danagryphon: (Shooting)
Here is the scroll and the badges I made to give out at the Yule revel today:



Ok, off to start cooking now.
danagryphon: (Shooting)
Here is the scroll and the badges I made to give out at the Yule revel today:



Ok, off to start cooking now.
danagryphon: (Fuzzy)
So here's an update.

The scroll assignment for K&Q's/Vinland Raids is done. I'm really happy with how the illumination turned out, especially my first attempt (on an actual scroll) of real gold leaf guilding. The calligraphy...not so much. Normally, I'm much better at calligraphy, and I don't believe this scroll represents my best work on that front. I know a lot of scribes do the calligraphy first, on the idea that it is the part least easily recoverable from if there is a screwup, and because it's usually got much less time invested in it that massive amounts of illumination. I've actually always done the illumination first, but I'm starting to think that I may switch over to the other method. My illumination is getting better (imho) and more complex, and I think the best way to improve my calligraphy (besides practice) is to do it first and toss it if I'm not happy with it (up to a point). I've been doing calligraphy since I was 10, but my skills have definitely degraded from years of not using them. Time to pull out the practice pads!

Speaking of K&Q's, I've decided that I'm not going to camp for the weekend, but daytrip tomorrow instead. After last weekend of camping in the rain, and the subsequent days of getting everything dried out, I'm not in a big hurry to go do that again. The forecast right now indicates that tomorrow during the day may be clear long enough for the competition, and rain the whole rest of the time. Yuck. I think I'd rather get up early Saturday to drive to the Cape than to spend tonight wet, cold, and sleeping on a cot, plus the fun of packing up wet stuff on Sunday and not being able to dry it out for several more days of rain afterward.

The rain is also wreaking havoc on E's baseball playoff schedule. His playoff game last night was canceled (again), and with rain forecast for so much of next week, I don't know how they are going to get the playoffs done before the big Jamboree next Friday.

On the bad side, I've discovered that we have an infestation of carpenter ants in our basement. And they are chewing on the wood, as evidenced by the big pile of sawdust on the floor. I told the developer guy, and he sent a guy in yesterday to take a look, and they did some sealing in that area, and are planning on treating the outside of the building to discourage new arrivals.

Oh yes, and even though I didn't need another reason to not head to the Cape tonight, I will be taking Fuzzy to the vet this afternoon. She has been lethargic since yesterday afternoon, and has not been eating. I brought her downstairs with me this morning, where she usually likes to hang out with me when I'm working from home, and she turned right around and limped back up the stairs to my bedroom, and sat on the floor looking forlornly at my bed. I put her back up on the bed, and she is now sleeping there. Definitely not feeling well. The only appointment the vet has open today is at 3. Please keep good thoughts for my poor little girl.

The older boy started finals at school yesterday. They only have tests in the morning, and allowed to leave school at 11 when they are done, if they have a ride, otherwise, have to wait for the bus at 1:30. Since I'm working from home yesterday and today, I'm picking B up when he is done with tests. Monday and Tuesday, he'll have to wait for the bus, but as long as he has a good book, he'll be happy to sit and read. Wednesday is their last day, and they are having an 11:00 dismissal (one wonders, what is the point?). Next Thursday and Friday, I'm working from home, since E's day camp doesn't start until the following Monday. I'm also working on getting B set up to volunteer at the town library a couple of days a week this summer (when I am home to provide transport). First, he needs service hours for a merit badge for scouts. Second, he also needs service hours for school (Littleton has a 50 hours of service graduation requirement). Third, I want him to do something this summer besides sitting around playing video games. Fourth, I think it will be a very good experience for him, to have something resembling a job, even as a volunteer, and he loves books so much that the library seems like a natural choice.

