GNEW!

Jul. 14th, 2014 09:05 am
danagryphon: (Gryph's Griffin)
So, when I became seneschal of Quintavia (for my non-SCA friends, the president of my local chapter), one of the dreams I had was that at camping events, members of the Shire attending would camp together as a group at an event. This past weekend, we came pretty darn close to accomplishing that. We had a camp of 17 people, three of which joined us from our neighboring group Bergental (including the Baron and Baroness, so we called the camp Bergentavia, lol). And It. Was. Awesome.

This was my first time being "campmaster" for a large-ish camp, being in charge of the meal plan, being the first to arrive on site midday Friday and reserving a space for the rest of the folks who trickled in (our last group arrived Saturday morning after a trip to an ER waylaid them Friday, and the last tent *just* fit in the last open space we'd saved for them). [livejournal.com profile] calygrey was my tentmate and traveling companion, and she was invaluable in figuring out the camp layout and how much space we needed. We convoyed up with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69, who was our "pick up the things we forgot on her way back and forth from her hotel to the site" person.

The B&B of Bergental shared a carport shelter with us for our main dining hall/common area, but the other goal I have as seneschal is to bring the Shire's equipment for having their own encampment up to snuff. We just acquired a three-burner high-output camp stove from a returning member who had no use for it, and my next acquisition is going to be some serious sets of cooking pots and pans (we have a good number of serving pieces for indoor events with kitchens, but no actual cooking pieces), and a better large shelter. The Shire purchased a 10x20 popup type thing about 8 years ago (the last time we had a real Shire camp), but it has not held up well. It was nice in that it was not much bigger than two popups when stored, and very easy to transport. But we are going to try to do a fundraiser to purchase one of these carport things, because they are REALLY durable, and very easy to put up and take down. They are a little more bulky to store and transport, but we have plans for that as well.

Anyway, I think the camp experience was about 95% successful. I did learn a lot, have a list of things I need to bring/do differently next time, but the general consensus among the camp was that they would like to do it again next year! And that we need to sponsor a party like some of the other big camps there do. We sorta/kinda had a large-ish gathering Friday night with a big fire, a cooler full of jello shots, camp pies, and the B&B did a little bardic, but I'm sure they would have loved to do more. There is a Baconpalooza party Friday night, a pinata party Saturday night, and the thoughts among the camp was that we should have a "jello shots" party! Bwahahaha.

Oh, and we are now going to have about a half-dozen Quintavians in the Bergental camp at Pennsic. I may thing about bringing the Quintavia banner and ask if we can put it up somewhere in camp. Oh, speaking of banners, my new tent and my new banner made their debut at GNEW. We had a little snafu putting up the tent (and bent the pins on the upright supports for the ridge pole, so that will be getting fixed at Workshop Night this week), but I think I know what went wrong and it should go smoother at Pennsic. We put up [livejournal.com profile] white_and_nrdy's tent of the same design up without any problems just a couple of hours later. But the tent was faboo, and should be great for me and Spare Boy. I think I'm going to get two sets of plastic drawers, though, for us to use for dressers/beside tables/suitcases instead of the footlockers we used last year. And I want to put up some hook things in the frame to hang stuff like hats and quivers and maybe the lanterns.

Pennsic is going to be awesome.
danagryphon: (Arms)
I've had a second LJ journal for a while now that has been languishing. I was originally going to use it for my writing, but I've decided instead that I'm going to use it for my SCA A&S stuff. My ISP recently decided to stop providing web space, and the majority of my old website was taken up with my A&S stuff. So now I'm going to switch it all over to [livejournal.com profile] danagryphon.

I'll be adding stuff there from this journal bit by bit, and will decide at some point if I want to delete the old stuff off this journal or not. I hate to lose the comments that people have made, though, so we'll see. Anyway if you are interested in reading about my adventures in medieval cooking, making scrolls, leather working, embroidery, making garb, or whatever other area of research catches my fancy, that's where it'll go from now on.

I'll still be using this journal for my fannish pursuits, including my writing and fanart, as well as personal updates.

I hope you'll come over to the new one and take a look.
danagryphon: (Arms)
So I did calligraphy for three scrolls for Birka this year, two for the Signet office, and one private commission.

