Friday, December 30, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mermaid Tales

So I received a pretty awesome email yesterday after work and it was from Jariel over at MermaidTales.net. They would like to add me to their list of professional mermaids!

I picked out a picture and replied, so you might see me appear there over the next couple of days! Pretty cool eh? Woo!

I've also been hanging out at the MerNetwork again lately. Just checking things out and seeing what's new with all of you other mers out there.

Still seeing a bit of drama floating around, but it doesn't seem as bad as it was before I left. It's nice to see all the projects everyone is working on and catch up with some friends!

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful December so far. I can't believe how the time is flying by! Before you know it we'll be in 2012!! Ah!

Keep on swimming!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mermaid Updates!

Sorry I haven't been keep this blog too active and updated lately, but I've been so busy with other things and since this is a bit of an "off" season for us mers it can be hard to find things to post! Ha ha!

On that note though, my friend Mermaid Kim and I have been working really hard at the pool and are finally getting ready to make our new tails! We will be making them totally different than the tails I've been making so far. These will have 3D scales and loads more detail and... ZIPPERS! HA HA! If you have ever seen me at the pool trying to wiggle into and out of my tail, you will understand exactly why I am so excited about this...

Lately we've been doing a lot of work on various tricks. I personally have been doing a lot to improve my moves upside down while spinning and going in and out with back flips. Mermaid Kim has been making some serious progress on her bubble rings and back flips! I am so excited to start working on our next video which will also be my first tail's (my green and blue one with the fringe) last time in the pool since it is going to be retired.

I will be swimming tonight, possibly in my tail but I'm not sure about that yet. I'm still debating what I really want to work on tonight and that will be the deciding factor as to whether or not I sport my tail.

A big thanks to everyone who has been posting comments, watching my videos and liking my facebook page! You guys are awesome! I also know there are a few of you still waiting for replies from me on YouTube messages/comments and through a few emails. I haven't forgotten you guys! I will do my best to get back to you all over the next few days! I hate to leave things unanswered, but life has been keeping me a little too busy lately!

I hope you all are having a great week so far! Keep on swimming!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Mermaid


So this year I decided to let all my scales show, but sport legs instead of my tail! My arms and legs were also done to match. I also coloured the tips of my hair green! At the end of my night it took almost an hour to remove all the makeup.

I based this look off of two tutorials I found on YouTube which were extremely helpful!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq60zOvQFZk < Traci Hines with Etsy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOvDn3h-W6Y < MissChievous

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Epic Mermaid Update!

Alright folks! I know it's been a really long while since I've posted anything here and I'm sorry for keeping you all out of the "loop."

First I would like to thank everyone who has subscribed to me through Blogger and Youtube and for all of the "likes" I've gotten on Facebook! You guys are the best!

The 5th Annual Boat Show at Mosquito Creek Marina was a huge success for me and I had so much fun meeting everyone! Thank you so very much to all the staff who helped me throughout the event! I have never met so many enthusiastic and wonderful people! It was truly a pleasure working with you all!

I have posted pictures from the event on my website (VancouverMermaid.com), flickr (see the left column) and on my Facebook page! A few select ones (my favourites) are posted below.

Also I would like to report that my swim buddy Kim (one of my awesome underwater photographers) has recently tried out one of my tails for a few videos and has decided to join the crew! She is such a natural and I look forward to helping her create her very first mermaid tail over the coming months!

In mermaid tail news, I can report that I have recently started the preparations for my latest tail! Today was a big day of measuring, cutting and sewing! A huge thanks to the ever awesome Pearson Report for all the help with the technical side of the sewing! You rock!

OK! Here are some of my favourite photos from the event!








Here are the latest YouTube videos of me and my friend Mermaid Kim!







I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Keep on swimming!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Something to think about...


Something that came to mind a few days ago. The top half of this piece wasn't really serving my point so I cropped it.

Imagine the kinds of fairy tales we will be reading to our children one day... Would Ariel still be able to rescue Eric from drowning if she couldn't see him through the pollution filled waters?

Would Marlin ever have met the sharks in Finding Nemo? Not likely if all the sharks in our oceans are killed for their fins and turned into soup...

Just something I think we should all think about.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tiqa (June 10, 2008 - Sept 16, 2011)

Three year old Tiqa the beluga passed away yesterday morning at the Vancouver Aquarium.

I was really sad to hear the news... Poor little girl.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Free Morgan

Just because you saved her life, doesn't mean you own it!

I have recently become aware of a situation in the Netherlands that started over a year ago about an Orca named Morgan. If you are not aware of what has been happening, here are some very important links that I highly recommend you check out:

Let me summarize as best as I can based off of what I have read and heard…

Near death, Morgan was rescued off the coast of the Netherlands. It was originally said that she would be rehabilitated and then released back into the wild. She is being kept in a tiny tank and taught behaviors that are inappropriate if she is ever to be released back into the wild. This poor little Orca may very well end up a slave to SeaWorld’s entertainment and breeding needs.

Humans are known for our need to control the things we create, help, donate to and so on. We can’t even control this urge to control among ourselves, family members, our pets and other humans! How can we possibly understand that Morgan doesn’t owe us anything? We, as the dominant species on this planet, have a responsibility her and all the creatures we share this world with.

