Friday, September 7, 2012

Furry Friends Friday: Magic Cristal and Koala Dreams

Illustration of  the Magic Cristal Spiegeltent by Shell-Sherree, ink & watercolour ACQUIRE PRINTS

September is Save the Koala Month.  While animal lovers and conservationists think of every month as Save the Koala Month, this vital cause needs attention so I'm all for shining a spotlight on it.  And surely there's a spotlight inside the Magic Cristal travelling Spiegeltent, here in town to help house acts for the Brisbane Festival from 8th to 29th September {also known as 'now'}.  After watching Kitty Kong last week, I dreamt of giant koalas... but they were simply roaming innocently, lost and searching for gum leaves and safe new homes after developers tore theirs down.  {Their size might have been a dream, but their quest is a sad reality.}  Mind you, this curious fellow might have been attracted by the sounds of indie artists, comedians and jazz rather than eucalypts.

To find out more about the plight of one of Australia's most beloved native animals, the Save the Koala website has a wealth of information.  You can do all manner of things while visiting, from adopting a koala {no, it won't come to live with you!}, to having eucalpyt trees planted for food and habitat, to buying a cuddly koala toy that says, "Peek-a-Boo," {I'm so tempted!  This one does come to live with you: they send worldwide}.  In keeping with the festival and bush spirit, I've gone au casuale for our wardrobe this weekend.  And on that note...

Happy Furry Friends Friday to you!  Now, please go save a koala...


  1. Happy furry Friday to you, too, dear Shell. What a magical illustration! And such an important cause. I will visit the website.

  2. Dear Shell, the koalas are lucky to have you as their advocate.

  3. Thank you, Ms M and Petrea! I figure every little bit helps.

  4. I'm saddened to hear of the plight of the koala, Shell—and have to agree with both Ms M and Petrea. As for the wardrobe, it's the perfect choice for a chic animal advocate like you!

  5. Thanks, Alexa ~ I'm guessing many Australians aren't even aware of the challenges they face. I hope you weren't too close to that tornado overnight!!!

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about the struggles the koalas must endure. But sadly, I'm not surprised. Seems animals the world over face the same challenges. It's great that you're spreading the word, Shell. I am in love with your snoozing koala!

  7. Sad and true, Susan ~ it's hard not to give up and be totally depressed about it at times. But we'll all keep doing what we can. Glad you like the little snoozer!

  8. Good idea and attitude. Protecting animals is protecting the world. Let's save koalas.



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  9. I think that we are drawn to their sweet faces. Whether an animal is cute or just plain unattractive, we need to preserve the species. You are a kind person, mon amie.


  10. Your Magic Cristal tent is gorgeous! And the Brisbane festival looks like a very fun event. But your adorable koala is the highlight of this illustration; a great way to focus our attention on helping save them and their habitat.

  11. Val, it's great to see you again! Thank you for your encouraging thoughts.

    Well said, Genie. All creatures great and small... Bises.

    Thanks, dear Katie ~ and you'd love the Brisbane Festival. {And it takes place in spring ~ even better!}

  12. The koala looks like a big fluffy cloud! The tent is really glam.

  13. A fluffy cloud ~ how sweet, Cali! I hope you see a real cloud shaped like a koala now that you've had that thought.

    1. I thought the same thing. That would be too cool!

  14. the Koala bears and the Panda bears share a similar plight. One for gum and the other for Bamboo.

  15. True, PA. I could draw for causes all year around and still not run out. {And thank you!}


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