The Forest Provides! New Wands and Staffs!

U W Arboretum One of the Most Beautiful Places I Know!
Fred the Bluejay – Forest Resident and Paid Model (I brought birdseed)

I love the forest. The trees give me strength and their peaceful spirits listen to the sorrow within me and ease my pain. In other words, I am a tree hugger. I am also a witch and an artist and wood crafter. I have been inspired to seek out the green places here in my beloved Madison, Wisconsin these last few months, and many places before that, way back into childhood. My goal is always the same. First, soak up the green energy and peace, and after that, perhaps photograph the trees, other fauna and flora that I meet there. Often times, my visit to The Green is for another purpose – to take what the forest gives me, fallen wood and similar and to honor the Gods and Nature by creating something beautiful from what I find there.

I am lucky enough to recently have obtained a permit to collect wood on the University of Wisconsin Arboretum grounds and related areas. I am astounded by the bounty there. In only one trip out to the vast and completely natural forest surrounding the Arboretum I have found many large limbs that will eventually become staffs or walking sticks, and many branches that are going to make wonderful ceremonial wands.

Spiral Hand-Carved White Willow Wand

I have recently completed a group of wands, primarily of local White Willow, which I obtain from fallen wood only. I also have some Dragon Wood in this batch of wands, too.  I wanted to show you what I have and let you know that I will be adding new things very soon, including some rare wood items, using Paduk, Cocobolo, Zebrawood and hopefully, my favorite wood, Purple Heart.

Dragon Wood Hand-Carved Charkra Wand

I learned about rare woods from friends I met on the Artist’s Touring Association many years ago. At the time I lived in Florida and these folks hailed from Appleton, Wisconsin! Now I am here in WI and I wish I could get back in touch because these people were true artisans and their marquetry boxes are nothing short of amazing. But in any case, thanks to them, I learned of all different woods and their uses. I cannot wait to show you more of my work soon! You can look at more of my art, jewelry and wood crafting at my ETSY SHOP.

Maple Trees! Good for the Soul!

If you have any questions or comments, just message me and I’ll do my best to answer. I’m spending a lot of time in my studio these days, but I am trying to spend more time on here, as well, that is, whenever I’m not out, hiking in the green places. Soon it will be winter and hiking gets harder, so I’m taking advantage of this lovely season any time i possibly can! I hope you liked my photos, and remember, if you want or need something special and unique, witchy or otherwise, contact me, and I will see what may be done.

~ Ravenbird

 

Photography

I love taking photos. Thanks to the age of digital photography,  I can take tons of photos, and “develop them” on my computer. Oh what a lucky Bird I am!  So here, I will post some of the ones I am either most proud of, or ones that I find to be the most interesting or bizarre.   I hope you enjoy them!

A lot of what I love to shoot is macro or close to it, meaning the tiny details and creatures that most people miss in the daily rush of life. I love to sit silently in the early morning or late evening hours, in the forest or some other natural area and snap photos of the tiny things. Sometimes little critters come by to visit when I do this and one day, if I’m really lucky, the Fae might visit and possibly even allow a photo or two. One can but hope!

 

 

Mamma duck photo-bombing a picture of her babies…I guess I need a model release!

Sometimes though, I may be photographing little things, when a much bigger critter photo bombs me! This mamma duck didn’t say “AFLAC!” but she sure had the look! Turned out, she had another 5 babies in hiding and she was making sure I didn’t hurt them. Good mama!I am a tree hugging child of Gaia and there is, to me the Divine in every leaf, blossom or blade of grass.  Spiders, snakes, and all the little creatures are parts of the grand kaleidoscope that is life. I’m going to do my best to photograph them all! There are prints available of any of my photographs. If you are interested, contact me. Otherwise, just enjoy!

 

Cartoons by Raven

This is where I will be posting scans of my cartoons! My series, The Adventures of Ravenbird, is my diary in ‘toon form. My husband is represented by Oy the owl, and they are supported by a cast which includes an cockney snail called ‘Sroit and flock of seagulls who provide commentary!

Yours truly, Raven Fabal

There are “toons for all occasions, because when I have spare time, or something that has a profound effect on my life, it winds up getting cartooned. Ravenbird and the others have evolved throughout the years, and what the heck, I’m going to put them all here! I haven’t inked all of them or even most of them yet, but I plan to and will post them again in full color as soon as I do.