Speaking of the boys, their Wii finally arrived. I'm more than a bit peeved that it took 19 days from paying the same day I won the auction to me actually receiving the thing. Missed the boys' bday by a whole week. But they seem happy enough now to have it. They've also gotten money from my father and sister, which I'm suggesting to them that they pool to buy some more games. I'll pick up whatever accessories they might need (like a classic controller, and if they need one of those wheel things, and a couple of more wiimotes/nunchuks so that we can play up to 4 players on some games). I'm also going to pick up a Fit (maybe as Father's Day for M, who wants to do yoga and other exercises with it). I know M would like Guitar Hero, but that may wait a bit yet, since the games+specialized controllers for those are a bit more expensive. Himself and I also have to decide on a policy on games (especially ones that the boys' have bought with their old money) traveling back and forth between our houses. But I can see how this whole Wii thing can get seriously addictive. I spent about half an hour last night playing bowling. ;)
danagryphon: (Fuzzy)
So here's an update.

The scroll assignment for K&Q's/Vinland Raids is done. I'm really happy with how the illumination turned out, especially my first attempt (on an actual scroll) of real gold leaf guilding. The calligraphy...not so much. Normally, I'm much better at calligraphy, and I don't believe this scroll represents my best work on that front. I know a lot of scribes do the calligraphy first, on the idea that it is the part least easily recoverable from if there is a screwup, and because it's usually got much less time invested in it that massive amounts of illumination. I've actually always done the illumination first, but I'm starting to think that I may switch over to the other method. My illumination is getting better (imho) and more complex, and I think the best way to improve my calligraphy (besides practice) is to do it first and toss it if I'm not happy with it (up to a point). I've been doing calligraphy since I was 10, but my skills have definitely degraded from years of not using them. Time to pull out the practice pads!

Speaking of K&Q's, I've decided that I'm not going to camp for the weekend, but daytrip tomorrow instead. After last weekend of camping in the rain, and the subsequent days of getting everything dried out, I'm not in a big hurry to go do that again. The forecast right now indicates that tomorrow during the day may be clear long enough for the competition, and rain the whole rest of the time. Yuck. I think I'd rather get up early Saturday to drive to the Cape than to spend tonight wet, cold, and sleeping on a cot, plus the fun of packing up wet stuff on Sunday and not being able to dry it out for several more days of rain afterward.

The rain is also wreaking havoc on E's baseball playoff schedule. His playoff game last night was canceled (again), and with rain forecast for so much of next week, I don't know how they are going to get the playoffs done before the big Jamboree next Friday.

On the bad side, I've discovered that we have an infestation of carpenter ants in our basement. And they are chewing on the wood, as evidenced by the big pile of sawdust on the floor. I told the developer guy, and he sent a guy in yesterday to take a look, and they did some sealing in that area, and are planning on treating the outside of the building to discourage new arrivals.

Oh yes, and even though I didn't need another reason to not head to the Cape tonight, I will be taking Fuzzy to the vet this afternoon. She has been lethargic since yesterday afternoon, and has not been eating. I brought her downstairs with me this morning, where she usually likes to hang out with me when I'm working from home, and she turned right around and limped back up the stairs to my bedroom, and sat on the floor looking forlornly at my bed. I put her back up on the bed, and she is now sleeping there. Definitely not feeling well. The only appointment the vet has open today is at 3. Please keep good thoughts for my poor little girl.

The older boy started finals at school yesterday. They only have tests in the morning, and allowed to leave school at 11 when they are done, if they have a ride, otherwise, have to wait for the bus at 1:30. Since I'm working from home yesterday and today, I'm picking B up when he is done with tests. Monday and Tuesday, he'll have to wait for the bus, but as long as he has a good book, he'll be happy to sit and read. Wednesday is their last day, and they are having an 11:00 dismissal (one wonders, what is the point?). Next Thursday and Friday, I'm working from home, since E's day camp doesn't start until the following Monday. I'm also working on getting B set up to volunteer at the town library a couple of days a week this summer (when I am home to provide transport). First, he needs service hours for a merit badge for scouts. Second, he also needs service hours for school (Littleton has a 50 hours of service graduation requirement). Third, I want him to do something this summer besides sitting around playing video games. Fourth, I think it will be a very good experience for him, to have something resembling a job, even as a volunteer, and he loves books so much that the library seems like a natural choice.

Speaking of the boys, their Wii finally arrived. I'm more than a bit peeved that it took 19 days from paying the same day I won the auction to me actually receiving the thing. Missed the boys' bday by a whole week. But they seem happy enough now to have it. They've also gotten money from my father and sister, which I'm suggesting to them that they pool to buy some more games. I'll pick up whatever accessories they might need (like a classic controller, and if they need one of those wheel things, and a couple of more wiimotes/nunchuks so that we can play up to 4 players on some games). I'm also going to pick up a Fit (maybe as Father's Day for M, who wants to do yoga and other exercises with it). I know M would like Guitar Hero, but that may wait a bit yet, since the games+specialized controllers for those are a bit more expensive. Himself and I also have to decide on a policy on games (especially ones that the boys' have bought with their old money) traveling back and forth between our houses. But I can see how this whole Wii thing can get seriously addictive. I spent about half an hour last night playing bowling. ;)
danagryphon: (Greenman)
Friday, I took the day off work for a couple of appointments, including with my new dentist. It went well, and I like the people I've met there so far, and they are definitely more professional in their service than Aspen Dental was. I have to have a minor repair on an old filling that has chipped, but otherwise things looks stable. Friday when M got home, we were able to get an early start on heading up to Peabody for his father's bday, avoiding pretty much all the traffic. Friday rush hour traffic on 128 sucks big time.

We had a Pinewood Derby on Saturday. E even had a car to run. I haven't taken pictures of it yet because after the race, he took his car and his 2nd place trophy (yay!) back to Himself's house.  I'll try to get a pic and post it, because it did look pretty darn cool.

Saturday evening, M and I went to see Watchmen. I liked it, M hated it. Well, I should qualify that. I sort of liked it. It was interesting, and thought provoking, and the special effects and cinematography were pretty (even if the story itself was rather gritty). I'm glad I saw it, but it's not something I would want to see again, most likely, or want to own on DVD. The trailers before it were an interesting assortment of a bunch of other dark, doomsday type movies, plus Enterprise (which was also a rather dark, doomsday-ish trailer). Yes, Enterprise looks awesome.

Sunday, I woke up with a shredded voice from MCing the Pinewood Derby. I went to the Shire business meeting, then came home and got another Northern Lights scroll done. That's 3 down, and 2 to go. I'm using this as an opportunity to try some new styles, and also to brush up on my Celtic illumination before I tackle the illumination for the big scroll I'm doing in that style for Mudthaw. I've got transportation for all the scrolls lined up. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  is picking up the Northern Lights ones on her way out to the event Friday evening. I found a fellow shire member who is going to Mudthaw, so I won't have to worry about mailing that one to make it in time.

Pics of the scrolls will be forthcoming as soon as I get my camera out and take them. Me and my lazy butt.

Next weekend is Ostara. I haven't decided yet if we are going on the rescheduled Freeze-Out Thaw-Out camping trip with the cub scouts. I need a break from camping for a month or so. B didn't go on the indoor rock climbing trip this past weekend with his troop because 1) neither M nor I were free to go with him, 2) rock climbing doesn't really interest him, and 3) it was $40 for him to not be interesting in doing any actual climbing. I'll have to see what the April campout is, but he really should go if at all possible.

danagryphon: (Greenman)
Friday, I took the day off work for a couple of appointments, including with my new dentist. It went well, and I like the people I've met there so far, and they are definitely more professional in their service than Aspen Dental was. I have to have a minor repair on an old filling that has chipped, but otherwise things looks stable. Friday when M got home, we were able to get an early start on heading up to Peabody for his father's bday, avoiding pretty much all the traffic. Friday rush hour traffic on 128 sucks big time.

