The Butterfly Chronicles

“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, 
freedom, and a little flower.”  ~  Hans Christian Anderson

~Here and There and Back Again~

In Which We Explore My Being Butterfly & You Being Butterfly, Butterfly Medicine & Faerie Magic,  A New Perfume, and Maryland

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Are You My Butterfly Buddy?

Do you suffer from “Shiny Object Syndrome?” Do all the glittering things find you landing lightly, following multiple passions, exploring and traveling?

You may be butterfly in nature, like I.  With magical super powers to perceive colors mere mortals do not and to smell with smell receptors (noses) all over your body.  How can one be expected to limit oneself in the face of all this luxury?

Yes, butterflies are a beautiful thing.  But sometimes us butterfly types get a bit of stigma as being, well, flighty.

(Like this particular blog post.  It is going to flutter.  Reader, beware!)

Of late I have been indulging in my butterfly tendencies, big time.  In January 2016, I gave up my condo and jobs and have been living the gypsy life.  An imperfect nomad’s life with the heart of a butterfly.  Fluttering along with me is my dog, Missy, and my verdant faerie perfumery in search of nature, beauty, magic, and of course, faeries.

Since January I have been to Guatemala, Michigan, Mexico (twice), Canada, Oregon, Montana, New York, and back and forth from Chicago to Maryland a bunch of times.  My theme for 2016 is action.  Could you have guessed?

It’s been wonderful, and I am at an all time happiness high.  I could not have done it without the help of very kind and generous people.  So I’m feeling extremely grateful too.

But sometimes I question my seemingly ill-advised life choices.  If you are also a butterfly you may nodding your antennae in agreement.

So I went on some faerie meditation journeys to explore all of these yearnings for freedom and lightness and shimmery beauty, and it’s accompanying self shaming.

In these journeys I organically connected to, and then made peace with, my butterflyness.  All synchronistically confirmed to me in the mortal realm with butterfly references in movies and podcasts I stumbled upon, faerie card readings, friends observations, and of course actual butterflies visitations.

You know how that happens.  You think of or experience something of deep significance, and then it’s everywhere.  Synchronistic.

And the healing I have found is that it is ok to be a butterfly.  It is ok to be me.  In fact it’s wonderful.

So, dear Reader, are you also a bit of butterfly, filled with yearnings for sunshine, freedom, and a little flower?  And do you have a bit of angst about it as I did?  It is not generally encouraged in human society.  Have you noticed?  We are expected to stay put and focus.  Of course there is nothing wrong with focus and productivity, but these expectations have sometimes made me feel bad about myself.  Just a touch.

Let’s be proud of our inner butterfly and flaunt it in the shining sun!

Recently while in Kauai, I discovered a beautiful flower meditation to manifest radical self love.  Give it a try!

Discover the meditation – Kauai Flower Meditation 

If you are not a butterfly type – why not give butterfly style a go?  Allow your senses to expand and experience more – grow some powerful yet delicate wings to flitterfly a little.  What new hobbies can you explore?  Where would you really love to visit?  DO IT!

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Some Butterfly Dope

verdant faerie loves beauty, perfume, and travel.  Hence, the superpowers of the butterfly are swoon worthy.

The lucky creatures smell more than us.  That is, they are more sensitive to scent perception.  Butterflies have scent receptors studded along the antennae, legs, feet, and other parts of the body.

Butterflies see colors we don’t.  With 5 or 6 color receptors to a humans 3, a butterfly’s eyes see more than twice the colors of humans.  Butterflies perceive more color than any other creature (except maybe faeries).  Dogs have the least.  Sorry, Missy.

Those flutterby creatures have a surprising reserve of strength and stamina.  Some butterflies even migrate.  The Monarch butterfly can migrate up to 2500 miles and the top butterfly speed is 12 miles per hour.

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Butterfly Medicine

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Still from the movie Bright Star, directed by Jane Campion

The exquisite butterfly brings transformation and magic.  A universal symbol of  joy – their dancing beauty inspires.

When the butterfly visits you, or you are feelin’ your inner butterfly flutter, you are ready for personal growth and emergence.  Ready yourself to experience any one of its life phases, caterpillar, pupae,  butterfly.  You may find yourself ravenously hungry, reading and studying voraciously like a caterpillar, or in need of a lengthy inner journey, pupae style.  Or you may soon gloriously emerge to explore the world with your ultra-keen, superpower senses.

Often times the visit of a butterfly coincides with a remembrance of a deceased loved one, a particularly beautiful and light being who graced your life with sweetness.