Below are the Baronial Investiture scrolls for the new Baron and Baroness of Stonemarche. I only did the calligraphy. Words for both were written by Master Harold von Auerbach, illumination for the one on the left by Baroness Emma MacMinn, and the one on the right by my Laurel, Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaig (click to embiggen). The hand is Rotunda, to match the late period Italian white vine illumination.

Baronial Investiture Scroll for Baroness Jocelyn, January 25, 2014 Baronial Investiture Scroll for Baron Dorio, January 25, 2014

This one was commissioned from me by [livejournal.com profile] farmhouse_ghost (Mistress Vienna) as an indenture contract for her first apprentice. The hand is my beloved Batarde, and the layout is based on 15th C. indenture documents like this one (Vienna provided the text). Two copies are done facing each other, and then after both are signed, it is cut down the middle (through the words, in this case, East Kingdom in Latin, representing the "government"), and each party is given half. I was honored to participate in the ceremony by doing the cutting. It was awesome. (again, click to embiggen)

Indenture Scroll, January 25, 2014
danagryphon: (Arms)
Well, my recipient just posted that she received her package, so I can post a pic of the gift I made for the EK Artisan Swap (which is a sooper sekrit type of swap). She's a fellow archer who likes celtic knotwork and earthtones, especially green. So I made her a leather archery bracer with a gold and green celtic knot and a green variegated archer's tassel.

EK Artisan Swap gift

Although this was the fourth round of this swap, it was my first time participating. It was very cool, and I'm looking forward to seeing what goody I get in return. And it's something I'll definitely do again when the next round starts up!

Coronation

Oct. 8th, 2013 10:04 am
danagryphon: (Arms)
So Coronation was this past weekend. It was AWESOME.

First, one of the best pairs of monarchs we've ever had are back on the throne, so the next six months are going to ROCK.

But that's not all. Even more amazing, they decided to do this:
Lots of pics behind the cut... )
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I'm all over the place right now with various projects. My stride on my latest PotA story got totally broken while I was trying valiantly (but failing) to finish a story for the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang. Then I had to finish a story for [livejournal.com profile] spn_bigpretzel, which I *did* finish, even if it was a little late, and I'm pretty happy with it. Now I'm back on PotA: Human Nature, but the chapter is going slowly. It's a dungeon crawl through a deserted Air Force base (Kirtland AFB in New Mexico, for those following along). It's been helpful that I found a government doc all about how Kirtland was converted to a nuclear stockpile storage facility in the 80's, complete with lots of pictures of the externally visible portions of the base as well as some shots of the internal facilities. Lots of the pics have been redacted for security reasons (oh MYYY!!), but it's been really helpful to visualize what the place looks like, even if most of the time my characters are just walking down endless corridors for now.

I decided NOT to split the party from the get-go (much as it was tempting to), although there will be some splittage by the end of the chapter when Bad Things Happen. I'm hoping to have the chapter posted by tonight or tomorrow at the latest, depending on how much editing I decide it needs.

I've finished the opening scene of my PotA story I've decided on for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang. OMG it's a serious tease, and I'll post a snippet in a couple of weeks when the comm starts doing "Snippet Saturdays". The story itself is going to be heart-wrenching (OF COURSE!), but in a different way than I think has been done with these characters before. It's a "going home" fic, but with a couple of angsty twists. [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 once said that if anyone could figure out a way to get the guys home, it would be me (and not just because I'm the only one writing in this fandom at the moment). Oh, if she only knew... bwahahahahahahahaha.

I've created a comm called [livejournal.com profile] twd_reversebang, because I've decided that The Walking Dead NEEDS a reverse bang. I've never run a challenge comm before, so I'm looking for co-mods/mentors/useful help of any sort. I'm looking at you, my fellow Daryl-crazy flisties! No idea of a time frame yet, as I'm sure there will need to be beaucoup pimping to generate enough interest before there is actually a call for people to start making art. But I LOVE reverse bangs ever so much more than big bangs, and as far as I've been able to find, there are no TWD specific ones. And since it's now big enough to be disqualified from all the "small fandom" stuff, it's time to branch out on its own.

Other big area of activity (as always) is SCA stuff. I'm bringing along two newbies (well, one VERY newbie; Coronation will be her first event, and one relative newbie who is kind of at loose ends since breaking up with the GF who got him into the SCA). The relative newbie interested in archery, so this weekend I'm going to help him purchase his own bow and eventually make arrows for it. He also wants to be a marshal. I'm thinking he might be good yeoman material, since my current yeoman has kinda gotten swallowed by fatherhood (which is understandable!) and theater. But nothing says I can't have multiple yeo's, especially since my personal shooting has been greatly curtailed by shoulder problems. So Saturday is making Viking garb with one newbie in the morning, then bow shopping with the other one in the afternoon. Sunday, the Shire is having a demo at a street craft fair in Worcester, so again, my weekend is rather booked up.

