Tourney Season winding down 9-14-17

We’re almost to the end of the summer and a lot of things have been happening, but little brought to a conclusion.

I got to wear one of my houpellandes at my oldest boy’s wedding, was one fun thing.

Another was an impromptu at my shop where I showed a youngster and his Mom how to make balls and then heard later that he’d taught a class at school about it.

Also, Vindolanda dug up a couple of toy swords! I updated the Weaponry page to reflect that.

I did the Shrewsbury Faire demo this year and took both blackwork and balls. The balls were a real hit this time. I think that was because I was telling people about the process.

Mostly, other than that, I’ve been pecking away at pincushions all summer. I’ve gone through 4 crocks of pincushion filling and now I’m doing emery strawberries. 🙂 Craziness! Here’s to getting back to some real sewing (the Spanishe Coat) soonest!


Getting places 6-6-17

The first batch

I was beginning to think that steam enough to get underway was just not to be had, but I’m finally up and doing again. Over the past month I got House Capuchin to make a set of the pool noodle stick horses and Loren and I worked out how to make lances and swords of the same stuff.

Also during the last month, I got good at making a new type of cheese, did a write-up of the foodstuffs in the Domostroi (here: ) and updated a list of period cheeses. (here: )

Of course, our shop business picks up in the summer, so it’s hard to keep up with things, but I’m going to keep pecking at it. I have a couple more arrangements transcribed for the recorder book, a piece of fabric pulled out for another coif, a hand-stitched apron worked on, a ton of pincushions made and gifted on and some new designs come up with, even some more pins put in the ruffle for my smock!

Here’s hoping for more progress over the summer!

Back to the Quest 5-4-17

His Highness, Tjorkill and His Majesty Styrkarr look on while Her Highness, Alina, gives me a hug with the scroll in my hand.

Wow…. was that a gymkhana or what? Fifteen months of doing only minimums on my tasks has been kinda hard on my nerves. …and then I had to catch up with mundane life tasks. So now, I’m kinda starting back in.

Yes, the Summits Arts & Sciences

Championship got held. This is the write-up, a showcase of the folks who entered,

His Majesty gifting me with a coin from his hand.

plus my being made a Jewel of the Summits and startlingly to me, given the Lion’s Strength.

The most I’ve actually done on the quests was to get some more toys added to the list, mostly the Noisy Toys and the War and Military toys. Here’s hoping that things get underway better, soon.

Progress or not 1-30-17

Display at Hogmanay
Display at Hogmanay

Progress? ….or not…. 🙂 It’s just a few weeks until the Summits Bardic and Arts & Sciences Championship and I’m going to be glad to turn the baldric over. I’ve enjoyed it, but my projects have been taking a back seat for over a year!

Yes, I’ve made some progress on things, but any intensive work has gotten put off until next winter. <sigh> My two projects that are left are the recorder book and my Spanishe Coat. I’m making slow progress on the smock for the latter and transcribed six pieces for the book and wrote for permission to use some others.

I’ve continued to teach, mostly blackwork and toys. I had two opportunities this past month, but yes, most of my energy is going into getting things ready for the competition. …and when my fingers itch….pincushions. 🙂

Oh, and when I’m done with Alpine Scholar, those odd things in the menu will vanish! Thanks to those of you who have hung in there with me through this.

Alpine Scholar blues – 12-27-16

Anja 2014I haven’t posted here nearly as much as I had planned to over the past year. It’s not that I haven’t been working hard, and I don’t mean just at my mundane business. It’s that the Alpine Scholar duties…if I’m going to complete this in a way that I’ll be proud of rather than regret…. are eating my life!

Since December a year ago I’ve managed to get to each of the Coronet events, …and there’s just one left… put together displays, run 121016-gauntlettcompetitions and found prizes for same, taught a *lot* of classes and there are a few more to go!

I’ve also been working in my mundane business and building up the Mab’s Creations embroidery business, plus down-sizing from a house to an apartment, and since I’m not looking at padded walls, I guess I’m still sane. 🙂

Aside from continuing to add pictures and research as I can here I really haven’t made any progress on the Quest. I’m hoping for better in 2017 as I’m down to two items, one of which is probably only a month’s work from being finished. That’s the Spanishe Coat outfit. The recorder book is farther, but I’ve a few pieces done, at least.

I’ve done a lot of embroidery and sewing over the past year, mostly largesse projects or samples for my Mab’s Creations stuff, but a few other pieces including the “gauntlet” that I “threw down” (it landed on the Heir’s coat… ) during the most recent Investiture.

So, some pix of recent projects…

Please bear with me 8-26-16

060416 animalsPlease bear with me… I’m trying to get the menu for this blog to cooperate, but it’s not. I don’t know whether I’m doing something wrong or what! So….it’s got a bunch of pages that are going to vanish by next February at the worst, but right now are right at the top. I’m trying to fix that. I didn’t even think they’d show in the menu since I didn’t add them, nor did I have things set to add them…. I thought….

Well, while I’m being taught humility by a 072416 Ball2computer…. Summer in a tourist town when you have a business is taxing. I’m working on bits and pieces of projects, but the main thing that is taking my attention right now is sorting out the stuff for the Summits A&S Championship that’s to happen in February. (That’s those pesky pages that won’t behave……) I’ve been steadily making dolls, wooden and balls, among other things and I’m currently trying to work out how to get some Bartholomew Babies turned, since that’s not something I can do. Dress them, yes…. Make the wooden bodies, no…. Also, I’ve been working with some other folks, teaching them how to do the doll wigs and clothes and how the balls go together.

I taught Holbein-style blackwork at War in the Trees and at the Kaldor Ness A&S Weekend and then Dolls and Pretend Toys at Lebus.

072116 DollOne seriously cute thing happened during this summer. I had promised a rag doll to a small person for her birthday and then her mother dropped out of sight. When she re-appeared, recently, I got the doll for the little one, gave it to her and she played with it while her mother and I talked. According to her mother, she hugged it all the way home.

I have a set of competitions that I’m organizing at Fall Coronet and Winter Investiture, as well as teaching at several events this fall: Balls at ARC, Papyns and Pottages at Amergin’s and then some other things that haven’t been decided, yet and of course, the Championship in February.


Just making stuff – 5-28-16

052216 PincusionIt’s been a busy year. I didn’t realize just how long it had been since I put up a post, but mundane life and the Alpine Scholar stuff is just kicking me for a loop as far as Quest stuff.

I had a consult with my Laurel about what’s left to do, and it’s mostly “keep on keeping on” more than anything else!

So far this year:

  • At Her Alpine Highness’ request, I put together a display at 12th Night, of not just my stuff, but the other House members. We had a great time!
  • Our House Feast came off pretty well, but I was the feast-crat so that ate time as well. As usual I cooked too much and everyone was stuffed.
  • Coronet in Adiantum was fun. I set up another display and answered a lot of questions about the Balls. They had a great potluck.
  • All Fools’ in Corvaria was one of the best events I’ve been to in awhile. I stayed with some local people and we had a great time hanging out before and after the event. During the day I taught a class on Balls and we made enough to hand each child at the event one!
  • House Capuchin had set a goal of 2000 pieces of largesse during the SCA’s 50th Year. We made it and the last was handed off on the way to Hocktide.
  • At Hocktide I taught two classes, one on Medieval Toys and the other was Czech History in Stories. One of my students was in the competition for Outrider of the Summits and had asked me to be there.

Next up is Summer Investiture in Terra Pomeria and then War in the Trees in Tymberhavene!