(Psst- faeries often choose to disguise themselves as butterflies…)

In Faerie Faith, faeries of the air are creatures of the city of the east, Gorias.  One of the four cities of the Tuatha de Danaan, from the tribe of the Goddess Danu.  The east brings the sunrise and new beginnings and hope.  Look to the faeries of the air and butterfly allies to aid you in your intentions especially when embarking on a new project, or if a situation might benefit with a dazzling butterfly touch.

If you would like to experience a more through Faerie tradition for yourself, I can recommend the teachings of Celtic Shaman, Danu Forest.   At present, I am enjoying the Faerie Teachings course.  It’s a wonderful addition to my spiritual practice and interaction with the world of Faerie.  Her website is wondrous to browse.

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A Favorite Painting by Sophie Anderson

Aromatherapeutic Perfume – Because Jet-Lag Happens

After returning from my last trip back from Hawaii I had really really bad terrible rotten jet-lag.  Day one I lollygagged about on a lounge chair, limp and deflated.  But on day two when I still felt my butterfly wings wilting on the chaise, I mixed myself an aromatherapeutic blend.  And know what?   It worked!  I was back to my usual self.

I’ve found it’s also fantastic for staying alert while driving on long road trips.

And I’d like to share it with you!

Butterfly is composed of highest quality all natural essential oils.  No harsh synthetic aroma-chemicals whatsoever.  Not a one.  It is a unisex body scent.

The Scent - 
Refreshing Pink Grapefruit, Mint, and Rosemary to uplift
Lavender, Geranium, and Clary Sage to balance and calm
Patchouli for grounding.

Butterfly is in a roll-on applicator bottle, in an oil base of organic fractionated coconut oil.  It is light and sheer and easy for transport.

Hello…

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Butterfly

Butterfly is made special order for you.  If you want a particular scent tweak on it, let me know!

And, as it is primarily a therapeutic composition, it is not composed to last a long time on your skin.  It’s function is to provide a quick mood and energy shift and then free you up.  Like a butterfly landing lightly, touching with magical grace, then fluttering off.

You may order Butterfly from my verdant faerie Etsy shop.  Cost is $25 per 8 ML bottle.

Buy Butterfly Here

Maryland

In closing I would like to share some photos of beautiful verdant Maryland fairieland where I encountered exquisite faerie creatures and people, was housed like a queen butterfly by kindly friends, house sat, made perfumes, taught aerial yoga, trained a wee bit on silks, learned a wee bit about gardening, visited watery and enchanting places, and went on dreamy shamanic faerie quests.

Missy and I have driven back and forth again from Chicago to Maryland 4 times in 2016!  It is a special place in my heart for it’s verdant natural beauty and quirky magical faerie culture.  I am forever grateful for the charming healing heart of Maryland.

~Places To Visit~

A visit the annual Maryland Faerie Festival, read my blogs about some magical experiences here –

The Heart Journey Gnome – Maryland Faerie Festival

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And Maryland Faerie Festival 2015

Here’s some pics from the annual Faerie House Exhibit at the AnneMarie Sculpture Garden (a wonderful place with sculpture and interactive exhibits) where I neglected to take a picture of my kind hostess and new faerie friend, Holly and I together.  But here is the house Holly made for the exhibit.  The Emerald City made of recycled materials!

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Holly’s Emerald City
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Detail of the Door
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More of Holly’s house, the amazing thing she did with plastic bottles all  in my favorite color!
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Missy, thinking of moving in.

If you like aerial yoga or are looking for a place to train on silks – Try Ridgely Retreat for yoga in Annapolis and Urban Evolution for silks in Baltimore.  Really nice folks…

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Me flying on the deck of my friends house.

Maryland Renaissance Festival – where I worked as a Mermaid when I was 18

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Amazing Faerie Ceramics!
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Lulu, Renaissance Mouse

 

I always gotta sniff out the best coffee…  Fell’s Point Coffee in Baltimore – Daily Grind.  A good place to do some eclectic people watching.  There are some truly unique individuals in Baltimore.

 

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The charming historic town of Easton hosts an annual Plein Air  competition…  Plein Air Easton

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This year’s winner – “Origin” by Sara Linda Poly

 

~Other Stuff Missy And I Did And Saw~

Watery things…

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View from my meditation perch.
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Mermaid at Fell’s Point in Baltimore.  Apparently the breasts are getting a lot of action!
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Missy, my shy cautious pup, who has also transformed, like a butterfly, into a flexible road dog.
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Fell’s Point, Baltimore
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Sea Shell Faerie
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If I ever settle down in a home again I want it in these colors of green and gold.

