Once Upon A Time In Zweinstein

Once upon a time there was a great magician that lived inside a book.
The magician listened to the name of Dumbledore and he enjoyed his magical room ever so much.

The Magic Room

The room was packed with treasures and he just loved to go inside and look at all the magic.

Dumbledore was amazed at what treasures he could find in this room. Little did he know there was trouble around the corner and a new adventure was about to start.

And so it begins

Harry was busy in the dorms when he noticed a book that wasn’t there before. After checking it, he realised that it belonged to Dumbledore. So he decided to stretch his legs and return it to its rightful owner.

But he couldn’t help but wonder why it was here.

Bellatrix had a terrible plan.

She was going to scatter the items throughout Zweinstein (also known as Hogwarts) just because she felt like causing some trouble.

Strange Places

Unaware to the others living at Hogwarts, items started turning up in strange places.

When Ron came to the bus stop after school, there was a suitcase waiting. He opened it up and couldn’t believe his luck when finding a complete meal!

Becoming aware these were all items from the (hidden) chamber, he went back to school to return them all.

Luna was taking a stroll on the grounds whilst she came across a collection of strange items. She was sure they didn’t belong here. Wasn’t this Myrtle’s teddy bear she had discovered? Or was it Dumbledore’s? But surely Dumbeldore wouldn’t have lost his bear?

Caught Up

Griphook has read the breaking news in the daily paper all about Bellatrix playing a trick, he knows he had recently taken the key from Dumbledores desk and he doesn’t want others to suspect him. So, he decides to replace the key and uses a skateboard to get him back fast while accompanied by the magic bat. What he doesn’t realise is these are parts of the missing items. 

Magic Mushrooms Teddybears

While Professor Sprout is out harvesting Mandrake roots for her class she stumbles across what seems to be magical teddy bears growing among the plants.

Could they be the lost items from the powerful Wizard’s magic room?

The magic frog.

Nevil lost Trevor (his pet frog) again whilst in Professor Sprout´s Herbology class. On finding Trevor he got trapped by a huge beast. Using his Book of Monsters, he cast a spell to transport him back to safety before returning the book back Dumbledore for the next student to read.

A dino?

Myrtle found Dumbledore’s broken teddy bear while playing in the snow.

However, she ended up losing it again and left crying. By the end of a winter, a funny looking dinosaur had adopted the teddy.

Skipping Magic Class

During a stroll through the halls, avoiding class, of course, George noticed the terrible rules that Professor Umbridge had tried to remove and hide in Dumbledore’s room.

He hid within the Room of requirement checking The Marauder’s Map to see if the coast was clear. Once clear, he produced one of the Wesley twin tricks they had been testing to blow the rules from the wall as he did not want these been seen ever again!!

And then there is Fred

Whilst George was out testing their latest tricks, Fred decided he would play some top hits to help magically transport some items back into the room for Dumbledore.

Hedwig The Wise

Ginny came across Hedwig hiding in the Room of Requirement. Why was Hedwig there? Maybe Bellatrix had something to do with it. She conjured up a variety of food using magic to tempt Hedwig back into Dumbledore’s care.

Image by Mike

More animals had been let loose around the castle. Hermione used her great mind a quick thinking to made friends with the animals and take them back to the safety of Dumbledores care.

Image by Sophie

Hagrid had been trapped in his own hut by a huge snake! Kingsley had seen he was in trouble and came to his aid. Where had these creatures come from?

He saw the destress Hagrid was in and helped capture the snake and return it to Dumbledore for safe keeping. 


Lily Potter needed to find old Dumbledore’s surfing board from his young days.

She didn’t expect it would be a hard task, but when she got to the beach when he used to spend his summers, she found an old shark using it because it can’t swim anymore.

His teeth were very dangerous, but luckily, she came up with a great idea. She cast a spell and a delicious red crab showed in its mouth. He instantly swam away and she was able to take a surfing board easily. 

Flowers

Away from Hogwarts, James came across some beautiful flowers that were a little out of place. This was not an ordinary flower. This had been hexed when expelled from Dumbledore’s room of magic.

After a quick spell the flower returned but also grew to be more magical before being transported back to safety!

Dumbledore checked back on his room full of magic to find all items had been returned with the help of everyone. Everyone could now go back about their days knowing that peace had been restored.

Dumbledore locked the magic room until the next SiP Spring Workshop

And so all ends well.
And the magician lived happily ever after.
Or at least untill Bellatrix strikes again.

Your Story Teller of Today,

Claudia.

Post Scriptum

This story was created in 90 minutes by 16 awesome creative toy photographers on the SiP Spring Workshop. Special thanks to Claudia for being our magic story master, and Natasja for setting the scene with her magic books.

