soft and Strong by Joe-Maccer

BlueAnomiS In Love With The Sun by BlueAnomiS

MirachRavaia Tinfang Warble in autumn by MirachRavaia

Cmac13 Until He's Not by Cmac13

davincipoppalag For Wrent by davincipoppalag

KmyGraphic Cactus Flower by KmyGraphic

Bellayona Octopie by Bellayona



APRIL:



AshleyLeePhotography HEAR ME ROAR by AshleyLeePhotography

feigenfrucht Grazie by feigenfrucht

ElissandrAnne Unforgiving World by ElissandrAnne

fashioneyes Eternal by fashioneyes

@spiralofvirtigo Fabre Color by spiralofvertigo

Riemea Star Whisperer by Riemea

Annissina Lemon Drops by Annissina

LuLupoo My Forever Friend by LuLupoo

Canankk The Starfish Story by Canankk

TrinitySage Request - Puabi by TrinitySage

Lou-in-Canada Mandala for high energy 9 yr old by Lou-in-Canada

Tigles1Artistry Early Morning Dew... by Tigles1Artistry

cute-tiger Moonlit night by cute-tiger





I'm sure there were/are more, of dA friends and Watchers, but I didn't and couldn't keep track of all of them- not in the same way I have kept track of the above few or so for a couple years now.

Nevertheless, I WISH ALL MARCH & APRIL BIRTHDAY BABIES, The Very Best Now & Always!


Misc Emoji-04 (Happy Birthday) [V1] by Jerikuto

I HONESTLY can't believe it's JUNE already!


birthday cake by Chibivillecute MY NINE YEAR dA ANNV. WINNERS!

Awww, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much for all of the really amazing comments on this:

Nine for Nine:iconpurpleflowerplz::iconwhiteflowerplz:Let's Have Some FUN?? Who's GAME?:iconwhiteflowerplz::iconpurpleflowerplz:

  :iconpurpleflowerplz::iconwhiteflowerplz::iconpurpleflowerplz:
 
It's true I haven't been here for almost a week, though I did come briefly to do what I could to celebrate a very dear friend's birthday... BGai , :wave: , though I was two days late of course.
I would love to say that I was off galavanting around, having a most wonderful time, or at the very least, doing some fun things that make me happy all pain-free and what not, but neither are the case. :hmm:
So I come here, knowing, that I should go to work, in fact, do some serious work, especially with my Admin. at Unframed-Nature , my apologies to them once again- but wanting them to know, that THEY ARE the next "work project" that is on my list. :)
It's just that in this brief-ish interim, I've had a physical set-back on the


Now, THAT, I did not expect. I appreciate so much these supportive and celebratory comments, as well as the participation in general.

Separately, I DO hope to get BACK to this, but no space or time here.  Thanks for understanding.

My HEART always goes out to YOU ALL:

For the Love of Writing by TeaPhotography






Free Avatar Moonbunny by oOLuccianaOo Other Interesting-to-me Dates


:star: My Abby Cat, 4, on March 1st

:star: My 9 years on dA March 9th

sprout emoticon by tontoh First Day of SPRING 20 of March

Glass Star Bullet (Yellow) by Gasara 5 Year Annv. of my Grandma J. and dear friend, passing away. Mar. 22nd

Glass Star Bullet (Yellow) by Gasara 3 year Annv. of Merlyn my first cat to pass away, (3 since), on Mar. 22nd

:star: Two special aunts each from each side of family with B-DAYS on Mar. 29th

:star: Local dearest friend & "Mom" had her B-DAY on Mar. 30th

:star: Oldest Niece M.J. turned 13, April 10th

:star: Oldest cat, Zorra turned 12 on on April 15th

:star: Anniversary moving to Oregon on April 16th

:star: Our feral cats, Winston & Raya turning at least 7 (or 8), on Apr. 16th, (best guesses, you know)

:star: Earth Day!! April 22nd!

Please Recycle by xXMandy20Xx


:star: Unframed-Nature 's 11th B-DAY on 26th! (She's not dead- she's just closed and things have been "left up-in-the air"- in essence I tell you, stay tuned for a while longer.)

:star: WORLD Tai Chi/ Qi-Gong Day, Apr. 29th


F2U - Star Divider by vvhiskers F2U - Star Divider by vvhiskers F2U - Star Divider by vvhiskers




mini hearts by Chibivillecute Very Particular Thank-You's


Annissina  
Happiness is... by AnnissinaCelebration by Annissina
Summer Party by Annissina Cold Touch by Annissina

LordLJCornellPhotos
Today I will be mainly eating by LordLJCornellPhotos On reflection by LordLJCornellPhotos
The king of castles by LordLJCornellPhotos Feeling the chill by LordLJCornellPhotos


CameronKobe
Columbo study by CameronKobe Renee by CameronKobe
Here's To You by CameronKobe


LayaboutJoe -
I completely miss you on dA!
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!




Thank-you-so-much-with-respect by vafiehya



(Hopefully you all know why! :lol: :heart: )


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Free - Heart by cerebralsewer Other Thank You's

BGai

Yellow Lily by BGai

Riemea

Day 36 by Riemea


Arte-de-Junqueiro

Snappy! by Arte-de-Junqueiro


bergunty
Greylag Goose by bergunty


poca2hontas  
For Lily by poca2hontas


Miarath  
Happy Easter 2017 by Miarath

davincipoppalag
Peck's Mill Pond by davincipoppalag