The Wood Fairy – A Fairytale…

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A while ago I found a wonderful fairytale on the www and it was stuck in my mind so bad that I really had to style something around it. It is not meant to kinda tell the story but it was heavily inspired by it πŸ˜‰ The Fairytale is one of the favourite ones from Czechoslovakia and was told in London round about 1966 if my research was correct πŸ˜‰

I am an addicted to old fairy tales myself and read a lot of them – maybe it is the child inside of me that always refused to fully grow up πŸ˜‰

So I am not claiming that novel for myself, but I would like to share it with you.

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The Wood Fairy

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Betushka. She lived with her mother, a poor widow who had only a tumbledown cottage and two goats. But in spite of this poverty, Betushka was always merry.

From spring to autumn, Betushka drove the goats each day to pasture in a birch wood. Every morning her mother put a slice of bread and an empty spindle into her bag. The spindle would hold the flaxen thread she would spin while she watched the goats. She was too poor to own a distaff on which to wind the flax, so she wound it around her head, to carry it thus to the wood.

“Work hard, Betushka,” her mother always said, “and fill the spindle before you return home.”

Off skipped Betushka, singing along the way. She danced behind the goats into the wood of birch trees and sat down under a tree. With her left hand she pulled fibers from the flax around her head and with her right hand twirled her spindle so that it hummed over the ground. All the time she sang merrily and the goats nibbled the green grass among the trees.

When the sun showed that it was midday, Betushka stopped her spinning. She gave each of the goats a morsel of bread and picked a few strawberries to eat with what remained. After this, she sprang up and danced. The sun shone even more warmly and the birds sang yet more sweetly.

After her dance, Betushka began again to spin busily. At evening when she drove the goats home she was able to hand her mother a spindle full of flaxen thread.

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One fine spring day, when Betushka was ready as usual to dance, suddenly there appeared before her a most beautiful maiden. Her white dress floated about her as thin as gossamer, her golden hair flowed to her waist, and a wreath of forest blossoms crowned her head. Betushka was struck silent.

The wood fairy smiled at her and in a sweet voice asked, “Betushka, do you like to dance?”

At this, Betushka lost her fear. “Oh! I could dance all the day long!”

“Come then, let us dance together. I will teach you.” She took Betushka and began to dance with her.

Round and round they circled, while sweet music sounded over their heads. The maiden had called upon the birds sitting in the birch trees to accompany them. Nightingales, larks, goldfinches, thrushes, and a clever mockingbird sang such sweet melodies that Betushka’s heart filled with delight. She quite forgot her goats and her spinning. On and on she danced, with feet never weary, until evening when the last rosy rays of sunset were disappearing. The music ceased and the maiden vanished as suddenly as she had come.

Betushka looked around. There was her spindle — only half filled with thread. Sadly she put it into her bag and drove the goats from the wood. She did not sing while going down the road this time, but reproached herself for forgetting her duty. She resolved that she would not do this again. When she reached home she was so quiet that her mother asked if she were ill.

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“No, Mother, I am not ill.” But she did not tell her mother about the lovely maiden. She hid the half-filled spindle, promising herself to work twice as hard tomorrow to make up for today.

Early the next morning Betushka again drove the goats to pasture, singing merrily as usual. She entered the wood and began her spinning, intending to do twice her usual amount.

At noon Betushka picked a few strawberries, but she did not dance. To her goats she said, “Today, I dare not dance. Why don’t you dance, my little goats?”

“Come and dance with me,” called a voice. It was the beautiful maiden.

But this time Betushka was afraid, and she was also ashamed. She asked the maiden to leave her alone. “Before sunset, I must finish my spinning,” she said.

The maiden answered, “If you will dance with me, someone will help you finish your spinning.” With the birds singing beautifully as before, Betushka could not resist. She and the maiden began to dance, and again they danced till evening.

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Now when Betushka looked at her nearly empty spindle, she burst into tears. But the maiden unwound the flax from Betushka’s head, twined it around a slender birch tree, seized the spindle, and began to spin. The spindle hummed over the ground and grew thick with thread. By the time the sun had dropped from sight, all the flax was spun. As the maiden handed the full spindle to Betushka, she said, “Wind it and grumble not. Remember, wind it and grumble not.” Then, suddenly, she disappeared.

