The Veil Thins: Preparing for Samhain, Soap Making

Dear Fairy Friends,

Excuse my recent absence! I have been busy creating new things here at Dragon Dell and teaching my children about the importance of the days surrounding Halloween.

There are so many different names for this time of the year: Halloween, Samhain, All Souls Day. I tend to favour calling the set of days we celebrate Samhain. The reason for this is because it begins on October 31 and ends on November 1 at sunset, whereas Halloween is solely the night of the 31st, All Souls Day on November 2 (it is part of a 3 day celebration, each day has its own title).  

On these days, the Veil between worlds is at its thinnest. The souls of our ancestors may be visiting, as well as The Gentry. I know that many are spooked by these events,  however we here at Dragon Dell prepare carefully and are excited to be part of such a special day. 

For me, this is a great opportunity to talk about the people in our family that my children never had the chance to meet. Some of them I remember fondly, others not so fondly. Regardless, they are part of our narrative here on earth.

As a Veil Guardian, it is crucial that we help any otherworldly beings cross back and forth safely all year, but especially at Samhain, when fairy hunters are out in full force. 

We are preparing lanterns to help wayward souls find their way, anointing candles with patchouli and planning our dinners to include baking soul cakes we will leave out for our ancestors and a place of honour for them at our dinner table.  I will be sharing more about what other things we plan.

We have been making 2 types of soap as a part of our celebration this month.

Making Faerie soap
Making an All Souls Blend

Knowing that we may have increased Faerie traffic during the thinning of the Veil, we made a blend to bathe in to encourage even the most bashful to feel comfortable approaching us, should they need any aid. My children, after all, were born in this world and smell foreign to Fey that have never visited! 

To make this soap, you will need:

  • 1 pound of a melt and pour soap of good quality – we used a Shea and oatmeal blend by Stephenson Personal Care
  • Fairy Magic Oil Blend made by Where Faeries Live or the following essential oils: lavender, bergamot and rose
  • A tablespoon of dried lavender – we purchase ours from Where Faeries Live and The Bodhi Tree 
  • Glitter, glitter and more glitter! You will need a few different colours, we used 7. Our colours were orange, green, purple, pink, blue, white and silver
  • A soap mold – ours was purchased from Amazon.ca 
  • Mortar and pestle 

The first thing we did was create a rainbow of glitter at the bottom of our soap mold. 

Lay out your rainbow at the bottom of the soap mold

You will want to get all of your ingredients ready so that you can work quickly with the heated soap mixture. We put our dried lavender in our a bowl and crushed the lavender slightly and mixed in about a tablespoon of white glitter and a tablespoon of silver glitter. My youngest sprinkled in a smattering green for good measure.


Next, we chopped up half of the 2 pound container of melt and pour soap. We microwaved the cut up pieces in 30 second intervals, stirring between. You want to be careful not to boil the mixture; if you see a few lonely clumps here and there, they can usually stirred smooth. In general, we heat up our mixture roughly for 3, thirty second intervals and maybe a fourth 10-20 second one. 

If you have the Fairy Magic Oil blend on hand, you can mix about 8-10 drops into your soap mix as well as your lavender and glitter. If you do not have this blend, use 4 drops of lavender, 4 drops of rose and 2 drops of bergamot. 

Pour gently but evenly into the mold. Now you let it sit overnight. To get the soap out, turn the mold upside down on a clean cloth and gently and evenly push the soap out. You can then chop it up into bricks of any size you like. We make about 6 same-sized bricks. We purchased our silicone mold on Amazon.ca and it is 27.5 x 12.7 x 9cm.

Faerie soap!
Before we cut the soap

To store the soap, you can use an airtight container or even a Ziploc bag, I suggest not stacking the bars and laying them flat. 

Our second soap we made is an All Souls blend. Patchouli is one of the oils associated with the dearly departed. I have added cedarwood essential oil as it is used to invoke the help of the angels, or spirit guides if you will.  Cinnamon was used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process and used by the Romans in temples. It is a perfect compliment to the patchouli and cedarwood and has been used for protection and healing, two things I believe lost souls need.


