Thursday, August 23, 2012

Remember, be back before midnight...

One of the best known fairytales, 'Cinderella' is so loved because it's about reward for the good and punishment for the wicked, with this justice being metered out by a magical being stepping in at the right time.
This classic rags-to-riches story was first published by 17th century Italian fairytale collector Giambattista Basile in 1634. It was recorded again in French author Charles Perrault's 'Mother Goose Tales' in 1697. The marvelous German Grimm brothers took notice and released another version in their fairytale collection in 1812. So this story was read to entranced children all over Europe and the fairytale genre was born. I loved it as a child and remember sweeping the fireplace in our family home when I was about 7 and wishing and hoping I could make my fairy Godmother appear. She did in a manner of speaking.... but not until I was 15. ;)

A pumpkin becomes a golden carriage, mice become horses, a rat becomes a coachman, lizards become footmen and Cinderella's rags become a beautiful jeweled gown complete with delicate glass slippers...

Hope you like my rendition. This pumpkin patch has just felt the dusting of magic from the Fairy Godmother's wand, and are forming into carriages. The vines are curling into the shapes of wheels.

Available at my online shop later today. Mice available soon also.

If you're wondering where some of my inspiration comes from on this topic, you must must must watch the best Cinderella film. It's 'The Slipper and the Rose' (1976) and you will *love* it. Here's a still below.

Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, miniature sets and props for fairytale film, fairy-tale filmmaking, one inch scale miniatures


  1. oh how romantic! I loved reading stories like that when I was a child.

    Marisa :)

  2. The Slipper and the Rose has been my favorite movie since I was a child. My sister and I (we just turned 29 yesterday) still sing the songs to this day and I listen to the soundtrack on my iPod or my record player! More people should know about it.

    1. No way!!! I turned 30 this year, and I still love this film. I know all the words too - I actually sing 'a bride finding ball...' in the shower. So cool to know there are like-minded people! Caroline x

  3. Cindirella is my favorite fairytail!!! i no like much the pink but you punklin is beautiful!!!