Betushka, happy now, drove the goats home, singing as she went, and gave her mother the full spindle. Betushka’s mother, however, was not pleased with what Betushka had failed to do the day before and asked her about it. Betushka told her that she had danced, but she kept the maiden a secret.

The next day Betushka went still earlier to the birch wood. The goats grazed while she sang and spun, until at noon the beautiful maiden appeared and again seized Betushka by the waist to dance. While the birds sang for them, the two danced on and on, Betushka quite forgetting her spindle and the goats.

When the sun was setting, Betushka looked around. There was the half-filled spindle! But the maiden grasped Betushka’s bag, became invisible for a moment, then handed back the bag stuffed with something light. She ordered her not to look into it before reaching home, and with these words she disappeared.

Betushka started home, not daring to look into the bag. But halfway there she was unable to resist peeking, for the bag was so light she feared a trick. She looked into the bag, and began to weep. It was full of dry birch leaves! Angrily she tossed some of these out of the bag, but suddenly she stopped — she knew they would make good litter for the goats to sleep on.

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Now she was almost afraid to go home. There her mother was awaiting her. “What kind of spindle did you bring me yesterday?” she asked. “I wound and wound, but the spindle remained full. ‘Some evil spirit has spun you,’ I grumbled, and at that instant the thread vanished from the spindle. Tell me what this means.”

Betushka then told her mother about the maiden and their dancing. “That was a wood fairy,” exclaimed her mother, alarmed. “The wood fairies dance at midday and at midnight. If you had been a little boy, you might not have escaped alive. But to little girls, the wood fairies often give rich presents.” Next, she added. “To think that you did not tell me. If I had not grumbled I might have had a room full of thread.”

Betushka then thought of her bag and wondered if there might not, after all, be something under those leaves. She lifted out the spindle and the unspun flax. “Look, Mother!” Her mother looked and clapped her hands. Under the spindle the birch leaves had turned to gold!

Betushka told her mother how the fairy had directed her not to look into the bag until she got home, but that she had not obeyed and had thrown out some of the leaves. “Tis fortunate you did not empty out the whole bagful,” said her mother.

The next morning Betushka and her mother went into the wood, to look carefully over the ground where Betushka had thrown out the dry leaves. Only fresh birch leaves lay there, but the gold that Betushka did bring home was enough for a farm with a garden and some cows. She wore beautiful dresses and no longer had to graze the goats. Nothing, however, gave her such delight as she had dancing with the wood fairy. Often she ran to the birch wood, hoping to see the beautiful maiden, but never again did the wood fairy appear.

[Favourite Fairy Tales, Czechoslovakia]

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Details

Outfit: Zibska – “Alfhildir”

Arms: [ContraptioN] – “The Cursed Hand”

Shoes: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Gypsy Boots” – NEW

Headpiece: DRD – “Dead Religion Headdress”

Collar: Kibitz – “Strap Collar”

Hair: [e] (Elikatira)- “Sybil”

Eye Makeup: [White~Widow] – “Inca Gold”

Poses: ..::DARE::..

Location: Crest of Vrek’mar

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Wardrobe: LOTD 07/16/2012 – New Home

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Pret-a-Porter Couture at Egoisme!!!

Lately Ramses Meredith, owner and designer of Egoisme, ran into my IMs. I love the way he approaches me every time we talk, as he comes on his point very fast πŸ˜‰ He told me about a new direction for Egoisme and that he would like to move more and more towards couture… Pret-a-Porter and Haute Couture. For the Pret-a-Porter he takes a lot of inspiration from the realife fashion catwalks and with the new possibility of mesh he made some amazing creations. For the Haute Couture direction he as well has his plans but that I will bring on a nother blog post.