I would like to think that we evolved into the “intelligent” beings that we are to become the protectors of our world, not the destroyers of it…

Also! If you have not already signed the latest Free Morgan petition, please do so! Every signature makes a difference! Thank-you!

Help Morgan Live Free Petition

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mermaid Sighting at Third Beach



What a wonderful day at the beach! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to say hi, it was great meeting you all!

This is my first outing in my newest tail and it was a big success! I seem to have ironed out (all you tail makers who paint fabric have a good laugh ha ha!!) issues I was having with weight and air pockets!

A big thanks to my ever supportive Mum over at Pearson Report for being so awesome and helping me with the photos and video footage! You're the best!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Animal Harvest - 24H Vancouver

I read something really upsetting in this morning's edition of 24H Vancouver about the Animal Harvest. According to the article I read, Vancouver has become "Canada's No. 1 gateway for smuggled animal parts." There was a pictures on the inside page of four sharks that had been finned alive and thrown back into the ocean to drown at the bottom of the sea.

The article goes on to speak about a variety of other parts of a variety of other animals (including many endangered species) that have been smuggled into and out of Vancouver.

This is a tragedy. This is sad. Throwing sharks overboard after having their fins very painfully removed and left to drown... I can't picture anything more horrifying.

The article also says that, "Vancouver's port and the city's large Asian community make it the gateway for illegal imports from Asia." It talks about how it is driven by the Chinese market, food delicacies and medicine use.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on this, please feel free to share!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

MINDS IN THE WATER



Hey everyone! I just came across this while floating through various YouTube clips and thought it was definitely worth sharing! So if you have a moment, please take a look!

Also, I've just found their website which has a lot of interesting info that is also worth checking out! MINDS IN THE WATER

Friday, August 19, 2011

The World Mermaid Awards and MerCon 2011 in Las Vegas Report



So I figured it's been about a week that I've been back now and it's probably time for me to post about my adventure to Las Vegas for the World Mermaid Awards and MerCon.

I've posted a bunch of photos on my website @ VancouverMermaid.com!

So, where to begin? I'll have to ponder this for a minute or two since I have so many good things to say and a few not so wonderful things to report...

I will start by saying a big thank you to everyone who has been super supportive, (Mum you are at the tip-top of my list of awesome people!) and to all the amazing mermaids and mermen that I met! You guys really did make the event worth all the stress and chaos! I was even recognized by a few fans of my Facebook page! Ha ha! It was so nice to finally meet you all in person!

It was also a real honor to finally meet and swim with Hannah Fraser and MeduSirena! You two are so inspiring! It was so amazing to finally get to tell you both how much you and your work means to me and how much you have both changed my life for the better! Thank you!

Overall it was a wonderful event. I participated in the pageant, which I really wasn't planning on, and had a blast being carried out onto the stage and posing for photos!

The booths were a little unorganized, but given all the nonsense that took place the week off, I figure it turned out pretty well! I know there were a few people who weren't as impressed and pretty disappointed at the turn out and lack of general organization. I did feel pretty bad for the vendors who had put in so much time, energy and money to have things turn out the way they did.

The pool party was a pretty big success I would say. It was wonderful getting to swim with all my fellow mers and pose for many pictures and generally hang out with everyone. The pool was pretty small which meant I got a few fins in the face here and there while swimming, but HEY what are you going to do when you are swimming with 40+ other mermaids eh? Ha ha!

Another big highlight was getting to meet Thom Shouse, the designer of Daryl Hannah's tail in splash!

Now for the not so happy stuff...

I think the big thing that really disappointment me was that my video (which had been completed and submitted with time to spare) wasn't going to be shown. I pretty much had to demand that it be shown... (I brought the emails I printed with Sita telling me it wasn't going to be a problem at all) I worked so hard on it, as did my mum and my friends and it was just decided at the last minute that it was somehow "too late." Not impressed.

My video was played after much squabbling... Thank goodness I was smart enough to bring along a DVD copy!

Overall it was an amazing adventure and lots of fun. I don't think I'll be willing to attend it in following years if it is run in the same unprofessional manner though... I really care for being made out to be some kind of trouble maker and I really didn't appreciate the video nonsense.

I have been really happy to see everyone else's photos and videos! Great work everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Get well soon Milo!

I was very sad to read in this morning's 24H newspaper that 12 year old Milo the sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

You might remember Milo as the sweet little otter who was holding paws (on YouTube) with Nyac (another sweet little otter who passed away in 2008 from leukemia) in March 2007.

Milo, you are in this mermaid's thoughts and prayers. Please get well soon little friend!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Clarification on my previous post...

So I seem to have stirred a bit of chaos with my last post so I feel I better clarify things and give a further update.

When I said, "I will be removing myself from the mer-community entirely," I meant that I will be removing myself from the forums I have recently been taking part in. There is far too much drama, name-calling and all around rudeness for me to handle on a daily basis...

I will still be keeping my blog and all my other accounts including facebook up and running as normal. I have also been putting together an official website for myself which will be popping up soon!

In regards to Sita, she has personally emailed me and apologized. I am very grateful to her (as I said in my response to her email) that she went through the forum and read the rest of my posts in which I was supporting and encouraging her.

