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Artist Michelle Ann McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio makes beautiful pottery. I love her ceramic beads and other creations.  She also has a heart for animals. In the past, she has done fundraisers for animal rescues and now she has invited others to join in. I have never sold my jewelry before, but I could not pass up the opportunity to raise funds to help animals. I think how little they ask for and how much they give. 

This is my sweetie girl, MooKitty. She was born a barn cat and then lived in a home where she was abused before she found her way to my sister when she was 6 months old. She came to live with me about a year and a half ago, and she has enriched my life in so many ways.

Michelle blogged about the Artists for Animals fundraiser on the Art Bead Scene Studio blog. November 6 – 12, 2017, artists from around the world will auction off their handmade items to raise money for their favorite animal charity.  The sale of my items will benefit Madison Cat Project, a no kill organization dedicated to finding a home for every cat who comes to them. I like that they work extra hard to find homes for cats with behavioral or medical issues who might not have a chance in a different shelter environment. They have creative solutions to finding a good outcome for every cat.

I wanted to whet your appetite with a couple pictures of pieces I’ve made so far for the auction.  I hope you like them!
Here is a necklace in lovely fall colors with a peek-a-boo cat pendant by Michelle herself! I love her peek-a-boo animal pendant series.  So cute!Here is a bohemian style necklace with wood and colorful clay beads and a brass lizard pendant.

I’m also planning to make some earrings.  I was excited to get these lovely kitty drops by Anna Pierson of SagaHus Components for this project.  I haven’t designed them yet, so I hope they turn out really great!

I have more made and have more to make, but I’ll leave you with just this preview.  Not all of my pieces will be animal themed, so if you are not an animal jewelry person, there will still be things for you. Please join us November 6 – 12, 2017.  Maybe do some holiday shopping or just get yourself something.  There will be lots of artists (not just me) and the animals thank you!