Sunday, August 5, 2012

Building a Workshop/Studio!

For the past few weeks my family, some good friends and I have been building a workshop. We've worked from the ground up, starting with a patch of 12 foot tall weeds and overgrown decorative banana plants and rocks.

We worked together to clear the area and level the ground with pickaxes, shovels, and a machete to prepare the ground for our cement foundation blocks. It was hard, dirty work but lots of fun too!

Next we made the foundation blocks by mixing cement and pouring it into some wooden forms. Finally, we were able to place them!

Next we stabalized the ground with gravel and then built a wooden platform that sits on the cement blocks. This is going to be the floor.

All in a day's work!

Aaand, our first wall is up! :)

Then we get to work prepping our building for wall number two. 

And in no time we have wall number two!

Followed by wall number 3!

Next came the roof beams.

And the framing is finished!

Yesterday we installed the window and door. Tedious but fun. :)
We threw a tarp on top of the roof beams until we can put up the actual roof. Hopefully soon!

And then the finishing touches, walls and steps. 

And that's what we've done so far. It's almost finished and I'm so excited to see the finished project! Hopefully we'll get the roof up sometime next week. 
I'm so grateful to have been able to be part of the building through every step of the process. I've learned so many new things and I can't wait to start working in there. 
What fun! :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Paper Mache Tutorial

My paper mache tutorial video is finally made! This is the first time I've done anything like this, so I was really nervous, but I'm happy with the way the videos came out. Thank you to my sister Clara, who did the filming and helped with the planning.

 Play the video clips below to see how to make a paper mache mask, starting with my special fast drying paper mache paste recipe. If your computer, laptop, etc. is like mine and has trouble playing videos you can follow the photo and written instructions below the video clip. Comment if you have any questions or if you would like to share what you made using this tutorial. :)

Part 1: Paper Mache Paste

I developed this paper mache paste as a fast drying alternative to the regular flour water or elmer's glue recipes. This paste is ideal for humid and tropical climates. Being a mask maker living in Hilo Hawaii, the other paste options wouldn't work. This is one of the wettest places on earth!

How to make fast drying Paper Mache Paste

What you will need:
-small saucepan
-stove or something to cook over

-water (about 2 cups)
-flour (about 2 tablespoons)
-extract (optional)
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Step 1: 

Boil water in the saucepan. You don't need a lot, 3/4 -1 cup fills a medium sized bowl. 

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Step 2:

Mix flour and cold water. Add just enough water to the flour to make the mixture runny. Stir until smooth, no lumps. Tip: putting flour in the bowl first helps to eliminate lumps. 
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Step 3:

Pour the cold flour/water mixture into the boiling water in the saucepan. Stir constantly until mixture thickens. (When it starts to bubble it's close to finished.) Then pour into a bowl and wash saucepan immediately. 

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Step 4:

Wait for mixture to cool before using. The paste is finished but will thicken even more as it cools. 

Storing: When the paste is cool it can be stored in a sandwich bag. This paste can last up to four days if refrigerated. 

Part 2: Forming the Mask

Coming soon!

Part 3: Painting and Decorating 

Coming soon!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Collected by The Brother's Grimm

     A miller tells the king a lie, that his daughter can turn straw into gold. The king brings the daughter to his castle and locks her in a room with a spindle and straw. He tells her that if she fails to spin the straw into gold she will be executed/locked in a dungeon.
Rumplestiltskin, an impish magical elf-like creature comes to her rescue, spinning the straw into gold in exchange for a piece of jewelry. On the third night the miller's daughter has nothing left to give Rumpelstiltskin, so she promises him her first born child. After the third night the king marries the miller's daughter and she becomes queen. Soon after she gives birth to a son, and Rumpelstiltskin shows up to take what she had promised.
       The queen is so upset that Rumpelstiltskin takes pity on her. He gives her three days and nights to guess his name. if she guesses right, she keeps her baby. On the last night the queen revisits her home village and her animal friends return to her. She sends them into the woods to find Rumpelstiltskin and they find out what his name is. The queen gets to keep her first born, and Rumpelstiltskin disappears (in some versions blows up, falls into the ground, or rips himself in half) in a fit of anger.

