Caer Sidhe

June 30, 2016 in announcements, faerie fridays, performances

Caer Sidhe

The Caer Sidhe Artist Collective of Pittsburgh welcomes you to join us for our pop up gallery Friday evenings this summer.

Featuring of all manner of arts and crafts, plus some vintage and antiques. Appearances of The Enchanted Wagon & other Faeries

Original oil paintings, sculptures, ceramics, handmade jewelry, screen-printed art and clothing, fairy wings, garden art, handmade soaps, and much more. We also have vintage clothing starting in the Victorian era stretching to the 1980s. We are open from 6 until 10 in the evening, – the same hours as the free concert at the Frick museum grounds one block away. Come visit us and then go tour the grounds. There is Music, Entertainment, food trucks and more.

7201 Meade St. , Pittsburgh, PA

Faerie Friday: Six Flags AstroWorld Throwback!

May 15, 2015 in blog posts, faerie fridays

Happy Faerie Friday! This week, we’re throwing it back to 2003 and our performance at Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston, Texas! Here’s an interview we conducted with our Dragon Scales & Faerie Tales faerie queen, Princess Fiona – better known as Miss Texas 2002 and NBC2 Fort Myers news anchor Lisa Dalzell Spooner!

The dragon learns a lesson

Lisa Dalzell, Miss Texas 2002, is currently performing in Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales (here billed as ‘Tales of the Dragon’) at Six Flags Astro World in Houston, Texas.

I recently sat down with Ms. Dalzell for an interview. I was pleasantly surprised to find that she was nothing like what one might expect a Miss America finalist to be. I admit, I expected to meet a prima donna or a diva, but after spending some time with Ms. Dalzell, I have found her to be a kind, charming, and attentive young woman.

Born in England in January of 1979, six short weeks later her family relocated to Southeast Asia where she lived in the countries of Brunei, Sarawak, and Malaysia. She attended an international school until, at the age of ten, her family once again relocated; this time to the United States. Lisa found school in the U.S. to be quite different. Due to her British accent, she endured “friendly” teasing by her new classmates. (Her accent disappeared within a year.)

Growing up, she -like millions of other girls- dreamt of becoming a beauty queen, but the fact is a parent is much more likely to see their son go to the NFL than to see their daughter participate in the Miss America Pageant. Lisa had an iron-willed determination to see her dream come true. In 1998, at the age of nineteen, Lisa entered the Miss Texas Pageant. Although she didn’t win that year she tried again the next year, and the following year, and the year after that. Finally, on her fifth try her dream came true. Her finest moment ever on stage was when they crowned her Miss Texas 2002.

The year to follow was the most rewarding, fulfilling, and exhausting year of her life. In that one year she spoke to over one hundred thousand students and had a nonstop schedule of four hundred personal appearances. One of the most rewarding aspects of her year was working with the Special Olympics. Singing the National Anthem in front of ten thousand people at the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day, 2003 was one of her proudest (and most nerve-wracking) moments. As if singing in front of a crowd wasn’t hard enough, Lisa also had to deal with a very distracting seven-second delay over the arena’s P.A. system.

Lisa has fond memories of the Miss America Pageant. For her, the most intimidating part of the pageant was the swimsuit contest, but by the end of the evening Lisa had placed as a top ten finalist and had the best overall interview.

Now, four months after passing on the torch to Miss Texas 2003, Lisa is living out another childhood dream; performing on stage at Six Flags in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She’s being featured in Dream Weaver Productions ‘Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales.’ Lisa says she enjoys both playing the part of Fiona the Faerie and the freedom she’s been given to make the role her own. She has drawn from her past in creating the part. Fiona’s British accent sounds completely natural; a refreshing departure from the Scottish or Irish accents used by most of our other stage performers. When first applying for the part of the faerie in Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales, Lisa was a bit apprehensive about performing opposite an “animal puppet,” but says she’s really enjoying it. Lisa also enjoys the show and it’s message of acceptance, and is thrilled to see the adult audience members enjoying the show as much as the children do. When asked what she enjoys most about the gig, the wide-eyed child in her comes out and says with a smile, “The rides!” After the final performance of the day Lisa’s quick to get out of costume and heads off to get a few rides in before going home for the night.

