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This section will be continuously expanded upon… Thank you for being interested in where some of the elements of your gifts come from!

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The vast majority of feathers adorning your dreamcatchers come from small, sustainable, cruelty-free family farms.

These feathers have naturally molted from the birds and are collected, cleaned, and disinfected by the folks who lovingly raise the fluffies. Some of these gorgeous feathers are pristine, however most have natural imperfections and surprisingly minor wear and tear, since they were originally adorning an actual clucking or honking or quacking, wing-flapping living creature.

All photographs of birds, who are some of the actual birds molting these feathers, are provided by the farm families who care for them. see links to their stories in the descriptions below!

Naturally molted and collected with care: Tufted American Geese and Silver Appleyard Duck feathers from PrimordialMressions, another small single family operating farmstead, in Silver Point, Tennessee. The owner of this shop is Holly and she also a gifted sculptor. See her work follow her story at  www.facebook.com/bluetoothhollowfarm  and on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrimordialMpressions!

Naturally molted and collected with care: Tufted American Geese and Silver Appleyard Duck feathers from PrimordialMressions, another small single family operating farmstead, in Silver Point, Tennessee. The owner of this shop is Holly and she also a gifted sculptor. See her work follow her story at www.facebook.com/bluetoothhollowfarm and on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrimordialMpressions!

Peacock quills, also cruelty-free, from a farm neighboring PrimordialMressions.

Peacock quills, also cruelty-free, from a farm neighboring PrimordialMressions.


Black Runner Duck cruelty-free feathers from Running Bug Farm, a small family owned, mostly off the grid homestead in West Virginia. They raise all manner of heritage goose, duck, and chicken breeds, feeding all organic grains and grubs. Check out their story at  www.facebook/runningbugfarm

Black Runner Duck cruelty-free feathers from Running Bug Farm, a small family owned, mostly off the grid homestead in West Virginia. They raise all manner of heritage goose, duck, and chicken breeds, feeding all organic grains and grubs. Check out their story at www.facebook/runningbugfarm


My lovely friend Kaye holding Penny, one of three Easter Egger hens she and her husband care for at their Pacific Northwest home. limited to three birds because they live within city lines, Kaye and Erik built the two story coop you see in the background, and they have a large back yard for Penny, Phoebe, and Rosie to frolic and find tasty bug treats.  when I met and got to know these birds, I was delighted to learn they each have quite a distinct personality. And, super lucky for me, they also have gorgeous feathers with unique coloration and rich color, thanks to the multitude of breeds that have mingled in prior generations.

My lovely friend Kaye holding Penny, one of three Easter Egger hens she and her husband care for at their Pacific Northwest home. limited to three birds because they live within city lines, Kaye and Erik built the two story coop you see in the background, and they have a large back yard for Penny, Phoebe, and Rosie to frolic and find tasty bug treats.

when I met and got to know these birds, I was delighted to learn they each have quite a distinct personality. And, super lucky for me, they also have gorgeous feathers with unique coloration and rich color, thanks to the multitude of breeds that have mingled in prior generations.


I hand-collect the molted feathers from a flock of wild peacock… This is a grand adventure. All feathers are cleaned thoroughly, disinfected, and dried, one by one.

I have harvested the driftwood incorporated in some of your dreamcatchers from local beaches and waterways.

Every visit also entails picking up as much litter as possible. There is no other way to take gifts from the beach, even just photographs, without also taking what does not belong there. The mantra to use is “I can only carry what I can carry” and the mindset is similar to hunting for the perfect piece of driftwood: I try to stay present and be in the process. When I’m not hangry, it’s just like a treasure hunt, albeit, a different kind...

But if I’m roaming the sands past dinner time, and there is still ever more plastic to pick up, my positive attitude falls to the wayside, and the frustration (to say it mildly) that plastic detritus is, takes over. think, sailor’s mouth and loud sighs of disbelief, probably similar to the effect of pirate growls.

At Blind Beach in the Sonoma Coast State Park area, I collect amazing driftwood and spend time letting the ocean air and sights and sounds fill me with inspiration and calm. Goat Rock Beach is on the far side of that large, long outcropping, where I find more driftwood… AND more litter to remove.

At Blind Beach in the Sonoma Coast State Park area, I collect amazing driftwood and spend time letting the ocean air and sights and sounds fill me with inspiration and calm. Goat Rock Beach is on the far side of that large, long outcropping, where I find more driftwood… AND more litter to remove.

Bon Tempe Lake is a Marin County reservoir I visit for inspiration and an occasional interesting piece of wood… But I typically pick up gobs of trash left behind by fishermen and single-use snack food eaters. Both great reasons to visit regularly as well as the fact that I live relatively closeby.

Bon Tempe Lake is a Marin County reservoir I visit for inspiration and an occasional interesting piece of wood… But I typically pick up gobs of trash left behind by fishermen and single-use snack food eaters. Both great reasons to visit regularly as well as the fact that I live relatively closeby.

Yet another source of creative energy is Drake’s Beach, also in Sonoma County. Depending on the day, there can be what seems like billions of pieces of plastic to remove… or barely any at all… There are many kindred spirits out there removing plastic, too, who care and value the health of our beaches!

Yet another source of creative energy is Drake’s Beach, also in Sonoma County. Depending on the day, there can be what seems like billions of pieces of plastic to remove… or barely any at all… There are many kindred spirits out there removing plastic, too, who care and value the health of our beaches!