Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Citrine Keybearer and Aviator Giveaway

My wingéd friends, this week I bring you reasons for holiday cheer!  The first is the 4th and exciting Citrine Keybearer Package - if you don't know what this means, read on....

At RadCon 2015, all Keybearers are invited to participate in a one-of-a-kind Quest!  The object of our adventure is to find the Crowns so that we can give them to the winning King & Queen of the Masquerade Ball.

The Keys are being auctioned off, bids beginning at $5 - the Citrine Auction ends Sunday, December 21, 2014, 11:59pm so get your bidding in by clicking on the picture!

Secondly, I offer up to you this week for a giveaway, the following handmade aviator flap hat!  It's free to enter, so take up the offer - hope you have a great week. :)
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Updates from Lolly-land!

Chehalis Santa Parade
December always goes by in the blink of an eye.  I had every order out and in the mail by Saturday.  This morning, I have a stack of new ones - that's good but wowzers, busy!

Over the past couple weeks I've been from my 400th Bloomday Party at Oddmall Seattle, to the Chehalis Santa Parade, to the Winter Wonderland Bazaar!

It's been a snow flurry!

We now have over 100 vendors and small businesses for our coupon booklet!  My goal for 2015 was 100 so this is great news, as it exceeds the goal.  I'm really excited to be adding some great new talent from Amy Brown Fantasy Art, Abney Park, Heart's Delight Clothiers as well as some of our first stores from Europe: Boho Tribal Tent, Lorellyn's Enchanted Creations and so many more!

If you aren't familiar with our booklet, here's the scoop!  The Coupon-Fairy Booklet is a collection of coupons from handmade artisans, vendors, small businesses and events (such as renfaires, festivals and conventions).  Most of our participating stores are on the internet so that you can shop-and-save no matter where you live.  The booklet is for sale in a number of places, most of our vendors also retail it.

When you purchase a Coupon-Fairy Booklet, the proceeds go to benefit both the outlet from whom you bought the booklet, as well as Project Dreamhaven - our effort to build an event and gaming venue.

Join the Dream!
Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dreamhaven Update #12

For those of you following the Dreamhaven Project at home, you may recall that two weeks ago we formally secured the architectural firm that will be designing the park.

This is really exciting news and we're looking forward to seeing some initial bubble diagrams and drawings by the end of the year!

In the interest of elaborating on the various module components that we are incorporating, here's a little bit about the banquet hall...

Great Hall Example
The Great Hall
This element of the park will be attached to the main castle.  It's concept is to be a large hall with supporting industrial kitchen and side break-out rooms for small groups.  We wish to make as many aspects of our park as multi-functional as possible.  Our aim here is to build a space that can be used to host receptions, bazaars, large scale gaming tournaments, workshops, corporate retreats, seminars, banquets and more.

Join the Dream!

King 5 News Interview

Ambassador for Oddmall, I got to tell K5 all about us!
Reap the whirlwind! This last weekend was beyond incredible. First, it was my 400th Bloomday and I had the distinct pleasure of throwing a party at Oddmall Seattle. Party Hardy Balloons built me a whole balloon castle, complete with sign, moat, toadstools and snails. Heidi from Kreative Kettlecorn brought me rainbow kettle corn and cherry cake-pops!

Clover the Balloon Fairy, Ion the Leprechaun, Ladies Leaflock & La De Dah and my Changeling Boy were in attendance. We duly converted an army of spritelings into unicorns by distributing unicorn-horn party hats, I wove fairy hair, Ion helped them crack Dwarven Mining Stones, VIP gift bags went out to the early RSVPs - it was amazing.

Perhaps the most exciting part though, was getting to appear on King 5 News to tell the world about the epicness of Oddmall Seattle! I was honored to represent this amazing event filled with small business artisans, vendors, eclectic entertainers and more.

There are about a billion pictures (ok,slight hyperbole but you get the idea) of the event.  Here are some handy links if you're interested in checking out the weekend's events!

Remember, most of these businesses have online shopping available so if you want to both shop on T-day AND support families being home together for the holiday, check everyone out online!

Natasha Hopp's Pictures of Oddmall
Samuel S Grahn Photography's Pics of Oddmall
Oddmall Seattle's Photo Album

The Dreamhaven Project
Just about to crack the Castle Piñata!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dreamhaven Update #11

I'm taking a moment this week to talk about Dreamhaven specifically.  There have been a lot of updates and changes over the summer as the vision refines itself and takes better focus.  I am really very excited about how it's shaping up.