In comparing Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales to other performances, she’s able to be more exaggerated and ‘bigger than life,’ which she finds to be a lot of fun. The show, due to high audience participation, is semi-improvisational. “Kids can be so unpredictable,” she says. But, to my surprise, she insists that her co-star, the baby dragon, is even more unpredictable than the kids! Really!

It’s normal for a person to experience a period of depression after achieving such success. Many find themselves asking “what now?” and going through life reliving past glory. Well, this is not true with Lisa. What she once viewed as her life long dream she now sees as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

So, what does the future hold for Ms. Dalzell? Well, starting October 27th, people in the Beaumont area will be able to see her on KBMT where she will be working as a field reporter and substitute anchor. And Lisa is to be married in March 2004! Congratulations Lisa! As for her long-term goals, Lisa plans to move to L.A. to pursue a film career. Everyone here at Dream Weaver Productions wishes Lisa the best of luck in all she does.

Lisa Dalzell can be seen at Six Flags every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 2nd.

 

We’re very proud to have worked with Lisa at Six Flags and send her our congratulations on her success in the mortal realm!

Faerie Friday: See You At Marcon!

May 1, 2015 in blog posts, faerie fridays

Happy #FaerieFriday! We’re one week away from Anima’s appearance as a costume guest of honor at Marcon 50 – if you’ll be in Columbus next weekend, be sure to say hello!

If not, don’t worry – you can still get in on all of the #faeriefun by sending us your faerie photo submissions at ibelieveindragons@gmail.com for your chance to be featured in an upcoming blog.

Here’s some of our favorite submissions so far – view more on our Instagram at @bestfairyfriend!

Faerie Friday: Feathers and Harpies!

April 10, 2015 in blog posts, faerie fridays

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These are pictures from the Disco II World Science Fiction Convention, held in Washington DC in 1972. This is my infamous Harpy costume.

I am told there was a poster of this costume made at one point. Classically, harpies are always portrayed topless.

The man next to me is the late Jim Rollhauser, who portrayed Groucho as a separate entry, but because he followed after me on stage, he pulled out a net and chased after me.

Three things I learned:

  1. When you make an uncomfortable costume piece, be prepared to pay for it, especially if the Masquerade runs for five and a half hours! I was very proud of having accomplished the effect of wings on a nude body, which meant that the harness was very small and tight. This meant by the end of that very long evening, I had blood running down my back!
  2. Gluing feathers and real copper straight onto your skin not only is hard to get remove later, but it takes a very long time, even if you have four friends helping!
  3. Finally, think through your makeup. Back in the day, I was embarrassed of this costume, not because of it being scandalous, but because that night I had chosen to do a ravenous kind of makeup, something sort of monstrous and evil. Later, I wished I had gone glamorous instead. That is often the problem when portraying characters: choosing between what your soul says is the right thing to do, and what your ego would rather have you do instead!

Here are three different methods of applying feathers to costumes:

  1. When applying to fabric, use a fabric with a good texture, such as velvet or sweatshirt material, that will let the glue really grip. Smear contact adhesive on the fabric, then paint some down the quill of each feather. After waiting a few minutes, press the feathers onto the prepared fabric, where it will bond and become very strong. I learned this method from a friend who made Native American headdresses and regalia.
  2. To stick faster, you can use hot glue, again running a bead of glue down the quill. However, this doesn’t last very long and is not as strong. A better method is to put some tacky glue on the quill, leaving at least two spaces on the feather bare. Then put dots of hot glue on both of those spaces and press it onto your fabric. This way, the feather will be clamped down until the stronger white glue can dry.
  3. When I have had to apply lots of feathers quickly and durability doesn’t matter as much, I have resorted to using vinyl or plastic as the base and then using tape, such as packing tape or duct tape, to tape each feather down. Make sure you put the feathers thick enough to cover up what you have done if you use this method!

