Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Back at the Castle: Weekly Update

It has been a whirlwind week, ending with the Myth & Magic Masquerade Ball at the EMP Museum.  What a great event!  We had a live-action quest for everyone to go on and I was a the very enigmatic and mysterious fairy princess that got to help the LARPers on their way.  They gave me the answer to the riddle and I gave them the next clue.  Very fun event with amazing costumes and special guests.

Thus we begin the week of prepping for Canterbury Renaissance Faire in Silverton, OR.  Human Magical (science) supplies, packing more books and product to be mailed before I'm gone for over a week, paperwork to get off to the Red Tape of Bureaucracy chimera, food to have prepared, trailers to secure, wow - the list is incredible.

Two major tasks this week will be to apply for a loan so that I can fund the main portion of the Feasibility Study (that baby troll is pretty hungry), as well as begin a draft on the Coupon-Fairy Fundraiser.  We now have ~15 Vendors signed up, and I hope to gain some more this weekend. :)

The Troll-o-Meter has in fact been rising, and every penny of course helps offset the first of our major monetary requirements for the Castle Project.  I feel encouraged and excited to be going forward, no matter how fast or slow - every step is closer!

Hope to see everyone at Canterbury!



Monday, July 7, 2014

OMGosh! It is only Monday and this week is set on zoom! I'll be flying out to Aunties Bookstore in Spokane on Wednesday for a 10:30am reading of my book.  Bring the kiddos if you're in the area!

On Thursday, I have Faeries and Elves Camp for which I've planned some fun activities and am looking forward to leading the parade of magical wee people around the neighborhood and then *whoosh*, back to the Emerald City for a birthday party and a late night appearance at the EMP Museum for their Myth & Magic Masquerade Ball!

I am really hoping to see a great turnout from the LARP, CosPlay and general geek/fantasy/Sci-fi community!  It should be a good time for all. :)

There will be a quest for adventurers, costumes galore, delicious food, drink, knights and high fun until the early hours of morn! I cannot even express how excited and honored I am to be a part of this particular event for the very first time. :)

All that being said...I also bring to you this week's new Giveaway from Faeries for Nature! In celebration of reaching 4,000 Likes on her facebook page, Faerie Queen Rose is offering these four tantalizing prizes.  WINNER TAKES ALL - so get your entries in!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FAE Hollow @ Greenwood 2014!

:**:Fairy Princess Lolly:**:, Kai the Mermaid,
Leaflock, Serena the Mermaid (left to right)
FAE Hollow had a great time at Greenwood this weekend!  For the first time we were visited by two lovely sea maids: Kai & Serena the Mermaids.

The two oceanic lovelies brought a little aquatic magic to our hollow by transforming mere rocks into beautiful mermaid wishing stones for faire-goers.  We had a kinetic-sand box for play complete with sea shells and a sand castle, and some live tadpoles for the kiddos to look at.

Elsewhere in the Hollow, our silent helper (whom we call) Changeling Boy worked with the children to mine the jewels out of some glittery Dwarven Stones.  Late on Sunday afternoon, he manifested part of his fae nature as two red ears appeared on the top of his head!  We're so excited to see his magical side emerging and look forward to seeing what may come at Canterbury later on this month. :)

Changeling Boy with his newly emerged ears!
Ion the Leprechaun employed his alchemical expertise to verify that the Faere-y Coyne the children brought to us was 100% authentic coyne.  No forgeries! After a few tests, he was more than happy to trade the coyne for some tasty surprises from the magical candy apple.

For her part, Leaflock was all over the place, pixie-pinching attendees clandestinely, so that they could come make a wish on our dream tree.

We were also happy to discover that at the end of Faire, we had made $33 to donate to the Castle Fund!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and supported FAE Hollow!  We'll see you in a couple weeks at Canterbury!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shrewsbury & Epona Combine Forces!

I am super excited this year for Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire! One of the many new things happening this year is their Sponsor-a-Knight program.  Normally at Shrews, the crowd for the joust is seated on a hillside but this year...HUZZAH!

For those (and that could be anyone, like you) who have opted to sponsor a knight, there will be premium VIP ringside seating.  Carpets, chairs, refreshments, banners and all!

So...I decided that for my Faerie Court this year, we'd sponsor Sir Jude.  He's a Knight of the Epona Equestrian Team out of Spokane, WA.  Rumors of competitions between the knights are already flying and it's going to be great.

Furthermore, I will have a magical faerie quest for the children to go on with Faire-y Coyne, Dwarven Mining Stones, the Rat Catchers game will be there also!

As if all that wasn't exciting enough, my friend Ion the Leprechaun will be joining myself and Lady Leaflock for the first time in our new stage act!  He thinks it is a secret, but we are on to his fascination with the human magic he calls "science".

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Castle Project Update #3


Today was a great day despite the troll!  As you may recall from the last post, I have encountered the first big challenge of the project: financing a feasibility study.  I think of it as a baby troll.

The baby troll needs $15, 295 worth of feeding.

I spent the weekend brainstorming ideas for how to feed the baby troll, since this is an essential first step toward realizing the castle park.  It absolute must-be-done in order for the project to continue to go forth in a serious manner.

Many streams make a river of dreams.  Here is revenue stream the first:

Here's the overview - if you want full details, please message me!