We had a Pinewood Derby on Saturday. E even had a car to run. I haven't taken pictures of it yet because after the race, he took his car and his 2nd place trophy (yay!) back to Himself's house.  I'll try to get a pic and post it, because it did look pretty darn cool.

Saturday evening, M and I went to see Watchmen. I liked it, M hated it. Well, I should qualify that. I sort of liked it. It was interesting, and thought provoking, and the special effects and cinematography were pretty (even if the story itself was rather gritty). I'm glad I saw it, but it's not something I would want to see again, most likely, or want to own on DVD. The trailers before it were an interesting assortment of a bunch of other dark, doomsday type movies, plus Enterprise (which was also a rather dark, doomsday-ish trailer). Yes, Enterprise looks awesome.

Sunday, I woke up with a shredded voice from MCing the Pinewood Derby. I went to the Shire business meeting, then came home and got another Northern Lights scroll done. That's 3 down, and 2 to go. I'm using this as an opportunity to try some new styles, and also to brush up on my Celtic illumination before I tackle the illumination for the big scroll I'm doing in that style for Mudthaw. I've got transportation for all the scrolls lined up. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  is picking up the Northern Lights ones on her way out to the event Friday evening. I found a fellow shire member who is going to Mudthaw, so I won't have to worry about mailing that one to make it in time.

Pics of the scrolls will be forthcoming as soon as I get my camera out and take them. Me and my lazy butt.

Next weekend is Ostara. I haven't decided yet if we are going on the rescheduled Freeze-Out Thaw-Out camping trip with the cub scouts. I need a break from camping for a month or so. B didn't go on the indoor rock climbing trip this past weekend with his troop because 1) neither M nor I were free to go with him, 2) rock climbing doesn't really interest him, and 3) it was $40 for him to not be interesting in doing any actual climbing. I'll have to see what the April campout is, but he really should go if at all possible.

danagryphon: (Default)
I finished most of the first scroll for Northern Lights. It's got a lot more illumination than the other will have, mostly because I wanted to try a particular type of Russian border. It turned out pretty well, and I just need to add the calligraphy. I'm one of those scribes that the illumination really is the hardest and most painstaking part, and the calligraphy is the easy part (I know scribes who find it the other way around).

The other 4 scrolls for Northern Lights will not have nearly as much illumination, mostly for brevity. I also still have a bigger kingdom level scroll to finish before the end of the month, so I need to return to that very soon, but that is in a Celtic style, which is pretty easy for me.

I'll post pics of the Northern Lights scrolls when they are done, but the kingdom scroll not until after it's been received.
danagryphon: (Default)
I finished most of the first scroll for Northern Lights. It's got a lot more illumination than the other will have, mostly because I wanted to try a particular type of Russian border. It turned out pretty well, and I just need to add the calligraphy. I'm one of those scribes that the illumination really is the hardest and most painstaking part, and the calligraphy is the easy part (I know scribes who find it the other way around).

The other 4 scrolls for Northern Lights will not have nearly as much illumination, mostly for brevity. I also still have a bigger kingdom level scroll to finish before the end of the month, so I need to return to that very soon, but that is in a Celtic style, which is pretty easy for me.

I'll post pics of the Northern Lights scrolls when they are done, but the kingdom scroll not until after it's been received.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I have survived the latest natal day, and it's belated celebration. The celebration was belated because I spent the actual natal day camping in NH with a dozen and a half boy scouts from my son's troop.

The camping trip was pretty good. The scoutmasters surprised me with a cake Saturday evening, which all the scouts loved helping me eat. :)

Sunday, the boy and I came home, cleansed ourselves vigorously (B stinks after one day, imagine him without a shower, or change of clothes, for a whole weekend; for the record, he had changes of clothes, just opted not to make use of them), and then delivered B to his father. I came home and did some work on the 6 scrolls I have to do before the end of this month, until M's parents arrived.