The Quest for the Easter Eggs

Let me tell the story of when the world almost came to an end due to the lack of chocolate eggs for Easter.

Rustlefeet the Hedgehog (Natasja)

Once upon a time, SmashMouse was playing with a big Easter egg and broke it accidentally. The egg was shattered into multiple parts that were scattered all around the world.

SmashMouse (Jennifer)

I was there and saw it happen. I sent messages all around the world so that local heroes could help us collect the pieces… and hopefully, save the world so that we wouldn’t starve on Easter without our chocolate. And so the epic quest of our time began.

Rustlefeet the Hedgehog (Natasja)

As Kai-Uwe was living close to Natasja, he was the first to receive his letter. Up in a tree he spotted a silver fracture of the giant egg. With his enormous throwing skills, he sent the egg off into the sky, leaving a pink trail…

Kai-Uwe (Stefan)
Kai-Uwe (Stefan)
Kai-Uwe (Stefan)

Babou received a letter with a gift of nail polish to convince him to join the quest for the Easter egg. After battling hundreds of villains, he found the missing egg piece and sent it back using his magic powder.

Babou (Sarah)
Babou (Sarah)

Amethyst was enjoying the sunny day in the Gem Kingdom when she received an urgent message from SmashMouse. A piece of the egg had landed in her kingdom and this needed to be found to rebuild the egg. Others in other kingdoms were also on the same mission to restore the chocolate egg. Where should she start exploring? Maybe within the Gem fields? She set out on her quest to find the piece and send it to Micki to save the chocolate egg. After searching the fields and finding a few local treasures, she discovered a large shiny silver piece that did not belong in the gem fields. What could this be? IT WAS THE CHOCOLATE piece!!! In a hurry, she dug up the piece using her sword and sent it onto Micki. “Had the others also found their pieces?” she wondered before going about the rest of the sunny afternoon.

Amethyst Spire (Claudia)
Amethyst Spire (Claudia)

After receiving his letter, Tom found a big white brick and struck it with an arrow.

Tom (Filip)
Tom (Filip)
Tom (Filip)

The Chameleon Warrior was looking for the missing egg pieces in the chrome magical cave, with the unfolded envelope on the ground, with the revealed map!

The Chameleon Warrior (Dennis)

Ocheeva found the egg with the help of her trusty raptor pet. She sent the egg to Micki by sending the mother T-Rex as a pigeon post.

Ocheeva (Maëlick)

Kiki-Jiki had received the help call and he adventured himself into a mountain site tunnel to find the egg missing piece lost at his underground world, and send it back to where it belongs.

Kiki-Jiki (Jorlis and Julian)
Kiki-Jiki (Jorlis and Julian)
Kiki-Jiki (Jorlis and Julian)

General Ericius was ready to settle down to retire when he received an important letter in the post. It’s time for battle again as he heads out to reclaim his piece of egg from the evil army of chicks.

General Ericius (Chris)
General Ericius (Chris)

Ziggy found out that there was a missing piece in a bird’s nest and had to find the right piece between the real eggs. He then sent the egg by butterfly to Micki.

Ziggy the Orc Mouse (Tjaard)
Ziggy the Orc Mouse (Tjaard)

Dumphrey eagerly set out to find his missing egg. Journeying deep into the forest, it’s nowhere to be seen. He almost loses hope that he will ever find it. Until with a cry, he spies it nestled in the undergrowth.

Dumphrey (Mike)

Undenounced to everyone, Tussi, who had a special grudge against one of the heroes, also received a letter. He learned exactly how the team was planning to fix the Easter egg. When the egg was almost complete, Tussi tried to sabotage the mission. He created a special bomb to try to damage the Easter egg.

Tussi (Suné)

Fortunately, Micki saved the day using her illusionist skills to restore the chocolate egg pieces.

Micki (Sophie)
Micki (Sophie)
Micki (Sophie)

Finally, Be_varrrle placed the egg back in its rightful place and sang a song to let everyone know it is safely back.

Be_varrrle (Bev)

With A Little Help from my Friends

As Stuck in Plastic’s virtual #sipspringworkshop2021 is about to kick off. It brought great sadness to @bevvypix, as she remembered the last workshop. You see, she had a chance to do some photographic commercial work and she really needed the work. So, she had to make a decision to give up her place on the workshop. 

That being said, she knew that although she had to work. She cheekily decided to try and get the crew to send her an envelope package anyway. She just knew, all the participant was going to receive a welcomed surprise filled with goodies to complete the workshop tasks.

Unable to attend the #sipspringworkshop2021

Interestingly, the element the impending surprise and not knowing what was inside the packages created much excitement, especially within the group of participants. As a spectator, all bevvypix could do was watch as the envelopes arrived to the different people. 

She knew they were going to have an amazing time, full of fun.