To make this soap, you will need:

  • 1 pound of a melt and pour soap of good quality – we used a Shea and oatmeal blend made by Stephenson Personal Care
  • Patchouli essential oil and cedarwood essential oil – ours are from Young Living 
  • A tablespoon of ground cinnamon 
  • If you wish, dried rose petals and dried orange peel – ours were sourced from The Witchery 
  • Glitter in Samhain colours: copper, black, orange – about a teaspoon each
  • A soap mold – ours is from Amazon.ca 
  • Mortar and pestle

To start, we made a mixture of dried roses and orange peels as a bouquet to our ancestors, since we are unable to visit their graves and leave them flowers. We ground up the mixture lightly, then added it to our cinnamon.  Line the bottom of your soap mold with your glitter and then the cinnamon mixture evenly. We followed the heating instructions for the melt and pour soap and stirred in about 8 drops of patchouli and 3 of cedarwood when it was ready. Then we gently poured it into the mold. Wait overnight and cut and store.

To offer these soaps as gifts, we wrap them in wax paper and then a decorative napkin, tying the pretty packages with ribbon or string, usually recycled from another occasion.

While making the soaps, I had the opportunity to talk to my children about their great-grandfathers and it was so interesting to hear their questions. We also discussed the importance of remembering and honouring those no longer with us because our stories will one day live on in the same manner. It was a great weekend activity and they now have soaps to offer their teachers, dance and equine instructors. The soaps have meaning and stories behind them that I know my children will share.  I hope that when I am gone, this will be something they remember me for.

As I work on more projects, I will be sharing. May you find this time of year as beautiful as I do!

Love,

Your Lady Star

Making Sylph Slumber Bath Bombs and a Mommy-Basket: Better Mornings, Here We Come!

Dear Fairy Friends,

Whether homeschool, public school or private school, learning is so exciting! With the excitement, I often forget how challenging school days can be on children. My eldest comes home, bubbling with new information and things she cannot wait to tell me. This week, she sat eating her dinner and told me “The reason I can eat my dinner is because I have many bones in my face. Otherwise, my face would be a gloopy, melty mess”. I learned that you can pass your hand through a bubble if you wet it first from her and I hear about the exploits of the class turtle.

She gets so excited, she has difficulty turning her mind off when it is time to sleep. It is a poorly concealed fact that I am not at all a morning person and when she gets little rest, she is the grumpiest bear ever – next to her mama bear. We don’t make the prettiest pair in the morning, so I’ve started working on what I can do to change that for us.

We have started a night time routine where we include a soothing bath. Together, we talked about what we can do to relax as we made Sylph Slumber Bath Bombs with gorgeous dried lavender, lavender essential oil and of course, some glitter!

Dried lavender and lavender essential oil

The recipe to make these bath bombs is really easy! To make them, you will need:

  1. Cream of tartar
  2. Baking soda
  3. Olive oil
  4. Lavender essential oil
  5. Dried lavender, if you like
  6. Glitter, if desired
  7. Food colouring is optional (we used some but I will be using only plant-based or soap colouring in the future, if any)
  8. A clean spray bottle with some water in it
Ingredients you will need

To make the bath bombs, start by mixing 2 cups of baking soda with one cup of cream of tartar. Add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, roughly 8 drops of lavender essential oil and any colouring if you wish. We used about 4 drops of food colouring, but I will be looking for a plant based, organic colouring in the future so that even people very sensitive to food dyes can use these.

Mix these liquids in well, pressing with a spatula to evenly distribute. Next, spray the mixture two or three times with your spray bottle. Start mixing, it may fizz a little when the water comes into contact with the baking soda, but it will stop when you start mixing.

The mixture will appear crumbly but you will know that it ready to be put in trays when it holds the shape of an indented spoon relatively well.

