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About The Site

Well hi there!
My name is Owen Ford, I'm a fourteen year old girl, and I run this blog with my friends and family! I created HOPES to raise money for WWF (World Wildlife Fund), specifically for Siberian Tigers! Our goal is $5,000, and we're about halfway there!

Along the right sidebar you can donate, visit our Artist Commission Page, take part in the current auction, see our current total, join our mailing list and a lot more!


Thank you so much for checking us out, we really appreciate it!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

New Auction: The Gemsbok!!! :D

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

We have gotten the auction of the Gemsbok going, you can go to it by clicking on the picture of the gemsbok's head over on the right hand side. :)

Here is what it looks like:



Keep in mind this is a cropped version, and it is also zoomed in, so it's not the best quality picture of it. But you can see it pretty well! :D

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Important Updates-

Hi everyone and Happy Holidays!

Mom tried to get the auction up tonight, but E-bay was giving her alot of trouble, so, no auction yet. It IS coming very soon though! We're very busy, like most of you probably are, with the holidays. Lots of family coming in! :D

Sorry for no auction yet, I know it's been a while. There WILL be one as soon as we can get it up!
(Oh, and, I changed it where it said I'm a 13 year old girl at the top, cause I'm 14 now! My birthday was the 17th! :D )
And I took down the old auction, finally. LOL.

Goodnight everyone, it's late herre. I'll post again as soon as I can and get the auction up, too.
Thankyou, Owen

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I'm BAA-aaaccckkk!!!

Hi everyone! My trip was really fun, we got to go everywhere in Disney World!!! Here are some HOPES updates and such:

Congrats to aquacat13 for winning the Striped Hyena auction!!! I haven't yet added the $36.00 to the total because I like to wait until after the whole transaction is done. :)

The next auction will be the Gemsbok! My mom is working today so I am not sure if the auction will be started today, because I don't know how to start them properly. We might be able to after she gets off work... :)

Oh, and Happy Holidays everyone!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Important News :)

If you're wondering why I haven't posted lately it's because I wanted to leave the Hyena post up for a little while, so people could see it and see the auction. :)

Also, I will not be here from this Sunday to the next Thursday, I'm going on a trip with my grandma for my birthday! :D

I know my mom knows how to set up the auctions, but (no offense intended mom) she doesn't know how to put them here, it takes just a little bit of coding.

I am going to try and show her how to put the link at least up here for a new auction while I'm gone, but, if that doesn't work out there may not be an auction while I'm gone. :( But I'm pretty sure it will work out so no worries. :D

Thankyou; Owen

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Striped Hyena

The picture quality on Ebay is not very good, so I'll psot the full picure here, too. :)



NOTE:
The tail is not off the page, I just couldn't make the picture smaller to fit on the blog. Well, I could, but it wouldn't show the detail. :)

The paper it's copied onto is actually a white/light light light cream color. :)

The drawing itself is different shades of gray, because I drew it with only a graphite pencil. :)

The picture is NOT blurry, but there are small light smudges because when I was drawing I accidentally dragged my hand a few times. :)

Striped Hyena Up For Auction!!!

Hi everyone! We've put the striped hyena up for auction, so check it out! :D

You can go to the auction by clicking the picture of the hyena's head on the right sidebar. :)

Hope you guys like it, it took me a while to draw!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Hurry Everyone!

Only about 3 hours left on the Happy Tree Auction!!!

After that we will then put the Striped hyena up, starting at $10!
(If you think $10 is to high to start it it at, just say so. We weren't sure what to put the starter bid at. )

:)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Upcoming Auction Previews

So, the next auctions are pictures I've drawn. In order they are...

1. Striped Hyena

2. Gemsbok

3. Black Rat

Here are the little preveiws of each picture!!!
(Try and guess which parts of the animal they are!)

1.


2.


3.




(( Remember, these are pictures of the pictures, so they don't look as blurry as the photos of them. Also, they aren't quite so grey, they're a bit darker. On white paper. ))

Auctions

Only 2 days left on the Happy Tree Auction!!!

AFter that auction we will have the Striped Hyena, then the Gemsbok, and last but not least the Black Rat!!! :D

Of course there will be more auctions after that.

