PLEASE DON’T FEED THE GOBLINS!

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We got into a bit of trouble so now we have to put up little signs everywhere (including this one here on our WordPress page) to remind everyone that they should not be feeding the goblins…not even if it’s just one wee little goblin with the most adorable (yet slightly odd looking) grin. Never-ever-ever feed them anything…especially not cookies!

You see…we recently moved to a new country (called the Nether Netherlands) and most of our friends came along on this big adventure of ours. Obviously this also include our very good friend and honorary Picsee; Eric the goblin. Now, on his own Eric can be quite a handful and gets into a lot of trouble with almost no effort…so when he asked us if he could invite one of his wee goblin friends along, we should have known this could only lead to more trouble than usual…But we didn’t.

We said “of course you can! The more the merrier!” But sayings like that should always come with terms and conditions, cause Eric’s friend also invited a friend…and so did that friend and that friend’s friend invite a few friends too, and so on, and so on, and so forth…which is how we ended up with a few hundred goblins living with us in our new home….But this is not exactly the reason we are in trouble and putting up wee signs everywhere…

We were always friends with the goblins and there’s always been hundreds of them around, but back in Scotland they all lived in the woods where they mostly just ate some roots and got up to some minor mischief. But because they now lived in the house with us, and because we were taught sharing is always a good we gave them some of our cookies last night.

It turns out none of those roots they ate in the forest had any sugar in them…but the cookies certainly did…and suddenly so did all the goblins!

They…went…crazy! absolutely bonkers! they started running about, eating every single sugary snack they could find! And when they couldn’t find any more snacks they started eating anything they thought might have some snacks inside. By now they ate so much sugar that they could not taste it anymore so they started eating absolutely everything! In the end there was nothing left except for the walls, an old shoe and a few vegetables. They basically ate the whole house!

And then they went to the neighbours and asked them if they had some cookies…which they did, so the goblins ate all their cookies and then they ate their whole house too! And then they ate the house next door to them, and then the one next to that…and so on, and so on, and so forth…

They kept going until their tummies got so full that they couldn’t move anymore. The sugar eventually worn off and they all fell asleep in the streets. We went to get them all and brought them back home, one by one with our wee little wagon. Luckily they had the sugar crazies so bad that they couldn’t remember anything when they woke up…including the lovely taste of cookies…and we are certainly not going to tell them or share any of our cookies with them ever again…and neither should you, cause they’ll eat your house too! So please, please, please…do not feed the goblins!

PS…you can still leave some cookies out for us at night…we’ll be good! we promise ~:)

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De Kabouters…

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It’s us..the Picsees! We’ve been away collecting some good old days but we’re back now! Well…..actually it’s not just us who’s back and also we’re not really back where we used to be. You see…once upon a time, about two months ago we got a special letter from our friends the Kabouters.

Have we told you about them before?

The Kabouters are wee folk (but not quite as wee as we are) that lives in magical place called the Nether Netherlands. They are sort of like gnomes, but in the same way a meerkat is sort of like a kittycat. They all wear big pointy hats under which they keep all sorts of useful things like string and spare cheese. Every lady kabouter has lovely long braided hair and all the kabouter men have big bushy beards. Most of their time is spent helping the wee animals of the woods. A very very long time ago they also helped people but then some bad people came and scared the Kabouters away. Most people thought they left this world but they are still here, they just live underground now. They still come out to look after the wee animals but only when there’s no human beans around…which brings us back to the letter…

You see, the Kabouters knew that not all human beans are bad. Actually they believe that most of them are good, and they’ve always wanted to help the good ones again…maybe even become their friends. But because they haven’t seen a single human bean for such a long time, they don’t know anything about them anymore…And that is why they wrote us the letter. The letter invited us to come and live with them in the Netherlands for a while so that we can tell them all about the lovely human beans we’ve met, and in turn, the will teach us all about their way of life so we can tell those lovely human beans all about them too…and those lovely human beans are of course you ~:D

So we’re back…but not back in Scotland. We packed up all our things (this includes the 2 human beans we live with) and moved all the way to the Netherlands. We now live in a lovely city called Amsterdam, and we can’t wait to tell you about our adventures and all our wonderful new friends…. de Kabouters ~:D

THE STORY OF THE LAZY GNOME.

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Once there was a wee little gnome named Galagasco.
Now, if you had to choose just one word to describe him you would probably use the word ‘lazy’. And if you did you’d be right. The thing about lazy folk is that they usually end up with lots and lots of things to do that never gets done. This was also true in the case of Galagasco. One day it got so bad that he decided it was time to do something about it. Many lazy folk make this decision, but he went a step further than most of them…He actually did something.
He made a list.
At first he titled it ‘Things To Do Today’, but since it was already afternoon he decided to change it to ‘Things To Do Tomorrow’. And credit given where credit is due, he did write down quite a lot of things to do. It took some time, but it was a good list and he was rather proud of it. When he was done he read through it once more and thought that with so many things to do tomorrow, he should probably spend the rest of today resting.

