Hey, @castielsburger, remember when I spammed you with all those ridiculous, over the top messages and then went “never mind, it’s nothing”? This is why! I really wanted to write this for you, because you’re always making me happy!
Draco is in his mid twenties when the stress gets to him and he goes down faster than a sinking ship.
It’s completely unexpected, but then again, midlife crises do have the tendency to be unpredictable. That’s rather the point.
In a fit of complete and utter madness, he disappears in the early afternoon without warning. This after six months of willful confinement to the Manor.
Narcissa goes into a state of uncontrolled worry that niggles at Lucius so much, he locks himself in his library and refuses to come out until she’s either calmed down or taken a potion to keep her from fidgeting and otherwise making a nuisance of herself.
Many hours later, Draco returns, and Narcissa couldn’t be happier—could certainly be less confused, but is happy nonetheless.
Draco isn’t alone. For whatever reason it seems only he’s privy to, he’s gone and purchased a chicken. Not a peacock, not an albatross, not any of the birds of paradise or even a Lady Amherst pheasant, but a chicken.
Amazon is a really great place to buy things in bulk or get items you could otherwise not really acquire, sometimes directly from witchy sellers! I shop from there all the time. These are some things I recommend:
(These are prices and items current at the date of my posting. I will update later if needed. Also, if you like this, please let me know, I’m thinking about starting a website/store for these and more items.)
These custom backless jade and brass inlays were made several years ago for a customer who has since changed sizes. We made him some new plugs (nicely seasoned bloodwood, 60mm) and reset the inlay assembly, which is completely open except for four small tabs that hold up the stone setting. I’ve always loved seeing light through the gaps around the jade in these pieces, and I’m happy that they are again wearable.
“It’s a keeper’s job to remember. Even the dangerous things.”
After I made my mini Merrill box, I’d been itching to make a big one with a focus on her Eluvian. I had this vision of a broken mirror in the inner lid of the box, but I had been putting it off because I thought it would be too difficult.
Cue fate, intervening on my behalf in the form of wine.
I was sitting by my lonesome, staining boxes and drinking wine through a straw when the idea hit me. I grabbed an old carved box with a brass tree inlay that I’d had for a long time and I set to work. The next morning, sober me was pretty impressed, and decided to keep going with the project. I’m only admitting this because it worked out, believe me haha :)
Now in this picture, the large stone is quartz, but I swapped it out for bloodstone in the end, which I’ll show later. But I love the way the mirror looks here. I smashed it and glued it back together myself, which took about 5 hrs in total and my fingers were totally raw the next day (but worth itttt)
I wanted to focus on Merrill’s ideals. On her beliefs and how different they were from most of her friends’ and her entire clan. I put together a few potions to represent her stubbornness and pride, but also her kindness, idealism, and her magic. I didn’t want to leave her flaws behind, but I didn’t want them to be my only focus.
I spent a lot of time collecting thorns for the potions, because in my opnion Merrill has a lot of power and dangerous side to her, but I also added roses for love and friendship, a feather for her love of griffons (I couldn’t resist) a crystal terrarium, rosemary, yarrow and other herbs for her desire to build up what the Dalish had lost again and to reclaim their culture.
I added a Bloodstone tower (I had phantom quartz as a stand-in until I could find the perfect one), unakite, a mini quartz tower, aventurine point, prehnite, serpentine and citrine. The stones were kept to mostly green to keep with the theme, but still including themes of courage, nature, keeping to old traditions, and guarding against corruption. I made a small potion bracelet out of twine (!!!) as well.
My final touch was flowers (a pink rose, and various flower petals and leaves for an organic woodsy look) and an herb packet containing some of my favorite Merrill quotes and sealed with wax.
I also sewed a little green cover for the mirror just to keep it safe when the box is open (or even when closed) and added 3 candles - 2 hand-poured tealights with lavender and one purple taper candle.
Here she is all done!
I have to say, I had a lot of fun creating Merrill and I will be sad to see her go. She was, again, one of those characters who I never really thought about in an in-depth way until recently and I’m glad that I did. I saw her in a way I never had before and gained even more respect for her character. All in all, I enjoyed the experience very much.
Merrill has been sold. More boxes are available here in my store, and I also take custom orders for Dragon Age boxes as well. Thanks for reading and please reblog!