Perfuming and sniffing things…

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Coming!    Mermaid, The Perfume.  Read the sexy story here…Confessions of a Mermaid
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Also in the works – A scented Homage to Buster Keaton.
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Horsemint!
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A madcap perfuming session in the park  with a new friend.
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Plein Air perfuming!

Impressive things that grow…

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I think a squirrel ate this.
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Lady Iris
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Moss
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Gardenia
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Gnomes

 

Faerie contact…

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Remembrance of the city of Gorias
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The faeries took to “borrowing” some of my perfume supplies, bottles and such.  You know, things I have a surplus of and won’t miss.  Don’t think I’ll be seeing those bottles again any time soon!  At least they left a note.

 

What’s next?

Well, after wandering and roaming these past 9 months, I feel a bit ready to dig in deep with my perfume and writing and connect with loved ones and loved activities.  I’ll be hanging out in Chicago, and nearby Michigan.  That is unless I happen to need to off somewhere.  You never know what’ll happen with a butterfly, or a Missy, behind the wheel…

 

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“I got the first 200 miles.”

 

Thank you, dear Reader, for visiting my blog!

 

 

The Heart Journey Gnome – Maryland Faerie Festival – 2016

 

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Sprawled under the hydrangea bushes.  Late spring only, but the heat says otherwise, sayin’ summer already.  There is Lulu, reflecting momentarily on the turn of event.  The event?   Gettin’ with your gnomies…  At the Maryland Faerie Festival.

Thoughts and images flood…  Remembrances…  Treasures…

First, to commune with the faeries tenting is key…  For in the tent you hear the faerie wild rites surging and glittery faerie glam seeps through the zippy fabric into dreams.

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But who could sleep with all this ruckus?  And the music, sometimes eerie sometimes tribal, always magic.

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Delicate Gnome Village of Seaglass

It was at the drum circle that the Faerie Festival Queen announced that a gnome was missing.

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Let The Wild Rumpus Start!

Despite the late night, at dawn Lulu is up and  Unicorn-led.  Onwards through a sparkle chandelier lit crystal curtain to a village of wee fae homes inhabited by kindly faeries.  Going where???  In search of what???  The stolen Gnome???

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Sweet Stardust the Unicorn and his yellow fae, Rawbin.
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Pixie the Faerie Goat
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Chandelier of the Seelie Court
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Enter the Faire

The wee faerie houses themselves seemed to whisper,  “open the door, open your heart, open to mystery, magic, the fae arts.”

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New Gnomes For Sale
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Faerie Houses for Wee Folk by talented Rena Damskey

Yet the voices of these two rang most clear (in a singsongy pixie way.)

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“Seek ye the tree.”
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“To the tree with thee.”
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Darling Mother and Daughter Gnomes Holly and Shirley

Some fae folk clapped their hands and pointed with staffs.  “This way and that.”

But with all the delightful distractions, staying on course, of course, which course?, is there even a course? as tricksy as a faerie path.

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Dinosaur Rides? Yes, Please!
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Spark the Fairy
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Spark Creates Faerie Hair!
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Magical Sundries!
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Honey Cat Jewelry Ladies
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Tempting Faerie Jewels by Honey Cat!
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Yoga Yurts
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And Psychiatric Help?  Why Ever Not!

Other more mysterious messages came from ever more mysterious fae folk.

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Mischievous Tricksters…
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Greenmen…
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Creatures of the Unseelie (Dark) Court…

 

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And Shane with the Kind Eyes of Mythical Designs by Miscellaneous Oddiments.

There were gnomes everywhere.  Near trees…

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In trees…

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Wearing trees…

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And gnomes that claimed to just be “Thinking of trees…”

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But it was Wedji TuCheeks the Goblin who led to the purchase of a hat.

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Wedji TuCheeks the Goblin.

And the brilliant musicians that sold her the flute that truly set Lulu’s course

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David of the House of Musical Traditions
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Faerie on the Psalter

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Eyes closed, ya’ know, Lulu wears her hat and plays the flute.  Magical notes play.  The melody like rivulets streaming sing.  Stardust the Unicorn hears and heeds the calling thus whisks her to a flowery meadow.  Sliding off his back she encounters the tree.  Now so small she opens the wee tree door and slips in and down the very roots of the tree where her special gnomies wait for her in a crystal hall.  Vessels of sweet ambrosia and faerie cakes await (but she knows better than to eat any faerie food, ya’ know).  The fireplace crackles with delight.  The gnomes whisper strange words that both sooth and astound.  And Lulu just knows, ya’ know, just knows to sit and soak it all in…

The Maryland Faerie Festival is an annual weekend long event.  I highly recommend this Festival!  Here is a blog I wrote about the Festival last year when I was quite new to blogging – Maryland Faerie Festival 2015

Thank you so much, dear reader, for experiencing this blog.  Will you attend any festivals this year?

