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A Man and His Pug

Posted in charity, creatures with tags , on December 27, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

We interrupt our standard arts ‘n oddities fare to bring you a special announcement full of warm fuzzies. Literally.

I complain a lot about Facebook and haven’t been (personally) “active” on it for years, but it did reconnect me with my great friend Burton, whose contact info got swallowed in a computer crash a decade ago. My heart immediately warmed when he linked me to a current project he’s working on: A Man and His Pug.


A partial description from the site:
A middle aged, disabled man in a mid-life crisis (devastated from the recent loss of his marriage) and his adopted pug (trained as his service dog) set out on a great, continuous adventure… driving across the country to Atlanta, to stay with a dear friend, and clear their heads, to figure out what the next move will be (think Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road”, except with a pug instead of Dean Moriarty! Haha!)… Raising rescue awareness and money for local rescues along the way.

Burton is my kindred Wounded Healer spirit. He too has weathered immense health challenges, but moves forward with courage and grace, brightening the lives of those around him everywhere he goes. And now this kind soul is on an animal rescue mission; it’s a brave (and entertaining) journey.

I can’t wait to get my own t-shirt to support this venture! For now, this lovely little model can show you:

You can follow the blog here, and donate to the cause here.

Way to go, Burton! I’m so proud of you!


David Kracov

Posted in charity, sculpture, tribute with tags , , on January 5, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

This gorgeous sculpture by David Kravoc was commissioned as an award for Rabbi Yossi Raichik, director of Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl.

The piece represents The Book of Life, and pages are filled with the words of those touched by Raichik’s kindness. What a lovely idea for a memorial, and very well executed.

Artist site

The “It’s Alive!” Charity Project

Posted in art, charity, monsters, sculpture, steampunk, undead with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

This is one of the greatest charity projects I’ve ever seen! Combine unique art, one of my favorite subjects AND one of my favorite organizations (St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital) and you get the “IT’S ALIVE!” Project.

The “Its Alive” Project celebrates eight decades of the Frankenstein Monster by presenting 80 re-imagined Life Size Boris Karloff Frankenstein Busts. Each of the 80 artists have been asked to recreate the monster in their own vision, style and hand.

See the amazing collection for sale here.
Read a brief excerpt on the St. Jude mission (and see why I love them!).

The Million Pillow Case Challenge

Posted in charity, craft with tags , on August 19, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

I’m a truly touched and inspired by the Million Pillow Case Challenge.

Calling all quilters, sewers and crafters! American Patchwork & Quilting is challenging you to join our efforts to Make a Pillowcase, Make a Difference. Every pillowcase can make a difference in your community. A pillowcase can provide comfort for a cancer patient, hope for a foster child, encouragement for a battered woman, or beauty for a nursing home resident.

The website has free patterns, photo galleries and all kinds of helpful info.

I’d like to host a gathering of friends who want to spend an evening working on pillow cases with me.

This post is dedicated to my mother, who would have celebrated a birthday today. I owe my love of crafting (and SO much more) to her. I will always cherish my wonderful memories, and continue to draw inspiration from the loving, compassionate, creative presence she provided.

You Are Beautiful

Posted in charity, installations with tags , on April 6, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

This project warms my heart. We all need to remember these words sometimes, and seeing them unexpectedly can stop us in our tracks (both mental and physical). I’m inspired to start a random acts of kindness project myself to pay it forward!

From the Project Statement:

You Are Beautiful is a simple, powerful statement which is incorporated into the over absorption of mass media and lifestyles that are wrapped in consumer culture.The intention behind this project is to reach beyond ourselves as individuals to make a difference by creating moments of positive self realization. We’re just attempting to make the world a little better.

Intention is the most important aspect of the You Are Beautiful project in its idea of purity. Nothing is sacred. Everything that has a perceived value becomes commodified. We work extremely hard that this message is received as a simple act of kindness, and nothing more. Advertising elicits a response to buy, where this project elicits a response to do something. The attempt with You Are Beautiful is to create activism instead of consumerism.

You Are Beautiful uses the medium of advertising and commercialization to spread a positive message.
Projects like these make a difference in the world by catching us in the midst of daily life and creating moments of positive self realization.

You can participate in your own little way by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope and receiving free stickers.

Put them in your area…take pictures…see them posted on the project site!

You Are Beautiful

My Favorite Haiti Fundraising Project

Posted in charity, music, music video with tags , , on March 3, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

I admit it: I have neither heard nor watched the video for the We Are the World remake.

I did come across another musical tribute that blew my mind. Shane MacGowan of the Pogues gathered a truly amazing bunch of artists for a remake of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ ‘I Put A Spell On You’. The song features Nick Cave, Mick Jones (The Clash), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Chrissie Hynde, Cait O’Riordon, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle and Johnny Depp.

The result is a captivating, raw, soulful collaboration (how could it not be with those folks behind it?). I will absolutely buy this single to show my support.

ALL proceeds go to Concern, a charity who have provided assistance to some of the poorest countries in the world including Haiti, even before the earthquake struck.

Crewest Gallery Valentine Charity

Posted in art, charity, valentine's day with tags , , on February 4, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

In addition to Robots and Monsters, I also came across the Crewest Gallery Valentine’s Day Card project, designed to provide a handmade card for every child in the Childrens’ Hospital, LA.

I’d really like to organize something like this for one of my local hospitals. Maybe not even for a holiday. Just because.

Original call for artists
Source (with participating artist list)

Robots and Monsters

Posted in art, charity, robots with tags , , on February 2, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Robots and Monsters makes me so happy. I think more artists should join forces for projects like this one. is a charitable art project that matches goodwill and charitable giving with custom-made commissioned cartoon and pop art. Giving just a little bit gets you an original drawing of a robot or a monster of your specification sent to your door – and in the process, you get to sleep better at night, because you know you’ve just helped out a great cause.

There are currently 14 participating artists, but they are on the lookout for more. I’m not much of a painter, but I’d gladly submit something if they would accept plushies or multimedia art.

Current proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders to help Haiti. Great work, great idea, great cause.