7 Top Jewellery Quotes

In today’s blog I am going to look at the quotes that most inspire me. I have hundreds of quotes on sticky notes all put in various places in my house. They often give me ideas for jewellery, encourage me to keep doing what I am doing  and also make me smile. Words can center you, allow you to fly high and even help you get your focus back.  It’s surprising how a couple of words can really uplift my day.  Often just like a piece of jewellery that has been created a lot of thought has gone into a quote. And one could say a quote is piece of art! Here are seven jewellery quotes that I love.

 7 Top Jewellery Quotes That Inspire Me

“When you buy something made from a person, there is something special there, and you do feel it. The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself.”

         J Donald Walters

     “Each day is a gem, different in kind, size, and color and yours to polish!
Carolanne Reynolds

      “I have enough jewellery.” said no one.

          Anonymous

   .  “Jewellery is a personal thing..it should tell a story about the person who is    wearing it.”

Gavance Dane

“Every piece of jewellery tells a story.”

Gem Hunt

“I’ve never thought of my jewellery as trophies. I’m here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty.”
Elizabeth Taylor

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I love collecting jewellery quotes so please feel free to share your favorite quote in the comment section.

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4 Top Branding Tips for your Business

In today’s blog I am going to give you a look behind the scenes of The Earth Faeries. It has been a busy start to the month and apart from making jewellery for my customers I’ve been working on my branding, business cards, doing stock checks, and updating my business plan. Plus I have been learning lots!

Talking of stock checks it was time to do a big order from my suppliers. It’s always a good idea to do regular orders for your materials as when you receive an order from your customers there is no waiting round for it to come through. I love when the post man comes as I’ve been receiving lots of nice packages in the mail lately. And today is no exception as two large boxes greet me. Big boxes of craft supplies always puts a smile on my face.

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I have a craft stall in August in Whittington in  Shropshire so I’m preparing for it now. I have bought some crafting materials i.e polymer clays and  a variety of beautiful black velvet jewellery display stands for necklaces earrings and bracelets. I’m just waiting for some more polmyer clays and jewellery display stands to display my choker necklaces that I have made.

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I have learned from my first stall where my jewellery was laid on the tables with no decorations or table cloth. And the second stall I did I had a table cloth that had so much detail on that it detracted from the jewellery. It’s a cringe moment now I know everything I do is part of my branding but it is a good learning experience.  You could say my business reflects my personality so its always a good idea to make a good impression. This year I’m also equipped with a beautiful table cloth for my stand plus some table decorations to uplift anyone who views my work. I think it also makes your craft stall look so much more appealing and welcoming  It certainly has been a year of learning but in a good way.

I have also been investing in myself and working on my self development. My daughter bought me a Leonie Dawson business work book that has been helping me make much progress. There is so much to do when you start a business and making the jewellery is only a small part of it. There is stock checks, book keeping, creative time looking for ideas, marketing, branding, packing, craft stalls, and networking. That’s not to mention all of the time I’ve spend researching all of the online shops so I choose the right one for me. It’s looking like I’m going with Folksy which is a British company. I will keep you posted when I open my online shop. I’ve also had to find the time or as I say make the time for other things that are important to me too such as hobbies, friends and other goals etc.  This book certainly has helped me and would thoroughly recommend to people who have businesses or are even planning on opening one.

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One of the things I have been working on this year is my logo. I think it was one of the hardest parts of the business so far. I had some ideas for example I knew I wanted a faerie and I knew I didn’t want it to be a cartoon tinker bell type one. But when it came to colors I was stumped. Choosing a logo is a lot more than going for your favorite color as it represents your whole brand and either attracts the right type of customers to you or not. So getting it right was crucial!