An Uncollected Package Arrives in Finland

Upon hearing the news that Maelick hadn’t collected his package from his local post office in Finland. This triggered off an idea, and bevvypix immediately thought of a plan to intercept his envelope. In order to do this, she would have to create a fake ID and the potential use of a Lego mini figure, meant she was able to create a representative of Maelick and perhaps get away with imposter syndrome.

But then she faced a slight problem, travel from the UK was with its limitations and her ability to get to Finland was now not an option. She was doomed, how on Earth can she now intercept the package all the way from Wales? 

Then surprisingly in conversation, she remembered someone mentioned about the Flash. Ahhha! now that’s just what Bevvypix needed, someone who could rush in and out in a flash.

She relied on her negotiation skills and asked the Flash to join her as a partner in crime. The flash would be able to move super quick, even the snowflakes wouldn’t have time to land.

To Finland in a Flash

In a Flash

As Bevvypix waited patiently on the corner of Main Street for the Flash to return. It suddenly dawned on her. After a conversation in which Natasja aka @by_a.n.n.a had mentioned that she would like to visit Finland with bevvypix, it later became evident that could this be Natasja holding the stolen valuable package?

Having prepared the journey from Denmark across the snowy landscape of Finland, The Flash grabbed the envelope, and no one noticed. It was a genius idea. No one would suspect anything.

When the Flash arrived in the UK, bevvypix was stood waiting by Her Majesties Royal Mail Post Box so not to give the game away. But then, she became consumed by guilt, what had they done? Stealing Maelick’s envelope meant that he was going to also be unable to join in the fun and that was certainly a crime against SiP. 

Who can this be?

Both Bevvypix and The Flash decided it was best to return the package to its rightful owner and hoped that Maelick hadn’t been to collect it beforehand. However, the flash did leave another package instead with bevvypix.

Superheroes in Progress

Now that Bevvypix was aware she was going to have to trigger a plan B. There was no way she was going to get an envelope without help. Even thou she had every confidence that Stuck in Plastic would have sent something even thou they knew she couldn’t attend.

With a little help from my friends

She called on whom she believed to be a group of superheroes to help her quest to find #wheresbevvyspackage. In fact, the characteristics of the Flash was making her begin to question if it was the Sip crew in disguise? Perhaps she will never know, or will she find out in due course? 

Wait ‘Till ya get a load of Me

After a recent photoshoot with Deadpool, she had mentioned her despair over not being able to attend the Spring 21 workshop and he offered to help her. Thinking back now, she remembers him speaking something in French, but she thought nothing of it at the time. 

They walked over to the post box and in true Deadpool fashion, he put his hand inside the gap to reach for the envelopes. In an attempt to retrieve an envelope addressed to Bevvypix, he forced his arm in further, then his arm got stuck.

At the time, he was taking about Panda’s, maybe this was some sort of a distraction? This confused Bevvypix as she thought pandas were irrelevant on this occasion. Looking back, was that Julien aka @Ballou inside that red suit?

Stuck in Plastic

All of a sudden, he shouted, “Oh La La” and upon releasing his arm, Bevvypix notice that his limb had become trapped and fell off. This wasn’t a problem for Deadpool, if you have watched the movies then you would know he can regenerate his limbs and as another lockdown was looming, seemed like the best time. At this point he decided to hand the envelope retrieval over to Venom.

With a little Help from my Friends

Originally Venom was known to enjoy the dark side, but recently he wanted to help others and today was the day. Although Royal Mail post boxes are secured solid to the ground and it would be impossible to lift them and at the same time a crime to steal post or tamper with the boxes. Venom showed no mercy and that dark side was still visible. 

Not letting on, he thought, if he could get his envelope out of the box before it was delivered to his address. Perhaps he could genetically clone it using a superpower code. And then, Bevvypix would have a duplicated version of the real thing.  He was talking as he rattled the heavy metal box. However, this was no ordinary accent. It sounded more like it was from a place near Manchester. Indeed, it sounded closer to a British accent. Was this Chris aka @chrisrosephoto … ???

Help from the dark side

Bevvypix was aware he loved Star Wars, but she never contemplated he would ever turn to the dark side.  On the contrary, a pattern was beginning to emerge. These superheroes that were helping, are becoming all too familiar. However, Bevvypix was never going to know who it was behind the mask, she could only hazard a guess.

Every Superhero need a Captain

With Deadpool and Venom failing to break into the post box. The commotion caught the attention of Captain America. Upon his arrival, it was evident that Bevvypix had heard this accent before. Bevvypix was confident this could potential be Boris aka @_Me2_ a true leader and a defender of a good causes. 

In order to help, the only thing to do was use Thors hammer. He had rescued it from the clutches of evil and was in the process of returning it to its rightful owner. He had also just saved Planet earth from impending doom.