Speaking of Coronation, got an IM from the Princess the other night to verify that the boy would be coming with me to Coronation. And that I should make sure that he has a nice tunic to wear for court.... :D (Which of course, means more sewing. And that I should probably also have a nice new outfit...)

Oh, and I got a loom. Someone brought it to the business meeting to give away (although I am making a small donation to the Shire for it). Weaving my own trim is something I've always wanted to do, but I know nothing about it at the moment. This loom is actually big enough to do stuff about 15 inches wide, so I can do bigger things too if I want. Luckily, I have a neighbor (as well as an apprentice sister) who are pretty much experts in the field who have both offered to teach me. Because I need a new hobby.... NOT!

Add to all that trying to keep both boys current in their classes (Elder Boy is taking two online classed through a local community college, Spare Boy has just started High School), and I'm pretty well a one-armed paper hanger at the moment. Luckily, my car can wait to go into the shop for a more opportune time, since after a quick fix so I can open the driver's side door, it is totally driveable. Which reminds me, I need to call the insurance company to find out why I haven't gotten a written estimate yet....
danagryphon: (Arms)
So it's been a crazy month. All the stuff that didn't get done for Birka, I really, really tried to get done for K&Q A&S yesterday. I mostly succeeded, and the couple of things that didn't get done (or didn't quite get finished) for then I can do in the next week or so.

And then, there was this Laureling. The day before Christmas, I got an email from [livejournal.com profile] brokk, telling me that [livejournal.com profile] xandra_rozina was going to be elevated to the Laural at K&Q A&S, and could I help make sure she would go to the event by asking her to carpool with me, since we have carpooled to these kinds of events in the past. Oh, and what else did he need to do?

Cut for images and insane rambling )

Then on to the next round of projects!
danagryphon: (Arms)
Birka was, as usual, a whirlwind. (For my non-SCA friends, this is a weekend long SCA con event with a theme inspired by the Viking marketplace called Birka.)

Cut for images and much rambling )
danagryphon: (Arms)
So at Coronation this fall, the members of the Athena's Thimble Embroidery Guild were invited to help create a wall hanging for the East Kingdom royals made of blocks of appliqued letters, from patterns inspired by 15th and 16th century wood block prints. I got the letter G, which also contains a stylized griffin (of course). The kit consisted of the pattern for the block, the red background fabric, the gold fabric for the letter, and a skein of gold embroidery floss. The rest of the fabrics and threads were left to the discretion of the stitcher. I finished mine today; we were encouraged to finish them by Birka (which is next weekend) to give the organizer time to put together the entire thing, which will have 37 blocks total.

Here's my finished block:

Embroidered G Letter Block

2 and 1/2 Birka projects done, 3 and 1/2 to go!
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
I finished last night watching the first season of American Horror Story off of Amazon Prime. (Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE having a Roku so I can stream free videos on my TV??)

Wow. Just wow. Hard to believe that is by the same guys who created Glee. I love the dark and twisted psychological horror of it. I've also been watching the new season Asylum on Demand (because I already record two shows at the same time on Wednesday), and it's even more intense. Just a great bit of storytelling all around.

Next up on the Roku is S2 of BBC's Sherlock. Her Laurelness showed me the first couple of eps of S1 when she had bought them on Amazon (before they came up for free with Prime), and I had heard friends raving about it for ages. It is a series that I have to watch with close attention, though, so I even went and rewatched those couple of eps when I finished up S1. May even watch it again before I start S2; it's that kind of show where you see more each time you watch it. My holiday hiatus is going to be well spent and well entertained, instead of pining for shows that won't start again until mid-Jan or early Feb.

I've been rewatching some Quantum Leap episodes to help me get into a fic I'm writing, so stay tuned for that to be posted eventually. I'm also hoping to still get a couple of treats written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, and then after that due date passes, start in earnest on my [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang story.

Writing productivity has dropped off again mostly due to exhaustion. Which is probably due to anemia. Which is because I don't take my iron and other vitamins regularly. Which is because they make me nauseous. I take them at night right before I go to bed (on the theory that I'll sleep through feeling bleh) , but still wake up in the morning feeling queasy. I suppose the secret may be to take them at dinner time or something, so that I have some food in there to buffer. The other exhaustion factor may be that I need to change my pillows or pillow arrangement. I wake times these days with a sore neck, so I something is going on with how I sleep. Or may be part of the general "all my joints hurt all the time" thing I've got going. Sucks growing old, but it's better than the alternative, as they say.

The younger boy had his choral winter concert last night, and did a good job singing. Maybe we'll have some time over the holidays to sing Glee Karaoke on the Wii together.

This weekend suddenly got VERY busy. Two party invites for Saturday (one afternoon, one evening, so I can do both) plus the Shire Yule celebration on Sunday, for which I am making both a whole turkey as well as turkey croquettes. But the boy's new garb is now done except for putting buttons on it, so he may actually have it for Sunday. Which is good because it's got a BIG Yule color scheme going.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Really, is it only Monday?


Cut for length, because I care ;) )


What, me busy?
danagryphon: (Default)
So this is E's new garb that I spent lots of last week working on. He needed something new because all his old tunics didn't fit anymore, and some of my old tunics are still a little too big for him. And I wanted him to have a really nice, spiffy outfit for Coronation. For those of you who aren't SCA garbgeeks, it's a cotehardie, which is a tight-fitting tunic with fitted sleeves, and buttons everywhere (there are 34 on this one). It was very common in Western Europe (began in France, I believe) in the 13th and 14th century. They are usually shorter (barely covering the hips), but there are pictures of them being knee length with a bit more flare in the "skirt", which was better for a teenage boy. They usually were worn with a hood (chaperone), and you can't see, but his hood has about a 3-foot liripipe in the back (a long, narrow dangly bit), and tippets at the elbows (the long red dangly bits on the sleeves, which you also can't see very well here). Anyway, despite the complaints about the tippets and the liripipe and the need to wear tights with it, he said it was quite comfortable to wear all day. I still need to put buttons to close the hood (I ran out of time), but it was wearable just being pinned for the day. Now he wants another one in green with a gray hood, but without the tippets and liripipe. I'll probably do that in a lighter linen (the yellow is a fairly heavy jacquard) so he can wear it in the summer, too. This one didn't even come out of the 30 yard linen stash I acquired this spring, but from a piece of about 10 yard jacquard I bought off a friend when *she* was de-stashing.

Heck, who knows, I might even make one or two for myself, just for something different from my usual Russian garb.

Pics below the cut )
danagryphon: (Default)
So this is E's new garb that I spent lots of last week working on. He needed something new because all his old tunics didn't fit anymore, and some of my old tunics are still a little too big for him. And I wanted him to have a really nice, spiffy outfit for Coronation. For those of you who aren't SCA garbgeeks, it's a cotehardie, which is a tight-fitting tunic with fitted sleeves, and buttons everywhere (there are 34 on this one). It was very common in Western Europe (began in France, I believe) in the 13th and 14th century. They are usually shorter (barely covering the hips), but there are pictures of them being knee length with a bit more flare in the "skirt", which was better for a teenage boy. They usually were worn with a hood (chaperone), and you can't see, but his hood has about a 3-foot liripipe in the back (a long, narrow dangly bit), and tippets at the elbows (the long red dangly bits on the sleeves, which you also can't see very well here). Anyway, despite the complaints about the tippets and the liripipe and the need to wear tights with it, he said it was quite comfortable to wear all day. I still need to put buttons to close the hood (I ran out of time), but it was wearable just being pinned for the day. Now he wants another one in green with a gray hood, but without the tippets and liripipe. I'll probably do that in a lighter linen (the yellow is a fairly heavy jacquard) so he can wear it in the summer, too. This one didn't even come out of the 30 yard linen stash I acquired this spring, but from a piece of about 10 yard jacquard I bought off a friend when *she* was de-stashing.

Heck, who knows, I might even make one or two for myself, just for something different from my usual Russian garb.

Pics below the cut )
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My last two weeks have been spent preparing Dayboard and the Investiture Scrolls for the Bergental Investiture event this past Saturday.

I didn't get nearly as early a start to these projects as I had hoped (it's becoming a pattern here, I think), because of getting the Boog ready to go off to college, and then the day after that, my in-laws arrived for a month-long visit. We spent much of the time between Sept 4-10 entertaining them, at which point, they pulled their RV out of the park in our town and traveled up to the north shore to be near M's brother.