Here are some tips on having your logo designed:

  1. Know who your customers are. For example what they buy, what magazines they read, what’s important to them. This will help you create the right colours, image and words to appeal to your audience not only on your business cards but on your website, in your blogs and newsletters to name but a few.
  2. Look around the internet for examples of other logos in your field to give you ideas.
  3. Give your designer as much information as possible about your business colours, your target audience i.e women getting married who have children, are 35 years young and are business owners who care about the environment. The more you know who your customers are the more you can give them what they want. Which means being able to make jewellery they love and also write articles they are interested in reading.
  4. Create a pinterest account and make some boards under the secret option and pin them with examples of others logos. This gives your designer a feel for what you want. The secret board is where you can keep your own images to look at and where other people can’t view them without your permission.

 

I shouldn’t have worried about getting my perfect logo designed because my designer, a lovely lady by the name of  Charlotte Mike Cob from F & R Designs really worked her magic wand. And so the earth faeries logo was born. Here she is. I love her. What do you think?

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I have just ordered some business ca20170505_093333-1_resizedrds from Moo and they have arrived today! I chose to design them myself which was relatively easy as the lay out is all there and all you have to do is upload your pictures and logo as well as write your text. I went with Moo as they have something called printfinity which means that you can upload up to 50 product pictures on the back of your cards. Meaning I have a nice little portfolio to give to my prospective customers when I hand them my business card.

I ordered the green version of cards which are 100% recycled from sustainable forests and come in a lovely recycled pulp box to fit in with my ethics. They are also hand packed meaning no machinery so they are good for the environment.

Although I love all aspects of my business I think that my most enjoyable parts of it apart from making the jewellery is photographing it in my own garden and doing wedding shoots. Doing the wedding shoots means I get to see behind the scenes actions on the photo shoot which is interesting and fun. Plus I meet lots of lovely business and creative people in the process.

I love being outside in nature and some of the professional wedding shoots I have collaborated in  have been in beautiful locations which have really helped raise my vibration.  I believe that a persons energy goes into the products they make so the more happier, creative and inspired I am the more my jewellery is beneficial to my customers. As I say it is nice to pass feel good energy onto others.

I even got to have a beautiful horse on one of wedding shoots courtesy of my friend and neighbor Sharon Roberts owner of http://www.penyfedwcottage.co.uk where we had the photography wedding shoot.

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Photography by Philip Antrobus

 

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5 Unusual Ways To Display Jewellery

Creative Items & Places To Display Your Jewellery

It has been quite a while since I wrote my last blog because I have had writers block & repetitive strain injury.  Not a nice words I know and something I’ve never been able to understand as have never had it until now.   Plus more recently I have also been nursing my little furry friend (my cat Mr D) back to full health so took a break from writing.  However I am back now feeling as creative as ever and note to self to slow down! Despite not updating my blog there has still  been a lot going on behind the scenes of The Earth Faeries from booking craft stalls to improving my photography skills, servicing my clients and having my new logo designed to name but a few.

I have been playing around with different types of back grounds to display my jewellery. I’m very close to opening my online shop ( it’s a choice between Folksy or The Craft Stall Collective) and regardless of which one I choose I need lots of pictures. That’s okay if you are a professional photographer but I’m not so its been a huge learning curve and I’m still learning. Nether the less it has been a fun & magical experience. I thought I would use this blog to show you some of the unusual places or things I’ve used to photograph my jewellery. Some of them I have tried and some I still have to try.

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I found a piece of cut off wood in garden shed for this picture. My other house mate always uses them to photograph his art work so I thought I’d give it a try.

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I ordered some silver glitter craft felt to make another product and used the back of it to photograph this. I loved the way there was little pieces of glitter in the felt but not many so it didn’t detract from the jewellery.

 

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This shot of my jewellery was taken on a sun dial by Philip Antrobus who is a professional photographer. I’ve collaborated with Philip on several projects and he has a  wealth of ideas for great places to display items. Here’s a another photograph he did for a wedding shoot I was show casing my collection in. The wellies featured Ann Dibs beautiful handmade bridal bouquet. We wanted a Welsh countryside theme as that’s where my handmade jewellery is created hence the garden and the wellies.

