New Cartoon “Holiday Minger Mole Happiness”

 

Happy Holidays all!

I have a new Holiday Cartoon for you today! It focuses on two secular heroes, The Great Holiday Minger and The Star-Nosed Mole of Holiday Cheer. For many years now, I have been subjecting my friend Teresa to an annual holiday cartoon, usually depicting the Great Holiday Minger. Minger is our slang for flamingo and when we both lived in Florida, we formed the “Minger Appropriation Society”, whose goal was to appropriate all those plastic pink flamingoes that had been forgotten in some trailer park yard, or left to perish in some overgrown garden and upon liberating them, find them all good homes. Anyway that’s where the term “Minger” comes from. The quest for Minger appropriation and relocation continues.

In any case, this year I decided to combine the Great Holiday Minger with another of my holiday heroes, The Star-Nosed Mole of Holiday Cheer.

The following cartoon is the result. I decided to post it here and will post the older ones as I get them scanned in and touched up. I hope you like it and happy holidays!

Ravenbird

Holiday Minger Mole Happiness by Raven Fabal
Holiday Minger Mole Happiness by Raven Fabal

 

My Solitary Circle Brand Products Now Available at Cosmic Delights!

I’m happy to announce that some of my own Solitary Circle creations are now available at a terrific local store, Cosmic Delights in East Madison, Wisconsin!

The owners Luna and Andrew are both great people, and bring a knowledge and experience

Quartz Crystal I Often Use in Psychic Readings

to this store that I’ve often found lacking in other metaphysical type establishments. Helping people find just what they are looking for, or helping them to discover what stones, oils, etc. will best help them is something I’ve seen first hand and I am very impressed with the kind and competent way they deal with everyone who comes in.

So, after years of selling my goodies only direct, at festivals and online, I am putting some things for sale at Cosmic Delights and frankly, it is I who am delighted for my products to be there!

 

Willow Staff with Quartz Crystal Top

Some of the Raven Fabal.com and Solitary Circle items you can now go see at Cosmic Delights include, my hand carved wooden wands, athames and staffs, Spell Candles, in Love, Prosperity/Success and Peace/Protection varieties, in a new votive size, simple to use, and sized small enough to get results started fast!

Another favorite from my very first days of selling spells and potions is my Smokeless Smudge! Brewed one small batch at a time, this powerful potion comes in a convenient small non-aerosol spray bottle so you can use this to cleanse your environment, no matter where that should happen to be! Car, home, office, anywhere it’s needed! Besides being a powerful cleansing potion made with Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedarwood and other traditional smudging herbs and resins, this stuff smells incredible and the aromatheraputic benefits alone help to make any place happier and more calm. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do, and share it with others who might need it. Great for a small gift under the Yule tree this season!

Ebony Wand

 

 

 

 

 

I have a small selection of Tarot/Rune/Dice drawstring bags there as well although I have just received a new lot of fabrics and plan to add more variety and more of the large size bags to the existing collection soon.

Did I mention that Cosmic Delights has a terrific selection of stones and crystals? In addition to tumbled and raw minerals, they also have some carved pieces and many wonderful pieces of gemstone jewelry as well. They carry tarot decks, books, and incense, too! As a matter of fact, they carry my very own, made right here in Madison, Solitary Circle Incense! So there are some very good things happening right now, and I hope you will pay a visit to Cosmic Delights soon! I’m sure you’ll be as delighted as I am! Tell ’em Raven sent you!

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!

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!