They hung out at the house with me for a couple of hours until M got home from skiing, then we went off to try Karma restaurant in Westford, which I have read has The Best Sushi in the World. And indeed, the rumors were true. We consumed much sushi, and after M's mother mentioned this was my birthday celebration, the waitresses presented me with a plate of fried ice cream with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate sauce. And they sang. It was all very cute.

Today, with the snowpocalypse having caused the cancellation of school and the closing of my work, I am home today with the kids. I think technically, I don't have to do any work, even though I had planned on working from home, since the office is closed.

Once breakfast digests and my coffee kicks in, I'll probably go back to the workshop and scribe like there is no tomorrow. I'm trying some Russian illumination styles I've wanted to do for  while. The nice thing about doing 5 award scrolls for Northern Lights is that it is a good excuse to try some things I'd like to add to my repetoire for kingdom award scrolls. I've been playing around with gold leaf gilding since I got the supplies from [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall  at Birka. Unfortunately, it's an expensive thing to practice (with the leaves being 23K gold and all that), but I definitely want to practice it a few times before trying it on a real scroll.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I have survived the latest natal day, and it's belated celebration. The celebration was belated because I spent the actual natal day camping in NH with a dozen and a half boy scouts from my son's troop.

The camping trip was pretty good. The scoutmasters surprised me with a cake Saturday evening, which all the scouts loved helping me eat. :)

Sunday, the boy and I came home, cleansed ourselves vigorously (B stinks after one day, imagine him without a shower, or change of clothes, for a whole weekend; for the record, he had changes of clothes, just opted not to make use of them), and then delivered B to his father. I came home and did some work on the 6 scrolls I have to do before the end of this month, until M's parents arrived.

They hung out at the house with me for a couple of hours until M got home from skiing, then we went off to try Karma restaurant in Westford, which I have read has The Best Sushi in the World. And indeed, the rumors were true. We consumed much sushi, and after M's mother mentioned this was my birthday celebration, the waitresses presented me with a plate of fried ice cream with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate sauce. And they sang. It was all very cute.

Today, with the snowpocalypse having caused the cancellation of school and the closing of my work, I am home today with the kids. I think technically, I don't have to do any work, even though I had planned on working from home, since the office is closed.

Once breakfast digests and my coffee kicks in, I'll probably go back to the workshop and scribe like there is no tomorrow. I'm trying some Russian illumination styles I've wanted to do for  while. The nice thing about doing 5 award scrolls for Northern Lights is that it is a good excuse to try some things I'd like to add to my repetoire for kingdom award scrolls. I've been playing around with gold leaf gilding since I got the supplies from [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall  at Birka. Unfortunately, it's an expensive thing to practice (with the leaves being 23K gold and all that), but I definitely want to practice it a few times before trying it on a real scroll.
danagryphon: (Gryphon Wheel)
I've decided to take the plunge and start doing kingdom scribal stuff again. I've filled out the scribe approval form and questionaire. I just can't figure out if I'm supposed to mail them to Dresden or to Eleanor.

Unfortunately, I don't have records of any the scrolls I did as Morwyn. But hopefully someone will remember my work from way back when. I did a lot of scrolls back then. I remember doing one as late as 1993, because I remember delivering it while I was pregnant. I do have pics of the three scrolls I did for Crossroads last fall, so hopefully that will be enough.

Being at court at GNE and seeing all the pretties got me jonesing to make some of my own.
danagryphon: (Gryphon Wheel)
I've decided to take the plunge and start doing kingdom scribal stuff again. I've filled out the scribe approval form and questionaire. I just can't figure out if I'm supposed to mail them to Dresden or to Eleanor.

Unfortunately, I don't have records of any the scrolls I did as Morwyn. But hopefully someone will remember my work from way back when. I did a lot of scrolls back then. I remember doing one as late as 1993, because I remember delivering it while I was pregnant. I do have pics of the three scrolls I did for Crossroads last fall, so hopefully that will be enough.

