Monday, 20 October 2014

Thoughts on Faeries

 Not intended to be a One Truth or canon, just some random thoughts/ inspiration/ motivation

Faeries give us a magic to believe in, a hope that life can turn out beautiful. That there is enchantment in the everyday. That we can somehow be better.

Faeries are part divine and part wicked, the offspring of angels and daemons, some say. They are two-sided, like humans.

They are closer to nature, purer.* They are out perfect selves.

Reach for the magic in the everyday. Find the magic in the peace of nature, the kindness of animals.

Nature is divine.

Don't lose yourself in the modern world.

You don't have to deny all pleasures or modern inventions.

Just search for purity.*

For Magic.

Be good. Be kind. Be close to nature.

BE the magic.

* When I say purity I don't mean some religious concept, I mean living a simpler life, closer to nature, less obsession with THINGS over people. Enjoy the moments in life, not the possessions. You don't have to wear rags or live in the woods, it's about working out what you do and don't NEED. Really need. No one's perfect. I'm still working on it.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Recent Reads and Outfits

Most amazing outfit ever! Need!

James Herriot's Favourite Dog Stories illustrated by Lesley Holmes
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon 
Tithe Holly Black (re-read)
Life Eternal by Yvonne Woon
Ironside by Holly Black (re-reading)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (re-read)
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Ironside by Holly Black (re-read)
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr (Currently reading)
Farundell by L.R. Fredericks (currently reading)

Watching: Defiance season 2

Listening to: Tom Waits

Dreaming of: Future house and gardens (with my future doggies)

New faery altar set up. I have added more crystals since. 

Recent tweets:
"Whoops! Got glitter from my faery wings on my boyfriend's work clothes. ‪#‎FaeryProblems‬"

Friday, 17 October 2014

Faery Friday

Wood Elf Male and Female by Tony DiTerlizzi 
From the Spiderwick books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Interview: Ingrid of Chameleon Candour

You have many interests- costuming, fantasy, music! Can you tell us some things that inspired you when you were young- books, music...?

Ever since I was a child, I've been drawn towards the fantastical, the mystical and magical. My father read me Tolkien and introduced me to table top RPGs when I was old enough to understand how it worked, opening up a world of imagination and creativity for me, in which I still frequent. Although I'm a city girl, through and through, this world also awakened the love of nature in me, and I always cherish the serenity natural landscape provides.

Tell us a bit about yourself

With tons of projects going all the time as well as being an extremely social creature, I'm generally a very busy bee. I'm an active cosplayer, so I spend a lot of time and money on making costumes and going to conventions. I'm also a singer / songwriter, and occasionally do some gigs now and then. (If you're curious about my music, you can find it on my SoundCloud account: )

I have and acting degree (I did a BA Hons at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Art), but acting is a tough business, and perhaps even more so in little Norway, so, although I'd love to work with it, I've had to choose financial stability over that dream, but should an opportunity present itself, I would jump on it!

Other than that, I love doing archery (although I rarely get to practice it) and I go to the occasional LARP (Live Action Role Play) now and then. I also go to the gym two to three times a week doing cardio and strength. I'm part of two table top RPG (Role Playing Game) campaigns, and I also love PC games such as Dragon Age and Morrowind.

Tell us a bit about your business, how did you decide to start an Etsy shop?

Sewing is something I've done for ages, and, along with my music, it's something I would have a very hard time giving up on. I sew a lot of my own clothes, and in recent years, I've gotten a lot of people asking me if I sell what I sew, and that's how my Etsy shop started out. It's still very much in its humble beginnings, but it would be a dream come true if I could actually live off selling things that I sew for my shop, or even just do it part time. Currently, however, it's something I manage to squeeze in after work hours here and there, so it's taking some time to build it up, especially as it's competing for time with my music work.

What inspires you?

Nature, literature, art, film and music are my biggest sources of inspiration. Anything that has an air of mystery, fantasy, history, and myth about it tends to catch my eye. I love warm, Autumnal colours, dark and twisted things, wax candles, occultism and round but heavy fragrances and tastes. I adore folk music and music with folk elements, as well as bluegrass, blues, jazz and classic rock. Hours upon hours have been deliciously wasted on movies and TV series in the fantasy, Gothic horror and urban fantasy genre, and I love going to Viking and Medieval fairs for creative input as well as supplies.