Faerie Friday: Faerie Fashion on Parade!

March 13, 2015 in announcements, blog posts, faerie fridays

Our faeries are decked out in their finest for this Faerie Friday! Check out some of our favorite selfies and snapshots over the years, from faeries young and old (and a few furry friends) alike!

26757_1333741578488_1079506734_1042471_8090633_nTwo of our Florida Renaissance Faire fairies compare outfits, with the Enchanted Wagon looking on. The outfits were designed by Star.

179273_10150091516623684_771963683_6132909_2551481_n The seasonal and elemental fairies at the second year of the Miami Renaissance Faire pose with friends. Kelly is Lady Spring, Anima is the Summer Fairy, and Winter is represented by Jet. Costumes and wings were designed by Anima.

Random Faeries 013 Jason wears luna moth wings in the forest by the Swanee River.

P1010858 The seasonal fairies tell stories at Florida Renaissance Faire in Deer Beach, Florida. Fairy outfits designed by Anima.

fairydog Fenris is wearing one of Anima’s winter crowns. He is three-quarters wolf and very confused!

fairycat Greymaulkin the kitten wearing custom made Kitty Hawk wings by Anima, at Streetsboro Renaissance Faire in the Enchanted Forest.

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Lindsay in her own outfit design (with our wings) poses by the lake at Deerfield Beach.

Untitled-2A pair of beautiful wings and crown by Anima.

DSCF3818Anima loaned her costumes to the beautiful children of the organizers of the Piedmont Family Fun Fest in North Carolina.

P1150019 Freya playing the piano in Pittsburgh. She has now grown up to perform full-time with us in many roles, including the baby dragon.

Untitled-1This beautiful portrait of a baby fairy was sent to us by a children’s photographer some years back. If you know her name, let us know!

180506_499662367838_648697838_6086915_879502_n Do you have a faerie selfie to share? Share it with us on Facebook or send it to us at ibelieveindragons@gmail.com, and you might be featured on one of our upcoming Faerie Friday blogs!

Faerie Friday: Faerie Crowns for Sale!

March 6, 2015 in blog posts, faerie fridays

It’s a very special Faerie Friday here at the Faerie Factory, especially if you’re in the market for some one-of-a-kind faerie gear!

We’re pleased to announce that we have four brand-new custom-made faerie crowns for sale on our Etsy store right now. Whether you’re looking to trick the mortals into thinking you’re one of us or just looking for a unique finishing touch for your costume or bridalwear, our faerie crowns are the perfect choice. Click through each photo for the listing, and be sure to favorite TheFaerieCitadel on Etsy for more product updates!

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In addition to the listed crowns, we’re always available for custom or wholesale orders – feel free to contact us on Etsy or at ibelieveindragons@gmail.com for more information!

Faerie Friday: Know Your Faerie Lore!

February 20, 2015 in announcements, blog posts, faerie fridays

It’s Faerie Friday, which means it’s time for a faerie history lesson!

The name “fairy” encompasses all types of enchanted folk. It comes from the Latin “Fatare” and the old French “Feer,” meaning “to enchant”. While “fairy” and “fae” are often used to refer to the enchanted realm as a whole and its many races, the Victorians redefined our modern pop culture idea of fairies as female cherubs with wings.

Here are some different terms for fairies, with their pronunciations and native area. Click on the names for more information.

