Update: This eBay auction has ended, thank you to all who participated. Stay tuned — future FUN fundraisers are planned!
Yesterday, I introduced World Vets, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Gig Harbor, Washington. World Vets provides vital veterinary services, free of charge, to communities in dire need of veterinary help.
The Glass Art
Today is the second half of this spotlight, offering the art to help raise funds for the important work that World Vets does.
Here is a piece I created called Pippa the Pencil Thief.
Handmade Glass Art
I made each charm by melting glass with my propane-oxygen torch to create these shapes. Then they went into the kiln for 8 hours for a slow cool-down. Each charm is wired up (heart on nichrome wire, the cat and pencil on sterling silver) to create this copper cable chain necklace, 24″ in length.
To learn more about this process and see additional samples of my work, please visit my glass art website.
But Who Is Pippa?
Pippa is part of the cast of characters of the popular @amazeballsgracie Instagram account. First, there was Gracie the grey tabby rescue. Her adoption was followed fairly quickly by Pookie and Pippa, two foster kitties.
Truth be known, fostering lasted about 12 hours (if that) before they joined Gracie as full members of the house. My sister is the secretary for all three kitties.
Here is a look back at Pippa’s rough beginning somewhere in Brooklyn, New York.
Found cold and hungry under a porch in Brooklyn, none of her litter mates survived. (Although I guess it’s not really surprising that Pippa was the toughest of the bunch, now is it?)
Pippa… now and then. (Don’t swipe unless you can handle a little 💔.) . Rescue pic from @louiejulietsabrina . Commenters last night inspired me to go back and look at some pics of lil’ Pippa Peanut when she was first rescued and fighting for her life. Found cold and hungry under a porch in Brooklyn, none of her litter mates survived. (Although I guess it’s not really surprising that Pippa was the toughest of the bunch, now is it?) . I’ve been a little verlklempt all day because I already can’t even imagine life without our Pips. I’m so immensely grateful to every person (and there were many!) who helped her along the way. THANK YOU. . @bethostern @buddys_adventures_ @cindyszczudlo @animalleague
But Why Do You Call Her The Pencil Thief?
From my sister, when I asked for words to describe Pippa:
Bossypants, sassy. In a more serious way, she is wonderfully curious and has no fear. Playful. And sweet!
OK, she left out the words “pencil thief” but you will find plenty of examples on the @amazeballsgracie Instagram account. like this one:
Or really big ‘pencils’ like this one. You get the idea. Mischief and thievery!
So How Does This Art For Animals Fundraising Work?
Starting on Monday, October 9th, and running until Sunday, October 15th, there will be an auction page on this site. Bidding will start at $1.00 and bidding increments will be $1.00. You may bid as many times as you would like.
The winner will receive the exact cat/heart/pencil charm necklace pictured above. Additional photos and information will be available on the actual auction page.
The winning bid will be paid directly to World Vets (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Gig Harbor, Washington) by the winner. This donation will be 100% of the amount. I do not charge any fees or administrative costs on this site or to run the auction. Additional details will be posted when the auction is listed.
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