Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Made4Aid

Well, Christmas is only a few weeks away. This year I have decided to make as many presents as I can for my friends and family and will probably only buy presents for children.

For those of you that can not afford the time to make all of your presents, why not consider buying arts and crafts from your fellow bloggers. Or better still, why not buy gifts made by your fellow bloggers which have been donated to raise funds for the refugees of Darfur, the reforestation of Attika or the welfare of rescued animals.


The above felt painting is a piece of work that I made inspired by the vibrant hues of Parys Mountain in Wales. I intend to get it mounted and send it to Made4Aid by the end of the week. Made4Aid auction arts and crafts on line and the raised funds benefit the refugees of Darfur.


I have also made a piece of felt and donated it to Attika SOS. That piece will be auctioned at the Folklore Museum on the periphery of Athens. The raised funds will help with the reforestation of the fire damaged land of Attika.



Art for the Animals is another blog that encourages artists and crafts people to visit their local animal sanctuary and make a piece of art inspired by one of the rescued animals. The Art for Animals project is simple. Make a portrait of an animal in your local shelter, or of an animal who's a part of a rescue operation, and donate the painting to the shelter or the rescue group. That's it! The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the painting - or drawing or mixed media piece or whatever medium you choose.

Art for the Animals often displays the artwork of donated pieces explaining a little about the subject of the piece and providing a link for the ebay auction of the work. I am always amazed by how little the bidding price is for such beautiful creations. I know they would make great Christmas gifts!


If you are interested in buying from or donating to any of these causes please click the names of the projects to find out more or on the pictures.

12 comments:

Döt...♡ said...

Unfortunately Christmas is only a few weeks away!
I'm soon going to start making my own cards.
I like your felt work. I was shown how to make it at the weekend and may give it a go myself one day soon.

subtorp77 said...

Oooh that reminds me; I've not bid on anything in a while! Never thought to use felt in this way. The colours are pleasing and blend in to an autumn scene( at least for me )...

Assayya said...

wat a wonderful idea, DIY-Christmasgifts
i love the picture above.
the colours are like those of the moorland here

Jasmine said...

Dot - I always treasure the cards people made themselves. Please do make felt. Its a wonderful medium. I find I have an idea but when I begin the felt takes me where it wants to go. My best creations are felt.

If you want any tips I'm happy to help. I only just started learning myself but seem to have an affinity with wool :)

Subtorp - Thank you :) Autumn offers my favourite colours. I think it must be the most inspiring season for me.

Assayya - Thank you (grandma!) Congratulations :) Although I feel you must have had children very early as your heart seems so young xxx

Trée said...

I knew there was a reason I liked you. Excellent suggestions Jasmine.

Tammie Lee said...

Jasmine, you are a great inspiration. Thank you!

Crafty Green Poet said...

this is an inspiring post!

I love your felt piece, having seen the photos of Parys mountain, i can see how it inspired your choice of colours...

Susan Berlien (warmchocmilk) said...

Wow Beautiful. Homemeade gifts are alwasy the best ones!

Jake said...

I love the painting of the mountains, especially the colors you chose. It evokes Greece, I think, and the Gods.

T said...

What a great idea Jasmine....love your felt painting...
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Poetic Artist said...

This a great post..The information is nice..I also love your felt work.

velvetwoods said...

I love your felt piece,it's so beautiful.Great suggestions too !
It's great to give presents that go to a good cause.
I gave my mum a card that said she had just purchased clean water and seedlings for a small village in africa.Better than buying her crap she has no use for.