Grand Mamma (Daddy) of them All

Photo by Steve Schultz

Yep, I’m getting stoked for this, the Grand Mother (Daddy) of Faerie Fests. New York Faerie Fest is in a week plus a few days. I went last year and tell you all about it (here & here) I’m not even part way through my “to do” list for this event. And I don’t care. I now plan on making one thing.

Instead of Five Things, I will Make One Amazing Thing. 

I’ll make sure I show you pics of the complete ensemble. I need to get my packing done. Well,actually ,my “sorting” needs to be done. I have way too many things in all of my boxes of stuff. Way. Too. Many.

And I probably don’t have enough stuff in my “Magpie Costume” box. There are never enough “shineys” or jewelry.

Just to remind you, this was my gear last year. And yes, as you can see, there are Porta-Johns nearby.  Loud doors slamming shut, but you get used to it.  It’s actually nice to be pretty close to the john.

And this was my Single Magpie set up. I decided to go to the Fest all by myself.  I had to design a whole new set up for 1 person.  I engineered a genius fly for my tent & it looked pretty damn awesome. The most important part? It’s relatively dry and storm safe.(Porta-Johns still in evidence)

And I brought my Steampunk Truly McKee decorations too. That made my campsite even more awesome. And cute, too.

I’ll tell you how the rest of it went tomorrow.  Why was the waterproof part necessary? Who are the Magpies?

See you tomorrow……

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Faeries Faeries Faeries!

Photo Apr 14, 3 07 37 PM

photo by Steve Schultz 

Here come the frisky, frothy faeries.  We’re staring down the most important holiday of the year.  May First.  May Day.  Beltane.

Yep!  It’s when the Fae love to play the most.  And it’s when the Faerie Circuit is bursting with festivals and frolic.

Photo Apr 14, 3 10 55 PM

I’ll be at Spoutwood Farm for their 25th Anniversary Faerie Festival, which is April 29- May 1st.  It’s the mother of all Faerie Festivals.  It will be my first time attending.  I always knew I’d finally go, and it makes sense that I have a “role” when I get there.   I’ll be running with the Magpies as the official apothecary and also volunteering for the festival.  You know me, I like to be busy.

azog onca wedji banana

photo by George Skepton

Then in mid-May I’ll be at the Baltimore Faerie Faire vending my wares as Truly McKee. It’s where you find the Fae in the city.  The Fae are everywhere if you’ll look carefully.  I’m excited to return to this event; I had a fabulous time last year.

Photo Apr 14, 3 10 37 PM

photo by Steve Schultz 

June has the king daddy Summer faerie weekend full of magick, magick and more magick. I love the spirit and the feel of this land, the faeries, trolls, goblins, elves and other fine creatures who attend.  I’ve been multiple times and love it.  New York Faerie Festival is the Fae music, magick, frolicking, shopping, fire spinning, dancing, hooping event you should not miss.  I’ll be back again with the Magpie Court, you’ll see me handing out Truly McKee shinies, treats and potions.

After this Spring and early Summer I will need a long, refreshing nap.  See you in Faerie!



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Dreams & Visions

nautilus cristobal vila
Cristobal Vila
Jamala Arts

nautilus zweezwyy



Images of the Nautilus shell keep coming up for me.  And that brought me back to the beautiful poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.  I think that I had it nearly memorized while in college.

So here we are.  Outgrowing an old cell,  building a new one.

Hah! You can even purchase an autographed, handwritten piece of this amazing poem.  You can find the poem in its entirety at the link.

detail and signature OWH

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To dream a dream…


Hah!  Wrong blog for this but here it is.  I’ve been working on some new things inspired by my vivid dreams.  I’m formulating small pillows to use to help you dream more vividly, to help you remember dreams and provide psychic protection while you’re dreaming.  I’m also working on meditation eye pillows.  You know, to keep the light out when you’re meditating.


image from here

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E the hell out of it 

There are things you want to keep. And things you throw in the bin. Between those?  A whole lot of grey. Or a whole lot of “E”

I’ve sold things on Craigslist. I’ve bought things on eBay. And I’m still kind of entranced by antiques on the Internet. Yep, on “teh internet”  Yep, that’s me.

So, in the purging and renewal & reinvention side of things…I’m purging! And shedding! And selling! Yes, selling.

Here’s Mesmerize Media busting out some serious set up. Hawt. Srsly.

The snaps look great. And the “in process” are kinda awesome.