Bath bomb mix in process

We mixed in some dried lavender next. You do not have to add a lot, a little goes a long way and it is less likely to clog any tubs! We also added some glitter into the trays before packing them with the bath bomb mixture so that when they are popped out, they have glittery tops.

Once you are happy with what you have added to the mixture, pack it into ice cube trays. Leave these somewhere to dry for two days. We got mason jars ready to store them in, but you can also use Tupperware containers. We put a soft, clean kitchen towel on the table and gently turned the ice cube trays over after the 2 day drying time and the bath bombs slid right out.

Fresh bath bombs – yum!

We jarred some for gifts and put a small batch in a little vase for immediate use.

Sylph Slumber bath bombs

We gave our bath bombs a test run, filling the bath and letting the children have nice, long soaks. These were followed by a book and bed and the result? My eldest slept soundly and much quicker than she has been, my middle child slept in until 8 am! This alone is unheard of! Whether you will credit the lavender, as I do, and the tranquil routine or not, they enjoyed making them and using them so much. In addition, my bathroom smells amazing!

I got thinking about how something that makes you feel amazing can alter your mood. I decided to try a little experiment on myself. I emptied a pretty basket the children were storing play food in, I made a small space for myself in the bathroom and filled the basket with happy, green, amazing goodies from The Green Goddess. 

My mommy-basket packed with green, happy goodness!

In my basket, I put the Blood Orange Flower Power hydrosol. I mist it on my face and wipe with a cloth instead of washing my face with soap and water. The smell perks me up and leaves my skin so nice without any of the dryness of soap. The next item in my basket is the Rejuvenating Elixir for oily skin. I was hesitant about switching to a oil-based product from regular cream but oh my gosh! It is amazing! The biggest switch in our home was from toxic anti-perspirants to a natural deodorant, but I am loving the black cherry one in my basket.  The last item always brings me back to Faerie, the land of the Fey. It is a champa perfume roller and I am addicted to it! It has grounding properties, which I need so much in the morning, and smells like fields of blooming fairy flowers. It feels like a huge indulgence but it makes me feel like a queen even driving in my car to drop my daughter off at school!

I’ve been feeling beautiful, wholesome and a little peppier since the basket came to be. I think every mother needs a little self-care routine and I am so happy I built this quick one into my mornings. The Green Goddess products are fey-friendly and the packaging can be recycled and are made with ethically sourced ingredients, some are even wildcrafted from the region we live in. They are amazing additions to my home and are so reasonably priced for the outstanding quality and crafting, so I don’t feel so guilty for my indulgent mommy-basket!

I would love to know what you put in your bath bombs and how they work for you! If you have a mom self-care routine, I am curious what it might be, sharing ideas just might give another mom the deep breath she needs to get through her day!

May you sleep well and smell like fields of lavender and champa!

With love,

Your Lady Star

Pond Pixie Slime: Making Loyalty, Generosity & Laughter “Stick”

Dear Fairy Friends,

It has rained on and off here, as it does during this time of year. With the rain comes very sticky mud on the grounds of our home, Dragon Dell Cottage. We have often lifted a foot only to realize that our boot was still in the mud!

The puddles and mud were on my mind as I thought about some of the fairy bogs across The Veil, in the land of the Fey. They are not all dark and gloomy. Some of them have vibrantly coloured slime and the Pond Pixes, a special type of Water Fey that make this slime, enjoy playing with it. They marvel at the stickiness, make batches just to improve elasticity and, in a pinch, have made some for spiders out of thread for their webs. 

At the cottage, I have been struggling with some sibling discord amongst my children. I know that this is very normal, yet I remain a little perplexed regardless having been a fairy most of my life! 

We have been working on Loyalty, as opportunity often sways my eldest, and she ends up regretting her decisions afterwards. When we know we have not been Loyal, it can pain the heart, yet loyalty is a subject of depth as there are such a things as blind loyalty and betraying yourself for others. With my middle child, we have been discussing Generosity. The Fey do not like stinginess and I am trying to show her how sharing and giving can be a joy.  Lastly, I am on working on myself! Trying to diffuse situations acting as cranky as a badger just adds fuel to the fire. I am learning to replace being cross with Laughter. My youngest is my greatest teacher in this art!