Being at court at GNE and seeing all the pretties got me jonesing to make some of my own.
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
A friend of mine was lamenting the fact that she is acquiring yarn for projects to be done in the future. I've been collecting fabric for projects as long as I have been sewing, and of course, have lately added new craft areas with their own batch of incomplete projects. So I though I would make a list to help myself remember what I need to work on:

Sewing projects )

Leatherworking )

Needlework/Embroidery/Kumihimo/Beadwork )

Painting/Scribal )

Woodworking )

This, of course, doesn't even get into the list of things that are just "repairs", like our cabin tent that has a hole in the floor along a seam.
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
A friend of mine was lamenting the fact that she is acquiring yarn for projects to be done in the future. I've been collecting fabric for projects as long as I have been sewing, and of course, have lately added new craft areas with their own batch of incomplete projects. So I though I would make a list to help myself remember what I need to work on:

Sewing projects )

Leatherworking )

Needlework/Embroidery/Kumihimo/Beadwork )

Painting/Scribal )

Woodworking )

This, of course, doesn't even get into the list of things that are just "repairs", like our cabin tent that has a hole in the floor along a seam.
danagryphon: (Greenman)
Well, the quiver and bracer are completely finished, hopefully there will not need to be any last minute adjustments made on site when the customer actually tries to put it on and use it. But I will have all my leatherworking stuff with me for the demo I'm doing, so if necessary, it can be done.

Despite having mashed the tip of my right index finger in the garage door on Saturday, I made a lot of progress on the scrolls last night. Because of said mashed index finger, though, I will not be doing any archery practice this week, since the idea of using that finger to pull back a string is not pleasant right now. It's definitely not broken, but most of the cuticle got evulsed, and I'm still a little concerned about losing the nail, but it's looking like it won't. Just lots of interesting shades of black and blue (and red and purple... ooooo... pretty... not!) Oh well, so much for my last chance of reaching Grand Master before Crossroads. Sorry Elise, no scroll for me, yet.

The one good thing about no archery practice is that it will give me tonight to try and get most of the calligraphy done on the scrolls.  [personal profile] peregrinning  provided some fantastic verse for the scroll text. I'm working my rusty illumination skills for all they are worth. One scroll is done with knotwork, one with acanthus leaves, and one with little leaves and vines. What have we learned from this exercise in scribal work? Well, first, I'm not as bad as I thought I was. I still have concerns about my illumination being up to the level of scribal work I see in the East right now, but I think I could probably hold my own with a little more practice. Second, I really need to learn how to do gold leaf gilding. I'm adding gold to these scrolls with gold ink, but I can't help thinking that actual gold leaf would look cooler. Third, I'll have to see how the calligraphy part goes. Calligraphy was always my strongest scribal skill (after all, I've been doing it since I was 10 years old; and yes, I have improved since then ;-p ), but I'm sure some of my hands are rusty.

All of this is leading up to a decision about whether or not I want to start doing scrolls for the Signet's office again. Skills aside, I also have a time-management issue. I tend to wait until the last minute on these things (as evidenced by the fact that I'm starting the calligraphy for this weekend's scrolls tonight). Maybe I'll show these scrolls to some scribes whose opinions I trust, and whose work I respect, and see what they think. Ygraine, Kayleigh, Elise... this probably means you.... ;)

Other things to get done before this weekend:
Packing (duh)
Put together a portfolio of pictures of my leatherwork. I have all the pictures taken, I just need to sit down and print them out.
Remember to take photos of the scrolls when they are done (something I ALWAYS used to forget about way back when).
Maybe get a chance to make one or two more pairs of pants. They are simple mongol style pants, and only take about 20 minutes to make. I made two pairs for Pennsic, and loved them. They were fantastically comfortable. I got similar fabric to make 3 more pairs in navy, black, and dark purple. Hopefully at least one of them will get done, maybe more.