He folded up the list and placed it on the wee table next to his bed where he snuggled up and found his way to dreamland in no time. He slept like a log and woke up well rested the next morning.
“What a lovely day” he thought as he got out of bed, until he remembered about the list and all those things that needed to be done. His heart sank into his little boots. He sighed as he picked up the list, but as he began to read, a smile appeared on his face. He re-read it few more times, just to be sure and gave another big sigh, only this time it was a sigh of relief.
“I was a little worried for a while” he said to himself, “but there was no need, for this is a list of things to do tomorrow…not today”.
He folded up the list and put it back onto the wee table next to his bed.
“And since I have so many things to do tomorrow” he thought aloud, “I should probably spend the rest of today resting”. and got back into bed.

THE BURROW ELVES and THE CRAWLIES.

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This is a drawing we made of our friend Root. He’s a wee burrow elf and he lives under the cobblestones just outside our house. Like Root, most burrow elves live under cobblestones and they’ve done so ever since people starting putting them absolutely everywhere. Cobbles are nice and smooth unlike the ‘wild rocks’ you find in the forests. No nasty sharp edges on which you could bump your head. When they find a loose one they will crawl underneath it and dig out a little hollow that they call home. They share these little abodes with all the local crawlies which will usually included a frog or two, some snails and a whole bunch of different bugs. They see these crawlies as part of their family and look after them really well…which is why you should never ever take a crawly away from its cobblestone.

Unfortunately this does happen from time to time. People will lift the cobbles, put the crawlies in a jar and take them home. We don’t know why they think a jar is a good place for a crawly to live but the crawlies sure don’t like it and neither do the burrow elves. If they suspect you took one of their crawlies they will sneak into your house and try to rescue them. If you are lucky they will find them and leave…but if they can’t find the crawlies in question they will play tricks on you day and night until they get their crawlies back.

At first it will just be little pranks. An older burrow elf might pull a preposterous faces and leave an imprint of it in the butter or maybe they’ll put some onions in your pillow case but the young ones like Root know about computers and smartyphones. They also like to pull faces but instead of leaving imprints it in butter they will email it to everyone on your computer and they know a trick that will make your phone do a call when you put it in your pocket. But if these pranks don’t do the job they will start to take things from your house and bury it under the cobbles. They are quite small so they can only take little things, but this doesn’t mean the big things in the house is safe. You see, most big things are made up of tiny bits and bobs…and tiny folk can take tiny things apart. So the big things might stay inside the house but they don’t work very well when all their little parts are hidden outside under the cobblestones. This will go on until everything single they can carry or take apart is under the cobblestones or until they find the crawlies…whichever come first.

People quite often blame the wee folk when things go missing or doesn’t want to work, and it’s true. Sometimes they are indeed the ones to blame…but all they want is for their crawlies to come home. And they will always put each and everything back exactly where they found it if you do the same with the crawlies.

Of course it does sometimes happen that a crawly gets trapped in your house without you even knowing, so if you can’t find your keys and you really looked everywhere they could possibly be, it might be a good idea to start looking for some crawlies instead. And if you do find a wee frog or a lost little bug carefully pick them up and put them outside by the cobblestones. Chances are you’ll find your keys a few minutes later right where you left them…

STUMBLE

a wee poem to sing when you are afraid of the dark

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Tho’ its shadows might crawl
the night will still fall
it will shatter and break into day
cause it has no way of knowing
just where it is going,
with no light to show it the way.

And it’s a curious sound
when it first hits the ground
quite often mistaken for song
For it can only be heard
by a wee little bird
who’ll be singing from that moment on.

Halloween with the Picsees: DRACULA!

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Happy Halloween everyone! Wow…we can’t believe today is finally here…it’s Halloween and it’s Friday! Tricky Treats and the weekend all in one! yHay!

If you saw our other post earlier this week you will know all about our plans to dress up as scary old movie poster for this year’s Halloween! We found some very scary posters but we think this one might be the scariest one of them all…it’s of a movie called Dracula! We’ve not actually seen any of the movies cause we are wee ones and wee ones aren’t allowed to watch scary movies…but lucky for us my brother’s one friend’s friend said he once saw this movie so we knew exactly what it was about.
It’s all about someone called Dracula and he was never allowed to play outside in the sunshine with all the other boys and girls. Its cause he got sunburnt very quickly…it didn’t even help if he used a whole bottle of suntan lotion.
This meant he had to stay indoors every day. Unfortunately there were no toys or storybooks in their house so he learned about maths and numbers…he got so good with numbers they called him Mister Count! Of course everyone thought he would become a mathematician when he grew up but he had different ideas…his dream was to become a mosquito…and that is more or less what the movie is about ~:D

We needed a bit of help to make this costume. The wee village gnomes helped us to make a very snazzy suite cause like most good monsters mister count is a very snappy dresser. My brother’s friend Brambles the hobgoblin got to dress up as Mister Count cause he is already a bit scary looking (don’t tell him we said so)
Of course we also needed a mosquito so we went to see out friend Toggles the troll. He’s got a wee mosquito farm by the big puddle under the bridge. He liked our idea and said his best mosquito called Bella should be perfect for the job…and she was…until disaster struck! While we were making the poster Bella bit mister Brambles! We know that if a zombie bites you will also become a zombie so that means mister Brambles the hobgoblin will probably be turning into a mosquito just like the real mister Count!