We are working things out now and I will be attending the event next week which I am very much looking forward to.

I am sorry if I scared any of you! I just want to let you all know that I am grateful to those of your who follow me and I really appreciate you all!

Friday, August 5, 2011

WMA Updated

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone has been having a wonderful week so far! I've been dealing with a lot of unfortunate things over the past few days - which is why I haven't been posting much - but I will hopefully have things sorted soon! Thanks for all the likes on Facebook and to the new followers on my blog! You guys make it all worth while!

So I figure, since everything has now come out in the open anyway, that I would give you all the update on what has beeb happening with the World Mermaid Awards which I will no longer be attending for many good reasons.

Sita Lange and her Maui Mermaids have now been removed from my site and as soon as everything has been sorted and my tickets refunded, I will be removing myself from the mer-community entirely.

I am a mermaid for two main reasons, to have fun and to raise awareness for the big issues surrounding our planet. Had I realized the drama and the unprofessional manner with which the WMA was being organized, I never would have paid to attend or offered any help to Sita in any way.

For those of you who don't follow the mer community, I had recently revamped the WMA blog and created a new website for Sita Lange, with her written permission, to help her get the right information out to our fellow mers. I had also been in contact with the Silverton Hotel to get the right information so when people ask me (which has been happening quite a lot lately) I can give them the correct, up-to-date information which was not being provided by Sita and has still yet to be given.

I am also very upset to report that she has yet to give the information on where the part of the money she has been supposedly putting aside for charity will be going. This disappoints me greatly.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who have been supporting me through this difficult time. I really do appreciate it! I am so hurt and disappointed about this whole thing, but I'm not going to let it get in the way of my mission to help our planet!

Thank you to everyone who has participating in the Effect Change Challenges and doing their part to make a change, together we can make a difference!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CETFA Update

I've just received a really upsetting email from CETFA, Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals, and I think it's important to share. I am copying the text exactly as it appears in the email.

Dear CETFA Supporters,

A transport trailer carrying thousands of live lobsters crashed on Highway 1 outside Saint John, New Brunswick around 2 a.m. Friday morning.

Lobster 11

CETFA Volunteer Inspector Kathryn Asher rushed to the scene to document the accident. She reports: "When I got to the scene 5 hours later, lobsters with severed appendages and limbs bent every which way were still struggling in piles with those who had already died. From what I could tell there were no veterinarians or animal welfare personnel on site. In fact, for the half hour I was there I was the only one near the lobsters."

Comments on news coverage of the accident were disturbing in their levity and quotes by police officers and those in the seafood industry were equally upsetting, referring to the live animals as "product."

Lobsters (and other decapod crustaceans) have opioid receptors and respond to opioids (painkillers such as morphine) in a similar way to vertebrates. Studies have shown that lobsters' reactions to injuries change when painkillers are applied, indicating that they are very likely experiencing the same dulling of pain that we do with painkillers.


Lobsters however are not provided any protection under Canada's transport regulations (Health of Animals Act, Section XII). The transport regulations in existance are woefully inadequate even for those animals included in the Act. For 6 years, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has promised the release of improved regulations, yet we and the animals wait. In the meantime, animals continue to be transported each day, experiencing overcrowding, suffocation, overheating, freezing, long gruelling journeys, and like these lobsters, crashes and death on Canada's highways.

Canada's animals deserve better. Click here to send a pre-written letter to your MP asking that they support stronger animal transport regulations and enforcement.

Thank you all for standing with us in defending Canada's farm animals!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Effect Change Challenge

So? How did everyone do with the Effect Change Challenge this month? Were you all extra careful to use your reusable bags? Did any of you manage to cut back on your plastic bag usage or even switch to biodegradable bags?

I would love to hear back from anyone who participated! Was this an easy switch for you or was it more than a little difficult? Let's hear from you!


Effect Change Challenge - August 2011

So for this month's Effect Change Challenge, I would like to see you all participate (in any way possible, big or small) in cleaning up our neighbourhood parks (especially beaches and areas with bodies of water). This can be as simple as noticing a newspaper that's been tossed on the ground and recycling it! Or it can be as big as getting a group of your buddies together and taking a trip to your local beach, lake or river and bring buckets and tongs to do a serious clean up!

Any effort you can make to help clean up and spread the word about taking care of/learning to respect our planet would be amazing!

We all have the power to effect change!

A huge thank-you from this Vancouver Mermaid to all of you who have been participating!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Blue Mermaid


Here is the last mermaid of the group! You guys were close on guessing where my artistic inspiration comes from, but I'm still curious to see who can guess where these three characters come from? They are three of my favourite mermaids from when I was a kid!

Here is the hint I gave in reply to the Pink Mermaid:

These ladies are based off of three underwater women from a film that came out in 1991 directed by Steven Spielberg.

Keep guessing guys!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pink Mermaid


A painting of a pink mermaid to go with the green one! I am still planning on doing one more (a blue mermaid) and I would be very curious to see if anyone here can guess where my inspiration for these three ocean beauties comes from! So if you think you know, post a reply!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Green Mermaid





A painting of a green mermaid I did in Photoshop!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

World Mermaid Awards Entry Film



Here is my entry for the World Mermaid Awards!

