EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: From EFA member, Marilyn

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

From EFA member, Marilyn

From EFA member, Marilyn of http://artbymarilyn.etsy.com;

I am Marilyn R. Meier-O'Brien and I have a sanctuary in my backyard. This started twenty years ago, when my mom first spotted two ducks fly into our front yard. She fed them, and they came back every year. I do not know what first brought them to our home. They feel safe and relaxed and enjoy themselves.

We have always been here for a stray or whatever bird, animal, came to our yard to help them or feed them.

About 3 years ago, I noticed two ducks (Mallard + Drake), come and just sit in the yard. I would have just ignored them except that I had a birdbath that I had given my mom as a gift and they would sit around it all day or stand in it. They are clean and never cause me any trouble. They would stay all Summer and Fall and Winter. One late Fall I felt badly because they weren't leaving my yard and they really had no food, so I researched and I found that ducks like whole kernel corn. I went and purchased a bag of whole kernel at a local feed store. I also picked up peanuts, garden seed for the other birds and animals. I just couldn't feed one and forget the others.

Now they are happy creatures, and I love to watch their unguarded antics because they feel safe with me. The last three years, they stay almost all day in my yard and all the creatures get along fine (a lesson for humans). The only problem now is I have to feed them, otherwise they would starve. It is a harsh winter in Wisconsin and I was told they stay all winter because of the lakes.

I was amazed, one day I was driving to do errands, and the ducks were flying low next to my car. I actually couldn't believe it. It seemed wherever I was the ducks weren't far from my car. I finally got home and opened my car trunk, and they started coming down around me. I stood in a flurry of ducks all around me. I called our Vilas Park and the lady said, "they think of you as their mom". I felt like Doctor Doolittle or the Pied Piper. I walk right in the middle of them and they gather all around me. I believe it is like the cranes that go to Florida from Wisconsin with a leader of a human being. It is amazing to have this connection.

The squirrels and birds are the same way. Robins gathered last year here prior to their flight south. I have blue jays that come and get (steal) a peanut right in front of me.

I am just pleading with all people in the world who would like to have me continue helping these animals to donate for my cause. Michele Erez is helping me with this because I am not a tech. Any donations can be made through paypal, so that the voiceless ones will have food all year long. The squirrels need peanuts and I get the saltless, sugarless dry roasted ones. They go through 1 bag a day.

I pay $7.37 for a 50 lb. bag of whole kernel corn; they go thru 4 bags a week and 10 bags of peanuts a week at $3.99 a bag. I also purchase 2 bags of bird seed a week at $3.98 each.

I wouldn't ask for help, but I am on disability and a limited income. I have painted (Candy & Dandy-my ducks) and my squirrels, and the images are available on t-shirts. All of my work is on http://www.artbymarilyn.net linked to etsy and Michele is also on etsy http://mvegan5.etsy.com.

Please feel it in your hearts to help these creatures and help me to help them get thru the cold Wisconsin winter. It is appreciated.

Very sincerely, Marilyn R. Meier-O'Brien

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  1. Beautiful pictures of lucky animals, thank you for sharing, Marilyn ;0)

  2. I am so touched and pleased that my work is now posted to my blog. I will add more pictures as I had over 100 ducks and assorted creatures yesterday 2 times. They are so fun to watch their interactions. I am studying them aslo to report their interaction with me. They come flying in all around me when they see me come out or drive in from an errand. They seem very social in they they are right at my feet and murmur not being afraid of me. It is truly amazing to have this connection. That you Michele and Racheal for the kindnesses you are so sensitive to. Pleas everyne help me feet our beloved creatures because they are fun in the summer, spring and fall but "old-man winter" could starve them and we all want to enjoy them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and theirs. Marilyn

  3. It was Michele and Haley. I am sorry but I am suffering from a brain injury whereas I have a wonderful chiropractor in Dr. Ron Inda and I go when my head doesn't hurt to the brain injury group at Meritor Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin so if i have typos please indulge me. Marilyn

  4. WoW!! I just visit my blogspot to see what is new and I am touched that Michele has done to help me with the technical part.

    Also you may wish to know all my paintings come with items rippling from them as the ducks are also candles, greeting cards, jewelry, bookmarks, a book about my dog whom passed, "Fritz A Dog To Remember", and many other items as a decorator pillow also.

    So purchase from each of us at the team efa and I will end up with more donations for the voiceless creatures that we all know may be extinct and not survive because we are crowding them out of their homes.

    Thank you all for your kindnesses and compassion for my wallet and their lives. We are worth it.


  5. Nice blog, Marilyn.
    Lenore (strawberrycouture)


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