By Elaine of http://bluebrooch.etsy.com , who lives in this beautiful spot.
Not many people have the luxury of living right in the middle of the African bush, but I have!
I have been lucky enough to spend the last 7 years living and working at game lodges in Africa together with my husband. We live in a pretty remote area in South Africa with the closest real civilization 40 minutes away by car. We get to experience life surrounded by creatures big and small every day, elephants in our garden at night, leopard cubs playing tag on the dirt roads and hyena nibbling at our front door! The only little “domestic” treasures that share our lives here are our four finches and Hunter, a golden cocker spaniel by birth but a small human by belief.
I also love all things beautiful and riveted with stories and I like to create unique jewelry as I am not too fond of wearing something that hundreds of others have. My “studio” is our patio where I can watch the bushbuck grazing and I am inspired by things that make the child in all of us come out to play. That could mean an African bangle one day, a dainty flower necklace the next. My jewelry pieces are reminiscent of the charmed life I have here in the bush and the dust around me. These are my charmed treasures, all things whimsical and fun, made of dust and dreams!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
From Nicole of http://brizel4theanimals.etsy.
I am absolutely delighted that my BrightHaven nomination for the month of November was chosen by the Radomizer... and here we are... Team EFA (Etsy for animals) are raising money through our sales to benefit this wonderful organization !
When you have a moment, please visit their web site: http://www.brighthaven.org
There is a wonderful video introduction on their front page.
Their mission statement reads: "BrightHaven is dedicated to the rescue, care and enhancement of the lives of senior and disabled animals. We are also dedicated to a program of research and education, arising from the miraculous results we have seen, when the balance of natural feeding, holistic care and modern medicine are used in a loving family environment."
"BrightHaven is a Healing Arts Center for animals and our primary focus is to educate the public on the many natural alternatives to conventional health care or euthanasia."
"Our focus is, in particular that of hospice care and transition itself. Over the last fifteen years we have offered both sanctuary and hospice care to hundreds of animals, and wish now to use our experience to help others care for their senior or special needs animals."
"Currently BrightHaven is home to 34 cats, four dogs, four horses, a pig, two goats and a number of farmyard birds and the work load is intense! These animals and birds are our close family members and we journey through their care we are constantly learning more and more and find ourselves very well able to offer advice based upon our experiences."
"We are extremely hopeful that, through our program of education others will now come forward to open their hearts and homes as we have done and continue this extraordinary mission we have begun."
"We also envisage that, as the word is spread both by us and also the ever changing and growing veterinary community, that many will undertake the care at home of their senior or special needs pets."
Many members of EFA (Etsy for Animals) will give part of their profits to help this wonderful cause... here are some of the items that will benefit BrightHaven if sold during the month of November.
Out team leader Michele, Etsy store owner mvegan5, created this wonderful treasury to spread the word throughout Etsy !
If you'd like more information about November's Charity of the month -- please visit our Forum thread.
My Thanks to all my fellow EFA members !
Thursday, November 12, 2009
November 5 10:00am PDT – November 15, 2009
Posted with permission. Crossposting appreciated.
The 2009 Holiday Auction officially begins November 5 at 10:00am PDT.
We have Eclectus, Grey, Quaker, ‘Too, ‘Tiel and Macaw themed gifts.
We have gifts for birds, for humans, even cats and dogs. We have “safe” bird toys and toy making supplies.
We have books and bags, totes and toys, cards and candles, hand painted wine glasses and ornaments.
We're also offering a variety of gifts for you, your bird loving friends and family.
Here's a sneak peak
Holiday 2009 Auction Preview
But before the bidding begins, we would be remiss if we did not give a huge "Thank You" to all of our generous 2009 donors
AND all the list owners for allowing us to post this notice.
Click here to go direct to our eBay store:
Parrot Toy Angels eBay Store
Have fun...bid often! And remember…
100% of the proceeds from this auction go to the cause we hold dear:
Making a difference...one bird at a time!
We thank you for your support!
Monday, November 02, 2009
from our gingercatpress:
Winter is on it's way. It's time to snuggle up with a good book in front of a cozy fire and I have the puuurfect pussycat tale! That Stripy Cat!
Enter my raffle as many times as you like. Five dollars of every donation item will be donated to etsyforanimals.com's charity of the month in January 2010.
Posted by Haley on Monday, November 02, 2009