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!

Sunday, August 31, 2008


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:

Really funny cats:

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


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. )

Hungry Doggies- ( Music video again )

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

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


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:

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

Monday, August 11, 2008


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!!


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!

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

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

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.