I decided to use Pixie Pond Slime to make these ideas “stick” rather than a stern lecture to discuss Loyalty, Generosity and Laughter.

To make your own Pixie Pond Slime, you will need:

  1. One 5 oz bottle of clear Elmer’s Clear Glue 
  2. Glitter
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoon of contact lens solution
  4. 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  5. A spatula
  6. A mixing bowl 

Pond Pixie Slime ingredients

To make the slime, empty the entire bottle of glue into your mixing bowl. Mix in some glitter! It is the best part! We don’t measure, but I would venture to say a couple of teaspoons at least! We put quite a lot to make the slime very sparkly. Next, add your contact lens solution and baking soda.

It will be very, very gloopy at first. If you knead it, it becomes less stringy and as you work with it in the open air, it dries a little and becomes more glob-like. 

I prepared 3 batches in 3 different colours and scooped every last sticky string in mason jars with lids. If left out, the slime will dry. I labelled them, one for each of us: Loyalty was blue, Generosity was purple and Laughter was pink.

Lesson made to stick in a jar!

I picked up my eldest daughter from school and she was delighted by the sparkly jars I had prepared with her sister and brother.

Purple for Generosity
Blue for Loyalty

The children and I talked as we played and they even shared without any prompting. They took out ice cube trays and made fairy cakes for the Pond Pixies. They twirled, rolled, stretched and squished the Pond Pixie Slime for over an hour!

Pond Pixie Slime!

I recommend using plastic mats to play on. The slime is easiest to pick up using more slime, as it sticks together. It can be peeled off of mixing bowls and spatulas too, if you clean it up before it dries. If it does happened to dry, the glue is washable and a good soak will do the trick. I hope you have enjoyed this post and would love to know what names you gave your slime! What did you learn?

With love,

Your Lady Star

Magical Celebrations: Finding Diagon Alley in Edmonton’s Highlands 

Dear Fairy Friends,

I have to confess a little something: as a new, human mother, I had no idea how one celebrates human birthdays! I researched the topic online and may have gone a little overboard with my first daughter. Having once been Fey, I had our understanding of birthdays, which are to reflect on the years past and set our sights on goals for the years ahead. Our kin and friends do celebrate with us, but not with balloons, gifts and cake. Instead, we will often invite the birthday fairy to a walk to collect acorns and stop and chat with the forest. We might suggest collecting herbs and preparing them together, making teas, baking – things that are done in the enjoyment of one another’s company. I will note that the human tradition of adding a cake to the celebration is brilliant! 

Now that I have had my third child, my son, I find that our fairy and human traditions are blending into one another. We made him some Unicorn Dip instead of a cake and held a very small celebration, decorating the table with books that included fairy tales, wooden knights, lords and ladies. We did so in anticipation of a magical, weekend-long celebration. 

We tidied the cottage, found care for our pets and drove to Edmonton. The trail of magic got stronger as the event drew closer, we arrived on the Friday for the Harry Potter Pop-Up shop in the Highlands area being held on Saturday, September 16, year 2017 on this side of The Veil. 

The leaves on the beautiful residential streets were showing off their newly golden tips by rustling in the sunlight. Rounding the corner, leaving our car behind, we left behind the Muggle world. 

Leaving the Muggle world

It felt as if we had wandered into Diagon Alley as we saw the Honeydukes sign, witches and wizards in their house colours everywhere, WANTED posters and pages of The Daily Prophet up on the buildings. There was also a wand maker with an exquisite outdoor boutique that my children saw and were immediately draw to. 

Connorvanders & Co had wooden cases open in their tent, which must have been enchanted  because no ordinary person would have been able to fit the displays inside a tent that size. Very clever spell work! The wands were on display: some straight and at attention, others with secrets tucked into their kinks and curls, some slender and cunning, others robust and cheerful. Personalities radiated from the cases – these were no ordinary hunks of wood, I felt that in my bones. While fairies rarely use wands, we are often acquainted with a number of witches and wizards. Wands – real wands – have energies about them. Let me attempt to explain a little what I mean. 

