Sunday, November 28, 2010

FREE SHiPPiNG at Brizel Handcrafts & brizel4TheAnimals

has been & is currently enjoying

Yep... that's right
on any item in the
Brizel Handcrafts'
Artfire Studio.

This is a GREAT time to make a purchase :)

Tagua nut jewelry
satin hip button belts
silk tapestry boxes
silk tapestry hearts
silk tapestry hip pouches
silk tapestry table pouches
silk tapestry table rugs
apple wood brigid crosses

on all Silk Tapestry Boxes
Etsy shop !


Friday, November 26, 2010

EFA TEAM TREASURY: rabbit, winter & the richness of red

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you
who wander here today !

Here is the next installment of Treasuries which I am curating as a way of expressing thanks to EFA members who have taken the time to renew their memberships with Etsy for Animals, aka Artists Helping Animals.

To learn more about EFA, Etsy for Animals, visit our website HERE and check out our blog HERE !

Click HERE to visit Treasury !

# FiVE
Click HERE to visit Treasury !

# SiX
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Monday, November 22, 2010

EFA TEAM TREASURY: canine, feline, & magical themes

I'm in the process of creating a series of Treasuries on Etsy as a means of thanking all the EFA team members who recently renewed their membership with our team.

Its a rather ambitious project as there are bound to be several hundred members. lol. but... who's counting, right ? So... here are the first three Treasuries in the series: Canine, Feline & Magical goodies by EFA members. ENJOY !

Click HERE to visit Treasury !

Click HERE to visit Treasury !

Click HERE to visit Treasury !

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Further Animal Treasuries

Where has this month gone ?

Well... I've been working a temporary 3/4 time job at my friend's ranch, helping her get ready for this upcoming winter... probably only have a couple more days there and then I'll be able to once again fully focus on my handcrafts & art supply online businesses.

So the latest news is that I bought a studio photography light set (plus camera tripod) and also hunted for some high quality faux-stone motif wallpaper which I want to use as a background surface for my work. I will be setting all that up in a new studio photo shoot area and will begin the long task of re-photographing all my Brizel Silk Tapestry wares. But first... I'll take pictures of some newly made floral theme Silk Tapestry Boxes which were created last month and await listing into the Brizel Handcrafts studio on Artfire.

In the meantime, my work with Team EFA dominates my online work... posting features & announcements on a daily basis at the EFA blog site... supporting EFA's team leader with the work... and creating animal theme Treasuries promoting EFA members' work.

Here are my latest EFA TEAM Treasuries


"Here is a lovely selection
of marine animals by Team EFA members...
its a festival of whales, dolphins, seals and turtles !

As you view this wondrous Treasury-
please send our brothers and sisters of the oceans
goodwill & protection this day."

Click HERE to visit Treasury !

"ONE YARD of destash cotton fabric: Elephant Seals, American Wilderness "Monterey Bay" by SSI Studio... A beautiful crowd of blue elephant seals huddle up together with all sorts of expressions on their faces."


"Team EFA,
Etsy for Animals - Artists helping Animals,
presents a wide range of turtle inspired
art, handcrafts, jewelry, supplies and sacred items."

Click HERE to visit Treasury

Unique Silk Tapestry Box

"Brizel Handcrafts presents Abalone Turtle a unique handmade decorative Silk Tapestry Box, made of recycled silk sari & banana silk yarn, perfect for storing a small oceanic memory keepsake !

Abalone Turtle is a divine gentle fiber arts container, with a lid of its own, featuring variegated pastel aqua blue banana silk yarn paired with a deep dark midnight blue recycled silk sari yarn.

This delightful box has been embellished with a turtle shaped button made from carved iridescent abalone shell.

It measures approx: 3" in diameter x 2 1/4" high with an interior of 2 1/8" in diameter x 1 5/8" high

Abalone Turtle will be gift wrapped in its own box and ships out via USPS First class mail. Shipments within the USA will have delivery confirmations."

Wishing all my friends & family
a continuing Happy Autumn !

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bat Ramblings...

An illustrator friend of mine, Heather, owner of thebluewindmill was
recently i
nspired to produce two wonderful watercolors of bats as well as write corresponding articles about them (see EFA blog) and in synchronicity I created a waycool Treasury.

Click HERE to visit Treasury !

"A single little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour, and is one of the world's longest-lived mammals for its size, with life spans of almost 40 years."
Defenders of Wildlife

70% of bats eat insects such as mosquitos, scorpions, centipedes... others eat nectar, pollen, fruit and then some eat frogs, fish, rodents, birds and... other bats. Here's a really cool link to a page that talks about what they eat:

Spiritually speaking... bat is an incredible animal teacher - with powerful teachings of rebirth and transformation. Jamie Sams' Medicine Cards talks about "the journey of the soul", a process that can mean "a time of letting go of old habits, and of assuming the position in life that prepares you for rebirth.... bat signals rebirth of some part of yourself... the universe is always asking you to grow and become your future."

Bat is my totem animal of Within...

Like so many species today... bats are struggling to survive... their biggest threat is people, wind turbines and white-nose syndrome. You can read about white-nose syndrome here.

Loss of bats = fewer bats = more mosquitos = imbalance = higher disease potential for other mammals as well... so understanding what bats eat is crucial to understanding how their struggle will impact our survival.

Twilight has the making of a bat sanctuary... I have been wanting to install some bat houses here on the land and hope to in the future. Ideally they require to be positioned north facing on a pole 10' above ground. This year, a very tall pine tree went ablaze & died during the wildfire in June... with the help of a friend, I would like to get that tree topped and its limbs reduced in order to install one or two bat houses... Andrews Reclaimed on Etsy offers a well produced & super deluxe bat house which has been on my wish list since last year ! If you'd like to help sponsor that- please leave me a comment :)

Help a bat today
by giving one a home !
by adopting one through
Defenders of Wildlife:

I'm a Defender of Wildlife - Are You? -

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