Last summer my friend Annuk was having her usual holiday in Rhodos, Greece and was taking care of a bunch of stray cats. She always does, anywhere she goes.
One of her last evenings on the island, she found a very bad injured kitty. What to do? Leaving him there would have meant a death sentence, so she brought him home.
He couldn't move, was in pain and one of his hind paws was badly swollen. The day after she brought the little boy (he was about 3 months) to the vet... The good news was that the boy didn't seem to be paralyzed. The bad news was, his pelvis and hip were fractured and he needed surgery and a long revalidation. The WORSE news was, well... the costs of it all. But she just said "ok".
Annuk gave the kitty boy a name. Zois. That, in Greek, means "Life". And she shared his story on Facebook.
I was totally broke at that point of last year. I did close my Etsy shop, opened this new website, but had no clear idea of what I truly wanted to do next... I didn't earn any money in the last nine months. But I wanted to help. So, I wrote Annuk and proposed her to put for sale for a fraction of the price some of my old stock of handmade items, to cover Zois surgery expenses.
What happened next was that I had to search what I wanted to donate and, in order to do so, I had to take a look at all the photos in my archive. That, somehow, brought back my enthusiasm and willingness to make new stuff, and in the process, I met a bunch of fabulous, caring, gentle people, just helping out in whichever way, donating money, fostering Zois, using their time and resources for him.
Zois recovered very well from his surgery and he is now in foster care, and looking for his forever loving home and family. I am still auctioning some of my stuff to cover his monthly fees, you can see that on my FB page, feel free to take a look!
As Echardt Tolle once said:
"I have lived with many Zen Masters. All of them cats".
Well, me too. And some others I have never met in person, but it makes no difference. Zois knows that.
I have sold on craft and biological mark ets, to shops and exposed in galleries since 2004. In 2010 I quit the markets (I exceptionally still go to a craft fair, once in a while) and started my Etsy shops.
the rest, is history....
I live a simple, peaceful life. I love what I do, my family, cats, animals and nature in general, anything that has a soul.
We live with 3 cats, two coming from the local shelter (Link and Midna), and one (Zelda) rescue from Greece.
The money I earn with my crafts are used first and foremost to pay the family bills, secondly, I donate on a regular basis to animal shelters and small projects taking care of stray and abandoned pets.
If and when anything is left, I occasionally buy little presents, for me and my dears. Still planning to save money for holidays...
Everything in my shop is either unique, or made in very limited quantities, as I love to recycle and reclaim materials, as well as to find dead stocks of fabrics, yarns etc. I hardly buy new stuff.
I'm vegetarian for a very long time, and nowadays actually going "as vegan as possible", and this can be found in my work as well. I try hard to lighten my footprint...