Saturday, February 19, 2011

Snow Days at Twilight

Wow Winter Wonderland !
February 17-19th, Twilight

Pine trees to the north

Spiral Garden at a distance

Quince Tree wakes up to snow

Ana apple tree in full bloom

Ana blossoms under snow

Merlin in the snow

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Oliver Owl made front page - hoot hoot !

I am delighted to report that little Oliver Owl made Etsy's Front Page yesterday... chosen as one of 16 items in a Treasury called "Just a Little Taste" curated by Conduit Press. Its an eclectic collection featuring interesting folk objects, images with faces or animals. Check it out !

curated by ConduitPress
Click HERE to visit Treasury

by brizel4TheAnimals

"presenting a handmade decorative mini Silk Tapestry box, made of handcrafted silk sari yarns, a unique & eco-friendly wilderness trinket !

Oliver Owl is a gorgeous fiber arts container featuring silk sari yarns... multicolored autumn colors paired with rich rust oranges. It has a lid of its own which is embellished with a bold ceramic owl face. Oliver Owl is happy to be out of his nest... he just completed the night shift chick sitting and he's looking forward to stretching out his wings.

This animal Silk Tapestry Box measures approx: 3 1/4" in diameter x 3" high with an interior box of 2 1/2" in diameter x 2" high."

This box, along with other animal theme Silk Tapestry Boxes, is available for purchase in my animal fundraising shop: brizel4TheAnimals. Click HERE to visit shop. Click on Oliver Owl title or HERE to view actual product listing.

THANK YOU to ConduitPress
for the Treasury feature !

"People of the Wolf by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, an discarded book, has been rescued and given new life as a book safe with a the silhouette of a howling wolf cut from its insides.

The first few pages of each of my hollow books are left to disguise the secrets that are hidden inside. What is left is then glued together using archival bookbinder's glue and then carved out to create the silhouette of the whale."

Click on the titles to view product listings on Etsy.

Monday, February 14, 2011

More animals have moved into brizel4TheAnimals !

The animal pack that was living at Brizel Supplies on ArtFire, where my large collection of sewing buttons reside, decided they wanted more animal companionship... SO being the good animal mama that I am... they are now residing in the brizel4TheAnimals Etsy shop where all my animal theme Silk Tapestry Boxes are hibernating !

Here are a few of those new residents that eagerly await adoption... more are on their way to our mountain shelter !

Do come visit
brizel4TheAnimals' Czech glass animals
by clicking HERE !

Please also come visit
Brizel Supplies to see other
gorgeous Czech glass buttons :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wild Nature and Wild Life

The wheel turns and we are about to shift out of the beautiful warm & dry, albeit windy, weather into... cold wet windy with possible snow. Sounds brrrr-ish to me. Spring in the winter, it seems, is coming to an end but what a show it was !

It's february and I have one apricot & one apple tree in full bloom... with the nectarines and quinces inches away from exploding in leaf or blossom. The dogs & I have been walking with a friend & his dog almost every morning to socialize them... now we will need to shift out of this routine & of spending so much time in the 'grand living room of the outdoors'. Up in the wilderness of these no. Cal mountains - nature is paramount.

Speaking of nature... here are two EFA Team Treasuries, created by moi. The first one celebrates wilderness landscapes or animals in their habitat... The second is a collection of products, which if sold this month will benefit EFA's Charity of the Month: Queensland RSPCA's flood relief appeal.

with Team EFA

Click HERE to visit Treasury

"Its called wilderness and wildlife... and its our animals habitat... fresh air, clean water & earth and the cosmos is what sustains them and us... Let's work to keep it that way ! ENJOY some of these beautiful nature landscapes presented by members of Team EFA, Etsy for animals."


Queensland Flood Relief Appeal
Charity of the Month

Click HERE to visit Treasury

"In the recent flood disaster which has affected so much of the state of Queensland, Australia, several animal shelters were damaged and their main shelter in Fairfield, Brisbane, QLD, was completely flooded.

All the animals were placed in foster care, but now the RSPCA has to re-build their shelter. The charity does not receive government funding to recover from the disaster, and depends on kind-hearted people and volunteers." (Nadya of OcelotEyes)

To find out more about Team EFA
& our Charity of the Month program
visit our website HERE


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Springtime already ?!

My fruit trees are starting to think its springtime... we've had 5 weeks of sunshine here in No. Cal... the rats are frolicking and the buns are hopping... what will the neighbors say ?!

Here are some spring flowers and animals from Team EFA to cheer those of you who have had challenging weather lately !

click HERE to visit Treasury !


Here's another sweet Spring Treasury:

curated by ashliematt
click HERE to visit Treasury !

featured in this spring collection:

"... LadyBug, a unique handmade decorative Silk Tapestry Box, made of recycled silk sari yarn, perfect for storing a nature trinket !

Ladybug is a sweet fiber arts container, with a lid of its own, featuring multicolor rainbow silk & embellished with a ceramic ladybug.

This delightful mini Silk Tapestry Box measures approx: 2 3/4" in diameter x 2 1/8" high with an interior of 2 1/8" in diameter x 1 1/2" high"

Click on title to visit product listing & shop !


And another one made by an EFA member:


curated by PetCollage
Click HERE to visit Treasury !

featured in this lovely Treasury:

Click on title to visit product listing & shop !



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Imbolc @Twilight

New altar at well house, Twilight

2011 St Brigid Day / Imbolc

Seasonal wild flowers from Twilight
(manzanita, rosemary, narcissus)

Main altar - right
(brigid cross, Brigit portrait, flowers, cow bell, etc)

Brigid, brown swan

Celtic wheat dolly

40 white cloth prayer ties
(elemental charging at the altar)

Adding to the Cloutees* at the well house
(*celtic style cloth prayer ties)


The many necklaces of Brigit

WATER & AiR Goddess
- Healing work -
(necklace by Rebecca Dresser, KneeDeepOriginals)

FiRE Goddess
- Protection work -
(necklace by Rebecca Dresser, KneeDeepOriginals)

EARTH Goddess
- Prosperity work -
(necklace by Laura Farnsworth, lkfarnsworth)

iNSiGHT Goddess
- Divination work -


"Now I find Her in myself"
Season's Greeting !
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