We're getting close to another mini-goal of $1,500!!!

Sorry for no post yesterday, I was very busy. :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Poll Results!!!

Ok, so, the poll is over and the results are...

The Striped Hyena 57.1% 4 votes

The Gemsbok 28.6% 2 votes

The Black Rat 14.3% 1 votes

That's the order of the next three auctions. Tommorow I will be posting sneak peeks at the pictures. I won't show the whole picture because that's a surprise. But I'll show you a bit of each! So make sure to check in tomorrow!!!

Thanks for voting everyone!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Poll

Hi everyone!

Currently, the Striped Hyena is in the lead!!!
I will take the poll down tommorow morning, when I get up. It is still in the same post, the one below this one. I accidentally put it in the post instead of on the on the top, and if I moved it the votes would dissapear. Oops.

Thanks for voting everyone!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

What should the next auction be?

After the Happy Tree (LOL) auction, we'll need another one. I have three pictures I've drawn, and they all got copied. I have drawn a Gemsbok, a Black Rat, and a Striped Hyena. They've all been drawn with only a pencil, a blending tool and an eraser. But I still think they look cool. I've made a poll for you guys to vote for which picture to auction next. Have fun!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

New Auction- Happy Tree!!!

Hi everyone!

HOPES has a new auction!!! It's a cheerful doodle of a cute little tree with green grass and a blue sky. I did this like a year or so ago, just for fun. It's just a little cheerful happy tree! Drawn with markers on a note card.

In other news, we are going to Kinko's today, so hopefully we'll get some good copies made!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Gooood Morning Everyone!

We'll be getting that cheerful tree picture up to auction today or tomorrow, most likely today!!!

And we're still working on the pictures I've drawn, because we haven't gone into town yet, so no Kinko's yet. But that will be soon. :)

Hope everyone had a good turkey day!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

Hi again everybody!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!!!

I won't be able to post until tommorow, because after I go to work with mom we're going to my grandma's.


I drew my mom this little cheerful tree on grass with a blue sky a year or two ago, it's on one of those little note card things. Mom wants to auction it, what do you guys think? Would you bid on a cheerful tree on a notecard done in markers?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Upcoming Auctions

Hi again everyone!

I do have three pictures I've drawn for some HOPES auctions, and we are trying to get copies made. Because I only did the pictures with a pencil and a blend tool, they don't come out great when I make copies. They either come out black and white, or, peachy-ish colored. So... We're trying to figure out how to copy them best. I'm thinking of auctioning the originals... What do you guys think about that? :)

Because I can't get it straight in my head to lift up my hand when I draw, my pictures get a little bit smudgey, so I'm sorry about that.

I've drawn:
A Black Rat
A Striped Hyena
A Gemsbok

So if you wonder why there aren't any auctions right now, that's why.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Dog Sarah!

Tomorrow I won't be able to get on the computer to post until night time or late afternoon, so I'm going to post some pictures of my dog Sarah Lee being cute, too substitute for tomorrow. :D

We adopted Sarah from petfinder.com, and she is the best dog. At first, we thought she was 1/2 Labrador Retriever, 1/2 Australian Cattle Dog. But we've come to realize that she has pit bull in her, and I could NOT be happier! I love pit bulls, they are one of my favorite breeds. So, Sarah Lee is 1/3 Australian Cattle Dog, 1/3 Labrador Retriever, and 1/3 Pit bull!!!

Here are four pictures of her acting cute and feisty.

Sarah with her best friend Bruno the German Shepherd:





Sarah with her favorite toy, her Soccer Ball!!!



And Sarah dressed as a bunny with her stuffed lamb:

Good Morning!

Hi again everyone!

I've been trying to think of ideas of fun things for the site, like, a funny picture everyday, funny videos, things like that. If anyone has an idea please share!

Sorry this post is short, I've got to get off the computer. :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

From Now On

From now on I will post every single day. I don't know why I haven't been, but I'm going to start now. So now you guys can look forward to a new post every day! Even if the post isn't much, there will be one every day.
I promise!