CETFA: 4 Barn Fires in 4 Days

As a member of CETFA (Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals), I have received the following email from Twyla Francois (our lead investigator) and thought it was important to share.

Please note that I am copying and pasting this exactly as it appears in the email.

Dear CETFA Supporters,
In just the last 4 days, 4 barn fires in Canada have claimed the lives of over 23,000 animals.

These fires are completely preventable but because factory farms are set up to be as automated as possible, routine chores like cleaning vents and light fixtures go undone. Additionally, the toxic air in today's confinement facilities from the waste of thousands to tens of thousands of animals corrode electrical wires raising the risk of fire. Add to this the fact that many of the animals involved in barn fires in Canada are confined to barren metal gestation crates, concrete pens or battery cages, escape becomes all but impossible.

Please, write letters to the editor of papers and post comments on on-line news sources that cover these fires. Indicate that the vast majority of animals involved in barn fires in Canada are confined and that the only measures that give these animals any hope of survival are on-site smoke sensors and sprinkler systems which must be retrofitted into existing barns.

Thank you all for standing with us in defending Canada's farm animals!

Please help us on our mission to stop these horrifying fires. Remember that these animals, while they may be raised for our consumption, still deserve our respect as living beings with whom we share this planet.

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lighthouse Park Adventure



The sun finally decided to come out on Saturday for a little while to warm up Vancouver just enough that heading out for a mermaiding adventure was in order!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for pictures and to say hi! Also, a big thanks to Pearson Report for taking fabulous footage as always!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some humans....

Some humans are very disappointing...

Today on my way to work, as I was walking down the street, I saw a man take two McDonalds paper bags and toss them out his car window and onto the street. I was so stunned that all I could do was stare in disbelief. The man noticed me starring in shock and said the following, "F*** you, you stupid b****." At that point I had no idea what to say. I hadn't done anything wrong except look and be very disappointed with what I was witnessing.

So I kept walking until the rage started to build up and I turned around and yelled back to him something like, "Well it's your planet too you know!"

What a way to start my day! I really hope that guy learns his lesson. I hope he gets caught and fined for his stupidity and complete disregard for our planet.

Please don't litter!

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Also! Please remember to participate in this month's Effect Change Challenge! I know a lot of your are already working hard to make a difference, but lets try to be even more careful to use our reusable bags and make the extra effort to find places to recycle our plastic bags!

Thanks to everyone who has been participating! Go team!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Photo Fun!



I was just having fun looking through all of my photos to date and thought it might be fun to share!

Photos from Queen Elizabeth Park




Just a few photos from my mermaid adventure at Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday. Thanks to Pearson Report for taking the photos!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mermaid Adventures



Here's a video of a few of my recent adventures! Thanks so much to Pearson Report for taking the fantastic footage!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mermaid at the Pool Part II



More of my adventures at my favourite pool! This video is also in HD this time since I finally have iMovie 2011! So please make sure you switch it from 360p to 720p once you hit play! Enjoy!

Thanks so much to Kim Walker for taking the footage! Thanks also to Pearson Report for helping me out with my Mac!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mermaid at the Pool



My latest mermaiding adventure was at my favourite pool! Something truly magical happened while I was swimming... There were three or four times when my eyes actually came into focus and I was able to see more clearly then I have ever been able to before! I was truly amazing!

Thank you so much to EricEmard.com for helping me out with the footage!

A Sad Tuesday

I was reading, in my morning copy of 24H > News Vancouver on my way to work, that a 2 year old police dog named Bo was killed yesterday morning in a car accident on his way to a call with his handler. All those involved in the accident were unharmed, except Bo, he was killed on impact.

I just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the important role that these canine heroes play in our lives and that without them, who would be there to rescue the child trapped under debris? Who would be there to protect us against bomb threats and drug trafficking? Who would be there to lick your feet in the morning because you refuse to hear your alarm clock going off? Who would be there?

This is tragic loss, one that didn't have to happen. So the next time you are cruising along and don't pull over when you seen a police car, ambulance or fire truck with their sirens/lights going, I want you to remember this story.

Think of the lives that could be saved, if we all slowed down.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Adventure Photos

I apologize in advance for the quality of these photos since Blogger likes to totally destroy my JPGs. For better quality photos, check them out on my Flickr account! Thanks!









A HUGE thank you to Pearson Report for taking these amazing photos! You're the best!

The First Ocean Adventure


This was my very first ocean swim in my newest tail. It was absolutely amazing! It's something I've dreamed off my whole life, and it's finally real!

Thank you so much to Pearson Report for taking this excellent footage!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Here's a little behind the scenes collage of me getting into my tail! Thanks to Pearson Report for taking such awesome photos!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Effect Change Challenge - July 2011

I've finally figured out how I am going to start off with the many conservation projects I've had floating in my mind! I'm going to start off with a short story about something that happened to me yesterday on my way to work and then I am going to ask you all for a small favor that can potentially have a large, very positive effect on our oceans.