To explore my cartoons, just click on the “Cartoons” category!

Psychic Readings

Why Tarot Readings Here & Now?

il_570xN.665435723_3txcWell, I’m many things.I am an artist.  I am also a psychic, an empath and an intuitive Tarot reader. I have focused mainly on my art in recent years because that is what I needed to be doing. But after much consideration and conversation I have been inspired to offer my Tarot Readings again, this time on Etsy because many of my former clients have been asking me where they can get readings from me again. For the moment at least I am only offering my Tarot readings. Palm and Crystal readings are best done in person.

So while my main focus in my Etsy Store is still my art, including my Fine Art Prints and Photo Note Cards, I find that the Art and the Tarot go hand in hand quite nicely and I’ve decided to offer my Tarot Card Readings in addition to my art. Due to client request, I may even begin making my spell/wish/prayer candles and amulets again, but that will be another listing, so please visit my store often for updates.

When doing readings for people, I try to maintain a positive outlook and provide information which will actually be useful in creating a positive outcome. Please be aware that I will NOT sugar coat or just tell you what I think you want to hear. I will only tell you the truth so if you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere, or perhaps just buy some art from me. 🙂

Which Tarot Deck Do I Use?

While I have used many decks including the traditional Rider Waite deck, I have found that my greatest accuracy and clearest information comes when I use the Sacred Circle Tarot Deck. The images, which will be included in your reading, are very beautifully illustrated and every detail adds to the clarity of the reading, the depth of information received. I also find that this deck is completely reliable for anyone, no matter what situation, gender, race, religious belief, etc. This deck is unbiased, understanding and welcoming of all. My standard deck therefore, is Sacred Circle

Readings Offered:

One Card Readings

These are best for simple Yes or No type questions and one subject or issue. These simple readings can provide an astonishing amount of clarity on subjects where decisions are very hard to make, and where an opinion from Spirit can make all the difference!

Three Card Readings

I call these “Path of Destiny” readings, also known as Past, Present and Future readings. A Three Card Reading can help you understand where you’ve been and how it affects your present and future. This reading is very good for helping you make decisions about something (or someone!) that is a problem or issue. This reading will help you find your way again.

Ten Card Readings

Full Life readings are the best for getting the most information about all areas of your life. Addressing what’s most important for you to know now, plus Past and Future events, and how others perceive you, which can help you to deal with them more effectively, as well as predicting a final outcome, this reading is simply the most detailed and accurate reading I can offer you.

How Is It Done?

il_570xN.665296326_q5raTarot Card Readings are done by me in my home using the message you send me ( see instructions below). I use meditation and inspiration from your words to help me connect with information concerning you, your future and things/people connected with you.

Spirit moves in unexpected ways and I sometimes find that I am inspired to include my Crystal ball or other divination methods to gain the most clarity for you when I do your reading. Please know that when this happens, I never charge extra. You are paying me to get the most comprehensive Tarot reading, and I will include whatever is needed to get the very best answers for you!

What Do I Get?

You will get a confirmation email from me first. That way you know I am on the job for you. When I have completed your reading you will get another email which will include your full reading and images of all the cards used. Your reading will be in Adobe PDF format. If you do not already have a PDF reader, you can easily download a FREE one from the link which I will include with your reading.

If, for any reason you would rather have a printed copy of your reading, I will gladly send you that instead of an email. Your printed reading will be on card stock and will include all the same information and images as the email version. However you must choose one or the other method to receive your reading. Please do not ask for both.

What If I Need Clarification?

You may ask ONE follow up question if you need more clarity on anything in your reading. It must be directly related to the reading and not a new question. More than that constitutes a new reading and should be arranged through Etsy.

Sample Reading:

Please view my pictures. The last three represent a shortened version of an actual 3 card reading. Your reading, whether you choose a 1, 3, or 10 card reading, will of course differ and the cards tell a different story for each individual. This example is so that you can get an idea of what to expect and see that the images are very meaningful to the overall reading.

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Basic Basics Logo and Launch!

I love the natural products created by my friend Teresa Ginther!

Recently she asked me to help her develop a logo to use at a local event on November 11th, where she would be offering her wonderful products for sale. The sign you see before you is what we came up with.