I probably won't post the same time everyday, I mean, I might post before dinner, or, after breakfast, but, I'll post every single day.

:D

Congratulations!

Congratulations toooooooooo....
Grandma for winning the auctions!
Thankyou very much for your donations Grandma, I love you!

More auctions coming soon!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

New Auctions Today!!!

Hi again everyone!

We have two new acutions!

A beautiful cheetah themed necklace made by Marilee, And an awesome bookmark made by my mom!

Here's the link to the Cheetah necklace:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=280285990587

And the link to the bookmark:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280285996348&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling
(In the pictures it looks orange and white but it's really light blue and orange! )

Don't forget you can go to these auction on the sidebar! :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Congratulations too...

Yes, congratulations to Deborah for winning the auction!
Thankyou very much Deborah, and we hope you enjoy your new bookmark!

Sorry that this post is a bit late!

Also, I've drawn three animals in a realistic style, with just a pencil. We're going to make copies and frame them, but those are the next auctions I think!!! :)

I've done a black rat, gemsbok, and a striped hyena.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Donating Issues

Soon when my mom has time ,we are going to see if there is a way to make it so people can donate through Paypal on the panda page, because right now the only option is with a credit card. So we hope we can, because it'd be easier for people to donate then, I think.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hi again everyone!

Hi there!

Thanks again and again for posting and emailing about H.O.P.E.S, It's really brought alot of people here!!!

Don't forget about our auction, it's still going!!

Also, please feel free to donate, because the donations are what is going to make this happen. WWF can't plant that 30ft larch to help the tigers and other natural wildlife without the $4,000.
We're about 1/4 of the way there, and I think that's so awesome, because, I don't care how long this takes, I'm going to raise the money. :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thankyou

I set up this site with my mom to raise money for one of my favorite species, the tiger. And man, the donations are really piling up! The tigers are really going to get some good help with this.
Thankyou everyone, so much!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

THE GRAND OPENING!!!

Yes, it's finally here! The Re-Grand-Opening!!!
To start us off, we've got that Tiger themed bookmark up for auction! Along the right-hand sidebar there is a picture-link of it, that will take you straight to the auction! Here are some pictures of the bookmark:


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280279633063






Tuesday, October 21, 2008

NEW TO THE SITE:

WE CAN TAKE DONATIONS AGAIN!
Now, along the right is a donation button that I made! It will take you to the Panda page, where you can then donate! We are also making changes to the layout to make it easier to navigate and more fun to look at.

IMPORTANT:

The GRAND OPENING will be on FRIDAY The 24th!!!
We will have that Tiger Themed Bookmark for auction!!
If you want to post about HOPES on friday, that would be PERFECT!
Thankyou if you do!

WOO-HOO!!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Great News!!!

I haven't been posting for a while because I didn't want to say anything that might not work out. But it looks we are going to be having our re-grand opening very very soon!!! WWF has asked us to set up a Panda Page, which I did. hen we will link the PP on our site, instead of a donate button. So you can donate at the Panda Page!!! Meaning that we won't really even use paypal, it will all be through WWF. Also, we're going to start our auctions through Giving Works in E-bay, so auctions are taken care of. Now I just need to finish getting everything hooked up, and we'll be ready to go. Once everything IS ready I'll set a date for the RE-GRAND-OPENING, so if you want to make a post about us on that day to help bring in people, that would be great!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for hanging with us, because the wait is finally over.
YEAH!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hi everyone

Sorry I haven't been posting (again). It's been busy here. Been working on some stuff for the site. I'm not sharing any details because I'm going to write about them later, in a few days. We're still here, just working on other things and working offline! :D

Monday, September 29, 2008

Good Update!!!