Yesterday, on my way to work, I came across a dead crow. It's perfect, undamaged little body was in the lane of the parking lot of the studio where I work. I was stunned. Even now I can't really explain what I felt when I saw it. I just knew I had to do something to move it so that it wouldn't get crushed by the four or five other cars that would likely be parking in the lot within the next fifteen to twenty minutes.

Just across the way is the Vancouver SPCA and I figured that if anyone would be able to help me, it would be them! So off I went! Of course the main part of the SPCA isn't open until 10am, so I ran over to the vet clinic instead. I was given a number to call and that was it. Not good enough! So I asked that they give me gloves, a bag and a towel (since at this point I wasn't actually certain that the crow was dead). I was pretty disappointed with the reaction of the woman helping me. Don't misunderstand me, she was friendly and did give me what I asked for, but it was pretty clear that this dead or dying animal wasn't worth more effort than a phone call so someone else could deal with it.

Within a few minutes I was back at the lot and it was pretty clear now that the crow wasn't alive. I spread out the towel, put on the gloves and gently scooped up the crows body and placed it in the middle of the towel. Physically it looked fine, it's feathers were in good condition, it's eyes were still clear and from what I could tell it hadn't been dead long. Why did it die? What had happened? Above me on the ledge of the building, a group of crows were calling and looking at me. It was a little unnerving...

After taking a moment to say a few words quietly to myself and to the crow, I disposed of his body as nicely as I could with the tools I had.

So what is my point? My point is that people have no respect for life that isn't human. We are all taught that human life is sacred and that when a human dies, this is something sad, a loss. Well my question to you dear readers is what makes the crow's life any different? Just because they are considered a "nuisance" and that there are approximately 38 million of them in the world? Well at a whopping 6+ billion humans there are plenty out there that I (and many others) would consider to be nuisances too!

So what makes the crow different? Think about it.

Effect Change Challenge - July 2011

So for this month's Effect Change Challenge, I would like to ask you all to think about the number of plastic bags you use in a month and where you think they end up. I would like to challenge you all to really make an effort this month to use your reusable cloth bags and avoid the use of plastic bags!

I would also like to give you a tip! There are companies out there that are making biodegradable plastic bags in a variety of shapes and sizes! Why not try them out? Also remember that you can use sandwich bags more than once! Don't just toss them after one use! Try to rinse them out and use them again!

Together we can make a difference!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Mer Community...

I've just visited Mer Yuku (a Mermaid and Merman Costuming Forum/Community) and read a few things that I am finding really disturbing and am really considering whether or not I really want to be a part of it all with this particular community.

A "review" of the forum was recently made by a member and some very strong points about mer politics were made. To be completely honest, after three months of being part of the "community" I have noticed that a lot of the points made are without a doubt true.

You girls (yes, mostly girls) are horribly mean to each other! You post replies to things that make me want to cry! How can you all think that it's OK to speak to each other this way! How would you feel if someone came up to you on the street and made inappropriate and hurtful comments? AND WHY IS IT ALWAYS WOMEN!? Come on ladies. Seriously? Show a little love! How can any of you call yourselves mers if you can't go three posts without tearing someone else apart!

Now that I've got that out of my system I would like to add that there are quite a few of you who are really kind and full of great ideas and wonderful comments. To all of you wonderful mers (and non-mers) I would like to say thank you! You are the glue that really does hold this community together.

I would also like to take a moment to say that some people need to keep their thoughts and comments to themselves. This is for all of the mers out there who have trouble swimming or do not get the chance to be in the water as much to practice. You guys and gals are all still mers to me! I applaud you for not giving up! This is meant to be fun for everyone and to bring an important environmental message in some cases too!

I am a professional designer, but I would NEVER go up to someone and say flat out, YOU CAN'T DRAW or YOU SUCK. That is so awful that it makes me sick to even think of it! I am always happy to help and give pointers! I always invite people to ask me questions! I want everybody to have a good time and enjoy themselves!

OK. I swear I am almost through with my crazy rant, I promise! ;)

Now so far as this whole getting-your-tail-design-ripped-off-by-another-mer deal, I would like to say the following:

I have had artwork ripped off before. I have had people steal art of mine, change it slightly and claim it for their own. It doesn't feel very nice. Especially when I am so eager to help people! Heck, I always have commission spots open, fire me an email and I'll get back to you ASAP!

When Hannah Mermaid made a comment on her site about being original and using your own inner mer to create a tail from your heart that is unique to you, I really don't think she was being unfair at all. In fact, I totally agree with her! Not only that, but if it wasn't for her tips and tricks, I'd still be swimming around in my old spandex tail that is falling apart!

I will also point out that it wasn't soon after she posted her tips, that three or four people (I won't name names or anything) came up with tails that were remarkably similar to the point where I would see underwater footage and would double check to make sure it wasn't Hannah! I know it's hard to reinvent the wheel and all that, but do try to find out what defines you and incorporate that into your tail somehow! I know you can do it!

I am also happy to provide info and help with base designs for people who need a helping hand to start them off in a direction!

So to sum up, since I know I've been rambling a little bit here, please be nice to your fellow mers. Remember that people and mers do have feelings and we all just want to be happy!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Another photo of me relaxing and enjoying the view.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The First Swim - YouTube Video



This is a video of my first official swim in my new tail creation. There were a few issues that I have now had the chance to fix and overall I am very happy with the finished product!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksc4ucv5hGo

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Preview Post

Just another quick teaser of my adventure on Sunday! I promise photos are on the way, I've just been really busy!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Finally Finished!