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!

Wildness for a New Year

Samhain Faerie Court

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Brew a witches witchy brew
Sing a wizards wildy tune
Don’t hold tight or try to fight
Just let yourself be wild tonight.
~ Doreen Stelton

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On Samhain, or Halloween,  during the transition into the dark time of winter, the veils between our waking “real” world and that other world, including the faerie world are at their thinnest making it all the more possible to connect with ancestors and the faerie realm.  It’s traditionally a time to let go and venture into that wildness.  Light a candle, try on a costume, venture into the darkness, explore…

New Year begins on November 1st in the Celtic calendar, the day after this wild, veil-thin night.  Seems a perfect time to dream up our futures.  Map out the year in quarters in keeping with the Celtic Wheel.

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As for me, I think I’ll anoint myself with some Frankincense and Sandalwood and go on a faerie journey.  Let the scent transport me.  Or maybe I’ll get a hold of some Oud, AKA Agarwood, which is super powerful to get you to the other realm.

Here is the most respected source of the pure Oud oil I know:

Rising Phoenix Perfume has an aged leathery, incense, smokey, chocolate Malaysian distillation.  Vintage 2006 – Kayu Penyulingan Vintaj – Malaysian Oud   – Dehn al Oud.  Just the pure stuff, no carrier oil or fake stuff.  Check it out, get your meditation on, and let me know what you think!

In the meantime, Missy will be waiting for the great pumpkin…

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And waiting…

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and waiting…

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Enchanted Samhain Everyone!  Happy Celtic New Year!

Fae on Friday – Yellow Bliss

Singing Soul in Yellow and Green

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Yellow singing faerie joy
Light inside and bright employ
The summer’s song all in your heart
Makes loss or sadness fast depart.
~ Doreen Stelton

There is such a feeling by late August.  Creamy and bright.  The excitement of the spring blooms have mellowed and the verdancy of summer is familiarly sweet.  Cicadas, crickets, and birds serenade.  Even when feeling the slightest bit low, just lie on the beautiful earth and listen and breathe.  Soak it up, radiate it out.  Summertime, and the living is easy.

photo by Bill Haggelund
photo by Bill Haggelund

It gets me every time regardless

Find that little yellow faerie inside of you and let it sing.

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(Ahem, this canary looks a little pissed off, but birds just look that way a lot, I think)

Velvet and Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery has the perfect summer perfume for you – Songbird.  This beautiful natural perfume was composed to the sound of birds singing outside the perfumer Laurie Stern’s window.  It’s a complex blending of multiple lush, exotic florals and sweet spices with a soft vanilla finish.

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Do you like Missy’s summer look?  She did not…  She tried to make a game out of eating them short after.

Fae on Friday – Pixies

Pixie Led

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Thumb Pixie (looking like Salvador Dali)
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Clown Pixie

 Children born of fairy stock
Never need for shirt or frock,
Never want for food or fire,
Always get their hearts desire:
Jingle pockets full of gold,
Marry when they're seven years old.

Every fairy child may keep
Two ponies and ten sheep;
All have houses, each his own,
Built of brick or granite stone;
They live on cherries, they run wild--
I'd love to be a Fairy's child.

-Robert Graves

Goode Reader, take upon thyself  great silliness! - Me

The Fairy Wood by Henry Meynell Rheam
The Fairy Wood by Henry Meynell Rheam

Pixies want you to play.  Lighten up a little, laugh a lot.  (Yes,  I made the above thumb pixie.  I did it in a public park.  Can you see the scotch tape?)

Scent can be an inspiration on your quest for fun.  Go and be in the fresh air, revel in the scent.  Maybe you’ll roll down a grassy hill smelling of dirt and green.  Or enjoy the scent of something sweet and playful like fruity gummies (natural please). 

Natural Perfumes that may inspire the pixie in you include Aftelier new scent, Bergamoss.  A new Chypre on my wish list.  A perfume both forest-y and uplifting.  

Also recommended is Terrain from Velvet and Sweet Pea Perfumery.

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Pixie and Missy Lead me on an adventure.

Happy Fae Day!  Tell me, dear reader, how silly can you get?