Add on to that the fact that I was originally supposed to have a collaborator on the scrolls to do the illumination who had to hand the whole kit and caboodle back to me because *she* got overwhelmed, meant that I was scrambling to get everything done.

But what had to get done got done, and what could wait will just have to wait for another day.

Stuff that had to wait:
  • new garb for me and the Spare (who has outgrown all his tunics but is still somewhat swimming in my old ones) from the 30 yards of linen recently purchased.
  • gifts for the incoming Baron and Baroness (besides the scrolls), which maybe I will now strive to give to them at their Yule event.
  • gifts for my Laurel, which I'm now going to get back to working on.
I forgot to take piccies of the Baronial scrolls, but I've asked the Baroness, a fellow scribe, to snap a few and send them to me. I did them in a Viking/Celtic style, because Bergental is big on Viking, so of course, the principals wore Italian Renn garb. But I was happy with how they came out, and will post the pics as soon as I get them.

The dayboard was a success, although I did edit down the menu due to both cost and time. Ended up a tiny bit over budget, but that is pretty much accounted for by a special treat I made for the royals (stuffed figs, which were yummy), so I am willing to consider that my personal contribution. I don't have the final numbers yet on how many ended up eating the dayboard or whether it made any money beyond the budget, hopefully that will come to me by the end of the week or so (not that there is a hurry beyond my own wild curiosity and satisfaction).

The dayboard menu ended up consisting of: dijon chicken, pomegranate beef, bacon wrapped mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, hot apple soup, a medley of cooked veggies, raw carrots, spiced cabbage, pickles, wheat and white bread, a variety of butters, herbed cheese spread, fresh grapes, and a cherry cheese tort for dessert. (Eggs, butters, and cheese spread made by [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69, my constant helper.) The only things with significant amounts left were the tort, a few eggs, and a bunch of the cabbage, so it was well eaten. That makes me happy. And more importantly, it helped make things a little easier for our good neighbors on their investiture day.
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My last two weeks have been spent preparing Dayboard and the Investiture Scrolls for the Bergental Investiture event this past Saturday.

I didn't get nearly as early a start to these projects as I had hoped (it's becoming a pattern here, I think), because of getting the Boog ready to go off to college, and then the day after that, my in-laws arrived for a month-long visit. We spent much of the time between Sept 4-10 entertaining them, at which point, they pulled their RV out of the park in our town and traveled up to the north shore to be near M's brother.

Add on to that the fact that I was originally supposed to have a collaborator on the scrolls to do the illumination who had to hand the whole kit and caboodle back to me because *she* got overwhelmed, meant that I was scrambling to get everything done.

But what had to get done got done, and what could wait will just have to wait for another day.

Stuff that had to wait:
  • new garb for me and the Spare (who has outgrown all his tunics but is still somewhat swimming in my old ones) from the 30 yards of linen recently purchased.
  • gifts for the incoming Baron and Baroness (besides the scrolls), which maybe I will now strive to give to them at their Yule event.
  • gifts for my Laurel, which I'm now going to get back to working on.
I forgot to take piccies of the Baronial scrolls, but I've asked the Baroness, a fellow scribe, to snap a few and send them to me. I did them in a Viking/Celtic style, because Bergental is big on Viking, so of course, the principals wore Italian Renn garb. But I was happy with how they came out, and will post the pics as soon as I get them.

The dayboard was a success, although I did edit down the menu due to both cost and time. Ended up a tiny bit over budget, but that is pretty much accounted for by a special treat I made for the royals (stuffed figs, which were yummy), so I am willing to consider that my personal contribution. I don't have the final numbers yet on how many ended up eating the dayboard or whether it made any money beyond the budget, hopefully that will come to me by the end of the week or so (not that there is a hurry beyond my own wild curiosity and satisfaction).

The dayboard menu ended up consisting of: dijon chicken, pomegranate beef, bacon wrapped mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, hot apple soup, a medley of cooked veggies, raw carrots, spiced cabbage, pickles, wheat and white bread, a variety of butters, herbed cheese spread, fresh grapes, and a cherry cheese tort for dessert. (Eggs, butters, and cheese spread made by [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69, my constant helper.) The only things with significant amounts left were the tort, a few eggs, and a bunch of the cabbage, so it was well eaten. That makes me happy. And more importantly, it helped make things a little easier for our good neighbors on their investiture day.
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Ok, my SCA pals, I need a reality check on something.

