I'm also applying for the Crafty Underdog's show on June 10th. The one that also benefits the Oregon Humane Society. I was in the first show they had. Also on the header of the website is a little toddler looking at my postcards. Theyre my biggest fan. http://thecraftyunderdog.com/
Today my etsy shop is closed . It is in protest to etsy now allowing resellers, they simply label them "collectives". This all stems from the featured seller "Ecologica" who gets her furniture from Bali but then lied and said she handmakes them. So much for handmade. A bunch of other shops are closed as well, you can see who on www.Protesty.com
I've been reading a great book entitled "Animals as Guides for the Soul - Stories of Life Changing Encounters" by Susan Chernak McElroy Red is my ramblings.
Here is an excerpt
"Those of us who care about animals often carry painful mental images of suffering animals we have seen or even read about. ( I can cry at an instant if I picture a few photos in my head that will forever haunt me) I have often asked myself why I remain tortured by images of suffering I saw decades ago. What good does this pain do me? What good does it do the animals , who are long dead and gone? (I tell myself no matter what the animal is now dead, it is impossible to be tortured FOREVER) I believe I've found the answer that makes the pain of these mental images my honor rather than my burden. That honor is found in bearing witness. In holding the pain of another beings suffering, I honor that being's soul." (I also feel this because I believe my thinking of the animal is the only kindness this animal has ever received in their short life of torture).
Another quote she has written is " Your pain is the breaking away of the shell of your understanding."
The book is full of many interesting thoughts so I highly recommend it.