Posted By Alicia

Happy Valentine's Day! A few of you have asked for an update on Kiki, and I'm so pleased to let you know that she is doing well! The cyst is smaller, and she seems to be feeling great!

Unfortunately with the Christmas rush, I had to take a break from our trick training, which she has really missed. We'll get back to it soon, and hopefully I'll have another video to share with you next month!

I'm having a sale in all of my Etsy shops until Valentine's Day! Use coupon code "VALENTINE20" at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. (Please note that I cannot apply the discount for you if you forget to put in the code, sorry!)

The discount is valid in all of my Etsy shops:

Posted By Alicia


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: (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!

Posted By Alicia

Killian happens to love St. Patrick's Day! ;) He wanted to spread the green, so I've made a pair of beautiful earrings with some of his molted feathers! They are adorned with jasper, glass beads and a some dangling dragonfly charms. The earrings are on auction on eBay for the next week.

In other news, I'm making my way through the stack of orders that came through on February 1st, and it's coming along well! If you'd like to see a few works in progress and recent custom orders I've created, you can find new photos in my Facebook photo albums.

At this point, it is looking like I should be able to have February's custom orders all completed sometime in April. I will be putting the Custom Order Request Form back up on my website at the end of this month, on this page: You will be able to place your custom order requests on March 31st.

On April 1st, I will be drawing just a few orders that I will fill around the end of April, and the exact number that I take will depend on how many I still have in line from February at that point.

Posted By Alicia

For the first time, I'm auctioning one of my Joy Magnet Art mixed media pieces on eBay. This unique art piece titled "Fly" comes with a beautiful display frame and is on auction on eBay for the next week. You can easily interchange other art magnets on the display frame.

By the way, ALL of my Joy Magnet Art pieces on Etsy have been hugely discounted! Each piece is now just $11 or less! Stop by and have a look, there are over 80 to choose from in my Joy Magnet Art Etsy Shop. (Etsy purchases from either of my shops can be combined with your eBay purchases.)

Also, buy any 6 magnets and receive a free display frame as well as domestic Priority Mail Shipping FREE!

Posted By Alicia


Kilian and Kaleena (pictured) and I wish you a Valentine's Day that is absolutely overflowing with love!

To celebrate Valentine's Day, from now until the end of the month, all of the items in my eBay store are on sale! Below are some of the birds currently available - the birds shown here happened to be sold, with non-paying bidders, so are now back for sale! If you missed them earlier, here is your chance to snap them up at a discount.

Female Eclectus Necklace

Red Lory Earrings



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