Yesterday, we formally retained Coupe Architecture to begin our project design. We've narrowed our land-search areas (in order of prevalence) to Snohomish, Lewis and Grant Counties. These will be contingent (ultimately) on what our market studies bear out.

Two of the things that I am most excited to discuss are the Handmade & Farmer's Market, and the P-Patch Community Gardens.

Handmade and Farmer's Market
The market is, ostensibly, one of the first things you will see when you enter Dreamhaven.  While it is meant to have a medieval/fantasy village aesthetic, we plan to build as much as we can using green technology and permaculture techniques.

The market will have to primary types of shoppes or stalls: 1) the permanent artisan workshops, some with overhead living/storage studios and 2) daily farmers market stalls which are first come, first served to set up and vend for the day, or for the duration of your event.

The village market stalls will be intended to house a variety of artisan craftworks such as pottery, bath and body products, glass blowing, blacksmithing, jewelry, garb & cosplay clothing, etc.  These products are intended to be made primarily right on site from Dreamhaven artisans!

Pea Patch Community Gardens
These little garden patches will be available to members of the public community.  They will be welcome to tend to their garden in Dreamhaven every day, and are invited along with any other vendors/artists to sell their produce, flowers or other crops in our farmer's market stalls.

It is our goal to provide both a learning experience and a hobby, whilst encouraging community productivity.  The more we learn to sustain ourselves, even in our urban settings, the greener our world will be.

Developing our on-site gardens, pumpkin patches and orchards provides us with a unique opportunity to hold educational seminars and field trips.

I am very excited about the direction we're going and looking forward to sharing more as we go forward!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Herb Leonhard: Artist Guest of Honor

Mid-week update, as promised.  First, I am beyond ecstatic to officially be able to welcome our Artist Featured Guest to the Fairyblossom Festival, Herb Leonhard.

Herb has a long history of painting, murals, book illustrations and graphic design and his work is an ornament to our event!

Prints, magnets, books, art boxes and more can be found both on Herb's Website as well as in his Etsy Store.  You can even find a coupon for his etsy store in our Coupon Fairy Booklet, should you plan to shop small business this season - we are convenient for you like that!

Though it be only Wednesday (aka 'Infamous Camel Day'), the week has been incredibly busy.  Updates on the Fairyblossom front are a mixed bag.  Special events permit and insurance are taken care of - that's a major plus.  My desire for official city sponsorship are going to be on a longer timeline than I had hoped for (meh), but not off the board (so, yeah!).  We may be able to even get district involvement, which would be amazing.

Vendors are signing up (yay!), games and entertainment are shaping up really nicely (yay!), we are going to be in the Centralia Santa Parade (yay!), we're set to start buying and building things like stages (yay!), I'm ready to start trying to get some sponsorship partners (yay!).  Overall, things are really rolling along splendidly and that is very exciting. :)

I've also got my Bloomday Party at Oddmall coming up on the 22-23.  It's been party-favor and unicorn hat central here for some time as I'm getting ready.  It's free for everyone and anyone to attend and if you RSVP by November 16th, you can get a VIP party favor at the party! There's going to be a balloon castle and even her highness Elsa will be in attendance!

And last but far from least: Dreamhaven!  We should be meeting with the architect hopefully here next week to really define the scope of the project and get started on the draft work.  It is hard to describe the strange excitement that the magnitude of this fills me with but it is happening and that is amazing.  I look forward to the day that I can open the gates for a grand-opening, gala party and know that this piece of work is an asset to the community. :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Summer's Sol Giveaway & Jade Keybearer

Holy cripes - things are SO busy I might have to start posting a mid-week update!  This week, the Guardian of the Diadems has called for a Jade Keybearer to quest for the crowns of Radcon.

The most valiant and honorable shall be the ones to solve the puzzles and save the day (or convention, as this case may be :).

If you think that you have the guts and the skill to do it, then the Guardian of the Diadems invites you to put forth your bid to become the Jade Keybeaer at this link!

Also, I am super excited to announce that my friend Herman the Giant Ogre will be joining us at the Fairyblossom Festival next June!  Herman can be sometimes shy, but always loveable and he is happy to share stories about his life as an Ogre with children who ask.