Have you ever chosen a pet? Often, there is a connection that makes you select one over another equally cute pet. We gravitate towards certain wands and if you can imagine it, the connection to the wand is as deep a connection as with a special pet. These were wands of the highest quality and there was no question that they would, in fact, chose their witch or wizard. 

A Ravenclaw wizard helped each of my girls hear the call of the wand wanting to be theirs. My eldest daughter refused to even touch the first wand offered to her, while my second daughter’s hand shot out and would not drop the first wand shown to her. My wand surprised me greatly. After all this time and my past experience as Fey using magic, it was lovely to be surprised like that! There was even a wand perfect for my 1 year old son. 


Connorvander himself then demonstrated a defensive spell to my children. He explained that in order cast a successful Patronus charm, the caster must first think of memories that make them happy. Then, they must put their wand to their forehead to draw on those memories and, in a fluid motion, while saying “expecto Patronum”, lower the wand to the heart and then out to cast. The memories and love from the heart project the Patronus. We discovered that my eldest daughter has a tigger as a Patronus, my youngest daughter a cat and mine was revealed to my children: a ferret. 

Patronus charm lesson
Perhaps Hogwarts has found a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher?

After the charm lesson, we also purchased some Patronus Bundles, as one can never be too prepared in case of a run-in with Dementors! These also came with bundles of sage to help cleanse spaces of negative energy – something Dementors are drawn to. Upon opening these bundles, we also discovered that the art on the bundles was created by a local artist! 

Beautiful and protective Patronus Bundles!
Local witch talent

The children adopted adorable Pygmy Puffs (very low maintenance, highly recommended by fellow mother witches) and a couple of bottled spells. The witch helping them complete the adoption papers and select their spells made their experience one to remember, answering the questions as they bubbled over, like a cauldron full to the brim. The experience at Connorvanders & Co was remarkable and I was astounded to have found such a knowledgable wand maker, wand fitter and Pygmy Puff breeder. 

Adopted Pygmy Puff, Lily
Amortentia potion

The incredible smell from Honeydukes, which is usually known by Muggles as Be-A-Bella, drew us into the line. While we waited, the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch Club had brooms and hoops set up for the littles to test their aptitude for the sport. I am a terrible player since I am slow on a broom, but we discovered we have a Quidditch witch in the family with my youngest daughter!


Inside the shop, the children filled a bag with Chocolate Frogs, other magical sweets and even some of Dumbledore’s favourite Sherbet Lemon Drops. We had Giggle Potions made out of Buttescotch Beer and we bought a case of it with our galleons. 

What cards will we find inside?

With our purses significantly lighter but with brand new wands in our grasp, we took a little break before heading back. Returning to the car confirmed that the street was cloaked in some strong magic because the minute we got near the car, we were back in the Muggle world. 

We rested, changed our clothing to dress robes and headed back. Sure enough, at about the same distance from our car, there was a slight shimmer and we were back in the wizarding world. To Muggles, La Boheme is a restaurant. In actuality, it is a very clever disguise for a way to Great Hall of Hogwarts. We had to pass through Platform 9 3/4, use our Hogwarts Express ticket to arrive at the Great Hall. It was lit by candles floating near the ceiling and we were seated as guests at the Slytherin table. 

Got my letter to Hogwarts!
Passage to the Hogwarts Express

We feasted from the inspired menu and enjoyed being sorted by Sorting Hat cupcakes. We had made educated guesses as to our houses prior, the cupcakes confirmed our suspicions! They were filled with coloured icing in the centre that sorted you into one of the four houses: Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin and Hufflepuff. We have 1 Ravenclaw (myself), 1 Hufflepuff (my youngest daughter), 1 Gryffindor (my eldest daughter), and 2 Slytherins (my husband and son). 