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Photograph by Philip Antrobus

Other ideas I haven’t tried so far are hanging earrings on painted milk bottles, tree branches, insides of books and even displaying other items of my jewellery on table coasters made out of sliced logs. You can get as creative as your imagination allows you too. When I was in school all those moons ago my teacher used to say to me Melanie stop your imagination running away with you! I say now to anyone ‘if you want to build a business or in fact do anything that requires you to step out of  comfort zone let it run and let it run very far!’

If you are avid photography fan or have a business yourself what have you used to display your jewellery or other products on?

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8 product development tips!

Behind the scenes of the development of The Earth Faeries company

I love product development and it is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my business.  It means I get to sit there with my pencil and paper doodling ideas and sketching the finished product. I use coloured pencils to play around with colours so I can get the contrast right.

I’m not an artist and my drawings may look as if a five year old has done them but they help me create the vision of what the finished product will look like. In my minds eye they don’t look like a five year old has done them thankfully and it’s that vision that helps me create beautiful pieces that I know my customers and family will love. It was my daughter who persuaded me to start to draw my ideas down on paper as she said it would really help me create them and bring them to life in my mind. And she was right and I’m so glad I didn’t let not being up to artist standard hold me back from giving it a go.

Being a crafter means I am always looking for the best materials to work with that are not only good quality but enjoyable to use too. I make a wide range of products from Swarovski crystals vegan silk clay jewellery (no silk worms here but refers to texture) polymer clay fridge magnets to hanging mobiles for babies. In this blog I’m going to look at product development which includes the type of materials I am using and at present sourcing. I am also going to give you some product development tips in-case you want to have a go at making your own.

Here are some of the items that I design and hand make:

Faux Pearl & Clear Swarovski set

Faux Ivory Pearl & Clear/Pink Swarovski Set

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The beginning of a new product

I’m just in the middle of making my baby hanging mobiles however they are also great for adults too. I’m making my grown up daughter one for her bedroom. They take about 10 hours or more to make as they are hand made and hand painted but they are very relaxing to do. And the one below is a work in progress. I originally made four horses (all baked in my oven) and realized that it would look more balanced with another four so I am just in the middle of making them.

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Here’s me painting my figurines for my hanging mobile.

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These are still being painted but I’m nearly there.

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I originally sanded and painted the wooden hoop I am hanging the figurines from. I wrapped a beautiful gold shimmer ribbon around the centre of the hoop so the pink paint would still be visible either side. However although it looked beautiful it didn’t match the vision in my head. I knew I wanted this product to be very eye catching for little ones to bring them a source of pleasure and entertainment when they are lay in their cots or beds. And having had my own child I knew babies loved anything sparkly and it would capture her attention for a long time.

I envisioned  beautiful glitter flags around the hoop that would give a canopy effect so the hunt was on for the material that I could use.

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I came across glitter felt and it felt like being a child again in candy land. Felt on one side and a beautiful glitter on the other side. The felt is really easy to work with and great to trace around my hand made template triangle (for the flag canopy). It is easy to cut and  my scissors glide through it.

I currently work with Fimo which is a polymer clay but I am always always sourcing out different materials. I recently sent away for some air dry clay but I didn’t enjoy working with it.  It cracked very easily so I had to keep using lots of water on it which I enjoyed. However it didn’t do very well in the moulds and because some of my silicone moulds are very deep it didn’t dry properly. I am just looking at porcelain clay now which is vegan and if I like it then there are plans to make the figurines on the hanging mobiles out of it in future.

As soon as the project is complete I will write an article on it so you can see my finished creation.

Perhaps your thinking about starting your own project but not sure how to get started. I thought I would give you some product development tips that have helped me enormously.

