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.
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!
Please 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 computer…. 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.
One 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.
I’ve been focusing a lot on toys recently, really for this whole year. It started at about this time last year when House Capuchin came up with the Heraldic Bunny idea over a year ago and it’s been going all year, from those through peg dolls and cup & balls, tiny Elizabethan Ladies, balls and rag dolls through wood cutouts of animals. As I’ve been going I’m gradually working my way through what I have for this particular task.
This week I managed to get several pages at least started, the ones for Balls and Rag Dolls, in particular.