FairyFriday: Recycled Fairy Skirts

Hello Faeries and welcome to another installment of #FairyFriday! This week I thought I would go ahead and share some updates concerning my #MythicMarch projects since one of them is for a fairy costume.

This particular project is taking an old tulle canopy ceiling from what was our bedroom before we switched to a bigger room and re-purposing the fabric into a magical new fairy skirt to frolic about it. I wish I could find a picture of the canopy when it was up on the ceiling, but unfortunately I can’t seem to local one. So then where to start?

Step one: Getting the ceiling down

This was probably one of the hardest parts to getting this project started. We had a friend moving into our home and we were switching to the master bedroom but our new room mate didn’t think the pastel tulle canopy ceiling and floral accents was quite his style so it had to come down. No biggie right? Wrong, sometimes we faeries don’t always have all the tools we need since the human world can be strange and confusing to us as times so it took about 3 days with a screwdriver, and a set of needle nose pliers to use as leverage to pull the nails and get the canopy down. All the while trying to not suffocate through the dust mask as 18 years of dust rained down on me. Don’t worry though I have triple washed the fabric since.

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The flowers (shown on the left) from the center ring as they were pulled and all the fabric on the right side still attached.

 

Step two: Taking it apart

Once the canopy was washed and dust free I set to the task of taking it apart. All the tulle had been hot glued to the center ring though which was a bit of a problem so I had to snip each section off one by one and sew them together in their still gathered form so that I didn’t lose the look of the original ceiling. the ring was about the same measurement as my waist so I figured this would be an easy place to start. Boy, was I in for a bit of a surprise. turns out it was still far to large at this point so I had to gather the fabric even more. Lucky for me it was already pretty gathered and tulle is very easy to gather.

Step three: Laying it out

Once it was all gathered and at the right width came the fun part. I pulled out my dress maker dummy and laid it out on the model to see what it was looking like. After taking a look at it finally had an idea of what I was doing.ED3E60D3_148E_4637_BEF1_7850A912D4C0

Step 4: Sewing the panels

The original plan was to just leave it all in loose panels but looking at it, I have decided to attach all the different panels together with a clear thread and I will add pick-ups by hand to give it volume, adding flowers to each pick up. I am also leaving the ends ragged for a semi-feral but still dainty look.

Stay tuned for more updates on this project as the month moves on.

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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

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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.

FaerieFest 2016

Fall is upon us friends and with the changing of the colors and the chill beginning to build in the wind we find ourselves entering a new and magical time of the year. Still warm enough for the fairies to frolic and the autumn fauns to play their pipes in the groves. I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful gathering as this just this weekend. In the early fall in Solvang, Ca. for the past several years there has been a quaint little festival held at the Solvang Festival Theater where fae from all over gather to listen to enchanting music, watch dancers float across the stage, shop for a new piece of magic to add to their collection, listen to stories from talented storytellers, and make new friends. And since it is “Magic Monday” I thought I would share my experience from Saturday with all of you.

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Life-sized toadstools at the heart of FaerieFest2016

Location, Surroundings, and Admission:

  • As far as the location is concerned, the scenery is absolutely beautiful. The outdoor grounds are small and intimate much like a grove would be, but still open enough that passers by could watch those withing frolicking in the dappled sunlight.
  • Admission was also very affordable. Original pricing was only $15.00 for adults and as the event got closer that dropped down just $10.00. Even better was that patrons could come and go from the event at will all day long meaning that you could pop in for an act you wanted to see or to shop or visit and then take a break and shop around the Danish village or enjoy and of the many bakeries in town before returning.
  • Around the outside of the little park area there were booths with vendors set up for all kinds of fun little trinkets from figurines to keepsake boxes, wands, staves, decorations, leather-working, ceramics, and jewelry. And at the heart of the grass was this large set of trees surrounded by a brick circles where they had made all the cute life-sized toadstools you see in the picture above as a backdrop to Thomas the Truthful’s storytelling area and the face painting booth.

The Entertainment:

  • The acts that were performing at the event were great. They had enchanted harm music, a local modern dance troupe, storytellers, a band, ballet, and more at the main stage. They also held a couple of costume contests for the patrons. One for the children who were all just as cute as neverbugs, and one for the adults.
The winners of the adult costume competition 2016.

So what did I take away from this small, but growing event?

I cannot wait for next year. The people were all very friendly, the environment was nurturing and warm, the vendors had amazing wares for sale, and the opportunity to gather with others with similar interests in such a cozy little town was priceless. So I’ll leave you with a couple of group shots here from the rest of the event…

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Road to Labyrinth: Part III

Hello Dearies,

Sorry I have been so quiet, my day job has gotten a bit crazy and I have lost a lot of my free time as a result. but have no fear, I’m back with more magic to share! Over the past couple of months I have been hard at work in my grotto creating lots of new magical updates to share with you all. So lets dive in.


The Fairy Godmother…

Diafaenissia (Di-a-fa-nes-ia) has arrived in our realm and she is looking fabulous in her new gown in preparation for the great ball in the realm of Sypher at the beginning of next month. In a stunning 12 layer dress she glides gracefully over the ground where-ever she goes.


My Progress…

Next up as you may or may not know I will be wearing two seperate ensembles for the ball. On Friday night I will be attending as the Fairy of the Green Forest **Pictures can be found in Road to Labyrinth: Part I** And Saturday night I will be debuting a brand new faesona as a forest spirit who is part unicorn, part humanoid. Things are just starting to wrap up on that costume but it is looking absolutely magical. Unfortunately I do not have too many pictures of the progress as it is very hard to get a full body photograph of yourself. So Please enjoy these progress pictures in the meantime…