For today the focus is on the first of 3 creations of his new ‘Pret-a-Porter Women Couture’ line. The “Lolita” dress comes with matching boots in different colors. For my post I chose the beige version. The dress and the boots are made with mesh and so you have an amazing movement for every step and motion you do. The mesh boots have no weird unnatural parts at the knees anymore and the dress just fits perfect, even from the past SL times :P. The ‘Pret-a-Porter Woman Couture’ line from Egoisme starts off with aΒ  cute and fresh summer look in a casual, but still chic style. So the new outfits are all inspired by european styles as far as I was told and the are still even if they are casual, have a lot of elegance, luxury and it will be all outfits you can wear more than just once on a special event. As I said the “Lolita” dress is only one of 3 outfits I got so far and so you can look forward to more awesome news of the new Egoisme ‘Pret-a-Porter Women Couture’ line in the near future on my blog for sure πŸ™‚

Details

Outfit (incl. boots): EHC (Egoisme) – “Lolita” – NEW (mesh)

Bag: HOC – “Leather Messenger Bag”

Hair: [e] – “Over” – NEW (mesh)

Glasses: Steinwerk – “Fee”

Posechair: Fluke

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

News by Son!a, blackliquid and EMO-tions

Today I have the pleasure to show you 2 of the latest releases of Son!a. Sonia28 Jie, owner and fabulous designer of Son!a, again released some masterpieces of clothing :). The first one, I would like to show you, is called “Virgo”. A wonderful ensemble of a corset, a sheer half skirt and some wonderful arm parts. The textures again show why, Sonia28 Jie is one of the most popular designers if it comes to precious and elegant gowns and outfits. The corset is textured with such a love to the detail that you can see every fold, light and shadow, what makes it so realistic that you think you can just touch it and feel it under your fingers. A sweet detail as well are the ruffles that decorate the chest.

The second outfit I wanna showcase for today is called “Jamie” and it is a very modern looking dress.. kinda cocktail dress looking. What “Jamie” and “Virgo” have together is the wonderful corset, what is center for each outfit, even if they are totally different πŸ™‚ The corset of the “Jamie” dress is made with that new mesh technique and it comes with an alpha layer and in different sizes so you can make sure it fits nearly every shape.

Besides that wonderful mesh corset you have 2 skirt options to wear one sheer and one opaque. What as well makes an eye catcher are the wonderful roses that decorate the left shoulder. For this second look I took the new “Optical” collar, bangles and nails from blackliquid to complete my look. This simple set of circles is exactly what every fashionista searched for always and never had :). The “Optical” set with the matching fingernails you will fine in many more amazing colors at the blackliquid Mainstore.

To see more of the amazing new and latest releases of Son!a you better take a look for yourself at the Son!a Mainstore πŸ™‚

Stylecards

Look 1:

Dress: Son!a – “Virgo” – NEW (mesh)

Wings: A Fancy Fairy – “Fleur”

Hair: [e] – Caramel (mesh)

Nails: Candy Nails – “Tresor Black”

Poses: Body Talking

Look 2:

Dress: Son!a – “Jamie” – NEW

Jewelry & Nails: blackliquid – “Orbital” – NEW

Glasses: Steinwerk – “Fee”

Hair: EMO-tions – “Tyra” – NEW

Hairbase: EMO-tions – “Curls” – NEW

Lashes: Detour – “Spider”

Poses: Body Talking

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Fairytale

TUNES

A few days ago I was very happy as Kristine Lowey, owner and designer of Chrysalis, was in my IMs telling me, she send me her latest release for blogging. I was following Chrysalis for a while and they released many interesting and high quality outfits. The ideas sometimes where very innovative and new and sometimes very cute and sweet like the “Rosalina” dress that I am going to showcase today.

The dress itself consists in the corset, a wonderful aerial tutu with a skirt under it that reminded me on the old petticoat or underskirt skelet of the past times that made all the skirt so puffy and big :p. To make it easier, to wear the corset and as well move with it, you have an alpha layer that hides the parts that would stick through. “Rosalinda” is available in different amazing summer colors. The textures of the layers and prims show the fantastic skills of Kristine Lowey and all the wonderful little decorations show the love for the detail she puts in her creations. The sweet little roses not only made of one single color, all the beautiful set shadows and lights that let this wonderful dress come to live… simply stunning.

The sweet ballet shoes are as well part of this wonderful outfit. To see all the amazing colors and more of the incredible designs of Kristine Lowey, you better make your way to the Chrysalis Mainstore and take a look by yourself πŸ˜‰

Details

Dress (incl. shoes) Chrysalis – “Rosalina” – NEW

Hair: [e] – “Over” (mesh)

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin