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!