Coupon-Fairy Fundraiser Program

Welcome to the Coupon-Fairy Program.  Please allow me to explain a little bit about it!  This program has been developed as a fundraising effort for “The Castle Project” (http://www.gofundme.com/97gtd8).  Follow the link to read a detailed description of the project, plan and ongoing timeline.

BACKGROUND

Late in 2013 we began to embark on our vision of building a full-scale event-center adventure park.  It is a multi-million dollar project, on a 3-4 year timeline.  Although the primary funding will be obtained via private investors, every possible stream of revenue facilitates the project achieving reality.

Our first milestone (which I have affectionately dubbed the “Baby Troll”) that we are striving to reach is to raise $15,295 to cover the expense of hiring an architectural firm to assemble a feasibility study.  A feasibility study, in this context, is a collection of the schematics and documents that are presented to general contractors to get bids on what the project will actually cost to build.  This information is critically necessary to formulating a fully developed business plan.  No business plan, no private funding.

PURPOSE OF COUPON FAIRY PROGRAM
--To fundraise a minimum of $15,000 to pay for an architectural feasibility study.
--To benefit the handmade and artisan community in the process of achieving our first major milestone.

Nobody does anything alone in this world.  It is my aim to make it beneficial for you and your business to help me and my project!

HOW YOU BENEFIT!
NO Buy-in Fees! The only cost to you is the cost (if any) of listing the product on your chosen platform
You Make Money for participating.
Your Store Name will be listed in every other participating store as a part of the Coupon-Fairy Book listing.
Free advertising, but advertising that makes you some money in the process!
(Etsyians): Your store items will be periodically added into treasuries that also include the digital booklet

Feed the Troll!




Sunday, June 22, 2014

Castle Project Update #2

This week's line-up is rapidly becoming overwhelming, but let's not think about that for now.  Instead, meet the baby troll.  I feel as though I have met the first real hurdle in the Castle Project, and compared to what is sure to come further on down the line, I am sure this hurdle is quite small.  It FEELS huge though, and thus I have dubbed it the "BABY TROLL".

This Baby Troll's name is "Feasibility Study" - and I must overcome the Troll.  Last Friday I received the first proposal back from a prospective architect naming a price for doing a feasibility study.

A feasibility study is where the architect basically takes the whole of an idea and maps it out on paper such that it can be presented to a general contractor for bidding.

Dang. Babies are expensive. "Feasibility Study the Baby Troll" is a $15,295 baby troll!

I am sure you can imagine that, like most people, I don't have $15,000 chillaxing in my Smaug-like vaults.  This means, of course, that real hurdle numero uno is how to fund-raise fifteen large (selling wee ones to the goblin king is RIGHT out!).

So this weekend I set my mind to brainstorming (and I must thank my friends Robert P. (Silver Tide Jewelry) & Kathleen H. (Stained Glass Butterfly) for their insight and suggestions).  The idea, (and perhaps I am partial but I think it is a winner): The Etsy Coupon Book.

The Etsy Coupon Book is intended to be a digital booklet of check-out Coupons that can be redeemed with Etsy sellers in their online stores.  The coupon books will be available for purchase and the proceeds will go to the surmounting the cost of "Feasibility the Baby Troll".

Which means I'll be writing up the program tonight/tomorrow to poke potential etsyians with.  Which brings us back around to the beginning of this post...this week's line-up is rapidly becoming overwhelming!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Castle Project Update #1

     Although the Castle Project has been underway since November 2013, it has only begun to really take form in the last couple months.  I decided a few weeks ago that I would document and track the progress of this venture (ostensibly a life-long dream) for several reasons:
a) To create transparency for those following along and/or potential contributors.  With a project this size, it is only fair that people who might donate money get to follow along with the progress so they know their money isn't going into a personal pocket.

b) This project is huge. Daunting.  On a scale which I have never operated but I am tackling one elephant-bite at a time.  Quite often, I feel astounded at the sheer enormity, sometimes I think I am crazy. This is my way of reminding myself that yes, it is completely within the scope of possibility.  Yes, I can do this - people do things like this all the time and most failures are a result of people giving up rather than persevering.

c) I am not the only out there that has ever dreamed of doing something amazing. Whether it is open a restaurant, or own a greenhouse nursery, or start a commune or start a new event, convention, open a winery...doesn't matter.  We all have dreams - but starting is one of the hardest parts, especially if you don't know how.  I didn't know how either - so I started by taking a vision, and asking anyone and everyone about it.  I want other people who have dreams of their own to see that no matter it is - there IS a way to do it.  It might be hard, but it can be done.  Maybe what I learn in this process will help others along their path.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rose & Thorn Leather Armor Giveaway!

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Oddmall Georgtown

This Saturday at Oddmall Georgetown was a smashing success!  I had the pleasure of company from my good friends Clover the Balloon Fairy and Ion the Leprechaun.  Together, we were weaving fairy hair, experimenting in human magic (science, they call it), and twisting up a balloon frenzy!

Tesseract Bubble

It was unfortunate that I missed the power tool races but I did get to trying out an ENORMOUS noise making chime set!  Oddmall Alley was full of amazing vendors as usual and we sold a few books - all around great day!