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.

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.