Without further ado:




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LINKLOVE Steampunk Edition

theblight dot net gibbous

Photo by Neil Girling  Victor in Gibbous Fashions
pierre matter
from Steampunk Gentlemen
SteamFae Bottle with harness hook from Doc Stone’s Tinkering
steam heather
Sassy Steampunk Heather by Avory Pierce

doc stone 2

Leather & Wood Pouch from Doc Stone’s Tinkering
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I am…..

sleeping alot

dreaming a ton

getting back in to the work groove

trying to stay motivated

reading like there’s no tomorrow

feeling linked up and connected with lovely people on similar journeys

being challenged by old beliefs and patterns

being tested again and again

letting go of patterns that no longer work for me

learning new ways of doing things

being tested on the new ways almost immediately

learning new things at a fast clip

getting pop quizzes on the new things even faster

purging, eliminating, loosening, shedding my skin

again and again

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slow start

mantra-circleSo, I usually roll into a New Year with a clean briefcase, plans for a clean studio and work space, some goals set and a list of words.  This year is the same, except it’s not on the first or second of the month.  It’s kind of now….

The mess in my studio is down to a dull roar.  My desk is clean.  My briefcase is clear.  I have a new laptop sleeve.

I have some goals set, as I mentioned last year, I don’t like resolutions.  If it’s lose 10 pounds and go on a diet, I always blow those type of resolutions right out of the gate. And then I beat myself up about it.

So, a couple of goals, a couple of words.

What’s up with the words?  It’s kind of a mantra.  It’s kind of an affirmation.  I choose two or three words at the beginning of every new year.  I write them down on a pretty piece of paper and slip them into my wallet.  I write them on a few other cards or post it notes and post them places I will see them every day.

Those are my marching orders for the year.  My touchstones.

Last year I included the word “travel” in my mantra.  I’m including it this year as well.  Kind of by default….

There are delicious trips in the works this year.  To the beach in February for a long weekend.  To the Smoky Mountains for a wedding on May Day.  To the beach again for our annual trip.  And there’s talk of adventures to NYC, Palm Springs and possibly Napa Valley.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder really sucks

….that’s pretty obvious, is it not?


So, I wanted to crawl into a hole last winter.  In March, I pretty much *did* crawl into a hole.  I’m going to do my best this year to head this thing off at the pass.  Or at least keep it at bay.

One weird thing that I did last year is make it worse.  I did not let myself think I was depressed or even bummed out.  I’m a big advocate of “fake it ’til you make it”  or just pretending that I’m not depressed.  Last year, I kind of went way beyond that.  I was in total denial.  I can really be a stubborn jackass sometimes.

So with it being nearly the darkest day of the year, I feel I need to make a SAD Mission Statement.  I am going to do my best to prevent/minimize it this year. Which is a lame Mission Statement. But I’m gonna go with it.

However, I’m going to get all SMART on my objectives.  (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time Bound for those of you not grooving with the corporate speak acronyms)

1.  Exercise at least 3 times per week.  Which means at least 30 minutes sustained aerobic activity.  And extra is a bonus.

2.  Go outside at least one time per day.  If it’s sunny I have to be outside for at least 30 minutes.

3.  Schedule!  Which I am loathe to do.  So I’ll go easy on myself. A. Eating, even a little bit, three times a day.  B. Taking my meds every morning.  Stating any more than would not be attainable.

4. Let my creativity go crazy.  I have to let the kookieness out.  Write, draw, paint, craft, wonder, jam, dance, hoop all that I can.  Commit to a creative pursuit once a day, even it if is something as small as doodling.


So there it is.  I am such a Virgo about my stuff.  (shout out to @laurlaur226)




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organized? maybe


Weekly-to-doThere’s so much to do.  I’m excited about all the things to do.  I’m finding that I’m still getting used to doing something different, something on my own.  I am a master at prioritizing but somehow, this is different.

I’m feeling a bit disoriented, disorganized maybe.  I have a to do list, but the list is long.  And that is daunting.  So I feel the need to break it down into parts and pieces.  My list right now is on paper.  That’s my best way, my most productive way, to get all my tasks on a list.

I guess the question is….is my final “to do” work flow going to be on paper?  Or is it going to be digital?  Something I can share on all my devices?  I’m not sure.

  • How do you sort your to do list?
  • What do you use?
  • How many to do tasks do you “allow” yourself per day?
  • Do you use both paper and digital? Or exclusively one or the other?
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