We also enjoyed Pumpkin Pasties and celebrated my son’s birthday with some of the birthday cake Hagrid had baked for Harry. 

Happy first birthday to my son

We did not manage to get in to Majesty and Friends, but harbour no hard feelings! We traded stories with other magical families while we waited and although the line-up was past the endurance of my girls (who are not very patient – possibly a fairy trait passed on), we made friends! We will absolutely go back another time to pick some of the homemade bath salts and candles there and hopefully try some of the famous chocolate made by The Violet Chocolate Company

That night, the children were tucked in bed with bottles of Butterscotch Beer and their Pygmy Puffs, eager to practice more charm work in the morning. This was part 1 of our birthday celebration! I would like to thank all of the businesses that revealed their true, enchanted nature, to the lucky ones who dared to venture into their world. We know it was no dream, we know that the magic was real because we have our wands, potions, Chocolate Frogs and Pygmy Puffs as reminders of the wonder. 

Fierce Azkaban escapee
Butterscotch Beer by The Flying Cauldron
Witch on the lose
May you find wonder in the everyday, maybe even wander into a magical world just around the curb.

With love,

Your Lady Star

Stardust Script 

Mom, where does Stardust come from?”

“When a star shifts a little, the glowing dust of the ages may be shaken lose from her skirts. If you are lucky enough to catch some of this Stardust, keep it close to your heart on cold nights to stay warm, practicing your letters in it will always help you find the right words to comfort an aching heart, and just before the glow dims, carry it to a field and set it free with a true wish. Wishes on Stardust are precious things, because if the wish is kind and pure enough, it may spark the birth of a new star.”

-Conversations with my daughter, Garnet


Stars are so beautiful and Stardust from them is a true gift. If you make this recipe, it may not be as potent as celestial Stardust, but leave it on a table in the moonlight, and the stars will smile on it. It will be imbued with wonderful magic to practice letters and words in and can make wishes of the heart comes true. Dress warmly however because you cannot trust this variation to keep you warm! 

To make your own Stardust, you will need:

  • A box of table salt 
  • Food colouring of your preferred colour
  • Glitter
  • An alphabet book or cards with words you would like to practice
  • Wands, feathers or something to write in the sand
  • A mixing bowl
  • A spatula
  • Crowns and wings optional but highly recommended!

 
I made Stardust for 2 children and used half a box of salt. You can always make more or less, if you make a lot you can simply store it! We emptied the salt into a bowl and added 3 drops of neon pink food colouring, and 3 drops of magenta. The food colouring will stick to the salt, it requires a little firm pressing and stirring with a spatula to spread it evenly throughout. Next, we mixed in some pink glitter given to us by Fairy Friend, Susan. To add a little more sparkle, we tossed in some pink glitter hearts. Really, I am not sure there is such a thing as too much glitter! 

I then poured some into baking pans. You will want to be a little sparse, if there is a lot of sand, the letters traced will be harder to see. This mixture did not stain the pans, but you can always line them first with pretty wrapping paper or foil to make the letters stand out even more. 

We attached our wings securely and adjusted our best crowns, mixed the Stardust by hand to enjoy how silky soft it was, and then sifted the pans to even it out. We took up our wands, ready to practice our letters. 

I gave each of my daughters an alphabet book beside their pan of Stardust. I gave my youngest daughter Canada ABC by Paul Covello, and my eldest daughter The ABCs of RPGS by Ivan Van Norman and Caleb Cleveland. They are both wonderful books with large, clear letters for the children to copy with ease. 


We worked on letters for about half an hour and then I added My Little Ponies and Thomas mini trains for the girls to play with while I worked on dinner. Just before we put the trays away, I gave the girls tea cups. They scooped some of the Stardust into the teacups, saving it for wish-making.


After baths, we put on our rain boots and walked on to the damp grass, tea cups cradled in our palms against the wind. It was a perfect wind, gentle yet with enough force to carry our dust up high and have our wishes whispered to the stars. 


