Anonymous Asked:
How do you explain to little kids a different colored/detailed tail? I want to work with kids, but all I can afford is a fabric tail (solid blue) Eventually, I want a multicolor silicone. I was curious as to how to explain to returning kids.

It’s easier to explain to them upgraded tails, harder to explain tails that are downgraded or different from your “main” tail.
I tell children that mermaids tails change depending on different factors- for instance, some mermaids tails change as they grow older. When my Mertailor tail was on it’s last leg and wouldn’t hold paint, I’d actually show them the flaking paint and explain that I was in the process of molting and that I would have a whole new tail in a few months (my Merbellas tail). It was actually really convincing, and kept them from wondering about the patches of missing or flaking paint. I tell them that other factors can play a role too, like if mermaids go from one ocean to another sometimes their tail will change (mermaid often pack different tails when they travel depending on luggage situations), or some mermaids tails even change with the seasons (explaining repainting/touch up/change in paint on tails that people tend to do when summer hits, or if they get a new tail in time for summer).

The point to get across is that mermaid magic is wonderful but can be unpredictable- and it effects every mermaid differently at different times! This way you never box yourself in. After all, different mermaids have different answers for everything, and if you say something is one way and they say it’s another, it can ruin it for the kid who is suddenly questioning everything because they’ve “caught” you in a lie. 
For example when I’m asked about mermaids going from tails to legs and vise versa, I tell them that there are different ways to use mermaid magic to get legs- some dry off and they get legs, some use magic potions, some use magic crystals, ect. And when I’m asked if I was born a mermaid I say yes (my back story is that my mother was a mermaid and my father a fairy, so I’m half mer half fae) but that not all mermaids are born mermaids- that sometimes they are turned by mermaid magic. This is a big one I like to leave open since a lot of movies/stories/TV shows- like H2O Just Add Water, which is really popular- can go along that route. 

For Faerieworlds, obviously I downgraded from my full silicone tail to a fabric tail, to fit with Una’s protocol for the lagoon. Since I live in WA and the event was in OR I didn’t run into any kids that knew me. However, I did get questions like, “Why don’t you have scales?” to which Merlissa chimed in that my scales were just super small- like sharks, which actually have scales, but they’re so small you can’t see them (they’re called placoid scales for anyone who is curious about that). Also, “Why does your tail feel like fabric?” to which I replied that they couldn’t bring in ocean water for the lagoon, and they had to put chlorine in the freshwater to keep it safe with all the germs, and that the chlorine made my sales all mushy. The chlorine also explains why I can’t breathe underwater in pools or take a nap in the lagoon - because I have to tuck my gills away or the chlorine will burn them. 

Honestly though, most of the target audience for pro mermaids (6 and under) are typically so shy or excited that they barely touch your tail before excitedly or jumpily snatching their hand back. I’ve had kids tell their friends after they’ve touched a fabric tail that it felt like all kinds of things- textures like scales, dolphin, shark, slimy- none of which was even close to the texture of fabric ;) If they are young and have an imagination- which is the kids we’re aiming our performances at- they will feel what they want to feel!
A lot of older kids may ask what your tail is made of, mostly because they want a tail too. “Magic of course!” or “Scales and magic, silly!” is a good enough reply that it’s usually enough for them to not ask any further- possibly because they “get it” that you’re just “in character” and don’t want to waste their time and/or ruin it for the small kids. If kids get obnoxious and start calling you “fake” and making a scene, you just need to put on your grown-up voice and say that they need to respect you or leave. I haven’t had to do this myself, but I’ve seen other mermaids do so, and it works well.  One such thing I overheard this weekend was, ”How would you feel if I came into your home and started calling you fake and being mean? That wouldn’t make you feel very good would it? So you need to respect me and my space, or leave.”
Monofins in fabric tails are easily explained away as being bones and/or cartilage. Knees can be explained by saying you have bones in your tail just like humans have bones in their legs.

Hope this answer helps you out- good luck with your mermaiding and saving up for your dream tail! 

Had an amazing time at Faerieworlds with Una the Mermaid & Her Traveling Fanta-Sea Cove and all the other mermaids! We had 18 mermaids in total, all of them wonderful!

Had an amazing time at Faerieworlds with Una the Mermaid & Her Traveling Fanta-Sea Cove and all the other mermaids! We had 18 mermaids in total, all of them wonderful!


