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Last Minute Mask Offerings

jeweled leather raven mask

It’s been a busy month, but I managed to finish off a few more handcrafted Halloween mask offerings! These are handmade wearable art pieces, hand crafted from my original designs; so you can trust that you’ll receive a unique, well made creation designed to make you look fabulous.

You’ll find a range of options in terms of complexity and cost. Whether you choose one of the more elaborate designs, or something simpler, you’ll find consistent level of quality and comfort. I hope you’ll enjoy these fantastical offerings. May they add a bit of magic to your Halloween celebration!

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Happy May Day!

Great Greenman layered leather mask

It’s a perfect occasion to share these throwback photos of beautiful Janna Prosvirina Fantasy Art with one of my Greenman masks. The Green Man is an ancient symbol of nature, and the cycle of rebirth and regrowth that begins anew each spring.

This mask features a layered design that allows you to wear it as one dramatic mask, or as a thematic pair of masks. Worn separately, the two layers play nicely as Green Man and May Queen, Green Man and Green Lady, or just a couple of nature spirits.

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Hail Spring!

Hail Spring! Today is the vernal equinox, signaling the first day of spring. 

As an avid gardener, I’m excited for warmer weather, planting season, colorful flowers, and butterflies! As an extreme allergy sufferer, I’m less than excited about the next few weeks of alternating between zombie mode (unmedicated) and total spazz (whacked out on allergy meds) < ~ Please bear with me there.

What are you looking forward to this season? 

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Featured in FAE Magazine!

Summer 2012 issue of FAE Magazine

OMG! The fact that I have not posted about this yet is testament to how insanely busy and exhausted I have been lately. Please allow me to correct this absurd oversight …

One of my masks is featured in the summer issue of FAE Magazine!! Per their website, “FAE – Faeries and Enchantment Magazine has faerie art, faery fashion, folklore, fairy news, views, events, music, films, meditations and much more. Every issue has more exclusives than you can shake a faery wand at! FAE is a full colour glossy wonderland-sized faerie lifestyle magazine printed and published quarterly in the UK on FSC accredited paper and is 100% carbon neutral.”

The cover of this issue has a gorgeous photo of Charlize Theron, in her role as the evil queen in Snow White and the Huntsman. The mask (well, technically two masks) included in this issue is my Autumn Greenman mask, which is layered with my Lady of the Leaves mask. I am not sure exactly which photo is included, but I know that it is one from a photo shoot that was taken last fall.
Photo © Janna Prosvirina

The model is the lovely Janna Prosvirina, who is as talented as she is beautiful (follow the link above to see some of Janna’s gorgeous fantasy art!). I am so grateful to her for supplying these photos. She submitted them for my virtual costume contest this past fall, and they ended up being perfect for this opportunity with FAE magazine!

If you’re interested in one or both of these masks, you can find them on my website which is the very best way to buy directly from me. They are also currently listed in my Etsy shop. The “Lady of the Leaves” mask (which is the bottom layer) is available here and the “Autumn Greenman” can be found here.

I am eagerly awaiting my copy of the magazine, and I am deeply grateful for this wonderful opportunity!

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On a Lighter Note…

This piece by Carapace has been making me grin all week. I suppose that means that I need to buy it. The painting is precious, and I love the description too:

© Carapace – http://www.etsy.com/shop/carapace

Flower fairies get all the attention when humans start looking for nature’s decorators. But somebody has to paint the deserts, and detail the scorpion. Somebody has to bead the lizards.

Lizards at least are fairly patient if unappreciative customers. And she actually enjoys imposing beauty over their sullen disinterest. But it does irritate her when people overlook the intricate patterns of her reptiles to coo over yet another watercolor sunset. Yes, yes, very nice purple. Look at the lizard!

Okay, I’ve decided — this one is mine; but if you’d like one of her other fantasy prints please check out her shop.

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Wednesday Inspiration…

via simondale.net

In an effort to make blogging more of a habit, I’m going to try something new in the coming year. On Wednesdays, I’ll share images and ideas that inspire me. Ideally, I will do this every Wednesday — but we’ll see how that goes 😉 Hopefully, this will remind me to update more often, and also allow me to promote other artists and dreamers.

So without further ado, my first “inspiration” post features an earth friendly home in Wales. It was built by Simon Dale and his father in law. Not only is this home beautiful, unique and magical looking (very Hobbit-like, no?), it was built in a very low impact fashion, with the utmost respect for the environment.

via simondale.net

The interior is just amazing, with its skylights and twisted wood rails. It looks like something out of a fantasy tale, but the construction methods reflect very real and contemporary values such as permaculture and sustainability.

This home was build on a particularly modest budget, using materials and techniques that are readily accessible to most people. The house harnesses solar power and rainwater, and does not rely on fossil fuels. It is a creative and wondrous example of what can be done to provide low cost, eco friendly housing.

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Siren Song

The Fae Team has just posted their newest exhibition! It’s a gorgeous collection of mermaids, seashells and other watery beauties that celebrates the current theme, “Siren Song”.

The exhibit includes original art prints, costume items, jewelry and accessories. Some of the pieces are silly and whimsical, while others are absolutely elegant … go check it out!