Cloaks For All Occasions

A classic vestment, a cloak proves efficacious in dramatic statement, adding a sense timelessness to the formal, theatrical, and the every day. And it always makes a Fantastic statement on the shoulders of any festival goer.A one-of-a-kind vintage masterpiece by Etsy’s Leggende Segrete, this stunning cloak (above) boasts silver metal fasteners upon cotton jacquard in blue-gray and yellow. The shapely hood and collar with a heavy cape create a distinguished look for men and women alike. You’re sure to get noticed at FaerieCon in this!

For an artful culmination of full druid style hood:

Full costumes by irishandmore on Etsy feature this cloak in flowing panne velvet cape and metallic ribbon trim (above). We appreciate the shimmery quality of the fabric. It reminds us of Fantastic fairy wings. Perhaps pair it with a Fantastic beaded headpiece for a complete look.

The long, pointy hood on this next cloak feels elven…

…and the wide wrists, and panel-work add the the charm of this gypsy-style recycled material cloak (above). Combining the practical comfort of your favorite sweater (we like how the sleeves have thumb holes), and the vibrancy of an heirloom quilt, Etsy’s Enchanted Ground showcases a resourceful masterpiece, the “Grape Soda Pop” cloak in varying shades of purple with an array of textures adorned with ornate buttons. Less of a cloak / more of a coat red/autumn version  Recycled Fairy Pixie Dream Sweater is equally as dramatic. We also love it in spring green.

Even if you’re just going about your everyday, dressing up a bit can make any day Fantastic.

This Small Boutique is Big in Fae

FairyRoom strives to make our wide and varied community feel a little smaller and a lot more connected. Our goal with this series: to seek out people who support our community in their own Fantastic way, starting with artisans and crafters whose stalls line fantasy fairs and FaerieCons — the folk who keep us in wings, fairy dust, bodices, and for-the-day elven ears and horns. Today we’d like to introduce…

Marjorie Dulaney clearly loves her work. A regular fixture at events, she is also an artist and craftswoman, having created a lifetime of paintings, art dolls, textiles, spell kits, and jewelry. Within our fairy/faerie community, Marjorie is the owner of Magickal Things, a boutique in Culpeper, Virginia that features her artwork and products ranging from wands and spells to books and curios to jewelery and handmade, fae-inspired clothing. Additionally, Marjorie’s shop provides the neighboring community with dance demonstrations and a welcoming area where local artists are invited to sketch and take photographs.

We had the opportunity to talk with Marjorie about her artistic creations, her participation within the community, and her love of all things fae…

Please share with our readers a bit about what you do:
My crafts and costume accessories are designed to look like they were made by the fae. I make glitter-shooting wands out of tree limbs, dryad wings that are preserved from real branches, and ear wraps out of clay, gold leaf, and copper beading. I have a line of clip-in hair extensions decorated with shells, moss, pearls, and beads to give them the fae-touched look. I create candles, potions, and charms that have been very popular at fairs, and we plan on expanding our spell line to include natural fragrances, soaps, and body oils.

Marjorie Dulaney in dryad wingsAll of the clothing I sell is fair-trade. Each piece is hand-dyed and washed twice before it ever comes to me. Some pieces are hand-embellished in my shop by my assistants Hallie Calloway and Laken Martin. I’m delighted that Amy Brown has purchased my clothing.

When did your interest in fairies begin? What first inspired you?
My fantasy art career began in my late twenties, with the theme of my first juried art show being A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I started my company with a small line of elemental greeting cards, and it grew from there. But I’ve always loved the magickal world. My mother referred to Arthurian Legend as if it were gospel! Morgan Le Fay fascinates me, especially her portrayal in The Mists of Avalon. She is a very relatable character.

My children continue to be my inspirations. Motherhood has always been my source of creativity; for some reason, I generate better ideas when my children are around. Another source of inspiration is nature. I live surrounded by trees…

Tell us about your creative process:
All of my artwork has to be done in my own way on my own time. My paintings have to happen naturally or they won’t happen at all. Upcoming fairs give me firm deadlines and force me to plan ahead for projects. I now have assistants who help me finish the products I design, however, this does not make the process easier; it just enables me to make more products. I still have to guide my assistants in the importance of craftsmanship, creativity, and the energy it takes to produce these pieces. I enjoy the process of painting, so I hate when it’s over. With crafts, however, I love to have the finished product in hand, as I get frustrated when the piece I’m working on has to wait half-done when life calls.

Where can we find your work?
My website is MagickalFantasy.com, featuring my artwork, writings, and more. Besides Magickal Things, I have an Etsy shop, and I’m on Facebook, too. And I participate in events produced by Mountain Mysteries Manifestations, Medieval Fantasies Company, and Faerieworlds Events.

Jars of spells in the Magickal Fantasy Boutique © Marjorie DulaneyThank you, Marjorie!

Many people make great contributions to the Fantastic community every day. We couldn’t possible highlight everyone, but if you know an individual (or group) who is doing something Fantastic, please let us know!

Spring Flower Fairy Party

With spring in full blossom, we think a flower fairy themed party is a smile-worthy idea for anyone, at any age. We’ve gathered a few Fantastic ideas that will hopefully be the start of some spring get-togethers, or perhaps a birthday party for a youngster.

Simple and elegant fabric flower bouquets make a clever invitation to a flower fairy party, or can serve as a thoughtful keepsake favor. Appropriate for any child or grownup party, they can be used as decorations long after the party is over. The ones available at lovely little parties can be ordered in three different palettes, and while suggested as cake toppers, could easily used in just about any way your imagination takes you. We like the idea of DIY party tags in translucent, fairy wing-like vellum.

Fairy flower lights are a versatile springtime accent for stringing about the house, or an outside party area. Homelife provides the supplies needed along with instructions, and from there you could add your own personal touches to make them yours. They are simple to make; keep them spare and elegant for the grown-ups, or have kids decorate their own for an artistic party activity. Either way, we always like the hint of fairy and flowers together — and the twinkle of lights provides a Fantastic touch!

DIY: Perhaps offer an area at your party where you’ve gathered a pile of silk (or real!) flowers, raffia, wire, and a glue gun. Flower fairy circlets can be a fun craft idea for any partygoer, regardless of age; they are fun to make and wear. We think the ones featured at stars for streetlights are Fantastic! There are myriad ways to make them: try attaching the flowers to your sandals for extra accessorizing, add in glittery stuff if you’re feeling sparkly, or keep it leafy for the men at your party. Easy enough for smaller kids to do with adults around to supervise, this craft can be scaled for any level of expertise, since you’re never too old to embrace your inner fairy.