Friday, May 25, 2012

Papier Macheniacs on FB!

YAY!  We finally decided to put our biggest Family Project Weekend work/play on display.  Minus exhibit venue and invite printing costs.  Thank you, Facebook!

Welcome to Papier Macheniacs!

Here, you'll find anything and everything we decide to make out of paper on a weekly basis.  You'll also find us throwing in tips on proper papier mache-making and care.  Are you using the right glue, the right paint brush, the right frame of mind?  Lol!  We're also debunking the stereotype that papier mache is just for display or pinata action.  There's more to it than that.  There's film-making, role-playing, ultimately great family bonding.  And you won't believe how much creativity spillage can happen once you give your kids full hands-on in it.

If you've ever been stumped on arts and crafts ideas for the kids on weekends, well, here's where you grab ideas as you go.  And all you need is paper, and a tank full of imagination. 

Papier Macheniacs.  Like us.  Because we... like... you.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

And we loved Grimmly ever after...

It was a sad day in the household when we were met with The Walking Dead's season ender.  That means months of waiting again.  For a family that lives and breathes creepy, that's like waiting forever. :(

That grim feeling was quickly dashed, however, by the coming of ...well... GRIMM.
Grimm, NBC's newest baby, does not have zombies.  But it has monsters.  Lots of them. Ranging from big bad wolves to huge ogres to wicked witches --oh, and 3 man-sized pigs.  Sounds like a fairy tale?  Well, it is.  With a macabre twist.

Grimm brings your childhood's storybook characters to life right smack in the middle of modern metropolis.  So that regular people can be hobnobbing with these monsters in disguise. And only Nick, a detective who also happens to be the last Grimm, can see them for what they really are and put the evil ones (and they're mostly evil ones) to justice.  Or death.  Whichever comes first.
Nick's partner (I'm not talking about the lame human detective partner --sorry, Hank), Monroe --a reformed Blutbad (read:  bloodbath, translated literally; big bad wolf, translated folklorically)-- is our favorite.  If you've long gotten on this Grimm bandwagon, he most probably is your favorite, too.

Anyhoo, my boys (as did I) went nuts seeing how Little Red Riding Hood, the Pied Piper, and even the Grim Reaper made it to the primetime show.  Now, we have a guessing game as to which fairy tale-gone-gruesome would be featured per week.  Like you didn't know fairy tales have always been secretly gruesome anyway.

Snow White
Little Red Riding Hood
The Frog Prince
If your family is into monsters and dark wit, I recommend Grimm.  If not, there's always Disney.