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What an intense several months it's been! In the time since my last post, much has happened. I have been so deeply touched and moved by the outpouring of love and support that I received after sharing the situation of my Eclectus parrot Kiki's cyst with you all. I had debated about whether to share the story publicly, as my heart was feeling so very raw, and the situation was so personal. Yet somehow, at the same time, I felt compelled to share with you all....and I'm so glad that I did. The depth of what has unfolded through this experience has impacted me so deeply, more than I can put into words here. My heart is so full of gratitude as I look back on all that happened since the end of July. So many incredible people from around the world, from as far-away places as Australia, Malta, and even Iceland, joined together and showered us not only with love, prayers, and support, but contributed to Kiki's vet fund. Within just two days, not only was the target goal reached, but exceeded, thanks to the generosity of so many kind people. I continue to stand in awe. Thank you.....two simple words......yet the gratitude that I am feeling is more than words will ever do justice to.

Thank you....for caring.
Thank you....for sharing YOUR stories.
Thank you....for keeping hope alive.
Thank you....for reminding me that I am not alone.
Thank you....for helping me look for the gifts in the experience, no matter what.
Thank you....for showing me the absolute best of humanity, and shining light into the dark moments.
Thank you....for expressing your love, whether it was through an email, Facebook post, gift, or just letting me know that you were thinking of us and sending prayers and healing wishes for Kiki. You have each made a huge difference, and I am truly grateful.

I am so happy to let you know that Kiki is doing well and seems to be feeling great! She has been through many tests in the past few months, and has handled it all much better than I could have expected. The consensus is still up in the air on the actual diagnosis of the lump. For now, it is being classified as a Xanthoma (a cholesterol filled cyst) even though no cholesterol was found within in. It has baffled not only the avian staff at Iowa State, but world renowned pathologists and avian vets throughout the country, who were consulted. Surgery is on hold for the time being, the ultrasound in September showed more urgent concerns of a degenerate egg and some reproductive issues, so Kiki was given a Deslorelin implant. It went very well, and we are hopeful that it will do the job of keeping her from producing more eggs that could cause issues. Kiki is currently taking an anti-inflammatory med, and the next step will be a re-check of blood work, and possibly a CT scan in the coming weeks.

I am documenting Kiki's unfolding story with photos and updates on Facebook, each step of the way. You are welcome to follow along here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151835904373729.1073741829.137935228728 (You do not have to have a Facebook account to view Kiki's album.) I will keep updating on the Facebook page as we continue on this healing journey. We appreciate your continued thoughts, prayers and love!


 
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A month or two ago, I looked at a book about polymer clay mosaics, and was instantly in love. I knew I had to try making some of my own, so I pulled out my clay, and got on quite a roll! I ended up spending days and days making hundreds of unique little tiles. I found it to be a wonderful way to mix and match a wide variety of techniques, and had so much fun! Needless to say - I'm utterly hooked!! I've already made several pieces as gifts, and am excited to be offering this Female Eclectus as the first mosaic for sale on eBay.

The interior mosaic section measures 8x10, within a decorative black wall hanging frame. Each little tile is unique, and several have words or phrases, including "Love, Hope, Bird Friend, Eclectus Parrot, Fly, Sweet, Happiness, Adore, How Beautiful it is to Be Alive". The sculpted parrot was made without molds, and is adorned with a Swarovski crystal eye, glass leaves and a jeweled floral adornment. The piece took so many hours to complete that I simply lost track of counting, and the starting bid reflects just a portion of the time that went into it. The eBay auction ends on Thursday, however there IS a BUY IT NOW option, so you can snap it up immediately if you don't want to wait for the auction to end! (One a bid is placed, the Buy it Now option disappears.)

Want to see more of my mosaics? I've just created a new photo folder on Facebook with pictures of the other mosaics that I've created so far: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151720007333729.1073741826.137935228728

I am hoping to be ready to return to accepting custom orders again in another month or two, and when I do, I may take requests for custom mosaics at that time! Let me know if you would be interested in one!


 

 

 
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