Finally, to top off the Monday update, we have a wonderful giveaway this week from Susan Schroder Arts. The giveaway is for her first book, "Summer's Sol", which is #1 in a series of 4 fully illustrated, wheel of the seasons stories.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Black & Gold New Year's Giveaway

WHOA!  Totally exciting week this week!  First, I bring to you the Radcon all-call for the Cobalt Keybearer!

This is the first of several online auctions for the Live-action Quest for the Crowns that will be taking place at Radcon 2015!  Those who participate in the Quest get to go on a story adventure around the convention, interacting with characters, solving puzzles and riddles and finally saving the two diadems for the King & Queen at the Masquerade Ball on Saturday night!

I am very excited to see who our brave Keybearers will be this coming February!

In addition, I bring you this week's super awesome giveaway for the Black & Gold New Year's Masquerade Ball hosted at Yard Birds ballroom!  Winners get 2 VIP Tickets to the ball (over $175 value) and this gorgeous handmade masque from Trixzie Art.

"Our Black and Gold Masquerade Ball is the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy a magical night of fantasy, mystery and intrigue! Let go of your inhibitions and indulge in some debaucherous fun behind the masque! 

O'Blarney's will provide the Open host bar (drinks are included in ticket price) and Big Hog Catering will provide a delicious assortment of Hors D'oeuvres all night to keep your hunger away.

A live DJ, Justin Case with "Affiliated Entertainment", will have the best dance music from the 80's, 90's and today's top hits! There will be a photo area and more! Get your tickets now and come and ring in the New Year with class. 

Doors open at 8pm, Open Host bar 8:30pm - 1:30am"
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jonna's Candles Giveaway and the Quest for the Crowns

Mission Main St GrantSorry for my late post this week!  We have 2 more days to get in as many votes as possible for the Dreamhaven Grant.  You can vote here - it's just 2 clicks and no email sign-ups necessary!

Next up on the docket - and I am very excited for this - is the Radcon Quest for the Crowns!  Our story begins here:

"Once upon a time, there was a land called Radcon. Each year in the Realm of Radcon, the kingdom held a grand masquerade to choose their new King and Queen. On this particular year however, the realm was in a panic for the Guardian of the Diadems had reported that the crowns were missing! Without the crowns, the new Queen and King could not be recognized. 

Everyone in the kingdom began to search high and low. The citizens of the Kingdom of Radcon searched for the Crowns, far and wide, that is, until the Fairy Messenger arrived. Through the marsh and across the swamp he rode with the snail mail. Too soon he discovered that the ransom note he brought for the Guardian of the Diadems was sopping wet and tattered..."

Why am I excited, you ask?  Well, this awesome story is the introduction into a live quest for 10 lucky kids at Radcon 2015, culminating at the Masquerade Ball.  There will be Leprechauns and Faeries, puzzles and challenges but most of all, there will be 10 Key Bearers who rescue the Crowns of Radcon!

Stay tuned on the Radcon Facebook page this week for as we call for the first of the Key Bearers!

And last but not least for this week's update: Jonna's Candle's Giveaway!  Take a few moments and enter to win this amazing candle set - it's totally free!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kamakru Giveaway & Weekly Update

This weekend was pretty awesome.  Ion the Leprechaun and I ventured down the silver path to the Spokane Renaissance Faire, to the Gossamer Glen of Queen Mab.  We had a great time making crowns, fairy rings, and magic wands!

Among the highlights was our Human Magic (Science) show with the kidlets.  We experimented with a some Rainbow magic and an Oobleck Spell.  We also enjoyed bartering the metals (bottlecaps) for wishing stones, and good times with good friends.

Tycho and Hypatia joined us for the trip, they seemed to do pretty well in both the blueberry chariot as well as their kitteh harnesses.  The kids were able to pet and hold and play with them but as you can see, motorin' sacked sister kitten out!

Project Dreamhaven received confirmation from Coupe Architecture that work on the park design will begin with our first payment.  We're almost to $1,000 to get that ball rolling, which is very exciting. :)  We are also nearly up to 300 votes on our Chase Grant application!

It's very nice to see the coupon-booklet contributing to both vendors, and the project all at once.  We are getting a lot of new sign-ups for next year so I'm looking forward to even bigger and better!

All that said, this week's giveaway is for a selection of some pretty awesome art from Kamakru Art.  Check out her page and tell us what your favorite pieces are!

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