It reflects her theory that basic, natural ingredients make the best products and can meet all of our basic needs. I enjoy making logos and pictures, cartoons etc. on my computer, and a challenge is always fun. I like adding touches like the lady bug, which is kind of a nickname for the adorable daughter of Teresa and her hubby Jamie, Ariana. They call her Ari-bug. As a bit more fun, the eyes of the bug are an “a” and a “G” for Ari-bug’s initials.

Teresa Ginther’s current soap fragrances are Peppermint Mocha, Lavender Clean, Snowy Winter, Woodsy Boy, Glamour Girl, Autumn Fireside, Vol Soap, Smurf Poop, Pumpkin Harvest, and Pixie Dust.  Lip balm fragrances are Hot Buttered Rum, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Christmas Snow, and Rosemary Lemon.  And that’s just a start!

Teresa plans to expand into a FaceBook page for her products and online sales sometime in the near future. As soon as I get details, I will add them here so everyone can get a taste of the amazing, eco-friendly and richly fregranced goodies I have been lucky enough to sample, and intend to order more of, ASAP!  If you get an opportunity to grab anything made by Basic Basics, by all mean, do! You will be very happy you did!

~Ravenbird

New Dragon Eye Bracelet & Pendants Available on Etsy

Steampunk Dragon Eye Cuff Bracelet

Dragon Eye Bracelet

This glittering blue dragon’s eye looks real! Not like the printed or mass produced eyes so common these days, this is a special, unique original!

I carefully build up layer upon layer of enamel on the back of a clear glass gem until this dragon’s eye comes to life! Then I apply faux clockwork and gears, spiral wrapped wires, woven fractal wire wrapping and Japanese Glass beads until this becomes a piece so special you will be proud to wear it to any occasion.

This is a cuff bracelet, suitable for either gender. It is approximately six inches from end to end with about 1 3/4 inches of space between the ends. It is somewhat flexible, and can be pulled open further to expand for a larger size wrist. Also can be pushed further closed to accommodate a smaller wrist.

One of a kind, this is a handmade item you will not find anywhere else! Ideal for Steampunk, Dragon, Cosplay and any other bit of society where fantasy and fashion come together! There is only one of these, but should you desire something similar, contact me and we’ll see what I can do just for you!

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Green Dragon Eye PendantGreen Dragon Eye Pendant

 

This glittering green dragon’s eye looks real! Not like the printed or mass produced eyes so common these days, this is a special, unique original!

I carefully build up layer upon layer of enamel on the back of a clear glass gem until this dragon’s eye comes to life! Then I spiral wrap copper wires, woven over an antiqued copper gear.

One of a kind, this is a handmade dragon eye pendant you will not find anywhere else!

Ideal for Steampunk, Dragon, Cosplay and any other bit of society where fantasy and fashion come together! There is only one of these, but should you desire something similar, contact me and we’ll see what I can do just for you!

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Silver Cage Dragon Eye Pendant

Bright Green Dragon Eye Pendant

This glittering eye, a delicious, predatory bright green and yellow, looks alive! Not like the printed or mass produced eyes so common these days, this is a special, unique original! I carefully build up layer upon layer of enamel on the back of a clear glass gem until each unique dragon’s eye comes to life! Then, with silver plated wire, I created the pendant by weaving around it especially to show off the eye and I made the woven wire bail over-sized so this pendant may be worn on almost any chain or cord.

One of a kind, this is a handmade item you will not find anywhere else! Ideal for Steampunk, Dragon, Cosplay and any other bit of society where fantasy and fashion come together! The eye itself if about the size of a quarter, before wire wrapping. Pendant is a little over 1 1/2 inches tall, including bail.

 

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Eye of Suron

Eye of Sauron Pendant

This glittering eye, reminiscent of the Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings looks alive! Not like the printed or mass produced eyes so common these days, this is a special, unique original! I carefully built up layer upon layer of enamel on the back of a clear glass gem until this dragon’s eye comes to life! Then I wrapped it with golden art wire and added a durable hand wrapped bail so this pendant may be worn on almost any chain or cord.

One of a kind, this is a handmade item you will not find anywhere else! Ideal for Steampunk, Dragon, Cosplay and any other bit of society where fantasy and fashion come together! This pendant is about 1 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/4 inches tall, including the bail.  There is only one of these, but should you desire something similar, contact me and we’ll see what I can do just for you!

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That’s it for the dragon eyes for now, but I will be adding more jewelry, as I get time to make more. If you have any special requests, contact me.

Have a great day!