What we wished for, I cannot share with you. That is one of the cardinal wish-rules: they are a secret kept between your heart and the stars. 

May you wish wisely and enjoy this activity!

With love,

Your Lady Star

Fairy Cloud Dough

Dear Fairy Friends,

What has it been like for you, with littles going back to school recently? I find myself looking for my eldest all the time, only to remember that I packed her lunch and dropped her off at school. She doesn’t look back once she runs on to the playground, while I am constantly looking at her picture during the day.

At home, I still have two littles. My middle child, my daughter Minka, and my son, Sparrow. Minka is three and full of magic, jumping beans. I try to keep her out of mischief by making different crafts with her. This week, we made some Fairy Cloud Dough. The recipe calls for very easy to source ingredients, the dough stores exceptionally well and it is a great sensory play activity. 

To make Fairy Cloud Dough, you will need:

  1. One cup of hair conditioner
  2. 2 1/2 cups of cornstarch 
  3. Food colouring 
  4. Sparkles
  5. A bowl 
  6. A mixing tool such as a spoon or spatula


The conditioner we used (Equate with rose and passion fruit extract) had a pretty, pastel pink colour already. It smells nice as well, and it is under $2.50 at Walmart. 

This is optional but so much fun: Minka wore fairy wings while we made our dough. She also chose to wear her rainbow twirl dress since rainbows are gifts from the Air Fey we were talking about. 

To make the dough, firstly you measure the hair conditioner and add it to a bowl. Next, you add the 2 1/2 cups of cornstarch. Minka did all the mixing and I helped her with the measuring. 


Our dough was already a lovely pink shade, but we added a few drops of neon pink and blue food colouring.


This made for swirly dough that turned a shade of lilac after being handled. 

Lastly, we added sparkles. Just as I started to say “gently now, not the whole bottle”, Minka emptied an entire container of glitter into the dough. I am actually thrilled she did because we had such sparkly Fairy Cloud Dough! It was the prettiest we had ever made! You can be as sparing or daring as you like with this addition, you can stick to one colour or a few – rainbow dough is great!

I usually give the children things to put into the dough and figurines to have fun with. On this occasion, I gave Minka some coloured feathers and some Playmobil creatures and people. It is difficult to clean off toys afterwards, but if you soak them in water for 10-15 minutes, the Fairy Cloud Dough is easy to rinse. 


I try to teach the children about The Fey everyday and this was a lesson in playfulness. I would be a terrible Guardian if I didn’t pass on the Fairy Lore to my children! The Air Fey teach us to be lighthearted and if we are weighed down by too many negative thoughts or worries, we can look to them to help us and inspire us to let go of unnesecary baggage. The day we made this dough, Minka was sad that her sister wasn’t home every day any more. Making the Fairy Cloud Dough helped alter her mood and set the tone for a great day. 


She was covered in cornstarch and glitter, but we had a wonderful morning and she proudly showed her older sister what she had made later that day. 

To store the Fairy Cloud Dough, put it in sealed container. We like to leave a little piece, shaped like a nest, out on the window sill overnight to thank the Air Fey for carrying our burdens away. 

I hope that you will enjoy making some Fairy Cloud Dough of your own, and as always, I would love to hear about it!

Love,

Your Lady Star

Fairy Predators and How to Keep them Away

 

Dearest Fairy Friends,

Due to recent Disney films regarding fairies, there seems to be great concern that hawks eat fairies.

I am a fan of the Disney fairy films and I believe the lessons they impart demonstrate many of the valued virtues of The Gentry.

With that said, please do not hold any ill-will towards hawks. They do not eat fairies. Reactions to the notion that hawks fancy fairy feasts among the Fey that visit Dragon Dell have ranged between laughter and outright insult. I’ll explain.

While the Fair Folk are not immortal, they do live an exceptionally long lifespan and have many powers. There are different types of these beings and their abilities vary from type to type, yet they all possess strong magical abilities. For example, do you think an air fairy that can help the snows move across the globe would be afraid of a hawk? Not likely. I can guarantee you that birds of prey know very well that fairies are not appetizers.

