El's fondness for animals remains her central passion of her online store Bag Making Supplies at Tantalizing Stitches. Although not themed towards animals, 5% of sales are donated to animal charity.
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Kate's love of animals and art have been a constant throughout her childhood and adult life, thanks to her Irish American families love of all things non-human. Sharing her own house now with 6 rescued furry butts and a very old, very wise turtle, she adores spending her free time watching the little ones, and noticing all of the little intricacies that give each animal their own little mojo.
Mona has always had two lifelong love affairs - crafting and pets! She
shared one dog, Chico, growing up with her sister and brother. Chico is the standard by which all other dogs are measured. She was also fortunate to have parents that allowed her and her siblings to have a pet frog, a turtle, a snake, a bird, and many fish. Before she left home to go to college, her father rescued a stray cat, this cat soon had kittens, and they all got to witness the birth of those adorable kittens. Her parents brought two of the cats home with them from the United Kingdom when they returned to the United States (she is an Air Force brat).
Over the years she has had several cats and dogs - some she rescued only to save them from being put to sleep. She later set out to find proper homes for them with someone else - she really believes there is a pet for everyone and enjoys making these matches. She currently shares her home with her husband and two kids and 5 furry animals (2 dogs and 3 cats - all rescues) one fish and one hermit crab.
Mona has lived all over the United States and currently resides in Northwest Arkansas. For job reasons, she and her family have relocated on average every 3 years - much more frequently than when she was living life as an Air Force dependent. When she isn't homeschooling her two kids or playing with her pets, she is creating. She specializes in Peyote stitch bead weaving, jewelry making, mixed media, bead patterns, mosaics, and making dog beds. She is a self-taught artist, finding inspiration each and every day in the people, animals, and things that surround her. And her new life in the country is opening her eyes to new experiences every day.... her nearest neighbors are cows!
Mona donates completed beadwork to several rescue groups including some wonderful Pit Bull rescue groups (Love-a-bull, Pinups for Pitbulls, etc) and Greyhound rescue groups (TIGR, GALT, etc). You can find out more about her by following her blog.
Lisa has been crafting since she was a teenager, and very much into animals since she was young. She shares an ArtFire studio with her husband, Dave, a disabled veteran and self-taught wood artist. They currently are owned by 5 rescued Lab mixes, affectionately known as the "Independent Test Labs"! Both Lisa and Dave are involved with local animal charities, and often work with rescue groups.
We donate our time and items to local groups, and often donate either items or a portion of our sales to other rescue groups. Lisa's current rescue of choice is Dogs Deserve Better, Inc.
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Gunilla Wachtel is a self-taught artist with a background in science. She works in several different mediums such as airbrush, graphite, watercolor and more. Gunilla loves Newfoundland dogs and her newfie Cleo is an important part of her business.