Lauren Fairweather
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What are the Real Life Yule Balls like, and how can I attend one?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 01/29/2015
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They're usually either a concert format or a formal dance format (sometimes with a dinner), and you can attend one by buying tickets and going to one! I perform at lots of them during the winter months, and I announce them on my youtube channel and social media so I recommend following me there and signing up for my mailing list so you can keep up with those announcements.

I also just made a YouTube video with footage from four of the Yule Balls I performed at this season, so you could watch that to get a good idea of what they're like (though I'm guessing that you've already seen it, based on this question).


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Hi Lauren!
I would like to start making plusies like you (but for myself, not for selling) and I would like to know where are you buying your fabric? If you buy it online, can you give me the site? And I wanted to know how do you sew eyes on your plushies? Are they embroidered? Or if you do that by hand, can you show how you do this in a video? Thanks for answering and I hope you'll understand because english isn't my first language :p
Ps: I loooooove what you do.
-Audrey


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/28/2014
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I buy my fabric at Joann's Fabrics in person (not online) so I can get a better feel of the fabric before I buy it. My plushie eyes are small felt circles sewn on with whipstitch and I add a highlight using an embroidered french knot. I've shown this process in a bunch of videos, including both of these:

Quaffle Plushie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ktj_Lmo...
Monster Book of Monsters Plush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbXrOQWt...

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Hi Lauren
I'm a new fan of yours and am so inspired by you! I've always been a crafter and loved being creative since I was little and I still love it. I love sculpting, and drawing, but mostly sewing things like plushies. I've even decided to take it to the next level and want to start selling my crafts! The only problem is I have no idea how to start. Do you have any tips on starting selling your products and finding the time and patience to produce so many crafts? Thanks so much!
-Jessie


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/27/2014
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To start, I'd say that you should think about concepts for your shop. What kinds of products do you want to sell? What ties them together? What will you call it? Once you have a name, you can sign up for a site like Etsy, get social media, etc so nobody takes it. It's definitely good to start your shop with at least a few finished products, so once you've thought out your concept, work on designs and make things until you're happy enough with them that you'd like to sell them. If you need help coming up with ideas for product photography, listing descriptions, policies, and your shop bio, look around at other stores you admire to see how they do it and apply your unique concept to those starting points.

As far as finding the time and patience to produce your crafts, that's totally up to you. You decide how much of a time commitment you are able and eager to put into it. If you just want to work occasionally when you feel like it, do that. If you want to set a schedule, go for it!

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Hey Lauren! I am AK from India! I am 13 years old and I really like your music! I wanted some advice on starting a wrock band. I can't attend any shows (I live pretty far off you see) so that's why I thought of it! I do sing and I do write music! I just don't know what to do? How do you start a band? It is an impossible task to find any members!


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/26/2014
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I started The Moaning Myrtles by asking my friend who plays piano to start a band with me (luckily it was right after we saw a Harry and the Potters show and she was just as excited to write wizard rock music as I was!). Once she became too busy to play shows, I taught myself to play guitar and started playing alone. If you can't find any members, just be a solo artist! Plenty of wizard rock bands are only made up of one member. Start by writing music and once you have a song ready, you can share a recording or video of it online or play it locally! There really aren't any rules. Just do whatever you want!

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Do you Nina still make music together? Or are the Moaning Myrtles no more?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/26/2014
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Unfortunately, Nina hasn't been able to play music with me for years now. We live really far away and only see each other once or twice a year.

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Hi Lauren! I was at the Yule Ball this past weekend and I was so excited to hear you play And Then I Died. Would you consider posting chords for it? It's definitely too hard for me to learn on piano but I'd love to learn it on guitar.


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/26/2014
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I don't know the names for all of the chords (one of them is a weird one that my guitar teacher helped me with) but the verse is: Am G ? F (repeats a few times, ends with E7) and the chorus is Am Dm C E7.

The "?" chord is played:

e|--0--|
B|--1--|
G|--2--|
D|--0--|
A|--0--|
E|--2--|

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which slayers do you like best??


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/18/2014
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Buffy is pretty great.

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What happened to your music? Are you still recording and releasing new wrock?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/17/2014
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Nothing happened to it. All of my music is still available on iTunes and bandcamp and I have a bunch of videos of my music on my youtube channel!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/laure...
bandcamp: http://laurenfairweather.bandcamp.com
my music on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...

Songwriting takes me a lot of time, so yes, I've been slowly releasing new music. It's not the sort of thing I'd prefer to rush... I'd rather take my time writing and recording so when I'm able to release music, it'll be something I'm proud of. Currently, I am writing and recording music for my new band, With Flying Colors (with Matt from The Whomping Willows, Kristina from The Parselmouths, and Tyler from The Remus Lupins). http://www.facebook.com/withflyingcolors...

I've also been playing lots of live shows and I've got a bunch of Yule Ball themed concerts coming up, which you can find out about on http://www.laurenfairweather.com/shows

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Hey Lauren, what's happened to the Hufflepuff necklaces you designed on your Etsy shop? I loved them so much! Have they sold out? :)


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/15/2014
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Yes, badger necklaces have sold out! I am currently reordering all of the parts and then once I get those in the mail, it will take me a little while to put more of them together, so hopefully they'll be available again sometime in January or February.

The items on my etsy shop sell out regularly, since they take quite a bit of my time for me to make.

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Lauren you are amazing, and truly talented!
I love your music (especially Post Potter Depression and Maybe), and I was wondering if you will be playing any shows in Louisiana? P.s. Your awesome


Lauren Fairweather responded on 11/30/2014
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Thank you so much! I've played a few shows in Louisiana over the years (New Orleans in 2010 and 2011, Baton Rouge in 2009 and I was in New Orleans for the Harry Potter Conference Phoenix Rising in 2007), but unfortunately, I am no longer able to tour. That basically means that I can only play shows that other people are putting together and invite me to, and I need to be able to travel just for that show and then return home after rather than driving around and playing a whole bunch of shows all over the place like I used to. If someone organizes an event in Louisiana that works with my schedule and is able to raise the money to pay for me to get there, I'd love to come back for a show sometime! :)