Well it's finally finished! The tail, the fins, the top, EVERYTHING!

Mum and I also saw Pirates of the Caribbean 4 yesterday which was fun. The movie itself has a few issues, but it was still entertaining. The mermaids were very unique and a little scary. I will let you all know right now that we don't all drag sailors to the bottom of the ocean and eat them! I was a little disappointed in the movement of the mermaids up-close while swimming. I'm not sure if it was the fact that they were mostly cg or what, but I would have done things a little different. Oh well. It will still definitely make the collection since pirates are awesome and Barbossa says "Strike your colors, you blooming cockroaches!" I love Barbossa, he's awesome!!

OK! That's all for now! Pictures will be coming really soon!

Scale Painting Part 2


Another quick video showing the last chunk of the scales on my tail being completed. I am happy to answer any questions about fabric and paints. The brushes I show at one point are actually the same brush and are designed for makeup purposes but work excellent for creating scales.

A more detailed update will be coming up shortly, but for now it's 2am and I'm starting to fall asleep at my computer...

G'night everyone!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Still Here!

Don't worry everyone, I haven't completely fallen off the face of the earth! These last two weeks have been really tough with work and deadlines. The next couple of weeks are going to be more of the same since I will now have to manage my time designing for two shows (for those of you who don't know, I am a designer at an animation studio in Vancouver). I'm still loving work, but the stress is getting to me a little bit and I'm sad that I haven't had much time to devote to the completion of my tail!

I have been making progress and I am almost completely finished the scales. Then I will need to finish the details on my flukes, then comes a bit of glitter, a lot of glue and a bit more cutting and sewing! I'm really hoping to have this done sooner rather than later, since having some practice swim time at the pool in my new tail before heading off to Vegas might be nice. Ha ha.

Also! Mum booked the flight which means that it's official! World Mermaid Awards here we come! Now if only our tickets for the events would show up... Not too concerned yet, but it has been almost two weeks (including non-business days though). I've sent an email to Sita to see if she knows what the scoop is and I hope to hear back from her soon!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday! Keep on swimming!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tickets Purchased!

I finally took the plunge and purchased tickets for the World Mermaid Awards 2011 that will be taking place this August at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas!

Sita Lange was really helpful and answered all my questions!

So far as my tail goes, progress is definitely being made! I'm getting a lot faster at painting the scales. Mum dropped off a second set of flippers to me at work this morning so that I'll have a pair to swim in and practice when I'm not wearing my tail! Very exciting stuff!

Have a happy Friday the 13th everyone!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pink Mermaid


Also! A quick piece of artwork I did on my lunch!

World Mermaid Awards Update!

I've heard back from Sita Lange, who has been very helpful in answering all my many questions, and am starting to get pretty excited about everything!

I will be ordering my tickets over the next few days after I make a few calculations and budgeting.

I'm still working hard on my tail and am making progress! I still have a long way to go before it is complete, but I am still pumped nonetheless!

Also! Mum and I had an amazing shopping trip and Mum came across the perfect pair of leggings for under my tail! We also came across a really good top that I am going to paint to match my tail! I'll post pictures soon!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Questions Asked

I've fired off an email to the World Mermaid Awards to get a few more details on prices and such. I am really looking forward to hearing back!

They've updated their website once more and things have been cleared up, but if you know me I always like to be extra sure! Ha ha!

I'll post updates as soon as I hear back! Fingers crossed!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Photos and Scale Painting


A quick video of me starting the process of painting scales on the lower portion of my newest mermaid tail. Each row takes me between 8 and 10 minutes to complete. I am estimating the the rest of the tail (both sides) will take me roughly 16 hours to complete.

I have also uploaded new photos to my Flickr account which you can see in the left menu!

Keep on swimming!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Swimming Adventures!

Mum and I went swimming yesterday afternoon and had a blast! My Mum is such a natural in the water which makes it really fun to swim with her! We both had our flippers and were having all kinds of fun twirling around and doing somersaults and back flips in the water and seeing how far we could swim underwater on a single breath of air. It was so much fun! Mum and I are an awesome team!

AND in other news, I held my breath for 1 minute and 16 seconds today between my old record by one whole second! Woo! It was the longest second of my life!! It's getting easier and easier to hold my breath for 1 minute. I feel less discomfort and up until 45 seconds I don't feel anything (though sometimes I really want to yawn).

I also made it the length of the lanes portion of the pool which happens the be the farthest I've ever been able to swim underwater on a single breath of air. It was fully awesome!

Now I just need to exercise the muscles that block airflow through my nose. I think I've finally figured out how, but now doing it while swimming seems to be a bit of a different story for me... Ha ha! Well, I'm back in the water on Wednesday to practice so hopefully I figure it out!

Have a happy Monday everyone!

Friday, April 29, 2011

World Mermaid Awards site back up?

So the World Mermaid Awards site is back up. I'm not getting the best vibe about their new website though... I'm not saying this to be mean or anything, I happen to make my living in the area of design and it just makes me want to lend a hand or something to help get it back on track!

