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?

 

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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?

Bristol Faire of Real Imagination – Illinois and Wisconsin

Everything you can imagine is real.

-Pablo Picasso

I am simply sharing photos from an inspiring day trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire near Kenosha, Wisconsin.  As you might guess it’s mostly a smorgasbord of faerie pics.  Also indulged is my obsession for windows, balconies, and the place where roof meets sky.  And oddities.

FAIRIES

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FAERIES PLAYING WITH CHILDREN…

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…AND FRIARS

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MAGICAL WINDOWS AND STUFF

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FAERIES ON BALCONY

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FUTURE HOME POSSIBILITIES FOR US

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LONG TIME FRIENDS

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Jean and Dave (couple of sinners!)
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Sturdy Beggar – Herb Metzler
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Sturdy Beggars – Herb Metzler (pre mud) and Rush Pearson (more sinners)
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Jean and I
Pure as the driven sn
Pure as the driven snow (so he claims)

THE CURIOUSLY WONDERFUL LADY ETTIE AND HER ODD TEA SHANTY

Honestly – I could not get over the wonder of this place.

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Earl Grey the Cat
Earl Grey the Cat

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ME

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I wore Jessica Hannah’s Skive perfume.  Leather, woodsy, sexy, and sweet dreamy.

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The faire is a provocative haven plunked down in the woods.  A wild imaginarium. A playscape.   It’s healthy to cultivate a bit of wildness in your life so you can be free to play and create.  I sincerely feel this heartbreak that more and more we are pressured (news, religion, government, society, and even education) to just be grateful for what we have, when we could have so much more.  We can dream so much more.

Yes, gratitude is a wonderful practice to cultivate.

But be sure to let a part of your garden (in your soul) grow wild so that the faeries (and you) can work magic there.  Grow a castle.  A wild imaginarium.

We are what we pretend to be, 
so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
-Kurt Vonnegut

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Portraits in Scent – Bergamot

Here’s where I smell some perfumy stuff and jam on whom they’d be if they were a whom or a what.

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Uplifiting and charming, you tickle me.  Like a mischievously cute faerie with a penchant to please.  Upbeat and fun, that feel good friend always so easy to be around.  I feel you in my chest, my lifted-chin-smiling-sunshine gaze.

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Funny that your beautiful and sweet scent heralds from a small, inedible, unattractive type of lime.  Hmmm. yet somehow it makes sense that you are an Italian fruit – as in the Italian commedia dell’arte character, Arlequino.

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You smell like green and fresh.

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I confess I fell madly for you at 18…

in the (non-natural) perfume – Shalimar, by House of Guerlain.  You are often present and ever popular in many perfumes.  Yep, you are a sparkle note in the classic Eau de Cologne.

You are the dog that all the other dogs want to playfully chase.

You are sunshine with a touch of black pepper.

When you are a yoga pose, you are like my dear friend and yoga teacher, Tomoko Morganelli, in Dancer Pose.

Tomoko posed for me at 6:30 am! Look how she is laughing! Such a Bergamot type person.
Tomoko posed for me at 6:30 am! Look how she is laughing! Such a Bergamot type person.

And if you are a silks drop/trick you are like this drop performed by my silks teacher (and professional performer) Zoe Sheppard and my classmate Alicia Hauge.  (I got them right after an hour and a half of training, again, ridiculously early.  Both these amazing ladies are also super upbeat, playful, and fun.)  Click here to watch them casually pull off a one and a half.  Notice the lift at the beginning followed by the playful and exciting tumble.

It’s no wonder the lovely scent is a perfect compliment to the tea, Earl Grey.  Cuppa’ tea, love?   Twill lift your spirits and warm your heart…

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Here I am buzzed on Earl Grey, studying perfumery, old skool, from a book…

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Bergamot, just thanks for being you.