When I cook a meal for the SCA, I expect to be reimbursed for the food I buy. But I am given a budget ahead of time that I am expected to stay within, and I always shop as inexpensively as I can, sometimes going to 3 or 4 different stores to get the best deals. And when I use ingredients that I am going to keep the majority of, I don't ask to be reimbursed for them. If there are special things I want to do that are going to put me above and beyond my budget, I pay for them myself, because they are not necessary to the success of the meal.

So here's the dilemma. Should someone who makes a subtlety for an event expect to be reimbursed for the sometimes incredibly outrageous expense? Especially when the person makes no attempt to shop on the cheap, or adjust cost for stuff they only used part of. My feeling on it is that subtleties are an *art* in the SCA, and by and large, most artists in the SCA do not get reimbursed for their materials. Just ask any scribe.

The latest issue is that this person made a subtlety for a *fundraising* dayboard that was not part of the event cost, but required an extra donation by the people who partook of it. The person also did not make it clear ahead of time that the dish would be a subtlety (vs. just a plain dessert) or that it would be so expensive (we are talking $17 for two small platters of "gingerbread cookies") when they volunteered to make it. But now, this person has submitted a receipt and asked for reimbursement. It was put out there that people who volunteered to make things would be reimbursed for their ingredients (within reason).

Now, I agree that subtleties and such add to the ambiance and splendor of an event, but when they are made extravagantly without regard for budget, am I wrong to suggest that perhaps this person should be willing to suck up the cost for their art?

Please discuss.

Thanks!
danagryphon: (Default)
Ok, my SCA pals, I need a reality check on something.

When I cook a meal for the SCA, I expect to be reimbursed for the food I buy. But I am given a budget ahead of time that I am expected to stay within, and I always shop as inexpensively as I can, sometimes going to 3 or 4 different stores to get the best deals. And when I use ingredients that I am going to keep the majority of, I don't ask to be reimbursed for them. If there are special things I want to do that are going to put me above and beyond my budget, I pay for them myself, because they are not necessary to the success of the meal.

So here's the dilemma. Should someone who makes a subtlety for an event expect to be reimbursed for the sometimes incredibly outrageous expense? Especially when the person makes no attempt to shop on the cheap, or adjust cost for stuff they only used part of. My feeling on it is that subtleties are an *art* in the SCA, and by and large, most artists in the SCA do not get reimbursed for their materials. Just ask any scribe.

The latest issue is that this person made a subtlety for a *fundraising* dayboard that was not part of the event cost, but required an extra donation by the people who partook of it. The person also did not make it clear ahead of time that the dish would be a subtlety (vs. just a plain dessert) or that it would be so expensive (we are talking $17 for two small platters of "gingerbread cookies") when they volunteered to make it. But now, this person has submitted a receipt and asked for reimbursement. It was put out there that people who volunteered to make things would be reimbursed for their ingredients (within reason).

Now, I agree that subtleties and such add to the ambiance and splendor of an event, but when they are made extravagantly without regard for budget, am I wrong to suggest that perhaps this person should be willing to suck up the cost for their art?

Please discuss.

Thanks!
danagryphon: (cadel)
Well, Sunday at least, I had a chance to decompress. Birthdays are all done, play is all done, urgent projects are mostly done.

Her Laurelness came over yesterday for most of the day, which was awesome. She'd done the illumination on a scroll for the Palio event, and asked if I would do the calligraphy for it. Can I just say how nice it is to do calligraphy on scrolls done by professional artists (seriously, she has a degree and everything). Laurelness's sister (also known as Auntie Em, who is also a professional artist) and I have collab'd on two scrolls so far and already have plans for a couple more. Compared to my less that professional illumination. I bow down to their level of talent.

Anyway, Her Laurelness and I chatted about all sorts of things. Showed her all the linen I got (which I'm now in the process of washing, one. piece. at. a. time. what at pita, but the only way to keep the dyes from running), and discussed garb. She streamed the first two episodes of S1 of the new Sherlock series to my computer. That one was already on my list of shows-I-MUST-get-caught-up-on, and it is as awesome as I've heard. Can't wait to watch the rest. And I have a new super sekrit project to make for her, hehehehe.