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Merlissa the Mermaid in her spotted tail at Una’s Fanta-Sea Lagoon; Faerieworlds, 2014.

Guest appearance by her best mermaid friend: Iona!

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Children completely enraptured by the stories this #mermaid was telling at #fairyworlds #amazing #cute

Photo of e in the lagoon at Faerieworlds! The kids had SO many questions, I was happy to tell them all about mermaid magic :)

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Children completely enraptured by the stories this #mermaid was telling at #fairyworlds #amazing #cute

Photo of e in the lagoon at Faerieworlds! The kids had SO many questions, I was happy to tell them all about mermaid magic :)

So excited that I will be attending Faerieworlds in Oregon this weekend with Una the Mermaid & Her Traveling Fanta-Sea Cove! I’ll be working the lagoon later in the afternoon and early evening times throughout the weekend- so feel fee to stop to to say hi!And just for fun, here’s a photo of me showing my fairy half!

So excited that I will be attending Faerieworlds in Oregon this weekend with Una the Mermaid & Her Traveling Fanta-Sea Cove! I’ll be working the lagoon later in the afternoon and early evening times throughout the weekend- so feel fee to stop to to say hi!

And just for fun, here’s a photo of me showing my fairy half!

mermaidpacifica:

Who took that photo and who’s that gorgeous mermaid? Let me know so I can give proper credit. Thx!

The mermaid is Mermaid Virginia (Virginia Hankins), part of Sheroes Entertainment. She also performs sometimes with the JadeNow Mermaids, and that is who the photo is by (who, oddly enough do not have an official website, blog, facebook page, ect).

mermaidpacifica:

Who took that photo and who’s that gorgeous mermaid? Let me know so I can give proper credit. Thx!

The mermaid is Mermaid Virginia (Virginia Hankins), part of Sheroes Entertainment. She also performs sometimes with the JadeNow Mermaids, and that is who the photo is by (who, oddly enough do not have an official website, blog, facebook page, ect).

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A v-log with some updates on my current happenings, as well as explaining why I haven’t posted a video in several months. (Please excuse the low quality, made on YouTube’s editor.)

Sailor Moon + Mermaids? Heck yes! Great Sailor Moon and Sailor Venus cosplays! Cosplay and photo by Grey Cloud Cosplay! 

Sailor Moon + Mermaids? Heck yes! Great Sailor Moon and Sailor Venus cosplays! Cosplay and photo by Grey Cloud Cosplay

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Riia the Mermaid
Photo by Mika Saareila (credit) Tail by Mertailor Top & headdress Siren Allure

merenneitoriia:

Riia the Mermaid

Photo by Mika Saareila (credit)
Tail by Mertailor
Top & headdress Siren Allure

Happy Tail Flip Tuesday! Go out into the world and make a splash!
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Happy Tail Flip Tuesday! Go out into the world and make a splash!

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Custom ordered mermaid headdress! Made similar in design to a previous headdress, requested to be as such by the customer. Completely swimmable! Made with iridescent resin-coated abalone, molded polymer clay starfish, painted shells, dangling seaweed, pearl accents, and connected pearl strands.
Headdresses available for comission/custom order- available through my Etsy shop, SeaShore Siren! 

Betta Myths Debunked

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Introduction
Bettas are one of the most commonly kept fish in the world. They are low maintenance, come in many colors and shapes, and have a lot of personality. But there are also a lot of myths about their care being spread around that I’d like to take the time to talk about. I’ll cover as many as I can think of.

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Bettas need more care than most pet stores will admit. They need at least 5 gallons (2.5 MINIMUM), even with a filter you need to do weekly water changes, a reliable tank heater, a lid, and a varied diet of good quality food (not just pellets or flakes). There’s a lot of details that go into caring for a fish like this- they’re not as low maintenance as people make them out to be. So PLEASE do your research before you buy a betta! If you have one, be sure to do your research so you know how to care for it properly! 

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Every time I glimpse the ocean, my it’s like some unknown weight is lifted from me, and I can breathe again. I can truly let go, relax, and just be happy.Iona the MermaidFacebook ☆ YouTube ☆ Tumblr ☆ Instagram ☆ Etsy ☆ deviantART  

Every time I glimpse the ocean, my it’s like some unknown weight is lifted from me, and I can breathe again. I can truly let go, relax, and just be happy.

Iona the Mermaid
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