7 product development tips

  1. Look round on the internet or in magazines to help generate ideas. Don’t copy though. It is nice if your work is original. It can be similar but have fun adding your own twist to it.
  2. Sketch your ideas. It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw as only you is going to see it. You will find it helps construct the vision of the product in your mind.
  3. If your planning on selling your product decide how your going to price yourself? For example work out how much something costs you and then selling it a price that you make a profit on. Or alternatively charge an hourly rate if the project takes a couple of hours to make.
  4. If your planning on selling what you make ensure you do your market research and find out who your target audience is and also whether there really is a need for your product.
  5. Take lots of walks in nature. All of that fresh air increases energy and adds oxygen to the brain cells which means more thinking power. With more thinking power you’re more likely to be able to use your imagination to come up with something beautiful.
  6. If making jewellery think about using a bead design board. It allows you to play around with your designs before you string them. I have one of these and it makes the design stage so much easier.

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8. Learn how to do meditation and do it every day. It will clear you mind and without the sea of endless thoughts ideas will come more readily. It will replenish you thus helping you be more productive.

And if making things isn’t for you then I offer a great selection of beautiful gift ideas for every day use and for special occasions for you to choose from. Please click the link to see them. https://theearthfaeries.com/portfolio-2/

Additional Note

I no longer work with Fimo as have discovered it has animal by products in but instead now work with cruelty free clays.



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Harper & The Faeries

Moving to Wales about 9 months ago was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only is is it a magnificent country with lots to see and do to ignite my imagination but it is steeped in history and faerie Lore. I love anything faerie related so I decided to write a blog each month about the different faerie lores in Wales. This month I’m going to write about Harper & the faeries.

Shon Robert who was a Harper lived in a remote part of Denbigshire called Hafod Elwy. He was a musical soul and was always being invited to parties to play for the singers and dancers. This evening he had been called to a party in Llechwedd Llyfn, in the neighborhood of Cefn Brith. After a lovely evening everyone parted company and he headed home. His path was over the bare mountains which led him past a lake called Llyn-y-dau-ychain and on the verge of it was something that he had never seen before. It was a vividly illuminated grand palace. He however proceeded on his way and to his amazement came right in front of the palace. A faerie footman invited him in. Curious, he accepted the invitation and entered into a a magnificent hall where a grand ball was taking place. Much of the furniture was lavish and made of solid gold. The faeries all drank from gold goblets and a waiter stopped by and offered him a drink from a goblet that was adorned with jewels to which he accepted.

Soon he was surrounded by friendly faeries and to his astonishment addressed him by his name. They asked him to play for them and their guests which he gladly did. And much to his delight a hat was passed around and in it was put many pieces of gold and silver coins.

The magnificent feast and merriment of the guests continued until near dawn and one by one the guests took their leave. Until he was finally alone. Sleep was calling and he found a  a couch and lay down. He was soon fast asleep.  He did not wake until mid day and to his surprise he founds himself lying on a heap of heather. The palace had vanished and the gold and silver he had transferred from the hat and into his bag the night before was changed to withered leaves.

18 Facts About Turquoise Stones

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‘ Its powers can be harnessed and utilized for good fortune’

In this blog I am going to look at one of my other favorite stones; turquoise.   It is a beautiful stone and has a hue of  light blue that reminds me of the sky. It’s history is diverse & fascinating. Its powers can be harnessed and utilized to bring you good fortune plus much more.

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It looks gorgeous worn as jewellery complimenting all complexions and is a stone of wealth. It was worn by Anselmus de Boot, court physician of Emperor Rudolph II. It was wrote in 1609 that Turquoise was so highly regarded by men that no man considered his hand to be well adorned unless he wore a fine Turquoise. [Kunz, 111].

Lets  look at some more interesting facts:

  •  This semi precious stone has been a prized gem for thousands of years. It has been the talisman of kings shamans and warriors.
  • Consists of hydrated phosphate of copper aluminum.
  • It is found in barren & dry regions only.
  • Turquoise derived from the french Pierre Turquoise meaning Turkish stone.
  • Turquoise was mined in Central Asia and the trade routes to get it to Europe went through Turkey.
  • It is a stone of protection whilst traveling and my friend always carries one in his car to aid him a safe passage.
  • It can be used with pets to keep them safe. You can stick one in a name barrel on their collar.
  • It is a good talisman for attracting friends. It has been said he/she who has it will never want a friend.
  • The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Persians, Aztecs, Incas of South America, Native North Americans saw the stone as being sacred and used it for luck, protection and power.
  • Indian priests wore it in ceremonies when calling upon the gods of the skies.
  • In the orient the ring was worn as a protection amulet to ward off dark forces.
  • Turquoise beads have been found dating back to 5,000 BC in Iraq.
  • It promotes creativity so is the stone of artists/crafters so keep one on your work station. I do and the ideas always keep flowing.
  • It increases success. Wear one when going for interviews or trying to attract prospective clients. My friend has a beautiful elephant carved out of turquoise and always keeps it on her desk. She is an artist and is always inundated with clients.
  • It promotes leadership and enhances communication thus fantastic for businesses that work directly with people and it also aids shy people.
  • It is used to strengthen the meridians and subtle energy fields that surround the body enhancing well-being.
  • It supports mediation and is a good stone to have with you when you are meditating. As I meditate in different places I carry mine in my pocket. They also look beautiful on your alters too.
  • It promotes peace of mind and relaxation so its a lovely stone to keep in your bedroom next to your bed.

So if your looking for a beautiful stone that not only enhances your beauty but provides an abundance of good fortune, success and well being then turquoise is a superb choice. And one that will give you an abundance of pleasure whether it is worn as jewellery or used as part of your decor.

What is your favorite stone?

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Faerie lore – Llyn Y fan Fach

I have a fascination for all things to do with faeries and faerie lore is no exception. So where did it all begin? I was brought up by a mum who would often take me for picnics and walks in beautiful woods and surrounding countryside. Each walk would be magical and we would go bird watching, tree hugging and looking for the faeries hence my passion for them now.

Moving to a rural part of Wales in June 2016 opened up this magical realm once again for me because the place is steeped in legends and wonderful history. In this blog I am going to look at one of the lakes called Llyn Y Fan Fach in Brecon Beacons.in the western border of the Black mountain.  Llyn Y Fan Fach  is thought to be a bottomless lake  and is associated with Faeries and I’m going to tell you about the famous faerie legend there.

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One day whilst a farmer was tending to his herd he spotted a beautiful faerie woman emerging from the lake whom he instantly fell in love with. He offered her three types of bread to win her over. The first bread was hand baked to which she refused. The second was dough and again she refused. But the third which was lightly baked bread was more to her liking and she accepted his proposal.

She immediately disappeared back into the lake and returned moments later with her father and her identical sister. The father of the faerie set up a test to see if the farmer was worthy of his daughter. He asked them to differentiate between his two daughters. Thankfully the farmer was successful as he recognized his love from the way she tied her sandles. And he was allowed to have her hand in marriage.

The faerie realm gifted them with more cattle, as many as they could count in one breath. The father told the farmer that he must treat his daughter well and must never strike her more than three times otherwise she would disappear altogether and return to the faerie realm.

They had a successful and happy marriage and had 3 sons. However the farmer unwittingly struck her more than three times and on the fourth occasion she disappeared back into the lake with all of the faerie cattle that had been gifted to them.

It is said that the faerie wife returned occasionally to teach her sons the art of healing and herb lore. This was passed down the family line for centuries and the family became well known as the physicians of Myddfai.

The Llyn Y Fan Fach lake is located in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is in a very remote location and the best way to get there is on foot consulting an appropriate ordnance survey map.

Do you know of any faerie legends in Wales? If you do please share on the comments section and I may just publish it.

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Chapter 4 – The Earth Faeries Tales

It was Christmas eve in faerie land. Huge snow flakes had covered the roof tops and the villagers had been busy clearing the snow from their drive ways. Decorations illuminated the valleys and there were celebrations both in the houses and on the streets.

Lots of faeries had given up their time to become Santas helpers. It was the only time of year  that faeries, elves and pixies all worked together on one common goal and that was to pack the presents for all of the human children around the world.

There was a gentle hum – a mixture of fluttering wings and singing of faerie folk. There was an excitable air all around faerie land as there was every day as all magical folk lived Christmas spirit all year round.

However Princess Onyx was too far away to hear it. She had spent every year doing her royal duties  – packing presents and putting them on the conveyer belt which led them straight into a vortex. This was the same vortex that had delivered them to Santa Claus’s house in the north pole for the past thousand years.

One year, herself, ruby Star Light and Crystal Moon Wand had spent the entire Christmas at Santa Claus’s house and had even got to meet Santas wife ‘Mother Xmas’ as the elves called her. Like most women she was the brains behind the whole operation and often took her own sleigh or these days her helicopter to help deliver the presents. Although together they made a fantastic team!

It had been a holiday to remember. They were all barely out of faerie school and it was the first time any of them had been so far away from their own country and parents. They’d built mini snow men, rode on Santas’ sledge and had even roasted chestnuts on mother Christmases log fire. The chestnuts had been huge..like boulders and far too heavy to pick up and put on the log fire. So they had worked their magic to shrink them and had ate them with sprouts and lashings of cranberry sauce.

It had been the first time they had met an elf. Elves and fairies hadn’t mixed for a long time.It was because of  a bad deed that a young elf had done and the older generation of faeries had never forgiven him. It was nice that for the holiday season that they had called a truce.

But this year she wasn’t involved in the Christmas celebrations – she was thousands of miles away and on a mission. A mission to return her beloved pet Loomies’ essence back to full power. But first she had to find her. She had been gone for weeks and was missing her quirky ways.

Night had descended on them and they had set up camp on the tree tops. They were wrapped in the leaves from the ever green trees that protected them from the bitter cold winds that howled through the branches. Huge snow flakes descended on the valley and the air was crisp clean and sharp.

Tomorrow they would be entering the dark zone – a never ending forest full of goblins, trolls and other swamp monsters and she wished that she had Loomies powers to help her navigate her way through. It was a land that magic had forgot and unable to use her magic powers her and her sisters would have to brave it on foot.

A gust of wind shook the branches of the tree and the leaf she was laying on trembled beneath her. Curling up into her sleeping sisters she  closed her eyes and attempted to get to sleep…..

Crystal Moonwand entered the forest where the faerie counsel dwelled. Dawn was breaking and golden streams of light seeped through the tree tops and onto the forest floor.

She flew through many entwining branches until she came to a clearance where the trees had been partially cut down and only one huge fully formed tree was left standing. This was the entrance to faerie head quarters.

Sensing her presence the sleeping tree stirred from its slumber and one eye popped open and then another.

“Who goes there?”

“Princess Crystal Moon wand sir. I am here to see the faerie counsel.”

“Do you have an appointment?” the tree asked.

She shook her head “No there isn’t time. Its very important.”

The tree chuckled “If I let everyone in who said that who had  no appointment we would be over run and we would get nothing done.”

“There will be no counsel to do anything ever again if you don’t let me in sir” and then proceeded to tell him what the Gothic faeries intentions were. When the tree looked still undecided  she quickly went on “She has already taken over the north of the country and it will be your fault if you don’t act on what I’m telling you. You wouldn’t want to have your branches removed would you Sir?”

The tree sighed and the next minute its tiny arch door at the base of the bark screeched open. She found herself in a dimly lit stair way with hundreds of tiny steps leading into a series of winding corridors that were clearly sign posted.

The corridors were empty and there was no sign of Christmas spirit inside of them. The place looked as if it hadn’t had a lick of paint in thousands of years. Some of the counsel faeries were rumored to be over a 1,000 years old. They had lost their magic due to their narrow mindedness and reluctance to move with the times.  Lots of the faerie folk had lost faith in them and were looking to themselves to keep Christmas spirit alive in faerie land.

She knocked on the solid oak door and it creaked open. All heads turned at her presence and the sight before her left her mouth agape and eyes wide with wonder…….

Ruby star light leaned against the balcony of her penthouse suite in New York. She had flown out to spend time with her partner who had clients in the city. The plan was for him to have a quarter of the day working on one of his clients projects and tying up loose ends and then come back for late lunch. And then go out to a friends Christmas party they had both been invited to in the evening.

However she had long ago given up on that plan as 8 o’clock had come and gone. With no sign of him she kicked off her heels and sat down on the chair. She looked at the cat that was perched on the ledge and despite being at a great height was looking carefree and relaxed. That was how she used to be when she had been in faerie form. It appeared most humans had forgotten how to do that and it was nice to see that her feline friends hadn’t. Although she could never understand how animals had lost their voice in this world and wondered how things had come to be so.

A couple of weeks ago she had bought a crystal ball from a little curiosity shop in London. Much to her partners frustration she had spent many a day trying to contact Hanvel the eagle whom she knew traveled between worlds with ease. Finally he had emerged through the swirling mist inside of the ball. Communication hadn’t been great and she wasn’t too sure he had heard her request – to fly to the Gothic faerie and trade the biggest and last ruby she owned for her safe passage home and returning her into faerie form.

Brought back to the present by the bolt of lightening she surveyed the starless sky. There was no sign of the eagle and with a heavy heart she paced back into the penthouse just in time to see her partner striding through the door. The presents he was carrying were stacked so high she couldn’t see his top half only hear him humming a Christmas song.

She watched as he laid them under the Christmas tree and quickly strode towards her his arms outstretched. “I’m so sorry I’m late, Please forgive me”He kissed her quivering lips and stopped as he seen the tears in her eyes “Hey why so glum?”

She didn’t answer and give him a weak smile. He didn’t have to ask why twice as he knew straight away what the matter was. He knew he had to humor her at least until he could get an appointment with his therapist after Christmas. This faerie thing had been dragging on too long and he couldn’t believe that he had nearly bought the story.

“No sign of the eagle then?” He asked

She shook her head “I’m not sure if he got my message.”

He wanted to shake her back to her senses but he had promised to be gentle with her and play along with it “Was that because the crystal ball wasn’t working properly?”

She shrugged ” Who knows I’ve never used a human one before but I believe that they are they are not as powerful as our ones back home.”

“Well I guess he’s out partying with friends and family at this time of year so don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from him.”

“No actually, I’ve been flying all day and night to find the opening between the two worlds so I can come and see Princess Ruby.” came a deep male voice from the direction of the balcony.

Rubies face lit up and she peered around the patio door to see the eagle perched on the ledge. “Hanvel you came!”

“Indeed I did princess Ruby. I promised your parents I would look after you but you seemed to disappear off the radar and now I know why. Thank goodness I found you. “The bird flew onto her arm. “And I have what you asked for in my satchel.”

Her partner stood in the door way eyes wide. He was pointing at the bird, mouth agape but with no words coming out. His client had given him a shot of cognac and he wondered just how big a shot it had been. Or perhaps it was an electronic one, technology was certainly amazing these day, in awe of how life like it looked.

Rubies fingers curled around the tiny glowing bottle inside of the birds satchel. She put it against her heart and smiled. The magic dust was pulsating against her palm. “It’s faerie dust darling. I have a way back home.”

Taking her lovers hand she placed the bottle in his hand “Did you hear me. I have a way back home and if you want to come with me you can as there is plenty of magic dust here.”

He looked at the glowing material in the bottle and then back at the talking eagle. Finally finding his voice “My god, you were telling me the truth. All this time I thought…

“That I’d lost my marbles as you humans say…I know. Shh” She put her fingers on his lips “It’s okay. You don’t have to explain. Listen, I love you. I forgive you for not believing me but we don’t have much time. I have to go soon before the magic dust loses its power. And I’m giving you the chance to come with me.” she seen the conflicting emotion on his face “but I understand if you can’t.”

“Princess, we must go quickly. The dust is starting to diminish.” said Hanvel

Her lover was silent for a moment then a grin appeared on his face “Will I have wings like you.”

She smiled and nodded

He sounded like a child “And powers.”

“Many”

His eye brow raised. “And will I finally get to meet your parents that you’ve been hiding from me for years?”

“Princess..the dust..

“Okay Hanvel. I’m coming.”

The dust that had looked liked streams of sunlight captured in the bottle was starting to dim. Knowing its powers were only active for a short period of time on the human realm she knew she had to act fast.  She popped open the cork and watched as the dust ascended into the sky then swarmed back down coming to hover like a cloud over both of their heads.

“Will you come with me?” she asked again

She seen him shake his head and her face fell. Then he grinned. It was the same cheeky grin  he had wore on his face the first time she had met him. The same grin that had softened her heart and  made her fall in love with him.

“Try & stop me Rube.”

She flung her arms around and hugged him. Then stepping back with her arms out stretched she said out loud:

Homeward bound and in faerie form

In faerie dust we trust

Take us both to faerie land

And this is a must!

” Close your eyes” she whispered into her lovers ear. “We are going to a very magical place. You’ll love it! ”

He did as he was told and felt a gust of wind ruffle his hair. The room seemed to spin for a couple of moments and he bent his knees to steady himself. “Can I open them yet?”

There was silence

“Ruby can I open them yet? His voice echoed.

His eyes flew open. He was in a magical place but it looked very familiar. He was still stood on the balcony of his penthouse suite. Except there was no sign of Ruby or the eagle.

The only thing remaining was an empty bottle and a tiny spec of what looked like sand on the floor that he realized with dismay had once been faerie dust……

Who is Lean Green Father Christmas?

In this article I’m going to look at the fascinating history of Father Christmas, and how the father Christmas we know and have to come love has changed over the centuries.

We all love him! That jolly man who fly’s around the world delivering fantastic presents to all of the children. I remember being in my grandmother’s house, huddled underneath the bed clothes as it was snowing outside and determined to stay awake so I could catch a glimpse of Father Christmas. And although I didn’t see him I heard the sledges bells outside and I was out of bed in a split second peering through the curtains, my 7 year old face pressed against the window pain. I did see reindeer’s flying in the sky but no father Christmas or was that an over active child’s imagination? Who knows but it was a lovely memory that I like to hold onto.

I must of sat at the window for about an hour and finally sleepy eyed I returned to my bed and was fast asleep. Needless to say I never saw him coming into my room to put the presents at the end of my bed and a stocking full of nuts, tangerines and other goodies. But I remember smiling to myself the next day as I checked the mince pies and the glass of whisky we had left him which had been ate and drank. I always wondered though how he got down the chimney from consuming all those lovely gifts everyone always leaves him but my mum could never answer that.

We know him as Santa Claus, Kris Cringle, St Nicholas. We associate him as a kind cheerful large man with white hair and beard plus red and white clothing. Although the Santas in American stores are not always depicted that way. However, did you realize the original father Christmas was dressed in green, had pagan roots and represented nature and good health. Earlier pictures depict him as lean.  Fast forward and we are presented with a man who has changed his coloring of his clothes to red and too many mince pies and drink has caused his waste line to expand and as far removed as health as can be. How on earth could this happen?

In the 1920’s a certain American soft drink company whose products are ladled with sugar decided Santa should be dressed in red as part of a marketing campaign that has stuck. It makes you realize how powerful marketing can be when it can literally rewrite history and not necessarily for the better.

The healthier green lean Father Christmas represented spring and wore a green hooded cloak and a wreath of holly, ivy or mistletoe and had the ability to make people happier during winter months.

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It appears that Father Christmas and Santa were two different people. To learn more about the history and how things came to be read more

Read more here

I much prefer the green Santa as he fits in with what myself and my company stand for..being more eco friendly and looking after myself so I have the health and energy to build this new venture. I’m not perfect (I do love mince pies and as they say everything in moderation) but I am always striving to be better and like to surround myself with great role models. Who do you prefer the red Father Christmas or the green one?

Main image as featured by the BBC

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