We hope you like the picture we made…and we’ll let you know if mister Brambles become a mosquito but until then you must all have a happy Halloween and a most wonderful weekend

Oh…it you didn’t see our previous post you should go have a wee look just below this post on our page…it’s about mister Frankenstein!

Halloween with the Picsees: FRANKENSTEIN

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We are so excited cause it’s almost Halloween again and that means it’s almost time for tricky treats and scary costumes! yHay!
This year we decide we’re going dress up as scary old movie posters…we’ve not seen most of the movies cause we‘re only little and little ones aren’t really allowed to watch scary movies…but that’s not a big problem cause we can just guess what the movies are about…like this one. It’s a movie called Frankenstein and from the poster picture we could see it’s obviously about a wee creature that sneaks up and give you static electric shocks on your ear when you are not looking. We know this cause the wee garden goblins that lives with us (we found them in the garden and they followed us home so now they are technically house goblins) does that all the time. When they put on their stripy socks and shuffle their feets very fast on the fluffy carpets then they get full of electrics and then when they touch you it goes Bazzzooot and there’s sparks everywhere and you have very sore ears!
my brother says it’s actually a story about a scienctist who makes a creature but he never teaches it to be a good creature….but while my brother was telling us this strange story one of the wee goblins called Merry gave him a big shock on his ear and now he agrees that the story is about a very naughty little electric monster. We decided cause of this Merry the goblin should be the one to dress up as the Frankenstein poster….and here he is! we hope you like it ~:)

A traditional Picsee sleeping-song.

in the mid-o-the night
the faeries take flight
on wings that they wove from the day.
and they’ll fly and they’ll leap
while you fall asleep
along brooks and over the brae.

for within this world
they have been foretold
is a magic so pure it’s agleam.
their legend is true
and it involves you
and the places you go when you dream.

Keecu The Gatekeeper.

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You might have heard about faerydoors before and even though we ask you to keep it a secret we can confirm it’s true, they do exist. Actually…you might have opened quite a few yourselves and let a whole bunch of us faeryfolk in! All of us, the Picsees, the faeries, the Elves and Gnomes…even goblins and trolls…we all came here from the faeryworlds through one of these doors.

It works like this: There are many different worlds. In every world there is something magic that connects it with the faeryworld, and in every world that something is different. Every world also has a different name for it, but if you ask any wee faery they will tell you it’s called a faerydoor (my brother says the official scientific name is: Alternate Realm Thoroughfares). The interesting thing is that these faerydoors can only be opened from the outside…so basically it’s up to the beings of each world to find this special magic, unlock the doors, and let us wee folk in.

In this world, it’s a magic that’s been used for thousands and thousands of years. It’s a very special kind of magic called imagination and the doors opened with it are everywhere! You’ll find them all around! Chances are that there will be quite a few around you right now! Books are faerydoors and so are art pictures. Music instruments are very good ones and some of the biggest doors found in this world are known as theaters. But every door needs a key…and even though once unlocked, a faerydoor will remain open forever, it does need a key to unlock it that first time…but luckily they are also found all over! There are pencils and paintbrushes, guitar strings and drum skins, there are typewriter ribbons (although they can be quite messy) and keyboards, knitting needles and chisels, dancing shoes and clay…more than we could ever mention and new ones found every day…but you are probably wondering where does the wee gatekeepers fit into all this incredible and very informative (top-secret) information.

Well…people can only use a key for a while and then they need a new one. A pencil might become too short to hold or a guitar string might snap. They can no longer be used to create magical doorways to other worlds, but they still have some left-over magic in them…and this is very useful to the gatekeepers. They collect all these old keys and weave them together to form a new special key…one that can unlock a door from the faery side! However, these doors are very small…too small for even a teeny tiny faery to fit through…but luckily that’s not what they are for.
These wee doors are for people.
Of course people won’t fit through them either because people tend to be quite a bit bigger than most wee faeryfolk…but these doors are big enough to let a wee ray of light form the faeryside shine through, and that’s all that’s needed.

You see…sometimes people can struggle to unlock a new door…it’s not because they can’t do it…it’s just because they can’t find the keyhole. Most people call this creative block or fuzzybrains and it can be a very frustrating situation to be trapped in, but with a wee bit of help you can find your way out in flash… and that’s exactly what the gatekeepers do. They let a little bit of light from the faeryworld shine through these wee doors or keyholes so that people can find and unlock the world of imagination and create the most wonderful faerydoors (or A.R.T – Alternate Realm Thoroughfares) and let the magic (and of course us wee folk) in. We call them the gatekeepers but when people talk about them…they usually call them inspirations ~:D

We hope you like the picture we made. It’s of a wee gatekeeper called Keecu. He’s our good friend and he comes to visit us all the time and we save up all our old pencils and scrap paper for him to make his keys ~:D

Oh…Ps. Please think twice before you throw away any magic in the making… for instance: if you draw a picture and halfway though decide to rip it up and throw it in the bin it can still open doors…but it will open a broken door in the bottom of the rubbish bin…and this will let the imps and goblins in!