Hi again! Sorry about not posting for a while, I've been sick. I still feel icky but I'm OK enough to post real quick. We have a good update!!! WWF is going to really, really help us. I'm not going to post any details because I don't want to get them wrong. I will post another post when I know everything for sure!!!
IT'S REALLY GREAT!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Major Major Update

After a 35 minute phone call with Paypal, my mom found out what we need to do. We need to totally start over. We are going to/have to make a new website, a new bank account, and a new paypal/eBay account. After a waiting period of 180 days our current funds will be transferred to the new paypal account. Now we are really, truly on the road to raising money. Also, when I have to grand opening of the new site, would anyone like to post about us in their blog? Not now, but when we do the grand opening. I don't have a date set, because I'm going to set a date when it's totally ready to take donations and has an auction going and everything. If you DO want to post about us for the opening, please contact me at contacthopes@yahoo.com

THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hi there everyone-

Turns out, we actually didn't go to my grandmas that day. Oh well I guess, I'll be over there soon!

Sorry I haven't been posting, it's been really busy here lately. To much going on.

Mom hasn't had very much time to call paypal, but I think she'll be able to after work today, or tommorow, which is her day off. So we'll be getting that finished soon! :D

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Update

We've been pretty busy, so nothing major. We e-mailed WWF asking them to send something to paypal. That's it for the updates right now... :)
(( I'm going to my grandmas to hopefully finish the two paint projects, or at least one of them. :D ))

Monday, September 15, 2008

BEST UPDATE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the other updates haven't been so great. But this one is!!!!

Today in the mail I got a check from the wonderful Shreve for $400!!!!!!!!!! That puts our total to $1,084!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH SHREVE!!!

Annnndddd..... We're moving along with pay pal. We know exactly what we have to do now. We're just in the progress of doing so. We just have to make a new account, transfer funds, and get WWF to send a letter to pay pal. We're on our way to a grand opening!!!!!!

We aren't sure about E-bay, we're hoping the account will open with the pay pal account. If not we'll tackle that too! But I think I'm going to sell artwork on Etsy... What do you guys think about that?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Update!

OK, so, my mom called them again. And I got an e-mail. It said that apparently, NOW they won't accept the e-mail from WWF, and we need a signed letter from them instead!! They accepted it before but now they won't. This is very aggravating. OH, we also found out that, I guess, now they're telling us to make a new account because I signed up with my name and I'm a minor. They didn't mention the money we already raised!!!!! ARGH!!! OK, well, that's the current update. And it stinks. I wish there was another way to raise money but I don't know of any ways. :( If you guys do feel free to say so! :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Update ( Not really )

Sorry there haven't been any new posts at all, but there hasn't been anything to update. :( Pay pal STILL hasn't responded, and it's been almost 2 weeks. I don't understand why.I wish there was a way we could speed it up. Haven't worked on the metal cat or lion since last time, haven't been to my grandmas. At least not when I can work on them.

Thanks again for hanging in there guys!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Update: Still nothing.

Yeah, still no e-mails from paypal. At all. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
So tired of waiting but oh well I guess.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

STILL no reply.

We still haven't gotten any e-mails saying anything about our documents. Only thing we've gotten so far is an automatic response to receiving them, but that's all. So, no real update I guess.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Update!!!

We sent the documents in AGAIN, this time got them properly faxed from a Kinko's. I don't see how it can go wrong this time. This is our FOURTH time sending documents in.

I de-rusted the metal cat, gave it a base coat to protect it from more rust, then gave it three coats of light blue paint.

The lion had to many marks, chips and other things to touch it up, I totally repainted him. I am thinking of painting a little mini African scene.... We'll see.

In other news, my TWO MONTH long art block is over. FINALLY. I can draw now. an art block is where an artist can't draw anything she likes. Nothing comes out right. So I am going to try and get started on some pictures.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Site Update

Well, we found out that the fax machine we use doesn't send the drivers license properly... Like, it doesn't come out clearly. So, now we have to either find a scanner that works ( Ours is busted, most likely animal related) or my camera. But I don't think the camera is going to give a good clear picture. That's the latest news. OH and I'm going to work on painting that cat today! It's been sanded, so the rust is off. :) Paypal is really taking forever. But we'll make it eventually!!!
Auction list so far: ( FAR=finished and ready, AD=almost done, and NW=needs work. )
FAR- Tiger themed bookmark.
AD/NW- Metal Wall hanging cat
AD- Lion Figurine/sculpture.

And more to come. :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

No new updates yet.

