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Art Auction for Japan Animal Relief 2. uh oh, hee

doesn't-look-better-this-wayAs I promised, we have one more artwork to auction in this round! But the artist has run into a little bit of interference…… er….. I mean assistance.

@ParkerSKat and @MaggieTKat want to make sure their mom does her BEST WORK on this quilt. You know, humans just can’t finish any project adequately without our help.

As soon as Parker and Maggie get out of the way….. er …….. get done helping their mom with her quilting, we will post the FINAL artwork of this round of art auctions for Japan.

it-stops-if-I-sit-on-itThanks to EVERYONE who has played a part in this fundraising effort to give a big gift to the animals and relief workers in Japan.

Keep alert tomorrow when we’ll announce the opening of the bidding for this cool quilt with metallic quilting on it. Sorry, the cat doesn’t come with the quilt.


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Art Auction to Benefit Japan Animal Relief: Day 6

Black and White Kitten. Found.

Black and White Kitten. Found.

Gray Cat. Found.
Gray Cat. Found.

@Isagold and @WallasEKat donated today’s art auction items. Wallas and Isa are anipals from Australia with big hearts and generosity in the face of disaster.

First, they bought these drawings of kitties who were found after last month’s earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now, they are donating the drawings to help the relief effort for animals in Japan.

My human, Robin, drew these kitties from images on the Web of cats that people had taken in until their own guardians are able to find them again. Each one was posted separately in my first auction, but this time we’ll use the same method we did with WHSKR’s pendants. If you want to bid for the gray kitty, specify gray in your post. If you want to bid for the black and white kitty, specify black. You can bid for one or both!

The drawings are in archival ink on 5×7 bristol paper.

This will be the last auction this week. My human is preparing for a Compassion Art event in our town on Saturday. This the first festival of the arts here, and Robin is excited to be part of it and to have the opportunity to engage people in artistic meditation on compassion. Robin and the people who come to the event will be decorating paper fans and lanterns. We will definitely be ready to auction a new piece after #scifipawty. As readers of Kruse Kats blog know, MaggieTKat’s mom has more quilts in progress too, so you’ll be seeing them here when she’s ready. After today’s auction please visit CheshireK Loves … Where I have copies of my book, Robin has cards, and Wanda (Maggie’s mom) has lovely quilts. A lucky winner at #scifipawty will get a little shopping trip in the store. Proceeds from this store will go to the animal disaster relief fund we are building, including to the effort in Japan.

Remember to offer bids in increments of $5 by commenting on this post, and specify gray or black and white. The auction will be open until 11:59 p.m. ED on March 22

Let’s start the bidding for these drawings at $10 each. Good luck winning the auction of your choice!


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Art Auction to Benefit Japan Animal Relief: Day 4

Quilted bag

Quilted cosmetic bag: Day 3 of Auction for Japan Animal Relief

Last night, @Smokey8 won the auction for “Parasols for Japan.” Smokey and his human are doing as much as they can to support the fundraising efforts for Japan.

@PetietheCat and his mom posted the winning bid for Wanda and @MaggieTKat’s kimono quilt. I am purring congratulations, so I’m going to let the computer publish the lovely auction item for Day 4 all by itself. (It’s really ameowzing how computers can do that sort of thing!)

One of my favorite things about hosting this auction is getting to see the beautiful things the humans make before everybody else does, and this pretty quilted cosmetic bag by @Boomiethecat’s mom Connie Archambault is especially fun. If I had the bag here, I’d meow until one of the human’s unzipped the bag, and then I would sit in it. Every quilt needs gingery fur to be complete. Thank goodness Boomer is orange and so is @MaggieTKat’s brother Parker. I don’t know how I could have made it to St. Louis and Toronto to get the job done.

Connie is an excellent quilter, who owned her own quilt shop for 18 years. She made this bag out of cotton batik fabrics in varying shades of blue with two flower squares, a pansy and a passion flower.

