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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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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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.

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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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.

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…