Blindfolded Gift Wrapping

This is the season for giving and rejoicing. What’s better than getting a gift? Getting a gift that was wrapped by artists, in blindfolds for charity.

In December 2009, Christine and Justin Gignac did their best to wrap gifts blindfolded in the name of art and raising money for charity. They reprised the performance at the Etsy Holiday Shop in December of 2012.

Wishing all my friends a joyful and prosperous season~eileen


gift tag design by eileen


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Here is a holiday playlist to wrap your presents with!

Every Leash has a Story…and a Dog


My name is “Rascal”
Dogs have always been man’s best friend, but even more so when you get an animal from your local animal rescue and local shelter. I was in San Francisco two weeks ago and stumbled upon Ryan Dempsey, and his company called “Dog Patch SF”. Dog Patch SF is a small San Francisco based company, focusing on dogs and cats and how to improve their lives through beneficial products and reaching out to a variety of animal charities and shelters. One of their main products are the dog leashes made out of recycling climbing rope,
“Ropes for Rescues”.

 People and businesses donate their old climbing ropes so that Ryan can make them into custom leashes, donate them to shelters and sell them at art fairs with the proceeds helping rescue dogs. I love how Ryan printed up a paper with a personal vision of the climber’s journey and a tidbit about them.






Dog Patch owner, Ryan Dempsey and his sweet Australian Shepherd named “Rascal”



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Show Ryan your support for his cause by “liking” his Facebook page.

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” ~ Maya Angelou

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  • A small shelter or box for birds to nest in.
  • An enclosure or large cage for captive birds, aviary.

The “The Birdhouse Thing” is an event benefiting Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School, it helps raise the money that resulted in the fall 2008 opening of its new school. It features 22,000 square feet of usable space including a 200 seat performance hall, a music library, an instrument library, five music labs, fourteen teaching studios and a recording studio. National recording artists Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, Brad Paisley and many others were inspired to tap in to another side of their creativity for the cause. The birdhouses were autographed by recording artists.

Each year, event organizers provide wooden birdhouses to local Nashville artists, architects, celebrities and public figures who then fashion a unique piece of work by adding their own artful design. These birdhouses are then made available for purchase through live and silent auctions at the event. In 2011 I was one of the artists that donated my design for the charity.

Founded in 1984, W.O. Smith Music School is a non-profit educational institution created for the purpose of making quality music instruction available to talented, interested, deserving children from low-income families at the nominal fee of 50 cents per lesson. The School offers instruction in all band and orchestra instruments, piano, guitar, and voice taught by a volunteer music faculty representing many facets of the Nashville music community. The school also seeks to encourage student participation in the cultural life of the community through concert attendance and performance.

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“Three Birdies”  art by eileen tomson


“Birdie” art by eileen tomson