Still at the same status as the last post. BUT I found this lion sculpture/figurine about the size of a beanie baby, and I'm going to fix it up for an auction. It looks cool. Male lion lying down.

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Update!!!

Still under construction, but... I think two days ago we found out that paypal didn't receive/read or documents. So mom sent them AGAIN for the third time. So now we are waiting, AGAIN, for them to read them, and let us raise money again. I'm getting tired of waiting and I know you guys are too, but won't it be so incredibly cool to give WWF a check, for 4,000?!?! And I think we will have a grand opening for the site, too. Er, re-grand opening. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Has HOPES lost all it's fans?

Where did everyone go? Did you guys just get tired of waiting, too? Anyways, here's an update:

Paypal apparently didn't get our faxed documents. Mom is going to fax them tommorow!!! (AGAIN. ><)
Oh well, it will be worth the wait!
If you've stuck around, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Man, I am terrible at remebering.

I am so incredibly sorry. I forgot!!! OK. I'll just post lots of funny animal videos, in case I forget again!

This one's really long, but really funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi9GOvR3Ynw

Really funny cats:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkT7A3jegBc

That's it for now. I think the ten minute long one covers for a few days. LOL. Hope you like them! The long has some stupid parts in it, but most of it's really funny!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Status Update

Still Waiting On:

Paypal to read documents we sent in
E-bay to reply to our emails

Done:

Paypal accepted the letter from WWF.
Paypal confirmed that our documents made it.

_______

So. We just read the paypal is OK with the letter from WWF. They just need to confirm the documents we sent in.

Sorry About That Guys

Sorry about not posting a video yesterday, I couldn't get on the computer. So I'll post links to two of them now:

Funny Pugs- ( A music video thing. ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WElJp2Hj56U&mode=related&search

Hungry Doggies- ( Music video again ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXd-Xhg_gx8&feature=user

Credits go to the person who made these, PhotoAnimationGuy on Youtube

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Videos

Hi everyone! I have some videos from a zoo we went to, but I am trying to figure out how to make them viewable on here. Because I don't even know how to watch them on our computer. Until then I'll just post links to videos on youtube. So here's the first one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzRH3iTQPrk&feature=related

It's of pandas, and it's pretty funny. Cracks me up. Credits to whoever took the video. :D

Monday, August 11, 2008

Ideas

My mom had a pretty good idea. I could post interesting or funny animal videos daily, until we get up and running again, for something to do. What do you guys think about that?

New Update

We are still waiting. Still no e-mails from paypal. At all. :( But I a mtrying to fix up the site in the meantime. So, if anyone has any suggestions on what needs to be changed, they're very welcomed. Like, if a certain font needs to be changed colors, or anything. Any suggestion!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Back, and tired.

Wow, that was fun. Got lot's of cool pictures and some videos. :D Ok, here's an update: I still haven't gotten ANy e-mails. :(So we are stillllll waitinggggg. Thought we are working on building up the stuff to auction. Right now we have one bookmark. But I am working on the metal cat, some more bookmarks, and some art. :) Thanks AGAIN for hanging in there with us guys!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hello Everyone!

OK, so, here's another update. We got confirmations that pay pal received our documents, now we are just waiting for them to read them and reply. Also, on Friday, I am going to a zoo, and will be taking lots of pictures, so I'll have some GREAT references for some drawings and paintings! So I can try and draw them like I see them. I will probably not be able to get on the computer until... Late Friday or Saturday.
Here is what we're waiting on:
• Pay pal to read the documents and respond
• EBay to reply to the stuff we sent
• Pay pal to let us use the account again
• EBay to let us use the account again
And if eBay doesn't respond, I might do something on Etsy, I am still not sure. But I'll contact them BEFORE I do anything, hehe.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Newest Update

Sorry everyone, earlier I didn't have much time to write. But now I do. Anyways, we sent the stuff in and are still waiting. But I'm getting better at drawing tiger heads. :D I'm going to practice more tonight. I am, again, very sorry we didn't think to take care of this before I had the grand-opening. Oh well I guess, we'll have another grand opening then! :D I mean, I couldn't be more sorry. I promise we will get this site up and running again! :)