Captain America?

As a matter of fact, as strong as the hammer was, it couldn’t penetrate through. Indeed, the hard structure was impenetrable. As he smashed against the metal with such force. The red paint exploded into the air and then … Appearing from the letter opening something fell out. Was this the envelope that Bevvypix had longed for?

A Message to Gothamburg City

With the disappointment starting to flow through Bevvypix, she was about to give up. How can this be, all the superheroes help and not even her envelope remotely in her sight. It was time to call on the Batman. 

Without further ado, bevvypix released the famous bat signal and waited for a response. She knew that Gothamburg City was far away. Could this cry for help be possible, could the Batman deliver the envelope addressed to Bevvypix and put her out of her misery.

Her call was answered and through the darkness of night, the dark knight appeared holding what seemed to be a package. As he approached, he was holding out the envelope, but Bevvypix knew somehow this couldn’t be her package, everyone else had failed with the delivery. She heard Batman saying “ist das deins Bevvypix.”  

All the way from Gothamburg City

In light of these words, she realised that the Batman sounded a lot like Stefan aka @herrsm He had come to save the day. As he got closer, it was sadly not Bevvypix’s workshop package. However, it was a different type of package. “Offnen Sie nicht bis zu Ihrem Geburtstag”  Batman said. What did this mean?

Spidey Senses

Out of nowhere, then appeared Spiderman holding an envelope. To be honest he was waving it in front of her face and teasing her. Indeed, it was not bevvypix’s envelope, but he had heard that his package was taken some two weeks prior to the workshop and his Spidey senses guessed it must have been Bevvypix.

After collecting his envelope from the Finnish Post office, his Spidey senses were drawing him to the culprit. Now, and this was only another guess but is that you Maelick aka @maelickinthenorth

Have you finished?

Then he disappeared leaving only an envelope full of photographs from the workshop that he had captured. The envelope felt cold and that was when Bevvypix realised there is only one person with cold snow at the moment and it must have been Maelick.

No Joking

The whole situation was making Bevvypix wonder if the crew were playing tricks on her. Furthermore, and to top it off, the Joker arrived with his humorous sidekick Miss Harleen Quinzel. Having got word that Bevvypix was waiting to find her package. They arrived waving around a package/envelope. Not to mention a baseball bat that was stopping Bevvypix from approaching Mr J. At first, she thought Harley was Karine aka @eatmybones in fancy dress, but then she knew different because Karine was way too busy to joke around.

The corresponding address was out of her visual, all the Bevvypix could see was a similar envelope to what she was looking for. And off they went, taking the envelope with them. 

The Joker’s laughter scrawled across the Street as a constant reminder that  Bevvypix was not going to find her package. She had put up a good search but sadly to no avail. By the same token, she knew she had tried and failed her mission. In spite of this, she knew the workshop was going to be a good one. Afterall she had photographs to look back on when she was allowed to open the envelope.

Playing a joke

By Order of The Peaky Blinders

With the intention to give up her quest and admit defeat. All the Superheroes dispersed and went on to continue helping others and Bevvypix was left wondering about the May Workshop that she was definitely attending, was she going to receive a package.

Then from nowhere, she heard voices shouting, “By Order of the Peaky Blinders, Bevvypix here is your package.” Slightly confused Bevvypix reached out for her envelope, it had her name written on the front and they ordered her to not open it before her birthday, just days before the workshop. 

Notably, these may not be your typical Superheroes, Indeed far from that particular characterisation.  However, they looked familiar, more to the point she actually now thinks that they were her boys dressed interpreting The Peaky Blinders. And if it was them, they did a really good impression. In order to trick her, they had hidden the envelope in a secret location and then placed a bet that she would search for it. 

By order of the Peaky Blinders

You’ve Got Mail

All things considered the adventure and search continued for the potential workshop envelope, well at least May’s delivery.

In the meantime, Bevvypix anticipates the excitement ahead of opening Batman’s package. Whatever is inside she knows it was so kind to think of her and for that she is truly thankful. And recently she has received further packages, will she be able to open them before they self destruct.

Bevvypix will be sure to follow the Spring workshop on Saturday 3rd April 2021. You can also join the SiP crew and Friends by following #sipspringworkshop2021 and maybe next time you can also join in the fun. Those of you who are attending, have an amazing creative time and I look forward to seeing the results.

And a few packages arrived to Bevvypix

Diolch (Welsh for Thank You) 

Bev x

The SiP Spring Workshop Registration is here

Yep. It is time to get the registration going for our second workshop of twenty one. The SiP Spring Workshop. This year we decided to organize four virtual toy photography workshops with 16 participants each from all over the world (update: we are fully booked)

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