I left a message on their facebook page and was told that the website is still under construction. I'm not exactly sure what that is supposed to mean, but I'm trying to stay positive.

All that being said, I am still pretty excited about everything and I don't really want to give up hope on it all just yet!

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A little concerned...

Well now the website for the World Mermaid Awards has disappeared entirely... I'm not sure what's happening and I wasn't clever enough to write down the email address last night when I had the chance. If anyone knows what the scoop is, please let me know!

On a happier note, swimming was absolutely awesome! The goggles worked out OK, but I'm going to have to get something to help the fog issue. As for the earplugs, they were unbelievable! I have never felt quite so comfortable in the water as I did last night. I didn't have to worry about water in my ears and I was still able to hear people when they were talking to me (people being my awesome boyfriend Eric).

I was able to swim SO FAST and do all kinds of spins and tricks! It was amazing! I felt like I was dreaming or something! Now if only I could master the whole not-getting-water-up-my-nose situation. Ha ha.

I'm going swimming again on Saturday with my buddy Nicole so hopefully I'll have a bit more practice time!

Woo!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mermaid Awards?

Any fellow mermaids out there know what's happening with the World Mermaid Awards website? It looks like it's gone through a bit of a change... It was a lot more user friendly the other way around and I'm starting to think it might just be best to fire them an email to see what the scoop is. I just want to make sure that everything is still going according to the good old master plan!

Other than that little hiccup, everything else tail-related is moving along quite nice! Mum has been so helpful with the sewing and I've done three flipper-painting tests on scrap fabric and can say that this is going to look pretty awesome when it's complete!

I also picked up a pair of gorgeous new goggles that I absolutely love the look of! AND I found the pair of earplugs I have been hunting for FOREVER! You'll never guess where I found them though! At Canadian Tire of all places! $3.99!! I've tested them out and though they are a little snug (I have pretty small ears) they work really nice! I'm going to give all my new gear (minus my tail of course) a serious test run at the pool tonight! I need to start practicing my tricks and getting a bit of a routine going!

Anyway! It's all very exciting and I'm looking forward to posting photos and stuff really soon!

Keep swimming!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fabric Test #2

OK folks! The last test results are in and I can tell you right now that this fabric and this paint are so unbelievably awesome it blows my mind!

I took my painted fabric with me to the pool last night where I proceeded to beat it senseless! Just kidding of course! I did rub it forcefully (while soaking wet) on the super coarse ledge and all over the pool floor. The paint didn't so much as fade! The fabric itself stood up super well too! And don't think I went easy on the fabric, I did my best to try to get paint off so I could see just how much abuse it could take in the pool.

I am super impressed with all of this so far and I am finally ready to take the next step with this process! Woo!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Photos!







Just a few pictures of my fabric, the paint I've chosen and one of the tests I've done so far! So far I am VERY impressed with the Permaset Aqua paints, they are really awesome!

Lots to Report!

So I joined a Mermaid forum today which is pretty awesome! I have been looking for something like this for a long time now and am pretty excited!

I've also purchased the paint I will need and have completed my initial experiments on small pieces of the neoprene. I can safely say that this is going to be FULLY AWESOME. The paint sets really well and survived quite a bit of abuse as I tested it out! Making sure that I don't cut short the ironing time is the key!

WARNING: When ironing neoprene, NEVER use a really hot setting! You can really damage your neoprene this way! Also make sure that you always put a cotton fabric between the iron and your dried painted neoprene. I used the second to lowest setting for my tests and it worked really well!

I do have a lot more to report, but I have to get back to the pile of work on my desk!

Happy Swimming!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lunch Doodle


Just a quick lunch doodle I thought I should post. Enjoy!

Amazing Fins!

Last night was the most amazing swim I think I've ever had in my tail! My new fins give me such amazing propulsion in the water and allow me to do a much more efficient and effective dolphin kick. Not only that, but they are so comfortable it practically blows my mind! I had no foot cramps and I was still able to wiggle my toes! I am also stunned at the maneuverability I have in the new fins! I can make quick turns and it's much easier to swim in a tight circle!

Even more amazing, a woman came over to ask me where I had bought my tail and was so excited to see me swim! I told her I made my tail myself and that I'm currently working on a new one. I also gave her some tips and tricks for how to make her own! I was so happy to be such an inspiration to someone who also dreams of being one with the water!

I wish her lots of luck and good times on her new mermaid adventure!

All of the breathing exercises I've been doing have also been paying off and I feel I can go longer and farther than I have ever been able to before!

Also! Moo and I are getting together tonight to check out the new material and have a visit! I'm very excited! Everything is really coming together! Now if only I can survive the day of waiting I have ahead of me! Ha ha!

Keep on swimming!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Paint Research!

So the material has arrived and Moo and I will be picking it up on Thursday evening!

Since I have finally come to the point where I will need to be thinking about paints and such, I've started to do a little bit of research.

So far it looks to me like Permaset Aqua Supercover Fabric Screen Printing Ink is going to be my best bet. It sounds to me, based on what I've read and heard from others, that this paint should be able to withstand a fair bit of love in the water and still retain its stretch. I am interested since of the paints/inks I've looked at, this one seems to have the largest variety in terms of colour choices.