NEW Update

Sorry there haven't been any recent posts!! I've been pretty busy. Anyways, we are stilllllllllll waiting. STILL. It's driving me crazy, but oh well I guess, we'll make it through. :D We will make a comeback! LOL.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Hey everyone, Here's an Update and such:

OK, so. Still waiting, well, fort of. I'm not exactly sure. Anyways, I plan on having sort of a re-opening once this gets all worked out, which it will, because we'll MAKE it work out. LOL. I'm thinking maybe, like 2 or so days after it gets all cleared up on paypal and eBay, I might start lots of auctions, and such. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas for the RE-Grand Opening, I'm open to them. Like, ways to spread the word around. But not yet. Once it's all cleared up, I'll make a post about the re-opening. So if anyone wants to make posts on their blogs or myspace pages about the site on re-opening day that would be a major help. Oh, and guess what everyone. Mom was walking down-town, and came across this metal wall-hanging cat on the sidewalk, and she brought it home, for me and grandma to fix up. I am going to sand the rusty spots off, and paint it. Maybe paint it like a cat, or paint flowers and plants on it, which my grandma's very good at, who knows, we'll see. And I am going to maybe paint a Lynx or Tiger on a canvas, to auction. Who knows. And mom and I can make lots of bookmarks, cause we have tons of new beads, THANKS AGAIN Marilee!! So, I have big plans for the site. I just wish all this legal stuff would be over with, but, oh well, more time to make stuff to auction off! :D Thanks again everyone for sticking with the site!!

Owen

Hang in there everyone!

This is taking forever, but it will be way worth it! First, I want to say thanks amillion for all the donatioons and support! Second, thankyou M.J.Layman!! Those beads will help us SO MUCH!!!
Still waiting on paypal... Not sure how much longer we have to wait... Hopefully not long!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Oops forgot this:

For those of you who bid on the bookmark, and then e-nay suspended the account, we will have that bookmark up for auction again once this is all straightened out!

Hi Again, New Update!

Wow. Really sorry everyone! Ok, so, mom has been making some calls, and I thought you guys might like to know how it's going. We got an e-mail from WWF saying that they are ok with our site, in fact they like it alot. ( Dunno if they saw it, I think they like the idea alot. ) Mom faxed some stuff to paypal, so we are waiting on that to get this worked out. Oh, and she contacted e-bay, but no reply yet. Again, I'm very sorry for this delay. It's driving me nuts. LOL. So. We are not moving, we are staying right here. I don't know how much longer this will take though, as long as it takes for them to veiw the stuff she faxed I guess. But, having all this free time, I have been practicing drawing tiger heads. I'm still not great, but getting there. Once I'm ready, I'll get a painting done to auction. :D Thanks again everyone for all the support and for sticking with us!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Current Status:

Hi everyone! Right now, the site is under construction, But we are working to get this all straightened out! Should be fixed within a few days! In the meantime, we are either going to make a panda page o WWF or try and get this site up and running again. Email us for more info.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Oops

Apparently we forgot to contact paypal about raising money, so mom has to contact them and such. Not sure if this means if we have to hold off on accepting donations or what. So, if this causes any inconveniences, I'm really sorry. I don't know really what any of this means. :P Luckily mom does. But no worries, the money we've raised so far will stay put, nothing will happen to it. And the auction will finish. We will get this all straightened out!
Thanks!
( E-mail any questions or concerns and such to contacthopes@yahoo.com )

Saturday, July 26, 2008

First Auction!!!

Hi everyone!! We have our first auction going!! You can go to the link on the side, and here's the link too:



My mom made it for HOPES, and it's tiger themed with a hematite bead on one end. You can use it as a bookmark, or as a bracelt. ( I liike them as bracelet's. :) ) I could only post one picture on e-bay, so here are the other pictures:


First Mini-goal!!

We have reached our first goal of $500!!!!! By the end of today there will HOPEFULLY be two auctions going, one at least. I am making a tiger bookmark and a shark bookmark. If the shark one doesn't get done today it will tommorow. Thankyou so much everyone!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Goals

Hey everyone!! Thank you SO MUCH for all of the donations, this is so cool!! We have just passed $400 dollars!!! Only a hundred away from our first mini-goal. I just like to set mini-goals for fun. But maybe eventually every time we reach a mini goal I'll start a some kind of auction, along with whatever is running at the time. To celebrate. We have mini-goals in increments of $500, and we are coming up on our first!! Yes, I think I will do an auction to celebrate every mini-goal success. I will make a list of the things we auction, and there will be one special thing that only gets auctioned when we reach a mini-goal, so that will be the only way to get one. If you've wondered about the kinds of bookmarks we will auction, here is some info:
Hemp and embroidery jewel bookmarks, that's how my mom describes them. The 10 main themes that I will make are...
Tiger
Cheetah
Elephant
Panda
Penguin
Eagle
Ring-tailed Lemur
Gorilla
Giraffe
Lion

They will appear in random orders. If you are wondering how they will be animal themed, I use the four main colors of each animal, and put the same color themed beads on each end. If I don't have beads that match I use black or white.

The special edition bookmark is.......
Shark! On the ends it uses shark teeth on the ends. Real shark teeth. They're small, but real. Special edition. :D Art work will also be going to!

Questions Answered

Wow you guys!! In a day and a half, we have raised $375!!!!! Way to go everyone!! Thanks so much!!! OK, so, I've been receiving some questions, and, here are the answers:


What can we send you to auction?

You can send me anything you want for us to auction, but before I give the address I have to find out a little more about the item(s). Like, what is it, and so on. And we prefer to have the item be animal themed, since that's what we raise money for.

When might the auctions be going?

We hope pretty soon. I've been sick, so I didn't feel well enough to really draw or make a bookmark,but I feel better now, so, hopefully at least one auction going before the weekend is over.

Do you have a donation button I can use for my site?

Sadly, no, we do not. I am not sure how to make one for others to use. If anyone knows, please feel free to tell me!

Is it OK if I link you on some other sites?

Oh yes, please do! everything helps!!

Would you like some of my friends to donate their art?

Well, if you have friends who are artistic, and want to donate, then sure!! Like I said, everything helps!!!
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Thank you everyone for your time, donations, and friendly comments. THANK YOU!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wow.

We've already broken 200 dollars! That's how much we've gotten in ONE DAY. I can't get over it. That's just soooo cool!! Thanks you guys!! Sorry we don't have any auctions up yet, we don't really have anything to auction. But Shreve's got that covered!!! Holy cow!! ( Inside joke ) Thanks Shreve!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

We are now OPEN!!!!

Hi everyone!! Welcome to HOPES. My name is Owen, and I'm a girl. I really want to raise money to help endagered animals, so, I began this. Along the right side is our sidebar, which contains lots of information. You can read more about our current goal, see some other good sites, and plenty of other stuff!! Also, along the bottom you can see the credits, and there are some links to WWF there too! You can feel free to e-mail me at contacthopes@yahoo.com. If you'd like to help, you can either donate, or send the link to everyone you know, or just some friends. Anything helps us. Thanks again to all my friends and family. Thanks SO MUCH for your time!!




As another way to raise money, we auction things on E-bay. These things can range from hand drawn digital and pencil animal pictures, animal paintings, animal themed bookmarks, and more. No, not everything is animal themed, we just prefer it to be since we are raising money for animals. If you have something you'd like for us to auction, you can send it to us. As I'm 13, I have to always ask my parents before I give out the address, so you will have to contact me with some info about what the item(s) is, and such. Then I can give you the address. :D
Thanks,
Owen.



Have some questions? Want more info? Care to donate? Contact us at:

contacthopes@yahoo.com

We will reply within a day or two.



Thanks to Pyzam for the awesome Layout. Thanks to WWF for doing such a great job helping and protecting our wildlife. Thanks to all my friends and family who've helped. Thanks to MC for the name, it fits perfectly!!! The logo is (C) to HOPES, please do not steal, or re-use in any way. ( Although I couldn't draw a paw, so I heavily refferenced it, and I don't know who originally did it. ) We are a non-profit orginization. Any money HOPES earns goes to the WWF.