Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weekly Review & Shipwreck Giveaway!

Week in review!

I'm extremely excited to welcome Damsel in this Dress to our coupon book - her corsets and clothes are amazing!

The coupon booklet is nearing publishing.  We've had 30 of our vendors commit and should have all information formatted into a draft of the booklet by the end of the week.

I am looking forward to getting this fundraising effort up and running for the castle project in time for the holiday season.

Vendors and performers are continuing to register for the Fairyblossom Festival.  This week we get to announce Adria the Juggler as a part of our entertainment line-up!  She's a great performer specializing in juggling all kinds of crazy items whilst teaching about the history of the art.

We enjoyed a nice one-day affair in Quincy, WA called the Veritas Medieval Faire.  It was small but flavorful with an amazing view and dinner show.  I'm hoping to see this start-up event continue to grow.

And now...we bring you this week's GIVEAWAY from CEE KAY!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Trials: Death and the Undead Giveaway!

Monday is upon us - time for a new week, and a new giveaway!  This week is the zombie novel by Kurtis Bissel "Trials: Death and the Undead".  Having read this one personally, I can attest to the fact that it is a great read, especially if horror is your genre.

If you have any brains left....you'll enter this giveaway!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fairyblossom Festival 2015!

I am ridiculously excited about bringing to you all a brand new event in 2015 - The Fairyblossom Festival! We have our site secured in Chehalis, WA, on June 20 - 21.  The application for vendors, volunteers, performers, campers and buying gate tickets is all online and ready to go!

We plan to have some different activities going on this coming year that I am really aflutter about; crowing of the Flower Queen and Forest Queen with a royal court, the summer games tourney with glow golf, camping!  My favorite though is the Fairy Feast and Stone Soup.

On Saturday evening, everyone is invited to contribute to our pot-luck feast where we will be brewing up Stone Soup, ala the old folktale.  We'll have a pot and kettle from Brunetta Blacksmithing, we'll have a stone, custom carved, from Stonebreaker, and we'll have delicious ingredients added by everyone!

It is a community event and totally free so bring a bowl and a veggie to throw in the pot!  There's rumour that our own local character, Witchy-poo, may even appear to do the cooking of the soup.

Part of our proceeds will be going to support the Castle Fund (that is, a fundraiser to help buy a permanent event site here in the PNW).

Along with the Coupon Fairy Booklet, it has been a lot of various little streams to help raise the money for our first major step, which is the feasibility study, and I am excited that these balls are now rolling. The booklet should be ready for it's first look over in a week or so, as the coupons from stores are coming in.

Also - today is the last day to enter Aimee Stewart's giveaway, don't miss your chance to win!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Canterbury Renfaire 2014

FINALLY!  Back from 10 days at Canterbury Renfaire in Silverton, Oregon.  The FAE Hollow team had our best show ever. We got to see friends, take over the Queen's Court, fend off unruly kitchen servants and generally have an all around amazing show. (My DIY fire-starters even worked beautifully in the rain)!

Ion the Leprechaun and I got to do our very first stage act which featured human magic (aka: SCIENCE!!!).  We even managed to get Changeling Boy to record it with the pixelbox so we can review it for improvement, and possibly the YouTube channel.

Upon returning home, I've been fluttering around playing catch up.  The Coupon-Fairy Fundraiser is gaining more vendors and artists every day, and we've begun to put the booklet together for .pdf selling.

I took the opportunity to avail myself of services offered whilst down in Portlandia (or thereabouts), and collaborated with a friend to begin the rough outline of a map for the Castle Project.  Ideally, this will help our architect get a very good idea of what we're looking to do.  Here's the draft map....


I intend to shuffle some stuff around still but it's at least a look.

In other exciting news, I confirmed today that I can start selling some of my product at Spooked in Seattle as soon as next week - this will be a great way to generate some revenue for the Castle Project!

All that said...I bring to you this week's giveaway, courtesy of Alexandra Haley Art - get your entries in!

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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!