Mothers Day Love!

Happy Mothers Day

A word-scent linked portrait of my mother. The inspiration for my perfume, Anam Cara.

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Anam Cara Eau de Parfum

Long ago ~ Anam Cara Base Notes

Warm grounding Sandalwood and Vanilla…
Staring into the grass.
Raggedy Anne doll by my side.
My mother, the artist, is near,
Under the oaks, drawing.
She has stayed home to be with me.
I feign sick just to be with her.
Loved.
Potent scent of Fossilized Amber…
Her drawing,
A portrait of me,
I have the striped legs of Raggedy Anne.
She creates, 
I marvel in awe
"How does she do that?"
Patchouli, the earthy unconventional…
She lets me run wild through forests and climb pyramids.
Viewing the world through her eyes,
Eyes filled with curiosity and humor.
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Her mermaid mural on the washroom wall of my childhood home.

Not too too long ago ~ Anam Cara Heart Notes

Sweetness of Bulgarian Rose…
I do really, really, stupid things.
Haunt questionable neighborhoods,
Make bad choices.
They are barely mentioned.
Spicy Clove and luscious Orange Blossom…
A heady period
Of shared African dance classes,
Performance art collaborations.
She plays Shaman.
Her 'Lowly Potato' soliloquy steals the show.
Rich comforting Coffee aroma…
Now I am the mother and teacher.
Frequent, lengthy, excruciating stretches of distressing chaos.
“First there must be chaos, then art.”
We laugh over commiserative cups.
And 'chaos first' becomes my mantra.
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Delivering her Soliloquy at “The Cocktail Party”  A performance piece happening created by Somebody’s Daughters.  I am the blonde with the feather duster in my face.

Pretty much now ~ Anam Cara Top Totes

Sparkle and Shimmery scent of Petitgrain, Bergamot, and Haute Lavender…
It is summer and we sit under the Oaks.
On a swing seat drinking wine in the middle of the afternoon
“Isn’t it close enough to 3:00?”
We reminisce.
When her stories get lively
I pull my legs up under me,
And let her push.
And she pushes us with gusto.
Legs matching the exuberance of words.
Her spirit shimmery
Our friendship sparkles.
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My Anam Cara in Mexico, 2016
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Us, Winter 2015

Anam Cara is available in my Etsy Shop.

Happy Mothers Day!

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baby faerie flies!

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The Etsy store is open

It feels like my perfume creations are little faeries that grew up and are out making their way in this world, sprinkling enchantment and wonder wherever they flitter!

Please visit the shop at:

verdantfaerie on Etsy

I also had a lovely little launch at a Women’s Healing Hour where three different healers told me there was a lot of energy around my 6th chakra and nose area.  And this was before they knew I was the perfumer!

Here are some pics from the event.

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Botanical perfume will save the world!

Happy Earth Day! A Gaian Read…

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An Earth Day Reading Recommendation

Stephan Harrod Buhner’s book, Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, gently and with humor encourages us to become wild scientists, and undomesticated explorers of the Gaian world.  We are not so separate from Gaia from and a plague on this earth, as we are often chastised as being.  And by connecting and feeling and dreaming into the earth we can consciously open doors of perception and reconnect with nature as kindred beings.

If you are a lover of the arts and creativity, you will especially  love this read.  If you are a fan of *feeling* life, you will love this book.  If you are a passionate meditator, and curious about perception, you too will love it.  And plants?  Dig it, you’ll love it.

Do you have an Earth Day read?

 

On Becoming

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Invisioning Roses……. Eau de Parfum

On Becoming

A Nose, A Fae, A Free Ranger

While carefully packing up all by bottles and perfumery supplies.  I thought, “Who does this and likes it?”  It occurred to me, it is perhaps not the norm to give up a home and just start scooting around hither and thither with an 8 year old dog and more perfume supplies in a car trunk than clothing.  Dreaming to be an faerie perfumer and to live in beauty and enchantment.

But it’s me.  That’s who likes it. Me myself and I.

There’s no knowing how this story will end.

Yet, I have managed to finish my course of study at the Natural Perfumery Institute 

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and I’m getting my beloved enchanted verdant faerie perfumes out there.  The verdant faerie Etsy store launches Monday and I’m exhibiting on Sunday, April 24th in Chicago at InVision.   Woohoo!

Click here for information on the event.

Meantime I contemplate.  I dream.  I invision.  I feel.

I feel how I feel when I perfume.  It connects me to self.  Rose today, right now, how about that?  Sandalwood and Fossilized Amber, tiny droplets escape air-born before the beaker captures.  They flitter inside me – yes like a faerie – how do I feel?  This perfume composition, Invisioning Roses, today it lingers on my wrist for 6 hours, transforming and enticing, langorous.  Yesterday it zipped keenly through me elven, quicksilver.  I feel how this feels.  It brings me now.

And, oh yes, I am on the road, here also finding beauty and kind supportive souls, uber kind friends.  This too brings me home to self.  Finding self on this nomadic perfumed faerie journey.

And sometimes there’s fear and panic.  Of course.  But my mermaid self dives into the pool of emotions, and here, also, I am.  I ground myself and I invision.

One day, maybe soon, I’ll settle down again.  Linger with some Brownies (the types of faeries who protect and help with home and hearth).  But for now I’m a free range faerie type.  And it’s mostly beautiful, and all me.

My wild faerie dream…

I hope you have a wild faerie dream too, dear Reader.  And that you find yourself Invisioning and outbeing that dream.

Here are some pics from my stay in Maryland!

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Faerie Mist
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Secret to the BEST  manhattan, shhh…
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Lunch in Annapolis
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Morning Walk
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Missy
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Smell Great – Name Unknown
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Breathless, Literally
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Lulu’s Free Range Faerie
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Ikebana
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Wondering if I should tincture this….
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Spring!
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Wall Flower  (Shrinking Violet, TeeHee)
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Touristy pic of the state capital, but there’s flowers!

Thank you for visiting here!  May you find beauty and Enchantment.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you happiness in your celebration of plenty

 

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Lady Autumn and the Green Man

by Linda Ravenscroft

more beautiful images by the artist  here

Pausing

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Hello Dear Reader!

Just wanted to say I am taking short pause to take care of some things, create and study perfumes, and practice contemplation.  Peace and love to all!

Fae on Friday – Mermaids Swish Swish Swish

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Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Singing alone,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?
-Alfred Lord Tennyson

Element of water –  The place of feelings, intuition, clairvoyance, creativity.  Perfect for the dreamy time between full and new moon.  Following the ebb and flow of the patterns of life.  A time for letting go of that which no longer serves you and dreaming up new new manifestations.

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Mermaids are connected with love and the moon.  How can you flow this weekend?  Will you make a little time to go to a body of water?  Wear some shells or pearls?  Speak to the mermaids, spirits of the water, make a plan for exquisite love, (always and especially to the self), unbounded creativity, and deep connection to your inner rhythms and flow.

For a natural perfume, how about Mermaid’s Carnation created by Esscentual Alchemy?  A scent combining flights of fancy with a free spirit, making anyone who wears it feel as enchanting as a mermaid.

Here’s Missy enjoying a wade (she doesn’t like to swim).  Just wade.

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I wonder what a mermaid smells like.  Or what sort of sense of smell a mermaid has…  Thoughts, dear Reader?