I'll have to write more later, as I'm about to take Man of Leisure off to his summer college orientation session.
danagryphon: (cadel)
Well, Sunday at least, I had a chance to decompress. Birthdays are all done, play is all done, urgent projects are mostly done.

Her Laurelness came over yesterday for most of the day, which was awesome. She'd done the illumination on a scroll for the Palio event, and asked if I would do the calligraphy for it. Can I just say how nice it is to do calligraphy on scrolls done by professional artists (seriously, she has a degree and everything). Laurelness's sister (also known as Auntie Em, who is also a professional artist) and I have collab'd on two scrolls so far and already have plans for a couple more. Compared to my less that professional illumination. I bow down to their level of talent.

Anyway, Her Laurelness and I chatted about all sorts of things. Showed her all the linen I got (which I'm now in the process of washing, one. piece. at. a. time. what at pita, but the only way to keep the dyes from running), and discussed garb. She streamed the first two episodes of S1 of the new Sherlock series to my computer. That one was already on my list of shows-I-MUST-get-caught-up-on, and it is as awesome as I've heard. Can't wait to watch the rest. And I have a new super sekrit project to make for her, hehehehe.

I'll have to write more later, as I'm about to take Man of Leisure off to his summer college orientation session.
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Actually, it was a near perfect *weekend*.

Friday night was a little crazy. E had a semi-formal dance at school (his first). I bought him a new shirt (black) and a bow tie (black and gray) at Marshalls that day. He called me when he got home from school and asked if I could give him a haircut that night before the dance. I wasn't sure how the timing was going to work, since I was also going to be getting a scroll that I needed to do the calligraphy on for the next day sometime that evening. But, my scroll deliverer accidently fell asleep, so she ended up arriving about two hours later than planned, which was actually a Good Thing.

So it turns out I did have time to give the boy a haircut, shove a hot dog down his throat, and wisk him off to the dance in time (he actually had to be early, since he was helping run it). The scroll arrived around 8 pm, as did dinner (pizza delivery). I still hadn't practiced the faux-arabic hand that was requested for the scroll, so I did that while watching Supernatural with my neighbor. After all was said and done, and decided at 10:30, I was too fried to actually start inking the scroll, so I got up at 5:30 the next morning to do it.

The scroll turned out well, I'm pretty happy with it, and have some ideas for how to do an even better faux-arabic hand, so I think I can add that to my repertoire of calligraphy hands. I'd also really love to learn to calligraph a cyrillic script, since that's my persona. Anyway, scrolls got delivered and handed out and everything was wonderful.

The event (Carolingia Investiture) on Saturday was great fun. I shot a little, I shmoozed a lot, including with my girl Claire, who I almost never see because she's dead busy, but who was one of my BFFs in college. I hung with the royals while on guard duty, and am trying to decide how much volunteering I want to commit to for the next reign, because the new Princess is such an awesome friend. I have a specific position in mind, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for it, so I think I might discuss it with her and see how she feels. Also got to sit and talk to [livejournal.com profile] albreda for a nice long while, and which was lovely. I brought along the little man to the event, and he had a good time playing with the other kids, and did a little shooting as well. I bought him an early bday present when he found a book on chain mail jewelry making that he wanted. I'm so happy he's finding things in the SCA to interest him and become more involved. I don't know if he ever got around to asking about being on the Princess Royale's guard, but if not, I'll help him do that the next event he gets to, or maybe mention it to the Queen next week at BBM's Investiture. I didn't think to bring his fencing stuff with us, which is a shame, but he really needs to start going to practices and get qual'ed.

So Mother's Day. Started with me getting coffee and breakfast made by my three guys. Then I sat around and relaxed, did absolutely nothing useful, and even took a nap later in the morning. After lunch, we went off to the mall to get haircuts for me and M (FINALLY. OMG, if I had to push my hair out of my eyes one more time, I think I was going to just shave it all off), as well as swinging into Sears to get me a new sewing machine (just a basic no frills model), since making hubby's clown stuff killed the last one (which, in his defense, was 25 years old, since it was an engagement present from Himself back in '88). Then we all went out to dinner. And home to watch the season finale of Once Upon a Time (which is another entirely different OMGZ!). As I said, a near perfect Mother's Day, other than some mild bickering between the younguns.

Now this week, it's nose back to the grindstone with various projects. Including new garb for the little man, who now only has one tunic that fits him.

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