Read the full tale (English translation) here

Other Versions/Depictions of Rumpelstiltskin

                                                  Faerie tale Theater Episode

Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater is a television show that started in 1892 and ended in 1987. Each episode is a stage-like telling of a fairy tale. Many of the episodes have guest stars playing the characters.

Watch Faerie Tale Theater's Rumpelstiltskin Here!

Some images from Faerie Tale Theater's Rumpelstiltskin, starring Shelley Duvall 

Faerie tale theater, 1982

Faerie Tale Theater, 1982

Rumpelstiltskin, the character, appears in:

1996 Horror Film, Rumpelstiltskin by Mark Jones 

1996 Rumpelstiltskin, Ruby-Spears Production

Shrek Forever After, 2010

Shrek Forever After, 2010

ABC's TV series Once Upon a Time, 2011

Once Upon a Time, 2011

Cool Rumpelstiltskin Themed Items:

                                                         Spun Gold in a Bottle Pendant
For sale in my shop, The Fairytale Store!

Comment below if you have anything to add, correct etc. Check back often!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Famous Fairytale Writers and Collectors

Here is a bit of information about the famous writers/collectors of fairy tales and folklore. Many of these stories were told long ago and passed down by storytellers. Eventually, writers like many of the ones below, collected these tales and put them into writing. Others have written their own stories.

The Writers:

The Brothers Grimm 

(Red Riding Hood, Rumplestilskin, Hansel and Gretel)

Hans Christian Andersen

(The Snow Queen, Little Mermaid, Thumbelina)

More coming soon! 

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen:


Origin: Denmark, Odense

Hans Christian Andersen wrote his own fairy stories, unlike the Brother's Grimm who were collectors of folklore. H.C Anderson is well known for his melancholy, often tragic story lines and strong moral concepts.

Well Known Stories By H.C Andersen:
- The Snow Queen
-The Little Mermaid
-The Nightingale
- Thumbelina
- The Ugly Duckling
-The Princess and the Pea
-The Emporer's New Clothes
 And many, many more! See a complete list below.

Interesting Facts & Photos
1869 photo by Thora Hallager
- At 14 years old, Andersen sought employment as an actor/singer.
-His other early occupations were weaving and tailoring
- He was a friend of Charles Dickens
- He fell in love with several different men and women, none of whom returned his affections.

This website has a complete list of Anderson's tales :

Further Reading and Sources:

The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm:


Origin: Germany, Hanau

Jacob and Wilhelm Grim are well known names associated with fairytales and folklore.Many of the most well known stories are accredited to these famous writers. 

 Well-Known Stories attributed to the Brother's Grimm:
-Hansel & Gretel
- Snow White  
-Ashchenputtel (a version of Cinderella)
- Little Briar Rose (a version of Sleeping Beauty)
- The Singing Lark (a version of Beauty and the Beast)
-Red Riding Hood
- Rapunzel
- The Fairy Gifts (A.K.A Toads and Diamonds)
-The Frog King
The Brother's Grim collected 210 fairy tales and short stories in all. Below is a complete list.

Interesting Facts & Photos:
-Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm had 7 other siblings.
-The brothers stayed close to each other their whole lives. 
Memorial statue located at their home town,  Hanau, Germany.
Statue of the Frog King

Complete list of Grimm's tales:

001The frog king or Iron Henry
002Cat and mouse in partnership
003Our Lady's Child
004The story of the youth who went forth to learn what fear was
005The wolf and the seven little goats
006Faithful John
007The good bargain
008The wonderful musician
009The twelve brothers
010The pack of ragamuffins
011The brother and sister
013The three little men in the wood
014The three spinners
015Hansel and Grethel
016The three snake-leaves
017The white snake
018Straw, coal, and bean
019The fisherman and his wife
020The gallant tailor (Seven at one blow)
021Cinderella (Aschenputtel)
022The riddle
023The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
024Mother Hulda (Frau Holle)
025The seven ravens
026Little Red Cap
027The Bremen town musicians
028The singing bone
029The devil with the three golden hairs
030The Louse and the Flea
031The girl without hands
032Clever Hans
033The three languages
034Clever Else
035The tailor in heaven
036The Wishing-Table, the Gold-Ass, and the Cudgel in the Sack
037Tom Thumb
038The wedding of Mrs. Fox
039The Elves
040The robber bridegroom
041Herr Korbes
042The godfather
043Frau Trude
044Godfather Death
045Thumbling as journeyman (Thumbling's Travels)
046Fitcher's Bird
047The almond tree
048Old Sultan
049The six swans
050Sleeping beauty
051Fundevogel (Bird-foundling)
052King Thrushbeard
054The knapsack, the hat, and the horn
057The golden bird
058The Dog and the Sparrow
059Frederick and Catherine
060The two brothers
061The little peasant
062The queen bee
063The three feathers
064The golden goose
065All-kinds-of-fur (Allerleirauh)
066The rabbit’s bride
067The twelve huntsmen
068The thief and his master
069Jorinda and Joringel
070The three children of fortune
071Six soldiers of fortune
072The wolf and the man
073The wolf and the fox
074Gossip wolf and the fox (The fox and his cousin)
075The fox and the cat
076The pink
077Clever Grethel
078The old man and his grandson
079The water-nix
080The death of the little hen
081Brother Lustig
082Gambling Hansel
083Hans in luck
084Hans married
085The gold-children
086The fox and the geese
087The poor man and the rich man
088The singing, springing lark
089The goose girl
090The young giant
091The gnome
092The king of the golden mountain
093The raven
094The peasant's wise daughter
095Old Hildebrand
096The three little birds
097The water of life
098Doctor Know-all
099The spirit in the glass bottle
100The Devil's sooty brother
102The willow-wren and the bear
103Sweet Porridge
104Wise folks
105Stories about snakes
106The poor miller's boy and the cat
107The two travellers
109The shroud
110The jew among thorns
111The skilful huntsman
112The flail from heaven
113The two kings' children
114The cunning little tailor
115The bright sun brings it to light
116The blue light
117The wilful child
118The three army-surgeons
119The seven Swabians
120The three apprentices
121The king's son who feared nothing
122Donkey cabbages
123The old woman in the wood
124The three brothers
125The devil and his grandmother
126Ferdinand the faithful
127The iron stove
128The lazy spinner
129The four skilful brothers
130One-eye, two-eyes, and three-eyes
131Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie
132The fox and the horse
133The shoes that were danced to pieces
134The six servants
135The white bride and the black one
136Iron John
137The three black princesses
138Knoist and his three sons
139The maid of Brakel
140Domestic servants
141The lambkin and the little fish
142Simeli mountain
143Going a-travelling
144The donkey
145The ungrateful son
146The turnip
147The old man made young again
148The Lord's animals and the Devil's
149The beam
150The old beggar-woman
151The three sluggards
151aThe twelve idle servants
152The shepherd boy
153The star-money
154The stolen farthings
155Brides on their trial
156Odds and ends
157The sparrow and his four children
158The tale of Cockaigne
159The Ditmarsch tale of wonders
160A riddling tale
161Snow-White and Rose-Red
162The wise servant
163The glass coffin
164Lazy Harry
165The griffin
166Strong Hans
167The peasant in heaven
168Lean Lisa
169The hut in the forest
170Sharing joy and sorrow
171The willow-wren
172The sole
173The bittern and the hoopoe
174The owl
175The moon
176The duration of life
177Death's messengers
178Master Pfriem (Master Cobbler's Awl)
179The goose-girl at the well
180Eve's various children
181The nix of the mill-pond
182The little folks' presents
183The giant and the tailor
184The nail
185The poor boy in the grave
186The true bride
187The hare and the hedgehog
188The spindle, the shuttle, and the needle
189The peasant and the devil
190The crumbs on the table
191The sea-hare
192The master-thief
193The drummer
194The ear of corn
195The grave-mound
196Old Rinkrank
197The crystal ball
198Maid Maleen
199The boots of buffalo-leather
200The golden key
201St. Joseph in the forest
202The twelve apostles
203The rose
204Poverty and humility lead to heaven
205God's food
206The three green twigs
207Our lady's little glass
208The aged mother
209The heavenly wedding
210The hazel-branch

Further Reading and Sources: -The Brother's Grimm Home Page