Things I wish I had time to get done before this weekend but won't:
New arrows for M. We went down to Li's last weekend and got properly spined cedar for 3 dozen arrows for him, but I'm not going to have time to make them before this event.
More garb for both me and M. (Naturally! You can never have too much garb! And I've got 4 new pieces of linen that are sitting there calling to me.)
Li's garb bribe. We are supposed to renew our vassalship (lol, is that even a word?) this weekend, and I wish I had the bribe to present to him then. But it's probably better to take the extra time to make sure it is something he will like.
danagryphon: (Greenman)
Well, the quiver and bracer are completely finished, hopefully there will not need to be any last minute adjustments made on site when the customer actually tries to put it on and use it. But I will have all my leatherworking stuff with me for the demo I'm doing, so if necessary, it can be done.

Despite having mashed the tip of my right index finger in the garage door on Saturday, I made a lot of progress on the scrolls last night. Because of said mashed index finger, though, I will not be doing any archery practice this week, since the idea of using that finger to pull back a string is not pleasant right now. It's definitely not broken, but most of the cuticle got evulsed, and I'm still a little concerned about losing the nail, but it's looking like it won't. Just lots of interesting shades of black and blue (and red and purple... ooooo... pretty... not!) Oh well, so much for my last chance of reaching Grand Master before Crossroads. Sorry Elise, no scroll for me, yet.

The one good thing about no archery practice is that it will give me tonight to try and get most of the calligraphy done on the scrolls.  [personal profile] peregrinning  provided some fantastic verse for the scroll text. I'm working my rusty illumination skills for all they are worth. One scroll is done with knotwork, one with acanthus leaves, and one with little leaves and vines. What have we learned from this exercise in scribal work? Well, first, I'm not as bad as I thought I was. I still have concerns about my illumination being up to the level of scribal work I see in the East right now, but I think I could probably hold my own with a little more practice. Second, I really need to learn how to do gold leaf gilding. I'm adding gold to these scrolls with gold ink, but I can't help thinking that actual gold leaf would look cooler. Third, I'll have to see how the calligraphy part goes. Calligraphy was always my strongest scribal skill (after all, I've been doing it since I was 10 years old; and yes, I have improved since then ;-p ), but I'm sure some of my hands are rusty.

All of this is leading up to a decision about whether or not I want to start doing scrolls for the Signet's office again. Skills aside, I also have a time-management issue. I tend to wait until the last minute on these things (as evidenced by the fact that I'm starting the calligraphy for this weekend's scrolls tonight). Maybe I'll show these scrolls to some scribes whose opinions I trust, and whose work I respect, and see what they think. Ygraine, Kayleigh, Elise... this probably means you.... ;)

Other things to get done before this weekend:
Packing (duh)
Put together a portfolio of pictures of my leatherwork. I have all the pictures taken, I just need to sit down and print them out.
Remember to take photos of the scrolls when they are done (something I ALWAYS used to forget about way back when).
Maybe get a chance to make one or two more pairs of pants. They are simple mongol style pants, and only take about 20 minutes to make. I made two pairs for Pennsic, and loved them. They were fantastically comfortable. I got similar fabric to make 3 more pairs in navy, black, and dark purple. Hopefully at least one of them will get done, maybe more.

Things I wish I had time to get done before this weekend but won't:
New arrows for M. We went down to Li's last weekend and got properly spined cedar for 3 dozen arrows for him, but I'm not going to have time to make them before this event.
More garb for both me and M. (Naturally! You can never have too much garb! And I've got 4 new pieces of linen that are sitting there calling to me.)
Li's garb bribe. We are supposed to renew our vassalship (lol, is that even a word?) this weekend, and I wish I had the bribe to present to him then. But it's probably better to take the extra time to make sure it is something he will like.

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