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Winner of December 2008 Challenge – Winter Wonderland!

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Christmas Burp Set

Christmas Burp Set

Congrats to ClaireAndJanae for winning the EFC December Challenge with her entry, Christmas Burp Set.

She has won the following prizes kindly sponsored by the EFC members :

1. $15 Gift Certificate by ThePuddlePeople ThePuddlePeople

2. $10 Gift Certificate by UniqueGrabs UniqueGrabs

3. $10 Gift Certificate by SherryRenee / SherryReneeW 


4. $10 Gift Certificate by JoniKay52 JoniKay52

5. $10 Gift Certificate by ClaireAndJanae ClaireAndJanae

6. A Single Card of Your Choice or A Set of Tags by AndreaStamps AndreaStamps

A Set of Tags

7. A Set of Hairpins by ShelleAnne ShelleAnne

8. A Pair of Earrings of Your Choice by RunningWithSizzors RunningWithSizzors

If you are interested in contributing a prize for EFC January Challenge, please convo UniqueGrabs and provide him your prize details.

Come on and have some fun! Take part in the coming EFC January Challenge!


Written by Richard Chan

December 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Getting to Know One Another – Introducing Enzie Shahmiri

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Holiday Greetings to all of my fellow Etsy for Charity Members!

My wish for you is for peace, happiness and much joy in the New Year!

I am thankful to be able to introduce you to another member of our group this week- Enzie Shahmiri


1. Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location).
MY name is Enzie Shahmiri and I live in Orange County California, in Laguna Hills.

2. Who are you in your real life?
ME. I am a very down to earth person, who loves to create things and make people happy.

3. What are your favorite materials?
I love to work with oil paints, because they allow me to create very realistic luminous skin tones in my portraits of people.

4. What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I am inspired by the infinite beauty that surrounds us. When someone or something catches my eye, the 1st impulse is to take a photo and rush to the studio to translate it into a painting. When I see a cute child or someone with very interesting features I am hooked.

5. What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
My lifelong obsession with creating art started with my first set of colored pencils and coloring books. I could not just color in the spaces, but had to embellish as well.

6. Do you sell in other locations besides Etsy?
Yes, I sell prints of my work through my web site

7. Do you have a website and/or blog?
Yes, my web site, which also acts as my on-line portfolio, features selected works and can be found at . I also keep a daily blog called World Market Portraits where I show how each painting is created and offer other artsy information, such as tutorials, great finds, etc.

8. Why did you join the Etsy for Charity Group?
I wanted to have an easily accessible venue to make donations to. The concept is a wonderful one and I hope that in 2009 I will be able to contribute more.

9. Do you belong to any other Etsy Groups or other affilations?
I also belong to Interior Design Etsy and Visual Street Artists and CCCOE

10. What charities do you support personally and why?
I try to choose a different charity to donate a painting to at least once a year. To me there are many worthwhile causes and I choose by what I find needs a boost in funds the most. This year I painted a little Sudanese girl for an auction through the United Nations UNHCR division with 100% of all proceeds going to the people of Darfur. Since I work in a realistic, classical style creating a painting is a project that can last anywhere from one month to four months, this limits the number of paintings I can fit into my rather busy working schedule.

11. Describe your Etsy experience and any advise you would like to share with others.

 I have had a good experience with Etsy and have met a lot of wonderful people. I would recommend that Etsy members join groups and help to cross promote each other.

12. What makes you smile?
Oh, I smile very easily and usually get exhilarated when my work has brought joy to someone else!

Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank Etsy for Charity for giving me the opportunity for this interview.

Mrs. Enzie Shahmiri
Portrait Artist

Visit my Gallery at
or my Blog at 

Please take a moment to visit Enzie’s Etsy shop at and take a look at her amazing talent!

Thank you Enzie for taking the time to share a bit of yourself with your fellow team members and best of luck in all your endeavors!


Written by thepuddlepeople

December 27, 2008 at 9:25 pm

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Vote for EFC January Charity of the Month

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Written by Richard Chan

December 27, 2008 at 4:04 am

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Vote for EFC January Challenge Theme

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December 27, 2008 at 3:54 am


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Blue Marble Glass Bead Ring Wire Wrapped in Copper

Blue Marble Glass Bead Ring Wire Wrapped in Copper

Notes from the artist :


The blue and copper definitely compliment each other. The glass bead measures approx. 13mm x 18mm. The glass has a marble effect and is really cool!

Please specify size in comments to seller when checking out.

My jewelry and bath & body products are always VEGAN. I never use any animal by-products such as leather, bone, shell, feathers, silk or pearls etc.

I donate 10% of my sales to the Animal Place in Vacaville, CA. They are a wonderful organization that rescues farm animals from abuse and neglect.

Written by ciaohound

December 25, 2008 at 8:00 am

Pick a Winner for EFC December Challenge – Winter Wonderland

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The poll will end on 28 Dec 2008.

Written by Richard Chan

December 23, 2008 at 3:11 am

December 2008 Challenge Entry – Snowman by ThePuddlePeople

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ThePuddlePeople This snowman was wet felted using 100 percent merino wool roving. No sewing involved. He was made by using a single barbed felting needle and thousands of pokes to join the fibers together. He is super soft and ready to brighten anyone’s winter blues. His scarf is a piece of recycled wool scarf from the thrift store so he ready to brave the cold and share his sunshine. He stands 10 1/2 inches high.

100% of the sale proceeds will be donated to Etsy for Charity (EFC) Charity of the Month.

Written by Richard Chan

December 23, 2008 at 2:29 am