I am also really interested in this paint since, unlike many others, it also happens to be the most environmentally friendly and 100% solvent free.

This is really exciting for me since I was getting a little worried about what types of paint to use. I can't take all the credit for this discovery however! It is thanks to Hannah Fraser who posted a little bit of a Q & A section on her site with a small amount of info on her blue tail and some of the materials she has used in the past.

Thank you Hannah, you truly are an inspiration!

ALSO! A HUGE thanks to my very awesome Moo-tastic Moo for being AWESOME and helping me order my material! I can't wait to get started!

Have a happy Wednesday everyone!


Hee hee! It also happens to be my swim night tonight which might explain why I'm in such a fantastic mood! I'm going to try out my new flippers tonight and I will let you all know how it went tomorrow at some point!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Atlantis Found?

Yup. Apparently they've found Atlantis!!

This was tweeted by Hannah Fraser and I thought it was mildly amusing and worth a quick post before I get back to work! Make sure you read the comments after the article since some of them a pretty funny!

http://www.businessinsider.com/they-found-atlantis-2011-3

I guess this means all of us Merfolk can finally go home! Ha ha!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Successful Shopping Trip!

Definitely a successful shopping trip! We picked up more than just the flippers which was a nice surprise! It was also really nice since everyone we ran into today was really helpful and enthusiastic!

Below are a few photos from the day! Note that I am wearing my old blue tail which is 4 years old and a little well loved!










The new flippers are super comfortable! So much more than my old blue ones!
I'm also really excited to try out my new earplugs. The reviews on them are pretty good and I'm excited to give them a try!

All in all it was a great day and I'm really looking forward to the neoprene arriving next week so I can really get started!!

Today is the Day!

Alright folks! Today is finally the day!

I'm going fin shopping with my super awesome and super helpful Moo (Pearson Report) today! I am really excited since this means the ball has really started rolling on this project! I will also be picking up earplugs since I would like to avoid swimmers ear if I can!

Also! I would really like to thank all you wonderful people who have been following me and commenting! Big hugs all around!

I am also going to take this opportunity to award a very special award to a very special someone!


Congratulations Moo! Thanks for being Mootastic! ^^

Friday, March 11, 2011

Breathing Update!

Just a quick update since I'm pretty proud of myself! At the start of this week I could only hold my breath for 30 to 35 seconds and today I held my breath for 1 minute and 15 seconds! I haven't been able to hold my breath that long in years!

I can now easily hold my breath for 45 seconds! 1 full minute is still a little hard, but I can now get to it successfully back to back three or four times in a row! I am really hoping that by April I will be able to hold my breath for 1 min 30 sec! That would be a good start indeed!

Just thought I'd share the excitement! ^^

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Swim Night and Old Tail Report

Last night was my swim night and my boyfriend and I hit the pool at around 7:30pm. We had a ton of fun as always and since we ended up staying a little longer (after all the little kids went home), I was able to really stretch out my tail and make a few observations and take a few mental notes.

Most of these are things I already know about my tail (after all, I have been swimming in it for almost 4 years now).

For anyone thinking of making a tail out of spandex (like my old tail), be absolutely sure that the fabric is 2 way stretch and NOT 4 way stretch! And have the stretch go horizontally NOT vertically! This is so very important! I noticed as I was swimming that my tail was getting longer past my flippers... The drag kept getting worse and worse to the point where I had to stop to pull it up again!

I think either sewing both flippers into a single pocket or two separate pockets (that go all the way around the flipper instead of only part of the way) is also important so that the flippers don't get stuck in the fabric as you move.

A zipper is also going to be a HUGE improvement since at the moment my tail is made up of two pieces and is a real nuisance to get in and out of especially if the tail is already wet.

I think my biggest hurdle will be a top. I'm not so much into the whole seashell bra concept. I need something with a little more substance if you know what I mean! I like to be able to swim without worrying about what I'm wearing!

I really liked the length of my current flippers, but they are so uncomfortable that I have to stop to take foot-rubbing breaks! I think I need to find something where the whole foot is covered and not just with the strap at the back. Yup. Comfort is a good thing!

Other than all that, I had a great swim last night and was very excited that a few people came over to ask me questions about my tail! I love that people are curious and excited to see me swim! It really adds to the fun of it all!

Also! I've been doing breathing exercises for about a week now and am happy to report that I can comfortably hold my breath for 45 secs and a little less comfortably for 1 min! My record so far is 1 min 6 sec! Underwater is a bit of a different story, but so far I am between 25 and 30 sec while powering through the water. If I am swimming slowly I can hold it for a little longer.

Still a work in progress!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Updated Tail Concept


I've continued working on the design since I need to have a good idea of where this is all going by this weekend (fin shopping is happening on Saturday) and I want to make sure I'm good and ready with my plans!

I've done a lot of a lot of looking around and reading about what works and doesn't work in terms of materials and I want to keep the drag to a minimum, but I do like the idea of a little bit of fin fringe.

Also, tonight it my swim night and I'm going to take my old tail to make any last minute notes about it and what I like/don't like. I might (if I have time) post a picture of it so you guys can see what I've got to work with right now!

Happy swimming!