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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Mermaid Monday: DYI Net Belt

Welcome once again dear friends to a sneak peak into my world. It is Monday and do you know what that means? You don’t? It means it is #MermaidMonday and what does that translate to for you folks hmm? Time for a new post all about mermaids and mermaiding for your enjoyment!

To kick of this week I thought we would talk about something near and dear to every mermaids heart, accessories. Today’s accessory is the mermaid staple known and the fishing-net-belt. You see when you are half fish things get a little tricky. We don’t have the ability to accessorize the same way our land dwelling Fae brethren do. We don’t have feet to wear shoes or ankle jewels, and our clothing choices are pretty limited under the waves. Would I like to wear this shell bra, or that one? Do I want a seashell tiara or a lily-pad bonnet? So we finned folk have learned to dress up our wardrobe in different ways.

While you legged types get frolic in skirts, shorts, or pants, we style our lower halves with different sashes and such from items we can salvage from our watery landscape. For example scraps of netting lost to the ocean from some poor fisherman’s nets cast out during a storm. So today I am going to walk you through making your very own belt fit for a true mermaid.

Items Needed:

  • Decorative Fishing Net
  • Whoozits & Whatzits of your choice to decorate with (Shells, glass beads, Pearls, etc)
  • An adhesive of your choice
  • Thread to knot various pieces together
  • Something to lay under the netting so you don’t glue the belt to the table
*Please note that all of these things can be purchased from most crafting stores.*

Step one: Laying out your netting

Go ahead and open up your netting and select the piece you like the best; It usually comes in a couple of different pieces and so some may be better suited that others. If one piece is not going to be big enough feel free to cut some of it into different size segments and lay them out as you would like them to be. Then, take some thread and knot the netting together to create a larger piece of netting.

Step two: Start spacing your decorations

This is the fun part, go ahead and start laying your shells, beads, and pearls out on the netting where you think you want it to go. Remember there is no wrong way to go about this as long as you are happy with it. Once you have everything how you are going to want it we are ready for our next step.

Step three: Gluing

Now it is time to begin gluing the items down. Go ahead and adhere each item one at a time to the belt until you have finished.

Step four: Let dry

This is the hard part. You have finished tacking everything down and I am sure you are very excited to tie it on and see how it looks, but remember that some glues can take up to 24 hours to fully set and dry. You wouldn’t want to ruin all your hard work by rushing the dry time. So go ahead and set it up somewhere safe and check back on it tomorrow.

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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.

A Late Summer Splash

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Now that summer has come to a close and we begin our journey into the heart of the Autumn months things begin to take a change. As the weather starts to pick up a chill on the wind, the nights grow longer, and harvest colors dance across the trees I thought it would be a perfect time to share one last tale from summer before we jump into pumpkins, warm fires, and cider under the moon.

This summer brought many new and exciting changes into my life that I am ever thankful to have had to opportunity to experience. One of which was the forming of our very small local pod of mer-people. Here on the year-round sun-kissed shores of Southern California we are a common people as the weather here is prime mermaiding weather. We benefit from no really having an “off season” where we must hang up our tails till snow melts or any other extreme weather. Yes, our waters do get a bit chilling in the cooler months causing us to trade in soft sands for heated pools, but we are lucky enough to be able to take a splash all year long if the mood strikes. And because of this many merfolk are drawn to the area. If you do a search you can find a good deal of them. So, then why do I say our local pod is so small?

Well you see, while in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas you can throw a pebble in the water and hit several at once, we are just a bit north of the prime mermaid territories. The southern pods are large, but here in our county there are just a couple of us. Our pod consists of about five of us total, but more of then not it is just two or three of us and our mertenders splashing around.

Throughout the summer one of our local members made a habit of weekly featuring one of our safe, sheltered, swimming beaches in the mornings every Sunday. I had the pleasure of being able to join him for a couple of these swims in the later half of the summer and we had lots of fun. When you are swimming in live water the workout is completely different that the experience of getting your fins wet in a swimming pool. So, there we were, bobbing and splashing in the waves as we raced up and down the soft beach in the summer sun. As the days would start to progress from early morning into early afternoon the little ones would show up to build castles on the sand or wade in the shallows with their parents. I cannot even begin to explain the warm feeling you get when you catch the light in their eyes the first time they spot the pod out in the water.

First, there is a shocking disbelief. Both parent and child stare in disbelief, because they really aren’t sure what they are seeing. Next comes the excited yelling as the wee one realizes what they are looking at and Mom or Dad waves with a big smile on their face. Once we hear the excitement we know that is our queue. With grace and practiced movements we do our best to navigate our way in to shore to greet the eagerly awaiting people as they rush to grab their phones to snap away for photographs of the unexpected treat of meeting live mer-people on a trip to the beach.

And that is the true magic in it. While, many of us do it for the great core and cardio work out we receive with our dolphin kick. The biggest treat, at least for me, is seeing the magic light up peoples eyes. Sharing a smile with someone is a powerful thing and you never know how it will may effect someone’s day.

Mermaiding: Taking the Dive

It is time to introduce you all to another one of my personas or should I say Mersona. Back at the end of 2012 I was looking around online for new costuming inspirations for something new to add to my collect when I stumbled upon the most stunning thing I had ever seen. Professional Mermaiding. I am sure some of you may of heard of it because of all the publicity Eric gets as The Mertailor with his TLC spotlight, numerous online interviews ect.. But that cuttlefish is not who I am refering too, I will not go in-depth as to my negative opinion of Mertailor, but I will say that this fish does not consider him worth her time to type about. No, I am refering to Mermaid Raven, owner of Merbella Studios LLC. To make a long story short I knew that this was something I wanted to do.

For several years I did nothing but lurk on the online forum for the community (MerNetwork.com). But last fall for my birthday my wonderful boyfriend gifted me a mahina merfin that I have since made a tail skin for. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of that one currently, however I also have a second fin for work use. Now I am in the process of making this costume so please be gentle in your critism, but this is my current ensemble for my company and I thought I might like to share it with all of you…

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A behind the Scenes shot to see how colors read on Camera in preparation for an event.