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.

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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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.

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…

Road to Labyrinth of Jareth 2016: Part II

Happy Thursday dearies, I’ve been a busy little bee lately working very hard on some new costumes. But good news! I have an update on my LOJ costume progress. This week I received my last prop accessory for my Saturday night costume! Now unfortunately the lighting in the room made my camera go on the fritz so some of the shots are a bit blurry; magic and technology just don’t mix so great. Oh well. Anyways here are a quick couple of shots of the newest piece from Idolatre on Etsy…

 

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.