Thursday, July 28, 2011

Honor, Loyalty and Chivalry with Castles and Paperdolls

or Oi or Oye

(Bodo, informal way of saying hello to someone.)

Bodo is a Tebeto-Burman language.

Going to church hat

First, I need to apologize for an incorrect link from yesterday.
For any of you that tried to reach Robert Sabuda's
Pop-Up tutorial and directions for a pop-up castle,
here is the correct link:

Sorry about that. I had forgotten a '/' from the former.

Vittskovle Castle

So, did you know there is no country called

The country's name is BURMA.

Myanmar is the name that the rebels have given the country that they took by force and much bloodshed.
They have not been officially recognized by the United Nations,
or the United States of America.
The people of Burma have not recognized them as official.
Only the USA newspaper journalists call it Myanmar...
apparently they have decided that violent takeover
deserves to be taken officially,
and to not recognize the true government of

SO glad that our journalists and newspaper reporters are
sooo unbiased....

moment of sarcasm....
passing now.

Glamis Castle
the setting for Shakespeare's MacBeth

Let's get on with our knights -
known for their honor, loyalty and chivalry!

J. Waterhouse
'Tristram and Isolde', 1916

Prince Caspian,
recycled junk mail bottlecap magnet

movie poster, 1967

Netherlands, 13th century

I think it's time for more paper dolls!
(Is there really a time for no paper dolls?)

Castle Mespelbrunn
Germany, 1412

a couple from 1449

'Romance in the Rose Garden'
medieval tapestry

Thanks to OrigamiBears for her spirit of sharing!

Bierten Peasant Castle

every day activities in Medieval times

Chateau de vitre
 France, 11th century

Knights from the 13th to the 16th century

Budget friendly projects:

Print these knights out on thin paper.
Cut out, and decoupage onto a wooden trunk,
or a set of decorative plates.

Print these knights out on sturdy cardboard - as thick as your printer will accept. If your card is still not sturdy enough, you can glue the printouts onto thin cereal box cardboard.
Cut slits in the bottom. Cut stands from extra cardboard. Slit at the top. Push slits together to make a simple stand.
Think paperdoll stands!

Now you can place these in a medieval/castle diorama,
or play with them with the wonderful cut and assemble castles from Dover publications.

Make your own castle settings, trees, etc. from magazine cutouts.
Mount them on the cereal box cardboard, and make stands as directed above. Set up your own castle scene using an old cookie sheet. Cover the cookie sheet with scraps of green/grey/brick/beige scrapbook paper leftovers.
Or tear tissue paper and overlap. This will work best if you dab glue in just a few places to hold down the flutterings.

Karlstejn Castle
Czechoslovakia, 1450

vintage paper dolls

Let's finish today with a modern day castle,
built in 1908!

Hatley Castle
California, USA, 1908

Browsing castles, and knights in shining armor, and medieval times, I have acquired quite a few more things to share
more along the lines of Camelot, perhaps.

But that's for another day!

Don't forget to smile at someone you don't know today...


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