MermaidMonday: New Shell Top!

Happy #MermaidMonday fishes!

I am so glad you decided to swim on by the grotto today because boy have I got something special to share with you. My fellow designer, Raiyn, and myself have been hard at work the past couple of weeks working on something special for this years #MarchMermaidMadness festival. This year I will be the head of the mermaid parade at our local harbor and as such it was only fitting that I get myself some new shells to show off. After all one doesn’t just wear anything to visit where the people are right?

Anyways, I’m getting a little off topic. We have been working on a new abalone shell bra for my mersona. So without further ado here is a photo of the top so far:

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Mythic March Begins!

Spring is almost here and inspiration is in the air. Flowers are starting to bloom and as we move into the beginning of Spring one of my favorite yearly events has started! That’s right, Mythic March is here! Haven’t heard of it before? No worries, allow me to explain a bit. Mythic March is kind of like the NaNoWriMo of the crafting world, but with a more laid back and relaxed pace.

And idea I discovered a long time ago when scrolling through the blog Domythic Bliss, the point of the month long event is simply to create!

What a perfect way to get things moving again after spending the colder winter months all cozy, lazily relaxing in our homes and visiting loved ones. So every year, come the month of March I pick a project or two and really try to power through them. As a costumer and entertainer I am often working on something in my fairy workshop, but when I have no deadlines it is easy to get sidetracked everytime a new inspiration strikes. With Mythic March I use it to set a deadline; Just how much can I create in a one month period?

Which brings us to this year….What’s my plan?

Firstly, I would like to create a new spring fairy using recycled pieces of my old bedroom ceiling from my childhood. It was a tulle canopy that covered the entire ceiling in shades of purples and blue with similarly colored Hydrangea flowers, but since it has been taken down I plan to turn it into a faebulous skirt fit for a fairy queen.

And second, I plan to finish a project that has been on my work bench for a very long time. A replica of a historical tea-gown circa 1810-1820 in lavenders and silver embroidery. I will post pictures when I have made a bit more progress on these projects in my blog posts, but if you are ever curious about progress pictures please feel free to follow my social media both on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, & Facebook where I share all kinds of behind the scenes looks at what goes on in my workshops. these links can be found in the side bar.

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Fairy Friday: Keeping the Magic with a Day Job

Hello Dearies and welcome to a new series I am hoping to be able to keep up with, probably one a twice a month pattern. Fairy Fridays! You’ve already had a taste of the Mermaid Monday posts, so let’s give the Fae a day too.

For this weeks discussion, let us talk about how to keep the magic alive in yourself and your day to day while still holding a day job to pay the bills shall we. I know that the thought getting up early every morning, dawning a “sensible” wardrobe, and trudging off to sit in a cubicle for 8 hours a day is not a fun thought for any fairy. But, it is important to remember there are plenty of ways you can still include a bit of magic into your professional world.

A desk fit for a Faerie – If you hold a office position that provides you with a desk to sit and work at there are quite a few ways to transform your work area into something that reflects you without getting in the way of your ability to work.

The first, and simplest option is your desktop background. Pick something work appropriate that makes you feel more at ease. After all you are going to be spending a good chunk of your day staring at it. For my desktop I tend to pick something seasonal, nature related, and subtle. whether that is a single flower blooming in the snow or autumn leaves blowing on a breeze. This allows me to still feel a sense of connection to the outside world while being surround by walls with little window access.

Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels.But their magic sparkles in nature.”  ~Lynn Holland

Another way to breathe a little life into your work space is to consider a small desk plant. I like to keep things like bamboo, a small flower, or  even a poinsettia around the holidays. This adds a bit of color, some oxygen, and a touch of happiness to any dreary cubicle.

And lastly, Let us know forget about desk accessories. Plastic or metal organizers can be dolled up with a coat of paint and some sparkle or a pen holder with some sparkles and flowers glued on strategically can create something special and unique while still fitting in the confines of what is appropriate in an office setting.

Let your inner light shine through your accessories, use the little details to subtly let the whole world see you have a creative side.

There is one other big way you can add some more of faetastic elements to your work day, and it is often in the most overlooked strategy…How you accessorize! Now I’m sure you are sitting there going thinking, “But Saelyyia my company has a pretty strict dress code so, how can I still show off my inner Fae spirit without getting in trouble?” The answer is in the little things. While you may have to meet specific standards such as the all encompassing “business casual” there are many easy ways around the rules. The first few mostly apply to our female friends, but not all of them.

Let us start at the beginning of our day shall we?It is early morning, you have a hot cup of tea or coffee sitting next to you on your vanity while you blink the sleep away from your tired eyes. You stare foggily into the mirror trying to decide how you want to look today.

For your hair, perhaps you want to clip in a ribbon at the end of your braid, or a butterfly adorns your curls, or you have bobby pins holding back some stray hair with little bumblebees on them.

For your make-up perhaps you want to add a bit of extra shimmer to your highlighter or some glitter to your shadows. You could even go really out of the box and go with a metallic lip for the day.

But of course these are all just suggestions based on things I do in my daily life.

Happy Holidays!

Hello friends. I thought I would share some photographs from my holiday weekend with out folks. This was my Fairy of Christmas Present look this year. What do you all think?

 

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What is FaeNetwork.com

faenetwork

Hello friends, as the weather turns cold and we tend to spend more time indoors bundled up nice and toasty and days continue to grow shorter I want to take a moment to talk to you about something very near and dear to my heart. In previous posts you have seen me mention a website called Faenetwork, but it occurred to me I never took the time to explain what that is.

FaeNetwork is a forum that provides an online place for the fairy community, whether that be performers, enthusiasts, scholars, costumers, or just open minded individuals looking for a friendly place to experience some magic. A newer forum it has only being around a little under two years now, only one of which has it been out of Beta as it was modeled in a similar fashion to its inspiration and “big sister” forum of sorts, MerNetwork (The Mermaiding Community Forum). So naturally because it is such a young site, like many it is a bit quiet at the moment. However, when there is activity the magic can be found in every post.

However, It is more than just a bunch of forum threads of people talking about wings and flower headdresses. FaeNetwork is for fostering connections in the community. There are sections for posts in the media, ideas for performers, tutorials, a meet-up section, and so much more. But it can’t continue to grow without help. We are calling to all fae out there to come join us and help us create a truly special corner of the internet for ourselves where we can share our passion for fantasy with each other.

Why I chose this path

Its a warm autumn Saturday, the breeze is gentle and it rustles it way through the leaves of the near by trees, children’s laughter can be heard as they play on the equipment nearby. And there sitting on a hill under a tree is a single fairy perched on a blanket playing soft notes on a small pan flute as she stumbles her way through a non existent melody. Adults throwing confused and judgemental looks at her as they give her a wide berth. But then something magical happens, someone not so scared of what others will think spots her and their eyes light up.

“Look a Fairy! There is a fairy right over there!”

The exclamation causes more eyes to turn and children start to see her too. Their eyes lighting up with wonder as they stop what they are doing and immediately beeline for the lone fae under her tree….

I get asked all the time why I do what I do. Whether this is from confused adults who think my bubble isn’t quite centered or from teenagers and children who are so in awe that they have just met a real life fairy at the park or a mermaid at the beach that they want to know why I am out there doing this.

Miss Fairy are you real?

The simple answer is yes, I am. But when it comes to little ones I never lie. My response is always the same, “Do you think I am real?”. I let them touch my wings, asking them to be gentle because I am ticklish and sometimes I even give out trinkets to those bold enough to approach me. My only rule is that I let each individual decide for themselves how much of the magic they chose to believe in.

Why are you here?

Well it looked like such a nice day and all you humans seemed to be having so much fun at this park I thought it would be a good place to rest my wings.

People always want to know why I am at the various locations I pop up at. It is almost as if I have to have a justifiable reason for being in a costume spreading smiles, even if I am just doing that by minding my own business. As a matter of fact I remember one time my cousin and I were at the farmers market downtown both as fairies and someone was very concerned that we were hired to be there and was bothered that we were buying produce. We tried to politely explain to the woman that no, this is just how we prefer to dress and that like herself, we just wanted to pick up some fruits and vegetables from local farmers. This seemed to unsettle her quite a bit as she still continued to lecture us and demand that we “perform for her entertainment if we were going to be dressed like that at a public event”.

Please don’t misunderstand though, I will very rarely turn down a request for a riddle or something small if I am out and about in a faesona, but just because I chose to look this way does not mean that I have to do anything. I am an individual with rights just like everyone else, I just chose to do something different with my appearance.

Okay, well if you get so much trouble for it, then why do you chose to be a fairy/mermaid?

Ah, I’m glad you asked friend. When I was a wee never-bug I had an unlimited imagination and I was lucky enough to have very creative parents who sewed and were open-minded that fostered that imagination. I had an entire closet full of whimsical fantasy costumes I had dreamed up and my mother had spent hours tirelessly creating so that I could have a magical childhood. We held masquerades, tea parties, read books of far off places where dragons were real and elves roamed. My room was even modeled after what I thought a fairies room might look like: my entire ceiling was a canopy of tulle, flowers, and vines; subtle glitter sparkled across every surface; my lamps were even disguised as metal scroll work or flowers.

Growing up in such a creative and free environment gave me an opportunity to find a safe haven from a lot of the scary things that come up as we become adults, but many of my friends were not so lucky. And as we got older the differences really began to show in how much hope we fostered. Those same friends who as children were running around dreaming of being anything have settled for what they refer to ask “soul-sucking” 9-5’s that take so much out of them all they do is come home, drink, and go to sleep. They aren’t living their lives. They are so bogged down by the societal expectation that they have to achieve certain things to be viewed as successful that they have forgotten the most important part: if you forget to actually live your life along the way none of those achievements really matter. You cannot take any of it with you.

It is time we stop worrying what others will think if it is getting in the way of our dreams. I hear it all the time from adults when I am out and about in character.

“Wow this is so cool. It sounds like so much fun, but I could never do that.”

Well why not? I have chosen an unusual path because I want to do something to change this. To actively contribute to keeping the magic alive for others as long as humanly possible. The real world is a very scary place at times and if we let all the magic die what do we have left to dream about to keep us going?

I do it for the look in that child’s eyes when they first see me. The over stressed college student who feels like they are drowning in a see of stress who for just a moment can relax and remember what it was like to be a carefree kid. For anyone whoes light is starting to go out.

What Being Fae Means To Me

Hello my lovelies, today I thought we would do something a bit different. Most of my posts here are about my life in the world of fantasy. Whether that is through my costuming, my entertaining gigs, or my literary preferences. But today I thought we could take a little side detour and talk about what being a fairy or a mermaid really means to me and the requirements and work it takes.

As I have stated previously, I am a modern fairy. And, before you start jumping up and down trying to tell me “Saelyyia fairies aren’t real. Its time to grow up.” Please understand this; I am not a delusional child I am an adult who works full time at one job and holds a second one on the side, have a college education, and am a productive member of society. In my human life which takes up a very large chunk of my time I work for a great company in the world of custom printing. I put it a minimum of 40 hours a week at the office and work my wings to the bone at my job. As for my second job, it is a much more entertaining one, quite literally since I’m an entertainer, but it takes almost as much time. I have to manage the pages, the clients, the costumes, the maintenance, and staff rehearsals/event prep and I do this all by myself. So when everything is said and done I work about 55-60/hrs a week in my slow months. I’m not bringing in all the gold though, I make enough to pay the bills and sometimes put a little extra towards something special.

With all this work there are other struggles, I have mentioned being one of the hidden fae before and that is largely because my health is not something the human world is really equipped for. Extensive dietary complications, a literal allergy to sunlight (mild thankfully), and some other chronic conditions that pose serious restrictions on my lifestyle mean lots of doctor visits, which make lots of bills + a very large level of frustration coupled with a not so fun headache of problems.

So what does all this have to do with my life as a fairy/mermaid? Well, with all the restrictions and problems I have to fight to maintain a “normal” life or do things the way “normal” people can I have to face a constant battle up-hill. This leads me to the second half of the post. The real point I wanted to share with you today…

To me being Fae is the most freeing thing in the world.

Whether I dawn my flower crowns, gossamer gowns, and wings or one of my mermaid tails, sea shells, aquatic plant wreaths, and pearls I am escaping the struggles faced on a daily basis. My friends it is so easy for us to let the weight of the world drag us down. To stop seeing the magic and the fun. We wake up, put on our uniforms (sometimes literal/sometimes figurative) for whatever job we hold, we punch in, mindlessly labor for hours, punch our, and by the time we get home we are drained and there is no energy to chase our dreams. Ironically, the same dreams we are slaving away at our jobs to be able to achieve.

But for me I have found a way to keep that magic alive and I have found some amazing communities that share my interests. When I am in a park playing my pan-flute or frolicking, or even simply visiting with others/enjoying the scenery I am free. It keeps my inner child alive and keeps my dreams in reach. However, what makes it all the more special for me is seeing the light it brings to out in others. Other adults don’t always know always know what to make of me. Sometimes they pretend they don’t see me, others are just dumb founded, and some find it so refreshing that they decide it is something they want to be a part of. Meanwhile, children are my favorite reactions to witness.

We as adults have a terrible habit of wanting our children to grow up too fast all the while complaining that we feel robbed of our own childhoods because someone did the same to us.

Go to school. Do your homework. Keep your room clean. Act your age. Stop believing in fairytales, the real world isn’t like that. Well why not? Who is responsible for that being the status quo? WE ARE. As the adults we have the power to decide what is and isn’t going to be okay in our worlds. People fight for change all the time, so why have we not fought to stop erasing the joy & magic our children hold. Why are we still so determined to make being responsible adults a bleak and in my opinion, most often, a soul sucking chore? And when we do find someone that hasn’t lost that spark we treat them like a pariah or something to be looked down on. Society does a very good job at letting those like myself know that they are not welcome. Isn’t it time that changed? Why is it such a crime for those of us looking for something different to be ourselves? So when you see someone who looks different. Whether that means bubblegum pink hair and pastel Lolita clothing, a fairy, or a mermaid walking down the street or at the market instead of telling them to grow up or trying to shame them please remember they are just being true to themselves and there are some people that actually get a feeling of joy from that. So please be respectful to myself and those like me.