Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Bridge to the Island of Misfit Toys, or Faeries meet Internet

Faeries have many survival skills, from knowing where to forage for sustenance (coffeeshops!) to getting out of a jam (alternate routes!) to getting jam *out* (cool water and white vinegar - thank you, Heloise!) - but one of the most important skills we've learned is how to protect our hearts.

You see, one of the driving forces that attracts one to the Faerie life is this feeling that somehow the difference you feel in yourself isn't so different after all. It's the seventh sense that out there, somewhere, there are others who share your unique sensibilities, your love of glitter, your propensity to giggle, your easy enthusiasm. 

Someday, a friend will come!
You just know that you'll meet someone to whom you'll be able to solemnly say, "The oddball in me honors the oddball in you"...and then you can both put your faces really close together and grin like crazy!

Kind of like this! *laugh*

It is a soul satisfying thing to find others who not only allow but embrace your idiosyncrasies, and to revel in their own brand of bizarreness. Our Happily Ever Laughter population is a small and career-centric knot inside a more diverse community of people who might not don wings for work, but who share the same level of zeal and drive, and are not too timid to shine.

However. It is weird to talk about work when a) most people don't seem to share the same eagerness and b) your job is so shiny on the surface that it blinds others to the deeper side.

Inbox. What you don't see is the pile of insurance forms *under* that corset that I was equally excited about! Yay, math!

That's why I was thrilled when this morning, I got a message from a long-ago friend saying she'd discovered this marvelous piece by Lauren Davis, "What Does It Take To Become a Professional Faerie Princess?". It's so hard to describe how pervasive the magic of the job is in everyday life, and I thought, "Yay! Now I have something I can show to people to help them understand!"

Then I started to read the comments, and I was blown away by the outpouring of positivity and like-minded lovers of the peculiar (and glittery!). I am no stranger to internet comment boards, and I find that they're usually disproportionately malicious and abrasive compared to face-to-face interaction. Not so here. The number of comments expressing feelings of solidarity and support despite a different career path warmed my heart. 

I loved that this article showed the difference between fairy and Faerie, and that that divide can be understood as universally translatable. We all put on 'costumes' and do various tasks; that is a very basic concept of what a job is - and if you look at jobs that way, Faeries and Engineers, Chefs and Nurses have zero intersection. It's the fervent intensity, dedication, and full-on "I love this thing so much that I'm going to learn everything I possibly can about it until I can get inside of it and live there because it completes me"-ness that brings us together, regardless of where our passions lie.

I felt that it had most unfortunately become the norm to feel neutral to negative about one's occupation. What I have happily discovered is that there are still fellow weirdos out there who go to work with fierce enthusiasm and reckless excitement. The Island of Misfit Toys takes all kinds - thank you for joining us on this very sparkly journey *smile*.

Careers and Chrysanthemums,

Thursday, March 5, 2015

4 Faeries went out to play, near Downtown not far away!

New costumes mean new pictures, and new pictures mean photoshoots! Faeries have a hard time standing still, even when they're getting their pictures taken *laugh*. We took this video on the move - it made us smile, and we hope it does the same for you!

Misses Lyric, Lulu, Sparrow, and Merrily visiting all the way from LaLa Land!

There's nothing like a midday constitutional. Particularly in a petticoat! 

Wings and Things,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Live, from Sacramento, it's Thursday Morning!

I don't know about you, but I love my couch. I really, really do. It's cozy and comfy, and has a very snuggly throw blanket on it.

So how marvelous would it be to invite not one, not two, but three Faeries into my living room without having to get up from said couch? It would be AMAZING!

And now...we can! Through the power of television *laugh*. Tomorrow morning, between 9 and 10 am, 3 Faeries will be entertaining a very sparkly group of children on Good Day Sacramento. There will be Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, and even a banjo sing-along with my faerie good friend Fae Diddle Diddle! (Ah, the notorious F.A.E. *giggle*)

Oh! If you don't have a TV (or you don't live in Sacramento), you can also watch on the internet! Technology, we love thee...


Pirate Ships and Dolly Grips,

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Just the right amount of love for Valentines Day!

I'll admit it - Valentines Day isn't really my most favorite holiday. I think it's because a) I have an early February birthday, and so was oversaturated with heart-wielding teddybears and pink plushies when I was wee, or b) I like to let the people who I love let them know that I love them all the time, so having one day for that feels...redundant?

It also could be that it lends itself towards parties of two, which can be fun, but I like to celebrate things with as many people as is humanly (or faerie-ly) possible!

That being said...sometimes it is nice to allow a leeeeetle bit of cheesiness in...just a small, adorable size amount...and I think I found the perfect amount here.

Faeries. We're suckers for tiny things. *laugh* There's quite a few more videos to see if you want to ham it up this Valentines Day! Here's the link!

Ribbons, Bows, and X's and O's,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

These Monsters are more kooky than spooky!

One of the fantastic things about being a Faerie for work is that my coworkers are also Faeries! (Well, there's also several Elves, a couple Mermaids, and one Hobgoblin who helps with the invoices *laugh*.) As such, they tend to be a pretty creative bunch...and sometimes we collaborate...and then stuff like this happens!

Lucy's House of Monsters! That Mermaid's voice sounds pretty familiar...

Faerie June came up with this most remarkable idea, and Paisley, Rose, Beauregard, and I were more than happy to participate! You can follow June's Lucy adventures right here - happy viewing!

Seashells and Doorbells,

Friday, February 6, 2015

Wait, *that's* what you use Post-Its for?

Technically, I work in an office. We have many of the things that other offices have - computers, inbox trays, a microwave, and a temperamental printer. I even got "Caged"on April Fools Day last year! (Thank you, Paisley!) But we definitely don't have some of the things that are staples of other, more "official" offices...staples, for one, but also cubicles, fluorescent lighting, and passive-aggressive notes.

Ah, the passive-aggressive note. I discovered the potential hilarity of this form of correspondence thanks to the internet, and because I had a huge backlog to get through, I binge read them. At first, I laughed! Then, I laughed a little harder! Then...I did that thing where you've been laughing really hard, but suddenly you realize it's not quite as funny anymore, so you kind of stop laughing? Yeah. That thing. And then, I just felt...well, a bit sad, because these missives range from annoying to hurtful, and could be quashed with open, honest communication.

Which is precisely why notes on my computer don't make me sad, because if things are bothering us in the office, we let one another know. Openly. Shocking, I know, but that means you get nice messages like this one:

It really did!
Or this one!

She's really a Jill of all Trades *laugh*
This one is sweet...

Ghost remains at large.

This one might seem odd, but is very high praise:

We really do love manatees...

And this one, which..just...awww...
I love you too!

How different it must be to dread, or just feel mildly annoyed by, those small fluorescent squares of sticky paper!

I was thinking about all of that (umm...I mean I was diligently responding to important emails and updating our deposit logs...) when I heard giggles from down the hall. Naturally, I had to get involved (because hello, giggles) and so I followed the sound to the Little Mermaid's Room and this is what I saw:

I told you there was a Mermaid.

What's that?! Is it...a note?? Is it of the Passive-Aggressive variety?!?!?!

There was a third??
Nope. Notes in the Treehouse remain splendiferous. Either kind and supportive, weird and hilarious, or...umm...this.

Missives and Magic,