“The flowers are from my garden and printed on fabric,” Connie said. This cosmetic bag has a full length zipper, measures 10″ (25cm) long by 4″ (10cm) high and 3.5″ (9cm) wide. It is machine quilted with variegated blue cotton thread and is washable.

Upstairs Human said i would not fit in this bag unless she folded me in half, but then I would be too wide anyway. Just as well. I would rather give it to my quilt-loving pals to bid on to help the relief work in Japan. And, later in the week we will be auctioning a BIGGER bag!

I can’t wait to show you more of the wonderful art these artists are making for Japan tomorrow.

The opening bid for this lovely, blue bag is $10. Please bid by making comments on this post in increments of $5 or $10. All of the proceeds (minus a little bit for postage) will be donated to World Vets, the Paws for Japan beneficiary. I hear that the Paws for Japan drive has already raised more than $34,000 for World Vets. Wow!

This auction will run 24 hours, closing March 20 at 11:59 EDT.

Let the bidding begin!


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Response to Japan Earthquake

Maneki neko

Maneki neko with right paw raised for luck.

I just finished a story for the Anipal Times about animals in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I’m sure it will be the first of many. It was a hard story to write because the situation is developing rapidly, and the focus is on human safety and rescue first. In a crisis, stories are always shifting, and information on the toll the quake and tsunami have taken on animals will take some time to begin to filter out.

@DaneRay (who helped with the reporting) and I even found a few bits of encouraging and heartwarming news. I’m looking forward to reading @DaneRay’s follow-up stories in the AT.

The article has links to organizations in Japan and other countries (many in the US) that are working or planning recovery efforts. Most have an online fundraising page set up. I’ll be hosting another art auction for donations to help fund the recovery work for animals in Japan. The auction will feature quilts and drawings and other art by my human and the humans of some of my Twitter pals. We are hoping to start the first auction on Wednesday. I’ll post more information when the humans start finishing the artworks! Most of the art in this auction will be inspired by Japan. We are also thinking of starting an online art store to build up a fund for animal disaster relief donations. I’ll keep you all posted.


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Help Us Help Kitties in Christchurch, NZ, Pt. 1

Gray Cat. Found.

Gray Cat. Found.

The earthquake in Christchurch, NZ, separated this cat from his humans. He is safe with another human, but he looks so scared. That’s something that we have noticed in he eyes of all of the kitties who have just been through the earthquake and aftershocks. So many pets and human guardians have lost each other. So many people and animals hurt. So many buildings destroyed. We heard from @PollyPuss11, one of my anipals on Twitter, that it could cost more than $16 billion to rebuild the city. Oh my!

My human wanted to help out with the fundraising to care for pets injured and displaced by last week’s earthquake in Christchurch, NZ, so she started making pictures. She has drawn four cats who have been found and are looking for their human families on a website called Trade Me.

@Tildatoo, one of my Twitter pals, won “Seal Point Birman. Found.” and “Ginger Girl. Found.” at a fundraising pawty where pals overfulfilled a Chip In goal by contributing more than $2,000 (US) for the Christchurch SPCA. If you missed the pawty, you can get Christchurch Cats cards in my Zazzle store, and I’ll contribute the royalties to the SPCA, too.

During the pawty, my human drew two more displaced kitties. She asked me to put them up for auction here on my blog to see if we could contribute more to the fundraising for the earthquake recovery for pets in New Zealand.

Today, we’re going to start bidding for “Gray Cat. Found.” in comments on this posting. “Gray Cat Found” is a 5×7 drawing (Tombo and Copic markers on bristol paper). I’ll send the winner of the auction information on how to pay my human with PayPal. We will contribute all the money (less shipping costs, about $2 if in the US) to the Christchurch SPCA.

We’ll take bids for “Gray Cat. Found.” starting at $20 in increments of $5 until 11:59 (midnight) EST, Tuesday March 1.


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