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, February 26, 2009

Rainy Days

Hello Everyone! :D

It's raining... and raining... and raining some more.
I thought I'd just give you guys a post about something in my life! :) To keep the blog interesting.

So, we went to sign up for soccer, outdoor soccer, and the coach was there, and she says "Would you be interested in joining my boys indoor team? They could REALLY use some help. I've gotten another girl to sign up too." I didn't say yes or no, I said I'd think. Well, now, I'm signed up for indoor and outdoor! And guess what the indoor's color is! BLACK! That's pretty cool considering it's my favorite color. Haha! My first indoor game is this Sunday, and I cannot wait. :D

In other news, I've been trying to think of things to make HOPES more interesting and fun. I could REALLY use some ideas if anyone has any?
I was thinking, we could maybe have a section with funny animal pictures, where people could send pictures in... What do you guys think?

Victoria's amazing Red Panda picture is doing great in the auction!
I would bid it up to $30, but I spent my allowance already. :( Maybe someone else would do that? (I guess it's a challenge to the dedicated HOPES fans! :P) Come on, you can do it! :D
( Click Here To go To The Auction! )

And for the donation total, it should be getting updated within the next week! We got all the donations from the paypal moved to the bank, and then we will be moving THAT to the Panda Page! Mom said we could add up the bank total, panda page total, and auction totals, before we moved it all together, so it can get updated quicker! We'll be doing that as soon as we can, but I'm not quite sure when. Hoping soon! :D

I'm trying to post as often as I can, but it's getting busy around here!!!

Ciao For Now!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Auction! :D

Hi everyone!
I'm REALLY sorry for the delay!
We have a new auction up now, the beautiful Red Panda drawn by my little cousin Victoria! :D
The starting bid is $10.00, and the demensions of the picture are 9" by 12.5"!
After this auction we'll be auctioning the three t-shirts Larry made us for HOPES! :D
I'm going to be finishing my Okapi picture as soon as I can! :D
Also, I think I'm going to start -trying- to make a bookmark with my mom's help, we got some cool animal charms, and I've got a ton of incredible beads, some generously donated. :)

Here is the picture:

(This is a cropped version of the picture, just showing it's head. You can go to the auction by clicking on the red panda's picture over on the right-hand side, and see the full picture! :) )

Thanks, and I'm REALLY sorry for not getting this auction up sooner, I was not feeling good for a few days and my mom was very busy at work. :P

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Upcoming Auctions-

Hello everyone! I'm sorry I have not posted lately, I kind of forgot... I'm sorry!
But I do have alot of upcoming auctions!!!

From the very kind and genorous Larry, we recieved three different sized t-shirts with tiger cubs he drew on the front! They're adorable and awesome! We will be auctioning them at the same! :) Thanks Larry!

From my 9 year old wonderful cousin Victoria, we have a BEAUTIFUL red panda picture that she drew! It's so cute, realistic and awesome! Great job! Thanks Victoria!

From me we have a work in progress of an okapi, in the same pencil & smudger style as most of my pictures, like, the black rat and gemsbok. :)

The order they'll be auctioned is:
1. The Red Panda by Victoria.
2. The T-shirts by Larry.
3. The Okapi by me.

Thankyou for supporting HOPES and watching the site and our donations grow. And again, I'm sorry I haven't updated. :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Congratulations to...

Congrats to Dave for winning the Jaguar picture! Thankyou for your wonderful donation! :D

I am still working on the picture of the Okapi, and I'm thinking about making a set of animal themed jewlery. More to come soon!


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.