What is the best thing about what you do?

The best thing must be that it's all something I find immense joy in doing. A lot of love and a little bit of my soul goes into everything I make and being able to share it with others increases that joy.

What is the worst thing about what you do?

That I can't live off it exclusively, at least not as things are today.

Do you like to listen to music while you work?

Definitely! I have a very broad and eclectic taste in music, from Hozier to Springsteen, Loreena McKennitt to Opeth, Black Sabbath to Alison Krauss, Daft Punk to Bear McCreary, Trent Reznor to David Arkenstone. One day I might be listening to the sound score from Call of Duty: Black Ops and the day after I'll be singing "Let it Go" along with Idina Menzel. ^_^

I love to meet other people with eclectic music tastes! (Ed.)

How has Fantasy culture inspired you?

Ever since I read Elfquest in my childhood, I've loved the whole "elven" look, from flowing skirts, jagged leather tops and all the colours of the forest, and with films such as the LotR trilogy and TV series such as Game of Thrones, this has only grown. My personal style is heavily soaked in it and I adore the aesthetics of it. For me, it's a way to let magic linger in this otherwise rather dull and dreary world. ;)

A kindred spirit! That is how I feel! (Ed.)

How do you find time to create things?

I have a full time day job, which takes care of my financial needs, but it does leave me with a very limited amount of time to spread across all my interests and hobbies. I usually make lists and set weekly goals for my self to keep things organized. I also combine sewing with other activities as much as possible, so my rpg groups often find me stitching while I play, and I when I've set aside time for sewing, I usually have a TV series running in the background, or listen to an audio book while I'm at it. But I never really have enough time, and sometimes all plans fly out of the window in favour of some quality "Me Time". ;)

Thank you so much to Ingrid for taking the time to answer my questions, it has been lovely learning more about you and your creations! Many faery blessings!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

13 Halloweeny (or not so Halloweeny) Facts About Me

1. As a kid I constantly played as being a witch, I used to put petals in water and pretend I was making potions. I grew up with Meg and Mog, The Worst Witch books (the tv series didn't exist then) and read about every book on witches I could. I discovered Harry Potter when I was 12 and loved all the books.  I am pretty sure I would be a Hufflepuff though, I am really clumsy and bad at sports but good natured and friendly.

2. When I first read The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe I mistakenly thought it was a true story about a man who murdered his wife. After reading it I was hooked on Poe. I also loved the October People of Ray Bradbury's stories.

3. I have also always been influenced by the Victorian era and Gaslamp Fantasy.

4. My current favourite genre is closest to magical realism. I love dark stories about faeries. As a child I was addicted to fairytales, and know some pretty gruesome ones.

5. Despite this love of dark things, I am also EXTREMELY SUPERSTITIOUS. I believe in ghosts, monsters under the bed and bad luck. I will not say the name of The Scottish Play. The main real exception is that I don't mind Friday the 13th or black cats as I know they are ok for witchy people like me.

6. Because of being superstitious and believing in the paranormal, and because I have an extremely active imagination, this also means that stories I read or movies I see can scare me nearly to death. This means I don't actually watch a lot of scary movies or read nearly anything ghost themed. I also hate gore. I like things on the elegant Gothic side of horror. Things like Dracula, Interview With the Vampire, etc.

6. Despite thinking of myself as Gothic I no longer wear much black. I spent many years wearing all black, now I wear what colours I feel like at the time.

6. At some point as a child I once said to myself that I might be a changeling. The idea has always seemed like a possibility.

9. One year when we were kids, the supermarket gave away Halloween goodie bags for weeks leading up to Halloween. For a while, every Wednesday was Halloween for us.

10. I studied The Gothic Genre in high school and my mum thought it turned me Goth.

11. Halloween isn't big in Australia, I have never been to a proper Halloween party. For the last few years I missed out on my chances due to things like conflicting schedules. I don't know if I mind that much as I am not really a big party person.

12. I always wanted to be a member of The Addams Family.

13. I hid 666 in these facts. Mua ha ha!