Sidhe, Sith, Shee, Si, Side

(Shee)

Gaelic

Piskies

Cornwall

Ouph

Elizabethan England

Elves

England

Tuatha de Danaan

(tootha day danan)

Ireland

Daoine Side

(theena shee )

Ireland

Fir Bholg

(fir vulag)

Ireland

Greenies, Greencoats

Lancashire

Feeorin

Lancashire

Sleigh Beggey

(sleigh beargar)

Manx

Ferrishyn

(ferrishin)

Manx

Fary

(farrrrry)

Northumberland

Ferries

Orkney, Shetland

Fir Chlis – aurora borealis

Scotland

Seelie Court

Scotland

Pechs, pehts, Picts

Scottish Lowlands

Feriers, Ferishers, Frairies

Suffolk

Trow

Shetland

Gwargedd Annwn

(gwrageth anoon)

Wales

Gwyllion

(gwithlion)

Wales

Tylwyth Teg (terlooeth teig)

The Fair Family

Wales

Pixies, Pigsies

Yorkshire

The term fairy is peculiar to the English language and to English folklore, reflecting the conflation of Germanic, Celtic and Romance folklore and legend since the Middle English period. However, many other magical races in the enchanted realm from folklore around the world are classed under the name “fairy” today. Here are some of the most well-known:

Nymphs and Satyrs (Greek)

Aos Sí (Irish)

Feufollet (Cajun)

Zână (Romanian)

Duende (Spanish and Latin American)

Encantado (Brazilian)

Mogwai (Chinese)

Pari-pari (Malaysian)

Peris (Persian)

Tien (Vietnamese)

Yaksha (Hindu and Buddhist)

Aziza (African)

Alux (Mayan)

Curupira (Tupi)

Jogah (Iroquois)

Menehune (Hawaiian)

According to superstition, using a true name implies a threat, so faeries have also been referred to using other terms, such as: The Gentry, Themselves, They, Grey Neighbors, Merry Dancers, The Mother’s Blessing, Wee folk, Li’l fellas, Them that’s in, The Small People, White ladies, and Hillmans.

Faerie Friday: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, It’s A Weekend Faerie Playlist For You!

February 13, 2015 in announcements, blog posts, faerie fridays

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of our faerie friends here at the Faerie Factory!

This Faerie Friday, we’ve prepared a very special faerie-themed playlist just for you! From classic renditions of fae folklore to whimsical stories of dragons and witches (and of course, that much-sought-after happily ever after!), these eighteen tracks celebrate our friends in the magical realm and their presence in modern pop culture. We’ve thrown in a little something for everyone’s tastes, from Enya to Peter Pan and Shakespeare to Black Sabbath, so whether you’re spending the day with a loved one or treating yourself to a box of chocolates, it’s sure to be the perfect soundtrack to turn your Valentine’s Day weekend into a fairytale come true!

Faerie Friday: It’s Countdown Time!

February 6, 2015 in announcements, blog posts, faerie fridays

We’re in a deep freeze here at the Faerie Factory! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow earlier this week, which, according to legend, means another six weeks of winter is on its way. Our faeries are hard at work coming up with charms to counteract this forecast, but in the meantime, we’ve prepared some Buzzfeed-style fun to help you wait out the final stretch of winter and get excited for the start of our 2015 touring season.

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Grab a handful of popcorn, get in line for the Ferris wheel, and click on the photo above to start the countdown of the top ten plants sure to get you in the spirit for outdoor fair and festival time!

Faerie Friday: Can You Guess The Funny Flower?

January 30, 2015 in announcements, blog posts, faerie fridays

It’s that time again – we’re back with all-new Faerie Fridays for 2015!

Our faeries have just returned from the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs convention and trade show, and in spite of all the cold and snow, we’re in full bloom to kick off our 2015 season! Since everyone knows faeries are the flower experts of the magical realm, we’ve prepared a special quiz in honor of the 2015 Pennsylvania fairs theme “Harvest the Fun.” You’ve heard of roses and daffodils – but how many of these unusual and funny plants can you name?

Fairy Flowers from A to Z

Click on the image above to test your flower knowledge against our faeries – see if you can tell your sneezeworts from your goosefeet, and be on the lookout for our baby dragon’s favorite plant (hint: it just might share his name)!