This does however bring about the question whether or not other beings are a threat to the Good Neighbours. Yes. Sadly, we created them.

Beyond the Veil there exists a dark creature that can never be full. These creatures hunt the Fey because they are in constant agony, their hunger twisting their bellies. They may be cruel and bloodthirsty, but they do deserve our pity for their pain can never be alleviated. They were never given an official name by their creator, but among many of the Fey, they are called the Iron Hounds.

Their origin goes back many hundreds of years ago. There had been a wealthy man who had a fairy wife. He was unkind to her and when she became ill and lost the slightest bit of her youthful fairy beauty, he turned her out of his house and sought a new bride. The wealth had been a wedding gift and the moment the heartless man took a new wife, the fairy gold disappeared.  Vengeance filled the man’s heart even though he had brought his plight upon himself. He spent years cultivating knowledge on fairy lore and magic until he fancied himself a wizard. There was some truth to his claim and success in his dark sorcery. He poisoned every tree, one by one, in a small glade by nailing their roots with iron nails. Iron is one of the few metals that may harm the Gentry (and other magical creatures). The nails drove the woodland spirits out and in their place, the twisted wizard grew the essence of the Iron Hounds out of the sick and dying trees. The rotting, knotted and twisted trunks of these trees formed the bodies of the hounds. The sole purpose of these poor, sick and hungry beasts is to hunt and feast off the Fey. With every bite, their hunger deepens so that they can never ignore it, nor can they ever sate it.

Iron Hounds are much larger than worldly hounds, running on legs of twisted tree roots. Their eyes are empty except for dark pools. They are imbued with some very ugly magic and have the speed to hunt the nimble Fey. Their bodies often remain beyond the Veil while their essence takes on a ghostly hound form in our world. The body and essence must be one for the beings to be destroyed completely, putting the poor creatures out of the misery that they are cursed with.

Luckily, there are things that ward off the Iron Hounds. They are not rare nor enchanted objects, some of them can even be found at the grocery store!

Onions may look humble and we are used to chopping them up for soups, salads or fried in batter for a treat. However, the onion has a long history as a protective plant, dating back to ancient Egypt.

There are a few ways to use the onion. To guard against anything wicked entering your home, an onion with pins in it on the windowsill will do the trick. Alternately, you can place a cut onion in a room as a ward against malevolent beings. If you have onions in your garden, they will protect your house and property.

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There are also certain flowers that the Iron Hounds will avoid at all costs. Flowers are healthy, happy flora and these creatures were breed out of sickness. They cannot stand certain flowers with protective properties. Lilac is such a plant. Dragon Dell is always bursting with lilac blooms when the weather is warm! If you have some lilac bushes around your home, Iron Hounds will not dare attempt to enter.

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Another major deterrent for the hounds is lavender. Dragon Dell does not have access to wild lavender year-long, instead we have begun trying to grow some indoors. We also found Magic Monster Spray made by  The Green Goddess. Would you care to guess what one of the ingredients might be? The lavender floral water in the Magic Monster Spray is indeed magic! This spray is safe to use on pillows, stuffed animals that you might tuck into your bed with you, sheets and it also helps encourage our dreams to be soft and peaceful. We use it often since our discovery and since we are rather slow to grow our lavender (the cats of Dragon Dell take great delight in upsetting plants).

There is no way to undo the great evil that created the Iron Hounds. As much as I prefer to keep them away from Dragon Dell, since it would be like a fairy buffet for them, I do pity the poor things. In my search for ways to guard the Gentry from them, I have not come across a way to heal them nor to feed them so that they may rest. I hope to one day.

You can keep your fairies safe by placing an onion on your window sill, in your room overnight,  lilac bushes, dried lavender or Magic Monster Spray! Use whatever you may have at hand and rest assured, you can protect your friends. The power to do so is in your hands and maybe even your kitchen.

Love,

Your Lady Star